By: Elena Grace Flores
Two constrasting stories loom just shorty befor the September birthday of the late President Ferdinand Marcos. One was the protest against Irene Marcos’ presence at the UP capmpus. She was among the guests at the gala performance of DUP’s play The House of Bernarda Alba. They were only dozens of anti-Marcos students there but the incident was magnified by the media as always. Besides, the group responsible for the UP invite believes otherwise. Meanwhile Bongbong Marcos’ blog covers how he perceives his father as a person and a respected leader. This is contrary to the demonization of President Marcos during martial law that many Filipinos can relate to.
The Weaknesses and Strenghts of President Marcos as a Leader
According to the late President Marcos’ son, Bongbong Marcos, it was during the time of his father that Philippines became the envy of many nations. This was when agriculture was productive and his father’s undeniable presence contributed to the country’s high profile then. He might not have some handyman and cooking skills but he has the leadership skills that can bring the country forward regardless of the alleged atrocities against him.
DUP also apologizes for the disruptions during and after the performance. They also clarifies that the DUP (Dulaang UP) may have differences in political leanings from the activists but they wish to assure the UP community and the public that it will discern more its actions in the future. We have not forgotten the atrocities of Martial Law and we are one with the community in its protest against human rights abuses,” the organization said in a statement.
The Pride of the Philippines
The fashion sense of President Marcos made the country proud. His son is happy enough of the traits he got from his beloved father. They are both patient regardless of their efficiency. He is proud of his father to bring in the sense of pride for the nation. President Marcos means the world to his namesake. He was taught by example. Not to mention his sense of humour.
The Goodness of the Marcoses
The fallen leader is not only missed by his family but also by those who knew what’s best for the Philippines during his time. His other daughter, Senator Imee Marcos even said that activists must not be stopped in airing their grievances for as long as they follow the democratic provisions of the constitution. Her father may be gone but with her and her brother’s dedication for the country’s progress – the Philippines can never go wrong despite the odds.