Inside Marcos’ prisons

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RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO

RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO

First of Two Parts

I bet given that title, you’d be expecting a tale of horrors inside the dictator Marcos’ prisons. I rest my case: The Yellow Cult has been extremely successful in painting a one-sided picture of the Marcos era.

An objective assessment is much, much more complicated than the good versus evil narrative of the Yellow Cult that overthrew Marcos. That is unfortunate for us, as a nation has to have an accurate picture of its past. Marcos’ wife, Imelda, and his children, have long abandoned efforts to counter the Yellow Cult’s narratives.

These have even been given new impetus recently because of Bongbong Marcos’ bid for the vice presidency this past May and President Duterte’s order to allow the strongman’s burial at the official government cemetery, misnamed “Libingan ng mga Bayani.” The Ilocano trait of parsimoniousness must have gotten the better of them.

The Marcos family’s near silence to defend the strongman — “Let history judge my father,” was all Bongbong could say — is in contrast to the strongman’s aggressiveness in addressing accusations against martial law,  even several books to defend his regime in detail.

 Marcos, political detainees after a jog, with the two ladies as visitors:  Three of these were members of the Communist Party’s Executive Committee, its highest commanding body, who were released after at least two years.  In the photo is one who is now a ranking executive of PLDT-Smart, another a top Singapore-based executive of the French news agency, Agence France Presse; and another a top negotiator for the Communist Party in the peace talks with the government. Several of them now live comfortable, middle-class lives in North America and Europe.

Marcos, political detainees after a jog, with the two ladies as visitors:  Three of these were members of the Communist Party’s Executive Committee, its highest commanding body, who were released after at least two years.  In the photo is one who is now a ranking executive of PLDT-Smart, another a top Singapore-based executive of the French news agency, Agence France Presse; and another a top negotiator for the Communist Party in the peace talks with the government. Several of them now live comfortable, middle-class lives in North America and Europe.

For instance, in Marcos’ Five Years of the New Society (published in May 1978), obviously to debunk claims of military abuses,  the strongman stated that that 2,083 members of the AFP had been “dismissed and penalized for various abuses, including torture and ill-treatment of detainees and 322 had been sentenced to disciplinary punishment.” General Espino as well as Jose Crisol, Deputy Defense Secretary in charge of civilian relations had also reported that 2,500 to 2,900 military personnel were discharged as a result of complaints by detainees. In a speech marking the lifting of martial law in January 1981, Marcos claimed that more than 8,800 officers and men had been dismissed from the AFP during the period of martial law, because of human-rights accusations against them.

While obviously self-serving assertions,  no Yellow narrative has ever reported these claims by Marcos and his officials, and to this day, these figures have not been disputed.

Rabid anti-Marcos writers have also routinely claim that during the regime,  50,000 Filipinos were detained. This is a half-truth as while this many probably would have been detained in the first few months of martial law. However, reports, even by the Amnesty International that has been critical of martial law,  point out that many of those detained in these first months were released a few months after,  that by 1980, there only 1,913 political prisoners, and by 1981 – to prove that martial law was indeed lifted — only 243.

I believe that there was indeed a drastic reduction of political prisoners after martial rule was stabilized,  since in December 1974, I was among probably a thousand out of the 1500 detainees released from Marcos prison euphemistically called Ipil Rehabilitation Center, which was the biggest in the country, in the “spirit of Christmas”, Marcos had declared.   Many of those released returned to the underground, even becoming top communist leaders and NPA commanders.

Enrile and Ramos’ silence

Sadly, former senator Juan Ponce Enrile, who was officially the administrator of Martial Law, and Fidel V. Ramos, who officially supervised the military and the Philippine Constabulary (PC) had shirked from their duty to give their assessment and explanation of military abuses during martial law.

Ramos even has a public forum through his wordy, half-paged columns in the Manila Bulletin. Yet he has never written, a word on the issue, not even in recent weeks when martial law abuses have become a hot topic

The officials who were responsible, and accountable, for Marcos’ prisons and alleged human rights abuses, were indisputably Enrile and Ramos. Marcos in November 1972, or two months after he imposed martial issued General Order No. 16 which created the “Command for the Administration of Detainees” (COMCAD) with Enrile appointing Ramos as its commander, who was the authority supervising all detention centers, including that of the armed forces. The implementing guidelines of the COMCAD had detailed procedures for investigating whether the detainees should be kept in prison, with its main goal to be that of minimizing the occurrence of arbitrary detention.”

Enrile and Ramos obviously have been political opportunists, afraid that their accounts would create the image that they were defenders of that strongman rule. After all, would Ramos have won their presidency in 1992, would Cory Aquino have endorsed him if he explained the real score of alleged martial law abuses?

I cannot fathom though why these octogenarians in their twilight years, and retired from politics, remain silent, refusing to provide us with their detailed account of the martial law years — after they supervised the military until the very end of Marcos’ rule. They should at least release to scholars and researchers documents regarding their administration of martial law, which I’m sure they have.

The crucial questions they have to answer: Was it state policy during Martial Law of using torture, extra-judicial killings, and detention of those who opposed the strongman? Or were these just then illegal actions by rogue even sadistic military men and police, the same kind of crimes committed before and after martial law? *

Did they attempt to stop these human rights abuses, and bring to court, even the military courts these criminal men in uniform? How many of the political detainees were Communist Party or New People Army members who were trying to topple government, and how many of those killed were in fire-fights with the military or paramilitary groups? How many were the Moro casualties as result of the MNLF and MILF’s secessionist war against the Republic, and were these listed as part of those allegedly killed or “disappeared” during martial law.
Yellow narratives of the Marcos years do not even raise these questions.

Cut-and-paste book

In a cut-and-paste book on the Marcos years totally based on narratives of biased sources and second-, and even third-hand accounts — funded I was told by either Manuel Lopez or his clan and rushed as a propaganda tool against Bongbong Marcos’ bid for the presidency — the author claimed that the dictator’s detention camps were “similar” to the USSR’s horrific prisons that made up the so-called The Gulag Archipelago, depicted vividly in Nobel laureate Alexandr Solzhenitsyn’s novel of that title.

I nearly fell off my seat reading that. That’s total rubbish.

It was that reference to Gulag Archipelaego that triggered a surge of memories for me. I read Solzhenitsyn’s book in fact while I was in a Marcos prison. How can you not believe the narrative of a man of letters who spent eight years in several gulags?

I compared the Marcos prison where I was reading to Solzhenitzen’s description of the Soviet gulag: Marcos’ prisons, in comparison, would be a middle-class drug rehabilitation camp, or teen-agers summer camp .
The Gulag Archipelago in fact helped convince me in 1974 to resign from the Communist Party. If communism’s first ever experiment resulted in such horror such as the Soviet gulag  (and similar prisons in the second big experiment, Mao’s China), Marxism-Leninism must have —even if it is a powerful tool for social analysis — some deep flaw that goes against the humanist values civilization had struggled to develop for centuries. Marcos’ dictatorship was after all still part of the set of capitalist political systems.

I can speak of what Marcos prisons were because I was there, together with my late wife Raquel, in five detention centers, spending most of my 21st and 22nd year of life on this earth there.

These were the detention cells of the Philippine Constabulary’s 5th Constabulary Unit in Camp Crame, that of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) in Camp Aguinaldo, that of the National Intelligence Coordinating Authority in its headquarters at V. Luna Road in Quezon City (where it still is) as well as Ipil Youth Rehabilitation Center and the maximum security Youth Rehabilitation Center both in Fort Bonifacio — these latter two being the biggest during martial law.

I just hate it when a book is written by a gullible, crackpot writer expecting to make money out the Yellow cult’s panic over Bongbong Marcos’s vice-presidential candidacy last May. I was told the author was promised that the book would be distributed to all high schools as a required textbook, if the Yellow candidate Mar Roxas had won. With 7 million high school students , the author would have been a multi-millionaire if that had happened.  Yellow Senator Riza Hontiveros has been stupidly trying to still implement that money-making plot, reportedly asking  the Lopezes and Osmenas   to pay for the books’ distribution, the store  price of which is an astounding P2,500.

The author didn’t even care about martial law when it was upon us, and had a reputation for being so credulous  in her reportage that the newspaper’s editor told me she  wanted her fired. Her gullibility is much worse now:  she quotes without question mostly anti-Marcos American writers, communist party members, and the narratives of the Yellow Cultists to portray Marcos’ prisons so different from I actually experienced.

As an actual detainee, I owe it to history to correct these distortions of what happened.

My account of the Marcos prisons will be Monday, and I am glad that I have to cut this essay in two parts for editorial space-concerns. I ask my fellow detainees in Ipil and YRC, to present their assessments of Marcos’ prison, especially those that are contrary to mine, in the comment section of this column, or through email, and I promise they will be published in the internet version of this paper.

Marcos’ crimes against the nation are beyond the small minds of ignorant Yellow writers, too lazy to even do real research. The worst was his refusal to bring his dollar holdings back to the Philippines and give it to the central bank, which could have used it to prevent our debt default in 1983.

It wasn’t any Marcos economic policy but solely that debt default that caused us a steep three-year economic depression that put us in such a quagmire for nearly two decades.

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  1. There were 40 million Filipinos then. Why is the narrative of the measly 0.1% of the population being made out to be representative of the country’s situation then? Ridiculous perspective, right?

    One of the Yellow Cult’s biggest successes was in painting Martial Law as Macoy’s means of holding on to power. What the millenials aren’t being taught is how pervasive the communist movement was already then, especially at the provincial scene. There was more to fear from the revolutionary tax collection campaigns than there was with the PC-INP.

    Forum trolls would frequently scare millenials by saying – “There is no freedom of speech in social media under Martial Law.”
    Yeah, right. Just imagine if the Communist movement did become successful with their revolution back in the early 70s. We’d be “enjoying” the same “freedom of speech” here now as NoKor.

    Funny how the Yellows would use the term “desaparecidos” to refer to Martial Law victims – The Commies caused more disappearances.

    The elitist disente millenials are looking like really proud buffoons. And they are clueless about it.

  2. I was born on 1971. My mum is only manicurista an my father is a security guard. During those times I can clearly remember that my parents were able to afford a holiday every year sa Bicol. They can afford to play bowling, watch the cinema and eat out without the worry of money. And they where renting an apartment as well at that time. Partida na apat pa ang anak nila. BUt after Marcos was ousted everything seems to had become very expensive. galunggong na sabing pag kain ng mahirap naging ay hindi na halos makayan ng mahirap. And yes that is Cory’s punchline beforeduring that snap election, sabi niya and galungong daw ay pag kain ng mahirap.

    • This is a very good insight especially from one who did not really experience the early tears of martial law. It is true i would say that the country became one that was only for the rich after Marcos. Lack of vision or perhaps lack of feeling for the poor by the subsequent leaders probably led to this state.

  3. The big lie of the irrelevant aging communists and their yellow cult allies is that the Marcos years is being distorted by historical revisionists sympathetic to Marcos that’s why the candidacy of Bongbong did very well nationwide, proof that the brainwashing of the young has been successful. The SWS exit polls showed that Bongbong fared best among the age group 45 and above, the age of those that were well and alive to fully experience the years under Marcos. Surveys done this year show that the highest favourable rating given a president from Marcos to Noynoy was Marcos by a wide margin and again, getting his highest ratings from those that were alive to experience his rule fully and not from the younger set that were not born yet or were too young to know. The yellow propaganda must be exposed for what it is and reveal who are behind it other than the Lopez family, the leading yellow oligarchs.

  4. I guess what happened during the Martial Law were dependent on people’s character or behavior. Other people saw opportunities to use their authority, resulting to abuses of ordinary citizens, I mean the military personnel here. But why would you read about people who speaks good about military personnel and Martial Law in general? I think because these people has morals, and guided by their customs.

  5. I don’t think Martial Law era in the Philippine was most peaceful time. Had you only heard in Sorsogon about the Doctor who served the poor for free, but was killed by government soldier, because he was accused of alleged NPA symphatizer by virtue of the doctor’s good spirit to cure the poor for free, you would no longer be in favor of Martial Law. The issue on security and safety can be fulfilled by police visibility in the place. Police are required to follow the rules of their engagement in all circumstances to balance their power and authority over the people they serve in a democratic environment. By Martial Law, this police power is concentrated only in the police and they can abuse it. We can have safe and security in our place in a democratic rules if government and its police are honest in their duty to serve the people. In a democratic rule the rule of laws are to be observed strictly by everyone. The economy during marcos era was playing from 3 to 4 percent growth, not even too sure, because media was controlled. Infrastructure- was not also reasonable compared to money that should had been infused to the projects. The infrastructures projects could have been better, if all the money were used to the projects and not monopolized.

  6. Thank you Mr. Tiglao..
    This is what we are waiting ..ML was never been a bad society.. It was a prosperous time that so much we enjoyed a peaceful life. . Good and helpful community…when ML was lifted.. and after edsa 1..our nightmare started with Cory’s leadership..the promised for a better society have not been served..crimes after crimes and more rallys happened.. too much democracy that made most of us crazy and afraid of the surroundings..esp during night time… annyhow.. ML was beyond the best ever before with PFEM.. than of those presidents that run our government… only now we experience again the same environment we been longing.. now with PRRDU30..

  7. Lenia Hetherington on

    Mr. Tiglao, I wish that you will write a book about your experienced during the Martial Law years to counter the book that Riza Hontiveros wrote and distributed to the high schools. So please do write a book with your own unbiased version.

  8. RE: his (Marcos) refusal to bring his dollar holdings back to the Philippines and give it to the central bank.

    I’m in the US doing research on FEM and ML, if Marcos brought back his dollar holdings, they would not have had the same interest rates as the international money markets. Besides, it was not entirely his call but also the advise of his financial managers. Who among the other 3rd world leaders, or even South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, would have brought back their dollar holdings and kept them?

    Would hoarding dollars save the Philippine economy then? Nope. There were no manufacturing industries to support or back up the economy. Even if Marcos flooded the Philippines with dollars, the Sys, Gokongweis, Ayalas, Tans, Cojuangcos, Enriles, Elizaldes, Aranetas, Concepcions, etc. were not the zaibatsus and keiretsus of Asia because they did not industrialize.

    Marcos, along with his technocrats, were experimenting with Keynesian economics, while the industrialized countries were already preparing for the neo-Keynesian era. We know that with the benefit of hindsight, but there was no way Harvard-educated Filipino business and finance leaders could have known it then.

    • Rigoberto D. Tiglao on

      The central bank managed to bring into the Philippines fictitious dollars (which led to the overstatement of the international reserves.) It would have been a cinch from it to bring back real dollars, which Marcos stashed in Switzerland/

  9. We of the younger generation are ignorant of how Martial Law looked like. I am one of those who are disinformed about it and I almost believe what the Yellow Cult are doing 30 years before until now. But being an Ilocano, I am sure FM is not as bad as what they picture him. Just the other day, I had time to research about Martial Law. The first thing i saw was a video in youtube showing Riza Hontiveros as a contestant in Student Canteen, that was year 1981, the year Martial Law was lifted and she was 14 years old. Hontiveros, now called Honti-VIRUS, a perennial Senatorial Loser…but made it now? How did it happen? This BUGOS Senator said she was an activist during Martial Law meaning the time when she was a BABY TILL she was13 yrs old. The next video I watched explained why Martial law has to be declared by FM and it manifested it was Because NINOY AQUINO and JOMA SISON,THE CO-FOUNDERS OF CPP/NPA NDF why Martial Law was declared. Ninoy Aquino and Joma masterminded the Plaza Miranda bombing where LP Candidates were seriously injured and many died. In this regard may I have the indulgence of Amb. Tiglao to let us know why Marcos declared Martial Law. I hope Amb. Tiglao will write a narrative why Martial Law was declared. We want to know why the Yellow Cult are portraiting Ninoy Aquino as a hero, who was convicted of TREASON who should die by Firing Squad.

  10. I was 15 years old when Martial Law was declared in 1972 and 24 years old when Martial Law was lifted in 1981, meaning I was a Martial Law baby and never experienced such bad things during Martial Law. Not even a single member of my family and relatives had been tortured, imprison or any other things because we are law abiding citizens. I studied in the province, Baguio City and also in Manila but never joined those student protests and I was a law abiding student and citizen and enjoyed the fruits of Martial Law contrary to those claimed by the Yellows and the Communist. That is why our belief to Pres. FE Marcos and can never be twisted by these Yellows, the Oligarchs, the Catholic Church and the Communists. These are the evils in our society and not the Marcos family and Martial Law!…Those people who claimed to victims of Martial Law were not law abiding citizens and wanted us to be under Communist regime and anti-democracy…Thank you Mr. Tiglao for being truthful about Martial Law and hoping that more people specially the young generations will be enlightened and will know the truth.

  11. DOUGLAS O ROSETE on

    I maintain that Martial Law was necessary to quell two insurgencies: that of the communists and southern Philippine terrorists. Martial Law was the best thing that ever happened to our country and probably the best years on the lives of Filipinos. People who claimed to have suffered have only themselves to be blamed for being misguided. Without Martial Law , our country could have been fragmented if not taken over by the communists already.

  12. Prior to the declaration of Martial law, no one is safe travelling the inner barrios and towns of Nueva Ecija! Immediately after the declaration, everything turned out safe wherein businesses and agricultures flourished with government support. No abusive police amd military, even during my college days along Morayta and Recto! We always feel safe and protected!

    • That was true. Life then was safe because criminals were afraid of the strongman whom they accused of Dictatorship. But the truth, Marcos was never a dictator. I knew it because I was already 15 years old that time.

  13. Simeon E. Anekang on

    We just hope a lot are still living who experience Martial Law to share their actual story. I did not experience it, we just based our conclusion on books, articles, and of course story of our parents and grand parents. When I work overseas in south korea some of their citizen still remember the glory days of our country which the envy, they even experience famine. I just nod when they say that it was due to Marcos that our country falls.
    After 30 long years, we are still claiming to be the next tiger of ASIA?? which is so hard to achieve. Let us examine ourselves and support one another, after a fight or misunderstanding we have to release all our angers or hatreds. Let us not hate a person or people but his or her misdeed (s), because once we do that it is very hard to forgive him or her. That us Filipinos. I just hope that our leaders will work together to raise every Filipino proud here and abroad. Personal vendetta is not good.

  14. It is really sad that the young generations are being mislead by the exaggerated lies by those who hated former President Ferdinand E. Marcos so much .

    Our late former Pres. F. E. Marcos may have had mistakes , as everybody does , but during Martial Law years (although there were some Military men who abused their positions) majority of the Filipino people felt safe .

    According to the late Father Conrado Balweg’s rare interview , the NPA and their sympathizers were about to be decimated prior to the so called “EDSA REVOLUTION” in 1986 … it proliferated when the late Pres. Cory Aquino took over , with the help of people (even a Country perhaps) who had their own personal interests.

    I do hope that somebody , like you Mr. Roberto Tiglao sir , would write a book that would also inform the young generations about the good benefits derived during the Martial Law years [Philippine Style] as well as the Super and Infra-structures constructed during the Marcos Administration which every Filipino are enjoying now.

    HATRED is one of the deadly sins and inculcating it into the minds of our Youths , would only lead them into perdition .

  15. During Martial Law, a kin was sick early morning, around 5:00 in the morning. Before we reached the hospital, we passed by a police checkpoint. The police politely asked some questions, after that, we proceeded to the hospital and no untoward incident occurred.

  16. Thanks Mr. Tiglao you opened the minds of all the people who had been duped by the twisted story on the real account of Martial Law by those who gained during the time of the Aquino’s, we hope that others who really experienced what happened will come out and share their stories.

  17. ” But if we want to talk about an objective judgment of history – we need to understand that history is not in one
    color. Historic events are multifaceted and mistakes were made aplenty from every side…”

    – V.Putin, Sept 1. 2009

  18. In the onset of martial law while I was on my second year in Diliman, sheepish knocks in the door woke me up in the middle of the nite. Upon opening the door, a very respecful guy in civilian clothes with other guys around him was on the door asking the whereabouts of my brother. If my memory serves me right, I think he introduced himself as a Col. Manuel. As they were even very timid to come in, I invited them in and asked if they wanted to have coffee. Indeed, only about four of them came in so I heated coffee for them. Then, they asked if they can just go around the house and check all the rooms. As my dad have already came down by that time, my father told them that they are free to go and inspect all the rooms to find my brother. Indeed, they went to all the rooms very quietly and respectfully with nary any loud voices nor banging of doors or cabinets. Maybe, it helped that we were soon conversing with them in the Ilocano dialect. Thereafter, I went out on the street and saw that several Metrocom, police and black colored cars have surrounded our haus at Balic Balic in Sampaloc. As the haus also extends to the back street, several Police cars were also there. Up to now, i have yet to hear or watch on TV a military or police raiding team to be so respectful of the tenants of the house they were raiding.

  19. During martial law years is the safest moment of my life. We can roam around freely without having to fear of snatchers and drug addicts. Now is so much different. During those times LAW ABIDING farmers enjoyed the benefits of masagana 99 rice program, some joined the training of civilian home defense force (CHDF) with passion and nationalism. today is so much different.

    • Hello Charlito,

      I had a different experience of Martial Law. Army and police were so abusive. I could not see good future when I saw that everything in business was controlled by the marcoses, and those who had power and encharged of the government agency made more money. I could not see any good opportunity to navigate in Marcos time, example what happened to the SONS and Daughters of coconut famers who paid for the scholarship program every production time. Very corrupt government during Marcos Time! That is why Bongbong Marcos should be ashamed in running for government office. The Marcoses should be very grateful to Filipino people, because despite of what Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos did in the Philippine government, the Filipino people are still too kind for them. Had that oppression, corruption and abuse happened to other country with a violent population, the Marcoses might had been in the land of oblivion. However, the most ungrateful Filipinos I have ever seen in this world are the Marcoses, for reason that they are not sorry for their faults and wrong doings in the Philippine government. The CHDF in our place was extortionist of big and small fishermen; he was a murderer and a supplier of dynamite to fishermen who engaged in illegal fishing; He encouraged fishermen to engage in dynamite fishing, so he could make more money. No to Martial Law!

  20. Proud to be a “yellow cultist!” Expressing a truth is not being the enemy of the people. Freedom to speak is not complaining. It’s easy to conceal things during the so called “New Society” because only 1 or 2 tv & newspaper operate & then some but all controlled. Lol

  21. I was in 4th year HS at the time and I had seen with my own eyes the military raiding and arresting a Mayor at 4am who’s residence is right across ours. The Military personnel were all smartly dressed in military uniforms and knocked on the door. They did not force themselves in and actually waited for the mayor to get dressed then loaded him to their truck.

    During the time of my youth, we had stay-in parties and never experienced any untoward incident with the military. I had friends who were members of leftist organizations and from them I heard how they manage to agitate the police/military during their rallies in order to get the desired effect that they can use to accuse the government of human rights violation!

    It is apparent that most of the accusations were probably in the provinces or hinterlands, It can be inferred they are casualties of war!

  22. I also had my experience of Martial Law. I was detained in Camp Aquino in Tarlac for 3 months and more than 3 months also in Camp Olivas in Pampanga. Except the interrogations at midnight (in Tarlac), never did i experienced torture. We can mingle with the guards within the compound on any of our free time which is a complete contrast of what is being peddled.by people who are claiming to be victims of ML.I was released on March 2, 1973 without any scratch.

  23. This is the kind of writing the Yellows would readily brand as revisionism. They would not refute them though item by item, they would simply brush them off as revisionism.

    In fairness to Juan Ponce Enrile, he seems to have found use for his time as retiree going the rounds defending Martial law, taunting the anti-Marcos forces to a public debate. “Takot sila!” he guffaws.

    FVR is another story altogether. Wala lang. Recently, Neri Colmenares was narrating how he was abused by the PC in his days as an activist. How he railed to the heavens against Ferdinand Marcos, but not a word against FVR, who was head of the PC. Raissa Robles, too, I have seen pictures of her happily rubbing elbows with FVR. Raissa Robles loves to write about the abuses and crimes of Martial law, most of them committed by officers and men then under the direct command of FVR. She too berates Marcos like the meanest monster who ever lived but curiously friendly to FVR.

    These anti-Marcos forces seem to have the daring to badmouth a dead man but not the courage to confront people alive who could yet answer back.

    • This is what i am longing for! There are people who can provide the real story but they simply chose to close their mouths. Fvr is one. He should talk now because i believe now is the right time. If he dies tomorrow hopefully not, we will forever be caught in a tug of war of personal thought about the marcos regime. Sadly this comment is so right they can only fight to what is long dead not with the people living with direct involvement of the so called martial law.

  24. This yellow cultist are doing evil practice trying to brain wash the youth so that they will become like them. What will happen for the future generation. Someone must stop them right away. Just think about this, all the cases filed against Marcos, nothing ever win. They keep blaming marcos of what happening around philippines. The truth will come out.

  25. Anu ang maasahan mo sa mga angkan ng mga yellow,eh mula pa noong mga unang panahon ay mga gago at mga traydor(makapili ang lolo noong panahon) at balasubas(luisita ay napasakamay noon sa pamamagitan ng panloloko) kaya walang napala ang bayan.

  26. I wasn’t born yet during Martial Law and I heard both good and bad things about the late President. I’m glad to read an article written by someone who actually experienced Martial Law and dared to tell his truth..

    • There are a lot of them actually.Former communist leaders and cadre who were arrested and jailed when martial law was proclaimed.The likes of Nilo Tayag and a lot of Kabatang Makabayan members who,when they were released had abandoned the communist ideology and re-told the truth about who really Marcos was and the dirty propaganda war that the leftist and their oligarchs backers are trying to portray against the former strongman.But just like BBM had already told the Filipino nation,”let history be the judge of what his father did to this nation”.History has its own way of telling what is the truth and who was right.Also with the help of people like Mr, Tiglao,and of others who is willing in the name of truth will tell all and everything that really happened in the past,unmistakably,Mr Marcos can get his justice of what his crimes really are during those tummultuos days of what we all call as the martial law days…

  27. Marcos briefly put in prison some of his opponents and critics to teach them some lesson not to abuse our democracy and freedom of expression. If you noticed, most of them were detained for several months only.

    Those who stayed very long in prison were enemies of the state who were trying to bring the Philippine government down.

    In an interview, former Defense Minister Enrile said that when Martial Law was declared, the Philippines had only 48,000 soldiers. with that limited number of soldiers, how can you fight the communist rebels and secessionist moro rebels if Marcos did not declare Martial Law?

  28. i wondered why critics of Marcos led us to believe that Gen. Fabian Ver should be held responsible also for the alleged human rights violations during Martial Law, when in fact, it was Gen. Romeo Espino who was the AFP Chief of Staff during Martial Law. and Gen. Ver was more like an aide of Marcos.

    watch the video of Irwin Ver when he said that the demonization of his father Fabian Ver, started only after former senator Ninoy Aquino was assassinated.

    also, read the recent column of Cito Beltran 2 days ago. He wrote that “For many years, my father was given the impression by a high-ranking Metrocom official that his warrant of arrest was ordered by Imelda Marcos or one of her relatives. It was only when Senator Juan Ponce Enrile (who was Minister of Defense) told me on ‘Straight Talk; that he had my dad detained for being ‘makulit,’ did we learn the truth.”

    it looks that some people wove some stories to make the Marcoses look bad in the eyes of the Filipino people.

    Thanks to the internet, and we are now learning the truths.

  29. I have my own personal experiences with Martial Law as an adult. I think is is a question of whether Martial Law was te right thing to have been declared or not. I have had encounters with chaos caused by activists, especially in Manila, particularly in the university belt. With my own assessment, I am more of the opinion that yes, Martial Law, was justified because the happenings right before the proclamation were getting “out of hand”. Now, since it was the right thing to do by the government, the ‘victims of the Martial Law should have understood what Martial Law means: the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus,etc., etc.This being the essence of Martial Law, why are these ‘victims’ complaining when they transgress the rules of Marrtial Law? How come the ‘law-abiding’ citizens are not complaining and are benefactors of Martial Law? I was there before, during and after Martial Law and I speak with my own experienxces during those times. I hope everyone who speaks about Martial have their own personal and not hearsay accounts or biased, because of their personal relations with people who were ‘victims’ of the law. I can also say that the so-called leaders and politicians before the Martial Law proclamation simply didn’t do their ‘obligations’ or rightful duties to prevent such declaration. (I can detail the ocurrences I have experienced which convinced me that Martial Law declaration was ‘justified’).

    • I agree, those who are complaining now are really the enemies of the state, and rightfully imprisoned. My parents always told me, Martial law era was the most peaceful time, they felt very safe. Only law abiding citizens feel this way.

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