When we talk about martial law, a lot of us don’t seem to grasp what it really meant. After all, it’s been past 4 decades and most of us weren’t even born yet.
Unfortunately, despite the several history classes taken over the course of our education, many still remain ignorant of the true narrative of Martial Law. Add it to the fact that unverified online articles surrounding the 14-year ML period, including accounts of the Marcos era being the Philippines “Golden Age of Philippine economy” have misled so many of the youth to doubt the books that tell the actual tale.
The defilement of the memory of those who suffered the atrocities of the military and the plunder committed by the Marcoses is a crime many of the younger generations commit.
I have seen countless shares and reposts of Marcos apologists highlighting the achievements of the regime as if it could justify the countless injustices.
The incarceration of many drug addicts, rehabilitation of Boracay and sanctioning abusive utilities seemed to be the facade officials use to hide the pandora box the current administration wished to obliviate in the minds of the Filipino people. That is, the territorial dispute on the West Philippine Sea, questionable use of government funds and most especially, the sluggish response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
2020 was like a billboard advertisement on Colon street telling the people “Hey! This is what our government looks like” and yet, I wonder why so many people support this administration’s decisions. Have our memories become so feeble that we seem to take inconsistencies, false promises and corruption so lightly these days?
It has become very easy for us to forget and we tend to base our judgment on data that is being presented to us without looking back at the things that have already happened. The memories of martial law are now facing decay. So, until we learn to seek the truth and hold it closely, it will continue to rot in the face of this digital age – and hey, more and more bots and trolls slurry the web these days.
Do we have to wait for ruthlessness and abuse to dawn on us before we take action? Definitely, NO.
As we commemorate the first EDSA revolution — the revolution that inspired so many non-violent protests all over the world, let us remember why it started in the first place. Let us remember why hundreds of thousands of people marched to the streets to reclaim freedom and democracy.
During the Marcos regime, we were silenced, manipulated and abused. By knowing the real story and by relying on facts-based history, we honor those who died in the midst of Marcos’ tyranny.