SEPTEMBER 21, 2019 – Forty seven years after the declaration of Martial Law in the country, Filipinos remain divided on the matter as well as the issue about the Marcoses, News5 found out on Saturday after posting an opinion question on Facebook.
Responding to the News5 question card “Ano’ng Kuwentong Alam Mo tungkol sa Martial Law,” several netizens claimed that only those who had run-ins with the law and are enemies of the state have reason to fear and oppose Martial Law.
Meanwhile, others thought military rule paved the way for more discipline among citizens and improvements in the economy and in infrastructure. Some also lauded the low crime rate during the period.
But some netizens stressed that the Martial Law era left no room for check and balance.
The Supreme Court has since affirmed the Sandiganbayan’s decision to dismiss a civil suit seeking to recover billions of pesos worth of ill-gotten wealth which the Marcos family allegedly amassed during the Martial Law period from 1972 to 1981.
The high court also affirmed the dismissal of graft complaints against former officials of the Development Bank of the Philippines and a glass manufacturing company over behest loans during the Marcos era.
Some netizens also claim that the youth, particularly those who denounce the Martial Law regime and participate in anti-Marcos protests, have been blindsided.
For others, the Martial Law period provided only minor inconveniences.
The Marcos family has since climbed back to power nearly five decades after Martial Law was declared. Sen. Imee Marcos has just been elected in 2019 while other family members continue to dominate politics in their hometown Ilocos Norte. Imee’s brother Bongbong is protesting the result of the vice presidential race.
Their father, the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos now rests at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Here are other interesting comments about Martial Law and the Marcos regime.
Compiled by Danielle Ann Gabriel