READ THIS, ANTI-MARCOS FORCES…
The reawakened anti-Marcos forces are up in arms, roused up apparently by the candidacy of Bongbong Marcos, the only son of the former President, for the Vice-Presidency. The animosity is thick in the air, it is suffocating. The objective is obvious: stop Bongbong Marcos at all cost. And the viciousness of the attacks seems to be escalating in direct proportion to his rising survey approval. Unfortunately for the anti-Marcos forces, in their anger and vehemence, they could not see themselves and the weakness of their arguments. They have the youths of today, the so-called Millenials, as their special target, obviously sore and baffled that they have instead become Bongbong’s strongest core supporters. Gullible and prone to the lies peddled by an allegedly well-funded propaganda machine of the Marcoses, the young ones need all the help they could get to rescue them from being deceived, or so they believe. Yet one has to wonder if they are not turning them off instead by all these melodramatic excesses. Stewing in disgust, they fail to notice that they have become but loud overacting self-righteous hatemongers. Why raise the issue of Martial law against Bongbong Marcos, for example? By what principle? By what framework? I could not figure out why other than that he is Marcos’ son and he is running for Vice-President.
Hey, WHY NOT ASK RAMOS AND ENRILE instead? They are still alive and very much visible. Both were the chief implementers of Martial law, Fidel V. Ramos as chief of the Philippine Constabulary and Juan Ponce Enrile as Martial law administrator. Never were they taken to task for the so-called abuses. Condemn Ferdinand Marcos, dead a long time ago, for Martial law and its excesses but overlook Ramos and Enrile who by virtue of command responsibility were closer to the scene of the crime, so to speak, something there is terribly off key. Now, excoriate the son for the same matter, and still ignore Ramos and Enrile, you need to do some hard explaining to the Millennials about the logic and principle that are guiding you.
… for almost the entire period of martial law, Juan Ponce Enrile (now a senator), served officially as Martial Law administrator and Defense Secretary in charge of all the armed forces’ services during that time. Fidel V. Ramos, who later became President of the Philippines, was director of both the Philippine Constabulary (PC) and Philippine Integrated Police (PIP) during the Martial Law days. The two of them commanded the soldiers and police, who allegedly committed horrible human rights abuses during that regime.
But then we elected Ramos as President, and Enrile for five senate terms, didn’t we? And now President Aquino says we shouldn’t elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. for vice-president?
If they think the Millennials would take to their side by their chanting alone, they need to examine their strategy.
Take Inquirer’s editorial today; it is brimming in anger in demanding restitution. Essentially it is claiming that the Marcoses are guilty as charged beyond reasonable doubt, only they have so much wealth to influence the justice system.
You pursue them with a slew of cases, but one by one, on account of the money they had stolen from you, the lowlifes are able to afford smart lawyers who know the system well enough to keep them out of jail.
This is a petty proposition, to say the least. It presupposes that the enemies of the Marcoses had no such wealth and influence to match them toe to toe, inch by inch— in every aspect. Indeed, after the ouster of the strongman, have they lost time in regaining wealth and power they once lost and in accumulating some more? Have they lost time erasing all the vestiges of Marcos while demonizing the family? For thirty years, didn’t they dominate the government and all its instrumentalities? For thirty years didn’t they control the economic apparatus of the state? For thirty years, didn’t they have the media in their grip and dictated the prevailing historical narrative? How could they have missed the ‘enemy’ suddenly in their midst?
Pity how you are reduced to whining about smart, expensive lawyers keeping them Marcoses out of jail. Pity some more if you think this is the kind of argument that will compel the Millennials to revise their thinking. Arguments win ultimately not by their loudness and abundance but by their own compelling power. If you can’t figure out where the weakness of your argument lies, you lose.