The President vehemently let people know that the late president Ferdinand E. Marcos can never be a killer. He stresses this out during his speech at a housing summit of the National Summit Authority (NHA) in Quezon City, Digong recalls how he got acquainted with then Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco. He is a former rebel priest. The Marcos administration handled captured rebel communists with full respect of their human rights. The president is a living witness that the cases of these two rebel priests arrested by the Philippine Constabulary were handled fairly. Evasco and Fr. Tison of Leyte’s cases are handled with due process as ordered by Marcos. Digong can attest to this because he was the prosecutor at that time.
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The Catholic Church’s Anti-Marcos Sentiments
The Catholic church that holds the allegiance of some 84 percent of the population of 54 million during the Marcos regime was a powerful institution for hundreds of years. It was only during the 1970’s when it offered opposition to the Marcos government because of its demonized image orchestrated by the Liberal Party. The church began to shift the emphasis of its activities from the elite to the urban and rural poor that constitute a majority of the population. It has a decisive role in bringing Cory Aquino to power during the EDSA revolution.
Poverty Causes Priests to Rebel
The injustice is in the system, and that is evil in the eyes of the priests. Social structures are made by men thus their reason for blaming the Marcos government for the injustices made. Other religious people say this process of social analysis and self-examination are the common experiences of Filipino priests faced with the poverty and social imbalances in their designated parishes. It is a struggle that led some priests to take up arms and join the insurgents.
Jaime Cardinal Sin, the Archbishop of Manila, took the decisive action of calling out millions of Filipinos to support the rebel movements. Due to the media propaganda against Marcos, a vast base of support for Aquino sprouted. The institutional backing of the church remains her main power base.That prompted Manila lawyer, Eliseo B. Alampay Jr into saying that the country is ungovernable for whoever may oust her. That might be the reason why her son succeeds her as president.
People Have Enough of the Church. Media Propaganda and the Aquinos
Aquino did not have free access to the press during the election campaign. The church offered its nationwide network to support her. A church-run radio station, Radio Veritas promotes Aquino. That escalates into many more commercial media set-ups that are anti-Marcos. This has destroyed the Marcos name here and abroad for 30 years. It is only after the existence of social media that the masses’ voice is heard and overpowered the bias press organizations. The sad thing is, many Catholics change religion after realizing that the church has done many unacceptable and immoral actions contrary to their teachings. The Aquinos in their two terms in the presidency also made the lives of Filipinos even harder. Digong’s victory over their bet is a big sign that the majority have enough of them. He is now out bringing back Marcos’ policies that benefit the people in general than the elite but discredited by propaganda. He also supports Marcos’ son, Bongbong Marcos for the Vice Presidency or perhaps gives a cabinet position soon. That ignites the church but this time, they are about to know that their forces have weakened.