It seems another taxpayer-funded monument to “the heroism of human rights violations victims during martial rule in the Philippines from 1972 to 1986” will be built. Haven’t Filipinos had enough of “memorials” that divide rather than unite? It seems certain little cliques in Philippine society are bent on keeping Filipinos imprisoned in Martial Law Crybabyism.
The blurb on the website of The Freedom Memorial Museum, a flagship project of the Human Rights Violations Victims’ Memorial Commission mandated by Republic Act 10368, carries on thus…
It shall revisit a period of tyranny that bred reformists, revolutionaries and freedom-fighters from among farmers and professionals, workers and academics, students and religious activists. It aims to build an experiential tapestry of lives, ideals, courage and determination of the victims and, in the end, the heroes of freedom.
Blah blah blah. Cutting to the main punchline…
It shall be a lasting symbol of the long-fought battle against authoritarian rule that culminated in the globally-acclaimed EDSA People Power revolt in 1986.
But of course. Another Yellowtard memorial. The trouble with Yellowtard memorials is that what these seek to immortalise all remain not only hopelessly debatable but acute partisan sore points that are epicentres of deep divisions in Philippine society. If a monument funded by taxpayers is put up on the most prestigious campus of the Philippines’ premiere state university, it raises the question around whether it will be representative of the broad public’s sentiment.
Quite predictably, members of the Yellowtards’ brains trust are ecstatic.
Hi all! May bagong museum na itatayo sa loob ng @Official_UPD (katapat ng CHED) to memorialize the martial law era. Ang tawag ay Freedom Memorial Museum.
According to a VERA Files report published by ABS-CBN News, the memorial was “launched on April 28, 2016, just before the presidential elections of that year.” Convenient, right? Just a little project snuck into the budget just before the collapse of all Yellowtardom just a month later that year.
QUEZON CITY, Philippines — In commemoration of the 33rd anniversary of EDSA Revolution, former President Benigno Aquino III encouraged the public to use their right to vote so that the grim history of the country during martial law will never happen again.
He said that the public should remain vigilant because it seems like history is repeating itself.
The fact that the Liberal Party is still using Martial Law and the so-called “dark days” during “the Marcos years” as a campaign strategy in 2019 is already proof that they are not very smart. It didn’t work in the last election, but they still think it will work this coming election.
Do the Opposition actually think “Martial Law” still scares Filipinos? Evidently they do. They come across like senile parents telling stories about tikbalangs to their 45-year-old children to get them to eat their vegetables.
The Liberal Party’s insistence on using that all-too-familiar “Martial Law during the Marcos years” drivel to win votes means they have no agenda other than to get back in power. They do not have any advocacy other than to paint a negative picture of their opponents. They have no policies to advance Philippine society. All they offer is a pathological fixation on the past.
Debates in the time of election campaigns are a means to help voters get better informed about their candidates’ positions on important and relevant issues. Of late, however, no such informing has happened in the “debates” organised for this year’s elections.
Rather than use these debates as opportunities to showcase intelligent platforms, the Philippine Opposition led by the Yellowtards have used them to throw their all-too-familiar Martial Law Crybaby tantrums. This tiresome rhetoric is a relic of three decades of epic spoilt brattery encouraged by an entrenched oligarchy bent on securing their Spanish-era haciendas. For the Yellowtards, it was never about national development. Rather, for them, it’s always been about protecting the status quo.
We can see this insidious agenda today in the way the Opposition use every opportunity to chuck a Martial Law Crybaby tantrum whether it is in their obsolete street rallies, their social media chatter, or, yes, recent debates that could have been far more intelligent if not for the pea-brained agendas their Yellowtard leaders bring to the occasion.
Rather than talk about the future, the Philippine Opposition remain pathologically fixated on a past that is no longer relevant. Worse, they try to drag the entire nation back in time with them.
Former First Lady Imelda Marcos is not in jail because “the Supreme Court’s Third Division denied for lack of merit the petition for certiorari filed in 2008 by the late Solicitor General Frank Chavez.”
“Petitioner having failed to establish the basis for this court to evaluate and review the facts in this case the petition may be dismissed on this ground,” read the 53-page decision written by Justice Marvic Leonen.
The other division members, Justices Presbitero Velasco Jr., Lucas Bersamin, Francis Jardeleza and Samuel Martires Jr., who is now the Ombudsman, all concurred in the ruling, which also castigated the prosecution for mishandling the case.
It is supposedly “common knowledge” that the Marcoses “plundered” the Philippines. This is according to the narrative of the Yellowtards and the broader circle of Martial Law Crybabies who blame the Philippines’ continued impoverished state on the “ills” of the “Martial Law Era”.
Perhaps the Yellowtards and Martial Law Crybabies just need better lawyers.
Yellowtard “investigative journalist” Raissa Robles finally went there. She is challenging Manila Times columnist Bobi Tiglao to explain why he hasn’t filed charges against his own torturers during his imprisonment in the 1970s.
Bobie [sic] Tiglao blames human rights victims for not filing cases against their abusers. He should ask himsrlf first – why did he not file a case right after martial law against his torturer? Takot much?
Tiglao who has has written at length of his own membership in the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and his own experience being incarcerated on charges of being so.
What Robles should be doing if she were a true journalist is to step back from this infantile personal attack and ask the more important question:
Why did the Cory Aquino government, then successive governments after that, allow Juan Ponce Enrile and Fidel Ramos to go free despite being the key architects and implementors of Martial Law?
People like Robles can pick on people like Tiglao and quibble over their record of dealing with the “Martial Law Years”. But as long as the big question of why no less than two Aquino presidents handled the living architects of Martial Law with kids’ gloves remains unanswered, they will all come across as mere hypocrites.
Opposition “activism” in the Philippines seems to be suffering from a bad case of Lechon Manok Syndrome. Like those other business fads like Shawarma, milk tea, and, yes, the jeepney, Lechon Manok businesses sprung up all over Manila in price-crushing numbers that eventually doomed a once lucrative enterprise.
In the same way, the lack of innovation in the tired rhetoric of Filipino “activists” and the broader Opposition they have infested has significantly flattened the value of their proposition to Filipino voters. One wonders how long one name — Ferdinand Marcos — and one “era” — the “Martial Law Years” — can fuel an entire Opposition narrative.
What Filipinos need is a forward-oriented reform movement that builds upon a prospect of constructive change. Unfortunately, Filipino voters are getting nothing of that sort from their obsolete Yellowtard-led Opposition who suffer an acute deficit in originality. They offer nothing other than a pitch based on a fear they encourage Filipinos to use as their political security blanket. Beyond that, they see no other future.
You know that loser who, years after a breakup, continues to check out what his or her ex is up to? Specially now in the age of social media, it has become easy to continue to keep tabs on your ex. More interesting is how it becomes easy to post and tweet mean blind items about the people who are currently sleeping with your ex.
That’s essentially what Martial Law Crybabies are doing. They give meaning to their lives on a drip feed of Martial Law “pain”. These “atrocity” junkies, fuelled by that pain, then rampage across the Net crucifying people in bed with the source of that pain.
Even former lovers of their ex — those who had moved on from their ex are not immune. Martial Law Crybabies also crucify people who were formerly involved with their Martial Law bogey.
These sorts of people are toxic personalities. Rather than look forward and move towards the future, they remain imprisoned by a perverted memory of the past that they cannot let go of. It is best to avoid these people as they offer nothing constructive.
The Yellowtards had made a small intellectual mistake and turned it into a colossal case of intellectual dishonesty. By implying that those who challenge their account of the “Martial Law Years” and slapped the label “revisionist” across their faces, they have elevated their Martial Law narrative of superstitious fear and loathing into no less than a national dogma.
So now, right up there with Roman Catholicism is the second state religion: Martial Law Crybabyism.
The two national dogmas now stand as non-debatable edifices of traditional Filipino thinking. The tenets of these two vast frameworks of thought are what Filipinos are told to think by the powers that be.
In essence, those who use these two state religions to win arguments are not contributing to creating a true Filipino thinking class. They are, instead, further dumbing down the discourse and making Filipinos even more susceptible to the very “fake news” the Yellowtards profess to hate.
Rather than encourage Filipinos to critically challenge ideas and not engage in groupthink, the Yellowtards prefer that their flock toe the line and sing from a single hymn book. That’s not going to create a modern society anytime soon.
History is not “non-debatable”. True scholars of history are always open to debate, new information, and new points of view.
Ironic that on the anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law, much of what makes the Yellowtards such a laughable bunch of confused dimwits emerged. One notable one is the way they now gang up on elder statesman Juan Ponce Enrile.
Thing is, Enrile is as much a creation of the Yellowtards as he is a relic of the “Martial Law Era”. When he and his henchman General Fidel Ramos turned against their former master, they paved the way for the 1986 Yellowtard “revolution”. So both these men were summarily hailed as “heroes” by the early Yellowtards.
Both men went on to achieve spectacular heights in politics — Ramos as president and Enrile as Senate President. They were able to achieve this because the Yellowtards conveniently forgot that the two were the chief architect and executor of Martial Law respectively.
It is easy to see why the Yellowtards routinely come off as a bunch of stupids. They chant “Never Forget” but conveniently forget pieces of history deemed too inconvenient to fit their idiotic agendas.
All of a sudden, Yellowtards are making a big deal about stuff Juan Ponce Enrile is saying. Dudes, you all had EVERY opportunity to throw him in jail for good back in 1986. Him and the other Martial Law villain Fidel Ramos.
See, this is the whole trouble with virtue signalling. The late former President Cory Aquino let both of these guys go supposedly in the spirit of “reconciliation”. She, in effect, squandered a brief period of “revolutionary” government under which she could have put these two in front of a firing squad without having to go through today’s red tape.
Unfortunately for the Yellowtards, Enrile’s and Ramos’s “human rights” are now protected under the 1987 Yellowtard Constitution. So tough luck. They can screech all they want about seeing Enrile’s head mounted on a stake before the Rizal Monument, but their smooth little “Laban” hands are now tied by the flaccid Constitution they supposedly like “defending”.
Here’s some advise to all you Yellowtards. Next time, kick ass rather than be the hypocritical prayerful snowflakes that you come across as today. That way, you get real and permanent results.