ON MARCOS DICTATORSHIP, MARTIAL LAW, JABIDAH MASSACRE, PLAZA MIRANDA BOMBING, NINOY AQUINO AND OTHER RELATED ISSUES
He was nearing the end of his term but he wasn’t letting go. The man was much too greedy for power and, more so, he needed more time to plunder the nation to satisfy his insatiable need for material wealth. There was only one way to go: declare Martial Law. And declare he did and the Dark Years descended on the land.
In a nutshell, this has been the mainstream narrative since President Ferdinand Marcos fell from power in 1986 after the EDSA revolt. The anti-Marcos forces regard this as gospel truth, never to be revised.
Rigoberto Tiglao of Manila Times, himself a Martial law prisoner and ranking member of the underground movement, takes an incisive look into those years in a two-part series. He presents a contrary view that the military and the elite actually supported Marcos on Martial Law and on what truly provoked Marcos.
You could almost hear the rumbling noise of his enemies in chorus: Revisionism! Revisionism!