Friday, February 25, 2011

On Why Marcos Should Never be Buried in The Libingan ng Mga Bayani.

What are these talks about Marcos being buried at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani? It seems that the son of the late dictator is now resurrecting the issue after Gen. Angelo Reyes was buried there. And the response? We will study it. What?  We just celebrated the 25th anniversary of EDSA One!  If this burial is allowed of a man who put back the Philippines a hundred years in terms of economic and social progress behind other Asian countries, what do we celebrated EDSA for? The mere idea that this is a possibility is enough to make me break out in hives! And that there are even some  sectors who seem to favor this is beyond comprehension. I shake my head in disbelief.  How short our memory is.  I was 16 when Marcos declared Martial Law and 29 going on 30 when he left the country...that is 14 years of my life.  A life lived in fear and trepidation.  I was in first year college and I remember being told to be careful with what I say, do or even look like. Friends were picked up by the military for arbitrary reasons.  Travel was restricted, curfew was in place for all and we could not move around as we wished.  As time passed, we got used to this lifestyle and maybe even forgot what life was like before.  Pockets of dissent still existed and contrary opinions were whispered but life went on and if people's lives suffered, nobody dared complain. Corruption was rampant and because of this, moral degeneration among the people became an obvious consequence...people learned to live and deal with it and this became a culture that continues to this day.  The "Bagong Lipunan" (New Society) that Marcos envisioned never came to be. What happened instead were years of political repression, crony capitalism, graft, unbridled corruption, racketeering, human rights violations, bribery, embezzlement, land grabbing, control of the press and many more abuses, the name of some are not even invented . People became poorer while Marcos, his cronies and cult followers became richer.  And then, they murdered Ninoy Aquino.  

So, NO, please, please not even consider giving Marcos a place in the Libingan ng Mga Bayani...this will be an act of betrayal against all Filipinos who suffered the despotic Marcos years. Those were our lost years...years when we could have become the people and country that we deserve to be...time lost that will never come back again. Even for that alone, Marcos should never be buried in the place of heroes.

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