HUMAN RIGHTS VICTIMS, COURAGEOUS FREEDOM FIGHTERS?
The Inquirer, true to form, is embarked on a major offensive. With a series of articles, it looks intent to advance and buttress its political advocacy and position, as likewise, to counter the growing alternative views that are pushing the mainstream view it holds on the defensive. Indeed, it prefaces the articles with:
Starting Sept. 21, the 42nd anniversary of the proclamation of martial law by President Ferdinand Marcos, we have been running a series of articles to remember one of the darkest chapters in Philippine history. The articles are necessarily commemorations and more so a celebration of and a thanksgiving for the courage of the men and women who endured unspeakable pain and loss to overcome the Marcos dictatorship and regain our freedoms. These are some of their stories. (emphasis mine)
TOP EXECUTIVES REMEMBER MARTIAL LAW is the story of EastWest Banking Corp. president and chief executive officer Antonio Moncupa Jr., former Philippine Stock Exchange SVP Jose Fernando T. Alcantara and University of the East (UE) president Ester Garcia as young communists.
SATUR OCAMPO: FRIENDS HELPED ME is about the well-known leftist legislator and how friends saved him on various occasions from pursuing law enforcers as communist rebel on the run.
Will they feature the heroics of Jose Ma. Sison next? They should.
So whaddahel were they doing helping the cause of Communism? I wonder: would Inquirer rather have them let loose then, treated with kid gloves, or incarcerated with five-star hotel room amenities or allowed all the means to plot the takeover of the government? Would Inquirer rather have them victorious?
While there might have been unacceptable methods used such as tortures, plotting to take over the government certainly has its price. You declare war against your government, expect war. And in war, as the saying goes, all is fair, at least from the point of view of the law enforcers whose lives and limbs were at stake too in the battlefield. Did they expect a picnic?
In any case, would Inquirer bother to balance these views with those of the uniformed men and women in the Armed Forces of the Philippines who were tasked to run after them? On second thought, I guess not. It has cast its lot with the communist ideologues and calls them courageous freedom fighters for fighting the government and human rights victims for their troubles and pains. And the law enforcers, as unthinking tools of a brutal regime, perhaps?
But, hey, go ahead, Inquirer. Unwittingly or not, you are helping expose who truly are those so-called thousands of human rights victims of Marcos. Innocent bystanders or freedom fighters they were not; they were communists who were intent to take over the reins of government through violence, then turn the country into another social laboratory like Vietnam, Cambodia or Laos.
I say, better them victims than victors.