• Unfair, and stupid to ask Bongbong to apologize for Martial Law

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    I argued in my column Monday that Ferdinand (“Bongbong”) Marcos, Jr. was indisputably the most qualified among the vice presidential candidates, because, really, his rivals were political and moral midgets that I wondered what in the world convinced them to think they could occupy the second-highest post in the land.

    I gave three reasons for my claim. Only Bongbong proved to be intelligent, moral, and courageous as to fight President Aquino’s two major plots: to convert the Supreme Court into his stamp-pad by removing Chief Justice Renato Corona from his post and to lay the groundwork for an independent “Bangsamoro” state in the heart of Mindanao. The third reason was that only Marcos, Jr. could boast of a lengthy experience in both the executive department, with 12 years as governor, and Congress, where he has served nine years.

    However, those condemning Marcos don’t really care about such rational arguments but simply intone, as if this would make them virtuous: “Never again.” They are referring to the 13 years of Marcos rule that they claim have become known as the country’s darkest period. In their medieval mindset, they believe that Bongbong has the “spirit,” the “essence” of Marcos, the evil dictator. The liberal ones among those from this anti-Marcos crowd demand that at least, Bongbong apologize for the sins of his father.

    That’s unfair, stupid and ignorant. Why should a son apologize for the alleged evil deeds of his father, which have yet to be proven beyond all doubt?

    The real, objective history of the Marcos strongman rule still has to be written, with the prevailing narrative written mainly by the victors of EDSA I: The Yellow Oligarchs, mainly the Aquino-Cojuangco, Roxas-Araneta and Osmena clans who were crushed by Marcos; the Communist Party, which could attract allies in a country so anti-Communist, only by portraying the Marcos state as a cruel, ruthless dictatorship; and the US State Department in that era, which was experimenting on creating a template that was very effectively used in defeating the USSR, by fomenting “People Power Revolts” against cruel dictators in its satellite nations.

    The Marcos-was-pure-evil narrative, though, couldn’t explain very real political and social anomalies.

    First, a significant part of the nation obviously does not that believe Marcos was so evil, or these people wouldn’t have given his wife Imelda and his top crony Eduardo Cojuangco huge numbers of votes, which together made up 28 percent of the votes cast in 1992, more than the winner Fidel Ramos’ 24 percent. After 30 years of anti-Marcos brainwashing, the Ilocos provinces – and those predominantly speaking Ilocano – are reportedly still “Marcos loyalists,” although this would be finally tested in Bongbong’s vice presidential candidacy this May.

    Martial Law images? Only the one in black-and-white, the rest are from the Mendiola and Hacienda Luisita massacres

    Martial Law images? Only the one in black-and-white, the rest are from the Mendiola and Hacienda Luisita massacres

    General Order No. 16

    Second, if human rights abuses were so bad during the dictatorship, why did Filipinos vote Marcos’ police chief Fidel Ramos President in 1992 and his Defense Secretary/Martial Law Administrator Juan Ponce Enrile as senator three times?

    To clearly delineate responsibility, Marcos even issued General Order No. 16 just a few weeks after Martial Law was imposed in 1972. It ordered his then Defense Secretary Enrile to set up and chair a “Command for the Administration of Detainees,” the sole authority tasked to deal with those detained under the powers of Martial Law. Enrile appointed Ramos as its commander. Yet, they want to blame the happy-go-lucky Bongbong who was 15 to 28 years old during that regime.

    Yes, Enrile and Ramos defected from the Marcos side in 1986, but if blood were really on their hands, which would have been the case in the prevailing narrative of “thousands killed and detained” during Martial Law, there would have been so much anger against them, that they would have been asked to simply retire and fade away, certainly not to be President and senator.

    There is one glaring example of what is probably a hoax over Martial Law. We have all been reading and hearing for years, reported in sickening ABS-CBN documentaries every February, and quoted by various people – from the most gullible yet megalomaniac blogger in our country to a 2011 article by an esteemed professor, Paul Hutchcroft – that, to quote the latter: “Under his dictatorship, 3,257 were killed, 35,000 tortured and 70,000 imprisoned.”

    While more often declared as if it were an official census number needing no source, a few have actually cited the source of these figures: University of Wisconsin professor Alfred McCoy, a respected academic who seems to give the figures a lot of credibility.

    After much effort, I found the McCoy publication that reported those figures: a 2006 book – A Question of Torture: CIA Interrogation from the Cold War. McCoy even claimed the figures exceeded those in dictatorships known to have been really brutal, as in Chile and Brazil.

    What surprised me, though, is that he pointed to two other books as his sources of basic data: Richard Kessler’s 1989 Rebellion and Repression in the Philippines and Rev. La Verne D. Mercado and Sister Mariani Dimaranan’s Philippines: Testimonies on Human Rights Violations.

    These are hardly objective, neutral reports.

    That book was the only one written by Kessler, whose CV says he has “40 years experience working on foreign policy and national security issues” – a description that would fit a CIA operative or asset.

    Anyone who was with the anti-Marcos movement would know Rev. Mercado and Sr. Dimaranan, who had both passed away. They were at the vanguard of the movement within the Protestant and the Catholic Churches, and among the first to have been imprisoned when Martial Law was declared.

    It is astonishing how an academic, a tenured professor, could cite as indisputable data those provided by obviously partisan non-academics and known very militant anti-Marcos activists. McCoy’s “information” is then taken as academically rigorous information, since the figures are claimed to have come from him, a known academic, and not from Kessler and Mercado-Dimaranan.

    Kessler’s book was primarily on the communist and Muslim rebellions, which makes me suspect that he was referring not to extra-judicial executions by the military but to the casualties during these two bloody insurgencies, which, after all, the State had the duty to crush.

    Extrapolated killings

    But what floored me was how McCoy got his “3,257 etc.” figures. He extrapolated them, adding the figures of Kessler and Mercado-Dimaranan, both of which, in the first place, are very partisan, inaccurate reports.

    Didn’t it enter his mind that if there were killings, detention and torture, they could have occurred only during the first years of Martial Law, and then decreased in the latter years of the strongman’s rule, after sadistic  rogue officers and soldiers had been weeded out, the two insurgencies contained and the young fire-brand militants (like me) had chosen to live quieter lives?

    This, in fact, is what could have really happened, based on Amnesty International (AI) reports. Surprisingly, the AI 1975 report says it was Marcos himself who told its staff that “altogether, some 50,000 people had been arrested and detained since Martial Law.”

    The government, however, claimed “substantial numbers of detainees had been released that by May 1975, only 6,000 remained in detention, the AI said. AI in its 1981 report then quoted the Command for the Administration of Detainees as saying that the number of political prisoners fell to 1,931 in 1980, and dropped further to 344 in 1981.

    What has almost totally been omitted from the anti-Marcos diatribes is what AI delineated in its 1981 report:

    “In a speech marking the lifting of Martial Law in January 1981, President Marcos said that more than 8,800 officers and men had been dismissed from the AFP during the period of Martial Law (for various offenses including torture and ill-treatment of detainees.)” AI quoted similar reports, with numbers provided, made by Gen. Romeo Espino, whose record to this day remains unblemished by any accusation of human rights violations as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines from 1972 to 1981 and the two defense undersecretaries during the Martial Law period in charge of the AFP’s relations with civilians, Carmelo Barbero and Jose Crisol.

    I can’t cite more realistic data, though, on human rights abuses during that period, as no academic has bothered to check McCoy’s figures. You may, however, count all of the claimed “salvagings” and torture in AI reports from 1973 to 1981, which even report the names of the victims, and you would not reach 300.

    While we should mourn the extra-judicial execution and torture of even one Filipino, the numbers are important. It would determine if killings and torture were a deliberate policy of the Marcos regime, or whether these were anomalies committed by the same kind of sadists in uniform that obviously, based on AI reports after 1986, have continued to hound the Philippine military and police.

    After all, even without Martial Law, horrific massacres such as the Mendiola and Hacienda massacres under two Aquinos, have been undertaken by the military and the police without anyone having been brought to justice.

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    1. How do you know that those people were law abiding citizens who were killed during martial law?? As far as I know, all those were the victims of NPA/CPP who suspected them as spy for the government. Then the communist will blame on Martial law. Why was martial law was declared by FEM????? ..I was teenager during martial law, and I am committed some violations in which I learn to be discipline for myself and to be nationalistic. A lot of private and exclusive schools were infiltrated by the communist party of the Philippines including the University of the Philippines before martial law was declared..This is true not fabricated… Ateneo de Kamote University..i like this university esp . their professor in history…

    2. Mr. Tiglao, your essay on the historiography of anti-Marcos sources CANNOT be understood by anti-Marcos BOBOTANTES…… that’s why they are bobotantes.

      Thanks for the information Mr. Tiglao :-)

    3. Itong gobyernong yellow na puro Kapalpakan ang ginagawa
      ang dapat mag apologize sa mga tao,

    4. May Sariling Isip on

      Ok, How about just returning the money that his father stole from the Philippines? Boingboing Marcos has NOT OFFERED to return anything that his father plundered from the country.

      Shouldn’t Boingboing apologize for that? For wanting to keep the plundered loot?

    5. Ildefonso Rubrico on

      I, too, lived before, during and after, martial law, and have participated in both Edsas I and II (was there an Edsa III? I doubt it). I raised my family carefully and on the salary I earned through honest work, and my children grew up to have respectable careers of their own, and families, too. For security, I worked as an Namfrel area volunteer in the hinterlands of Davao, and kept my political opinions mostly to myself and concentrated on work and church. Like most, we saw the flight of the Marcoses as the beginning of a far-reaching genuine reform in govt and Philippine society.
      After 3 decades of Aquino rule marked by the return of the oligarchs and its own brand of corruption, there is really nothing much to show, or boast about, even to my grandchildren. Are they exorcising the Marcos ghost just to cover for their 30 yr failure? As for me, I don’t wonder anymore…. it’s plain to see!

    6. What are we teaching our children if we vote for the likes of Bongbong Marcos as well as VP Binay? That the act of corruption and plunder are nothing to be ashamed of. That it is okay even if your father or your family stole from the people and hid them in cronies’ or underlings’ accounts. This is the legacy that will be imprinted in the impressionable minds of our children, children’s childrens, etc. That is the kind of country we will forever be — No Morals, No Decency and No Love of Country.

    7. Only the Yellows and communist would continue to demonize Marcos but history has put them already judged them. After 30 years of rule by this Yellow Oligarchs supported by the Yellow fanatics and communist, the people can now clearly distinguish the achievements of Marcos and the way how he valued the Filipino people in general in stark contrast to Cory and her successors including PNoy. We now know that Marcos was ousted by greedy Yellow Oligarchs supported by the Yellow fanatics and communists who know nothing but criticize yet have not accomplished or done nothing. They are no comparable to Marcos. In fact, everything that we are enjoying today is thanks to Marcos. Need I mention PICC, hospitals, airport, etc? YES TO BONGBONG MARCOS! Never Again!? My answer, YES, IT IS ABOUT TIME! (for the nation to have a good and strong leader like Marcos).

      • How much money you got paid from Marcos Vice Presidential campaign?
        Don’t be shy and embarrass! It is election year in the Philippines. Pilipino politicians from barangay chief, mayor, congressman, governor, senator, vice president and even president of the republic hands out “pesos”
        to the thousands and thousands of voters like yourself. It is the tradition in the Pilipinas just like aguinaldo during pasko. Make sure to ask for more pesos from Marcos’ Vice Presidential campaign fund. Prices of food, gas, electricity, transportation, housing, rent, medicine, cell phone, school, SM mall are all going up, except your paycheck, that is if you have a job as a call center, nurse, dental assistant, tindera, or “atchay” house maid.

      • Nabasa mo ba ang article o sadyang bobotante ka lang? anti-Marcoses and BOBOTANTEs will always close their minds to the truth.

    8. salot ang mga aquino nung panahon n gen luna nung panahon ng hapon, nung 10 oras na walang kuryente nung panahon ni cory at ngaun bulok lahat ang pang masang public services pero masaya at mayaman at yumayaman pa ang mga kaibigan at kakwartshan ng mga aquino

    9. Casual Observer on

      PNoy had all the advantages and none of the disadvantages that BBM has to labor through. Yet he cannot sink BBM. PNoy should stop whining and start accepting that history may yet be kinder to Bongbong than to any Aquino. If only Miriam would withdraw and so that Bongbong could sway the north to Duterte, and Cayetano does the same, I can’t imagine the fits PNoy will have. This is not to take away from Miriam and Allan. They would have made fine leaders, but their too way down in the standings, that their efforts will be better directed to something more reasonably probable. Bongbong supporting Duterte and vice versa will be the tipping point for both of them.

    10. I am really very happy that many Filipinos are getting to know the real picture about martial law, the person responsible for the Plaza Miranda bombing who is not PFM, the grandfather of some one who founded an organization which collaborated with the Japanese which resulted to the deaths of many Filipinos, and the role of a certain tv network in perpetrating the wrong picture about martial law.

      I would like to add that according to a source the real winner of the 1992 elections was Danding Cojuangco. His mistake was after several days without news of who was the winner he came out with the statement that he won by so many votes. This gave the operators of someone the opportunity to come up with figures to make this someone win. The operators reduced the votes for Danding Cojuangco and gave the votes to the eventual winner and to a certain senator to make it appear she was the second placer. Danding C came out third.

    11. Maribel A. Calanda on

      I agree with you Mr. Tiglao. You were incarcerated too and yet you give the facts straight to your readers. I am happy that you mentioned that BBM is the VP for you.

      • ambaro p. sagle on

        I was only a highschool student then but our province known for its tribal wars became a gunless province where gun possesion was an status symbol, no murders, no cattle rustling, and any form of criminality,such as highway robbery everything was entirely peaceful.Illegal gun possessions sprouted when cory came into power, these noisy liars cannot accept the truth that they lied to the Filipino people, let the truth come out let the votes for Bongbong be a testimony for the hidden truth that we had been linging for. Thank uou and God bless us all!

    12. Jojo Ventura on

      The issue of Martial Law only appears during the anniversary of EDSA and during election time if the candidate bears the name MARCOS, otherwise it will automatically disappear thereafter.

    13. Dr. Chrisostomo Phd on

      Tiglao makes a pro-Marcos argument that it is “unfair and stupid to ask Bongbong to apologize for martial law.” “The liberal ones among those from this anti-Marcos crowd demand that at least, Bongbong apologize for the sins of his father.” ” That’s unfair, stupid and ignorant. “Why should a son apologize for the alleged evil deeds of his father, which have yet to be proven beyond all doubt? ” In an election year, when Marcos is campaigning to become the next vice president of the republic and ahead in the polls, of course, that would be a political suicide to apologize for the crimes of his father, the dictator. Why would even Marcos Jr. acknowledge the human rights atrocities done under the Marcos regime and how Marcos, his extravagant and flamboyant wife, the children and yes, the sole heir to the Marcos dynasty, benefited from the obscene ill gotten wealth amassed by the dictator, when Marcos Sr. was supposedly collecting a modest paycheck as President of the Republic? Tiglao’s argues, “That’s unfair, stupid and ignorant.” Of course, that would be unfair, stupid and ignorant for Marcos Jr. to acknowledge the graft and corruption of the dictator, his father, when Marcos Jr., whose ultimate goal is to become the future President of the Republic —-that would a political disaster! If his own mother Imelda, will not even apologize for the graft and corruption of her husband, the billions of dollars they stole and hid in Swiss banks, the priceless jewelry amassed fit for a queen, why expect the son, the sole heir to the dynasty apologize too, let alone even make a slight acknowledgment of their past deeds?

      It is not so much the apology that is the problem in Tiglao’s opinion, rather the distortion of the historical facts in Tigalao’s arguments on Marcos Jr. There is a need for historical revisionism from biased editorial comments like Tiglao’s and his supporters. Marcos Jr. statement, ” Let us leave history to the professors, to those who study the history of the Philippines. It is not our job. Our job is to look at what the people need at present.” In response to his statement, the Ateneo University history professors wrote, “we, the undersigned members of the Ateneo de Manila community, vehemently oppose and condemn the ongoing willful distortion of our history. We deplore the shameless refusal to acknowledge the crimes of the Martial Law regime. We reject the revision of history, disturbing vision of the future, and shallow call for “unity” being presented by Marcos Jr. and like-minded candidates in the 2016 elections.” But, it is easier for Tiglao to distract readers from the truth and instead blame the liberal ones, those from this anti-Marcos crowd demand that at least, Bongbong apologize for the sins of his father. It is much easier for Tiglao’s to blame the yellow oligarchs, mainly the Aquino-Cojuangco, Roxas-Araneta and Osmena clans and yet he ignores how Marcos created new elites or “oligarchs” rather than abolish them — supposedly one of his main justifications for declaring martial law. And how Marcos was mainly concerned with perpetuating his personal hold on power by favoring family members, friends, and other cronies. The Ateneo University history professors also stated, “We refuse to forget the atrocities committed by the Marcos regime, and we renew our demand that the perpetrators of these crimes be brought to justice. We also reiterate our position that the government should relentlessly pursue and reclaim all the ill-gotten wealth accumulated by the Marcos family and its cronies. Moreover, victims and their families should be given justice and compensation in full. Any call for unity, most especially from the heirs of the Marcos regime which bitterly divided the country, will be empty and meaningless unless truth and justice are upheld.” In an election year, it is easy for Manila Times editorial critics and politicians like Marcos Jr. to forget his father (the dictator’s) past.

      • Even just for argument sake, it’s sad that academicians like Dr. Crisostomo do not understand clear reality.
        While these people exaggerate and repeatedly broadcast it in media (TV, radio and dailies) the “excesses of Martial Law” without solid proof, they forget to say that 30 years after EDSA, look what happened??
        There were/are shenanigans like PDAF, CDF, Mamasapano, Yolanda, Mendiola massacre, and so on and on, the list never ends.
        These are DOCUMENTED FACTS THE WHOLE WORLD KNOWS.

        Clearly, Dr. Crisostomo has the so-called ‘selective amnesia’ bias when choosing facts to support his political thoughts. Between Tiglao and Crisostomo, I find Tiglao’s rhetoric more balanced, even if I dislike majority of former Arroyo officials.

      • Laughing at you on

        I’ll ruin your text wall argument in a few sentences. Being emotional and partial in the study of history is sacrilege to the study. These Academicians should be ashamed of themselves tainting the study with politicking.

    14. Time and Time again, excesses borne out of the Martial Law regime under the late Apo FM Sr would be written about and the reading public are left at a quandary as to the veracity of what is being claimed and published. There should be an end to this to pave way for the Philippines to go forward. We must find a way to reckon with what the sovereign people of this country clamor in this regard. That is, a clear and verifiable presentation of events, facts and figures that transpired during the Martial Law era.

      Former President Fidel Ramos and Senator Juan Ponce Enrile owes it to the Filipino people to elucidate in actual terms and depth of their knowledge of this specific era of governance. They were both known to all and sundry as the primary implementors and enforcers of that Martial Law declaration. And their participation cannot just be covered and erased from history by simply attributing their acts of defiance to their then Commander-in Chief as having triggered the 1986 People’s Power Revolution.

      The House of Representatives which comprises the direct district representatives of the Filipino voting populace can seize the opportunity to spearhead the conduct of a Congressional Forum on the Claimed Excesses of the Martial Law Regime. Former President Ramos and Senator Enrile will be the only main speakers. Panelists would be judiciously selected from various sectors of public and private entities.

      That if realized would certainly place a closure to this issue!

    15. I am not interested on this two families. We have seen enough of them. There are good things they did but there are many are bad things happened. I must say not all the wrong doings of the two Presidents directly but the people around them. There are many stories and most of them are lies.
      Sa panamit at pananalita pa lang at sa mga kasama nila sa palibot ay nakikita ang kanilang pagkatao!! “Birds of the same feather flocks together”. It is not a rocket science to figure out who should run our country.
      Let’s give a chance to a Mindanaoan to become the President.

    16. THE OVERWHELMING LAW ABIDING MAJORITY OF FILIPINOS ENJOYED THE BENIFITS OF MARTIAL LAW. IF THE GOVT IS OPERATING UNDER MARTIAL LAW, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT? KUNG PASAWAY KA, BANITOG KA SA SELDA. GANUN LANG KA SIMPLE YUN. YUNG MGA BANGAG PA SA EDSA HANGGANG NGAYON DAPAT DAW MAG APOLOGIZE SI BBM, WOW WHAT A STUPID BRAIN! STUPIDITY TO THE HIGHEST LEVEL!

    17. I consider Bong Bong to be the most articulate and credible of all the candidates. However, his failure to express sorrow or regret for SOME of the actions of his father are worrying. Loyalty is not at issue. He is not promoting a family business, but offering himself for election. We need to know how he would deal with a prolonged crisis.

    18. A lonely voice in the wilderness of Philippine politics, you are! But who says that the noisy and the perceived majority are right? In most cases they have been proven wrong. Keep shouting till the heavens are stormed, Mr. Tiglao!

    19. Amnata Pundit on

      These pathological Marcos-hating elements always mention martial law when in fact the real starting point of martial law was the Plaza Miranda bombing which Ninoy Aquino accused Marcos of masterminding. Today many people have already realized who the real mastermind of that crime of the century was, and it wasn’t Marcos. Binaligtad talaga ng EDSA ang mundo, yung demonyo ginawang national hero.

    20. BS AQUINO keeps pressing Bongbong Marcos to apologize. Shouldn’t Aquino apologize for the crime of his grandfather who was convicted of TREASON for collaborating with the japanese during WW2?

      • BENITO BOY SISI SHOULD ALSO APOLOGIZE NOT ONLY FOR THE TREASON OF HIS GRANDFATHER BUT ALSO TO THE VICTIMS AND KIN OF THOSE WHO WERE MAIMED AND DIED DURING THE PLAZA MIRANDA BOMBING. LEST WE FORGET, HIS FATHER IS NOW COMING OUT AS PART OF THE PLANNERS OF THE DASTARDLY ACT (SEE PREVIOUS COLUMNS OF GIA SAMONTE WHERE HE RE-PRINTED THE TESTIMONY OF THE PARTISANS)

    21. Indeed, what we need is an objective accounting of the martial law era, its impact on the country as well the abuses committed in its name. Mr Tiglao’s analysis is very thought provoking and it is the kind of counterpoint thinking that we need to progress as a mature nation. We were personally affected by the arrests made in the early weeks and months of martial law and had to suffer dislocation from our properties and livelihood because of military operations. These resulted at one time to the deaths of people close to us. To me, the crucial questions to ask Bongbong are these: what was exactly your role in the final days of martial law (when you were already an adult and given that your family was ruling the country) and do you actually believe that the martial law declared by your father was justified? Through these prisms, one can decide if the son of FM is worth his/her vote. But to dismiss him as another “evil” person just because he is a Marcos is infantile and stupid, as this article says. We are better than this.

    22. It’s not about martial law, exactly. The bigger issue is his attempts at revising history as well as non-acknowledgement of his father’s sins.

      His actions after his father’s death are all his.

      • . Make up your minds. Now it is not about Martial Law. Please validate claims of history being revised., who’s revisised. Should the NPA and MNLF apologize too for they are the very reasons Martial Law was declare to protect the people and save the nation.

    23. I hope one day a just narrative of what really happened during and after martial will be viewed on the television or internet. That way the people…especially the young will decide if EDSA was the HERO or the VILLAIN in Philippine History.

    24. YES, IT IS CORRECT ABS CBN WAS ONE OF THE PRIVATE CORPORATION NATIONALIZE BY THE PRES. MARCOS AND THE MERALCO THE POWER DISTRIBUTION ADDED TO IT TO GIVE THE FILIPINOS LOW MONTHLY BILLING OF ELECTRICITY BUT WITH EVIL DICTATOR CORY HANDED IT TO THE OLIGARCHS AND UP TO THIS DAY MERALCO NEVER CEASES TO DECREASE ITS MONTHLY BILLING TO THE FILIPINOS AND TO MY READING IF I AM CORRECT STANDS TO ABOUT 1,000 PERCENT.

      SEE, HOW MARCOS LOVES HIS COUNTRYMEN AND HIS COUNTRY. WHAT DID THE AQUINOS DID WAS TO MALIGN MARCOSES NOT THEIR SINS TO THE FILIPINOS AND THE COUNTRY. THAT IS ONLY ONE OF THE SINS OF THE AQUINOS. THEY HAVE A LOT OF EXPLAINING TO DO FROM BEING A TRAITOR TO DIVULGING STATE SECRET RE PLAN SABAH INVASION WHICH IF HAPPEN IN THE U.S. OF AMERICA FBI COULD HAVE HANDCUFF NINOY. ADDED TO IT HIS BEING ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF COMMUNIST PARTY OF THE PHILIPPINES AND PLAZA MIRANDA BOMBING (ALEX IF I AM RIGHT THE NAMES MENTIONED BY THE LIVING WITNESS TO SAID BOMBING). THAT ALL FOR NOW FOLKS

      • Agree. Today we are paying the highest rate of power in Asia to the present owners of Meralco who is an Indonesian. Profits averaging 20million are remitted to Indonesia annually. This funds could have been contributory to the economy of the country. But, the oligarch are protected well in this administration of matuwid na daan.

      • I WAS A GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT IN EARLY 1971 AND OUR SCHOOL WAS INFILTRATED BY KABATAANG MAKABAYAN AND I AS COLLEGE STUDENT IN 1971 IN THE U.E. I WAS A LIVING WITNESS OF HOW COMMUNISM DISTORTED DEMOCRACY. I SAW HOW CPP/NPA/NDF WORKS. THEY TWIST THE TRUTH TO SUIT THEIR DESIRE TO HAVE A COMMUNIST GOVERNMENT. THEY ARE FUNDED BY MAO.

        CPP/NPA/NDF IN THE LATE 70’S WERE PURGING THEIR RANKS OF SUSPECTED SPIES, SUPPORTERS DISAPPEAR WHEN THEY ARE ABOUT TO LEAVE THEIR RANKS, THEY ARE INTO KIDNAPPING, EXTORTION, AND THEY WILL DO EVERYTHING TO BETRAY THE FOLLOWERS WHO INCLINED TO BELIEVE THEY HAVE THE LOST CAUSE.

        IN THE 1980 AND EARLY 1990 THE REBEL RETURNEES CAME OUT IN THE OPEN AND REVEALS THE WRONG DOING OF CPP/NPA/NDF MASS GRAVES AND MASS PURGING REVEALED TO THE PUBLIC. NOW THE YELLOW BRIGADE AND THE AQUINOS USED THAT AND BLAME THE ATROCITIES TO THE MARCOS WHEN IN FACT IT WAS DISTORTED TRUTH.

        EVIL DICTATOR CORY ENSHRINE THE SYSTEM THAT WILL MAKE US FILIPINOS NOT TO RISE IN THE PUTIK NG KAHIRAAN. SHE MOTHBALLED BATAAN NUCLEAR POWER PLANT, PRIVATIZE THE STATE OWNED MERALCO, AND BEFORE HE LEAVES OFFICE SHE USED THE NAZI PARTY/LIBERAL PARTY OF PORKY DRILON TO HAVE THE OLIGARCHS BECAME MORE RICHER BY ENACTING THE EPIRA LAW. THE UNCONSUMED OR NOT USED, OR EXCESS ELECTRICITY IS STILL BEING CHARGE TO THE FILIPINO PEOPLE THRU THE MONTHLY BILLING.

        THE NAZI PARTY/LIBERAL PARTY GAVE US PRIVATIZATION OF NAPOCOR, NAWASA, NATIONAL GRID CORPORATION, ETC HALOS LAHAT NA YATA KUNG ANONG MAISIP NILA GANOON NA LANG KAYA ANG LOBBYIST NG OLIGARCHS NAG IISIP KUNG ANO NAMAN ANG PAGKAKIKITAAN NG PERA. PUPUNTA SA SENADO AT CONGRESO MERON BATAS DITO IPASA NINYO. ANG TANONG NAMAN NG SENADOR AT CONGRESSMAN MERON BA KAMI DIYAN, MAGKANO BA ANG KIKITAIN NINYO DIYAN, PAGKATAPOS MERON PA BA KAMI DIYAN.

        GANYAN ANG MGA TAGA NAZI PARTY/LIBERAL PARTY NGAYON, EXCEPT KAY RALPH RECTO. MAGISIP ISIP NAMAN KAYO, WAG MAGING BULAD, PIPI AT BINGI

    25. Hon Tiglao how informative u shared to us growing youth..why on earth is lopezes abs. Professors are magnifying dstorted facts during pres FEM 9yrs ML era? Youth are doing intensive researched to get t real truth..yes senFMjr is most competent to get VP post. We will support he’s advocacy and ensure victory..

    26. Jerome Suarez on

      Ramos was never elected as President. he cheated Miriam Defensor Santiago during the 1992 elections. I just want to correct some of your article’s content sir Tiglao.

      • Then why didn’t you raise a case with the PET or the SC to challenge the legitimacy of Ramos’ presidency. Officially he was the President whether there was cheating or not. The fact the you or people with the same idea as yours didn’t do everything to stop his presidency, make your claim invalid. STUPID commentor!

    27. I salute you sir for seeking the truth and by sharing to us, The lies about martial law still echoed to this generation up to the next generation as long as abs-cbn still airing. They didn’t even bother to look back on what had just happened to the poor farmers as they are the real victim of extra judicial killings brought by aquino – cojuangco family in order to protect their interest. shame to the brainwashed yellow people who seek justice while their other eye is closed.

    28. loida pantarotto on

      sir i am so happy that there are still people like you who writes truthfully and unbiased.im an expatriate but grew up and lived during. Marcos era.thank you

    29. I am aghast seeing on tv the march of supporters of the NPA waving red flags and worsening traffic gridlock on their route. I ask how can they so blatantly show support to a group that is openly rebelling against the government whose declared objective is
      the overthrow of this government. What’s so disgusting is there are those who complain about martial law that happened decades ago precisely to counter this insurgency and here we are witnessing that same rebellion openly marching in our midst like they have already won. How come this march was not suppress or did they have a permit issued to them I wonder.

    30. Samuel Santos on

      I’ve met – and continue to meet – so many people who consider themselves as “learned” by harping on the so-called “evils” of the FEM regime.

    31. Edong Mapangarap on

      we would like to see a debate between BBM and Pnoy !
      and id like like the first question to be – DO YOU KNOW WHO REALLY KILLED YOUR FATHER? AND WHY CORY AND YOU DIDNT EXERT ANY EFFORT TO FIND OUT THE TRUTH ? despite the confessions of AVSECOM soldiers?
      the second question is – WHY IS HACIENDA LUISITA STILL IN YOUR POSSESION?
      the third question is – WHY ARE YOU HIDING YOUR MEDICAL AND PSYCHO REPORT?

    32. As cited by the columnist, the facts and figures of AI belie the fallacious claims that are continuously being peddled by pseudo journalists to earn their bread and butter from the Malloch Fund. At least, that bomb scare at the Ateneo may have been a blessing in disguise for that rabid blogger as it derailed the launching of her compilation of martial law gossips and urban legends – a derailment that saved her from the ignominy of eternal shame for her rambunctious claims and deceitful figures viz systematic torture under martial law and “never again” claims that are now found to be contrary to AI findings. Not that I deny any incident of torture during those years but the number of such aberrants are never in the magnitude often cited by those pseudo journalists and their myopic-visioned factotums.

    33. It’s just too bad, BBM didn’t have a choice of parents. (Perhaps, other candidates have, like Llamanzares-Poe?) Young and naive as he was during Martial Law, what could has he done?

      I surmise that most of those who are against the Marcoses, particularly BBM at this time, are blind followers of revenge and have no personal knowledge of the Martial Law regime. I was in the Philippines before, during and after Martial Law.

      A good question is: How many “law-abiding” citizens were killed because of Martial Law?

      • Betty Balajadia on

        Yes! I agree to that question to be asked ” how many law abiding citizen have been killed during the Martial Law?”

      • We’ll probably never know who among the 3,257 killed, 35,000 tortured, and 70,000 incarcerated were falsely charged.