By: Elena Grace Flores Rappler is on again in trying to destroy the reputation of Senator Imee Marcos, a candidate for Senator. This comes as President Rodrigo Duterte’s own preferences for 2019 Senators are made known. They include Imee Marcos, Sonny Angara, Cynthia Villar, and Pia Cayetano. The yellow media digs again Marcos’ indirect answer when asked by GMA if she was really underage during martial law. However, this happens coincidentally during the SAF 44 Day.z
YouTube video by GMA News
[VIDEO]: Umani ng batikos ang panawagan ni Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos sa publiko na mag-move on na sa Martial Law.
SAF 44 Memorial Day
The relatives of the fallen SAF 44 troopers witness the ceremony that marks the Day of National Remembrance for the troopers. They were killed during a 2015 police operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao due to the alleged negligence of the former President Noynoy Aquino.
Ex-Pnoy’s Plan Exodus Mishap
On January 25, 2015, the 44 SAF troopers perished in a cornfield in Tukanalipao, Mamasapano. They were serving an arrest warrant for Malaysian terrorist bomb-maker Zulkifli Abdhir or Marwan and other suspected terrorists. The police operation was code-named “Oplan Exodus.” Marwan was killed was also killed but incompetence in handling the operation falls on Aquino that led to the excessive loss of lives. Worst, he did not take responsibility. Instead, he passes the blame to the former PNP Special Action Force director Getulio Napeñas who then criticizes him of installing ex-Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima who to in the operation despite his suspension.
Scrutinizing the Senator to Be
Then comes Rappler’s news digging the ghost of martial law. It says that Marcos may be 17 years old during the proclamation of Martial Law was. However, she was already turning 31 in 1986. It was the year her family was exiled from the Philippines to Hawaii. No, mention of the wasted brave men in uniform during the time of Aquino. Understandably, the online news blog is only after the destruction of its political enemies like Marcos.
Moving On from Family Feud
Imee Marcos graciously said that the martial law regime is far gone. Therefore the Marcos-Aquino family feud should move on. It would be beneficial to talk about what they can do to solve the problems of the country and eventually help in improving the lives of Filipinos. Despite that, the yellow media even digs further just to get controversial scenarios. Marcos was born on November 12, 1955. Her father declared Martial Law on September 23, 1972, when she was about to turn 17 years old. She merely explains without malice that they want to move on from their dark memories when they were young to a brighter future together with the rest of their countrymen.
Misleading and Selective News
This kind of news really has no significance in the lives of the people. When the essence of a very special day is ignored because it can bring a political group down during the upcoming elections and make noise on gossip that can mislead lots of Filipinos who normally do not read thoroughly proves that the publication is not for public service. It merely exists to spread black media propaganda to discredit their opponents. As far as Marcos is concerned, she has moved on and is currently enjoying a high rating.