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Mad, Simply Mad

Mad, Simply Mad
Ronald Roy — 2013 March 05

Deserving serious reflection is the comment of an octogenarian stranger (“OS”, for brevity) assailing as “indecently biased and one-sided” the P-Noy administration’s 1) account of martial law atrocities purportedly committed on orders of dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos, 2) list of alleged martyrs and heroes he is said to have victimized, and 3) irresponsible revision of history by requiring indoctrination courses in schools on its version of the martial law years, including events that led to his fall under the crunching weight of American-sanctioned people power revolution that was wielded by some 150,000 riotous people assembled near the junction of Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, Eulogio Rodriguez Avenue and Aurora Boulevard, Quezon City.

“OS” hit it on the head of the nail when he said that P-Noy’s commie-infested government has neither legal nor moral right to exclude from the reverential recognition those soldiers and civilians who fought against Muslim secessionist rebels and the Ninoy Aquino-led CPP/NPA/NDF rebels, and were wounded, tortured and killed in the process.

I wrote in previous articles that casualties were sustained on both sides of the country’s internecine war, and that it would be utterly wrong to dishonour those who were wounded, tortured or murdered by those who tried to install a communist regime in the country, as well as by those who wished to dismember the republic.

That the victims of martial law must be compensated is something that’s just fine with me; but the disparagement of Marcos forces and followers who resisted Muslim secessionists and armed Maoists led by Kumander Dante Buscayno, the staunch ally of Ninoy Aquino and ward of his mother Doña Aurora, would be a great disservice, nay, a supreme insult to the present and future generations of Filipinos.

Through the recently signed Human Rights Victims Reparations and Recognition Act of 2013, it is unfortunate that Pres. Noynoy Aquino has officially commenced a regime of classroom-lectured historical distortions. And if rumours are fact, he will utilize an extension of his term beyond 2016 in order to intensify a perpetuation of martial law’s dark side, with Sen. Benigno “Bam” Aquino waiting on the wings to carry on a few years from now (like 2022?), and so on.

I join “OS” in asking P-Noy and Human Right Commissioner Etta Rosales why they think that those who suffered at the hands of Commie Chairman Jose Maria Sison, Commie Kumander Dante, and a host of Muslim renegades, cannot be regarded as human rights victims, and should be identified as enemies of the state. It’s of course obvious they’ll choose to ignore the simple question.

Just as obvious would be their reluctance to investigate widespread corrupt practices among members and fiscal agents of the Philippine Commission on Good Governance in all the years of its existence. Atty. Antonio Rosales, Etta’s husband, I’m sure has long been waiting to be asked to help in the digging up of countless reported anomalies in PCGG’s operations, and it can only be curious why no move has been made to seek his help.

Former Senator Jovito Salonga, incidentally, has himself remained deafeningly quiet amidst unflattering snipes at his integrity as erstwhile PCGG Chair. But rest assured P-Noy will not cause to investigate his “Tito Jovy” for sentimental reasons—PCGG having been his mother’s creation, and Jovy having been her first appointed PCGG Chairman.

Besides, P-Noy owes Jovy a lot for forever keeping his trap shut about all he remembers of Ninoy’s involvement in the Plaza Miranda Bombing which had been plotted and executed to permanently incapacitate all Liberal Party contenders for the presidency except, of course, Ninoy Aquino, who deliberately absented himself from the Miting de Avance to escape the explosions that were scheduled for 10:00pm. Ninoy Aquino was mad, simply mad.

But he was also a very glib and witty raconteur. Endowed with the gift of gab, Ninoy was a regaling public speaker who never failed to keep his listeners enraptured. Emceeing political programs was his forte. He was to the Plaza Miranda Miting de Avance, as a duck would be to a river; and it was puzzling why Ninoy would not come to emcee the rally which started at 6:30, and it was already 8:30.

That evening, I was home watching the event on live television; Doy Laurel was doing the same in his Mandaluyong residence. We had twice called each other up exchanging speculations about why Ninoy had preferred to watch the proceedings via television in Doy’s house. [I had earlier turned down Doy’s invitation to come to watch the LP event in his residence where a despedida de soltera for his daughter Suzie was being held, preferring to stay home instead].

At 8:55 Doy called to invite me anew, but I declined and instead asked him what Ninoy was doing; and he replied, “Heto, watching Plaza Miranda on TV, and I’m wondering why he is fidgety…” At 9:40 I called and Doy said Ninoy had already left for the Plaza Miranda Rally. Ninoy would naturally reach Quiapo after the makeshift stage bearing his party comrades had already been bombed by two grenades in accordance with a multiple murder plot which the CPP would eventually own up to!

Although the evidence incriminating Ninoy was circumstantial, I believe it would have been strong enough for his criminal indictment. I am likewise sure other pieces of evidence could have then been culled to satisfy the quantum of “guilt beyond reasonable doubt”; albeit fate would not have it that way, it seems, even if I personally know two more living witnesses who can come forward with persuasive evidence.

Back to Jovy Salonga. At some time past 11:30pm, my father and I were at the hospital bedside of the injured senator. His hands and head heavily bandaged, Salonga managed to mutter: “Ka Pepe, may kinalaman si Ninoy dito sa aming pagkabomba!” He might have said more if my father had allowed him. Instead, dad hushed down his friend so he could rest.

Some years after that, I saw Sen. Salonga on television. He was holding high a red book in his hand, saying “Narito sa librong ito, mga kababayan, and mga detalye ng Plaza Miranda Bombing, at ang mga pangalan ng mga utak.”, or words to that effect. The Cory government would effect retrieval of copies of the book from all known commercial bookstores within 48 hours after Salonga’s televised announcement. Shortly after that, Cory would appoint him to the coveted position of PCGG Chairman.

As I write this piece, more startling similarities between Noynoy and his father Ninoy come into focus. For example, during martial law, Marcos launched Project Jabidah in order to facilitate a peaceful resolution—via a referendum of the residents on the territory of Sabah—of the Sulu Sultanate’s proprietary claim over the said territory. But the plan was aborted when Sen. Ninoy Aquino delivered a privilege speech exposing Jabidah as a warmongering scheme of a madman.

Well, in retrospect, Jabidah might have succeeded. At the very least it was worth a try. The Kirams hoped for better luck when Ninoy’s son became president. But after his inauguration in 2010, P-Noy ignored pleas for help from Sultan Jamalul Kiram III. And now, as of this writing, with 12 Filipinos and 7 Malaysians (and surely still counting) killed,  P-Noy tells all cornered Kiram followers to surrender to Malaysian authorities, or face the consequences!!

And should they be lucky to be allowed to return to the country, Department of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima will arrest and prosecute them for rebellion or other crimes later to be determined… Ha?!

Surely, blood is on P-Noy’s hands, and does he know it!!! But he doesn’t really care. He must please the Malaysians at any and all costs to ensure fruition of 1) the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement, and 2) his dream for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Ubusan ng lahi?! I wouldn’t know, Joe  (Cortez), but I can’t see violence abating within weeks. I don’t like Nur Misuari but I agree with him that P-Noy has no right to go against Filipinos. Additionally, he now shifts the blame to others for instigating the war; and even so, this would not exculpate him from the impeachable offense of not rendering justice to 800,000 Filipinos!

Hmmm… like his father, P-Noy must truly be mad, simply mad.

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