R: Like you are the only one left with any brain ?
MG: Well, between you and me, bingo! You got it!
R: Hahaha, oh well what can I say?
MG: Nothing more. End of story.
President Aquino has once again reiterated his vow to stop Bongbong Marcos from winning the elections. How he is going to do it, he is not saying, but one gets the feeling that he is determined to accomplish that commitment at all cost. He has stated so in many instances that the Marcoses are the scourge of the earth and as President he most likely deems it his solemn duty to save the Philippines from them. If by foul means, so be it: the end justifies the means. Because all attempts have all but failed so far, with Bongbong Marcos still topping the surveys, he and his band of Yellows must be contemplating on other alternatives by now. Cheating seems to be that alternative.
You think the Philippines is in peril from those you consider scourges of the earth. The elections are near but the scourges are instead topping the surveys. You wonder then how this very important decision of choosing the next leaders be ever left to the ‘stupid’ electorate. You are the President with residual powers yet to set things right, especially because you think you’ve done a real great job and what a waste it would be if the scourges take over. There is only one recourse left: cheat. Well, you do what you have to do, right?
Indeed, the effort at laying down the ground work for saving the Philippines is already palpable: manipulated surveys, and early signs of cheating targeting Bongbong.
How the Marcos forces are going to counter the scheme remains to be seen. But this early they must be forewarned that the anti-Marcos forces are out to stop Bongbong Marcos from winning the Vice-Presidency by hook or by crook— because he is a Marcos.
They want Leni Robredo. With her as Vice-President, they could move in quickly to try oust the President-elect, who in all likelihood could be another one of those they consider hoods. With some luck, Leni Robredo, the Yellow candidate would be on the saddle in a matter of months. Familiar scenario?
It is all about saving the Philippines because they believe the future of the nation is in grave danger with the bad guys and the people are just too stupid to decide for themselves.
Leni Robredo is now on top of the race for the post of Vice-President, according the latest SWS survey. Incredibly, she jumped by an astonishing seven points! Leni Robredo is understandably overjoyed. This is not the first time. In another SWS survey just a week ago, over two erstwhile leaders Chiz Escudero and Bongbong Marcos, she did a phenomenal pole vault jump for the first time. The divergence in result of other surveys aside, the leapfrogging numbers of the congresswoman in both instances are nothing short of amazing. Inexplicable though is the lack of a surging excitement on the ground to reflect such a phenomenal rise.
Which makes one wonder if there are forces now out at work to save the Philippine from becoming, as Leni Robredo puts it, a “laughingstock of the world.” The President himself has repeatedly expressed deep concern about this development, obviously horrified of the consequences and implications of a Bongbong Marcos win. Lately, he has taken it upon himself to personally lead the assault, even conscripting the help of government agencies and the remnants of old anti-Marcos forces— to no avail, it seems. Someone must be thinking, if the electorate could not be saved from their ‘foolishness’, they have to be saved by some other means. SWS seems to be a willing conspirator.
Their nightmare is threatening to become reality and , oh, how horrified they are. So the PCGG, the government agency that had been tasked to run after the family, is now taking the lead, most likely with the express directive of President Aquino himself, in the final offensive aimed at derailing Bongbong Marcos’s VP campaign. If the effort is going to produce the result they desire, we will see. But they are likely going to be disappointed. It is a wonder how it escapes them till now that the frontal attacks against him (books, mobile museum, daily bashing on mainstream media, Presidential speeches, manifestos, CARMMA, etc.) are producing precisely the reverse effect.
If you proceed from the premise that the people have forgotten, or that the so-called Millenials are just poorly informed, or that Marcos propaganda has been so mesmerizing it got the entire nation thinking the so-called Dark Years never occurred, you are setting out from a wrong point of departure. If you fail to see that, you have a problem.
I have discussed this often enough but for the purpose, let me do it again, in plain, unadorned manner.
Human rights violations. How can you use that as an issue against Bongbong Marcos? Because Bongbong is the son? The sins of the parent, if sins there are, do not visit upon the children. If you insist it should be, that is a fatal misjudgment. If you think he must apologize for the father, the implication being that he is condemning him and admitting his father’s alleged sins, all the more. In the first place, if you really have any issue on the matter of human rights violations, why have you not taken this up with the two of the most prominent personalities involved? They are alive and kicking: Senate minority leader Juan Ponce Enrile and former President Fidel Ramos. You have not done so at all, which raises the question of intent. Now, until you can explain this omission, you are just howling against the wind. Besides, you have not really explained why you are singling out President Ferdinand Marcos, with all the vitriol and hatred, when all Presidents after him have the same issues . How you can dog the son now for the same controversies without looking crazy, I do not know.
Hidden wealth. If you google search “Marcos wealth” you will find many sites on the Internet dealing with the matter. But that is the problem: you do not even want to take a look because you probably consider it an insult to your intelligence. You call these “rubbish”, “crap”, “bullshit” and by similar other exclamations . That is a blunder. Because if you did, you would have found out why the so-called Millenials are at least giving the family the benefit of the doubt and that calling them Millenials gullible is likely going to offend and alienate them instead. But, I will not explain any further.
Indeed, hatred has a way of corrupting the mind. No wonder Bongbong’s campaign team is likely even welcoming it.
In this interview, Victor Corpuz talks extensively about his involvement in the underground:
For the other side, let us hear it from the man himself, Professor Jose Ma. Sison.
I did not see it coming. The article is a review about a new book, Thirty Years Later… Catching Up With the Marcos-Era Crimes, and as it tackles a favorite topic, I was spurred to join the discussion. Then, lo and behold, the author of the book
herself himself, Myles Garcia, popped in and joined.
This was how the first exchange went.
R: Like you are the only one left with any brain ?
MG: Well, between you and me, bingo! You got it!
R: Hahaha, oh well what can I say?
MG: Nothing more. End of story.
R: “…a $2 billion judgment by a U.S. court in favor of victims of human rights violations by the Marcoses?”
Do you know who these “victims” are, salivating over the $2 billion compensation? They are members of SELDA, a communist front organization, about 10,000 in all. Among the “victims” is the very poster image of the communist movement, former Chair of the CPP, Joma Sison, and several ranking members of the movement.
MG: It doesn’t matter. There were court judgments and the Marcoses are indicted felons. Wake up.
R: It does matter to us. And I am awake. Do not assume you are the only one making any sense. You have an opinion, others have too.
MG: Of course. But that’s not what’s at issue here. Go write and publish your own books and we will continue to document the crimes of the Marcoses UNTIL there is full ACCOUNTING and RESTITUTION. It’s a free world. Do you even understand that concept?
Punyetakayo: This writer is also a liar, he mentioned that F. Marcos is not rich when he became a Pres…for your information, my parents home is only a 2 house away from Marcos hse in Batac I.Norte, they were older than F. Marcos…they know his father…he told us that they are one of the richest people in I. Norte at that time…if this American writer said he knows them, he is a liar…
MG: I NEVER said Marcos was NOT rich before he became president. He had some money to win the Nacionalista nomination. Not just on the scale the propaganda makes it out to RATIONALIZE all the billions he and his cronies stole afterwards. Watch it. Continue with the lies and I might SUE YOU for libel, Ms. Punyeta!!
Andrew Lim (to punyetakayo): sus kwentong kutsero ka lang. pls provide counter-facts, not anecdotes. sabi ni lola, etc. do not count. caroline kennedy did that, can you?
R: “…. sabi ni lola, etc. do not count.”
But sabi ni Myles Garcia counts? Anything Garcia says is fact? The lola who is a neighbor only knows kuwentong kutsero and the British socialite who mingled with them in parties knows everything?
The comment was meant for Andrew Lim, but Myles Garcia butted in and took the cudgels for him.
MG: Who’s “lola”? Another nameless Marcos ‘bot like you? LOL.
I could just let it pass but the putdown is grating.
R: So anything you say is a Fact, anything on the contrary is a Lie?
MG: If you want to put it that way, SURE!! You won’t get an argument from me there.😉
The good guy in me yielded.
R: Hohoho! So typical. Self-righteous bigot.
she he mad.
MG: Bigot? You asked me a question. I give you an honest, head-on reply. If you DON’T like it, which you don’t, then why did you even ask the question in the first place, moron? Trouble is, you guys CAN’T handle the truth.
I would have said, Truth I could handle, truth being a monopoly of anybody, I could not. But I just let it pass.
It was not just with me that
she he traded words. SheHe was just as scathing, sarcastic or insulting to anyone with an opposing view.
To be sure, I was expecting someone with intellectual acuity and some refinement especially as the book
she he authored is being touted by the anti-Marcos forces as one of their latest in their arsenal meant to counter ‘historial revisionism’ purportedly being advanced by a well-funded propaganda machine of the Marcoses. Someone even suggested that it be made a required reading in school by the DepEd probably so that the young would be inculcated with ‘proper’ knowledge about history. But…
Well, as my favorite expression goes, what can I say?
First time I ever heard this song as a young boy, I was totally mesmerized I kept playing it over and over again. I think it is one of the best musical compositions ever written in the history of music. In its symphonic rendition, there’s a different kind of magic.
Thought dictators are on the loose and abounding these days. You don’t agree with their opinion of History, they berate you as shameless, arrogant, or somehow mentally deficient, else a paid agent propagandist or one with some dark, vested interest. You are a contemptible revisionist, a truth twister, a distorter of facts, a whitewash expert and whatnot. Hey, is there no more room for honest opinion? No longer could anyone speak freely about that which he thinks truthfully?
Having decreed that history is as they say it is, the anti-Marcos forces are on the warpath against anyone who dare challenge it. There is no revising it, they thunder. It is a crime to worse than anything. It is immoral. It is ungodly. And if there’d be any gap or a missing piece or link somewhere, it is reserved for them, Gods of Olympus, to resolve. It is not for mere mortals to tamper with. In the name of God, it must be left alone!
And since they have long judged Marcos as an evil President, it must be left at that too. Say anything as to suggest the slightest deviation from that pronouncement, you must be stopped at all cost, strangulated if need be, for you are with the Dark Forces of Revisionists and Truth-twisters distorting History.
By that, I sure have to count myself part of the Dark Forces, whether I like it or not. Not that I resent the labeling and the company that comes with it, but if it means I am into twisting and distorting, I suppose I should know what is it I am twisting or distorting, which one is it I am misrepresenting, lying about, or omitting, which one is half-truth, half-lie. For, setting aside the issue about whose right it is to dictate history, twisting truth or distorting facts are not exactly frivolous accusations.
So, let us go over their main issues.
Take the matter of human rights violations, the pet issue that seems to get them all really cranked up and agitated. To them, of course, President Ferdinand Marcos was human rights violator par excellence, a cruel, barbaric man as evil as Hitler. To them, that is a fact as factual as the sun rising in the east and setting in the west. Thus, how and why this Hitlerian image has changed, they are mystified— and aghast. On this, they have been casting all the blame on parents who they claim failed to educate their children, on the educational system which they say was not teaching history correctly, and on revisionists/propagandists supposedly peddling the lie that the Dark Years never really happened. The book, Marcos Martial Law, Never Again! written by an avid anti-Marcos journalist which was launched just recently and that makeshift Experiential Museum which was put up in time with the EDSA revolt celebration are but some of the initiatives being undertaken ostensibly to re-educate and re-orient the younger generations of the truth about the Martial law years and to push back the revisionists’ version of history.
Yet, is it really a case of unknowing ignorance or forgetting or bad education?
A few weeks back, when one of the anti-Marcos stalwarts in Malacañang went on hyper attack mode by demanding that Bongbong Marcos, the son, should apologize, on behalf of the father, to the so-called victims of Martial law, Bongbong Marcos simply shot back—who then should apologize for the human rights victims under the Cory administration? Apparently caught off-guard, the stalwart managed only a limp reply, then took a hasty retreat. Now, how is that as a measure of conviction on the righteousness of such a demand?
How useful really is a book detailing the atrocities of Martial law or an Experiential Museum to give the youth a semblance of experience, if you could not explain the naked inconsistency, this singular, extraordinary engrossment on the Marcos era on that issue while casually ignoring those of the other administrations? Is it twisting the Truth when you point out that all other administrations had their own share of human rights violations victims but that only Marcos is getting all the hate and condemnation? This glaring bias is baffling enough but the anti-Marcos legions would not even bother to explain. How could this issue be left alone without compromising the authenticity of their supposed cause? I mean, if you hate human rights violations, then you gotta hate it across the board, it matters not who the President is. If you condemn Marcos and leave out the rest on the same issue, you hate Marcos, not human rights violations. You are confusing your hatred of someone for some virtue. Your true motivation revealed, your credibility is soaked. Where oh where is thy distortion but in yourself?
In the same vein, is it twisting the Truth to make known that almost all of the so-called victims were one way or another connected to the communist underground movement that was at that time working to overthrow the government? Is it whitewashing the Truth to consider everything in the context of the spreading threat of communism within the region? To be sure, this is the contextual aspect of the issue which the anti-Marcos movement has been hard put to gloss over. But how can they when each time they need a hero to extol as a symbol in the struggle for freedom and democracy, they summon on stage a ranking member of one of those communist organizations? How can they when the happiest recipients of the human rights compensations worth billions of dollars and pesos turn out to be members of SELDA, a communist front organization, and among them the very poster image of the Philippine communist movement and former chairman of the Communist Party of the Philippines, Jose Ma. Sison?
There is no distorting or whitewashing, only a shifting in perspective impelled by new revelations and discoveries, new thinking, and a better appreciation of the grander context within which this episode in our national life occurred.
Take another— the issue on unexplained wealth, the other most favorite one against the former President. Thirty years since, allegations about a $10-B plunder remain allegations. It has not progressed from there. No conviction, no final judgment. Like it or not, with the passing of time, the sting of allegations is much blunted now, Guinness Book of World Records or Forbes’ List of Most Corrupt notwithstanding. There is no more of the lethal force that once was there when those allegations and information were yet fresh and full of shock value. The public had seen and heard much of these and indeed had joined in the lynching and convicting for a long time. But if allegations could not graduate to conviction after all the efforts, after all these years, where will it lead to if not for doubt to creep in? Did Marcos really steal those billions they say he stole? Absent court conviction or a clear trail of the crime, people are impelled to revise their thinking. In fact, the people do seem to have become more open and more willing than ever to entertain or look for alternative explanations. How did it come to this, the accusers should ask themselves. And, yet again, where’s the twisting and distorting?
The accusers are unfazed though. That which could not be useful to convict in a court of law, they find useful to convict in the court of public opinion. Problem is, the court of public opinion is a fickle one; it convicts quickly, it acquits just as quickly. So when public opinion turns to other sources, those that the anti-Marcos forces consider rubbish, dubious, or far-fetched, and find information there more convincing, how could they complain? The Internet is indeed awash with attempts to explain where the wealth of Marcos could have come from, including Imelda’s and some others which could not be dismissed outright, but the haters are wont to just brush them off with one-word expletives (“crap!” “bullshit!”). If only they paid some attention, they would know how and why they are losing grounds there too, scornful expletives notwithstanding.
Remarkably, there is a growing tendency towards intolerance, obviously roused by the candidacy of Bongbong Marcos for the Vice-Presidency. In an interview, Bongbong Marcos was asked about his opinion of his father’s administration. He, of course, defended his father and implored that the final judgment on his father’s administration shall be rendered by history. And, lo and behold, from out of the blue, here comes Ateneo de Manila University with an angry statement essentially screaming “revisionism!” and denouncing Bongbong for “willful distortion of history”. How his statements could have merited such vitriol and lengthy denunciation, I wonder, coming as it did from a religious school. To his credit, Bongbong diplomatically responded, okay, let us agree to disagree. But all the more they raged and raged, boy, they could not be appeased. You could almost hear some ghostly hysterical screaming: “ah, basta!”
Bongbong Marcos has no more right to his own opinion? Since when did anyone decree that he who disagrees with a given view must be guilty of distortion or twisting truth?
No wonder, Bongbong’s numbers are shooting up.
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