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Truth Is Worth Dying For

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Truth Is Worth Dying For
Ronald Roy — 2013 February 12

Even before President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos (FEM) issued Presidential Proclamation 1081 that placed the entire country under a state of martial law, government military forces had already been waging a war on two fronts, namely, against the New People’s Army (NPA, the military arm of the Communist Party of the Philippines, of which the spiritual and political head was Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr.) and against Muslim secessionist rebels in the southern island of Mindanao.

Atrocities were committed by soldiers and rebels alike, with civilians being killed and wounded as intended quarries, if not collateral damage. It was not unusual for captured soldiers to be decapitated, disemboweled, forced to eat their own roasted penises, bled to death with all four limbs shorn off, or otherwise made to undergo all possible forms of unspeakable torture. That’s one side of Martial Law.

The other side is fully documented with names of victims of martial law enforcers that included a nationwide network of government-supported Barrio Self Defense Units (BSDU). These victims have come out with their stories, and we rejoice as they will soon be compensated, along with the families of those who lost their lives or are now presumed dead after so many years of disappearance. It is gladdening that the government will implement this long delayed recompense as soon as the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013 is signed into law by Pres. Noynoy Aquino.

However, what I find profoundly disturbing is that the said Act’s creation, known as the Human Rights Violation Memorial Commission, is tasked with the coordination with the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education to ensure that the teaching of martial law atrocities, the lives and sacrifices of victims of human rights violations in our history is included in the basic, secondary and tertiary education curricula.

This, to be sure, is systematic and forcible indoctrination of the present and future generations—no more, no less—into accepting as “fact” that Marcos was an evil man, and Ninoy Aquino a good man who died for Filipinos like Jose P. Rizal did, or like Jesus Christ for mankind on Calvary.

I’m sorry, but I just happened to know Ninoy a bit too well to believe the crap that he was an authentic martyr-hero who, like other recognized national heroes, offered his life for love of country. Ninoy was an overly ambitious politician who so coveted the presidency the he co-opted the Communist Party of the Philippines to help him implement a way of becoming the republic’s president, notably: the infamous Plaza Miranda bombing of the Liberal Party’s Miting de Avance (infra).

The brainwashing of elementary graders actually started shortly after Cory Aquino became the Palace’s chief occupant. Sometime in 1987, I spoke with an eight-year old girl studying in a Catholic school to find out what she knew about Marcos—scuttlebutt had then been circulating that martial law atrocities were being taught to  children—and she told me “Marcos is a murderer. He killed many people.” And I would soon learn that little children everywhere were being taught n school that Marcos was a monster who had murdered countless Filipinos.

The move to oust FEM started with the charismatic Jaime Cardinal Sin’s public declarations that God had directed him to pronounce Marcos as an evil tyrant who deserved to be removed from office. Consequently, the dictator’s fall from power rapidly took place, followed by a brainwashing program of students who, now in their mid-thirties, believe he was a murderer and that, in effect, Ninoy Aquino was a martyr-hero.

In time, however, the indoctrination program would wane through the post-Cory presidencies. But now that Ninoy’s son is the republic’s president, it is no wonder that the P-Noy-controlled legislature, through its enactment of the cited indoctrination law, has officially condemned Marcos’ memory as satanic and Ninoy’s as hallowed.

This presidential gall — indecency, if you will — is reminiscent of Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s ignominious naming of avenues after her parents, and ordering of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to create a two-hundred peso bank note carrying her father’s picture on its face.

Tales depicting Ninoy’s violent nature have gathered cobwebs down the last few decades and, for sure, the tales will eventually be forgotten after his son breathes life into the indoctrination statue with a stroke of his pen. It is however extremely doubtful at this point if P-Noy can avoid a waterloo on his daan na matuwid as he plods on with nary a concern for things that are true.

Truth—like the stars and the sunset, the storms and the silver lining—is not “legislatable”. It behooves all men of goodwill, especially those with personal knowledge of anything true, to uphold it, and shield it against the self-promoting plotters of its alteration.

I am among a few remaining witnesses to Ninoy Aquino’s dark side, and I rise to bare it in the name of truth, albeit with a heavy heart, for after all he was still a friend, even though he was a ruthless Machiavelli. Consider the following.

One: By his own admission, made before me and a few others that included my father, Ninoy delighted in beholding the spectacle of six cattle rustlers spasmodically dying with froth in their mouths after eating the meals he had prepared for them.

Two: He had conspired with communists to bomb Plaza Miranda in a bid to permanently incapacitate the Liberal Party’s leading stalwarts (like Jovy Salonga and Gerry Roxas) so that he would be the only viable candidate left to  challenge the strongman in a forthcoming presidential election.

Three: Believing that I was an ambitious man, Ninoy offered me a private army consisting of two truck loads of fully armed men from Cavite, with which to challenge the political supremacy of Danding Cojuangco in the province of Tarlac—an offer I flatly rejected.

I wrote an article about a year ago “Ninoy’s Dark Side, Joma’s Stripes” and another one titled “Like Lolo, Like Father, Like Son?” further back in 2010 detailing Ninoy Aquino’s not-so-hallowed character.

The foregoing are but a few of numerous true accounts that linger among the aging crop of senior citizens. Since religion has it that people develop greater adherence to truth as they age, truth seekers are encouraged to hear what senior Tarlaqueños have to say about P-Noy’s father.

A close friend tried to dissuade me from writing this article, warning that I could lose some friends and even get hurt if I did. I replied: “Pardner, truth is worth dying for”.

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