Monday, September 24, 2018

Philippine Air Force General shared an excerpt from a book saying Marcos was not a dictator



Many supporters of former President Ferdinand Marcos have surfaced online, sharing an excerpt from a book called “From A Country Imperiled Tragic Lessons of a Distorted History” that was written by Cecilio Arillo. The excerpt, however, was written by Lt. Gen. Galileo Kintanar, 35th Commanding General of the Philippine Air Force.
Lt. Gen. Galileo Kintanar and former President Ferdinand Marcos / Composite photos from Facebook and Google

In the piece, it was said how Marcos was painted as a bad person in history when he suspended the writ of habeas corpus, extended his term as president, and exercised his emergency powers lengthily. However, according to the post, these things were also done by past presidents, and not just by Marcos.

Kintanar also wrote that Marcos is inaccurately represented in many stories. 

Notwithstanding his having saved the republic from fragmentation by separatists and from takeover by communists, Marcos continued to be demonized in history as a thieving tyrant,” he said.

More than that, the author said that  this negative portrayal of former president Marcos was mainly due to the Aquino family, particularly Benigno Aquino Jr. who was murdered during the presidency of Marcos.

The historical fact is that Marcos neither invented nor abetted the communist and separatist insurgencies rather it was Ninoy who morally aided both insurgencies and materially supported the communist movement as well. These insurgencies were the major reason for the imposition of martial law,” he said.

Read the whole post here:

"When President Marcos sounded the alarm bells over the communist threat, which he raised on the Plaza Miranda bombing of August 21, 1971 and the landing in Isabela Province of automatic rifles and other war materiel smuggled from Red China in July 1972, his critics discredited him saying that he was merely fabricating excuses to turn the country into a garrison state.

He was called a tyrant when he suspended the writ of habeas corpus following the Plaza Miranda bombing and declared martial law on September 21, 1972 following the arms smuggling and the subsequent wave of bombings and assassinations.

Notwithstanding his having saved the republic from fragmentation by separatists and from takeover by communists, Marcos continued to be demonized in history as a thieving tyrant.
Former Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. and former President Ferdinand Marcos / Photo from Rappler

He was labelled as a dictator, although Aguinaldo was the only head of state who formally assumed the title of dictator. Marcos was denounced for extending his tenure beyond the constitutional limit, which was not the first time that it happened in Philippine history since the distinction of being the first to assume an extended term belonged to President Manuel Quezon.

Marcos was impugned for suspending the writ of habeas corpus but the first to make such a suspension was President Elpidio Quirino on October 22, 1950 in his effort to indefinitely detain members of the Political Bureau of the Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas who were then captured.

They also criticized Marcos for his lengthy exercise of emergency powers for which Quezon was similarly decried, for having used emergency powers until the end of 1941.

Benign Aquino echoed the communists' summation of the Marcos presidency when he declared in 1977:

"Mr. Marcos declared martial law to perpetuate himself in power. He deliberately abetted chaos for seven years so that at the end of his constitutionally allowable term he could justify the imposition of martial rule to cover up his mismanagement."

The historical fact is that Marcos neither invented nor abetted the communist and separatist insurgencies rather it was Ninoy who morally aided both insurgencies and materially supported the communist movement as well. These insurgencies were the major reason for the imposition of martial law.

Dr. Galileo C. Kintanar
June 2011
From A Country Imperiled
Tragic Lessons of a Distorted History
Written by Cecilio Arillo, PhD"