September is that dark month in our history when Martial Law was declared by then president Ferdinand Marcos. It’s dark because it was the beginning of an era of deceit and corruption, suppression of the freedom to express and wide-spread violation of human rights.
I wasn’t born yet at that time but looking at the morbid images at the Martial Law Museum in Quezon City transported me to that terrifying and violent period.
Today, many from this current generation are divided in the issue if the chief architect of the Martial Law deserves the same honor that of a national hero at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
As former associate solicitor general Moses Florendo puts it in his introduction for the presentation above: people maybe entitled to their own opinion, but they are not entitled to their own facts. When 70,000 were arrested, 35,000 tortured, 3,257 executed-we know someone oppressed his own people. When $149B of ill-gotten wealth was recovered-we know that someone plunders his own country. Lest we forget… Marcos declared Martial Law 39 years ago this month.