As self-aggrandizing ‘victims’ become dictators, Marcos is loved today more than ever

Portrait of Ferdinand Marcos(Note: This essay was originally titled, Loving Marcos as a right: in defense of historical revisionism)

It is sad when self-aggrandizing freedom fighters cry foul whenever anything good is said about Ferdinand E. Marcos.  To them, he is pure evil and that the youth must be constantly reminded about alleged misdeeds during his presidency. Students such as the Ateneans who joyfully had selfies with Imelda are criticized for having poor historical knowledge while artists like Chito Miranda who perform in Marcos-related activities are chided for glorifying the ‘dark side.’

These ‘freedom fighters’ consider Filipinos who recount positive personal experiences during the Marcos era as ignorant or stupid. Meanwhile, writers whose accounts of history diverge from what anti-Marcos folks believe to be Gospel truth are branded as revisionists and propagandists.

These are foul.

For how could you blame farmers who enjoyed strong government support in the 70s for loving Marcos?

How could you blame mothers whose children enjoyed quality education, and who had more food on their tables then for remembering the president well?

How could you blame artists whose respective crafts blossomed under Imelda’s patronage for dreaming for the same support?

How could you refrain people from wishing we have today a more stable power supply, a saner traffic situation, and an efficient transport system the way they were when Marcos was president and Imelda was Metro Manila governor?

How could you look down at our countrymen who wish we have today the same level of respect we enjoyed in the international community when Marcos was president?

And, how could you prevent Filipinos from feeling hungry for reform, and from rooting for the new society Marcos envisioned or something to that effect?

These “how could you’s” go ad infinitum. Point is, as a growing majority of our countrymen now realize that as our social ills have remained—and by all indicators have even worsened—in our post-1986 national life, Marcos is not the real enemy. If people feel they lived more decent lives during the Martial Law years, no historian or scholar or political analyst could contest that without insulting those who own that experience.

I concede that some dissidents may have suffered during that time, but did rebels and communists seriously believe they would be handled with kids’ gloves by the very government they wished to overthrow and the social order they wanted to overturn? I concede that the media may have been less free and independent or that movement may have been more restricted, but these are freedoms that can be negotiated in view of a higher end.

Think of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew and Malaysia’s Mahathir, strong leaders who ushered their nations to development. Think of Park Chung Hee, the developmental dictator who is credited for the most remarkable economic turnaround in modern history—that of South Korea’s transformation from one of the world’s poorest nations to the socioeconomic superpower that it is today. And then think of Marcos, or maybe rethink of him sans the flimsy concept of democracy Uncle Sam shoveled down our throats or the now-outdated ideology Chairman Mao brainwashed leftist activists with. Thinking or rethinking is not revisionism. Regretting EDSA is not revisionism.

Let me make this clear: I am not anti-Aquino. Today as before, I appreciate the government’s reform programs even as I speak my mind over its follies. I am happy that my world is not blindly divided between red and yellow, and I look down at no one in a kaleidoscope of colors.

I agree that in dealing with history, we should stick to facts. But the divide between cold fact and personal interpretation will always be a blur. No one’s interpretation—not even those of self-aggrandizing freedom fighters—is always right. And if we are to be truly democratic, we should learn to accept that in a real and mature democracy, people have as much right to love Marcos as to abhor him. Otherwise, we would fall into the trap, not of revisionism, but of historical authoritarianism by a noisy few. That ‘freedom fighters’ dictate what our collective narrative should be is the height of irony and hypocrisy. That a dwindling band of activists shout “Never forget! Never again!” while bullying people for what they truthfully remember is plain and simple bigotry.

In the end, the people’s account of history—not the vilification by textbooks, the Inquirer, or ABS-CBN—will judge Marcos and define his place in our memory. As I see now, the verdict is getting kinder. And it is not because the people are ignorant or that they have a short-term memory or that historical revisionists are succeeding. It is simply that decades after the first EDSA, a growing number of Filipinos realize that they have been fooled, swindled, and betrayed, and not by Marcos.

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  1. You spit on the memory of all martial law victims. The majority of those who suffered under the regime were not the communists and rebels.

    Before Marcos took power, we were a center of innovation in Southeast Asia. Marcos and his cronies then plundered billions of dollars from our economy for their own benefit; US courts have awarded cases to thousands of Martial Law victims, and Marcos is recognized as the 2nd most corrupt dictator worldwide, in terms of plunders.

    Alas, it then started the downfall of our economy, which his incompetent successors continued. Marcos was an affront to democracy, human rights, and freedom. To everything that the heroes of the revolution fought for, that we may live free today.

    You, sir, and attempts to whitewash crimes like these, are part of the problem.

    No to historical revisionism! #NeverAgain

    • Ichinose Kotomi

      “You spit on the memory of all martial law victims.”

      How about the memories of those innocent farmers and innocent people from time of Cory? You are nothing but a Double Standard hypocrite and history tells that before Marcos, we were suffering from major corruptions and from rebels. Don’t forget that only Marcos has the balls to give the rebels the punishment they deserved. And if you don’t know, History are meant to be revised specially if it’s tainted with lies.

      • Gerry

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      • You are so very true the fact is you must not commenting a things whit out eny information because Marcos is the only one who boost the economy stantandard of the Philippines and if you try to look and research Marcos is the only one who give us to become at the second top richest country joring his time

        • Mike S.

          EJ Viernes: Do you really believe that Marcos made the Philippines the 2nd richest country? You gotta be kidding. That story was only spread by loyalists on social media. It was never supported by facts.

          You might want to read books written by professional economists. The Philippines’ worst situation during Marcos — especially in the late 1970s.

      • markyong

        MaRCOS had 20 years to solve the insurgency problem, but instead it got worst. The CPP had only a couple of hundreds armed rebels which swelled to 25,000 when Marcos stepped down from power. The truth is , Marcos is the problem, “he is the biggest recruiter of communist”, day by day since the beginning of his term hundreds of Filipinos joined the underground because of oppression, injustice and other social issues brought by an incompetent and corrupt president. In fact if he was not overthrown, the communist could have taken over the Country. Doble pasasalamat sa EDSA, because without it, there could have been no real FREEDOM and the communist takeover was prevented/

    • I am sorry I could not agree with your description of the years before martial law. It was chaotic and the NPAs were lording it over the hinterlands, among others..

      • kurokotetsuya

        Chaotic? You might say that during the time of our Pres. Marcos was chaotic because of the crime rate increased. Although I was not born yet during his time, i know that the people of the good older days did not suffer from hellish-like place like what we have now. Most people do really think that Marcos is a corrupt, selfish leader, but for me he’s not. In fact, public works are initiated that improved the general quality of Filipino life. Not just like today’s present leaders, corrupt, best actresses and actors, hellish leaders acting like they can improved our country. What a big shame! Yes, Marcos is a good leader for us, but the eyes of other people are not yet opened that’s why we are still craving to pay the debts of the other presidents that lead us to hell. Makoy is worth loving for. A two thumbs up for this great leader, for he cared so much for his fellowmen and he had loved his country.

      • Mike S.

        The NPA became stronger between the late 1960s and the 1970s simply because so many people then were oppressed by the Marcos regime. Some of the surviving victims had no other recourse but to join the rebels. For some people who criticized the Marcos then, it was just a choice of either dying in the streets or dying fighting as free men — rather than dying with their hands tied and their mouths gagged, their genitals electrocuted or their dignity destroyed.

    • Did you ever look the positive side of Marcos administration? Did you know how the economy of the Philippines when Marcos time?

      If Marcos became more dictator should be the economy of the Philippines rich as South Korea as now.

      Did you ever try to widen your information about the administrative of Marcos? Did you know that he is the one ho boost the economy standard of our country if do you compare the past presidents of the Philippines and if you compare Marcos to them did they boost the economy of our country instead of they give us the top of the poorest country now at the holl world. When Marcos time the Philippines is top 2 at the top richest country .

      • teodor

        No sir I disagree . If Marcos will apply more force to control this country ,there will be more chaos and more people will suffer. Marcos monopolize the power for his own benefit , yes he contributed infrastructures but this is just a small portion of the wealth of the country . It is not enough to call him a good leader.

        • Jv Real

          Why did u disagree upon Marcos, contributed a different infrastructures. Did the other president contribute a different infrastructures? On his time Philippines is one of the riches country in Asia. True his knowledge he fight for the freedom of our country.

          • Mike S.

            His infrastructure projects were mostly funded by unsustainable loans that eventually brought havoc to our economic system.

            If you are so fond of Marcos’ projects, you must be also fond of Hitler and Stalin because they too, being dictators and all, had so many projects made. And if you seriously think that infrastructure is the only way to make a country great, then you are a fool.

        • kiseryota

          That was just what you think. He did not do those things just for his own. He’s a good leader. For he made everything just to make our country improved not just a little but a lot. You do not know how great he was. Do Filipino people act like stupid sometimes because all they thought is that Pres. Marcos is not a good leader, a corrupt and other negative thoughts they utter. Why don’t you open your eyes and see what’s happening in our country? Isn’t it getting worst because of the corruptions that these present leaders were doing? Why don’t you try to compare it about the historical great things Marcos did before? Isn’t Marcos did his responsibilities as a RESPONSIBLE PRESIDENT during his time? Aren’t the people of today were starving for better leadership? Think of it man. You need to know more about Marcos. He’s not what the hell you think. Marcos is more worthy than what we have now.

        • kiseryota

          That was just what you think. He did not do those things just for his own. He’s a good leader. For he made everything just to make our country improved not just a little but a lot. You do not know how great he was. Do Filipino people act like stupid sometimes because all they thought is that Pres. Marcos is not a good leader, a corrupt and other negative thoughts they utter. Why don’t you open your eyes and see what’s happening in our country? Isn’t it getting worst because of the corruptions that these present leaders were doing? Why don’t you try to compare it about the historical great things Marcos did before? Isn’t Marcos did his responsibilities as a RESPONSIBLE PRESIDENT during his time? Aren’t the people of today were starving for better leadership? Think of it man. You need to know more about Marcos. He’s not what the hell you think. Marcos is more worthy than what we have now.

      • maki

        noong panahon raw ni marcos ,philippine was the richest.and i believe in that.maraming mga proyekto, hindi tulad ngayon na kahit saan-saan winawaldas ang mga pera ng gobyerno, hindi na nga umuunlad ang bansa.
        and i just want to say na masamang mamintang ,mamintang na ang isang tao ay magnanakaw, lalo na kung walang patunay.

        and ung dun sa parokya ni edgar concert for the celebration of ferdinandmarcos birthday. well, that was very nice cause its free.and hindi gaanong magarbo ung place.
        and making the concert for free is more like sharing their blessing,being very kind to other people

        compared to the martial law the number of deaths were smaller than that of the Agawan sa hacienda luisita.
        and in my own opinion the marcos issues was just to cover the aquino’s

    • F.B.I

      “you spit on the memory of all martial law victims”. How about the victims of Aquino on their presidential time are you favored them as a good leader to all of us Filipino?

    • s4

      That is real, but the country then was very unprogress. Because of Marcos the farmer worth big part of the economy. Economy have change when Marcos became the president. The country became progress. He help the farmer, and many people. Many roads were made and bridges. These memory were be reminded of our great grandparents. These were all white wash because of the EDSA revolution. Many writers were critizizing what Marcos did and they over-react and exsadge of that. Because of the influence of the writer, they wash out the good did of Marcos.
      All where truth, but my point is this we must realize what Marcos did to the country, not just the bad. In talking Marcos, “martial law” comes in mind, but martial law have a good caused in the country.

    • s4

      That is real but Marcos have a good caused in our country. He make many project that help many people. He help the farmer in their needs and the farmer has a big part in our economic progress in that time. This were all were white wash when the EDSA come. Many writers talking about Marcos did. The writers has more exagyrate in their text. these were influenze all the people and even this 2000`s.
      Marcos have also make a good caused in our country. They sad that his term is the worst ever term but how can he last that so long? Martial law is very popular. This law has a bad effects but also a good effect to our country. Because of some writers the good effects of Marcos has white wash and all the left were all the bad effect of Marcos. But he must realize the good effects of Marcos in our country.

    • s4

      That`s real, but Marcos has a good influenze to the people in the country. When Marcos become the president he help the farmer to be come progress. He make our country to be the best. He increases the economic level of the country. He make many projects like constructing roads and bridges. But these good caused where all where all white wash because of the EDSA. Many writers talking about the bad of Marcos, until now. Some writer had to over-react to the text that they did. Martial law comes, the people has disagreeing the law because it causes the human rights of the people but it has also a good caused of the law. We must realize what Marcos did to help our country. We must also think the good did of Marcos not just the bad influenze. Marcos term was the worst ever term ever? I don`t think so. How can Marcos has the longest term in the Philippines. It mean that many people love Marcos and they want his implimenting.

    • Adela

      I am sorry sir.But what is said in the article is ,”Loving Marcos is a RIGHT”. it wasn’t a command.why don’t you think about his achievements which made the country ‘s poeple convenient. Can you also look at the
      developments in this nation before? why don’t you think of the positive side? If you do that, then you won’t have to complain anymore. You might then have contentment.

      And i don’t think he was the reason for the downfall of the country. Can you ask the elderlies who lived in the times of marcos? I bet most of them will honor late president Marcos for having 1 to 2 liters of milk every month for each children at school, for the ideas of different sources of power supplies, and for making the president of united states trust the Philippines because of his jaw-dropping speech.

      I will always believe that he is a one-of-a-kind man because I have heard a lot of people admire his works. Maybe he is corrupt in other’s eyes, but i believe that he is great in most of his fellow countrymen.

      It is a right. Nobody commands somebody to forcely love marcos because no one can ever do that. You are a free Filipino. If marcos had mistakes, then also all of the other presidents. You are just blind not to see the good things in him. If you’ll always be blind, you will never be contented in every works of our late presidents and probably the future ones.

      You are free. We are free. But I suggest that you shouldn’t be blind on people’s good deeds. Look at them, and you will surely gain wisdom through their greatness and even imperfections.

    • Jonathantobi: I would appreciate very much if you can back up your allegations with data. I was in UP- college before martial law. Before martial law, I joined demonstrations, I listened to teach-ins..our student leaders were mouthing communism….the Philippine economy was down..there was corruption..exactly like what is going on now…that was one of the content of our demonstration..Our student leaders told us that to iradicate corruption and poverty, we must have communism in the Philippines..There was lots of money during the martial law years..The U.S. backed us up financially in return of Pres. Marcos’ fight of communism..Re-non-communist victims of martial law..who are they? Some writers, yes..but have you read what they wrote? They were communists and fomenting revolution …Find me a government in the world that will not put a citizen to prison for fomenting revolution…

  2. Lean

    What is foul is that you discredited the negative effects of the Marcos regime that outweighed all his positive contributions.

    For how could you blame the people disillusioned by Marcos and his cronies’ looting of government institutions and Imelda’s extortive business behavior?

    How could you blame the mothers weeping for their children who rallied for democracy but only ended up being tortured, raped, or killed?

    How could you blame those who marched on the streets and believed that the state needed to change a government for the better?

    And how dare you compare Marcos’s dictatorship to the likes of Lee Kuan Yew’s and Mahathir’s? Singapore and Malaysia are built upon the pillars of bureaucratic competence and elite autonomy. The Philippines is choked by patrimonialism and an underdeveloped government, all of which Marcos only aggravated. So never compare as if authoritarianism should be appropriate for all states because they are all the same.

    Let me also make this clear: I am not pro-Aquino. Yet I believe that the grim consequences of bad dictatorship only prove that loving Marcos is a right, but not the right thing to do.

    • Ichinose Kotomi

      “discredited the negative effects of the Marcos regime that outweighed all his positive contributions.”

      I smell Double Standard here.

      • Lean

        Your sense of smell is unreliable, then.

        I know Marcos did something good, yes. But his crimes are so grave they trumped/countervailed all that which he did good. In short, kahit may nagawa kang tama, pag may krimen kang ginawa, dapat ka pa ring makulong.

        Tell me, where’s the double standard there?

        • Ichinose Kotomi

          Oh, is that so? By your standard, it would mean Cory, Ramos and Arroyo are far worst than Marcos then because statistically speaking, the Bad Side of their Government outweighs the Good Side by a huge margin, specially Noynoy’s four years of total mismanagement and corruptions from almost all of the Executive agency and even affecting up to the Legislative Branch, not to mentions Human Rights Violations of different sorts.

        • zhazha(shasha)

          I want you to look at my perspectives.

          History does really tells the truth. But the question is, does it tell ALL the truths. It is true that the Philippines suffered during the martial law times. Many people, lots, died, tortured. People suffered emotionally and physically. That people looked at Marcos as a brutal dictator. But if you look at a different view, everything happened because he wants DISCIPLINE.

          Before his time, rebels are lording the country. He did what a leader must do. He declared Martial Law. Martial law includes curfews. What do you think is the purpose of curfews? To avoid killing by the rebels he proposed curfews to make the people not wander at streets.
          FACT: Marcos did the declaration of Martial Law but he did not ordered the soldiers to kill. The soldiers themselves did what they did.

          He just did the declaration to punish the rebels. To scare them and make them follow the government. I can’t think of anyone else that can have that much of bravery to rule the rebels.

          Yes, Marcos is corrupt. But can you give a name of a former president of the country that is not a corrupt?

          Again, if you look at a different view. During marcos’ times, the Philippines was the 2nd richest country. He prioritized the poor. Made the country as the main supplier of rice all over the world. What happened to our country now?

          During his impeachment and EDSA REV. They say, ‘People Power.’ Isn’t is that when we say people power, it means everyone is involved? Based on researches, only 2% of the Filipino population went to the EDSA REVOLUTION. I don’t think that it must be called edsa rev. but must be ‘only anti-marcos rev.’ FACT: It is so funny to know that the leader for that revolution was not present at that time. Ex-pres Cory was at CEBU.

          They say Marcos betrayed the people, and his co-officials. I say, Marcos was betrayed by his co-officials.

          After his time. People celebrated. Why? Because there is FREEDOM? FREEDOM from what? What are you even trying to escape from? Think.

          During Cory’s time. Lots of people were killed. People just didn’t know. The economy went down. Numbers of crimes increased. Worst, Hacienda luisita case was CLOSED. Of course, Cory also did corrupt. As I stated earlier, everyone did.
          Now, let us look at what to appreciate during Cory’s time. . . . . . . . . . . . .
          Funny, I cannot think of anything. I am not being biased or something. I’m just trying to be not a HYPOCRITE.

          I just can’t take that Cory was so appreciated and loved by people eventhough she did not do much. While on the other hand, the one who did so much for the country was being hated and cursed.

          If we are talking about mistakes here let me also enumerate the things happened after Marcos’ time.

          FACT: Aquinos hold the media. (You will know which at the site I will give at the end of my comment.)

          During that time. No one can be trusted. So how can you possibly say that Aquinos were true and that Marcos was not. Think.

          FACT: PEOPLE AT EDSA REVOLUTION WERE CHINESE BUSINESSMEN. They wanted to impeach Marcos because the economy of the Philippines were increasing. Think about the logic of it.

          FACT: DURING THE IMPEACHEMENT WAS ALSO THE TIME TO RETURN THE LANDS OF THE FARMERS OF HACIENDA LUISITA. Before that hacienda was owned by the Aquinos, they had a contract that the lands must be returned to farmers after ten years. The lands were never returned. Lots of people and witnesses including priests were killed.

          FACT: CRIME RATE INCREASED. Why? NO DISCIPLINE. Because there is the so-called ‘freedom,’ you can do anything you want. Again, think of the logic of it.

          FACT: AQUINO CORRUPTED. Everyone did. Think

          Marcos’ only did two things that made him look bad. He declared martial law and he was corrupt. Now, look at the list of the things Aquino did that made her look bad. Who deserve to have the RESPECT? CHOSE.

          Marcos did wrong? so did Cory. Yet she is being loved. Why is that? (Really, media can influence minds.)

          Let us all be open-minded. Nobody is perfect. We all become greedy about something. Though he did mistakes, let us look at the different views and appreciate the things he did for our country. He deserve some respect, somewhat he made our country progressive and competitive. ( Not to mention, he introduced the idea of electricity in the country)

          You cannot control everyone. If someone loves marcos, you cannot stop that someone. We all have brain and rights, and it is our right to love anyone we want. Isn’t telling that you should not love marcos is just like a martial law? Not allowing anyone to have their rights? Think.

          Have some time to visit this site. It will tell you that marcos is not only the one who did mistakes. Everyone did. And he must not be the only one to blame.
          http://www.pinoymonkeypride.com

          Im neither a Marcos loyalist nor anti-Aquino. I’m just a concerned person and wanted to somewhat make you look at different perspectives. Thank you.

          • Lean

            Sige! Present all your credible sources for your “facts.” ‘Pag nakapresent ka na, mag-usap tayo.

            • Lean

              Tsaka narefute ko na halos lahat ng mga arguments mo sa mga previous comments ko. Magbackread ka muna. Ang hirap pag uulitin ko na naman yung mga sinabi ko na noon. Hindi lang ito ang buhay ko.

              • Lean

                Ito comment ko kay zachiary. basahin mo na lang.

                ““FACT: Marcos did the declaration of Martial Law but he did not [order] the soldiers to kill. The soldiers themselves did what they did.”
                -I don’t believe it’s a fact if you do not present a credible source. And assuming that it is a fact, he would still be irresponsible, if not culpable. Human rights violations were already pervasive. As the Commander in Chief, he should have jailed the perpetrators or at least investigated such maltreatment. But lo and behold, he never did. That makes him either ignorant, apathetic, or callous. Either way, he would still be an irresponsible or liable president, or both.

                “He just did the declaration to punish the rebels. To scare them and make them follow the government.”
                -And in doing so, it only led to the torturing of innocent people. And if Martial Law was really to pacify the rebels, well it failed.
                From only 60 fighters in its establishment in December 1986, the NPA swelled to 25,000 fighters by 1986. The CPP as well reached 30,000-strong.

                http://www.crisisgroup.org/~/media/Files/asia/south-east-asia/philippines/202%20The%20Communist%20Insurgency%20in%20the%20Philippines%20Tactics%20and%20Talks.pdf

                “But can you give a name of a former president of the country that is not a corrupt?”
                “I can’t think of anyone else that can have that much of bravery to rule the rebels.”
                -Pres. Ramon Magsaysay, period.

                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramon_Magsaysay

                http://www.filipiknow.net/reasons-why-ramon-magsaysay-was-the-best-president-ever/

                “Based on researches, only 2% of the Filipino population went to the EDSA REVOLUTION.”
                -Still, 76% of the 22 million voters (with a 90% voting turnout) approved the 1987 Constitution on February 2, 1987. In other words, more than three-fourths of the voting population approved the newly restored democracy.
                Source: James Clad. “Cory’s Constitutional Gamble,” Far Eastern Economic Review, Jan. 29, 1987. p.21
                -Also, Cory’s popularity was higher during her first year in office than during her election campaign. Eighty-seven percent expressed support for her in late 1986, higher than her vote count in the February 1986 elections.
                Source: Mahar Mangahas. “People’s Evaluation the Bottom Line” The Manila Chronicle, June 29, 1992. p. 4.
                -In sum, both the democracy and the new president was legitimate (at least in her first year as president), based on researches.

                “After his time. People celebrated. Why? Because there is FREEDOM? FREEDOM from what? What are you even trying to escape from? Think.”
                -Freedom from tyranny by a dictator. Sure, the government at times actually have inefficiencies in protecting our freedoms. But at least, these are guaranteed by a constitution not whimsically made by one person.

                “During Cory’s time. Lots of people were killed. People just didn’t know. The economy went down. Numbers of crimes increased. Worst, Hacienda luisita case was CLOSED. Of course, Cory also did corrupt. As I stated earlier, everyone did.”
                -Huwag mag-assume agad. I need your facts, especially on the corruption of Cory herself. And if you read my previous comments, I already proved with credible sources that the economy was worse during the Marcos era.

                “Now, let us look at what to appreciate during Cory’s time. . . . . . . . . . . . .”
                Cory may have many inadequacies, but THANK GOD SHE GAVE US BACK OUR DEMOCRACY.

                Oh, baka sabihin mo na naman, mahal ko si Cory?
                Ulitin ko, hindi ko tinitignan si Cory bilang bayani.

                At tsaka ‘yong link na nilagay mo, hindi ko mabuksan. Pero pangalan pa lang, nagdududa na’ko sa veracity nito.”

                • zachiary[zhazha(shasha)]

                  Wow, Lean I really do salute you.

                  Well my apologies for those things. I already stated first that I, myself is not so sure about those videos. And for the link you say, kaka-visit ko lang po kanina lang. If you want to understand my view, just google the pinoy monkey pride. thank you.

                  I cannot answer your comments. I’m learning, thank you.
                  But one thing:
                  “Based on researches, only 2% of the Filipino population went to the EDSA REVOLUTION.”
                  -Still, 76% of the 22 million voters (with a 90% voting turnout) approved the 1987 Constitution on February 2, 1987. In other words, more than three-fourths of the voting population approved the newly restored democracy.
                  Source: James Clad. “Cory’s Constitutional Gamble,” Far Eastern Economic Review, Jan. 29, 1987. p.21
                  — I’m not talking about the votes or number of voters but I am talking about the population that went to the EDSA REVOLUTION.

                  Anyways, thank you very much for correcting and adding my thoughts. I read your comments and I am learning so much.
                  Thank you.#

                  • Lean

                    My apologies too for behaving a little bit impolitely.

                    That you said only a small portion of the population joined the EDSA Revolution (or Restoration, as other scholars resolutely regard) behooved me to presume that you believe the People Power is illegitimate. Hence, I cited the general support for the new constitution and the initial popularity of Cory to prove that the newly restored democracy was positively embraced by the people. After all, democracy is what the People Power was crudely for.

                    My point is this: Even if few people joined the EDSA Revolution, the fact that the democracy that it restored is legitimate (at least quantitatively) should mean that the EDSA Revolution is legitimate as well, regardless of the number of its participants.

                    Be that as it may, I am pleased that you are learning from a person like me whose identity evades you. This, I believe, illustrates how knowledge should be influenced: not by who the person is, but by what that person says.

                    Still, don’t let me or anyone else exhort you into a certain inclination. Learn our history intensively and extensively then decide for yourself whether you become pro- or anti-Marcos, or if you want to choose either at all. In any case, our democracy guarantees us with free will; we should use it wisely.

                    You’re welcome.#

                  • diSalvo

                    I was in the EDSA REVOLUTION and I am proud to be a part of the event.
                    The 2% attendance is questionable since the archipelago consists of approximately 7100 island. If the geographical land mass of PI is contiguous, it would be 100% attendance, except of course those folks in Ilocos region which to this day, few believe, that macoy is still the president. I would guestimate that the entire EDSA avenue is not sufficient to hold the event.

                    My personal observation during the revolution is how fast of those people in power change their political alliance or allegiance during that crucial period. There are still a few prominent politicians who were remnants of the macoy era and managed to survive and still active to this date.They are very skillful and we can not blame them……it is the voters.

            • zachiary[zhazha(shasha)]

              Visit this and you will know.
              http://pinoymonkeypride.blogspot.com/
              I’m not saying that everything that the videos play were true but it made me realized that everything should not be blamed to only one person.

              If you don’t believe that everything we say is true. Then how can you be so sure about the facts you say. No one can be trusted.

              I’m not ruining the Aquinos, I’m just trying to let you have different views because you are being so unfair. You should remember that everyone did mistakes. The present Government is already more corrupt than the past. Why blame all on one person?

              You think Marcos should be jailed. Cory should be, too. Marcos did wrong? Cory did too. You should be equal in treating everyone.

              They were our leaders. Everyone deserve a respect from us.

              Again, I’m not protecting Marcos or anything. I’m telling, you should not be bias. If you think that Marcos was not good as president, I think no one has ever became good as president, then.

              If you were also influence by the media, I tell you, NO ONE CAN BE TRUSTED. Do you think that the media tells all the truth And that they don’t hide anything that could change the whole situation?
              Why are they only broadcasting the wrong things that Marcos did? Why are they not broadcasting about someone else’ mistakes? I’m only telling the possible possibilities.

              “Why can’t you accept the fact that everyone and not only Marcos did wrong in leading the country?”

              I am not telling you that you should love Marcos. It is your right to love or hate him. But PLEASE give him some respect.
              Thank you.#

              • Lean

                Ang kulit mo. Sinabi ko na ngang may mga argumento rin ako laban kay Cory. Pati kay Magsaysay, na although populist at effective ang administrasyon niya, tinutulungan/kinokontrol pa rin siya ng CIA. Pero ang blog post na ito ay nakapokus kay Marcos, kaya siya ang pinagtutuunan ko ng pansin ngayon. Kaya hintayin mong gumawa ng blogpost si Herdy about kay Cory at doon ka magpakasasang tirahin si Cory.

                I give credit to Marcos’s accomplishments, but as I weighed all of them against his atrocities, I decided I will not venerate Marcos. How would that be unfair?

                At halos lahat ng mga sources ko ay hindi galing sa ABS-CBN o GMA. Nagreresearch ako kasi ito ang trabaho at passion ko. At cinite ko lang ang news article ng interaksyon.com dahil unquestioned naman na may ganoong ruling ang Swiss and Singapore courts. My sources, most of which are not from the internet, are credible and I base all my arguments thereon.

                Alam mo kung ano ang example ng source na hindi credible? http://pinoymonkeypride.blogspot.com/
                Isang site na hindi recognized ng academic community, at talaga namang sa unang tingin pa lang, BIASED NA AGAINST CORY. Iyan ang halimbawa ng source na hindi credible. At ikaw ang halimbawa ng taong brainwashed ng media.

                To respect Marcos for being a genius and a demagogue, that I may do. But to respect Marcos for being an oppressive and corrupt dictator, that will never happen.

          • For me i am favor for what you’ve been commented and i what to give my reaction and questions to the people who is not in Marcos side when his time

            If Marcos became more dictator would our country become the richest country in the world or in Asia?

            If you think wide the Philippines would be as rich as South Korea is if people won’t imigrate Marcos, Philippines would be known to be whit reach economy and crimes would be lesser if we didn’t revolted at the EDSA revolution. Whould the Philippines look like this know?

            Jooing back to Marcos administration, the economy was good, price where stable, and lesser crimes. If we compare all of the presedents of the Philippines to Marcos, did they do great like Marcos? Did they boost the economy like what Marcos did?

            Undo the administrative of Marcos, the Philippines ranked 2nd as just the most richest country in his time. Unlike now, we are at the bottom of the poorest country in the world

          • bagas

            Yes media influences mind to many nakikita ko sa tv, radio at papers fmm is a currupt and evil as they say,., but dont you think some media show exaggerated view and theories that they make and protect their other extended business industry.,. Hindi ko nakita or nakilala si fmm nung una i was convince na evil si marcos but the fact of my grandparents and my parents are good image of fmm to them,., people are discipline, crime was never as high as today, kung kaya we obey fmm what the vision he dream for the good of the country and the people, he protect poor one and currupted the rich one.,. If we hate marcoses why the marcos family still at politics? why north place of the country still believe that marcos family will do over the great thing of their loving fmm, people are seek for the great one?

        • zachiary

          If we are talking about mistakes here let me also enumerate the things happened after Marcos’ time.

          FACT: Aquinos hold the media. (You will know which at the site I will give at the end of my comment.)

          During that time. No one can be trusted. So how can you possibly say that Aquinos were true and that Marcos was not. Think.

          FACT: PEOPLE AT EDSA REVOLUTION WERE CHINESE BUSINESSMEN. They wanted to impeach Marcos because the economy of the Philippines were increasing. Think about the logic of it.

          FACT: DURING THE IMPEACHEMENT WAS ALSO THE TIME TO RETURN THE LANDS OF THE FARMERS OF HACIENDA LUISITA. Before that hacienda was owned by the Aquinos, they had a contract that the lands must be returned to farmers after ten years. The lands were never returned. Lots of people and witnesses including priests were killed.

          FACT: CRIME RATE INCREASED. Why? NO DISCIPLINE. Because there is the so-called ‘freedom,’ you can do anything you want. Again, think of the logic of it.

          FACT: AQUINO CORRUPTED. Everyone did. Think

          Marcos’ only did two things that made him look bad. He declared martial law and he was corrupt. Now, look at the list of the things Aquino did that can make her look bad. Who is more deserving to have the RESPECT? CHOSE.

          Marcos did wrong? So did Cory. Yet, she is being loved by people. Why is that? ( Really, media can influence minds)

          Let us all be open-minded. Nobody is perfect. We all become greedy about something. Though he did mistakes, let us look at the different views and appreciate the things he did for our country. He deserve some respect, somewhat he made our country progressive and competitive. ( Not to mention, he introduced the idea of electricity in the country)

          You cannot control everyone. If someone loves Marcos, you cannot stop that someone. We all have brain and rights, and it is our right to love anyone we want. Isn’t telling that you should not love Marcos is just like a martial law? Not allowing anyone to have their rights? Think.

          Have some time to visit this site. It will tell you that Marcos is not only the one who did mistakes. Everyone did. And he must not be the only one to blame.
          http://www.pinoymonkeypride.com

    • I am sorry but I could not agree with your 5 statements. I did not see them at all. I was already 23 during the martial law years. They were the most part UNTRUE. Those children that you mentioned may be the children of the NPAs officers. The latter used their children as shield but they were still put in prison…That was what I heard at that time. And the non-pro Aquinos were really the NPAs/communists/leftists..These were the ones who thought the people would put them to power. But the old businessmen took back their lost glory…That to me is what ripping their hearts!

      • Lean

        I’m sorry too but…

        “I did not see them…” Just because you did not see it doesn’t necessarily mean it did not happen.

        “…may be the children…” Guessing is not a valid proof of your claim.

        “That was what I heard…” Tsismis is not always true.

        Read journal articles like Mark Thompson’s. Analyze the historical graphs of NSCB and SWS. Or at least read Time Magazine’s article on most corrupted leaders. So that your mindset on Marcos is not merely founded on hearsay or Facebook posts.

  3. Herdy, look. A lot of anti-Marcos people (well, the logical ones) think that Marcos had a lot of upsides going for him. He’s a brilliant person, maybe one of the most intelligent and hard-working politicians the Philippines has ever seen. However, one thing you cannot overlook was his greed for wealth and for power. How can you explain the sudden opulence of their family during his regime? How can you explain the various Swiss bank accounts accredited to him not just by our NBI, but by the FBI and the Interpol? How else can you explain his rampant violation of our Constitution when he usurped the powers of Congress by giving himself legislative powers? How else can you explain his actions when he appointed his cronies to juicy positions both in the public and the private sectors? He was a brilliant man, but he turned his brilliance into amassing wealth and power for himself.

    I also do not agree with you when you said that the international community had a lot of respect for Marcos. Just take a look into these websites for you to have a clue on how other countries see the Marcos regime:
    http://overholtgroup.com/media/Articles-Philippines/The-Rise-and-Fall-of-Ferdinand-Marcos-Asian-Survey.pdf
    http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/364302/Ferdinand-E-Marcos
    https://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Ferdinand_Marcos.html

    I could go on and on with these articles written by people from the international community. The point is, it’s not only our local media who says that Marcos almost beggared our country through his corrupt regime, it was not only our media who are saying that he committed serious human rights violations through his regime.

    • Ichinose Kotomi

      I’ll ask you a simple question. How much was the allege ill-gotten wealth they, the Anti-Marcos group are throwing against him? Wasn’t it around $5-10billion? Now let me ask you again, how much of the frozen wealth is in the Swiss Bank? Wasn’t it far too huge to be the allege ill-gotten wealth? People are accusing him to have plundered the coffer but failed to calculate if what was said is actually true. Now, let me ask you again, if what the Yellow Aligned Government has been telling is true, then why Freeze the Swiss accounts? Why not just unfreeze it and claim it since it’s the Government’s money? You know why they couldn’t? It’s because up until know, the Yellow Aligned Government couldn’t prove that the account is Ill-Gotten, and unfreezing it and claiming it would be accepting that it is not ill-gotten and it would embarrass everyone from the perpetrator of EDSA up to the Fake Hero Ninoy. These Swiss Accounts are supported by Legal Documents and so on, what would you expect the Yellow Aligned Government can do when their accusations are all based on Malicious claims and hearsays?

      • Lean

        Even if the estimates are bloated, what is important is that foreign courts have already ruled on the Marcoses’ ill-gotten wealth. Here’s your answer, if you’re too lazy to do simple research:

        http://www.interaksyon.com/article/80591/ph-gets-last-tranche-of-29m-in-marcos-swiss-accounts-after-singapore-ruling—pcgg

        Also these:
        http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/188469/news/nation/martial-law-victims-score-double-victory-in-us-singapore-courts
        http://www.unafei.or.jp/english/pdf/PDF_ThirdGGSeminar/Third_GGSeminar_P72-79.pdf

        Feel free to add those assets and properties, so you will understand why people “lost their minds” on the Marcoses like they do now on Enrile and Friends.

        Oh, and one more thing. Even if the “Yellow Aligned Government” has not proven anything, foreign courts, which you and I know are virtually impossible to be bribed with the DAP, had already ruled that the Marcoses’ wealth are without a doubt ill-gotten. And the proceedings are protracted because justice really takes time to prevail. So don’t go berserk and act as if you are a lawyer who just knows the protocol of Swiss courts.

        Thank you for reading until here. Now freeze yourself. MANIGAS KA! 🙂

        • Ichinose Kotomi

          “had already ruled that the Marcoses’ wealth are without a doubt ill-gotten.”

          Ruled as Ill-Gotten? You are gravely mistaken, Forfeited asset doesn’t mean it was ruled as ill-gotten, you need to check your facts correctly.

          • Lean

            Yeah, I checked my facts correctly before and after you replied. “The Swiss deposits which were transmitted to and now held in escrow at the PNB are deemed unlawfully acquired as ill-gotten wealth.” http://www.lawphil.net/judjuris/juri2014/mar2014/gr_189434_2014.html
            Yup, the word “ill-gotten” is still there.

            And what the hell are you talking about? Would you really think a person would just forfeit millions worth of assets with no apparent reason?

            • Ichinose Kotomi

              Did you really read your Link that contained the case about it? Here, I’ll quote what’s inside that’s supposed to be the summary for you.

              —On 25 April 2012, this Court rendered a Decision affirming the 2 April 2009 Decision of the Sandiganbayan and declaring all the assets of Arelma, S.A., an entity created by the late Ferdinand E. Marcos, FORFEITED in favor of the Republic of the Philippines. The anti-graft court found that the totality of assets and properties acquired by the Marcos spouses was manifestly and grossly disproportionate to their aggregate salaries as public officials, and that petitioners were unable to overturn the PRIMA FACIE PRESUMPTION of ill-gotten wealth, pursuant to Section 2 of Republic Act No. (RA) 1379.

              I won’t act like a lawyer but this is an isolated case which doesn’t prove anything about the Allege Ill-gotten wealth. That’s why it doesn’t affect the whole outcome of the case pertaining the Allege Ill-Gotten wealth. Then again, you’re back to Square One, you know why? Because if you’re pushing your opinion that it was already proven, then all the Frozen Swiss accounts should have already been given to the Philippine which is quite contrary. SIMPLE AS THAT.

              “Would you really think a person would just forfeit millions worth of assets with no apparent reason?”

              You’re asking that now? Did you forget that the Beneficiaries are the Pilipino People? Maybe you should read Salvador H. Laurel’s “From the Lips of a Dying President” to have a clue as to why the Pilipino are the beneficiaries, you probably should also read Marcos diary, there’s an entry there about the Marcos Foundation.

              • Lean

                “AN ACT DECLARING FORFEITURE IN FAVOR OF THE STATE ANY PROPERTY FOUND TO HAVE BEEN UNLAWFULLY ACQUIRED BY ANY PUBLIC OFFICER OR EMPLOYEE AND PROVIDING FOR THE PROCEEDINGS THEREFOR”
                -yan ang complete title ng RA1379.
                This means the assets were forfeited because Marcos unlawfully acquired said assets.

                At least $29-million yung naprove ng foreign court na ill-gotten wealth. That’s already a huge amount of money. That’s greater than the P100-million minimum for a case to be called plunder in the Philippines. And even if not all of the assets were given to the Philippines, at least there is that $29-million. It’s not an isolated case when you are talking about that huge amount of money.
                But here you are saying it’s isolated? Are you so rich as to discredit that amount of money? Incredible!

                And about Salvador Laurel. He wanted to be a prime minister, but was only encouraged by Cardinal Sin to run as vice president of Cory for the promise that he will become prime minister. But what was promised to him was not realized, so he turned sides. Masakit lang loob niya kaya tinitira niya yung administration ni Cory. His writings are therefore not reliable.

                At siyempre, ‘yung diary ni Marcos. Ano pa nga bang masasabi ko. Siyempre biased din yan towards Marcos. Hindi rin credible ang source.

                Please read journal articles. Hindi credible ‘yang mga pinapakita mo sakin.

      • Hi Ichinose,
        Well, the government was not able to get all of the $10billion allegedly taken by Marcos from our coffers. I’d bet they’re hidden by using different aliases.

        However, the recovered loot is already a sizeable $4Billion (see link below) since 1986. Take note, this $4billion also includes companies that he took from oligarchs and distributed to his cronies. It doesn’t take a PhD to know that stealing that amount of money, even from oligarchs like the Lopezes just so he can have it for himself, his family, and his cronies, is a sign of greed and corruption on the part of Ferdinand Marcos. Is that the leader you love? Okey sana kung mala-Robin Hood, magnanakaw sya sa mayayaman para ipamahagi sa mahihirap. Kaso hindi e, nagnakaw sya sa mga mayayayaman ta’s inangkin na nya at binigay sa mga kaibi-kaibigan nya. Ganyan ba ang gusto nyong leader?

        “Now, let me ask you again, if what the Yellow Aligned Government has been telling is true, then why Freeze the Swiss accounts?”
        – Para hindi yan magamit ng mga Marcoses at mailipat sa ibang bangko. You have to remember, Swiss banks would favor their customers. Since Marcos is a customer, pag hindi na-freeze yang accounts nila na yan, mabilis nilang maililipat ang mga kaperahan na yan kasi kakampi nila yung mga Swiss banks. Our government therefore has to get a warrant para maipa-freeze ang mga accounts na ‘yun, something na walang magagawa ang mga Swiss banks.

        “It’s because up until know, the Yellow Aligned Government couldn’t prove that the account is Ill-Gotten”
        – well, as I’ve said kanina, they’ve already managed to recover $4billion, so malamang na-prove nila na ill-gotten ang mga perang yun kaya nila narecover.

        http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/380137/news/specialreports/infographic-marcos-loot-by-the-numbers

        • Ichinose Kotomi

          Did you actually skip this question?

          “Now let me ask you again, how much of the frozen wealth is in the Swiss Bank? Wasn’t it far TOO huge to be the allege ill-gotten wealth?”

          Anyway, you don’t seem to have any idea of how of the account has been Frozen. Also…

          “well, as I’ve said kanina, they’ve already managed to recover $4billion, so malamang na-prove nila na ill-gotten ang mga perang yun kaya nila narecover.”

          You are mistaken about one thing, those are not Recovered assets but FORFEITED assets where the Philippine Government, the Pilipino people are the beneficiaries which is why the Marcoses are already Hands Off on those issues but the Media would still try to connect them. They’re only sugar-coating it to look like what they want it to look like to other people who are easily tricked by Word Spins.

          “Para hindi yan magamit ng mga Marcoses at mailipat sa ibang bangko. You have to remember, Swiss banks would favor their customers. Since Marcos is a customer, pag hindi na-freeze yang accounts nila na yan, mabilis nilang maililipat ang mga kaperahan na yan kasi kakampi nila yung mga Swiss banks. Our government therefore has to get a warrant para maipa-freeze ang mga accounts na ‘yun, something na walang magagawa ang mga Swiss banks.”

          You are mistaken here as well. The Swiss Bank were willing to give the accounts to the Philippine that is IF, and ONLY IF the Government has proven without a doubt that those are Ill-Gotten, well, guess what? Up until know the Government Couldn’t prove it. Much like how the Yellow Aligned Government couldn’t connect Marcos to Ninoy’s Assassination. Now I’ll ask you again, do you have an idea how much wealth is in the Swiss Account? The wealth in those accounts far exceeds the ALLEGE ill-gotten wealth which is quite contrary to the claims of the Yellow army.

          • Hi Ichinose,
            I skipped that question because Lean’s comment already has an answer to it, and I agree with that answer. To quote from the link Lean posted:

            “The Swiss federal court ordered the release of the Marcos Swiss deposits in July 2003 following a final judgment by the Philippine Supreme Court that the funds were ill-gotten”
            http://www.interaksyon.com/article/80591/ph-gets-last-tranche-of-29m-in-marcos-swiss-accounts-after-singapore-ruling—pcgg and the passage of the human rights compensation law, allocating P10 billion worth of recovered Marcos wealth to victims of martial law.

            The article was very clear in saying that the funds are ILL-GOTTEN.

            Also, it’s not forfeited, it’s RECOVERED ASSETS. See here:
            http://www.assetrecovery.org/kc/node/5881e61f-a33e-11dc-bf1b-335d0754ba85.0;jsessionid=B96E2D4A16C4214079713394C5C4CB5C

            Whatever twist you’re doing Ichinose, it won’t work if you’re just spouting unfounded and unsupported allegations.

            • Ichinose Kotomi

              See what I told you? You didn’t even know HOW MANY of the accounts where frozen and HOW MUCH was in each account. You’re only linking isolated cases and not the whole case. Didn’t I say already that the Marcoses are hands off already towards those Assets because basically, they’re not the Claimants of those assets. If you think I’m making that up, then how about reading the case Lean just linked? But if you’re not sure what I mean, I’ll quote it for you.

              http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/jurisprudence/2003/jul2003/152154.htm

              “RESPONDENTS’ ADMISSION MADE DURING THE PRE-TRIAL THAT THEY DO NOT HAVE ANY INTEREST OR OWNERSHIP OVER THE FUNDS SUBJECT OF THE ACTION FOR FORFEITURE TENDERS NO GENUINE ISSUE OR CONTROVERSY AS TO ANY MATERIAL FACT IN THE PRESENT ACTION, THUS WARRANTING THE RENDITION OF SUMMARY JUDGMENT.”

              As for the established PRIMA FACIE Presumption on the allege ill-gotten, that is still an Assumption of Guilt because the Dependent is not here anymore to defend himself but Documents and Facts he left behind counters all the allegation against him that’s why the Petitioner can only Assume that the FORFEITED assets are ill-gotten. Now, I’ll ask you again, HOW MUCH is in the Swizz Accounts? How many accounts are there? You kept dodging those question since basically, you too don’t have the whole picture but evidence tells that couldn’t be just allege ill-gotten because the contents is way way too huge. You’re the one making a Twist of it and you’re not even aware of what you’re doing? That’s because you’re taking the whole bait, line and sinker that the Corrupt PCGG is luring you.

              • HAHAHAHAHA anak ng tokwa. Can you please stop doing this? Napapahiya mo lang ang sarili mo. Okay, let me tell you this. I read these kinds of cases every day, PINAGAARALAN NAMIN YAN. Pareho kami ng law school ni Marcos, actually. Sige, dahil mukhang hindi mo alam ang sinasabi mo, eto, turuan kita:

                Yang quote mong yan na “respondents admission” chuchu, YAN AY CLAIM NG RESPONDENTS — Imelda Marcos et al. Malamang dedepensahan nila ang sarili nila! PERO HINDI YAN ANG SAGOT NG SUPREME COURT. Gusto mo malaman ang sagot ng Supreme Court sa alegasyon nina Marcos na yan?

                This is what the Marcos group is claiming:
                “RESPONDENTS’ ADMISSION MADE DURING THE PRE-TRIAL THAT THEY DO NOT HAVE ANY INTEREST OR OWNERSHIP OVER THE FUNDS SUBJECT OF THE ACTION FOR FORFEITURE TENDERS NO GENUINE ISSUE OR CONTROVERSY AS TO ANY MATERIAL FACT IN THE PRESENT ACTION, THUS WARRANTING THE RENDITION OF SUMMARY JUDGMENT.”

                This is what the Supreme Court said about their particular claim above:
                SUMMARY JUDGMENT IS PROPER SINCE PRIVATE RESPONDENTS HAVE NOT RAISED ANY GENUINE ISSUE OF FACT CONSIDERING THAT:
                A. PRIVATE RESPONDENTS’ DEFENSE THAT SWISS DEPOSITS WERE LAWFULLY ACQUIRED DOES NOT ONLY FAIL TO TENDER AN ISSUE BUT IS CLEARLY A SHAM; AND
                B. IN SUBSEQUENTLY DISCLAIMING OWNERSHIP OF THE SWISS DEPOSITS, PRIVATE RESPONDENTS ABANDONED THEIR SHAM DEFENSE OF LEGITIMATE ACQUISITION, AND THIS FURTHER JUSTIFIED THE RENDITION OF A SUMMARY JUDGMENT.

                Take note, ang sabi ng Supreme Court ay SHAM daw depensa ng mga Marcoses. Mga hukom na mismo ng Supreme Court ang nagsabi nya. Kaya MALING MALI ka sa mga sinasabi mo na

                Kaya pwede ba, Ichinose? Itigil na natin ‘to? Pinapahiya mo lang ang sarili mo.

                PS. I keep on dodging that particular question of yours kasi it doesn’t make sense, it is irrelevant and it just proves the point that, well, you’re missing the point.

              • Haha, mukhang hindi nagustuhan ni mr. Yumul ang linggwaheng ginamit ko sa comment ko dito kaya di pa inaapprove. Sige, let me say this in a nicer way:

                Ichinose, pakibasa ulit yung Supreme Court decision na ibinigay mo. You’ll see that the part that you quoted was the respondents’ defense, hindi yan ang decision ng Supreme Court. Heto ang sagot ng korte sa depensa nilang yan:

                SUMMARY JUDGMENT IS PROPER SINCE PRIVATE RESPONDENTS HAVE NOT RAISED ANY GENUINE ISSUE OF FACT CONSIDERING THAT:
                A. PRIVATE RESPONDENTS’ DEFENSE THAT SWISS DEPOSITS WERE LAWFULLY ACQUIRED DOES NOT ONLY FAIL TO TENDER AN ISSUE BUT IS CLEARLY A SHAM; AND
                B. IN SUBSEQUENTLY DISCLAIMING OWNERSHIP OF THE SWISS DEPOSITS, PRIVATE RESPONDENTS ABANDONED THEIR SHAM DEFENSE OF LEGITIMATE ACQUISITION, AND THIS FURTHER JUSTIFIED THE RENDITION OF A SUMMARY JUDGMENT.

                Let me reiterate this: The Supreme Court thinks what the Marcos group was saying is CLEARLY A SHAM.

                So, again, pwede bang itigil na natin ‘to? Nahahalata kasi na hindi mo alam yung kino-comment mo.

                PS: I’ve been ignoring your question re: how much wealth is in the Swiss banks because it is IRRELEVANT. It doesn’t matter how much is being alleged by the Philippine gov’t. It doesn’t matter if these wealth were recovered or forfeited. The fact that THERE IS ILL-GOTTEN WEALTH BY THE MARCOSES in the Swiss banks, as admitted by the Swiss Supreme Court, should be enough to prove that Marcos was corrupt. Kahit limang piso lang yan, the fact of the matter is nagnakaw pa rin sya at mali ang ginawa nya, as has been judged by both the Philippine Supreme Court and the Swiss Supreme Court.

                • Just some delay in moderation, but am approving both messages. Thanks.

                • Ichinose Kotomi

                  You claim na PINAGAARALAN NAMIN yan, yet you don’t understand this?

                  PETITIONER HAS ESTABLISHED A PRIMA FACIE PRESUMPTION OF UNLAWFULLY ACQUIRED WEALTH.

                  Kaya nga hindi binibigay ng kumpleto yung Swiss Accounts dahil hindi naman talaga Established FACT ang mga pinag sasabi, kuha mo na? Common Sense lang yan, Worth Hundreds of Billions ang nasa Accounts kung hindi mo alam, tapos pinapalabas nila na 5~10 Billions lang ang ill-gotten ni Marcos? Ikaw ang halatang hindi alam pinag sasabi ah nakiki sakay lang sa paulit-ulit na claim na hindi hanggang ngayon ay hindi parin na e-established as FACT. At anong sabi mo na IRRELEVANT ang pag sa-salaysay ng amount? Ano gagayahin mo yung ginawa ng Prosecutor during Corana’s Impeachment Trial na gumamit sila ng Bloated assumption? Sa halip na gagamit ka ng close to the true amount, mag bibigay ka ng way way under? Establishing your claims if it’s close to the truth will show if your words are CREDIBLE. At sinisigurado ko sayo, wala kang mapapakitang ebidensya na “WITHOUT A DOUBT” Ill-gotten ang mga nasa accounts.

                  • A. Again, irrelevant. Wala akong pake kung hindi lahat ng Swiss Accounts ay makukuha, kasi ang point ko ay MERONG ILLEGAL WEALTH ANG MARCOSES sa mga Swiss Accounts nya. Ang point ko ay MERON. Gets? Meron. The point na MERON silang illegal na kayamanan sa Swiss banks should be enough to prove his corruption. English na yan, may kasama pang Tagalog. Gusto mo Spanish at nang mas maintindihan mo?

                    B. The “prima facie” part of this case is just for the filing of the petition. If there’s no prima facie evidence, then the petitioner PCGG has no right to file the petition for forfeiture of assets (that’s what the respondents are alleging). Since the courts proved that there IS prima facie evidence, PCGG has the right to file the petition, as per RA 1379. IRRELEVANT na naman yang pinagsasasabi mo about Swiss courts not giving full access to the Swiss accounts of the Marcoses.
                    PCGG 1, Marcos 0.
                    Iskramboldeggs 97, Ichinose 0.
                    http://www.lawphil.net/statutes/repacts/ra1955/ra_1379_1955.html
                    http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/jurisprudence/2003/jul2003/152154.htm

                    B. Halatang halata na hindi mo naiintindihan ang binabasa mo. Hindi mo din naiintindihan ang point ko. It’s useless to argue with you any further.

          • Lean

            “US$25 million and US$5 million in treasury notes” http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/jurisprudence/2003/jul2003/152154.htm
            Oh iyan ang hinahanap mong sagot.

            “Up until know the Government Couldn’t prove it.” I-cite ko ulit ‘yung links ng mga balita ha:
            http://www.interaksyon.com/article/80591/ph-gets-last-tranche-of-29m-in-marcos-swiss-accounts-after-singapore-ruling—pcgg
            http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/188469/news/nation/martial-law-victims-score-double-victory-in-us-singapore-courts

            May Human Rights Compensation Law na. Higit isang dekada na yung Swiss Court Ruling. Tapos “couldn’t prove” pa rin ang sinasabi mo?

  4. Gerry

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    • Hi Gerry, may I ask for these facts that you’re talking about? Particularly the facts where you’re alleging that (a) there’s a conspiracy of international entities against Marcos, and (b) Marcos is the greatest Philippine President? I have yet to encounter a credible source which agrees with what you’re alleging, sir.

      This has almost always been the problem with debating with Marcos loyalist over the Internet. When we present data from factual, credible sources (like what I did in my original comment), what the Marcos loyalists do is to discount the data that we’ve given as “biased” against the Marcoses due to a conspiracy of some sort to bring him down further. They do not fight our credible data with their own credible data, what they do is just throw enough aspersions and ad hominems in our direction and convince themselves that they’ve won the debate.

      • Ichinose Kotomi

        These are already proven by writers which are far more credible than others because they were once part of the Gear that moves the machinery. I’ll give you an example of a forgotten article about the Golds, whether you can call it an evidence or not is up to you.

        http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/secretgoldtreaty/letter_appendix8.htm

        I also found a News Article about it before in Inquirer, it should have had the first part of the post in the Head Lines but they removed it, the only problem is, they made a mistake and left an evidence of the article that should have been there.

        • Lean

          That article you cited is just a blog post, my dear Ichinose. It doesn’t have sources. We don’t even know “Dirk” so there is no ground is saying he is a proven writer. That article is simply not credible. If these are the sources that behoove you to say, “Marcos pa rin!” I tell you now:

          You are the ones being fooled, swindled, and betrayed.

          • Ichinose Kotomi

            Oh, no no, the contents of that site came from the Book “The Secret Gold Treaties” by David Guyatt, and with citations if you didn’t know about that and it’s known to other countries as well. I’ve read portion of the original book before. And that site has been there for so long. And did I say that’s the only book talking about the lost articles of World War II? I even said there was a Head Line about that issue in PDI, they removed it but failed to completely remove all the evidences of that article. Did you think blogs don’t use factual opinions and claims? That’s where you are wrong, they where called alternative media and some are credible as your Yellow Mainstream Media.

            • Mr. Kotomi, that is what I heard and read too. But these people don’t realize that if there is a conspiracy, everything is controlled and distorted. Just imagine if these golds came out and Marcos used them in Asia, what would happen to the dollar and the economy of Japan china, the United States and other industrialized countries? All they say is read encyclopedia britannica, times magazine, etc…etc.

              • Ichinose Kotomi

                Well, that’s one of the reason they needed Marcos out of the picture. It’s a GeoPolitical issue pertaining to economy. Did you know that Marcos planned to unite ASEAN (formerly SEATO) and have a single currency? That was way way before EU (European Union) has been formed. Marcos knew that World Bank and IMF has been hi-jack by banking syndicates that’s why he wanted to have our own Banking that’s for progress using the World War II golds and some of his own. His plan was foiled by the Economic Hitmen because as everyone should know, any plan that hurts the dollar will be dealt with severely. Look at what happened to Libya’s leader Gaddafi, he was labeled Dictator by the Western Warmongering Media and was disposed of because he planned to unite Africa and have their own Gold Backed currency and their own Central Bank and also have their own satellite (with support from Russia and China) so that they wouldn’t need to rent Western Satellite and by doing that, Western would lose Billions and Billions in its business.

            • Ah, yes, David Guyatt – a favorite of conspiracy theorists and pseudo-scientists. Do you have any other sources for this, aside from “The Secret Gold Treaties?” I’ve scanned this “book” of yours, and it’s full of anecdotes “from a friend of a friend of a friend.” How can you expect us to believe this kind of source?

              Again, may I ask if you have other, more convincing sources for your comments? I can’t take you seriously if these are the ones that you use to support your arguments. Hinding hindi ka mananalo sa korte kung ganitong klaseng ebidensya ang ipapakita mo sa mga hukom.

              • Ichinose Kotomi

                Oh, so you’re going to use the “Oh, a Conspiracy Theorist. I shouldn’t take him seriously.” argument, huh? Not that I care, but you’re forgetting something, Conspiracy are two way. FACTUAL and THEORY. So how would you connect those things? With Factual Events and Documents. If you didn’t know, there are DOCUMENTS (you can deny or assume the authenticity, that’s up to you) presented in the book and Factual Events linking to the Conspiracy. For example, Ninoy’s assassination up till know revolves around Conspiracy and that’s a FACT. You seem to have no idea how Powerful people around the world Conspire, whether it’s for the good or bad, they CONSPIRE.

                • I know that. Some conspiracy theories are correct, like Watergate. Kaso lang, sa mga pinapakita mo sa’kin, your theories are just that, theories. Walang facts. I haven’t seen any credible sources from you. Sa naaalala ko, eto ang mga binigay mo sa’kin, over the course of our discussion here:
                  – bibliyotecapleyades.net – not even a proper library
                  – Facebook Note written by a certain Kit Young – not a writer, not a journalist, but a law student from PUP. Still not a credible source dahil walang citations ang sinulat nya
                  – Newspaper article ng PDI dated Aug 9, 2000 – Which, as I’ve proven, is worthless because it is irrelevant, not to mention an incomplete article and therefore should not be used as a citation for anything
                  – isang Supreme Court ruling re: Marcos’s ill-gotten wealth, which did not really help your argument kasi it just proved na tama ako at maling-mali ka (salamat nga pala dun, by the way, tawang tawa talaga ako)

                  I even looked up David Guyatt, and I did not see any credible websites that link up to him. And even though he’s written a lot, wala pang matinong publisher ang tumatanggap at nagbebenta ng kanyang mga libro. Kaya minamaliit ko yang mga kumento mo e. Paano mo ako mapapa-bilib e walang kwenta naman yung mga binibigay mong sources to prove your points?

                  • Lean

                    Actually, ako yung nagcite ng sc ruling para prove na ill-gotten wealth any assets. Tapos pinipilit niya na forfeited pa rin iyon at isolated case. Tapos iyon pala ang kukunin niyang citation. Pati ako natawa.

                    • Ahaha oo nga pala. Kinuha nya sayo yung SC decision. halata namang hindi nya nabasa nang maayos, ayan nagninitpick ng issues within the decision, di na-realize na against sa Marcoses pala yung buong decision. *sigh*

        • Ah, yes, http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net. Isang katiwa-tiwalang website. Sa sobrang kilala ng website na ‘to e sobrang daming visitors nito, sobrang daming websites ang naglilink sa kanya, at alam mo, lagi syang nababalita sa media. Kitang-kita sa kanyang black na background at Times New Roman size 12 na font. Very professional.

          Sarcasm aside, I can’t take you seriously when you cite these kinds of links. Lalu na kung ang ibibigay mo sa’kin na link e punung-puno ng conspiracy theories na wala namang proof. Kung ang ibibigay mong link sa’kin e tulad ng ganito:

          http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/456399/Philippines/23721/Martial-law

          Galing sa Encyclopedia Britannica, fact-checked ng staff nila, at alam mong professional ang gumawa. Dyan ako maniniwala. Isang non-biased source na wala namang mapapala kung kakampihan nya si Aquino or si Marcos.

          (By the way, pakibasa na rin yung article sa Encyclopedia Britannica. Malalaman mong hindi lahat ng farmers ay nakinabang sa Martial Law, malalaman mo rin na, oo nga, masaya ang mga tao nung umpisa ng martial law, pero dahil supot at kalpot ang epekto ng Martial Law, naging disillusioned sila, hence the political unrest and economic breakdown nung 80s)

          • This scrambled eggs is claiming to be a wide reader making references about websites ,etc…etc…he does not understand the conspiracy to destroy Marcos. I read a comment about his status before he even entered into politics yet scrambled eggs seem to poison the minds of the readers that Marcos wealth came from corrupt practices. . Your references my friend had been contradicted by a growing number of people now. Proof is Bongbong’s victory in the senate. I think mr. Gerry is more credible than your comments because what he wrote is visible and factual. He doesn’t need references because he writes facts as he saw and observe. I encourage mr. Gerry to write some more. Some of my friends who used to be yellow fanatics now changed colors because what the yellow army are saying about growing economy is very much in contrast to the lives of the poor in the Philippines. Yet, foreign media still write that Filipinos are having better lives. I think scrambled eggs believes in the foreign media and refuses to see the true kind of corrupt leadership we are currently having.

            • Hi Eddie,
              Bongbong’s victory in the Senate just proves that a lot of people do not blame him for his parents’ atrocities. I’m one of them, actually. Kung si Roxas, Binay, at Bongbong ang tatakbo sa 2016 e malamang-lamang si Bongbong ang iboboto ko. Si Roxas, magpapapogi na nga lang e sablay pa. Si Binay, kurakot at oportunistang trapo. At least si Bongbong mukhang may utak at may matinong policy. I do not agree with a lot of PNoy’s statements, especially with DAP na nagmumukha syang baby na naagawan ng kendi. Hindi ako maka-Cory. Hindi ako kasama sa yellow army, or red army, blue, green, or whatever color there is. I’m just fighting for what I know, what I studied, what I learned from my parents and my teachers. I’m just fighting against revisionist historians, those who claim that Ferdinand Marcos and Martial Law was the best thing that happened to the Philippines since puto bumbong and extra rice.

              I also disagree with your comment that Mr. Gerry’s comments are more credible because he doesn’t cite references, because what he wrote is more visible (ano daw?) and factual (e wala nga syang pinakitang facts e, pa’no naging “factual” yun). In scientific and scholarly writing, you always have to cite your references when you’re claiming a fact pag nagsusulat ka, or else e paano ka paniniwalaan ng mga mambabasa mo if you do not support your comments with references and other documentary evidence? Itinuturo po yan sa elementarya, high school, at college. You’re doing a disservice to the students of mr. Yumul here if you continue to allege that they do not need to cite references for their comments. Kahit saang korte ka pumasok, kung wala kang pinapakitang ebidensya, hinding hindi ka mananalo.

              As for your allegations that my references have already been contradicted by a number of people, where are these contradictions, hmm? I want to see them for myself. Ako kasi, nagbabasa ako ng maraming bagay, hindi ako nagtitiwala sa kwento-kwento lang, so that I can judge an issue without any bias.

          • Ichinose Kotomi

            I’ll quote my self from one of the reply I made.

            “Oh, no no, the contents of that site came from the Book “The Secret Gold Treaties” by David Guyatt, and with citations if you didn’t know about that and it’s known to other countries as well. I’ve read portion of the original book before. And that site has been there for so long. And did I say that’s the only book talking about the lost articles of World War II? I even said there was a Head Line about that issue in PDI, they removed it but failed to completely remove all the evidences of that article. Did you think blogs don’t use factual opinions and claims? That’s where you are wrong, they where called alternative media and some are credible as your Yellow Mainstream Media.”

            • “Did you think blogs don’t use factual opinions and claims? That’s where you are wrong, they where called alternative media and some are credible as your Yellow Mainstream Media.”
              – They are credible as long as they cite reliable, unimpeachable sources. Citing David Guyatt may be enough for conspiracy theorists, but it’s not enough for rational, logical people. I will believe these claims if they are supported by sources that do extensive research and investigation on these stuff, with eminent people and institutions backing up their methodology. I refuse to believe allegations made by armchair Internet “experts”

  5. Frank Pascual, Jr.

    You can never ever put a good man down. For me, it’s just fine to hear other people telling all the lies about the Marcoses. I strongly believe in the universal law of karma. Just watch how ‘These People’ receive their ends… (jajaja jaja!)

  6. Just cant get over the fact that they accused Marcos of all the greedy shit, evil, corrupt etc things. All accusation and allegation went into trial and then What??? They cant even prove it!..LOL!! cant believe they’ve all been into powers and still fail to prove their accusation. At the end of the day, they all just look like propaganda. If you really want the people to believe in what you are saying, please prove first that Marcos plot the killing of ninoy and that he stole billions if not trillions of peoples money, after that i guess everybody might be convinced that Marcos is evil. Until then all things are Hearsay, Propaganda and Fiction.

    • zachiary[zhazha(shasha)]

      Hi E.D.J.

      Good point well made.
      Nothing were proven up until now.

      Why can’t just people get over it and accept the ‘fact’ that no one can prove that Marcos was innocent or guilty about those accusations?

      Correct me if I am wrong, but I thought Marcos and Ninoy were best of friends and that Aquino was the only successor Marcos have on his list on becoming the next president of the country. My question is, why would he kill his only successor and best friend? But I don’t know if this true, Correct me please, if I’m wrong.

      Thank you.#

  7. Please write more…and don’t despair because you will be bashed by those who laments based on their own version of half truths, but it will not remove here anymore the best defense ever to a right (loving Marcos) against those who make themselves paragon of righteousness…It is useless to argue about Marcos. The debate will exhaust everyone on both sides. But you know what, in the halls of justice here and above—even just one contentious negation of how evil Marcos was nullifies any or all instilled hearsay written in history. The good news is there are many who believes otherwise…and there are more who are now conceding the follies of 1986…let’s not work on revising history—let’s just correct it…

    • Gerry

      There will always be pro Marcos and anti Marcos. Just wait and see. The real truth will come out. When Marcos assumed the presidency, or even before he ventured into politics, his family is one of the prominent families in the region. He was Major in the armed forces and his heroism was recognized not only by the allied forces but by the Japanese army as well. He was a UP Law graduate and was regimental commander of the ROTC. He topped the BAR even when he reviewed inside a prison cell. Being a top lawyer after the war, congressman and senator, it’s not surprising that he accumulated wealth legally. From what detractors assume is, the Marcos wealth all came from alleged plunder and corruption. Again, look of what he did to the country, his accomplishments on infrastructures then compare these to the accomplishments of all the presidents after him. Then compute how much they borrowed during their term. From what I read, he left a debt of 26 billion dollars. Marcos borrowed 10 billion for his 20 year term. Can anyone give a figure how much do we owe now?

      • If mr.skrambledeggs really is a wild reader, please answer the inquiry of mr Gerry how much the country owe now and let us see what has been done with these debt. Mr gerry said that Marcos left 10 billion dollars debt of the country but his administration inherited 16 billion from Macapagal. This means he only borrowed $10 billion. I agree with him that his accomplishments are visible. We will find out who really was corrupt.

  8. Kim

    if you weight both sides all of this allegation and reason. The reality cannot be denied- defeated the Communist Party, infra structure development , BLISS , road and bridges going south to north, Heart Center, Kidney Center, University of Life, Mamplaya oil exploration ,Folk Arts Center, Cultural Center, Convention Center, FTI, Maharlika housing, dams and electrification ,nuclear plant, geothermal plant,PNOC, PETRON, LRT, Airports, San Juanico ,battleships , fighter planes, air lift, and the best is masagana 99, and so many many more. These are real concrete evidence of His greatness. Now what they did from Cory to Ramos to Gloria , They sell what belongs to the Filipino people , Sabah – Cory , Spratly – Gloria .China is looking for their money . What is the truth behind these?

  9. Thanks Kim. That is just part of the factual history that I mentioned in my previous comments. The detractors of Marcos and their media puppets refuse to write these facts

    • “The detractors of Marcos and their media puppets refuse to write these facts”
      – heh, that’s because your “facts” are either blatant lies or half-truths. You can accuse the local media of being media puppets to the Anti-Marcos movement, but what about the foreign media? Why do you think they don’t write about your “facts,” hmm?

  10. Juan

    Hi guys i think this study offers a different perspective regarding marcos:
    NC Unjieng – Undergraduate Humanities Forum 2008-09, 2009 – repository.upenn.edu

  11. How can you argue with an scrambled eggs? His mind is scrambled. He bases his comments on articles of people and entities who are programmed to destroy the Marcoses. Now, I suggest to Kim and others na huwag na siyang patulan. I already deleted my previous comments but he keeps on scrambling factual history. Wow? Look at the infrastructures Marcos built like San Juanico, CCP, and others, they are still strong dahil ginawa sa tamang construction. Look how he distorts facts. This is my last comment. No matter what detractors of Marcos say, just say and write it. We are not going anywhere. We just have to wait and see. Good luck everyone.

    • Nyahahaha. Gerry, huwag mong tirahin ang Internet username ko, hindi yan ang issue dito. Ako ang tinitira ko yung mga kumento at argumento mo, I suggest you do the same at nang may matino tayong diskusyon dito. Ngayon:

      “He bases his comments on articles of people and entities who are programmed to destroy the Marcoses.”
      – Really? I cited articles from the websites of Encyclopedia Britannica, DOST, Princeton University, Stanford University (two of the best universities in the world, I might add), GMA News, and the Overholt group. Yung DOST at GMA News, maiintindihan ko pa kung sasabihin mo na “they’re programmed to destroy the Marcoses,” mga Pinoy na entities yun e. E yung iba? Foreign sources na wala namang mapapala kung sisiraan nila si Marcos? Samantalang kayo, ang pinaka-magandang source na naipakita nyo sa’kin e Bibliyotecapleyades.net, na sa sobrang hindi kilala e hindi ko alam kung saang lupalop ng mundo galing.

      “he keeps on scrambling factual history.”
      – No, I’m not. I’m just citing facts from other sources. Syempre ang pinili kong sources, yung matino talaga. Ikaw, at ang ibang Pro-Marcos dito, wala pa akong nakikitang matinong source ng inyong “facts.” Pano kayo paniniwalaan ng madla nyan kung kinukuha nyo lang sa pwet nyo yang mga “facts” na yan?

      “Look at the infrastructures Marcos built like San Juanico, CCP, and others, they are still strong dahil ginawa sa tamang construction.”
      – Dyan wala akong masasabi, kasi mukhang tama naman talaga ang pagkaka-construct ng mga yan. Kaso, the same cannot be said for BNPP, na mukhang ginamitan lang ng pagkit sa pagkaka-gawa, and for Manila Film Center, na sandamakmak ang mga namatay dahil minadali ni Imelda ang pagpapagawa.

      “This is my last comment.”
      – I hope so, kasi hindi pinagisipan ang mga comments mo, hindi supported ng facts, at yung “facts” mo e hindi supported ng kahit anong source. Babay!

  12. jen2x

    As Marcos became a president I know that he dedicated himself in serving his fellow countrymen, and that time Filipinos became more responsible and disciplined. When I ask my parents about the reign of Marcos they tell about the positives things that mentioned in this article. Marcos brought a huge success in the Philippines during his era, but the one thing that makes him wrong is he became dictator that the Filipinos won’t be agreed for, that’s why EDSA happened. We have no right to judge people because of wrong doing, as I become more maturer and my eyes opened to the real state of our country, it is critical if I describe it now. It’s not wrong to serve for his countrymen, but sometimes we are not perfect and we commit mistake, this is the one thing that people always have all the time, that in terms of mistake they will count on you and judge you until your death and they will remember it for the rest of their life. But if good things that you have done they will remember it the day that you’ve done it but after that they will forget it like it never happens. I’ m not saying this things because I’m with the Marcos but I’m saying this things to give an eye opener thought that came into my mind. And I’m hoping that it would help. Loving Marcos is a right and do not judge people if they appreciate the life that Marcos gave to them during his time.

    • Hi Jen-Jen,
      I have some issues with your comment.
      “Marcos brought a huge success in the Philippines during his era, but the one thing that makes him wrong is he became dictator that the Filipinos won’t be agreed for, that’s why EDSA happened.”
      – Well, being a dictator was just one of the wrong things he did. Let me count the ways:
      1. Rampant corruption during his regime
      2. Human rights abuses
      3. Pangungupit sa kaban ng bayan
      Kung yung ibang pulitiko nga hindi natin mapalampas dahil sa pagnanakaw ng ilang milyong piso, ba’t nagbubulag-bulagan kayo ke Marcos, na BILYON ang ninakaw?
      PAKIBASA: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/380137/news/specialreports/infographic-marcos-loot-by-the-numbers

      “It’s not wrong to serve for his countrymen…”
      – Yes, it’s not wrong, kung tama sana ang sinasabi mo. Kaso what he did was to serve only himself, his family, his cronies, and the Ilocos region. Sa ibang rehiyon, wala syang ginawa.

      “but sometimes we are not perfect and we commit mistake, this is the one thing that people always have all the time, that in terms of mistake they will count on you and judge you until your death and they will remember it for the rest of their life.”
      – Hindi kasi simpleng “mistake” lang ang ginawa ni Marcos. Biruin mo, ilang libo din ang hanggang ngayon e nawawala dahil sa rehimeng Marcos. Kung kamag-anak mo ang isa sa mga yun, matatawag mo lang bang isang “pagkakamali” yun? Madali mo ba silang mapapatawad kung ginahasa yung nanay mo ng mga sundalo ni Marcos? Kung tinorture ang tatay mo dahil lang sya e may mga kaibigang komunista? Tama ba yun?
      Hindi yan mga simpleng pagkakamali lang.
      PAKIBASA: http://www.desaparecidos.org/phil/eng.html

      “Loving Marcos is a right and do not judge people if they appreciate the life that Marcos gave to them during his time.”
      – That is true, it’s your right to love Marcos. I don’t judge people just by their preference in dictators. In fact, gusto ko kayong maintindihan kung bakit kayo ganyan. Kaso, sana maintindihan nyo rin kami na nakaranas (directly or indirectly) ng hirap noong rehimeng Marcos. Sana nagbabasa kayo ng maayos about sa paksang ito, hindi yung nakikinig lang kayo sa sabi-sabi ng mga kaibigan at kamag-anak ninyo at nang may totoo kayong matutunan about sa rehimeng Marcos.

      • aqoehsihehe

        iskramboldeggs,

        “– Well, being a dictator was just one of the wrong things he did…
        – That is true, it’s your right to love Marcos. I don’t judge people just by their preference in dictators.”
        sabi mo diktador si Marcos pero sa mga comments mo pinapalabas mo na dapat naming kamuhian si Marcos, eh ikaw naman na ang nagiging diktador dito. isn’t it?

        sabi mu rin ” – Yes, it’s not wrong, kung tama sana ang sinasabi mo. Kaso what he did was to serve only himself, his family, his cronies, and the Ilocos region. Sa ibang rehiyon, wala syang ginawa.”
        …..paano mu nasabing sarili, pamilya at sa Ilocos lang ang kanyang pinagsilbihan?…eh mas matiwasay naman ang buhay ng mga tao noon.marami syang proyektong naipundar.sya rin ang dahilan kung bakit nagkakuryente ang Pilipinas, at iba pa. hindi mo lang alam na ang mga ilang bagay sa paligid mo’y naipundar ni Marcos.

        Are you SURE na walang bias ang mga binibigay mong links?

        • skramboldeggs,

          “sabi mo diktador si Marcos pero sa mga comments mo pinapalabas mo na dapat naming kamuhian si Marcos, eh ikaw naman na ang nagiging diktador dito. isn’t it?”
          — ako, diktador? you’re comparing me to Marcos? kilala mo ba ako? may mga heneral ba akong hawak? presidente ba ako ng pilipinas? sabihin na nating nagpapaka-diktador nga ako sa mga kino-komento ko (but please read my comments again, mukhang namiss out mo yung mga point ko), i do not have the power to declare martial law and throw my political rivals into prison. sorry to disappoint you. anong klaseng comparison yan? nagiisip ka ba? there’s a world of difference between voicing out an opinion and dictating to others what to do.

          “…..paano mu nasabing sarili, pamilya at sa Ilocos lang ang kanyang pinagsilbihan?…eh mas matiwasay naman ang buhay ng mga tao noon.”
          – sure ka, mas matiwasay ang buhay ng mga tao noon? nabuhay ka na noon? ako, hindi, admittedly. pero mga magulang ko nabuhay na noon. mga tito’t tita ko. lahat sila nag-suffer sa martial law, dahil lang nagrereklamo sila’t nagpo-protesta.

          “marami syang proyektong naipundar.”
          – no arguments about that. he did have a lot of infrastructure projects back then. ang point naming mga anti-Marcos dito is punong-puno ng korapsyon ang mga infra projects nya. sa panahon nya nag-start yung reputasyon ng DPWH (Ministry of Public Works pa nung time na yun) as malakas mangurakot.

          “sya rin ang dahilan kung bakit nagkakuryente ang Pilipinas, at iba pa. hindi mo lang alam na ang mga ilang bagay sa paligid mo’y naipundar ni Marcos.”
          – again, kilala mo ako? kung maka-assume ka ng mga alam ko sa hindi e parang lumaki ako sa puder mo ah. see my reply to you above.

          “Are you SURE na walang bias ang mga binibigay mong links?”
          – e ikaw, binasa mo ba yung links? o nag-assume ka nang biased yang mga yan? dyan sa nireplyan mong comment, yung GMA News na link, i can allow your suspicions about its bias. pero yung sa desaparecidos.org? tingin mo may bias pa dun? binasa mo rin ba yung laman nyang mga articles galing Amnesty International?

          KAYO ANG MASYADONG BIASED. Kami na nga itong nagpapakahirap para maghanap ng mga matitinong links to bolster our arguments, pero wala naman kayong mai-offer na matinong counter-argument. ni hindi nyo binabasa yung mga articles KASI BIASED KAYO and you automatically assume na yung mga author ng links na yun e biased against Marcos. Kaya hindi umuunlad ang Pilipinas e. Dahil sa inyong hindi marunong mag-basa. Mga walang masyadong alam pero super opinionated.

  13. Nica C.

    For the record, Sir. I was not born during the time of Marcos and I was not there to witness what he had done for our country but I agree with the thought that the Marcos Family and Ferdinand Marcos himself had the right to be respected and not be criticized by wrong judgments.

    I must also say that my father is a living testimony of how great their life was when Marcos was still the president. He’d shared how Martial Law lessened crimes and disciplined people. He even praised the kind of leadership he had. A dictator, yet a good listener and leader.

    So, why throw them millions of callous words?

    I, myself came to realize that every word in this essay made sense. It’s true that some of Marcos’ works were not plotted in history books, they were not even proven by science. But as what Sir Herdy had said in this essay, who are we to downgrade people who devoted themselves to build a protective wall and defend the Marcos’? Those words are a combination of facts and opinions of the ones who experienced living in his time and it was proven by these same people that all the good things they’ve said about Marcos was true.

    I too am not an anti-(insert Political Surnames). I’m not even starting fights with the anti-Marcos’ but I must say that the only way to understand certain situations especially with politicians and public figures is to be open-minded because we don’t know them personally.

    In fact, people can’t be easily deceived when they use their eyes to see the truth, not hear and believe others false accusations.

    • “who are we to downgrade people who devoted themselves to build a protective wall and defend the Marcos’?”
      – Yeah, yan ang pagkakamali ng ilan sa mga anti-Marcos people. Dahil pro-Marcos na ang isang tao, inaalipusta na kaagad. Di man lang inintindi kung bakit ganun ang paniniwala nila. But there are people who are anti-Marcos, like me, who just wants to educate people about how bad those times were. Kung tayo, ngayon, nagagalit na dahil sa Cybercrime Law na nagbabawal (daw) ng pagsasalita ng kung anu-anong nakakasakit over the Internet, paano pa dati, na bawal mong i-criticize ang gobyerno?

      “I’m not even starting fights with the anti-Marcos’ but I must say that the only way to understand certain situations especially with politicians and public figures is to be open-minded because we don’t know them personally. In fact, people can’t be easily deceived when they use their eyes to see the truth, not hear and believe others false accusations.”
      – Ako din naman, hindi ako nakikipag-away sa mga pro-Marcos people. I just want them to be open-minded about the horrors of the Marcos regime by having an intelligent discourse about what really happened during those times.

      There are always two sides of the story, and although it looks like you’re already acquainted with one side (the good side of the Marcoses and Martial Law in general), you’re very much uninformed about the other side of the story (atrocities and crimes that happened during Marcos’s dictatorship). I suggest that you read up about those times. Nasa panahon na tayo ng Google, it’s very easy to search for articles about the Marcoses in the 70s-80s. Kung wala kang tiwala sa local media natin (dahil biased sila), why not look into foreign articles, those ones that are not involved in our politics? Those articles tend to have a very unbiased, external view about what happened during those years.

    • maica

      I also agree with the statement. My father told me what Marcos had done for the country. I believe he was a good president because of how he served his fellowmen. Some of the things sticked in my mind are 1) how Martial Law lessened crimes and disciplined people 2) kind of leadership he had 3) A dictator, yet a good listener and leader, which are the reasons why I admire Marcos.

    • I agree on what did you say Nica C. Anti-Marcos people tinitingnan lang ang pagkakamali ng mga Marcos hindi nila tinitingnan ang lahat ng tama dapat talaga maging open-minded.

    • lenrodavlas

      I was not born during the Marcos era but I do believe that Filipinos had a better life during his term. I don’t know why people degrade his way of leading this country. Naniniwala nga po ako na maraming hindi nakaka alam sa mga tunay na nangyari noon. Sumasabay lang sila sa mga sinasabi ng mga anti-Marcos. Yan nga ang problema sa ating mga Pilipino. Kung ano ang narinig, yun ang paniniwalaan. Wala ng silbi yung katotohanan.

      Former President Marcos was a great man. For me, he was the best president this country has ever had. Bilib nga ako sa katalinuhan niya. Imagine him answering the board exam for law ng oral. atsaka yung mag i-speech sya ng walang kodigo. Ora mismo.

      Actually, my late father was one of the Marcos’s personal guard. Sabi ni Papa sa akin noon ay di hamak naman na mas maganda ang buhay noon kaysa ngayon.

      Maaari ngang maraming hindi magandang nangyari noong time ng Martial Law pero hindi ba mas mabuti na rin yun noon. Mas maganda ang pagdidisiplina sa mga tao. And for the record, hindi naman si Marcos ang nananakit sa mga tao noon. Iyon ay yung mga agrabyadong mga sundalo.

      Bago naman sana kasi magsalita yung mga iba diyaan, why don’t they see for themselves kung ano ang mga naging proyekto ni Marcos. Hindi yung puro yung negative sides lang yung tinitingnan nila.

  14. JJ BADUA

    For me, President Marcos is the best among the president that proclaimed in the Philippines because he makes people to be more progressive and he built many roads that made Filipino’s to be more convenient in travelling. The Patapat Bridge is one of the good attributes of President Marcos because it made Ilocos Norte and Cagayan to be easy to travel. In addition, the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant was built during Marcos era, I believed that this is one of the solution of power shortage during his time but when President Aquino was declared she make the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant to closed. We should not judge President Marcos!!!

    • “We should not judge President Marcos!!!”
      – On the contrary, I think we should judge him not just by his achievements, but also by his failures. Yep, Marcos did build a lot of infrastructure during his regime and imposed discipline among Filipinos. But what about the consequences of his actions? Building infrastructure took a lot out of our economy, plunging it from being No. 2 in Asia in 1965 to being the sickest man in Asia in 1985. His imposition of discipline through Martial Law brought about a lot of human rights abuses (forced disappearances, murders, rapes, tortures, etc).

      That’s the consequence of being a great person, he’s being judged by his actions hanggang ngayon, because his actions from 1965 to 1986 had far-reaching consequences na nararamdaman pa rin natin hanggang ngayon. Marcos is a great person, a very brilliant one, maybe one of the most intelligent persons born in the Philippines. And although his actions brought a lot of happiness and fond memories to some people (including the people of Ilocos region, apparently), he also brought a lot of misery to countless other people. The ones that his military men tortured, killed, or raped. The ones who were adversely affected by his policies, which brought down the Philippine economy. That’s why a lot of people are judging him like that.

      You have to understand that being great means getting judged for all of your actions, good or evil.

    • cheche

      I agree. He contributed a lot in our society and he made the philippines as a full grown country through his administration. Many people do hate him because of martial law but if you would look unto it, it is just his way to discipline his countrymen. Always remember that we cant achieve anything that is to be proud of without discipline no matter how much smart or rich are you. I have read also that he established many state universities and if not because of him probably I am one of the student who are lpying high tuition fees in private schools

  15. Shikamaru

    Well for me as a student, though I am not born in the time of Martial Law, I can say that the late President Marcos was not that evil to put Philippines under Martial Law. He may had the intention to make Philippines a better country, though economic efficiency was experienced at that time as some says, but others had their selfish ways or maybe they are “choked” with the way President Marcos ruled the country and these made them create an opposition against him. Maybe the thing of putting the country under Martial Law or under Democracy should not be an issue anymore because every leader wants only what is good for its people. The ways may be opposite but their vision is the same. Everybody wants a better nation the leader, the members and even the ordinary people living in a country.

    • “He may had the intention to make Philippines a better country, though economic efficiency was experienced at that time as some says, but others had their selfish ways or maybe they are “choked” with the way President Marcos ruled the country and these made them create an opposition against him.”

      OK, let me use your logic on this one:
      One of the most basic human rights is freedom of speech. Yung kalayaan sa pagsasalita? Karapatan mo yun, karapatan ko yun. Nung nagkaroon ng Cybercrime Law, nagreklamo tayong mga netizens diba? Kasi it chokes (to use your own word) our freedom of speech. The intentions were good, yes, but the framers of that law has to understand that people WILL protest if bubusalan mo ang bibig nila. Ganun din nung Martial Law. If Marcos really had good intentions when he imposed Martial Law, he should’ve understood that people WILL protest that curtailment of their freedom. Kung talagang maganda ang intensyon nya sa pag-deklara ng Martial Law, hindi nya totorturin yung mga nagrereklamo, tuturuan nya yung mga yun. Hindi nya ipapapatay yung mga nagsasalita against his government, he should’ve made them understand that he only wants what is good for the people. Yan ang logic mo, diba? So bakit may mga na-torture? Bakit may mga na-rape? Bakit may mga napatay na mga aktibista nun? Bakit walang ginawa si Marcos para sa mga desaparecidos, sa mga napatay ng military nya nun?

      And if he really had good intentions for the Philippines when he imposed Martial Law, why did our economy fall during his regime, especially during the early to mid-80s? How did he become that rich? Those are the questions that we should all think about when analyzing what happened during the Marcos era, when understanding why people hate Marcos.

      • Ichinose Kotomi

        Fact is Marcos did strangle the Freedom of Speech when he imposed Martial Law, but he didn’t strangle Democracy, he was even applauded by Bush (despite I hate his War Mongering family) for his democratic principles. Those claims about tortures and missing people has always been a subject of discussion about Human Rights Violation but neglecting the facts that most of them are enemies of the state that has gone crazy because some people were pushing anarchy. And also, pushing the blame on a single person when Martial Law is actually in the Constitution, it needs to undergo voting and it mostly happens during times of anarchy. Some are under the impression that Marcos declared Martial Law only by himself, forgetting the fact that you can’t declare it without approval. Also, people are also misled about one thing, Martial Law was only up to January 1981 which is why after that, the Yellow Media had a blast from all sort of direction, contrary to what some of the people who thinks Marcos equals Martial Law. Also, Statistically speaking and proven, the following Human Rights Violations was even worst than Marcos 20 years rein. Now are we just going to ignore them and concentrate only on Martial Law victims? How about the victims of different sort after Marcos which are more innocents and where just also fighting for their rights of different sorts? Did our Government even compensating them with services or so on or is our Government even trying? Arguing about Human Rights but only concentrating on a certain era wouldn’t be right and if you didn’t know, during the Philippine-American War when Pilipinos fought AGAINST Americans, we lost hundreds of thousands to a million people against the Americans and most of them are even Civilians, and the American’s haven’t apologized for that yet but that’s already a different issue.

        Now if we’re to talk about the economy during Marcos, have you forgotten that there where different factors to apply when it comes to economy? Like for example, how would Communist Insurgent affect the economy? Drought? Farm Pest? And the Obvious Economic Sabotage of the third party during the 80s?

        Also, Marcos was already rich way before he became a Senator and President. Or are you just not aware how rich Marcos was before he became a President? People hate someone for a reason, but hating someone out of misunderstanding? Well, I would say that just doesn’t make sense in my opinion.

        • Omaygaahd, andaming mali sa comment mo na ‘to. Subukan ko isa-isahin.

          “Martial Law is in the Constitution, it needs to undergo voting and it mostly happens during times of anarchy.”
          – It is true that Martial Law is in the 1935 Constitution. However, it can be ABUSED, just like what Claro M. Recto warned in the 1950s, and just like what Marcos did, because YOU’RE WRONG in saying that it needs to undergo voting for Martial Law to be imposed. In the 1935 Constitution, THERE’S NO APPROVAL REQUIRED. Read up Section 10, paragraph 2 of Article VII of the 1935 Constitution at nang matuto ka.

          “Martial Law was only up to January 1981”
          – Again, that is true, but he only lifted it because of Pope John Paul II’s visit to the Philippines. You’re also wrong in saying that the “Yellow Media had a blast from all sort of direction.” Regulated pa rin ang media nung time na yun, may may pinapasara parin na media outlets kung magsasalita sila against Marcos and Martial Law. But you’re missing the point here. What about the human rights violations from 1972 to 1981? Dahil lang ba tinapos nya yung Martial Law by 1981, papatawarin na dapat sya sa mga nagawa nyang kasalanan at pandarambong before 1981? Besides, sino pa rin ba ang pinuno from 1981 to 1986?
          http://www.cmfr-phil.org/2007/09/01/back-to-the-past-a-timeline-of-press-freedom/

          “Statistically speaking and proven, the following Human Rights Violations was even worst than Marcos 20 years rein. Now are we just going to ignore them and concentrate only on Martial Law victims?”
          – Yes, kaya nga hinuhuli natin sina Palparan at pinapakulong si GMA e. But again, you miss the point. Ang point ng mga anti-Marcos is MAY MGA NAGAWANG HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS ANG REHIMENG MARCOS. Hindi ito paramihan putik; the fact that his regime committed human rights violations should be enough for him to be condemned.

          “how would Communist Insurgent affect the economy? Drought? Farm Pest? And the Obvious Economic Sabotage of the third party during the 80s?”
          May sources ka ba to support your claim? Ako kasi meron. Here are some of my sources on how Marcos’s extensive foreign debt left the Philippine economy in tatters by 1986:
          http://countrystudies.us/philippines/57.htm
          http://www.photius.com/countries/philippines/geography/philippines_geography_external_debt.html
          http://www.nber.org/chapters/c9052.pdf

          “Marcos was already rich way before he became a Senator and President.”
          – hahaha, bago ‘to ah. Anyway, this is from the New York Times News Services, March 18, 1986. To quote: “..in 1966, Marcos’s first year as president, the former Philippine leader put his assets at approximately $30,000; Philippine investigators believe he is worth more than $5 billion today”
          http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1817&dat=19860315&id=hjYdAAAAIBAJ&sjid=raUEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4634,4922853

          Ano pang mga pagkakamali ang ilalahad mo, Ichinose?

          • Ichinose Kotomi

            1935 Constitution? We’re talking about 1973 Constitution here, Marcos declared Martial Law on 1973, although, it’s my mistake, you don’t need to have voting for Martial Law, but you need a reason to impose it and the reason was anarchy has plague the Philippines because of the Communist insurgent and rebels.

            And since we’re back to the “Missing the Point!” about Human Rights Violation. You too are missing the Point, I’m not stuck up about Martial Law Victims, I mean, didn’t the Government already allocated funds for the so called Martial Law victims were most couldn’t really be verified if they were truly victims or just playing victims to get money? We couldn’t even verify if those funds were really distributed, well, you know PCGG is as corrupt as they could get. Which is also why, the Court decided to end that issue because after decades, there are no more evidence presented? Now, how about we talk about other form of Human Rights Violation? But I don’t think we’ll get anywhere with that so we’ll just have to agree to disagree.

            As for the economic sabotage? You should be aware that such thing is true. That’s how USSR lost its power during the Cold War and that’s happened to the Philippines, you should read John Perkins “Confession of an Economic Hitman” to have an idea. But anyway, you missed my point about the different factors affecting the economy, did you honestly think only the Philippines were suffering during those times? Countries around us were in far deeper hole than us.

            And, oh yeah, New York Times of America? A Media Outlet controlled by the Global Oligarch who demonizes Leaders across the Globe that doesn’t adhere to the principles of the NWO. No wonder those Yellow Detractors lost major cases pertaining to corruption about Marcos in Courts, that just shows how authentic their documents are. And since you are for searching about the truth, I’ll guide you to this PDI Article pertaining to the Golds that they failed to retract from their News. It a Year 2000 Article. Others say that it’s one of Eraps trigger for his own downfall, because he tried to have a compromise agreement and execute the Will, that’s just hearsay on my part though.

            http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2479&dat=20000809&id=YVM1AAAAIBAJ&sjid=ZyUMAAAAIBAJ&pg=1186%2C17802269

            And here’s the famous Yamashita Treasure Claim that she also used in the Court.

            https://www.facebook.com/notes/kit-young/marcos-widow-claims-wealth-due-to-yamashita-treasure-the-bulletin-feb-3-1992/10151422867968233

            And if you’re curious about the authenticity of their claim, then all you need to know is that they have documents and they used those documents to defend themselves in the Courts.

            Here’s an Interview of Imelda Marcos by Mel Tiangco in POWERHOUSE

            I’ve linked it to 35:41, it’s about the Case if you’re wondering. If you want to watch the full video, that’s also the link.

            And now, if you think there’s something wrong with that, then that’s your opinion.

            • Ay ewan ko sayo. FIRST PARAGRAPH PA LANG MALING MALI KA NA. Martial Law was declared on SEPTEMBER 21, 1972. At that time, THE LAWS IN EFFECT ARE BASED ON THE 1935 CONSTITUTION. Wala pang 1973 Constitution nun, bata.

              Hindi ko na binasa yung buong reply mo. KUNG DYAN PA LANG SA NAPAKA-BASIC NA INFORMATION E MALING-MALI KA NA, ibig sabihin hindi ka talaga nagbabasa ng history. Wala akong mapapala kung makikipagdebate ako sa’yo. Bumalik ka sakin pag handa ka na makipagdebate.

            • ..at dahil may nakita akong matinong link sa reply mo, binasa ko na rin ang reply mo, kahit pamali-mali naman yung mga pinagsasasabi mo. I thought, “Finally! A credible news article!” Kaso lang, nadisappoint ulit ako sa’yo, Ichinose. Binasa mo ba talaga yung putol na article na yun? What are you trying to prove here? Dahil mabait ako, let me summarize that broken article for you. Binasa ko pa yan ng tatlong beses to make sure that I really understood it:

              May master list ng Marcos assets, attached as Annex A sa isang Trust Agreement. Apparently itong Trust Agreement na ito ay para sa pagpapamahagi ng Marcos wealth to the Filipino people (waw, thanks Marcos!). Dalawang witnesses ang ininterview ng Senado dahil silang dalawa ang pinagbilinan umano ni Marcos kung paano ipapamahagi ang kanyang kayamanan bago sya na-comatose. Kasama sa Annex A ay isang gold certificate for 5,000 units of gold, “a portion of which was worth $5.5Billion, which will be given to the Philippine government.” Kaso lang, Marcos went into coma in 1988, SO THE TRUST AGREEMENT WAS NEVER SIGNED. Annex A also went missing. Kahit si Imelda daw at mga kamag-anak nya ay walang alam sa yaman nyang ito.

              Ang point ng article na ‘to, which I think you failed to grasp, was that Senate was looking for the missing Annex A, which has the list of Marcos assets. This doesn’t prove that Marcos was guilty, yes, BUT IT ALSO DOES NOT PROVE THAT MARCOS IS INNOCENT. He had good intentions for his wealth, yes, but.. SAAN NGA BA NANGGALING ANG YAMAN NYA? NASAGOT BA SA ARTICLE NA ‘TO? Hinde diba? This article just said that Marcos was worth $5.5 Billion before he died, which corroborates my earlier comment na ganun sya ka-yaman by 1986.

              Your news article, therefore is very much irrelevant to our discussion. Sinasayang mo lang ang oras ko. Pero dahil mabait ako, and I really want to know the truth, binasa ko pa rin yang article mo, baka naman kasi may binatbat. Kaso wala e. Kung atorni ka’t ipepresent mo ‘to as evidence sa korte, malamang sinabon ka na ng matindi nung judge.

              • Ichinose Kotomi

                You didn’t completely understand. What was shown was just ONE Gold Certificate amounting to 5.5 Billion US Dollars. Did you honestly think there’s only ONE Gold Certificate? So basically, you agree to that amount. Now next was, THE MIND-BOGGLING Amount. Pimentel was talking about “Gold Certificates” that’s with “S”

                The point of the article is there’s an investigation going on pertaining to the wealth that even the US failed to get from Marcos. So basically, you would first think if the Allege 5~10 Billion Ill-gotten wealth the Yellow Army is waving around is what they think, what would those Gold Certificates be? Which is why I interjected something that could answer a bit of that question which you shot down as nothing but a claim from a Conspiracy theorist.

                http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/secretgoldtreaty/letter_appendix8.htm

                And by the way, Fact. The Yellow Army hasn’t proven anything from any Court that the amount in the account are ill-gotten. That’s many times bigger than the amount the Yellow Army is trying to accuse Marcos of acquiring illegally which just doesn’t make sense but they have the Documents to prove it all. So, the question, those evidences where used in Courts, they WON their cases, that proves its authenticity.

                • “You didn’t completely understand. What was shown was just ONE Gold Certificate amounting to 5.5 Billion US Dollars. Did you honestly think there’s only ONE Gold Certificate? So basically, you agree to that amount. Now next was, THE MIND-BOGGLING Amount. Pimentel was talking about “Gold Certificates” that’s with “S””

                  Tsss. Pakibasa nga ulit ang comment ko at nang maintindihan mo. Mukhang kulang ka sa reading comprehension. Ano ba ang sinabi ko? Na isa lang yun sa mga gold certificates? Pakibasa nga ulit.

                  Hay nako, for someone na ni hindi nga alam ang mismong date ng Martial Law, at hindi rin alam ang Constitution na in effect nung time na yun, bakit ko nga ba ineexpect na maiintindihan mo yang article na yan. At bakit ko nga ba ineexpect na maiintindihan mo ang kinomento ko. If you do not know the basic information relating to the subject you’re arguing about, then you do not have the ammunition to beat me. I don’t think you’re worthy of my time and effort.

                • “You didn’t completely understand. What was shown was just ONE Gold Certificate amounting to 5.5 Billion US Dollars. Did you honestly think there’s only ONE Gold Certificate?”

                  Oh, and by the way? Baka di mo talaga na-gets yung comment ko. What I said in my summary was “KASAMA SA ANNEX A AY ISANG GOLD CERTIFICATE,” (takte tagalog na nga hindi pa naintindihan). I NEVER MENTIONED THAT THEY ONLY FOUND ONE, ang sinabi ko lang e kasama sa Annex A ay isang gold certificate. See the difference?

                  Also, read your newspaper article again. Maling mali ang point mo. Ipabasa mo pa yan sa titser mo.

                  • Ichinose Kotomi

                    Oh? You’re trying to hide your notion that Marcos was worth 5.5b which you are trying to somewhat Twist as the worth of the Ill-Gotten Wealth. Your Word Spin are way too obvious. One thing is for certain, Marcos wasn’t worth 5~10Billion, he was worth way way beyond that. And let me remind you again, Facts and Documents has already proven it which you are denying.

  16. maja

    When talking of administrations, my mother and father always taught me that the Marcos administration is so far the best.
    People then, are not on the bottom and they are living simultaneously. Money is expensive and their way of life is good. Eventhough i havent seen how the late president marcos run the country, i know for sure that what he had done for the country is for our own benefit. And if ever pres. Marcos does really corrupted the money of the people, how come their way of living then is better than now?
    And for those who criticize and judge the marcos’s, we have different weaknesses and flaws we are not perfect. All i can say is that For us here in the ilocos region we love and support the marcos’s.

    • “And if ever pres. Marcos does really corrupted the money of the people, how come their way of living then is better than now?”

      One word: Utang.
      Namuhay kasi sila sa utang nun kaya marami silang pera. Ang gobyerno, utang ng utang, so marami silang pera na panggastos sa pagpapatayo ng mga gusali, daan, tulay, etc. Ang problema? Hindi sila marunong mag-bayad. Kaya tayo naghihirap ngayon kasi hanggang ngayon, binabayaran pa rin natin yung mga inutang ni Marcos, na ninenok lang din naman nya.

      “And for those who criticize and judge the marcos’s, we have different weaknesses and flaws we are not perfect.”
      – this sentiment is only applicable if you think of him on a personal level. But as a politician, we have to think about the consequences of his actions. We have to criticize and judge his actions as President so that we may never repeat his mistakes again.

      “All i can say is that For us here in the ilocos region we love and support the marcos’s.”
      – Yes, that’s understandable, nakinabang ang buong Ilocos nung panahon nya as Presidente e.

      • Ichinose Kotomi

        Utang na matagal na sanang nabayaran kung hindi pinag bebenta at pinamigay ang pag aari ng Pilipino sa mga kamag-anak at alipores ng Aquino. Also, ang pang mo-mothball sa BNPP. Biruin mo, tapos na yung BNPP at ready to be used na at makakatulong sa pag papalago ng Economiya ng bansa, ano ginawa? Sinayang lang naman ni Cory yung bilyong bilyong ginastos dahil malulugi ang negosyo ng Meralco na ninakaw nila sa Pilipino.

        “Yes, that’s understandable, nakinabang ang buong Ilocos nung panahon nya as Presidente e.”

        Now let me ask you, mahal kaya ng karamihan sa mga taga Tarlac ang mag inang Aquino? Biruin mo yan, sarili na nilang Balwarte, galit sa kanila mga tao and speaking of which, dalawang Presidente na ang nang galing sa Tarlac at puro kapamilya pa nila ang namumuno. Ika nga ni Dick Gordon, andyan na silang lahat, “Kamusta ang Tarlac?”

        Well, ayun, panay pahirap sa mga mag sasaka at kuta ng mga NPA and so on. Sariling lugar hindi mapaganda, pano pa kaya ang buong Pilipinas.

        • “Utang na matagal na sanang nabayaran kung hindi pinag bebenta at pinamigay ang pag aari ng Pilipino sa mga kamag-anak at alipores ng Aquino. ”
          – Oh, I agree with that. Cory’s decision to pay back those debts was stupid, when there was an offer from the World Bank and other countries to forgive those debts,

          It doesn’t erase the fact na mali kayo in saying that Marcos didn’t destroy our economy through his foreign debts that fueled his greed.

          I don’t care how Tarlac feels about the Aquinos. I don’t care about the Aquinos. They can go to hell for all I care. What I do care is the fact that a lot of you are ignoring the atrocities committed by Marcos during the Martial Law era.

          • Ichinose Kotomi

            What? Are you including me to those trying to Ignore the Atrocities? I’ll quote myself again.

            “I’m not Stuck Up on Martial Law”

            Basically, kung may sisisihin dyan, hindi lang naman si Marcos, diba? If we go back, bakit ba nag Martial Law, diba dahil rampant ang anarchy? Bomba dito, bomba doon (which is already a part of Human Rights Violation) na pakana ng mga Communist Rebels? Ang tanong bakit concentrate na concentrate kay Marcos? Dahil sya ang nag imposed ng Martial Law, yun lang ang dahilan? At laging Martial Law ang nakikita pag dating sa Human Rights Violation, that’s just doesn’t make sense. So basically, nag a-assume lang karamihan na, lahat ng violation, sya ang may desisyon forgetting the fact na may mga nasa hanay din ng Militar na naparusahan dahil nag Power trip sila. Hindi ba sinabi ko nga rin na nag laan ng Pondo para sa mga yun at kwinestyon ko din kung lehitimo nga ba yung karamihan sa mga claimants, or mga Ghost Claimants lang sila para masabi na masama ang Martial Law? Well, at least we came to an agreement na Olats tayo sa mga Aquino. The disagreement and misunderstand we only have is about Human Rights Violation. I say every Administration has their share of Human Rights Violation but I don’t think we should just focus on a certain era. We can justify those violation but in the end they are still part of violation.

            • Ano ang sabi ko dun sa last paragraph ng comment ko? ” What I do care is the fact that a lot of you are ignoring the atrocities committed by Marcos during the Martial Law era.”

              Kaya ako focused sa Martial Law at kay Marcos kasi andaming nahuhumaling sa kanya, e marami nga syang nagawa na HRVs (human rights violations; aside from plunder, corruption, massive cheating sa elections, and nepotism, just to name a few). Concentrated ako kay Marcos kasi sya ang pinuno ng bansa, sya ang Commander-in-Chief ng buong AFP, at nung dineklara nya ang Martial Law, sya effectively ang naging Congress. Hawak nya ang buong gobyerno, so kapag may ginawang kasalanan ang military, malamang sino ang sisisihin, hindi ba ang pinuno? It was Marcos who appointed those generals into their positions, it was Marcos who is in charge.. He has the command responsibility to anything and everything that happened to the Philippines during those times. He has the administrative responsibility, so bakit hindi man lang nya pinatalsik yung mga heneral na yon? CAN YOU CITE ANY EVIDENCE DYAN SA SINASABI MONG NAPARUSAHAN SILA FOR POWER-TRIPPING? Kung nangyari yang mga yan sa panahon ni Noynoy, HINDI BA MAGAGALIT KA RIN? LALU NA KUNG MAY MGA TAONG NAGSASABING THE BEST SI NOYNOY kahit na may mga nangyayaring ganyan?

              And what about the corruption? what about the plunder? What about the economic disaster? Kakalimutan na lang ba natin yun kasi maraming nagawang buildings at roads si Marcos? Dahil natulungan nya ang buong Ilocos region?

              Yes, may HRVs na naganap nangyari nung Cory, Ramos, Erap, GMA, at Noynoy administrations, pero may nakikita ka bang mga grupo ng tao na kasing-laki ng Pro-Marcos Movement na dumedepensa sa mga administrasyon nila?

              Yes, you are not stuck up on Martial Law, BUT YOU SHOULD BE.

              • Ichinose Kotomi

                HRV happening during his time is a FACT,

                Corruption, depends on the sort of issue, But if you’re talking about the Allege Ill-Gotten Wealth, I’ll stand by my opinion that it hasn’t been proven,

                Massive Cheating? Are you pertaining to the Snap Election? If you are, then I’ll say both side cheated but in the end result that was verified by NAMFREL and COMELEC, Marcos won by a huge margin.

                —“CAN YOU CITE ANY EVIDENCE DYAN SA SINASABI MONG NAPARUSAHAN SILA”

                My evidence is my own perspective told by people I’ve met that were first hand has experienced of getting in trouble with the Military.

                “And what about the corruption? what about the plunder? What about the economic disaster? Kakalimutan na lang ba natin yun kasi maraming nagawang buildings at roads si Marcos? Dahil natulungan nya ang buong Ilocos region?”

                That’s part of the History, and as I said before, other countries where in deeper holes than us in terms of Economic crisis, don’t forget that there was an Oil Crisis during those times right? Which is why I interjected factors that could affect the economy but if you compared Philippines to other countries, we were far better. And since we’re “forgetting” issue, are we just going to forget the contributions he made to make our country progressive because of Human Right Violation where the following Administration also have their fair share which has also been said to be even more worse than before?

                • Ichinose Kotomi

                  Also, why should I be Stuck Up on something that didn’t play a big role nor made an big impact in my life?

                • Lean

                  You’re comment proves that you don’t really read history. COMELEC said that Marcos won. But NAMFREL counted that Cory earned 7,502,601 votes while Marcos only garnered 6,787,556 (Source: http://pdf.usaid.gov/pdf_docs/PNABK494.pdf)

                  As I said in another comment, I accept and do not forget that he made significant contributions. But I cannot accept that you venerate a plunderer. Should we just dismiss it as part of history? Should we just forget it just because other countries are worse than us? Do you think it is a good idea to just forget that a person is a plunderer and venerate him as a hero instead? Wow! Should we just forget the corruption case of Enrile then just because he did a good job when he led the Senate in the Corona impeachment case?

                  And mind you. “[I]f you compared Philippines to other countries, we were far better.”
                  In the period of 1970 to 1980, the the growth rate of GDP per capita of the Philippines was 3.4%. In that same period, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and Singapore had 5.3%, 5.1%, 5.7%, and 5.7% respectively. (Source: De Dios, Emmanuel (1984). An analysis of the Philippine economic crisis. Diliman, Q.C.: University of the Philippines Press. Tbl. 3, p.8)

                  In that economic comparison, our SEA neighbors edged us. So why in the name of logic and sanity are you saying that the Philippines was far better?

                • “HRV happening during his time is a FACT”
                  – and you’re okay with that?? huh. questionable na ang mga morals ng mga kabataan ngayon.

                  “But if you’re talking about the Allege Ill-Gotten Wealth, I’ll stand by my opinion that it hasn’t been proven,”
                  – oh yes, it has been proven, both by our courts and by Swiss courts. i-link ko ulit dito yung binigay mo sakin na Supreme Court decision (hahaha salamat talaga dun): http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/jurisprudence/2003/jul2003/152154.htm
                  – eto ebidensya na mismong ang Swiss Supreme Court na ang nagsabing may ill-gotten wealth si Marcos sa bansa nila: http://www.assetrecovery.org/kc/resources/org.apache.wicket.Application/repo?nid=62506d95-a33e-11dc-bf1b-335d0754ba85

                  “Massive Cheating? Are you pertaining to the Snap Election? If you are, then I’ll say both side cheated but in the end result that was verified by NAMFREL and COMELEC, Marcos won by a huge margin.”
                  – yes, well.. Bakit nag-walk out ang mga computer technicians ng COMELEC nung snap elections? (answer: because “they noticed their superiors started to manipulate the results in favor of Marcos.”)
                  http://www.rappler.com/nation/politics/elections-2013/22582-1986-comelec-walkout-not-about-cory-or-marcos
                  – Also, a simple Wikipedia search can tell you that YOU’RE WRONG in saying that NAMFREL had Marcos winning. NAMFREL actually had Cory Aquino winning by almost a million votes over Marcos (GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT, KID)
                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_presidential_election,_1986
                  – And no, I’m also talking about the 1969 Presidential Elections, won by Marcos, which was alleged to be the one of the dirtiest elections that ever held in the Philippines, second only to the 2004 elections.
                  http://pcij.org/blog/2007/02/09/from-dirty-to-waste-free-elections

                  “My evidence is my own perspective told by people I’ve met that were first hand has experienced of getting in trouble with the Military.”
                  – E pa’no ba yan, if we’re just using our own perspectives as evidence, e di maling mali ka pala talaga, since my own perspective tells me you’re wrong. I have developed this perspective from the stories and experiences of my father, himself a Marcos torture victim, from his friends (both in his seminary and journalism circles), who also suffered the same torture in the hands of the military men, as well as from my professors in UP (from high school to law school). BUT THIS IS WRONG. You should do what I did, which was to search for the truth by reading up about Marcos and Martial Law in the library, over the Internet, and even in the bathroom. Nasa panahon na tayo ng Google, madali na lang maghanap ngayon ng ebidensya to support your arguments. If you can’t find any credible article, link, or source to prove your points, then people will not be swayed by your argument, and they won’t believe you when you say that the military were punished accordingly by Marcos for human rights violations that they did.

                  “other countries where in deeper holes than us in terms of Economic crisis, don’t forget that there was an Oil Crisis during those times right? Which is why I interjected factors that could affect the economy but if you compared Philippines to other countries, we were far better.”
                  – Again, where’s your supporting evidence for this? I’ve already posted links which proved that it was Marcos’s external debt that ultimately destroyed our economy. Nasan ang sayo na nagsasabing ibang factors ang may gawa? Paano kita paniniwalaan dyan sa sinasabi mo kung wala ka namang ebidensya? Perspektibo mo na naman??
                  http://countrystudies.us/philippines/57.htm
                  http://www.photius.com/countries/philippines/geography/philippines_geography_external_debt.html
                  http://www.nber.org/chapters/c9052.pdf

                  “why should I be Stuck Up on something that didn’t play a big role nor made an big impact in my life?”
                  – That’s your mistake, thinking that the actions of the past have no effect on the present and to the future. Kid, alam mo bang as late as 2010, binabayaran pa rin natin ang mga inutang ni Marcos? See the links I’ve posted above re: external debt. Naalala ko nung 2004, sabi ng economics professor ko nung high school, lahat ng bata sa Pilipinas na kakapanganak lang, may utang na kaagad na nakapatong sa ulo nya, to the tune of Php 20,000.00, at yun e dahil sa pangungurakot ni Marcos.

                  • Ichinose Kotomi

                    “and you’re okay with that?? huh. questionable na ang mga morals ng mga kabataan ngayon.”

                    Wow! So you’re pulling out Morality Arguments now, huh? FACT, may mga na rape, not just before but even after now which is even more rampant. Tapos papalabasin mo na accepting that FACT na may na-ra-rape gives one a questionable morals? I can say your logic is questionable.

                    “oh yes, it has been proven, both by our courts and by Swiss courts. i-link ko ulit dito yung binigay mo sakin na Supreme Court decision (hahaha salamat talaga dun): http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/jurisprudence/2003/jul2003/152154.htm

                    Did you really read the Link and understand what’s inside it or are you just re-linking and saying that it has been Proven without a DOUBT?

                    “eto ebidensya na mismong ang Swiss Supreme Court na ang nagsabing may ill-gotten wealth si Marcos sa bansa nila: http://www.assetrecovery.org/kc/resources/org.apache.wicket.Application/repo?nid=62506d95-a33e-11dc-bf1b-335d0754ba85

                    That’s not an evidence, that’s just a summary of what happened written by a third party with a twist of words to make it appear as what they want others to believe.

                    “yes, well.. Bakit nag-walk out ang mga computer technicians ng COMELEC nung snap elections? (answer: because “they noticed their superiors started to manipulate the results in favor of Marcos.”)

                    Oh, you mean that STAGED Walk Out? Yeah, the walk outs the Yellow Army are good at. Sorry to blow your horns but it was already verified by both NAMFREL and COMELECT who really was the winner and that’s a FACT no matter what you say.

                    “Also, a simple Wikipedia search can tell you that YOU’RE WRONG in saying that NAMFREL had Marcos winning. NAMFREL actually had Cory Aquino winning by almost a million votes over Marcos (GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT, KID)”

                    LoL, I would believe Teddy Locsin more than your Wikipedia that can be edited and lobbied by others. Trust me, don’t trust Wikipedia when it comes to political issues. It reeks of Black and White Propaganda.

                    “And no, I’m also talking about the 1969 Presidential Elections, won by Marcos, which was alleged to be the one of the dirtiest elections that ever held in the Philippines, second only to the 2004 elections.”

                    Oh, and dirtiest is an opinion. If you think the 1969 Election was dirtiest, they you don’t have any idea HOW Dirty Hocus-PCOS Automatic Cheating (Counting) Machine is. Not to mention the 60/30/10 Statistically Impossible result of 2013 Election.

                    “E pa’no ba yan, if we’re just using our own perspectives as evidence, e di maling mali ka pala talaga, since my own perspective tells me you’re wrong. I have developed this perspective from the stories and experiences of my father, himself a Marcos torture victim, from his friends (both in his seminary and journalism circles), who also suffered the same torture in the hands of the military men, as well as from my professors in UP (from high school to law school). BUT THIS IS WRONG. You should do what I did, which was to search for the truth by reading up about Marcos and Martial Law in the library, over the Internet, and even in the bathroom. Nasa panahon na tayo ng Google, madali na lang maghanap ngayon ng ebidensya to support your arguments. If you can’t find any credible article, link, or source to prove your points, then people will not be swayed by your argument, and they won’t believe you when you say that the military were punished accordingly by Marcos for human rights violations that they did.”

                    Right back at you, you are using Double Standard. Did you forget that I mentioned before that I knew others that had troubles with Military before? And did you think I have no idea what happened during those time? I’ve read so many and so much negative about Martial Law that it has become somewhat doubtful so, yeah, it means, searching for truth by not only reading things the Yellow Army and the Global Oligarchy who demonizes other Leaders that are opposed to their policies are writing but by other non Yellow Aligned as well. And by the way, I know what it feels like to get in trouble with authority (Police or Military) because I also had experienced it myself, the only difference is it happened not during Marcos Era. Which is why I told you, “Why should I be even letting myself be bother about something that I didn’t play a big role?”

                    “Again, where’s your supporting evidence for this? I’ve already posted links which proved that it was Marcos’s external debt that ultimately destroyed our economy. Nasan ang sayo na nagsasabing ibang factors ang may gawa? Paano kita paniniwalaan dyan sa sinasabi mo kung wala ka namang ebidensya? Perspektibo mo na naman??”

                    You’re just going to discredit the links anyway with your baseless OPINION so I’m not gonna bother. And you think other countries during those time didn’t have debt? You’re trying to single out the Philippines and during Marcos as well. The thing that ultimately destroyed the country was Cory’s mismanagement and Ramos ineffective economic reforms. And since you’re in doubt that other countries were in a tighter spot as well, how about reading the link below about the 80s and 90s economic crisis.

                    http://www.grips.ac.jp/teacher/oono/hp/lecture_F/lec10.htm

                    “That’s your mistake, thinking that the actions of the past have no effect on the present and to the future. Kid, alam mo bang as late as 2010, binabayaran pa rin natin ang mga inutang ni Marcos? See the links I’ve posted above re: external debt. Naalala ko nung 2004, sabi ng economics professor ko nung high school, lahat ng bata sa Pilipinas na kakapanganak lang, may utang na kaagad na nakapatong sa ulo nya, to the tune of Php 20,000.00, at yun e dahil sa pangungurakot ni Marcos.”

                    So you’re blaming the pangugurakot ni Marcos, samantalang mas malalang pangungurakot ang ginawa ni Houswife turned President na si Cory na pa-Backstab nya ginawa. Halip gumawa ng strong economic reform para sa economiya, eh lalo pa nyang pinalubog dahil sa mga kabulastugan na gusto ng naka paligid sa kanya, Policy nya at ang mapanira nyang Constitution ang nag tapon satin from Frying Pan to the Fire, hindi ba? At mas malala ang pangungurakot at corruption ngayon kay Noynoy Aquino na 2x~3x ang tinaas? From Malaya Funds, Misappropriation of PDAF, DAP, Smugling, Yolanda Funds, Relief Goods, Funding the Rebels, and so on? Alam mo bakit parin natin binabayaran yang utang na ginawa ni Marcos na kadamihan ay ginamit sa mga Infrastructures and services? Dahil yung mga following Administration, sa halip na gumawa ng paraan, sila pa mismo ang nag palaki ng utang. Biruin mo, magkano debt noon kay Marcos? Mag kano debt ngayon? So I’ll ask you again, Uncle? Who should I blame for the misery the Pilipino people are having right now? Should I blame Marcos’ Martial Law, which I repeat, I don’t even need to be stuck up about? Or do you want me to blame the Spanish or the American Colony for giving us Pilipino the Colonial Mentality?

                    And since you’re so adamant about sources. How about reading this UP Research paper about Marcos which contains different citations and such?
                    http://joseangelito-angeles.tripod.com/marcos.htm

  17. aprilelaina

    President Ferdinand E. Marcos was a great president and yes most of the filipinos thinks that he’s evil, corrupt, and “fool” president but don’t you know that president Marcos just wants the best for his people and his country.

    Let’s go to infrastructures, people thinks that he build this things for money for him to keep for his own, but no if you were the president will you build this infrastructures that Marcos builds for you to have money if so, then you’re truly an evil person but, President Marcos builds this infrastructures for the people to use and yes people are still using the things he builds, and instead of criticizing him why don’t you just thank him, i bet you’re using the infrastructures he builds for you.

    Next children, they said before children below 18 goes to jail, what do you think of it? people wont go to jail if they’re innocent, so what do you think of this children? do you think they’re innocent? do you think they didn’t do something wrong? now let me ask you, what do you think of the children or teens these days? do you think they’re behaving on what they should behave? teens or children these days are using illegal drugs, thieves, rapists, some are murderers, pushers, girls are whores, slut or they used to call them “pok-pok” or just look at the children today. I know children on jail is not good or it’s worse because i know that other prisoner will make them slave or police will, but they should do something about it or why not build a jail for children or teens, but don’t you know that most of the filipinos wishing that this thing will still exists so children or teens should behave on what they should behave and not like a wild beast looking for shelter or a food.

    Economy, the goods before are way more cheaper compared today, ask the elders and yes that’s true, but i wont blame anyone because of the growing population, food supplies decreases and poverty increases

    suggestion to people that are criticizing President Marcos: Before criticizing someone be sure that you don’t want anything from them, or for you to understand be sure that you’re not using anything that President Marcos builds for you.

    To be clear I am not against anyone. I am just a 17 years old girl yet just looking at the positive side in all the negatives 🙂 have a nice day

    • Hi April Elaina, sorry I couldn’t understand some of the things you’ve said in your comment, but I’ll try to answer your points.

      First – usage of the infrastructure built during his administration:
      Wala namang masama sa pagpapagawa ng mga pinagawa nyang mga buildings, roads, bridges, etc. Ang anomalya kasi dun e kung saan nya hinugot yung pera para sa pagpapagawa ng mga infrastructure na yun, at paano nya ginamit yung pera na yun. Ganito kasi nangyari nyan dati:
      A). Umutang sya ng pera sa World Bank (in billions of dollars)
      B.) Ginamit nya yung pera na yun sa pagpapagawa ng mga buildings, roads, bridges, etc. Syempre, overpriced ang mga ito kasi may tong-pats, at kanino napupunta ang tongpats? sa mga pulitiko. Sino ang pinakamalaking pulitiko nung time na yun? si Marcos.
      C.) Anyare sa utang? Wala, di nya mabayaran.
      You have to remember na ang utang na yan, ang mga taxpayers ang magbabayad. Kaya by 1980s, bagsak na ang ekonomiya nun e. Nagsitaasan ang mga bilihin nung mga panahong yun dahil sa hindi sya nagbabayad ng utang. Tingin mo, hindi tayo dapat mag-reklamo dahil pinagawa nya yung building na yun? Hindi ba tayo pwedeng magreklamo kung overpriced yung building, e samantalang taxpayer’s money yung ginamit dun?

      Second – Economy, prices are cheaper at that time compared today:
      Ang maganda kasing tanong dyan e, magkano ba ang tinaas ng bilihin mula nang naging presidente si Marcos? May nabasa ako dati galing sa Ibon Foundation, ang presyo ng galunggong nung 1965 (nung baong halal lang si Marcos) ay P2.00 per kilo. By 1985, ang presyo ng galunggong ay nasa P25.00 na. Sino lang ba ang presidente nung panahong 1965-1985? Isa pang economic indicator e yung Peso-Dollar Exchange rate. Nung 1965, $1 = Php 3.00. By 1985, lampas Php 20.00 na (o eto link: http://intl.econ.cuhk.edu.hk/exchange_rate_regime/index.php?cid=1) Sino lang ba ang presidente nung mga panahong yun, hindi ba si Marcos? Tingin mo, wala bang rason para tirahin si Marcos dahil sa pagtaas ng presyo ng galunggong at nang presyo ng dolyar sa merkado?

      Tingin mo, kung nangyari yan ngayong si PNoy ang presidente: yung mga nagpoprotesta, binubugbog, tinotorture, at pinapatay ng mga military. Bawal ka magsalita nang masama about sa gobyerno (Cybercrime Law, anyone?), or else ipapakulong ka. Yung mga kakilala mo, bigla-bigla na lang nawawala, either dinukot ng mga military, o nagtago na sa bundok para maging komunista. Hindi ka ba matatakot nyan? Ganyan kasi ang nangyayari nun, lalu na sa Maynila. Siguro taga-Ilocos ka, pati ang parents mo, kaya wala kayong rason para magreklamo’t balita ko your region and its people received nothing but blessings from the Marcoses. Malas mo lang kung taga-ibang rehiyon ka.

      “To be clear I am not against anyone. I am just a 17 years old girl yet just looking at the positive side in all the negatives 🙂 have a nice day”
      – Tama naman, you always have to look at the positive side. Pero ang ginagawa mo kasi is you’re ignoring the weight of the negative side. In Marcos’s case, I agree that there were some positive effects of Martial Law and of Marcos’s presidency (mainly in the infrastructure side), but I also cannot ignore the rampant corruption and the human rights abuses that happened during his time, as well as the negative effects of his administration to our economy. That’s why I’m very much critical about Marcos and his legacy.

      Bata ka pa miss, I’m sure you’ll learn a lot from school and from life experiences. You’re actually getting there, now that you acknowledge that there’s a negative side for everything. Ang kailangan mo ngayong matutunan is how to weigh the positive and the negative sides of every issue. Sa tingin ko kasi mas maraming negative points ang Marcos administration kaysa positives, kaya ganun ang opinyon ko.

      Have a nice day too. =)

  18. jp

    From the title of the article itself, is it hating Marcos the only right thing to do now? Is there a law that we must really hate Marcos now? Why so suddenly?
    Whether we like it or not, Marcos have been a part of our history. Marcos became one of us-filipino, he became a soldier, politician and the president. Yes, that Martial Law have been the great grief of many because of the involuntary loss of their loved ones. By his intelligence, do you think Marcos didn’t think twice or thrice to fully implement the Martial Law? Martial Law is a sacrifice but we didn’t know that Marcos also did the sacrifice at that time.
    There is a saying that doing great things is also risking. If you don’t risk then you just have a very, very, very simple goal. Maybe Marcos thought to sacrifice some to save the whole country. I know it is not easy for him to make the decision and also because he knows that many people would blame him not thinking of what the results will be. Because not as high as his intelligence, people think more shallow to things than thinking it deeply. And most people ‘s character is they become so good to you, so kind to you, spoke good words about you when you are doing what they want or what they pleases them, but once, just once you did wrong or what did not please them, they ‘ll do the opposite things they do before not thinking of ALL the things you ‘ve done for them.

  19. peejhay

    Those yellow historians who distort history are the awful ones. Historians are the key for enlightenment, especially for us youth. How we can we tell the true past if there is a bias in writing history? I may not have been born in Marcos time but my parents and my grandparents witnessed that era. They always tell me how good the economy back then and that made their lives comfortably good. My relatives may not be historians, but I believe they tell true stories of the past.

  20. I’m all smiles while reading the comments on this ‘enlightened’ (or is it?) pro-FM ‘article’.

    There’s only one thing I’d like to ask everybody: If FM and his martial law was that bad and the post-EDSA governments that good (on their democracy, free press, human rights, plunder etc.,), how come Cory (and the catholic church, Cardinal Sin et. al.) was/were never nominated to the Nobel Peace prize?

    Ah! But let us ask those who joined the E-rev!

    It’s not because that the writer of this article is right or wrong. It’s because the democracy we know is not the type adapted to the kind of mentality we have.

    Marcos’ New Society was an excellent experiment. It was no different during the transition periods of US, the EC countries, Japan, South Korea etc. before they became full pledged democracies. Have a close look on how different we are with the citizens of the said countries.

    We spit and urinate in our backyards. They don’t.

    That must be one of the reasons why FM coined his famous martial law slogan: “Sa ikauunlad ng bayan, disiplina ang kailangan!”

    And we rejected it.

  21. Christian

    loving marcos is a right for us ilocanoes, we dont care if some filipinos telling that our former pres. is on the dark side. if you think and know all of his contribution in our beloved country you will agree to us that loving him was a right. yes i know that he used soldiers in his martial law but this is for our security and protection to those who try to conquer our country. they also bash the lead singer of “parokya ni edgar” for his concert in the celebration of marcos day, and that’s an epic reaction to those who dislike marcos. remembering him as a president, as an ilocano, and most importantly as a filipino who loved his country and countrymen was a HISTORY that cannot be repeated or surpassed by any future president.

  22. Thank you, everyone, for the rich discourse we are generating in this space. This is a rarity in Marcos-related forums, where most comments usually go outside the bounds of good taste and civility. I appreciate that we have generally remained level-headed and rational in our discourse here.

    Let’s continue to agree to disagree freely and responsibly, always taking in mind that all of us are Filipinos who love our country as much as we love the truth we are altogether, through this vibrant sharing of thoughts, hoping to find.

    Mabuhay.

    • ..at salamat din for letting us comment on your blog. You’ve always had the power to ignore and delete our comments, but you haven’t, even though our beliefs are fundamentally against yours regarding the Marcoses. Salamat at pinabayaan mo kaming ilahad ang aming side. Naniniwala akong wala kaming mapapala kung ibababa namin ang lebel ng diskusyon to name-calling and throwing derogatory remarks. Lalu lang kaming hindi papakinggan kung gagawin namin ‘yun. Again, thank you very much for this opportunity.

    • Lean

      Thank you din. Haven’t had a civilized debate like this in the internet for two yeas.

  23. JZX

    He prove how capacitated he was, how strong his abilities are, a lot of courage he had, admired by others, hated by most. But, how far have we known him? I don’t know what has totally happened during Marcos’ era. But, as I’ve watched those documentaries on TV, read some articles about him on the internet, there are a lot of negative things about him. They’ve always accused him as the evil one, the enemy – a dictator. I know that we’ve been nurtured by our teachers during our elementary and high school days about our history (preferably, Martial Law). And, as we grew older there are a lot of questions that might’ve been answered but, deep within us it’s not enough. So, as for me, I’ve always asked not just my parents but those people who are there during the presidency of Marcos. I’ve realized that maybe his ways in ruling our country were misinterpreted by those people who doesn’t appreciate who he is and what he can do. In his time, a large-scale infrastructure works projects were built. (Ex. San Juanico Bridge) Vice Ganda once said, “Kung hindi dahil sa kanya walang SAN JUANICO BRIDGE na madadaanan papuntang Tacloban City…” Today, we must be thankful.

  24. Lyxa

    I never believe that the late President Hon. Ferdinand Marcos is pure evil, why? It’s because he had so many contributions in our country, why do we need to think so negative about people, all his projects are worth it, why people need to judge this family if they were the ones who helped us to rise above poverty. To be honest I really idolize Governor Imee Marcos because, I know that she has the guts in being a great leader, in the past years that Ma’am Imee is in the position of being a Governor of in our province Ilocos Norte, I noticed that she is really a great leader, not only in her projects but also with her attitude, she is so approachable and always “ready to lean on”. She also joined her colleagues in distributing relief goods in some municipalities that are really affected by typhoon Mario. I can say that loving Marcos is a right because, I know that the Marcos family can help the Philippines again because they are experienced leaders and I can say that they are GREAT LEADERS!

  25. rachele

    We live in a democratic country, therefore we must not be restrained in believing anything that we want to believe. I am just disappointed to those people who judged or criticized someone who believed Marcos as a great leader and not just a dictator. Though, most of the people in this generation believed that he had been a corrupt president, I know that there are still people who believed in his great leadership and wise decisions. I know that Marcos is just a person like you and me, thus, he is not perfect. Everyone has its own flaws. Those most people said that he did which is maybe factual or not, though, cannot restrict someone who chose to believe in him. Just as you chose to see the YELLOW’s achievements and not of their flaws, we also look into the numerous successes in Marcos’s regime (I can’t enumerate them all) rather than those you think he did wrong.

    • Mercury

      “There are many things we do not want about the world. Let us not just mourn them. Let us change them.” -FEM .. Rather than Pro marcos and anti Marcos attack and defend, why won’t they settle and make peace that here is what I believe and here is what I don’t believe and Focus in a greater issue, NOT the PAST but the PRESENT. If the style of Marcos was not good, was evil, and all then what is a better way to LEAD the Philippines into ECONOMIC BOOM?? Rather that Sitting down and saying “oh the Marcos are like this and like that” why wont you stand up and LEAD this great nation?. Anti-M needs to have an open mind.. FEM did great in leading this nation, They forgot the GOOD things, all they speak are the BAD MARTIAL LAW. remember for the length of term of Marcos, 7,362 days, madami siyang nagawa, hindi lag nagiisa.. View it as a Whole..

  26. Zai

    Hands down, he is the best president ever, no question. His achievements will never compare to other presidents. He is the most intelligent, smarter, and the most disciplined. He is not on the dark side, Martial law is just a part of his visions for our country, and it made the best period of time happened here in the Philippines. I may not have been born during his time, but I know to myself that he made the Filipinos so proud of him. And if they only let Marcos to be our President until he can, we Filipinos are not experiencing poverty right now. I am so lucky that I am an Ilocano, and I am so proud of you. I wish I was born on that time. In my heart and mind, He’s the only president who said, “This nation will be great again”. Mabuhay Apo Lakay!

  27. Cecille Lagundino

    As an Ilocano, I have always been very fond of Marcos due to the fact that he sprung from our province. Indeed, when a president emerges from your locality, one really can never help but feel very honored and proud right? Who wouldn’t be? Throughout the years, I have heard older people recount about the so called “good old days” during Marcos’ administration. I have seen the joy and spark of honesty in their eyes as they shared to me the experiences they encountered years back. These stories have shaped my beliefs and stand regarding the matter at hand. Indeed as Sir Herdy has said in his piece and I quote, “In the end, the people’s account of history …. will judge Marcos and define his place in our memory.” It’s all a matter of perspective and it will always be an individual choice whether we look at Marcos as hero or villain. As for me and as the title says, “loving Marcos is a right”, I choose to embrace it. I choose to stand firm in believing that the Marcos that I have looked up to all these years is the real McCoy. He had his imperfections, yes. Well, who hasn’t right? Bottom line is, the decision lies on us and whatever others believe in, we must apply that one virtue called respect.

    • Tiaaa

      I am not an anti Marcos, not even anti Aquino. it is because I believe that both parties, had done “somewhat” good to our country. Who am I to judge the former President Marcos? If I am studying in the school he has built, and we all know that ang daming nakikinabang na pamilya dito sa prestihiyong eskwelahan na ito. And who am I to judge the Aquinos, too? We can somewhat consider them great leaders, and somewhat respect them. There is nothing wrong in respecting both parties.

  28. killua

    I was not born on the regime of late President Ferdinand Marcos, I was not there to experience those issues that are written/posted recently, but there are some things that I would want to say. It only comes to my knowledge as I observe the stability of our country nowadays, that there is a huge difference.
    As I recall the economics subject that I took when I’m in secondary school, I learned that the inflation rate on pres. Marcos regime was 1 PESO : 1$, so it means that people on that days were not obliged to go on abroad just to earn money or to have a better living. And as I saw the billboard on Batac where the dead body of pres. Marcos was located, I saw that the debt of the government in his regime is inversely proportional to the infrastructures and projects that he accomplished, unlike the other president that took his place after he descended from his term, the government have many debts and they have too many white elephant projects.

    People on those days are not yet ready to take democracy, because
    they did not recognized the discipline that was implemented. Let’s say that on that time, many have been raped, slayed, tortured by the soldiers of pres. FM the reason of it was, the people want freedom. Yes!! the people on that time achieve the freedom they want during the EDSA revolution and I don’t know if the assassination of late senator Ninoy Aquino was intended on the year when Marcos decided to descend from his term!! but can you see the effect of the freedom that they want? we are the product on what they want to the country to be. Democracy is our society nowadays, they say that we are free, but can you see the outcome of early achieving of freedom without reconsidering first the discipline. How can we achieve a better economy if we, the country-people have no discipline in ourselves? most of teenagers like us have become immoral because of misunderstanding the freedom that you say!! they have no more discipline in the community.
    What I’m trying to say here is, we must go back to the basics!!(discipline) in order to reconstruct the ruined lives of Filipinos, I’m not saying that we must implement Martial Law again, rather remove the argument between different parties and try to innovate a better communications in order to have a wealthy economy!!

    We cannot blame others to love Pres. FM we have a different perspective in life and visions about him so lets stop the debate and try to think a better solution for our country.

    #For me, loving Marcos was right!!

    • Lean

      Hello, killua. I would like to check your “facts” on the Marcos era.

      1. “I learned that the [exchange rate, not inflation rate] [during] pres. Marcos regime was 1 PESO : 1$…”
      On November 8, 1965, before Marcos became president, the dollar to peso rate was $1: P3.900. On, December 31, 1985, roughly two months before he was to be deposed, it was already $1: P19.030. (Source: http://intl.econ.cuhk.edu.hk/exchange_rate_regime/index.php?cid=1

      Actually, the highest unemployment rate in Philippine labor history (12.7%), which was during the regime of Marcos, coincided with the Middle East oil boom. This led to the migration of many skilled and semi-skilled laborers to the Middle East. (Source: http://philippinesintheworld.org/sites/default/files/Philippine%20Intl%20Migration_Causes%20and%20Consequences.pdf)

      2. “[T]he debt of the government in his regime is inversely proportional to the infrastructures and projects that he accomplished…” From $2.9B in 1970, the Philippine external debt rose to $17.3B in 1980 to more than $26B in 1985 as Marcos left the presidency. The situation is actually directly proportional. As infrastructure rose, so did our external debt.
      (Source: De Dios, Emmanuel (1984). An analysis of the Philippine economic crisis. Diliman, Q.C.: University of the Philippines Press.)

      3. Democracy is not the problem. People can still be disciplined in a democratic setting. Our country is suffering not because we have a democracy, but because our democracy is mismanaged. The difference is that now, we may have a low quality of life, but at least our freedoms are guaranteed. Unlike during Martial Law, our quality of life was worse (just look at our unemployment rate then as I cited above) and we were also curtailed of our freedoms.
      Which do you want: poor but with freedom, or poor and no freedom at all?

      4. “Let’s stop the debate and try to think a better solution for our country.”
      Killua, debate is one of the tools to have a wealthy economy. The governments of all countries debate on their respective economic policies. One way to think about a better solution to the country is to have formal debate processes. Debate is important, even the Marcoses knew that. Isn’t that the reason there is a Sirib Debate Cup in Ilocos Norte just this month?

      Please do have time to read journal articles and other credible sources on Martial Law and the Marcos era in general. You may have a different perspective, but if this is only based on hearsay, Youtube videos, or Facebook posts, your perspective is just trash.

      #For me, loving Marcos is a right, but not the right thing to do.

  29. James

    President Marcos in his time has the authority as well as the responsibility, it is his responsibility to control the power of the government. Martial law is a good process to the economy as well in the industry to progress but some mischief official grab this opportunity to rise for their own good and pull down President Marcos.

  30. I promised not to say something but there is a debate on the constitution about martial law. The very first requirement in declaring martial law is if there is an insurrection or rebellion. The student activism was already too much. I was an activist myself and I agree that we went beyond the line. There was already a rebellion because of the agitation in the streets. Then the Plaza Miranda Bombings which killed and injured some of the opposition. Surprisingly, Ninoy was not there and they blamed Marcos. Marcos is not dumb to do that since he would be blamed. Victor Corpuz, the renegade lieutenant who stole arms from the PMA and joined the NPA made a revelation during the term of Cory that it was the NPA who initiated the bombings with the sole purpose to discredit Marcos. The plaza Miranda incident was an act of insurrection and rebellion. Activists were already uncontrollable so Marcos had to declare Martial Law. And what was the entity that committed a lot of abuse and torture before martial law. The Philippine Constabulary that was headed by no other than Then Major General Fidel V. Ramos. When I was apprehended in Ilocos Norte just after Martial Law was declared, I was hit several times by in the head with a fist by a private soldier. Do you think it was Marcos who ordered that? No it was on the leadership of the agency. I was detained in Camp Aquino, Tarlac for 3 months and two months in Camp Olivas, pampanga as an student activist and vice chairman of the Kabataang Makabayan, Ilocos Norte, Chapter.

    Then when a soldier under Ramos committed abuses, they blame Marcos. Why must Ramos not charged? How about Enrile? He was the secretary of National Defense but they were never accused of anything? Has there been a double standard of justice after 1986? Or, may we be right if we say, join them and you are free? Now, Enrile is with the opposition but not one of the LP or kkk of Noynoy is included or charged with any case. There was even a casino Lady who was video taped playing in the casino but not even a reprimand was imposed on her. She was a kabarilan of PNoy.

    Well, these are facts and I do not need to document it since it’s an open story. However, I again expect some opposition of these facts and might again challenge me to present written proofs. But I’m sure these were not written in the encyclopedia britannica.

    • Lean

      Hello, Gerry.
      There is a principle called “command responsibility.” This broadly refers to the accountability or liability of leaders in crimes by his subordinates. That Marcos never did something to hold his military accountable to their human rights violations makes him guilty as well. Either Marcos was ignorant of these violations or condoned them, which makes him irresponsible, or he actually ordered them, which makes him contemptible. Either way, he is also culpable because he was the president then.

      I agree that Ramos and Enrile must also be charged they were the Chief of Staff and the Secretary of National Defense respectively. But this doesn’t mean Marcos should be absolved, for he was the Commander in Chief of the AFP then.

      By the way, the doctrine of command responsibility is codified in the AP 1 of 1997 to the Geneva Conventions of 1949, which is adopted by the International Criminal Court. Look it up if you want to.

  31. Many people say that Pres. Marcos was a devil because of the martial law during his regime. Many said that a lot of people were killed and tortured. I do believe that every president has a good side or have done something good for the people. And Pres. Marcos is no exception to that. Who are we to judge him? Are we much better than he was? All of us commit mistakes. What I am trying to point out here is that, we should not only look for the negative side about marcos but we have to credit also the good things that he has done for this country.
    If there’s one thing I want to thank about Marcos, it’s his being a man of vision. He envisioned a new society or “Bagong Lipunan”. Under Martial Law, he enforced curfews and sought to discipline people. Of course, he was also guilty of a number of human rights abuses and the suppression of freedom of speech, but he had a single-minded vision of what he wanted and went about doing everything to get it done.
    He foresaw the need for an increased power supply in the country, and thus commissioned the construction of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant. For agriculture, he introduced the “miracle rice”. He saw the need for the creation of a government media station.
    Marcos may not go down in history as the most beloved president, but in terms of his personal achievements, his reputation certainly preceded him. Many will think of him as the most corrupt or most ruthless president of our nation, but for his birthday, we remember the man that shaped our country in both ways – good and bad!

    • Lean

      So should we free all criminals now just because they did something good once in their life? When a person led a military that killed, tortured, and raped civilians, when he siphoned the nation’s wealth, which is far greater than the alleged wealth stolen by Napoles, should we just forget about it? Should we forget about jailing a person, or at least acknowledge that he is not hero for all the crimes he has done, just because he did something good?

      We should not judge Enrile, Estrada, and Revilla then. For even if they corrupted money, at least they authored relatively good laws as senators. Let’s not jail Revilla, for at least he entertained us then with his good movies. Is that what you want to say?

  32. I was not yet born during the yearsthe late President Marcos led the Philippines but i know that he made our country great. Why do some Filipinos keep on talking of bad things about him but can’t accept that he did right things, too? Why can’t they even say “thank you”?
    After martial law, did our country aim higher? Did our country become richer? We all know that the answer will always be a NO!

    • Lean

      I accept that he did good things. What I cannot accept is that he corrupted the government while doing such good things. That is crime, and he should have been jailed, or at least not be treated a hero as you pro-Marcos people do. How about you? Why can’t you accept that he did bad things too? Our country did “aim higher,” but it was never realized because Marcos started it. “Did our country become richer? We all know that the answer will always be a NO,” but partly because it is also Marcos’s fault (read the links I posted above to understand why I argue as such).

      So yeah. Thank you, but no thank you.

      • I accept the fact that he also has a negative effect, but i am not looking at his mistakes instead i am focusing on his successful works. people should not just judge people not because he made a fault.
        Opinions should not be judge too because opinions may be right and wrong to others.
        Thank you for that reply cause your words prove that i stated a meaningful thought on my comment.
        God bless you

        • I will still forever look up to President Marcos despite of everything. I salute and i can proudly say that i am a Filipino! “This nation will be great again.”

        • Lean

          I also accept the fact that he did something good, so maybe he should not just be labelled as an ineffective president. But then again, he also stole money from the nation (among others), so neither should he just be labelled as a hero, right? The Singapore, Swiss, and US Courts already proved he corrupted money, and these rulings are not based on opinions, but on facts. And facts, technically speaking, are always right.

          Hence, people should not judge a corrupt person as a hero merely because he did something good, right?

          Your comment is meaningful, not because I agree with your opinions, but because I see that you are still young, and I want the youth like you to do something more meaningful in their lives.

          No, I don’t want you to just agree with me and be anti-Marcos in an instant. I would like you to read history books on the Marcos era, not just unreliable Facebook posts thereon. Read journal articles on and attend fora about Martial Law, and not merely listen to what your friends and parents allege about Marcos. Be knowledgeable about our past then decide for yourself on which side you want to be. That is what a true scholar is–someone whose ideology is based not on hearsay but on facts, not on illusion but on enlightenment. And if you do that, it will make this thread more meaningful.

          God bless as well.

    • zachiary

      For Lean,

      I also accept that others did good things to our country. But they all did mistakes. Why focus only on Marcos? Don’t you think others should be in jail also?

      Reminder: Marcos is not even recognized as a hero. The Government did not approved the proposal that his body should be buried in the cemetery for heroes.

      Also, I will throw to you your own question. ‘Why can’t you accept that Cory did bad things, too?’

      They all did wrong. Yet your only blaming Marcos. Don’t you think your being unfair? We are not talking about the thing he has done already. We are talking about respect here. At least give him some.

      What.If.
      What if we treat Aquino and others the way you treat Marcos? We know that they did wrong things, but we respect them. They stood and become our leader. They took the responsibility of holding and ruling millions of people. They all deserve some respect.

      Note: Do not blame all on one person. Everyone did a mistake. You should remember that. Thank you#

      • Lean

        No, I don’t. I don’t venerate Cory either. I would love to discuss with you all day about Cory’s inadequacies in democratizing the country according to the journal article by Mark Thompson. I won’t do this here, however, because this blog is focused on Marcos, not Cory.

        But believe me when I say this: There are people like me who do not venerate both Marcos and Cory as heroes.

        So have the decency or common sense to ask me a question first before assuming my inclinations.

        • zachiary[zhazha(shasha)]

          My deep apologies for assuming your inclinations. I salute you, really for being a neutral party, I assumed you are.

          Again, my apologies for including Cory though this article is all about Marcos. I just did that for you to remember that not only Marcos did wrong things, yet he is not being loved and respected by anyone. What I am trying to point out is that, since were talking about loving Marcos as a right, don’t you think that for everything, good or bad, he deserve some respect and that after so many years, why do people keep on bringing out the bad things he has done, only him. I’m not saying that we should bring out everyone’s mistakes but can’t just people start to appreciate or even love him, if possible, since no accusations thrown to him were officially proven?

          I would appreciate it if you correct and say something about my thoughts. Thank you. #

          • Lean

            The Swiss, Singaporean, and US Courts already proved that he earned an ill-gotten wealth. That he (as the commander in chief of the AFP) never jailed the perpetrators of nor investigated human rights maltreatment proves that he is also culpable. That I already cited so many sources about high poverty and unemployment rates, high external debt, and low GDP per capita growth rates compared to our ASEAN neighbors already proves that the Philippines under Marcos was never “the best country in the world.” That I already cited that the NPA and CPP was not quashed but ironically grew in numbers proves that the Martial Law (which was intended to quell insurgency, as you said) actually failed.

            Therefore, since I have already shown in my comments all of the proofs to so many accusations thrown at him, you should hesitate first before posting such replies as “but can’t just people start to appreciate or even love him, if possible, since no accusations thrown to him were officially proven?”

            The respect and admiration of a leader is earned not from the number of infrastructures he accomplished, but from the extent that these infrastructures actually helped improve the nation as a whole. And as you can read from my comments, the Philippines only languished under his watch. So yeah, I WILL NOT RESPECT HIM AS A PRESIDENT.

            But as a consolation, I will respect his intelligence and his oratorical skills because he is a damn eloquent and charismatic speaker, and only God knows how he scored a 98.01% average in the 1939 Bar Exams.

            You know why it is dangerous to just venerate someone whose deeds you do not really know about? Simply put: It can have profound social consequences. Just look at the debate on his interment in the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Imagine that many people don’t really study history, and they just become Marcos loyalists out of gut feeling or just because they are Ilocanos. When these people successfully pressure the government to inter Marcos in the Heroes’ Cemtery, it would then have a new occupant who is not actually a hero.

            Needless to say, love is a dangerous feeling that should be handled with care. So know first if someone deserves the love that you extend. (No romantic allusions intended.)

            You’re welcome. #

            • mi

              Hi Lean,

              what is wrong in loving someone and admiring him that much?
              there is no mistake in leading your feelings of being proud.
              i would like to clarify this “so know first if someone deserves the love that you intend” this word you quoted. THAT is their choice and it is not yours. So why would come to tell them that loving Marcos is dangerous? you don’t have the same feelings about him. I respect Marcos whatever he does. either way! bad nor good. So why also respect our admiration for him?

              THANK YOU

              • Lean

                Hi, mi. Sorry for the very late reply.

                I never said loving someone is wrong. I merely said it is dangerous. There’s a difference.

                I respect people who admire Marcos but not the credulous and haughty ones. They adore Marcos so much that they readily believe then claim themselves what good deeds others allege about Marcos. Most of the commentators here have such regard for the Dictator that they just ignore and dismiss the sources we cited about how the economy languished then, and still insist that under Marcos “the Philippines was the richest country in Asia.” Many Marcos loyalists (as well as detractors) are gullible, and yet they are audacious enough to assert stories that are half-true or simply never happened.

                You want to love Marcos, then by all means do. Yes, it’s your choice and I respect that. But if your admiration is replete with obliviousness and arrogance, expect people to give you no respect. Because that is just braggadocio or empty boasting. That is merely veneration without understanding. And that is when admiration (or love, as you wish) becomes dangerous.

                THANK YOU

  33. Leezel

    How sure we are that apo lakay have stolen money from us? Even if I am not there yet when he was the ruler I can say that no one can compare how good he is in terms of leadership. I am now 17 years old and I cannot see any difference yet even when the new elected president have already sat on the presidency’s chair. It’s not being an anti-aquino but then again, we are not blind. All those funds that has been stolen, we can do nothing about it but to regain, we don’t need to argue on things that are done. Why not just finish those cases, make a way on how to gain them back and just do their duties as they should supposed to do and I don’t think that making apo lakay look bad on us can help. We cannot say that he didn’t act as a president in his regime because as we can see our country is productive back then and in how many years that he held our country, he had established a lot of things. Now who can question his way of leading our country back then? Are you sure that you know Ferdinand E. Marcos well? How can you say that he didn’t do his best as a ruler?

    • Lean

      We need to argue on things that are done in the same way that we have history classes: they teach us lessons. We need to look into the past because it gives us insights on how to manage the present and face the future.

      I don’t admire Marcos not because of his personality, but because of his deeds. Sure, he is a genius, but the greatness of a president is not measured by his intelligence, but how much he uses his intelligence to uplift the lives of Filipinos. And as I read more on the literature about his regime, I am more convinced that he used his wits to the detriment of the country.

      How about you? Are you sure that you know Marcos? Gusto mo ba si Marcos kasi malinis ang Ilocos Norte, dahil maraming fountains sa Laoag, dahil maraming fiesta? I tell you, that the Marcoses manage Ilocos Norte wisely now does not necessarily the Philippines was managed wisely then.

      You say you are 17 years old. Please spend your youth more worthily by reading on credible sources that are both pro- and anti- Marcos. Be aware of our history. Don’t just comment here as if you know the past and yet you apparently do not know all the faces of history. Don’t be part of the gullible and ignorant youth. That’s how you make the country productive.

    • "max_0o3"

      Bilang isang mag aaral hindi naman po yata masama na pahalagahan natin at ibalik ang mga magagandang istilo ng dating pangulong Marcos sa kanyang pamumuno sa bansa, sa akin mga naririnig ay hindi ganun kahirap ang buhay noon kung ikukumpara natin sa ngayon, dahil kung ating pagtatantuhin ang mga bagay bagay, napakadali lamang ng kanilang pamumuhay, masagana, mura ang mga bilihin ,hindi nauubusan ng mga pagkain, at napakabilis din ng proseso .Hindi masiyadong naramdaman ang kahirapan pagdating sa mga pangunahing pangangailangan.
      ..Si Marcos ay isang “dakilang pinuno” marami siyang naibahagi at naiambag para sa pag unlad ng bansa at lalo pa sa parte ng ekonomiya. Naging diktador man siya at naging gahaman sa kapangyarihan ay malaki naman ang naitulong nito upang maibigay ang napakagandang simulain o pagbabago. at siguro’y tama lang ang karangalan para sa kanya.

  34. Jay Pee

    During the marcos era, Philippines is one of the great and rich country in the world eventhough he is he most corrupt president in the history of the philippines. Even he is greedy of power and wealth , he was able to build the best , so far, economy of this country. He did so much changes on our country and i think it was good.

  35. Susano(junjun)

    I am not saying that I am an anti-Aquino, what I want to say is that why is that most of the people here in the Philippines especially in manila loves the Aquino’s and they hate the Marcoses. One of the reason that they hate Ferdinand Marcos is that they think that our late president Marcos planned to kill Benigno Aquino Sr. so that he will no longer have to compete for the chair of being the pres. and he will still be the president in their times. They are blaming him and forcing him to quit as a president that time. I am not saying that I know all the details that happened during that time because im just only 17 years old and im not yet born that time and im not saying that the Aquino’s did not do anything good for our country. but compare when President Marcos is our president to this time, before we are one of the richest country in Asia, but now we are one of the poorest country in the world. Compare how many years Pres. Marcos ruled our country to the other presidents, he ruled for a long time because in his heart he loves to be a good leader to us and he wants our country to be the one of most beautiful countries not only in Asia but in the world. The lesson here is that we should not look for the weaknesses of a person, instead support him/her for doing good things.

  36. GIBS

    I salute the late President Ferdinand Marcos. For me he is the greatest and bravest president of the Philippines. According to my parents, in the time of Marcos, their life was much better than today. As you see, our president today doesn’t do anything, he only know is to keep on talking about bad things on Marcos’s. But I’am not saying, that I am an anti-Aquino. All I want to say is to respect our late President Marcos and be proud of him, because we had a president like him.
    We should be proud of him, because all of his works in almost 2 decades of ruling the Philippines, he make our country more progress. In his time, our country was one of the richest countries in Asia (next to Japan).
    Be proud! Marcos Parin!

  37. Christian

    Loving Marcos is a right,it’s our decision,it’s our heart and what ever they say his the greatest and the best president in our past and present presidency.He improve the agriculture and bring the light in every houses. Yes without him we are living like in ancient time with kandila and kinki far from today”s living with unlimited power supply in every houses. In his very long but very productive term he rule our beloved country portraying a good leader imparting a very disciplined country as a result of low crime rate. He, the only one who bring the country once at nearly top.Hating him because of dictatorship that elevates the economy is very ironic and anonymous to what he’d done. Lastly, i love him not because I’am Ilocano but being a Pinoy.

    • _mindOnG

      Probably, other people cannot understand of how we value how awesome Marcos is, but for us who salute F.Marcos really appreciate the good things that healed and cured the problems especially the improvement of agriculture and the betterment of the society. Because of willingness and loved that showed by Marcos, many lives benefited and thankful for what he did, even Marcos past away still people longing and seeking because charisma of Marcos remain in their hearts. Lastly, Marcos work heartily not for in his good but for the development of everyone.

  38. jainee

    Leader for many. But for some he is the reason why people suffered especially during martial law. I am not anti either pro but why always people talk about what he did wrong.?? Why not talk about the things that he did right? I am not born on his time but for the record he did great things. Why some always.continue to judge him? judge his family?? They didn’t even know the reason why he did it. A good leader always thinks for sake of his countrymen. For the country. Marcos did great to our country for the record on his time he made our country one of the richest but now i don’t think so..Maybe it is time for change.

  39. Iszai.

    After reading this article,I became curious about the presidency of our beloved Ferdinand Marcos and so I asked some queries to those who had seen him rule and lead the Philippines. They probably answered positively and uttered that it was much more way better in his time than today. No crimes,no drug issues,no poverty,no shortage of rice,more job for Filipinos,more roads that were done,etc. Martial Law was implemented in his time,some didn’t agree but some did.Martial Law,they say, was one of the way to protect the Filipinos from the conquerors. They also shared to me the fact that a One Peso was equivalent to One Dollar,but for today,a one dollar would be equivalent to less P48,I think? Philippines was one of the richest country during his regime but today,aren’t we belong to the Third World Country? Marcos was such a great leader,so why do people keeps on telling that he is a devil? Can a real devil do what he did in those times? I had realized that President Marcos was just aiming for a better,safe and peaceful Philippines. Are you a keen observer? Could you compare the government today from his regime? Today must be worst,couldn’t you see?. I salute Marcos for all his accomplishments,he deserves a salute,really. We must respect him and our eyes must be open to what we are seeing today to those who lead and compare it during his time.You will realize the big different. Marcos is worth to be love than those who do really evil things.

  40. JayMR

    I can’t blame those people who don’t like President Marcos. What they only see is that he is rude at times of Martial Law, and that event stuck to the mind of those ignorant Filipino’s. Well, he is the greatest President I know, no President will replace him today. In fact, Philippines is the leading country in the world in terms of economy in his time, just because he know how to manage the money of the people and he know where to put those money for the benefit of the countrymen. Some people say that he is the most corrupt president, how could they say that if no single one plunder case have won against Imelda today. If we recall those bunch of projects of President Marcos back then even if you sum up to the projects after his term no president can beat those projects that he made and implemented. He is the greatest president for me and he deserves to be in the ‘Libingan ng mga Bayani’ today.

  41. As a citizen of the Philippines, I salute the late President Ferdinand Marcos. For me he is the greatest and bravest president of the Philippines. According to my parents, in the time of Marcos, their life is much better than today. As you see, our president today doesn’t do anything, he only know is to keep on talking about bad things on Marcos’s. But I am not saying, that I am an anti-Aquino. All I want to say is to respect our late President Marcos and be proud of him, because we had a president like him. We should be proud of him, because all of his works in almost 2 decades of ruling the Philippines, he make our country more progress. In his time, our country is one of the most richest country in Asia (next to Japan). Be proud! Marcos Parin!

  42. Kerr Nell

    Everybody has his or her own thought about the late president marcos.some might say that he is a bad person who only knows to erase those who oppose him, some might say that he is the greatest president among the past presidents but who cares about those trivial matters? It is okay to love and hate him, because different places in the philippines experienced different things in his reign. What matters the most is that he embedded something in our history, and he led us to a certain success wherein today we do not experience anymore. Times have changed, theres nothing we can do about that we might as well just get a move on and just think for our future. To those aquino loving people, you dont have to bash the marcoses that much even your aquino had some flaws too, she gave the philippines too much freedom that the people are somewhat not thinking much of their future, their mindset is just have faith and it will be given, simply said, the aquinos were overwhelmed by the marcoses power. To those marcos people well he really is a great man, he led the country to greatness but he too had some flaws he used too much power and the people suffered so much they retaliated. The marcoses were too overwhelming they made enemies, marcos was a great man that some people want to drag him to their level. Philippines history contains hideous event, well i guess history repeats itself. Theres no great country without a bad past, but now this country is not that great, but putting all the clues together maybe we are just a part of a sad past and the great future is just beyond us.

  43. I do not know what happened on that time when Marcos reigned. But as I see his accomplishments,I believe that he deserves to be recognized. Yes he is a dictator but he just wanted to discipline the people of the Phillipines. He topped in a bar exam and I am pretty sure that he knew what he was doing in that time. People just don’t understand it. Yes we don’t have enough freedom on that time but it’s just a part of a dictatorship government for the betterment of the country. Look what we have right now,we have too much freedom. Many people do not afraid to kill fellowmen and to do widked things. Is that what you call freedom?
    What I am saying is Marcos deserves to be called a GOOD LEADER. He just wanted a disciplined country by his control because you cannot discipline a country if you just say “Kayo ang boss ko”. I believe that Marcos just trying to produce a good quality of people in order to achieve a progressive country.

  44. Edmund

    All of us here we have to admit most of our family members and relatives, should I say, have been fooled and brainwash by the media into believing Marcos was really so bad, one time Madam Imelda was interviewed in TV patrol and my mother curse her by saying “crime does not pay” and I answered back “the Aquinos are the real evils” and her reaction was like “weh”, even most on my friends list on facebook feels bad whenever I share a post on anything bad against the present government and a positive side of President Marcos, they can’t see beyond the Aquino name, but since this is all about Marcos, I’ll stick to the topic itself, let’s just used our own wide imaginations on how was it like during Martial law years, and not by looking at those videos on TV on the abuses and human rights violations during those period which is no different from the abuses that happen during the Cory Aquino regime, my earliest memory would be in 1979-1980 when I was 5-6, and I don’t remember anything unusual in the streets if you are a law abiding citizen, our family at times often went home late at night from a party or occasion and it was never scary to go home, the author already pointed out some of the positive effects of martial law and I would add that the bigger malls we have today all started when Henry Sy build up his first department store during the martial law period, on human rights abuses, my question is did they have further proof that Marcos ordered those killings (they should ask Enrile), did they see Marcos laugh his way out or made sarcastic smile on those victims like Pnoy just did recently, mocking dead journalists with his insensitive and reckless statements, they can’t blame people who were 10 or 11 when Marcos was ousted from power in 1986 from saying he was the best president, because his successors didn’t prove they were better, funny it’s been 28 years and they still blame everything on Marcos to this day.

  45. angel

    Just a rebuttal for senor Herdy (i admire the way you write but with regards to the substance, its a different matter)
    For how could you blame farmers who enjoyed strong government support in the 70s for loving Marcos?
    * remember the coco levy fund, which has been cited by the SC as the “mother of all scams”, up to now coconut farmers hvae not received a single cent from the fund which was headed by known Marcos Crony Danding Cojuangco, Other anomalies, check agrix, masagana 99, etc.

    How could you blame mothers whose children enjoyed quality education, and who had more food on their tables then for remembering the president well?
    *check mu na lang yun source ni scarmbled eggs at lean, factual and accurate, not based on opinions

    How could you blame artists whose respective crafts blossomed under Imelda’s patronage for dreaming for the same support?
    * maybe you are referring to licad and arrieta, but can’t remember any single artist who made it big internationally, during the marcos years. In fact, martial law suppressed artistic freedom, Lino Brocka, Behn Cervantes, even Ricky Lee, Asin, Sampaguita, etc. can attest to this,

    How could you refrain people from wishing we have today a more stable power supply, a saner traffic situation, and an efficient transport system the way they were when Marcos was president and Imelda was Metro Manila governor?
    *power supplly, ang daming bayan na wala pang kuryente noon, in fact in Ilocos alone, Dumalneg, Carasi, Nueva Era, Adams, Solsona, a part of Vintar and Bangui, saka lang nagkakuryente noong 80’s at hindi pa 100%. Traffic, sa Maynila talaga ang problema since time immorial panahon pa ng Kastila and what do you expect to a nation’s capital

    How could you look down at our countrymen who wish we have today the same level of respect we enjoyed in the international community when Marcos was president?
    * the International Community described us during the 70s and early 80’s, “a nation of 60 million cowards and one sonofabitch” Up to now, the name Marcos is synonymous with corruption in the international community

    And, how could you prevent Filipinos from feeling hungry for reform, and from rooting for the new society Marcos envisioned or something to that effect?
    *what reform, Martial Law was simply declared so that Marcos can perpetuate himself in power, as simple as that, tapos na termino nya, if he is indeed for the Good of the Philippines, he could have declared Martial Power and handed the reins of power to other politicians, hindi lang naman siya ang magaling, to the effect na nagkaroon tayo ng Marcos dynasty. After effect. ginaya siya ng mga pulitiko natin, up to barangay level, may mga dynasty na.

    These “how could you’s” go ad infinitum. Point is, a growing majority of our countrymen now realize that as our social ills have remained—and by all indicators have even worsened—in our post-1986 national life, Marcos is not the real enemy. If people feel they lived more decent lives during the Martial Law years, no historian or scholar or political analyst could contest that without insulting those who own that experience.
    * we should not be hypocrite in not admitting that we live better right now. yung social ills na yan nandyan pa rin walang hanggan kahit sino namang leader di niya kayang isolve nyan, iminimize siguro pwede. bottom line MARCOS is CORRUIPT AND GREEDY, di na nating pwedeng baguhin nyan unless of course kung nasa Ilocoslovakia ka!!

  46. MRC.GTX

    Everything in this world, no matter how big, no matter how small, is connected in ways we never expected.We’re just a product of scripted history. Life is what happens while we’re busy making our excuses. We can’t blame Marcos and the haters of Marcos right now. Our country is suffering right now because of the present administration, NOT MARCOS.

    • Lean

      We are still paying the country’s external debt incurred during the Marcos era. So yeah, the country is suffering right now because of the cumulative performances of the present and past administrations including the Marcos regime’s.

  47. Cedric

    They said that the leadership of Marcos is failed, Marcos isn’t perfect man! for those people who criticize him why don’t we just thank him about the good things he has done during his period. Marcos accused as a criminal not just once, or twice but many times but his not proven guilty because they are totally wrong. Marcos done a lot of projects in transportation, electricity and in agriculture that makes our country progress. They said that he’s corrupt, but how did he accomplished all of these? if he. People today is still benefiting of his accomplishments. Don’t judge Marcos, don’t write anything about against him. Marcos is an Ilocano, Im so proud about that! Mabuhay!

  48. russel

    My fellow Filipinos, let your heart and mind be enlightened by truth. Think about what is worthy for our country. Recurring those years when Marcos was our leader, thinking about goodness for what he has done for this country, lot of impossible things that could not be done was done by him. Talking about Marcos, he was the only one brave person until this days who did make our country be one of reaches and free nation in Asia.
    Yes, he declared martial law so that peace and progress through our country must achieve. And also, lot of Filipinos were punish and tortured but do you even know who were those? Those who were punish was against to the government. He was the first fearless person who became a leader of this nation. He promised nothing, but during his time lot of schools, hospitals, bridges and many more was done. With only a budget of billion pesos, lot was done. He is still the smartest leader compare to those who are greedy in power to lead. Those people who was hoax by this person who promise to give democracy to them have done nothing better but to let her country suffer in poverty. She even used a trillion pesos budget for her projects, but where are those projects now. There’s nothing to see, but actually where was that budget went. It went to her pocket. She was the corrupt one. Not Marcos. Also, during the last political election for presidency, there were lot of promises was spoken out by a unreliable person. He even defined “tungo sa tuwid na daan.” Yes, he became our leader now, but years ti’l now from his first day of being a leader, where is the “tuwid na daan”. He had done nothing yet. He must not been elected as a leader of our country because there was an issue about DAF and PDAF where this leader involved. This greedy person must be impeach because he is just a waste who lead his country to the poorest among in the Asia and in the whole world. This is not a normal person. Looks like childish and couldn’t even find a girl for him.!!!!! You are being betrayed by this human being but we don’t know if he is perfectly a human or not!
    So people who are against to Marcos must open your mind to let know who is wiser and corrupt. And actually, you, who is against Marcos maybe also your not normal because he influences you. Don’t be a fool that does’nt know the truth and don’t be a blind. Put in your mind and heart that loving Marcos is a right.!!
    AGAIN you people who are supporters of “__NOY” be true to your FAITH!!!!

  49. JEFFREY

    As a Filipino citizen I can proudly and I no regrets to say that President Ferdinand E. Marcos is a great leader. And for me he is the best president of the Philippines. That’s why I’m so very disappointed those people who judge him for his failure. Why can’t just they say thank you for his many achievements? I’m not saying that we will disregard his failure but all I want to say is we needed to be proud of him and respect him for his good contributions. So stop hating him. Be proud and begin to love him for you to realize his many contributions in this country.

  50. zachiary

    History does really tells the truth. But the question is, does it tell ALL the truths. It is true that the Philippines suffered during the martial law times. Many people, lots, died, tortured. People suffered emotionally and physically. That people looked at Marcos as a brutal dictator. But if you look at a different view, everything happened because he wants DISCIPLINE.

    Before his time, rebels are lording the country. He did what a leader must do. He declared Martial Law. Martial law includes curfews. What do you think is the purpose of curfews? To avoid killing by the rebels he proposed curfews to make the people not wander at streets.
    FACT: Marcos did the declaration of Martial Law but he did not ordered the soldiers to kill. The soldiers themselves did what they did.

    He just did the declaration to punish the rebels. To scare them and make them follow the government. I can’t think of anyone else that can have that much of bravery to rule the rebels.

    Yes, Marcos is corrupt. But can you give a name of a former president of the country that is not a corrupt?

    Again, if you look at a different view. During marcos’ times, the Philippines was the 2nd richest country. He prioritized the poor. Made the country as the main supplier of rice all over the world. What happened to our country now?

    During his impeachment and EDSA REV. They say, ‘People Power.’ Isn’t is that when we say people power, it means everyone is involved? Based on researches, only 2% of the Filipino population went to the EDSA REVOLUTION. I don’t think that it must be called edsa rev. but must be ‘only anti-marcos rev.’ FACT: It is so funny to know that the leader for that revolution was not present at that time. Ex-pres Cory was at CEBU.

    They say Marcos betrayed the people, and his co-officials. I say, Marcos was betrayed by his co-officials.

    After his time. People celebrated. Why? Because there is FREEDOM? FREEDOM from what? What are you even trying to escape from? Think.

    During Cory’s time. Lots of people were killed. People just didn’t know. The economy went down. Numbers of crimes increased. Worst, Hacienda luisita case was CLOSED. Of course, Cory also did corrupt. As I stated earlier, everyone did.
    Now, let us look at what to appreciate during Cory’s time. . . . . . . . . . . . .
    Funny, I can think of anything. I am not being biased or something. I’m just trying not to be a HYPOCRITE.

    I just can’t take that Cory was so appreciated and loved by people even though she did not do much. While on the other hand, the one who did so much for the country was being hated and cursed.

    What if we switch the situation? What if we look at other’s mistakes then judge them? We should learn to appreciate people. Everyone do mistakes.
    Visit this site, it made me become open minded.
    http://www.pinoymonkeypride.com

    • Lean

      “FACT: Marcos did the declaration of Martial Law but he did not [order] the soldiers to kill. The soldiers themselves did what they did.”
      -I don’t believe it’s a fact if you do not present a credible source. And assuming that it is a fact, he would still be irresponsible, if not culpable. Human rights violations were already pervasive. As the Commander in Chief, he should have jailed the perpetrators or at least investigated such maltreatment. But lo and behold, he never did. That makes him either ignorant, apathetic, or callous. Either way, he would still be an irresponsible or liable president, or both.

      “He just did the declaration to punish the rebels. To scare them and make them follow the government.”
      -And in doing so, it only led to the torturing of innocent people. And if Martial Law was really to pacify the rebels, well it failed.
      From only 60 fighters in its establishment in December 1986, the NPA swelled to 25,000 fighters by 1986. The CPP as well reached 30,000-strong.
      http://www.crisisgroup.org/~/media/Files/asia/south-east-asia/philippines/202%20The%20Communist%20Insurgency%20in%20the%20Philippines%20Tactics%20and%20Talks.pdf

      “But can you give a name of a former president of the country that is not a corrupt?”
      “I can’t think of anyone else that can have that much of bravery to rule the rebels.”
      -Pres. Ramon Magsaysay, period.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramon_Magsaysay
      http://www.filipiknow.net/reasons-why-ramon-magsaysay-was-the-best-president-ever/

      “Based on researches, only 2% of the Filipino population went to the EDSA REVOLUTION.”
      -Still, 76% of the 22 million voters (with a 90% voting turnout) approved the 1987 Constitution on February 2, 1987. In other words, more than three-fourths of the voting population approved the newly restored democracy.
      Source: James Clad. “Cory’s Constitutional Gamble,” Far Eastern Economic Review, Jan. 29, 1987. p.21
      -Also, Cory’s popularity was higher during her first year in office than during her election campaign. Eighty-seven percent expressed support for her in late 1986, higher than her vote count in the February 1986 elections.
      Source: Mahar Mangahas. “People’s Evaluation the Bottom Line” The Manila Chronicle, June 29, 1992. p. 4.
      -In sum, both the democracy and the new president was legitimate (at least in her first year as president), based on researches.

      “After his time. People celebrated. Why? Because there is FREEDOM? FREEDOM from what? What are you even trying to escape from? Think.”
      -Freedom from tyranny by a dictator. Sure, the government at times actually have inefficiencies in protecting our freedoms. But at least, these are guaranteed by a constitution not whimsically made by one person.

      “During Cory’s time. Lots of people were killed. People just didn’t know. The economy went down. Numbers of crimes increased. Worst, Hacienda luisita case was CLOSED. Of course, Cory also did corrupt. As I stated earlier, everyone did.”
      -Huwag mag-assume agad. I need your facts, especially on the corruption of Cory herself. And if you read my previous comments, I already proved with credible sources that the economy was worse during the Marcos era.

      “Now, let us look at what to appreciate during Cory’s time. . . . . . . . . . . . .”
      Cory may have many inadequacies, but THANK GOD SHE GAVE US BACK OUR DEMOCRACY.

      Oh, baka sabihin mo na naman, mahal ko si Cory?
      Ulitin ko, hindi ko tinitignan si Cory bilang bayani.

      At tsaka ‘yong link na nilagay mo, hindi ko mabuksan. Pero pangalan pa lang, nagdududa na’ko sa veracity nito.

  51. F1

    Some appreciate Marcos and martial law while some don’t. Perhaps, we don’t perceive things in the same way. But for me, Marcos is a person to be idolized. Martial may not be agreed by others. But during this period, changes, development, and innovations have been introduced to our nation. It brought disagreement, nevertheless, progress had been visible to the eyes of Filipino people. Unsettled matters regarding Marcos and his wealth are still up to this days issue. And it would remain unsettled unless someone would show up and probably can tell what and how things happened

  52. zachiary

    For Lean,

    I don’t think freeing the criminals just because they did good things is what roxanneasuncion is pointing out. I think RECOGNITION AND APPRECIATION is what she is talking about.

    Let me try to do also the way you understand her comment.

    Let us forget that Cory, as the leader was not present during people power.

    Let us forget that they killed lots of innocent farmers who just wanted tgeir lands back.

    Let us forget that even priests were merciless killed for they were witnesses for the hacienda luisita case.

    Let us forget the way they discrimate Marcos followers and how they bash them just because they went to a concert dedicated for Marcos.

    What would you think about that?
    You see, any thing you throw to Marcos can also be thrown to the other former presidents. It only means that you should look at them equally.

    APPRECIATE. Thank you#

    • Lean

      Ok, this is my #throwback to you.

      1. Yeah, I know recognition and appreciation is what you want. And you recognize and appreciate Marcos so much you would push for his interment in the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Wouldn’t you think, however, that Artemio Ricarte and Carlos P. Romulo would violently roll in their graves should they learn that they will have a new neighbor who either ordered or condoned human rights violations and bamboozled the people with their money? In short, would you think the Heroes’ Cemetery is fit for someone whose foul deeds eclipse Palparan’s and GMA’s combined?

      2. I already told you, I do not venerate Cory. Human rights violations are an abomination regardless of who the president is.

      This is what happens when people judge someone without inquiring first. It will only be to their own detriment. So here is my advise, take it or leave it:

      HUWAG ASYUMERA. Thank you#

  53. mr:yate

    what is wrong with you people! D’ fact that marcos make a mistakes he just a person like us.
    And compared to other president our economy at that was very excellent .

    sabi nila na marcoS kill innocent people at that time
    pero mas paraming namamatay ngayon .

    Compared to other president hindi lang pag patay ang lumalala kundi mga #coraption
    #kahirapan rape, mag nanakaw , pinapatay na tao sa daan na walang kalaban-laban at etc..

    And you saying that marcos ng pinaka pangit na pamumuno .
    Noon
    ehh ngayon?
    sabihin niyo ngayon kung mas gumanda ba? ng pinas. HINDE!

    marcos is a dictators peri gumanda ng economy natin.

    democracy ngayon ‘rule by people’ pero hindi naman tayo un boss. ang mahihirap ay mas nag hihirapa ng mga mayayaman ay tumataba !!
    ngyon <tayo ay alipin
    pero hindi natin alam!!

    • Lean

      Backread, please. All that you said were already refuted in our previous comments. Please read before you post because otherwise your comments will just become irrelevant.

  54. kEvz

    I asked my grandpa “what did Marcos do to the Philippines in his time? and he proudly and lively answered me “he rebuild it, that time Philippines is the best.” and i asked him again “how about the Philippines today?” and he angrily replied me “I don’t know and i don’t care anymore.”

    Just hearing the words ‘i don’t care anymore’ makes me sad. It seems my grandpa lost his hopes for this country.
    ………………………
    In the time of Ferdinand Marcos, declaring martial law is the best thing to do because of the increasing civil strife and possible communist takeover that time. Ferdinand Marcos just did the right thing.

    “Loving Marcos as a right: In defense of the so-called Historical revisionist”, i strongly agree to this.

    • Lean

      Tell your grandpa to join this debate then.

      • So if he wins to against your belief are you going to admit that the one whom you believe a great leader wasn’t really exist?

        • Don’t criticize what others belief.!

          • Lean

            My apologies. I cannot understand your first reply. But on your second comment:

            Don’t criticize what others [believe]!”
            -Why not, especially when everything I learned is different from the things that you’ve been told? Why not, when we live in a democracy that gives us the right to oppose the claims that are wrong? When you have something to say against someone, as long as you do it in a civilized manner, how is it still an imperative not to criticize what others believe?

    • dan

      I also believe that loving Marcos is right because every person has their own right to choose what they want and what to do. every person has their own idea of who was the great leader base on their critical thinking.

  55. nalyn

    I agree!!

    In the reign of Marcos, he declare martial law because of the possibility of the communists takeover.
    In the time of President Marcos, the Philippines became rich and orderly country. The quality of life of all its people that time is good. Marcos renew the Philippines during his time, he build many public infrastructures, he made the Philippines the best country to live in but the Philippines this time is one of the poorest country because of our current government because of their wrong doings.But in the time of former Pres. Ferdinand, Philippines is not like this.

    My family loves Ferdinand Marcos because of his good leadership.
    I hope one day, good leadership in the Philippines, be back again.
    i will never lose hope till that day

  56. Neri

    I was born in the 1990s. I grew up hating Marcos because of what others kept telling me. They said that their lives became miserable when Marcos became the president. But when I entered my secondary level, I studied about Philippine history. At the age of 12, I realized that Marcos is not that bad. During his time, criminal cases are very low. We are competing with some other countries in terms of economy. How can you hate someone that made our country rich and peaceful? When former president Aquino, took his place, corruption started to grow. Until now, our main problem is poverty and criminal cases became high. How can our current president solve that problem?

  57. Josh

    As a young citizen of the Philippines I grew up thinking that Marcos was the definition of a bad president –corrupt, dictator, and murderer – that brought this country in this present state. As one of the poorest country I, as a kid, always blame Marcos. But that was then. Now, as I open my mind to all side Marcos for me now is the true definition of a GREAT LEADER. Ignoring all the false acquisition of Yellow Media, ABS-CBN, and all idiot like history when I was in high school and elementary.
    I actually wish that for the next presidential election there will be another MARCOS Like who will lead us to the top again. Back then there was no shortage of energy, but now even whole Mindanao needs to shut down because of this crisis. Back then 1 Dollar is not even greater than 10 pesos, but now we can’t even sustain the gross of our currency without the support of OFWs. Back then there was no need for you to become OFW to become rich, but now monthly income in the Philippines can’t even feed family for 3 times a day. There was so many glory days to remember Marcos. I hope Marcos is to be remembered not because of martial law but because of we are the “Most powerful Country in South East Asia” back then. I hope someday we will be respected again not because of friendship or alliance or because the women of the Philippines served as sex slave for the Japanese. But because of fear, the fear that “if we provoke Philippines they definitely got the power”. I hope that one day we will be truly free, no Uncle Sam to lean on when there is an enemy and stand on our economy and military. We can be great again. We can achieve this, with a great leader who can lead us, with a great judiciary who can be though regardless if you are rich or not, a legislative who can make laws that is beneficial not just for rich but for average people also.
    I just want to share this gem “Democracy means government by the uneducated…”- Gilbert K. Chesterton…
    But now I leave you, all, a hanging question how we can change the course of this country is 90% of the country’s wealth is owned by few family.

  58. Gerry Labayog

    There all lots of things about Marcos that local and foreign media did not write. This is a fact. Maybe some will again challenge me to present evidence. Evidences cannot be presented on social media. Some expose are even dangerous to print at some points. Maybe one day, let us meet and discuss things. I’m sure New York Times did not report or write the right amount or asset of Marcos before he became president.,if you read on papers about Marcos, there is still that conspiracy to search and destroy. .again one would challenge me again about this conspiracy. Open your eyes and just not be blind. Somebody mentioned that Marcos became rich because of utang. Have I not mention that his term only borrowed $10 billion? Then look at what he built and did. We exported our products on his term. Again, how much is our debt now from the world bank and from other lending institutions? From this loan, how much have been done or accomplished. Those wide and wild readers, please answer. Thanks. This is my final comments.

    • waldy

      with all due respect sir, can you just please state your source so that we can double check your claims. I have read all your comments here sir, and yet you have not provided a single source. The media during the 70s and 80s are more professioanal, credible and ethical during those days, let us not accuse them of favoritism and bias (hindi pa medyo uso ang “envelopmental journalism, unlike now na SOP yung envelop pay may presscon ang isang politico), After all in the Philippines, the media was controlled by Marcoses during his term, All media establishments were government owned/ controlled except those owned by his favored cronies. The figures and stats provided by Scrambled Eggs and Lean are readily available to be checked unlike your claims which are not supported by facts or figure.

    • camille

      tama ka pot pot sardines sa mga sinabi mo pero dadagdagan ko lang ng konti..
      Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralin Marcos sabi nila magnanakaw , dicdador mamamatay tao. ayan lagi ang naririnig ko kapag nababangit ang pangalan niya. ?

      ngunit sino ba kayo para husgaan siya ? Siya ang taong nagpaunlad sa pilipinas (you can’t deny it ) sa taong simula noong 1972 . Gusali, hospital, paaralan, tulay, kuryente sa boung pilipinas . Dito rin nagkaginhawa ang mga tao. Mga bilihin na ang muramura noong sa kanya, yung sampung piso ay katumbas ng isang kilong galungongna isda ika ng aking lolo. Dati tayo ang nag exexport ng bigas sa boung south east asian country. Nuclear Power Plant sa bataan na magiging lunas sa sana sa pagbaba ng singil sa kuryente. At marami pa sanang plano si marcos para sa pilipinas. pero lahat yung nawala noong pinaratangan siyang currupt at dicdador. He declares martial law not because of term extension he declared it because there were rebellion in the country. 1981 when marcos was not anymore the president of the philippines heres what happened :
      Cory’s time
      1. nagmamahalan ang bilihin.
      2.nagmahal ang bayad sa mga pampublikong hospital
      3.humina ang exportation natin ng bigas
      4.brown out dahil short sa power supplyng kuryente.

      Fidel’s time
      1.pangdaraya sa election na kontrobersyal ng panahon niya.
      2. nagmamahalan parin bilihin.
      3.hindi natayo ang nagexexport ng bigas sa mga karatig bansa.
      4. tumaas ang singil sa kuryente.

      Erap’s time
      1.jueteng scandal
      2.mga ariarian wala sa SALN
      3.napatalsik dahil sa graft and curruption case
      4.tumataas parin ang singil sa kuryente

      Gloria’s time
      1. hello garcy tape scandal
      2. ZTE scandal
      3. pandaraya kay FPJ
      4. ampatuan massacre na on going parin ang kaso.
      5. jose miguel arroyo second hand chopper
      6.PCSO FUNDS
      7. WE ARE NOW IMPORTING RICE FROM OTHER COUNTRIES.

      Nonoy’s time

      1.poverty
      2.shortage of rice in the country
      3.power supply shortage in the philippines
      4. QUIRINO GRANDSTAND SHOOT OUT
      5. PNP cheif with a multi million house, business and etc.
      6. PDAF SCAM.

      IF MARCOS STOLE MONEY FROM PEOPLE WHY THE PHILIPPINE IS THE RICHEST COUNTRY NEXT TO JAPAN DURING HIS REGIMEN.?

  59. sarahmae

    For me, the best parin ang leadership ni Marcos compared to our present government. Despite the fact na maraming naninira sa kanya, we all know that Marcos contributed a lot in the development of our country. sabi nga nila “walang basagan ng trip”. Marcos did those things for us to have discipline but others misunderstood him. instead of destroying him, just learn to respect and love him for he is also a great contributor in the history of our country.

  60. waldy

    hmmp karamihan dito puro opinion, walang basis, I appreciate the way scarmbled eggs, lean and angel present their opinions, may back-up at evidences unlike sa majority na puro haka haka, what if theorist, conspiracy theorist, ect. Kung scholarly yung debate, yung minority ang panalo handsdown. Wala akong pinapaburan dito, im not anti-marcos nor pro-marcos, pero hands down, yung minority maganda pinupunto

  61. Tricia

    We have the right to express what we feel, say what we want to say, but we should respect one another.
    Nobody’s perfect, and nobody’s a total mistake. Articles and history books written by Marcos critics brainwashed most of us that’s why many say Marcos was a bad leader.
    But look at the present. They say that we are now free from dictatorship, and democracy was restored. But many of our leaders are still corrupt and even worst. Corrupt politicians with no accomplishment. Then, which is better, and which is worst? The masses prefer reminisce the past than to look at the present and never mind the future. That’s how it is.

  62. NATSU

    The conflicts between the red and yellow has already grown yet the Philippines is still in great danger.The people are suffering, the gap of class E and class A are becoming bigger. the crime rate is relatively higher. I just hate it when I watch over the television and see that Philippines is being bullied by those Chinese vessels over and over again. I am not a pro or anti marcos because I was not born in the era when President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos exercises his power.I didnt see him torturing people, so who am I to judge? . And even if I was there seeing what he is doing, Still, I do not have the right to judge,for every person has different level of thinking, all of us have different mindsets. I just only want the Philippines to be a country in which love and peace exist.A country in which all Filipinos will not hate each other, rather they will love each other and help one another to have a good life, for the sake of the people and of the country. Like Bamboo said in his song.”hindi pula at dilaw ang tunay na magkalaban, ang kulay at tatak ay di siyang dahilan, Habang marami ang lugmok sa kahirapan ang hustisya ay para lang sa mayaman, Habang may tatsulok at sila ang nasa tuktok hindi matatapos itong gulo.”

  63. We have our own thoughts and outlooks on the things or happenings that resembles our past,present or future. Who are we to judge other people or their belief, who are we to judge them if our own eyes was been covered by information we read on the books,watched on the televisions or others that we used to gather them. Don’t criticize others if we didn’t see the real situation,the real estate and the real result .
    Actually I’m only a 19 year old student who didn’t even manage to see or must I say witness the real estate of the Philippines during the Marcos Regime.But I’m proud to say that I love Marcos not only because I’m an Ilokano but because I admire the way he managed to lead his countrymen.

    During my elementary years it was been thought to us the Marcos was a bad leader (according to the book) because of too many people who died fighting for democracy. But every time I read it questions resembles in my mind an there comes a time that I ask my parents about the time Marcos lead the country. They said Philippines was one of the top country in terms of economy. So there is a contradiction on the information in the book.It was been said the Marcos was a bad leader because of being a corrupt official. But ambiguity reigns ,if Marcos was a corrupt official why is it that his reigns stay for 20 years and within that years the economy of the Philippines was really great.
    When I was in 4th year High school on our way to the Marcos Museum with my Father’s friends I was been truly captivated by the things my Father’s friend told us He manage to tell how the lives of Filipinos during the regime of Marcos even though Martial Law was proclaim Martial Law isn’t a bad thing law actually it only protects and discipline people. Because of his words my heart and mind says, How great is this leader was, he was truly a genius one, he was really an admirable leader. Despite of the fact that many people died despite of the situation back then that the freedom of speech doesn’t exist I still admire Marcos because I do believe that dictatorship can be a solution for economics progress. And I do believe of what the writer says.
    And lastly, recently I had read an essay perhaps about Marcos on how great leader he was and one of the thing that’s captivated me was this line “You will remember me after 20 years” and that thing happened. In some other time I ask myself what if this country was still a dictatorship country what if Marcos was still the dictator maybe the Philippines condition was it was been one of the Top 7 richest country in the world. If Marcos was a corrupt President what about those Former/ President of this country must be called of a Divine one? NO they must because if they were divine why is it that they can’t even overcome the achievements that Marcos did to this country during his regime. Nobody’s perfect, we are all humans so don’t even criticize the way we love Marcos because just what I’ve said we have our own beliefs. I’m not against of what others belief I just want to reiterate how I love Marcos as a leader and must do I admire him.

  64. jeil

    Marcos’ era contributed a lot to our nation’s development. Power supply, Built infrastructures and quality of education were really enjoyed by the people of his era. He had done his best to appease the needs of our country. I may not witnessed the happenings during his era but by the confessions of the elders, Marcos has a lot of accomplishments that made our country better.
    Marcos seemed to be evil by the moderns now for what they only know about him and blinded them is a single thing that he had done, the martial law, that seems wrong. But still, he had done a lot of things that made our nation great, and that must also be remembered.
    The thing is, people were only remembered by the flaws they’ve made and hated in the end without reminiscing the good deeds they’ve done for the sake of everybody.
    Loving Marcos is still ones own right for they appreciate what he had done and believed that he had done his part as a great leader.

  65. facundo

    ay sus kakabsat, here in Ilocos, the Marcoses are gods, as the Aquinos are in Tarlac. Osmenas are in Cebu, etc. what do we expect from our fellow ilocanos eh d blind loyalty, but in fairness, marami ding ilocano and hindi pauuto, like Joma Sison, Zacarias Agatep, Balweg, Soliven, Teddy Benino, they are in the minority but they have the balls to fight dictatoship

  66. XCADRILL

    I know marami dyan anti marcos but you can’t hide the fact na his era was the greatest among all your stupid presidents! ^_^ so huwag kayo if you’re discriminating marcos its like you’re discriminating the ilokanos..

    Just sayin’
    -XcadriLl_08

  67. primrose

    The fact still remain marcos era WAS THE GOLDEN DAYS BUT now we suck ass! Aquino can even say we don’t stand a chance against china! Pathetic

  68. MONIQUE

    After reading the article “Loving Marcos is Right”, I had a different perspective regarding President Marcos and I realized he can be regarded also as a great president. I believed that he had done his best to make Philippines as one of the greatest country in Asia back in the 70’s. Up to these days whenever I asked other people about their opinion if Marcos was a good president, I get a variety of response. Some won’t hesitate to answer “yes” while others will convincingly say “no”. Maybe a lot of Filipinos are anti-Marcos because they believed that he was the reason why the Philippines went under a period of oppression before. Many detractors are still trying to expose the dirty deeds of then president. But I really wonder why they regard Marcos as a demon, I guess they are all hypocrite. For me all the good things Marcos did during his prime years would still outweigh all the negative things his detractors throw at him.

  69. marck nouv

    Every person has its own assessment of marcos’ leadership.but in my own opinion, marcos had done his job right and great.lets just disregard the negative thing because as far as i know all presidents of philippines had done something wrong.so, lets just consider the good things he had done.first,road construction,electricity,economic growth,power plant that could supply our electricity in our homes but unfortunately someone removed it.those are just some and i believe that he had done his part to lift our country high.imagine a 2nd reachest country in his time to 2nd poorest country now i think.ok,how about the martial law?i think he did that because he wanted his people to be disciplined.
    So, i think he deserves to be respected because he lifted and managed the country well in his time.

  70. japung quiboyen

    I defiantly agree that loving MARCOS is my right, my freedom! Though, I did not born when Marcos ruled.

    Historically and evidently now a day, in my own point of view Marcos was one of the best and greatest presidents of the Philippine Republic. That is no one had ever done the same his accomplishments.

    But I want to clarify that i’m a pro-Marcos or anti Aquino. This is based on my own perception on Marcos ruling at all times. When I heard the word “Marcos” it connotes- DICTATOR and CORRUPT.

    First, I can’t blame my fellow Filipino citizens, to speak against him. They were right as long as they believe like me. Second, they say Marcos has a lot of ill gotten wealth… I may ask or to compare to some for 6 years of presidency than 20 years of ruling, isn’t they were more corrupt! Well of course, with its long time presidency he acquired wealth. Marcoses wealth that everyone is an allergy…I may say forfeited assets don’t mean it was ruled as ill-gotten, we should verify our source if it is correct. Third, many infrastructure facilities were made such as irrigation canals, dams, transportation and cultural and even amazing buildings were constructed and evidently seen in my own eyes during his regime but what government do today ,a simple building is made up of anomalies..

    But with its most popular controversy I may say, its ill gotten wealth,, well only I can say, Its already proven that Marcos had ruled. Our government will be in the iron grip of morally upright, its treasury is fertile, efficient use resources and civil service is active and different if Marcos had live longer…

  71. sahrahhae

    Minsan naisipq din yan ing mga tinuturo nila sa skul na dictador siya walang puso ksi pinapatay niya ang mga lumalaban sa kaniya pero kung iisipin bkit ganun prang lhat ng mali sa knya lhat sinisisi,.haler compare mo nmn ung rehimeng marcos sa aquino!nagadau nga agwat nga adadoe t ksyaatan naaramidan t marcos.,nabalin py a maikadwa nga kabaknangan t asia t pilipinas compare da difference qma,.wala tayong karapatang manghusga dapat na puro kmaliaan lng ang dulot ng marcos an daming mas mabuti ngawa ang marcos.,Marcos nkto latta tah mayat ti pamalakad da,.pgsyaatan t kyt da a ipaay num dgiti nakitid t ututak na balbaliktaden da t istorya,.Think twice nmn sa pingsasabi niyong mali tungkol sa marcos,..NAgadoe t ebidensya nga ngsyaat t marcos.

  72. charlyne

    28 years na ang nakakalipas at limang presidente na rin ang umupo ngunit hanggang ngayon hindi pa napapatunayan na nagnakaw ang mga Marcoses.
    Marcos is a visionary and a good leader. Filipinos must be lead by a determined man, with an iron hand. Marcos visualize the future and work hard to get that vision implemented or achived. Marcos regime was the best especially in terms of discipline and peace and order. Sa panahon ni pangulong Marcos maraming tao ang nakakaranas ng kaginhawaan. Hindi namomoblema ang mga magulang sa baon ng kanilang mga anak sa pagpasok sa skwelahan dahil may mga libreng pakain para sa mga bata. Walang batang malnourish noong panahon ni Marcos.
    Open your eyes people because of martial law Philippine Constitution is much more followed and people are afraid to do crimes. But compared now, I think lot of people are disobeying the laws because they are not afraid of it anymore.

  73. ordoñez,S.D.

    I do agree that “loving Marcos as a right: In defense of the so-called Historical revisionist”
    I asked my parents what can they say about the former president Ferdinand E. Marcos, they both answered “All I can say is I idolized him for being the president that time”. Marcos was the best, smartest, tough and a true Filipino of all time! The president for which I can say who made us define ourselves as a Filipino. Some people say he’s the dark side but I don’t consider him like that because he did the best for the country and the Filipinos in his time. The Philippines is one the world’s most influential country in the world yet today the most corrupt country. I wish I was born that time to witness his greatness, a true and dedicated leader. Sad to know that today’s youth were being misled by the yellow government. He declared martial law to get people and the country well disciplined and put his plans into actions. Kasi noon madami ang matitigas ang ulo! XD

  74. Jen B.

    Every person has his/her own asset on the way they think about how Marcos ruled as leader. For me, I salute Marcos because he had been a great leader and dictator of our country. But others always see his dark side and they critize him for his imperfections, but what is wrong about it? He was just focusing on the improvement of our country but others keep putting him down. When the Martial Law was removed, people thought that were free, but free from what? I think Marcos should be given a title that not only the Iloconos would be proud of but the whole country. Those who critize Marcos should also give some respect for him as being one of the great leaders of our country.

  75. Our country’s economy was at its peak during the legacy of the late Pres. Ferdinand Marcos. Philippine money was very valuable before compare today. Many infrastructures were built which contributed to the improvement of the country. He accomplished many projects which benefited the country-people. There is enough electric power for the country unlike today that we’re experiencing many power interruptions. In short, life during Pres. Marcos reign was better than today’s.
    The reason why I’m stating these contributions of Pres. Marcos is to verify that he is one of the finest presidents that the country had once. Many people are criticizing him for his misdeeds. Why do people always see the mistakes of Pres. Marcos even if he did many great things? How could life been better during his time him if he wasn’t a good leader? The accomplishments and the way of life during his time only proves that Pres. Marcos did good things and has also the right to be declare as a hero of our country Philippines.

  76. kakka

    Para sa akin mas gusto ko pa rin ang pamumuno ni President Marcos dahil madaming nagsabi na marami naman siyang nagawang mabuti sa atin bayan…Sana naman respetohin natin ang mga nagawa niya..Sa panahon kasi ngayon, mas pinapansin nila ang ginawang mali ni marcos samantalang alam naman ng lahat na mas marami siyang ginawang mabuti pa sa ating bayan. Pag babalikan natin ang nakaraan hindi ba’t magiging masaya rin tayo sa pamumuno ni marcos? because lahat naman ng nagiging presidente ay ang ikakabuti ng bayan at mamamayan ang kanilang pinagtutuunan ng pansin.Kaya imbes na manghusga ang giagawa natin, Ba’t hindi nalng tayo maging proud sa kanila. Pilipino karin naman di ba? kaya nararapat lng na ipagmalaki natin.Be proud to Marcos because of all the things he do to our country…proud to be MArcos!!!!!!!!!!!

  77. kim

    Marcos has been a great leader..we cannot blame others who hate Marcos because they have their own judgement..but all Filipinos must respect him because he managed our country well when he was in his position as the president

  78. luigi

    The comparison of Marcos to mahathir and Lee Kuan yew is erroneous Marcos made the Philippines poor while mahathir and Lee made their country prosperous as simple as that. They are all dictators but the latter two used their power for noble purpose while Marcos used his power to enrich himself

  79. boboy

    Ferdinand Marcos was the one who became a hero and great leader in our country. Because he did not ever leave our country for us. My grandmother shared to me that when marcos time, she said to me that he had plenty projects in our country. there was no problem in every government specially the word corrupt. She also shared to me that all can be sale was very inexpensive. But I agree that Ferdinand Marcos was a loving person for us, and also God. He was the great leader and a hero.

  80. ALMAR(RAMLA)

    Marcos is the best president who contributed good things in our country during his time.To love him is just simple act to show that we really respect him. He had done good things to put this country in greatness.
    Yes, meron siyang nagawang mali noon, pero tingnan natin ngayon, diba mas marami naman ang nagagawang kamalian ng mga namamahala ngayon. During his time, natawag bang”one of the most corrupt country” ang Pilipinas? hindi diba?. pero ngayon “one of the most corrupt country” ang bansag nila sa atin. I’m so very disappointed to this type of political set-up that we have. Wala na bang taong kagaya ni Marcos na kayang itaguyod ang ating bansa?
    What am i trying to say is, even though marcos had done bad things during his administration, we should respect him, not just to judge him , and we should love him as a right.

    I AGREE TO THIS!!!!!!

  81. jennie

    Coming from the title itself, “Loving Marcos is a Right”. Tunggal maysa kadatayo ket addaan ti karbengan na nga mangayat wennu naan kadaydi dati nga presidente Marcos. Siyempre kadagiti maka am-ammo nga agpaypayso kinkenkuana, a ket agnanayon dan to latta nga loyal kinkwana. Ket dagiti mangkri-kritikar kinkwana ket agnanayon to met latta nga mangsap-sapol iti abot. Apay ngata nga ado iti nang gat-gatang kadagiti libro nga isuna mismo iti nangisurat? Apay ngata nga naam-ammo iti Pilipinas kas maysa kadagiti nasyon nga mangitantandudo iti agrikultura? Ngem nu utubem nga nalaing, apay ngata nga ado iti lal-lakay kada babaket nga mangsup-suporta kinkwana agingga ita? Apay nga kada iselebrar iti Ilocos iti Marcos Day agsangpet dagiti ribu-ribo nga tagasuporta na nga ag gapo kadagiti naduma-duma nga parte iti Pilipinas? Ammo yu met ngatan nu ana sungbat na.

  82. ayel

    Ika nga nila “Nobody’s perfect”. Lahat naman tayo nagkakamali. Pero para sa akin, ang dating president ng Pilipinas na si Ferdinand E. Marcos ay isang matalino/mautak. Sa panahon ngayon kasi pagbinanggit lang ang pangalan niya ang tanging maaalala ng karamihan sa kanyang termino ay ang Martial Law. Pero bakit ‘yon lang ang tumatatak sa karamihan? Di ba gumanda rin ang buhay ng karamihan.

  83. machu

    Loving Marcos as right. And loving Marcos is a right, for the good works he showed to everyone during his term. And I know, people love Marcos specially those who witnessed his works during his presidency. Basing on this, loving Marcos as a right, he did well during his term. And actually, during also the time of his wife, Imelda Marcos, as a Metro Manila governor as mentioned. No one can judge people. And people have no right to judge. Marcos is just only a person who tried to do everything that his people make proud of him in his works. And yes, he made it. I love Marcos, and I am proud.

    • shentenia

      the yellow zombies had already eaten the minds of the people.
      It is very hard to judge anyone ,especially when you are not there and you didn’t witnessed what is really happened.
      For those who is against Marcos ,which they only see him as an evil dictator, for in yourself you became dictator for you are trying to pleased everyone to believed for everything you say,for how dare you also to judge him guy’s,for even you yourself alone didn’t even contribute for the progressed of our country.
      This debate forum has no end.
      There is no loser or even a winner here.
      why don’t we just stop and let just focus for what is economy needed right now.

    • etchelle

      I agree friend, especially that nowadays, people are in the verge of believing and fooled in the little rumors of those self-aggrandizing freedom fighters. Since when that leading your community for progress become a “demon possessed”. Marcos just had done his ability for leadership to appease the needs of his countrymen. I tried asking my great grand and grandparents about how do they live before in the administration of the late Marcos. It’s the fact that they answered straightly how good his era was. A lot of establishments, a lot of jobs and they said one time in his era, the value of dollar and peso have been equal. A proof that our economy, really, got the guts in his time. And Marcos was said to be a responsible man. Sayang nga lang at di natin naranasan.

  84. Mieshang-Michelle

    I was not born during those times but as I always hear from the older ones, who eventually witnessed everything that happened on that Era, I myself can say that Pres. Marcos was not that bad, evil as what most of people believes.
    “Everything happens for a reason.” So as to the declaration of Martial Law. All leaders want to contribute something they believe that will make the state a better one, and I believe in that. But as one my instructors in college always reminds me, “Politics should not just be a competition. It must also have COOPERATION, the power not just to start or proposed new ideas or projects, but to continue also those good things that were not done by the former administration.”
    He may not be a perfect president, and no one is. Let us not just look on his lacking but let us also try to appreciate his good contributions to Philippines and face the reality of today because we can’t go back to that time anymore.
    Remember that words and statements written in journals or websites of todays may be somehow different on what really happened before.
    Only God knows the truth.

  85. realouie-eyya

    I heard a lot of accusations and bad humors against President Marcos. As I heard about how people accuse Marcos I felt a pain in my heart and I said why they need to criticized Marcos if he done a lot of great things in our country. If you think about it there’s a lot of differences where we can’t experience now, how rich and respected our country back then but now? Our country is known to be the poorest. We actually feel the crisis today, especially now a days I didn’t even know how to expend my money because of the high prices of goods. My parents always said that “nagngina magatang itan, haan nga kasla idi nga piso nagadu magatang na ita haan ka pay makagatang ti pison” and I really realize how poor we are now. About others who criticized and discriminate Marcos in his presidency because of the martial law, didn’t you realize that he did it for our country? Because it’s for our own good and for our country yes Marcos sacrifice just to protect our country where we called it our home. Think about it again.. Why he did it in that way. He did because he know that not all of us will experience poverty and sufferings. And look what is our situation right now, tayong mga Pilipino naghihirap ngayon pati ang gating bansa hindi man lang maiahon sa kahirapan. Dahi lsa kahirapan maraming mga nagpapakamatay.hindi bat mas malala pa ito kesa noong panahon ni marcos. kasi ngayon lahat tayo naghihirap pero noon hindi naman tayo lahat naghihirap at nararamdaman natin ang kaginhawaan at ang magandang pagyaman ng ating bansa.

  86. regine

    being true to my self and giving justice to the late president MARCOS i believe that he was the most effective leader ever.
    those who judge MARCOS ,those who say MARCOS is the real enemy. think about this..
    he is the one who really express his thoughts and deeds through his works not only on his family but also on his career ,the Philippine Politics hence,before the Phil. ends its suffering and problems on the Phil. economy many tries to end it up but only MARCOS end it.
    he is the one responsible for the betterment and improvement of our nation because. he pursue his best to pull up the Philippine economy from down and defeat all other countries on national statistics survey implement many projects that benefits a lot to us .
    he is the one NO DOUBT. MARCOS is also our PRIDE and LIVING LEGACY OF US 🙂

  87. Nakakapagod mag-comment. Lalu na kay Ichinose na (a) halata namang hindi nya naiintindihan ang mga binabasa nya, and (b) hindi alam ang kanyang facts (di alam kung kelan inannounce ang Martial Law, di alam kung ano ang Constitution in effect at the time of Martial Law, did not know that NAMFREL had Aquino winning over Marcos in the 1986 Snap elections, etc), (c) irrelevant ang mga argumento, and (d) determinadong maging bulag, even when faced with logical arguments supported with facts that can be easily checked by him or by his co-Marcos supporters.

    Again, salamat kay sir Herdy for allowing us to comment on your blog. Salamat din kay Lean for refuting some of the inaccuracies in the comments, and for providing links and sources for all people to check. Salamat sa mga nagbasa ng aking comments (if any). Salamat na rin kay Ichinose, kay Gerry, at kay Eddie Valdez – for forcing me to back up my arguments with links and sources. I couldn’t have beaten your arguments without those.

    This is my last comment in this blog. May issue lang ako sa argumento ng karamihan ng mga Pro-Marcos, which can be summarized by this statement: “Tao lang po si Marcos, lahat po ng tao nagkakamali, ba’t di natin sya pagbigyan? Nobody’s perfect!”

    (1) THIS SENTIMENT SHOULD NOT APPLY TO PEOPLE IN POSITIONS OF POWER. Kung ganan lang din pala e dapat pagbigyan na natin si Noynoy (for being stupid), si Erap (for corruption and plunder), si GMA (for corruption, human rights violations, and massive cheating in the elections), si FVR (gala nang gala!) and si Cory (ma-pride masyado). If you’re talking about a normal person (like you and me), I would agree with you. But we’re talking about Marcos here. We’re talking about someone who was the most powerful person in the Philippines for almost 20 years. People who hold powers have responsibility, and if they commit a mistake, even a simple mistake, hindi natin sila pwedeng pagbigyan lang ng basta-basta because their mistakes affect all of us. Paano pa kaya kung hindi mistake yun, kundi flat-out misdeed? This applies to all politicians and authority figures. Namnamin ang sinabi ni Dumbledore kay Harry Potter: “I make mistakes like the next man. In fact, being–forgive me–rather cleverer than most men, my mistakes tend to be correspondingly huger.” Namnamin din ang sinabi ni Uncle Ben kay Peter Parker: “With great power comes great responsibility.” May katungkulan yang mga yan, so kung nagkamali sila sa kanilang katungkulan, the least that they could do is to say sorry. Nag-sorry na ba ang mga Marcoses? Umamin na ba sila sa mga “pagkakamali” nila, in the first place?

    My point here is, Every “mistake” (though “misdeed” might be a more proper term) made by Marcos had correspondingly huge consequences. What if those “mistakes” are plunder and human rights violations? What if those “mistakes” are still being felt today, not just in our economy, but by the people who lost their loved ones during the Marcos regime? Of course he should not be forgiven, or, at the very least, HIS ATROCITIES SHOULD NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. He should be held accountable for all these atrocities, pati si Imelda at yung mga cronies. I think his atrocities and its effect to the economy and the lives of the Filipino people should be factored in when you think about the greatest Filipino Presidents. Marcos was effectively responsible for the Filipino people and its economy when he gave himself dictatorial powers in 1972. Anong nangyari sa mga tao? Either namatay, umalsa, nag-protesta (with some people apparently satisfied with Marcos). Lahat inagawan nya ng karapatang mag-reklamo. Anong nangyari sa ekonomiya? Bumagsak. Essentially, Marcos failed in his responsibility. If you think he’s still the greatest president, despite these “mistakes,” if you still think that his good deeds eclipse all the bad things that he did, then I think history has failed to teach you, and you’re all doomed to repeat it someday.

    (2) THAT STATEMENT TRIVIALIZES THE ATROCITIES THAT HE ALLOWED TO HAPPEN DURING HIS DICTATORSHIP – “tao lang sya, nagkakamali rin like you and me” – sa statement na ‘to, parang ang liit ng kasalanan nya sa bansa natin e no. Maraming namatay nung diktadurya nya, maliit na kasalanan ba yun? Sabihin na nating hindi sya ang nag-order nun, bakit pinabayaan lang nya na mangyari yun? Sabihin na nating mga nagpo-protestang Komunista yung mga yun (which is hinde naman), is that how you handle communists? They are people too, you know. May pamilya, may mga kapatid at kamag-anak. Okey lang ba na patayin sila, just because they’re Communist? Maliit ba na kasalanan ang pagnanakaw sa kaban ng bayan?

    Ayun lang naman.

    PS: to those who claim that Marcos is the best president because so-and-so, please check your facts. Sige na. Check them against the most reliable and unimpeachable sources that you can find. Hindi enough ang isang source lang, lalu na kung ang source mo e katulad lang ng “bibliyotecapleyades.net” or some other person’s Facebook Note na wala namang citations, or any other conspiracy theorist’s site. Hindi rin pwedeng ang source mo e isang incomplete na news article. You have to find a source that you know is complete, logical, and unbiased. In scientific and scholarly writing, you have to provide CREDIBLE sources to support your facts. Tinuturo po yan sa elementary, high school, at college. Makinig po tayo sa mga teachers.

    • Lean

      Thanks as well, iskramboldeggs. See you in the next blogpost, perhaps. Or malay mo, school mate pala tayo. Baka nagkasalubong na tayo sa harap ng Malcolm.

  88. gem ian

    what is wrong with you people! tha fact that marcos make a mistskes he’s just a person like us pag tau humusga..

    and compared to other president our economy at that time was very excellent.

    sabi nyo nasi marcos kill innocent people at that time.
    how compared to the other president hindi lang pag patay ngan marami ngyon kundi
    #coration
    #kahirapan #rape at crime rate ngayon tumaas.

    at makit natin ssisihin si marcos eh maganda naman noon yn economy eh ngayon?

    and you saying that marcos adminustration suck.

    dictator is marcos noon pero gumanda ng economy nating

    democracy nganyon ”rule by peole ‘” us…
    pero hindi naman tayo ng boss. and humihirap ng mahihirap / mayayaman tumataba .
    alipin tayo na hindi natin alam!!

  89. REGINE

    being true to my self and giving justice to the late president MARCOS i believe that he was the most effective leader ever

    those who judge MARCOS, those who say MARCOS is the real enemy think about this…
    -he is the one who really express his thoughts and deeds through his works not only on his family but also on his career the phil.politics hence, before the phil. Ends its suffering and problems on the phil.Economy many tries to end it up but only MARCOS end it.Heis the one responsible for the betterment and improvement of our phil. Economy because he pursue his best to pull up Phil.from down and defeat all other contries on national statistics survey implement many projects that benefits a lot to us and he is the one no doubt.MARCOS IS ALSO OUR PRIDE AND LIVING LEGACY !

  90. mjrico

    hindi naman ng lahat ng tao ay kayang ibahin ang kultura ng sigasig ng filipino .isa si marcos na isang magaling na mamumuno sa ating bansa .lahat ng sinimulan nya ay naging matagumpay at ito ay naging malinis ..karamihan ay sinasabi nila na sya ay mabagal na nagpapatupag ng pamahalaan.sya ay magaling na mamumumo sa ating bansa .kaya nyang suportahan lahat ng kababayan nya bilang isang filipino,naging matagumpay sya sa knyang mga ginagawa ,maraming nanghuhusga sa kanya pero sa kabila nito ay hindi nman pala 22o..kung pwede lng na ibalik lamang siya bilang isang presidente ay pwede ,pero he past away…

  91. pacing

    20 years of power which was wasted by Marcos. Kung talagang magaling siya, eh sano during that period of 20 years napaasenso nya Pinas keso siya lang, kapamilya, kamag-anak at kaibigan niya ang umasenso. Sina Mahathir at Lee, mga dictators din yan, at mas malala pa ang problema nila sa kanilang bansa kaysa sa Pilipinas noong 60s to 70s, but look what happened, asensado na bansa nila unlike us na napag-iwanan. Ulitin 20 years kang namuno at wala ka mang lang nagawa, op kors magagalit ang taombayan and what do you expect aalisin ka sa puwesto tulad ni Suharto. The truth is, Marcos had his chance to make this nation great again (to quote him) but he blew it. 20 years is a long period for a supposed BRILLIANT and GREAT STATESMAN to turn this nation into something. History has already judged him as the MOST CORRUPT PERSON in the world, we can no longer change that no matter how many paid hacks are paid by the Marcos family.

    • PRINCE

      hoy alam mo ba ang sinasabi mong hindi umasenso ang pilipinas noong panahon ni marcos,sa paghawak nya sa pwesto sa pagkapresindente siya lang natatanging presidente na napataas ng husto ang ekonomya ng pilipinas.Napag iwanan dahil sa mga punyetang nagmamagaling na mga tao na lumaban kay marcos,wala rin lang naman nagawa para sa ating bansa.Look our country right now,SOME of those who are in the government doesn’t have the guts and knowledge to bring back the high standard and quality of our country.And about what you said that him, “THE MOST CORRUPT PERSON ?” duhhh are f*cking out of your mind?? What can you say ’bout the nuclear power plant that he build?AGAIN,THOSE morons that opposed him about that being build entered the scene again.How much money you know can be spend on building that,those are import materials,and dams etc.
      PAID HACKS you say ???ZZZZzzzzzz don’t waste your nonsense words commenting here.

  92. jomar

    Mr. yumol, your piece is a blatant insult to the Filipino people who sufferred so much during the Marcos years. I understand that being a felow ilocano, you sympathise with the Marcoses, what i can not understand is that you try to rewrite history by comparing Marcos to Mahathir, Lee and Park, and by stating that the farmers benefited during his term, that the arts and culture prospered during his term, etc. We should be subjective in our writing and avoid making preposterous claims which are not supported by facts and data, so that our credibility will not suffer. You are still young and there is a still a room for improvement in your chosen craft, i hope you will not mind if i criticized your most recent work. Adieu!

  93. Mieshang--MieShell

    I was not born during those times but as I always hear from the older ones, who eventually witnessed everything that happened on that Era, I myself can say that Pres. Marcos was not that bad, evil as what most of people believes.
    “Everything happens for a reason.” So as to the declaration of Martial Law. All leaders want to contribute something they believe that will make the state a better one, and I believe in that. But as one my instructors in college always reminds me, “Politics should not just be a competition. It must also have COOPERATION, the power not just to start or proposed new ideas or projects, but to continue also those good things that were not done by the former administration.”
    He may not be a perfect president, and no one is. Let us not just look on his lacking but let us also try to appreciate his good contributions to Philippines and face the reality of today because we can’t go back to that time anymore.
    Remember that words and statements written in journals or websites of todays may be somehow different on what really happened before.
    Only God knows the truth.

  94. Levi

    I grew up in a community where everyone loves Marcos because of what he has done during the time of his time in power. I always hear good things about Marcos, and proven that those things were true when I had a formal knowledge about history. Yes. He had done a lot of good things for the country, and how could we hate such kind of president? I can’t see any reason for us to hate Marcos. Besides, we are living in a democratic country, therefore, we all have the right to appreciate someone or hate him. I was not born during his time, but I do believe that he had done a lot of good things for the country.

  95. smacky

    sabi ng lolo ko mag-isa si Marcos na pumuksa sa mga Hapon nung panahon ng giyera, siya yung original na superhero, kasi responsable siya sa pagpatay ng 5,000 na hapon. Ang dami nga nyang medalya mas marami pa kay McArthur at Eisonhower combined, Mayaman din siya sabi ng Lola ko, kasi kada bumibisita sa Ilocos, nagpapakain siya sa lahat ng mga nakikinig sa kanyang speeches plus nagbibigay siya ng pera kahit hindi eleksiyon. Sabi ng Tiyohin ko., matalino din siya, walking encyclopedia at dictionary sya, yung I.Q. nya mas mataas kay Einstein . Sabi ng tiyahin ko, noong panahon ni Marcos walang NPA at MILF, lahat disiplinado, yung pilipinas mas mayaman sa U.S., tinitinggala tayo sa buong mundo. Di ba nag-uso yung kuwentong barbero na kung sino mas magaling yung Kano, Japon o Pinoy, panalo parati yung Pinoy, ganyan nung panahon ni Marcos. Si Marcos mabait yan di niya magawa yung mga extra-judicial killings na pinagsasabi nila, gawa gawa lang yan, malapit na nga siyang gawing santo ng Vatican, wait and see ika nga ni Manong Gerry, he will be the third saint in the Philippines sooner than later. Basta dito sa Ilocos Norte, Marcos idi, Marcos ita, Marcos to latta…..Mabuhay si Apo Marcos

    • mabel

      hahhahaha… this made me laugh, summarize mu na yung argumento ng marami dito with matching hyperbole…this is so funny, wait, dagdag ko na rin, noong panahon ni Apo Lakay, yunang golden age ng Free Press, malayang nakakapagsulat ang lahat ng mga Filipino keso pro or anti man, walang nakulong ni isa man na kasapi ng media, and that’s a fact, nasusulat po yan…ALIEN!

    • erick

      LOL, this is really funny. In Germany, Marcos is known for not only kicking the ass of the Japs, but he also kicked the ass of the Nazis, he killed ’em all 200,000 nazis, He was present during the D-day in Normandy, and bullets, rockets and missiles can not penetrate his body, he is invincible. And for his heroic acts, he was awarded 100 medals by the allied forces, audie murphy is not even worthy to tie the shoes of Marcos, LOL

    • ato

      Wala yan sa kuwento ng Lolo ko, sabi niya yung Julio Nalundasan case, gawa gawa lang daw ng mga political opponents ni Mariano Marcos, in fact, alam ng buong Batac, na nasa maynila si Marcos sa panahon na yun, busy sa pag-aaral. Ang totoo niyan, nagsuicide si Julio Nalundasan, hindi siya napatay, SUICIDE po yon hindi MURDER. Ganito nangyare, nagpakamatay si Julio, so, nagreport ng misis ni Nalundasan sa pulis, nagresponde naman sila. Hinayupak na pulis, eh sa katangahan naman ng mga pulis, ng buksan nila pinto kuwarto ni Nalundasan, akala nila multo, ayon pinutukan . Botcha, double dead. Upang mapagtakpan katangahan nila, yun binintang kay Ferdinand ang pagkamatay ni Nalundasan. Eh, kasabwat yung judge ng CFI yung mga pulis, guilty ang ipinataw kay FM. Maipluwensiya talaga yung mga pulis, kahit sa CA, guilty pa rin si FM. Buti na lang nung mkarating ang kaso sa SC, matino si CJ Jose Laurel, ayaw mabayaran, yun acquitted si FM. So yon po ang totoong istorya. nagsuicide si Nalundasan at hindi PINATAY ni FM.

      • raymund

        Ang galing naman yung lolo ,mo bay, pero may anggulo yung sinasabi mung suicide, LOVE TRIANGLE daw ang rason kung bakit nagpakamatay si Nalundasan, yan ang sabi ng aking yumaong lolo, Kung sino yung involve sa LOVE TRIANGLE. ahaha, Si Dona J___________ SECRET, SECRET, baka mabigla ang taumbayan.

    • raymund

      jejejjeje..wala yan sa kuwento ng Lolo ko, noong panahon ni makoy PhilP1.00 is equals to US$10.00, Pinas ang biggest exporter ng bigas, ;lahat ng bansa bumibili sa atin ng bigas, di ba si Marcos nagimbento ng supermiracleto to the max rice, isang butil lang ng bigas, mapapakain na ng isang pamilya, ganyan kagaling si Marcos

      • michael

        thats nothing as compared to what my late Lolo said to me before he died. During Marcos time, The Philippine government has no foreign debt but instead it is the one who is lendng money to other countries. In fact, the IMF and World Bank were indebted to the RP in the amount of $5 to $10 billion dollars, which was dissipated upon Cory’s assumption of office. The philippines was the supergrandiestrichest country in the land of Earth. Even U.S and the UCCP bowed their heads to marcos because of his genius/

    • stevie

      This is the best comment i’ve read so far even better than the article itself which is full of s_____, Smacky’s style of writing reminds me of the proffesional heckler and bob ong. This satirical piece made me laugh for the whole day, kudos to smacky, your sense of humor really impressed me.

  96. Chloe

    Not everyone will agree here but I believe that we should appreciate what Marcos has done as President. He may have done some negative deeds during his reign but we have to remember him for all the positive things he has done and not to hate him for the awful things he has done. Yes we all have different views and perspectives but there is one thing I have read somewhere on the web that “Marcos made us laugh and helped demonstrate that, even during dark times, Filipino’s can still maintain a healthy sense of humor”. And with that I am thankful.

  97. Jana

    Nobody’s perfect. All people commit mistakes, that can make others criticize you. Our late President Ferdinand Marcos is one of the man who have been criticized by other people in good and bad ways. He had made a lot of things in our country some are good and some are not good in people’s eyes. Good in the sense that he had done good things to Filipinoes.But people already criticized him for what he had done before, that until now it is a social topic again. Yes, he made mistakes that is not pleasing to us, but from all good things he contributed to us, we must accept that he is just a man who commited mistakes.

    I’m not an anti-aquino, for all what I’ve said above it is just my own reaction.

  98. pikachu

    After reading this article “Loving Marcos as a right” I agreed that late President Ferdinand E. Marcos is not pure evil, I believed that he had done his best to make Philippines as one of the greatest country in Asia back in the 70’s.For the cord I am not born that Marcos is the president but based on what I’ve heard Marcos did his very best to make our country better or the best in Asia.In the time of President Marcos, the Philippines became rich and orderly country. The quality of life of all its people that time is good. Marcos renew the Philippines during his time, he build many public infrastructures, he made the Philippines the best country to live in but the Philippines this time is one of the poorest country because of our current government because of their wrong doings.Marcos had been a great leader, we cannot blame others for hating Marcos because we have our own judgement, but we Filipinos must respect Marcos because they deserve to be respect and because he managed our country very well when he was our president.

  99. walang masama kung saan ka papanig o kakampi. LAHAT NG TAO AY NAGKAKAMALI.. WALANG TAONG PERPEKTO.
    ang pagkaka alam ko lang po o aking opinyon ay maganda ang pamumuno ng dating pangulong FERDINAND MARCOS, ngunit sa sobrang paghigpit nya sa mga tao at sundalo ang namuno hindi na pala nya na kontrol ang mga tinalaga niya para mamuno AY SYA RING MANINIRA SA PANGALAN NIYA.
    May nagsasabing maraming krimen ang nangyayari ngayon at konti lang noong panahon ng datingpangulong MARCOS. tanong ko lang po uso na po ba ang camera at mamahaling gadget noon para makuhanan ang bawat krimen na nangyari sa panahon na yun? pati nga ang pagkasagasa ng kuting sa kalsada krimen na ngayon…
    gusto ko lang po klaruhin wala po akong pinapanigan dahil sa panahon ngayon marami na talagang magnanakaw ng pera bayan na umuupo sa gobyerno..

  100. Jaja

    As a Filipino citizen, it is not nice to say annoying words to people, especially to those who once made the country progressive. I admit that i was not there to witness the good times our parents or even grandparents had experience, when our economy is developed. I consider Marcos as one of the great leaders we had because during his regime, leading the people justly, and not because of the Martial Law, we can say that he is an evil but that even made the country developed. I remember what my grandmother told me that nothing can bring back the old times where there is no rich, no fame, and the country enjoys a wealthy economy that flourished, a proof that no one is a pure evil. Im don’t agree or disagree to anyone’s opinion because we are not at the position to tell who is right or wrong. All i can is that we experience the payment of what history decided to follow way back then. Just know that we are all humans, we commit mistakes but we should never drown ourselves to that particular problem, what we need now is to move on and to make the present situation worth living.

  101. wala po akong papanigan pula man o dilaw..
    sa panahon ngayon masasabi nating mas mapayapa nga ang buhay natin ngayon ngunit hindi rin nating masasabing malaya na tayo, malaya nga tayo sa mga dayuhan sa mga naka upo sa gobyerno naman ang nagpapahirap sa atin.
    kailangan pa ba nating magtalo kung sino ang karapat dapat na mamuno sa atin kung aquino ba o marcos?.. bakit hindi tayo mag ka isa para tayo na lang mismo ang magpabago sa ating gobyerno. kaya sana sa susunod na halalan wag na sanang magpasilaw sa mga perang ibibigay ng mga mapagsamantalang tao na tulad ng ibang namumuno sa gobyerno.

  102. Eca

    Every one of us is entitled for our own opinion. Good or bad, still is a persuasion. But what I have recognized is a bad habit of people who have been blind to fallacious beliefs, pointing out wrong accusations about Marcos. Before you talk, THINK. Before you talk about bad things to Marcos, THINK AGAIN. He is one of the outstanding President I know and he is as well recognized as a hero during his presidency. Marcos achievements and everything that he had accomplished in our country, if we could sum it all up, then you’ll be blown out of the water and be convinced that he sure is a good person who has a big heart for his countrymen and who want nothing else but to make a progress in development of the country.

  103. Eddie Valdez

    Until now those who claim to be wide and wild readers can not give the right figure how much is the right amount of our monetary debt from the world bank and other lending institutions. I agree with Gerry. The Marcos’ administration only borrowed $10 billion. And look at his accomplishments. Need proofs? Just go back to history. Now how much do we owe? How much have been done during the time of Marcos compared to what has been done from Cory to Noynoy. The LRT was done by Imelda and the reclamation of the seashore along Roxas blvd. the San Juanico Bridge, electrification, road and other bridges, agri development are just a few in Marcos time. Now how much do we owe? Those excellent researchers, please give the right figure. To those who are anti Marcos, did you also read articles that was good about him? I’m sure you did but as usual, you contradict by presenting articles that were against him. Just wait and see . I’m sure there will be a reversal of allegations about Marcos. Like Gerry, I don’t have to present proofs but I write what I have seen and observed.

  104. aNG HISTORY na ata ang pinaka gusto kong pag aralan ngayon dahil sa na basa kong new article ni ginoong herdy.
    sabi nila asobrang sama ni dating pangulon marcos dahil daw sa martial law pero alam niyo kung sino ang masama ay yung mga taong nanghuhusga ng kapwa nila. Sa pagkaka alam ko po hindi po siya masama, hindi nya lang po alam na mismong mga tinalaga nyang mga sundalo noong panahon na yun ay sila mismo ang maninira sa pangalan niya.
    i believe that loving marcos is right.

  105. nathan

    I pity the young, the past is a fleeting moment, and instead of learning our lessons from History, we chose to ignore it and it is already bound to be repeated. MARCOS is not a hero, most of his medals are fake; he is not rich as his source of income is merely from his meager salary as a public servant, nor his parents or the family of his wife Imelda; he did not achieve the highest score in the history of bar exam (it is the late Justice Florenz Regalado); the sole reason that he declared Martial Law is to extend his term considering that he can no longer run for President (his term is about to expire in 1973 and prudence dictates that he should just wait for his successor to declare Martial Law if indeed there is an imminent danger), these facts are well proven (please look at the sources of two-bloggers here, which are credible and unimpeachable). I can understand if the olds chose to ignore history but in the case of the young people, i am wandering what they have learned from their lessons in history. Maybe our educators should be blamed, maybe the media should be blamed and maybe ourselves should be blamed, the MISTAKES of the past is already bound to happen,

  106. carling

    isang tanong, isang sagot, Mr. Herdy Yumol, binayaran ka ba ng mga Marcoses? Kung Oo, maiintindihan kita, dahil trabaho lang yan. Kung Hindi naman, unsolicited advice lang po, please don’t twist facts and figures, yung mga pinagsasabi mu should be supported by data and not by mere opinions by others (which you presupposes as the majority). masakit sa kalooban ko sa sinabi mung. “I concede that some dissidents may have suffered during that time, but did rebels and communists seriously believe they would be handled with kids’ gloves by the very government they wished to overthrow and the social order they wanted to overturn? I concede that the media may have been less free and independent or that movement may have been more restricted, but these are freedoms that can be negotiated in view of a higher end.” Ininsulto mu sina Ninoy, Pepe Diokno, Don Chino Roces, Ka Taning Tanada (who are not communists) at mga iba pang “desaparecidos’ na nagsakripisyo ng buhay para lang sa tinatamasa nating kalayaan na MINAMALIIT MO. Ininsulto nu ang mga may-ari at writers ng Inquirer, Pahayagan Malaya, We Forum, etc. na sila lang ang may delicadeza na maglahad ng katotohanan sa panahon ng diktatorya. FREEDOM can never be negotiated or if you believe otherwise, then i pity you for without this crazy little thing called freedom, you should not have been able to write this column.

    • AGUI

      Dyan ka nagkakamali Ka Carling, pwedeng inegotiate yung freedom at the RIGHT PRICE, yan naman ang kalakaran ngayon, karamihan sa mga journalist natin AC/DC, attack and collect or defend and collect, Kukunti na lang matino, alaws na Max Soliven, Teddy Benigno, Larry Henares or, Billy Esposo, si Juan Mercado, Neal Cruz at De Quiros na lang ang natirang matino pero minsan obvious din yung pagtatakip nya kay Binay. Most of the writers nowadays are under the payroll of politicians or interests groups, yung pagiging journalist nila ang rason parao humingi nga pabor sa mga politicians. Freedom of the Press, gasgas na yan, and uso ngayon Freedom of the Press to Collect. Bato, bato sa langit, tamaan ay huwag magalit.

  107. lenred

    I agreed that Marcos must be loved and respect for what he did in our country before. I understand our country today has a Hellish traffic, hellish climate, hell-sent politicians, gangsters in uniform, hoodlums in robe, massive unemployment, inhumane poverty, identity crisis, a tradition of mediocrity and why OFW are so many in other country but this is not the fault of our late president and I’m not saying it’s the fault of our current president. But think about it, we do really need a leader, a good dictator for us, to our country for a real changes and that was Marcos before but some stupid people in EDSA didn’t realized that before they just treated Marcos as the evil one and the enemy of our country. I do thankful in this essay or article for honoring our ex- president Marcos on what he done.
    Think about it, if not because Marcos way of leadership we are not on this current state of affair in our lives we had now. Other country idolized Philippines because it is one of the successes countries before. Congratulate to Sir Herdy Yumul for acknowledging Marcos Heroic act in our country for people must know the history happened before even knowing that you might think he is an anti-Aquino, but this is for the purpose of his own entire scheme for Filipino’s to wake up and open their eyes in what really are happening to our country. Don’t be fooled and try to understand and you might realize someday the real enemy of the country and that’s not Marcos to blame on it. It’s a quite genius Sir Herdy Yumul done this article isn’t it? But you are more genius if you understand at all Marcos has a right to be loved.

  108. marshall

    this piece reminds me of sunshine joe aspiras and kit tatad, they are so good in spinning stories that you can’t help but believe them.

  109. allen

    I am an Ilocano and a college student at MMSU-Batac. Mr. Yumol used to be one of my instructor , that’s why i always read his column. All along, i also used to believe that the late President Marcos is the best President in the Philippines, but reading the comments of others here specially iskrambold eggs and lean, i came to realize that my belief is wrong. I clicked all the sources provided by them, and i was surprised with the things that i have read since it is contradictory to what i have heard from my grandparents and parents. I tried to look for other sources to contradict what i have found out but i can not find credible sources aside from obvious pro-marcos blogs/ facebook and video-releases in the youtube. Now i know better, what kind of person is Mr. Marcos. Thanks to teacher Yumol for writing this column but no thanks to him for trying to decieivng me with lies.

    • eulyDatruth

      You must be thankful to Sir Herdy for writing such a very article so that everybody know the truth and will be pass on to the next generations, If not now,someday you will realize that what all said good about Pres.Marcos are all true,for there are many witnesses about the good works of the Marcos regime. Now, a growing no. of Filipino’s realized that they have been fooled and betrayed and not by Marcos for he is not the real enemy, but he is a friend and a loving President to his people.His regime was described to me as a peaceful and progressive one. It was in the 1983 when rebels and activist began to destroy the Marcos Administration and projects throughout the country like the NIA. No peace and order,crisis in the province and the rise of the People Power Revolution also called the Yellow Revolution which ended in the February 22,1996 known as EDSA Revolution leading to force removal of Marcos from the office. Remember that Pres. Marcos won the during the last Presidential Election that time and he was voted by the majority of the people throughout the country compared to the estimated 2 million people in EDSA.
      But believe me,my parents said not all the people in EDSA hate Marcos because they were there too and many of them love Marcos. They said that if Marcos had only finish his term,if his presidency was not grab, the life of Filipino’s would be very progressive now. The EDSA revolution has become a traditional activities to some freedom fighters but tell me, what is really happening in the Philippines now? The past is better than the present. So I dreamed like the past inoder to have a brighter future. I wish Philippine will have another President like loving Marcos.
      I am not saying that I’m anti Aquino. In every Presidency,I give respect and cooperation fpr the betterment of the nation. Let us not be envy. We should be proud that once upon a time there was a President in the Philippines who was very well known and famous with high intelligent quotient,wealth and had change our country to be progressive and be known entire the world. I give my stone to someone who tells that he is perfect to throw Marcos,but I tell you no one is perfect, so no one deserves the stone. I belong to an ordinary family, not relatives of Marcos, never receive personal money, never gave us wealth but his administration life had made life better. My parents felt in their hearts the love and concern of the late Pres. Marcos for his countrymen. They had seen the development, the changes and progress of the country for both my parents were born in the 1960’s. SO WHY SHOULD I BELIEVE TO PEOPLE, ARTICLES, TO AGAINST MARCOS. I ALWAYS BELIEVED TO MY PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS FOR THEY WILL NEVER DECEIVE ME. SO I WILL PASS ON THE TRUTH TO THE NEXT GENERATION.
      HAHAHAH! 😀

  110. xian

    I don’t know if some people just ignore the truth that Marcos has become one of the great leaders of our country. I’m overwhelmed that even though majority of the people say that he is a bad president, we must first think of what he has done during his term. Unlike the presidents who came after him who just made themselves richer during their term. Compared to them Marcos’ work has been known by many but have been sadly ignored. We surely need a great leader who can make our country the same as it is before. Therefore, there is nothing wrong in believing Marcos.

    • Geian

      i agree with that! During Marcos term i can say that he’s a great leader. yes he made wrong things but compare to other presidents who came after him,his better based on those who experienced his term. He implement martial law that made disciplined people unlike now population of criminals increases because the punishment is not as worst as it. Many people whose anti Marcos but to compare he is better.
      Yet we must not judge him of his term. Histories can be made! they tell something that is not true about him just to destroy his name because of being envious just for them to level up. Let’s look at his achievements and sacrifices for our country.
      Let us be more open minded , let us focus in our own lives for us to contribute something in our country not just looking mistakes of others .

      focus on to day,and think for the future………

  111. Moi-Moi

    Para sa akin si Pres.Ferdinand E. Marcos ang pinaka magaling na naging presidente dahil noong panahon niya may disiplina ang mga tao noon walang snatcher,rapies at gun for hire.At nagpatayo siya ng mga Hospitals,public schools at nagpagawa siya ng marcos highway para mas mabilis ang trasportation at para mabilis ang kalakalan ng ibat ibang lugar.At meron din siyang pinagawa na bataan nuclear power plant para ma solusyunan ang mga kakapusan sa kuryente.Pero noong naging presidente na si cory aquino ay hindi na naipagpatuloy yung bataan nuclear power plant sana kung si marcos pa ang presidente noon siguro wala na tayong problema sa bayarin sa kuryente…pero ngayun napakamahal na ang bayarin sa kuryente.At noong si marcos ang naging presidente tayo ang nag eexport ng mga bigas pero ngayon tayo na ang bumibili sa ibang bansa..kaya napaka sayang ang nasimulan ni pangulong Marcos…At sabi nila si marcos ang corrupt eh bakit noong panahon niya ang pilipinas ang isa sa mayaman sa southeast asia…Noon tayo pa ang gumagawa ng mga eroplano,barko at iba pang kagamitan na pangdigma kaya kinakatakutan tayo noon pero ngayon bumibili nalang tayo ng mga kagamitan na pangdigma pero second hand lang naman…kaya tayo ngayon ang kawawa ngayun dahil inaapi na tayo ng ibang bansa.At nag people power sila pero hindi naman buong pilipinas ang sumama halos wala pang 50% ng mga tao ang sumama…
    Pero noong si Pres.Cory Aquino ang naging presidente pinangako niya na ibibigay ang mga lupa sa hacienda luisita sa mga magsasaka pero hindi pala kundi inagaw lang niya,pinaptay niya yung mga magsasaka at mga pari..noong si Pres.Cory Aquino may Mendiola Massacre.Eh si Pres.Marcos hindi pa magawa ang magnakaw.kaya naniniwala ako na noong si cory aquino na ang pumalit ay nawalan na ang disiplina ang mga tao at nagsimula na ang corruption sa pilipinas……Noon pinagbintangan pa na Marcos ang pumatay kay ninoy aquino pero hanggang ngayon wala silang ebidensya….
    Ang Masasabi ko lang ay WALANG GAMOT SA PAGIGING TANGA…
    kaya mag isip na kayo…

    • EM-EM

      Oo!tama nga naman, at kung hindi sa mga naging ambag niya noon na ipinagpapatuloy ng kanyang mga anak magpakahanggang ngayon. mas pangit na naman siguro ang ating kahihinatnan ngayon. isa sa pinakamagaling at pinakamahusay na naging pangulo sa Pilipinas si Macoy, halos lahat na ng nakikita natin sa maynila ay proyekto pa ni FEM, noon. na pilit hinuhusgahan ng karamihan at pinagbibintangang magnanakaw at kurakot!. isa na rito ang pamilya aquino, na bumabatikos sa mga kayamanan ng mga Marcos, eh! bakit mas mayaman pa nga sila kaysa sa mga marcos ah!. demokrasya ang pinaiiral ng mga aquino pero bakit ganun? parang mas magulo pa ang pilipinas ngayon? kumpara sa panahon ni marcos noon. at kung tatanungin pa ang karamihang patungkol kay marcos kumpara sa ibang nanungkulan sa pagkapangulo mas pipiliin pa siguro nila si FEM. sabi nga ni lola sa akin, mas mura daw ang ang bilihin noon at sabi pa nga niya na kapag nagtatalumpati si macoy walang hawak-hawak na kodigo na labis nakakamangha hirit pa nga niya Crush daw niya si FEM.hahaha. sa akin lang naman ay huwag naman po nating husgahan ang isa sa mga naging huwarang pangulo na nagtaguyod at nagpatatag ng ating samahan bilang isang Pilipino.

  112. pOt-pOt sardines

    Sa nakikita ko ngayon, bakit sa mga mata ng ibang tao si Ferdinand Marcos ay nangungurakot?
    Sa pangalan ba ni Marcos ay kurakot na?
    Tingnan natin:
    Hindi naitatag o naitayo ang Cultural Center of the Philippines, The Philippine Heart Center in Quezon City, Lung Center of the Philippine in Quezon City, Philippine Kidney Institute in Quezon City, Philippine General Hospital in Quezon City, Patapat Bridge in Pagupod Ilocos Norte, Marcos High Way in Baguio, San Juanico Bridge in Samar-Leyte at iba pa, kung si Ferdinand Marcos ay nangungurakot ng pera sa kaban ng bayan.
    Si Ferdinand Marcos ay napakagaling na presidente na nanungkulan dito sa Pilipinas. At sa palagay ko siya lang ang pinakamagaling at katangi-tanging lider dito sa bansa sapagkat ang ekonomiya ng ating bansa ng siya’y nanungkulan ay yumabong at lumagong husto.
    Marcos assets were not unlawfully acquired, unexplained or ill-gotten. The Marcos convicted by final judgment of any violation of Republic Act 1579, 3019, or 7080, thus, to treat the Marcos assets ill-gotten would be malicious (Sohmer et al:2004). Indeed, there were numerous cases filed against the Marcoses, particularly Imelda Marcos. However, fourteen years of investigations and prosecutions failed to established proof that the Marcoses stole anything from the Philippine treasury. The investigations were conducted by the US General Accounting Office (US-GAO) and an inquiry by the National Security Caucus as well as National Revenue Bureau of Japan. The US-GAO failed to prove that the Marcoses misappropriated or diverted to their personal benefit official assistance from the US Government. Further, the Japanese Government found no irregularities in the utilization of official assistance from Japan by the Marcoses. Thus, the Marcos clan is innocent of unlawfully acquired unexplained or ill-gotten wealth. Evidences were the decisions of the Supreme Court in the Philippines and in the United States that acquitted Marcoses.

  113. philipp

    wow you doubt the credibility of PDI and ABS-CBN. Yung ABS-CBN siguro kaduda-duda kasi may vested interest sila, but with regards to Inquirer, medyo questionable yung presumption nyo Mr. Yumol. FYI. yung CEO at President ng Inquirer, si Sandy Prieto is married to Philip Romualdez, who is a nephew of Mdam Imelda. PDI is the most credible media entity in the Phiippines, alam ko yan kasi nagtrabaho ako dyan. Tanong ko sa yo sino sa tingin mu pinakacredible na media entity sa Pinas? Antay ko sagot mu Mr. Yumol

  114. eric

    It is so irritating the way they attack every opinion that is contrary or in opposition on to their beliefs. Yes, they are using such sources from the web as a proof to support and to prove that their beliefs was right, but did they ever think if their web sources was a hundred percent correct? what if the writer of that article (or whatever) was anti Marcos? what will you expect that he/she will write? the negative side of Marcos of course, or, someone who did not know what he/she was writing just like some of us, oh, maybe I should say most of us, and based only his/her thought only on other web source and that web source again based it on another web source.

    Let us not just look on our straight sight, try to look around, maybe, you may found the secrets, lies and the elusive truths when you look around. Be open minded not narrow headed.

    This is just my opinion. Opinion can be spoke freely, that’s one spirit of freedom that we have today, CELEBRATE FREEDOM nandyan na yan eh, bat di gamitin, sayang naman.

    • Lean

      “But did they ever think if their web sources [were] a hundred percent correct?”
      Yes, I also think of that. Hence, I am always careful in reading web sources, and also rely on other articles not found on the internet, and not written by Filipinos. Still, there is a reason theses and dissertations should be backed by credible sources and not one’s parent’s account.

      Many credible sources can be accessed freely. That’s one result of the freedom we have today. CELEBRATE SCHOLARSHIP nandiyan na yan eh, bat di gamitin, sayang naman.

    • sha-me

      I agree with the comment given by eric. That whoever commented an opinion contrary to what others believed, they try to attack his/her opinion. Like the people who is not favor to Marcos, they try to attack opinions of
      others who was satisfied to what Marcos did. Being famous is not easy, all your actions are always been criticize by those people around you. Like our former President Marcos, they always look at his negative side without knowing the good once. Why do people always look on the mistakes of others rather than knowing their contributions that made our country to
      become progressive? Maybe the people doing this are just envious of his/her position or achievements, so they try to put that person down and they themselves will get the position in order for them to become famous. CRAB-MENTALITY!!!! Let us not be like this, let us widen our horizon to every that we do. Let us focus unto the things which can help for the betterment of our country and not to undermine others.

    • sha-me

      I agree with the comment given by eric.

    • sha-me

      I agree with the comment of eric. That there are people who attacks others opinion especially when when it is contrary to what they believed. People who is not in favor with our former President Marcos was a perfect example for this, because they try to attack opinions of other people who are satisfied to what Marcos did. Being Famous is not easy, all your action was always been criticized by others. Like Marcos, most people are judging him because of his bad side, without considering his great contribution for the development of our country. Why do other people always look at the negative side instead of knowing the good ones? Maybe because they are envious of the position and achievement that a person has, and they try to pull down that person in order for them to be the one who is famous. Isn’t this kind of attitude is a what we call CRAB-MENTALITY? Instead of doing this kind of things, why don’t we widen up our horizon and focus on the things which can be beneficial to our country. Let just use the past as our basis for a good future.

  115. jlord

    “Loving Marcos as a right” I agreed that late President Ferdinand E. Marcos is not an evil. He was a great leader and good man. I believed that he had done all his best to make Philippines as one of the richest country in Asia before. He may be a dictatorship before but he did that so that people people who is against him need to be discipline and knows to be respectful.I am not born when Marcos is the president but Ferdinand Marcos was an intellectual, deserving to be a leader for our country. The Philippines became rich and orderly country. The life of all its people that time is good. He made the Philippines the best country to live in, but this time is one of the poorest country because of our current government because of their wrong doings.We Filipinos must respect and love Marcos because they deserve it. He was not only a good leader but a good father and husband. It was a great lost when Marcos was not our president.

  116. LLOYD

    Former president Ferdinand Marcos is the best president of the republic of the Philippines. He is the only president in the history of the Philippines who made it one of the richest country in Asia. He was not an evil dictator but actually, he is an angel who protected the Philippines from poverty. Farmers were happy not like today that farmers doesn’t have their own land to farm. Marcos gave opportunity to the poor for them to prosper. For Marcos, farmers are heroes who works for the sake of other people just like him. Marcos really is the best President of the Philippines.

  117. tacky

    Mga bata aral-aral tayo ha, eto po yung exchange rate ng peso vs. dollar, magmula 1980 to 2013, noong 1965 1$ = Php3.00, noong kauupo lang ni apo Marcos at noong umalis siya mga 1$=P20.00 na. So pag-exam tayo alam na natin yung exchange rate magmula 1980 to 2013, hindi na pulos haka-haka ang sinasabi natin, ok.

    Peso vs Dollar
    Exchange Rate
    1980 7.51
    1981 7.90
    1982 8.54
    1983 11.11
    1984 16.70
    1985 18.61
    1986 20.39
    1987 20.57
    1988 21.09
    1989 21.70
    1990 24.33
    1991 27.48
    1992 25.51
    1993 27.12
    1994 26.42
    1995 25.24
    1996 26.22
    1997 28.98
    1998 40.02
    1999 39.09
    2000 44.19
    2001 50.99
    2002 51.60
    2003 54.20
    2004 56.04
    2005 55.09
    2006 51.31
    2007 46.15
    2008 44.47
    2009 47.64
    2010 45.11
    2011 43.31
    2012 42.23
    2013 42.45

    Source:
    International Monetary Fund. (April 2012). World Economic Outlook Data, By Country – Philippines: [selected annual data for 1980–2017]. Retrieved 2012-06-23 from the World Economic Outlook Database.
    Jump up ^ International Monetary Fund. (April 2010). “World Economic Outlook (WEO) Database April 2010 – Report for Selected Countries and Subjects – Philippines and United States”.

    • tacky

      simpleng interpretation lang po, yung exchange rate na P3.00 pag-upo ni apo makoy naging 20.00 or almost naging 600% ang ibinaba ng value ng peso kuntra sa dollar pagkatapos ng termino nya

  118. Naldo

    He is just so good, not one president of the Philippines can overcome what he have done. There might be people who when he implemented the “Martial Law” but is it really him who ordered those who persecuted the persons? People who is REALLY under him testified how nice person the late president was. The real MAkoy is the best president not the worst president!!!!!!!

  119. KATHLEEN ANN

    we cannot blame the people especially the youth to hate the Marcoses, because as what the the media men are most focusing about, are their flaws and lies(if there are any). during the Marcos Era, we were once on top, if we speak about the economy and industry our country has. the late President Ferdinand Marcos once dreamt of making the Philippines soar above all others, but those people who judged him let that dream die. they tried to tell lies and to make others believe about it. now look at how filipinos live their lives now, some don’t have anything to eat. and the crime rate is unbelievably increasing. for me, if Marcoses will reign again, our progress is on its way.

  120. rvn

    We should learn to pay our respect for former president Marcos because we cannot hide the fact that during his time, Philippines has evolved into something better. He’s a great leader. It is just disappointing that until now, they still judge him as a corrupt president, a dictator. Can’t we just shut up and learn to move on? We all know that Marcos is a human. He commits mistakes. He is not perfect. And try to think, if we criticize him now, will it make a difference into our country we are all living in right now? We should get back into our own senses and try to think that judging him, comparing him, will not make a difference.

  121. Mugiwara Luffy

    It is a right to love marcos. we are a free country so people have the right love him. he may have been a dictator but he did that to make the country better. he was called “corrupt president” but people arent presidents today are also corrupt? People cant even prove things they talked about him. people who suffered from martial law he did that to lessen crimes in our country it may have been his fault for the people who died but arent aquino did something like that too? like the hacienda luisita,where a lot of farmers died defending their lands that supposed to theirs. i dont know why they are destroying marcos name and making aquinos more like a god. They both did terrible things but why only the marcoses are taking the blame. why wouldnt the media tell things that aquinos also to blame for the downfall of the country. first ninoy wasnt a clean person before he died. he was a prisoner for having a crime against the government. so you just cant make someone a hero for doing “nothing” yes he fought for some people called “freedom” but it is not enough. second people cant even prove who killed ninoy so why marcos has to take the burden you dont even know it was a plot made by government competitors. i wasnt born in that era so i cant really say much but we have the right to believe the truth. so to all pro-aquino loving marcos is a right.

  122. lj

    The former President Ferdinand Marcos was very popular he was a very well known because of his accomplishment in the country. But some people misinterpret him. They cannot see the good things he did during his administration. President Marcos was a very intelligent person, very loyal to our country. But is loyalty is not enough to prove his sincerity to some people.They thought he did lot of mistakes, he was not after the welfare of the people. He did many good things that leads our country to become more progressive. But some people criticized him, but the truth is he was not a corrupt leader. Some people hated him some also loved him, he did a lot of accomplishment in the country but still some people didn’t believe in him, former president Marcos for me is still the greatest leader in our country.

  123. Paparotzi

    Ferdinand Marcos has been the greatest president of the Philippines
    He contributed a lot for the amelioration of our country.
    In terms of the economic growth and also in our country’s military power.
    During his times as president, he has been famous in his anti-Japanese guerrilla activity during War II and between 1972 and 1976, Marcos increased the size of the Philippine military from 65,000 to 270,000 personnel and that’s a very big development in his time.
    Maybe, if the late Ferdinand Marcos is still alive right now.He could make the Chinese men claiming the Scarborough Shoal withdraw .He could defend our country with his power and make our country strong and more dominant than others. Even though some people hate him because of his way of ruling, he will still be the best president of the Philippines for me.

  124. Josh

    The reign of the former president Ferdinand Marcos is considered as the Golden Age of Philippine History. True, he violated many human rights, and as some says that he is “the human-rights violator”. But no other president exceeded his works; no other president exceeded his achievements; no other president exceeded his love for the country. Well, let’s not deny the fact that he used the military to enforce the Martial Law, but try to compare and look at the country in his times, and today’s, it is barely 10:1 ratio when it comes to economy, infrastructure, government, and peace.

    He did so many things to be considered as a great president. and not only that, he must be considered as a hero. A burial in “Libingan ng mga Bayani” is what he deserves, and the administration doesn’t even give that to him.

    I don’t care what “ignorant people” says about him. For me, he is the greatest president that the country ever had.

    • jim:dom

      what i know before is Pres. Marcos is the worst among the presidents of the Philippines because of anti-democracy. Because that was they taught us when were in elementary. But the truth is, for me he is one of the best because as they said during his time ,our country is in progress and one of the richest country over the world. Simply because of good governance and no corruptions. I ask someone who experienced his time of presidency she said “mayat met idi ta nadisplina ti tattao ngm ti lng madi na ket hn na kyt umalis o ada makasukat jy pwesto na”…..for me there,s no wrong if you dont want to get out of your position as long as you are doing the right, not thinking only of yourself but for what and who you serve.

  125. shimojikoshi

    I think, we should know the right person to criticize or somewhat we talk about. For me, i believe he is the best president ever had to date, talking about his accomplishments compare on this administration today. It is somewhat very unorganized. And I still look up on him despite of the martial law. Can we ask ourselves when we are right now?……WE should not criticize him for what happened in the past… think not only twice but a million times. 🙂

  126. sha-me

    I agree with the comment given by others. That whoever commented an opinion contrary to what others believed, they try to attack his/her opinion. Like the people who is not favor to Marcos, they try to attack opinions of
    others who was satisfied to what Marcos did. Being famous is not easy, all your actions are always been criticize by those people around you. Like our former President Marcos, they always look at his negative side without knowing the good ones. Why do people always look on the mistakes of others rather than knowing their contributions that made our country to
    become progressive? Maybe the people doing this are just envious of his/her position or achievements, so they try to put that person down and they themselves will get the position in order for them to become famous. Isn’t this kind of attitude is a what you call CRAB-MENTALITY? Let us not be like this, let us widen our horizon to every that we do. Let us focus unto the things which can help for the betterment of our country and not to undermine others.

  127. sha-mae

    I agree with the comment given by others. That whoever commented an opinion contrary to what others believed, they try to attack his/her opinion. Like the people who is not favor to Marcos, they try to attack opinions of
    others who was satisfied to what Marcos did. Being famous is not easy, all your actions are always been criticize by those people around you. Like our former President Marcos, they always look at his negative side without knowing the good ones. Why do people always look on the mistakes of others rather than knowing their contributions that made our country to
    become progressive? Maybe the people doing this are just envious of his/her position or achievements, so they try to put that person down and they themselves will get the position in order for them to become famous. Isn’t this kind of attitude is a what you call CRAB-MENTALITY? Let us not be like this, let us widen our horizon to every that we do. Let us focus unto the things which can help for the betterment of our country and not to undermine others.

  128. Ferdinand Marcos was one heck of a controversial president. He’s extremely polarizing, and only few in the history of presidency could match him in that aspect.But here’s a disclaimer: I’m neither a pro- or anti-Marcos. The goal is to provide unbiased information as opposed to exaggerated claims that have led some clueless Filipinos–especially the young ones–to make hasty conclusions.Some say he’s the best president the country ever had, while others believe otherwise. But how well do we really know the Philippines’ strongman? Is he really the evil dictator that the media claim he was? On his time he made our country as one of the highest country of SEA he also tries to make money that has a greater value than dollars.

  129. waldy

    wow, i think most of the readers ignored the sources and links provided by Skrambold eggs and Lean.. Most of them continue to claim that economy, peace and order situation, etc. are better during Marcos time without citing any credible source. Maybe, word of mouth is more credible for them than books and references.

  130. DLANIR

    During the time of our president Ferdinand Marcos, there were no crimes that are done during his time.The Philippines is still rich and no corruptions that are done.President Marcos proved that he is a good and not a corrupt leader by doing infrastructural development such as roads, health centers and schools.This buildings gave a very good help in our country so why blame we must blame president Marcos for all the good things he do for this country?The problem is not with president Marcos,the problem is in some commentators or people who didn’t appreciated the good things that president Marcos gave in order for the improvement and growth of our economy.

  131. JEWEL

    For a third world country like the Philippines, economic prosperity is the best way to satisfy the citizens and gain their support for economic cooperation. Marcos opened our country to the industrializing world and provided us world class modernization in promoting the culture and arts. Of all the former presidents and the present one, Marcos is undoubtedly the most capable one to bring the country to its supreme development.

  132. joshnac

    thank you for this article, it adds me more knowledge about our history and refresh my wisdom about the politics in our country. I agreed that we must love marcos his just a person that who commit mistakes too. i considered that ex pres. marcos was a good president because he made a lot projects that help us. he made mistakes from ruling our country all i can say just respect him, and respect to the next leader to our country because all i want to share is stop comparing and fighting about our late presidents. The need of our country now is UNITY because if we have unity in every aspect our country will be organize and not a intricate.

  133. Gieyen

    Some of the people know who is President Ferdinand Marcos. And some of the people hate him. They beleived that marcos is a bad person. But some are saying that he is a great person. When Marcos is a president our country has no crimes and all the products that you buy has a low price
    He also opened our country in the industrializing world. The only thing to make our country unite is the word PEACE!!!

    • We live in Pampanga and move here in Ilocos Norte. I’ve known Marcos for being bad because that was what I learned. I also known him for being Strict. But things became different when we move here in Ilocos Norte. I don’t know everything about Marcos but one thing is for sure. He is a Great and A Good Man.

  134. Cier

    I was still a non-existent embryo during the Marcos era but with the help of books and articles (of credibility) regarding FEM’s administration and of my mother(an average citizen during the Marcos era)’s POV, I came up with an opinion regarding the discussion whether Ferdinand E. Marcos was good or bad. Marcos is now as if synonymous to “Martial Law–” a time of cruelty and suffering, that’s what many people who actually lived in Marcos time would say. Apparently, those who suffered much during his term tagged him as this corrupt and inhuman dictator. But, books and written materials also provide facts that the Marcos era was a time for artistic blossoming, construction of thousands of roads, bridges, and other public works that we continue to enjoy today. It was also Marcos who built the most number of schools and irrigation systems in the country by any president. He also fortified the AFP, channeling much of the gov’t fund to it, and during his time, the “miracle rice” was introduced. Other contributions would take another comment box. But from these facts, I believe he is not really pure evil. It’s true that under Martial Law, in his aim to discipline people, he was guilty of abusing human rights and suppressing freedom of expression. “The end justifies the means.” This is what he believed. But the “end” he envisioned as the new society, whatever the means, is something that anyone in our present generation would aspire for. Through his tight dictatorship, he believed in a brighter horizon. I am not saying that we should bury the memory of his evil doings. I am just implying that we should set our sights further and realize also his good deeds for our country, whether it has benefited every single person or not. So, therefore, as a young citizen who have not lived during the Marcos era but who cares for the past, I think Marcos is someone who has affected many people’s lives in terms of both the good and the bad. Anyway, it’s in the hands of writers on how we will be remembered.

  135. Cier

    I was still a non-existent embryo during the Marcos era but with the help of books and articles (of credibility) regarding FEM’s administration and of my mother(an average citizen during the Marcos era)’s POV, I came up with an opinion regarding the discussion whether Ferdinand E. Marcos was good or bad. Marcos is now as if synonymous to “Martial Law–” a time of cruelty and suffering, that’s what many people who actually lived in Marcos time would say. Apparently, those who suffered much during his term tagged him as this corrupt and inhuman dictator. But, books and written materials also provide facts that the Marcos era was a time for artistic blossoming, construction of thousands of roads, bridges, and other public works that we continue to enjoy today. It was also Marcos who built the most number of schools and irrigation systems in the country by any president. He also fortified the AFP, channeling much of the gov’t fund to it, and during his time, the “miracle rice” was introduced. Other contributions would take another comment box. But from these facts, I believe he is not really pure evil. It’s true that under Martial Law, in his aim to discipline people, he was guilty of abusing human rights and suppressing freedom of expression. “The end justifies the means.” This is what he believed. But the “end” he envisioned as the new society, whatever the means, is something that anyone in our present generation would aspire for. Through his tight dictatorship, he believed in a brighter horizon. I am not saying that we should bury the memory of his evil doings. I am just implying that we should set our sights further and realize also his good deeds for our country, whether it has benefited every single person or not. So, therefore, as a young citizen who have not lived during the Marcos era but who cares for the past, I think Marcos is someone who has affected many people’s lives in terms of both the good and the bad. Anyway, it’s in the hands of writers on how we will be remembered.

  136. SGjini

    There are many people out there believing that Marcos time is the time when the Philippines is at ease, great noble and a great economic level. How I wish that they will not insist that the Marcos are the big thief of government, in fact Marcos was a noble man. I believed that the Mass Media has a big impact in the people’s mind to convince the public in their news, but who knows? What’s going on inside the Mass Media ( respect the opinion of others and let us open wide our eyes to see the truth of the world). Only Marcos wants to help the people of the Philippines and build a great country. Compare to other predecessors Marcos has the most number of infrastructure made, which is a sign of promoting the welfare of the society hence which this reason Marcos is considered as the leader that made the country more progressive than other regime. Ferdinand E. Marcos was a great President.

  137. Lei

    I was not yet born during his presidency but many people told that President Marcos is strict when it comes to the presidency. According to Philippine history President Marcos was a great president. When Marcos was the president many people appreciate his kindness. And we should be proud of him.

  138. jessica

    Noong buhay pa si Ferdinand Marcos, maraming mga tao ang nagsasalita ng mga masasama tungkol sa kanya at hanggang ngayon patuloy parin sila sa mga ginagawa nila. Kung meron man siyang ginawang mali noon, noon na yun eh. Matagal na yun. Nandito na tayo sa kasalukuyan. Bakit hindi nalang natin siya respetuhin kahit patay na siya. Kalimutan nalang natin ang mga nangyari noon at magsimula ulit. Sa halip na inaaksaya natin ang oras sa kakaisip na masama siya, bakit hindi nalang natin gamitin ang ating oras sa kakaisip kung paano iunlad ang ating bansa para naman may silbi tayo sa ating lipunan.

  139. Remylle

    Wala na akong maiiadd na facts tungkol kay Marcos kasi unang una maaaring hindi objective ang mga nakapost sa internet at pangalawa nakita ko na iba-iba at hindi nagkakasundo ang mga statistics na nababanggit ng mga commentors. Sooo ano bang ginagawa ko dito? Hehe. Sabi ng mga magulang ko, marami daw nagawa si Marcos tulad ng rural electrification, construction of bridges and dumps, cementing of roads in Mindanao, oil well drilling in Palawan, and subdued the wide spread of the new peoples army. Kung ako lang, with all due respect to the commentors and sir who passionately fight for what they believe in, mas mabuting magfucos muna ako sa hinaharap kasi madami pang problema diyan. Past is past. We may sugarcoat or exagerrate it but we can’t change what happened. All we can do now is reflect from it and learn so that we can move on. I think debating which statistic is right or wrong is more than a waste time for us. No offensement.

  140. maegelicess ann

    they said that his administration was the worst. its because many people were imprison , killed etc that time. this was also my impression when i was elementary. but then as i grew up i realize that he did all this things to make our country progressive. he didn’t do this just for his own good. his plans and goals for our country is so much better but we didn’t give him the chance. some people didn’t appreciate the things he has done because all they see is the things that make him bad. we must respect him because we can’t deny the fact that during his time there’s peace, unity , and our country became progressive.

  141. Nikkz

    Our late president Ferdinand E. Marcos deserves to be the best president here at Philippines. During his reign, many infrastructures were established such as bridges, hospitals, even university for scientific learning (MMSU). And also there’s giving of lands for farmers before (Agrarian Reform).

    Naging dictador si Marcos noon hindi dahil para pumatay kundi para “sana” sa kaunlaran kaso nga lang nasira mindset “nila” dahil Aquino-loyalist ang mga iyun at sinira nila mindset ng ibang tao (hindi naman lahat).

    Wew. wala na … di na maibabalik ang kahapon. Sana naman meron na yung taong kagaya ni Makoy. Para mabago na ang kalagayan natin para tataas na muli ang ekonomiya ng ating bansa.

    Apo Marcos, ikaw ang dabest!

  142. EJB

    Yes I agree that Marcos is the best president we’ve ever had in the phils.During his regime,we have the best ever economy under his administartion.I wish that more people will be able to realize how marcos contributed a lot for a sake of the filipino people.Even thou others said that he was a bad person but i say that i am proud of him.Those who hate him doesn’t want a progressive country.

  143. glenn

    He implemented martial law because it was out of love for democracy and his beloved country. The only way to restore discipline and put his plans into action was the martial law. If he didn’t implemented martial law we probably be #2 in asia during that time has one of the best economy ,best military might ,don’t have the infrastructure that we have ,we might be a communist country and worse of all .united state probably would try to invade us again !he wants us to stand on our own not to be the puppet to the us.

  144. kilua sarmiento

    “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely”.

    If not everybody, then probably a lot of people are interested in aiming the position for presidency. We can’t say that there’s no corrupt official, right? Just that some gets some, and others want more and more. I admit that Ferdinand E. Marcos is a perfect example of the quoted word above. But why don’t we include the “Estradas” nor “Arroyos” well in fact they are also examples of such? Oh, yeah.. Iba talaga ang sikat. What makes Ferdinand different from Gloria and Erap? It’s probably he corrupts but he also constructs infrastructures, bridges and other things. While the others? ZTE Scandal maybe. Hello Garci Scandal. From “Erap para sa mahirap” to “Naghirap dahil kay Erap”. What else?
    Ferdinand Marcos is just but one of the presidents who wants more power, extending his reign by changing democracy to dictatorship. I think it will probably his way to uplift our economy and if that could have possibly happened, we can turn back again to democracy. Why are people overreacting well in fact it is THEM who let them Marcos to be their leader. And today? There’s this man who wants charter change thus, making his power longer. Is it just because he can see potential in his regime or probably he tasted that thing called absolute power?

    It’s not about them anymore. Anyone can be our president. It’s just that, do they deserve?

  145. Neil Patrick

    For me, Loving Marcos is a right talaga. Former President Ferdinand Marcos is the best president this land have. Kahit ano pang sabihin ninyong mapanirang kumento tungkol sa kanya, hindi niyo pa rin maikukubli ang mga kongkretong nagawa niya para sa pilipinas. Magpapakita kayo ng mga datos, specifically mga istatistikong datos, eh ginawa yun ng mga tao eh sa isang partikular na lugar. That data doesn’t include all the places here in the Philippines.
    My grandfather and grandmother always tells me that when president Marcos is at position, they have plenty of foods, and also their lives are heavily protected. Sa panahon kasi noon, they think their freedom was stolen. But in fact, a little of their freedom only is taken, kapalit sa masaganang buhay na dinanas nila. My father also said that lahat ng mabibili noon is so cheap that you can buy a dozen. Pero anung nagyari ngayon? Andaming gastos, ang daming tax. Kung makapagtax, wagas.
    I’m not a pro-Marcos nor an anti-Marcos, but I, myself believe that he really is the best president. Based on the pieces of information I gathered from old folks who experienced the regime to the concrete evidences that this land have.

  146. Rica

    I am confident enough to say that the former president, FEMarcos, was one of the best- if not the greatest- leader of our nation. We could always ask our lolos and lolas to describe what our country was like during those times when ex-pres. Marcos ruled our beloved country. Whenever i ask one of my inangs to express her feelings about this issue, she would just heave a sigh and close her eyes; and with a bittersweet smile, she would compare the past and the present, and when she finishes the comparison between the two, i would always ask myself, “Bakit kaya hindi ako nabigyan ng pagkakataong maranasan ang ganoong buhay?”

  147. Some say he’s the best president the country ever had, while others believe otherwise. But how well do we really know the Philippines’ strongman? Is he really the evil dictator that the media claim he was? Marcos was branded as dictator and corrupt by fictional tales passed on from generation to generation and his achievements were expunged subtly by the manipulation of mass media. The impacts of his interventions remained and are undeniably part of our country’s system. Ferdinand Marcos was one heck of a controversial president. He’s extremely polarizing, and only few in the history of presidency could match him in that aspect.

  148. Aaminin kong hindi ako pabor kay Ferdinand Marcos nung sya ay naging Presidente kasi ang mga tao nuon ay walang Human Ritghs .But some people says Marcos is a good sabi pa nga nila pag nagIISTATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS “SONA” ay wala daw siyang binabasa .Pero totoo ba talaga na noung siya ang Presidente ay mayaman ang bansa ??Magiging mayaman lang ang bansa kong lahat ay nagkakaisa.

  149. Genre

    When Marcos became the president of the Philippines, I’m still a plan. But everytime I ask my parents and grandparents how is his reign, they always say it is good as heaven, but some people saybit was hell days. But still, I believe in the power of FEM. He contributed a lot to thw country and its citizens.

    • Karyl

      Loving Marcos as a Right..I believe Marcos is not animal..He is a pure human…I strongly agree with Sir..My family are Marcos lover..Wether good or bad, Marcos is of great influence in the Phillipines..

  150. Arjay

    i agree with you sir. for me, base on my grandparents and parents experience although i’m not that aware of marcos’ era but they say life is more easier and more secured in his time. dollar is 1:1 ratio with peso, we have a secured financial,crimes is few and PHILIPPINES is known as a POWERFUL country also called THE TIGER OF ASIA. if pres. marcos will make a project he will sure that we will be ahead than other countries like the Bataan nuclear powerplant. philippines should be the first to have one to cheapen the cost of energy in the philippines. to secure the philippines energy source and not depending on exported energy we get from other countries but because of the selfishness of the next president. she only care about her pride and didnt continue the good projects and projects proposals of marcos for our country. they say marcos is a corrupt president but how come Philippines in his era was one of the richest country next to Japan.

    and FYI marcos is really the greatest president that Philippines had because in the beginning even his not a president yet, he became a soldier. HE SERVE OUR COUNTRY WITH ALL HIS HEART. he knew Philippines more than any president that we had. even the time when marcos step out of his position as president, he never hesitate to give advice and project proposal for his country but the aquino’s rejects. NOW HOW”S CORRUPT NOW? TIME TO WAKE UP PEOPLE

    ~awrjheyy

  151. Issa

    I was born and raised in a community where the people love and respect the Marcoses, specifically our late President Ferdinand E. Marcos. Though I was not born yet in those times, I heard a lot about the good things he did in our country. His immense projects that we are still enjoying up to now and how disciplined people way back compared to now. OH! How I just love to be in those days. Today, crimes are so rampant I can’t help but fear that something bad will happen any moment to me and to my family. Going back to the late president, his 21 years in power did a lot of difference to our country in a positive way. The press and the media say otherwise about them especially the allies of the Aquinos. Bad things were said, published and viewed about the Marcoses. But thanks to the social media and the internet, the young generations get to know him better. He may have had his dark side but his love to his country and to his people is unquestionable. He was such a great leader. His power radiated not only here in the Philippines but also in other countries. He was loved, respected and at the same time feared by his fellow leaders.

  152. xtian

    although I’ve not been there at the presidency of Pres.Marcos i knew that theres alot of projects was built by Marcos during his presidential time as my grandparents shared to me,and the PHILIPPINES became at that rich as JAPAN that time and our currency is that high in value but now see the difference what happened to our country this time that there are so many crimes happening that there as so many FILIPINO who die because of poverty it is because the leaders are too greedy of money that they keep on corrupting the budget of the goverment for the poor.

    being a student i knew that there are no president rather than Marcos who makes difference in our country who cares about the sovereignty of our country.

    Xtian..

  153. kittykayel

    According to some people I knew Ferdinand Marcos was known for running a corrupt, undemocratic regime. But my parents told me that in their era, Marcos had done many accomplishments than Aquino. Why do some people criticize Marcos, well in fact all I know is he is the greatest president of our country as well.

  154. ramon

    binay and marcos political careers are both parallel to each other, mahal na mahal sila ng mga kababayan nila despite the damning issues of corruption and incompetence, tsk. tsk. tsk.

    • lingling

      speaking of binay, may bakante pa yatang posisyon na spokesman sa Office ni Vice President, ano say nyo Sir Herdie?

      • simply jessie

        Joey Salgado, Toby Tiangco, JV Bautista, plus Mr. Herdy Yumol!!!!!!!!! pwedeng pwede, same wavelength lahat yan magkakachannel sila!!!!!!!

  155. diSalvo

    You guys are very funny, please check the exchange rate of peso to dollar before macoy came to office and after he was kicked out from the palace. If you think that peso beat the $$ at any time during his administration, then you are smoking something. Just want to correct some postings here that peso=dollar was after the WW2, when the entire country was devastated by the yankees when they kicked out the japs.

    In the political arena during macoy time, if you are on his side, you reaped the glory from heaven, but if you are on the other side of the fence, you reaped the glory from hell. That is true during macoy’s era and is still true to this day. So, what is the difference? The proof were his cronies and his loyal military henchmen.

    Macoy was smart cookie for the following reasons: he was able to purge the constitution and customized it for his agenda, he arrested all his political opponents and locked them out in fort bonifacio, he managed to prop up the homegrown communist party to his advantage to blackmail the yankees for more foreign aids, he rented the two military bases to the yankees during the height of vietnam war at a premium$$.

    The funny thing during his last day at the palace, when the yankee helicopters landed to pick him and his cronies, he was told that they were flying him back to Paoay, but the plan was to fly him to Hawaii. Simple phonetics out smart the cookie.

  156. laking riversyde

    Manu kad man ti inyawat ni gobernadora kenkan manong herdy, mangibingay ka man met

  157. justsayinhowitis

    Finally, a filipino with open eyes and a brain that operates under rationalizing and reason. I commend you for writing this brilliant article. Hopefully people can read it and begin to think critically, rather than basing their opinions (which they defend in such vindictive fashion) on what everyone else thinks or just turning their feelings about the matter into fact.

    And to the op, I read through some of the feedback, and had to stop. The abuse thrown at you for suggesting revising history is absolutely disgraceful and totally undermines the credibility of any filipino voice on the matter. or any matter for that fact, in the eyes of the rest of the world. For such a ‘godly’ people the average filipino is sure some of the most vindictive people out there. It just goes to show the fragility of the filipino mindset, which will turn feral at the slightest provocation. What you are suggesting is basically the foundation of any progressive mindset. Looking at ones history objectively and acknowledging ones faults and successes. However, based on the comments, it seems that most feel threatened by progressive thinking and will hang on to their archaic, emotional and belligerent way of thinking blinding them from rationalizing and reason, thus keeping the country from progressing while the rest of asia surges forward and laughs at us. The most vindictive comments seem to be the most popular, and there folks is the reason why the ph is the country we all complain about. smh at you people spitting in the face of progression. now go enjoy your life in your 3rd world shit hole. lol. disclaimer: this obviously doesn’t apply to all filipinos. and whoever that is, it’s time we address the issues holding our country back.

    To those who’d like to day that he took out loans which he could never back and is therefore comparable to the people that are responsible for Greece going under… That is a bullshit argument. Don’t tell me that if our current leaders had the balls to borrow loans for the betterment of the country you wouldn’t gladly accept the benefits with open hands and actually give a shit about the creditors. And DW about the creditors, they have the biggest debt out of any nation in the world. Get a basic understanding of global economics and see how terribly flawed the financial system really is. The US has infinite amount of money because its a debt based currency. And some of it still trickles through down to the ph through military projects mostly, and I haven’t seen you complaining about it. ph receives more economic benefits from the US than almost every other asian nation. A relationship that was developed greatly by marcos and the US has honored by not calling back their debt. I am sure marcos was aware that the value of the US dollars he borrowed was not backed by any commodities, like gold. As that is common knowledge with any leader. Hence making the US asking for it back a fruitless endeavor.

    To those speaking for the people that ‘suffered’ under his ‘dictatorship’. I see it this way. Most people alive during that time were shitting themselves about a communist uprising. Also received a better education and healthcare than their previous generation. and enjoyed a better developed infrastructure. keeping it relative to the times we live in, can we really vouch for a jump in quality of life for our generation vs. our parents? some lucky enough might. But for most of us, the answer would most likely be very gray.

  158. “I concede that some dissidents may have suffered during that time, but did rebels and communists seriously believe they would be handled with kids’ gloves by the very government they wished to overthrow and the social order they wanted to overturn? I concede that the media may have been less free and independent or that movement may have been more restricted, but these are freedoms that can be negotiated in view of a higher end.”

    Nope, the ends does not justify the means. If the means themselves are fuckey, if the method you are using is screwed-up, then your whole enterprise is tainted. Marcos butchered his fellow Filipinos not even in the altar of stability and order, but in the altar of power. Pure and simple as that.

    If it were all roses and cakes, then why did so many Filipinos swell the ranks of the New People’s Army during that time? Was it just bad air that blew from the Pacific Ocean that corrupted these people’s minds?

    The sad truth is, there will always be those who will love Marcos. These people usually bring up the whole supposed economic miracles during that time. They tell of the buildings and highways and all the jobs. These are baser forms of individuals whose stomachs feel and think for them. These people, so long as they are fed and housed, they are pacified, they are loyal. That is the level of these people’s morality.

  159. cel

    pres marcos loved the farmers. what about aquinos? just compate the way of living during pres marvos time to the present..dting tinitingala ngaun, tapunan ng basura ng canada…

  160. nae@yahoo.com

    Marcos wants disciplinary actions for those who defy him. Discipline and Right Wing would mix.

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