- Posted March 16, 2014 by
Quezon City, Philippines
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Reflections on Martial Law: Saving the Republic
Everyday, every moment actually, we do things that in one way or another impact the lives of people around us. As lives are intertwined, the effect ripples through time and thus - whether for good or bad, and whatever the intention may be, everyone would tend to have a different opinion as to how our choices and actions did affect their life one way or another.
In the Philippine's setting the declaration of Martial Law in the 1970s by the late President Ferdinand Marcos had such an impact that people to this day are "fed" with the sentiments of people directly "hurt" by martial law. Every time the story is told, it is colored with personal sentiments filled emotion and anger.
To many of the "victims" of martial law, and to historians who see it as one man's quest for power and control over an entire nation, the last thing you would expect is to hear a balanced view that presents the facts rather than an emotional tirade of colored half truths.
Thus when I was invited last Friday, 14 March 2014, to attend the launching of the book: Reflections On Martial Law - Saving the Republic, by Rod Kapunan, I sure made the time to be there. The writer, Mr. Kapunan, himself a victim of martial law - as a political prisoner, presents the facts that have for so long a time been shadowed the half truths and "misinformation" dissemination.
As a parent would give medicine to a child, the medicine may not necessarily taste good but that is the medicine needed for the child to get well; same as fertilizer - though it may not smell good, it is that which makes the plants grow.
There was less crime. Industries were growing. People could actually walk the streets without fear; politicians were statesmen, and the police actually did help the people. Nationalism was more than just a word. That's the way it was.
Strong medicine - that is what the Philippines needed during the time. And though it may not have been popular, it was the right thing to do. People these days, who may not necessarily have favored it then... right now do agree that it was the right thing to do. And moving forward - history will ultimately be the judge.
The few who make a lot of noise cannot speak for the majority that for now still remain silent.
Just the facts please.