By: Elena Grace Flores
It did not matter if a Marcos won last Vice Presidential race or not. Marcos’ son Ferdinand Marcos Jr., known by his nickname “Bongbong,” leading in various opinion polls was was enough to conclude that he has no more traces of the martial law brutality that media propaganda insisted for him to inherit from his father – as masterminded by their political enemies.
Manila Times wrote: Many Filipinos believe that the country needs a strong, no-nonsense leader to help overcome its struggles with corruption, poverty, drugs and crime. Ronald Chua, a PCGG commissioner, ascribed Marcos Jr.’s popularity to young Filipinos who did not experience life under his father’s rule. “To be honest, millennials, they don’t have any idea of what happened in the ’60s and ’70s,” he said. “What they know is only what they read in the books, and it’s just not enough information — what you can read in the textbooks now is, I would say, just 1% of what happened during the time.”
Those alleged martial law incidents are not anymore important now. The people are more concerned about why after over the past six years, under President Benigno Aquino III, when the Philippines’ annual economic growth rate has been above 6%, ranking the country among the world’s fastest-growing economies – and yet more than a quarter of Filipinos remain impoverished, and the extreme gap between rich and poor weighs heavy in the minds of citizens. This is a bigger problem that the incoming President Duterte now will be facing and not that so-called false history about Marcos.