Before I start, please let me emphasize that I don’t want former presidents Joseph ‘Erap’ Estrada, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino dead. In fact, I wish them long life and goog health. But yes, if time comes that they have to meet their Creator, I am 100 percent in favor of burying them at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB). Here’s why.
But first, let me explain why I am a pro-Marcos. I was born and raised in Manila, and I’m now a senior citizen. In short, I can safely say that I personally saw the Martial Law era. That time, we mostly rely on newspapers. If I’m lucky enough, I watch news via black-and-white TV set in our neighbor’s house, simply because we cannot afford to buy our own.
I was able to watch the live announcement of Martial Law back in 1972, and I understood it clearly because I was already then a college sophomore in Far Eastern University (FEU). I was never interested in politics, but I listen to my father explaining to me what has been going on. And from his words, I sensed that he was totally against Marcos.
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According to my father, Marcos just used the series of bombing attacks in Manila as an excuse to declare Martial Law. He insisted that Marcos is a dictator, and that because he wants to stay in power for a long time, he will do everything to eliminate his enemies. Being an obedient daughter, I decided not to debate with him although I disagree his beliefs.
This is because I saw the positive side of Martial Law. I felt safer walking in the streets because of the presence of the police. I agree with the implementation of curfew because it helped lessen robbery and similar crimes. There is a debate as to whether the economy at that time has risen or not. However, development in infrastructure was very obvious.
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The perfect example is the San Juanico Bridge, the longest bridge in the Philippines. And because then-First Lady Imelda Marcos is a huge lover of art, her other projects include Cultural Center of the Philippines and Folk Arts Theater. In terms of health, the Philippine Heart Center and Lung Center of the Philippines were also built during the Marcos era.
Well, there have been many accusations against Marcos for allegedly stealing money and human rights violations. But for me, saying that the late president is the mastermind of all those killings is not right. Nevertheless, I believe there was abuse of power among the authorities. Let’s ask former President Fidel V. Ramos and ex-senator Juan Ponce Enrile. Sorry, but Fabian Ver is long gone.
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And as we all know, Erap, GMA and Noynoy Aquino are also being accused of corruption. So why do I agree if their families will decide to bury them once they pass away (knock on wood!)? Simply because it’s what the law says, no more, no less. This is why I admire President Rodrigo Duterte for finally being the first president to pursue the Marcos burial.
The above post was written by a certain Lucila G, a retired government employee. She claims that she has no social media account, so his son sent her open letter to us here at Taho News via email.