By: Elena Grace Flores
A dictator is described as someone who has absolute power — or a ruler who has total control over a country, with no checks or balances to prevent abuse of power. The late President Ferdinand E. Marcos might have served a long two decades in the Philippine’s presidency but he was not a dictator. He won re-elections over and over again that made him stay that long. Martial law also happened following the constitution when an absolute power was given to him to address the nation’s peace and order crises brought about by the uprising of activists that were ignited by the media frenzy designed to ruin the late President’s reputation.
A media propaganda spearheaded by his former friend who aspired for the presidency claimed that he pilfered billions from the country’s public coffers; his government allegedly tortured opponents by shocking them with live wires and burning them with irons. After the 1986 Edsa revolution that toppled him down, his rival’s widow then-President Corazon Aquino established an office — the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) that was supposed to “restore the institution’s integrity and credibility,” did not satisfy the people’s inquiries on what happend to the alleged “hidden wealth” of the Marcoses? There are speculations that billions of these cash are deposited into one of the Aquino sister’s accounts and some of former First Lady’s jewelry collections are in the possession of the Aquinos.
Some people might be wishing that “the son of the the late Marcos could have said, ‘My father was wrong, give us a chance to correct this,’” as the outgoing Pnoy Aquino said during the 30th anniversary of Marcos Sr.’s ouster. However, Bongbong Marcos knos best when it comes to his father – that he was only after the welfare of the majority of the Filipino unlike Pnoy’s late mother Cory, who wanted to make the Filipinos suffer so that they would blame the Marcoses as witnessed by outgoing Vice President Jejomar Binay himself.