Millennials haven’t moved on yet due to the fact that they know about the misconducts of the Marcoses - The Daily Sentry

Millennials haven’t moved on yet due to the fact that they know about the misconducts of the Marcoses

Litrato ni SPARK - Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan. Image credit to Facebook
Marcos family remains unapologetic up to this day

Millennials still battle with the outcomes of the Marcos dictatorship even they may not have been alive during those times. In response to a statement by Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, a potential administration candidate for Senator in which Filipinos keep on criticizing the Marcoses should move on.

“The millennials have moved on and, I think, people at my age should move on as well,” the dictator’s daughter was quoted as saying as the nation commemorated the 35th death anniversary of former Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., among her father's most vocal critics.

However, youth groups Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (SPARK), Anakbayan and Akbayan Youth said that the policies that are set up amid the Marcos administration still remain.

“Every day, the Filipino masses suffer from labor export, contractualization, political killings and outright murder that ravaged the country under Marcos," Anakbayan spokesperson Vince Simon told in an online exchange.

"Foreign domination, the corruption, elite rule, landlessness, absence of basic industries, and the economic deprivation and their accumulated and enduring consequences during the Marcos dictatorship continue to afflict Filipinos today," he also said.
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SPARK also included that the policies like the Education Act of 1982 in which activists said that it prompted the commercialization of training and still influences Filipino youth up until now.

“There is no moving on until justice has been served. There is also no moving on in that we will never forget the damage martial law has done,” SPARK said. 

Millennials haven’t moved on yet due to the fact that they know about the misconducts of the Marcoses, this is according to the Akbayan Youth chair JC Tejano.
Akbayan Youth chair JC Tejano. Image credit to Twitter
“Alam naming may dugo ang mga kamay mo, pati na ng kapatid mong si Bongbong. Alam naming tagapangulo ka ng Kabataang Barangay noong panahon ng martial law, at si Bongbong naman ay tagapangulo ng kurap na Philcomsat. Alam naming sangkot ka sa pagpatay kay Archimedes Trajano at nahatulan ka na sa korte dahil dito,” Tejano said.

A 21 year-old Trajano in 1977 was asked why Imee was named the Kabataang Barangay chair. Days after, his bloodied body was found in Manila. Trajano was taken by Marcos’ guards from the university forum; this was according to the witnesses. The Akbayan Youth chair pledged that they would stop any attempt of any of the Marcoses to return to Malacañang.

Marcos’ loyalists still believes that the best President of Republic of the Philippines is Ferdinand Marcos for he apparently builds a huge number of infrastructures that we are still utilizing up to the present.

The records from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund demonstrates that a large portion of the infrastructure projects of Marcos were actually funded by loans in which climbed the Nation’s remote shortage from $360 million when Marcos came into control in 1952 to around $28.3 billion when he ventured down in 1986. Experts estimate that it will take the country up to year 2025 to completely pay the balance, 40 years after the EDSA People Power Revolution. Defaced by killings, human rights abuses, disappearances and media repression, in the two-decade rule of Ferdinand Marcos we are also tainted and the Marcos family has not really acknowledged it. Assessed by Amnesty International, 70,000 people were detained and about 34,000 were tortured and 3,240 were murdered throughout Martial law.

The Marcos supporters question the reports of abuse as propaganda however an administration board has paid out damages to victims of human rights under the Marcos government. The compensations were subsidized by money recovered from a Marcos account that a Swiss court transferred to the Philippine government. The cash was ill-gotten it was officially decided by the Supreme Court. 

“Imee Marcos might fancy that her family commands the respect and adulation of those like us who have never seen the depravity and violence of martial law, but the Marcosian fancy of absolute control remains a dream of a detached life,” Anakbayan's Simon said.

"She seems to have forgotten how the youth mobilized against the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani and how different youth organizations are involved in making people remember atrocities that happened during martial rule and how it is still affecting our lives," SPARK also said.

To “move on” this is what Marcoses’ desire for each and every Filipino, it is absurd according to Simon. When the family was associated with President Duterte and Speaker Gloria Arroyo, —“perhaps the worst thieves and murderers in Filipino history.”

The Anakbayan spokesperson said that, “The criminality and despotism of the Marcoses can only be further exposed with such a political alliance.”

Duterte’s administration is a reminiscent of Marcos, the SPARK said.

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“We now live in a time where there is blatant disregard of human rights that is directly enabled by the president, opposition are tagged as enemies of the state and we are incurring large amounts of foreign debt under the infamous 'Build, Build, Build' program,” it said.

Several rights groups pointed that Duterte administration in the Philippines is in its most exceedingly worst human rights scene since the dictatorship of Marcos as thousands, for the most urban poor people, have been executed in the inhuman anti-illegal drug campaign in a short period of time.  Duterte has also been recognized as sociable to the Marcoses.

Duterte mentioned that “should he step down from his post, the late strongman’s only son, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., would be one of his preferred successors instead of Vice President Leni Robredo.” Marcos is now in the middle of an election protest against Robredo, who is said to be liable for cheating in 2016 elections. Duterte even permitted the burial of Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

It would endlessly remind Imee and her family of the various youth martyrs like Liliosa Hilao, Lorena Barros and Eman Lacaba who were killed for standing up against the dictatorship, said the Philippines’ College Editors Guild.

“The Guild will never move on from the then US-Marcos regime’s attempt to stifle the militancy of the campus press and the Filipino youth by closing all student newspapers and banning CEGP for fearlessly exposing the ills of Philippine society,” it said

Liberal party president and a student leader during Marcos administration, Senator Francis Pangilinan said that the Marcoses should express regret for the abuses and murders committed on a huge number of Filipinos under his government.

“The Marcos family should stop using this same unexplained wealth to lie and rewrite history. When these happen, then we can all talk about and consider moving on,” Pangilinan said.

He added that, “Apologize and express remorse first before we talk about moving on.”

And yet Marcos family remains unapologetic up to this day. 


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Source: PhilStar