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Daily Tribune : Anti-BBM strategy backfires on LP

News & Interviews
5 January 2022

By Daily Tribune

When the Liberal Party (LP) seized power right after President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III assumed office in 2010, its leaders started a shameless six-year spending spree of public funds.

The LP also embarked on a campaign to demonize ex-President Ferdinand Marcos and his family. That campaign was as rabid as the anti-Marcos policies of President Corazon Aquino (1986-1992).

More specifically, the LP’s campaign consisted of anti-Marcos documentaries broadcast on cable television and the government channel, and similar feature articles published in local newspapers and magazines.

The image of President Marcos portrayed in the LP propaganda campaign was predictable, and repetitious to the point of causing nausea.

President Marcos was made to appear as a dictator who extended his hold on power through brute force, and that he and his wife bled the nation’s coffers dry during their stay in power; Marcos was “responsible” for the assassination of Ninoy Aquino, the leading critic of the Marcos administration, in 1983; and Marcos was the mastermind of the bombing of the LP proclamation rally at Plaza Miranda in Quiapo, Manila on 21 August 1971.

There was also the other side of the LP propaganda campaign, which portrayed Mrs. Aquino as the icon of Philippine democracy.

The LP propaganda, however, was conveniently silent about other, equally historic facts.

For starters, the 1935 Constitution, in force in 1972, allowed President Marcos to resort to martial law to prevent communist insurgents from overthrowing the Philippines. That threat was real, as confirmed by actual news footage taken of the violent rallies frequently held outside Malacañang, all instigated by Jose Maria Sison’s Communist Party of the Philippines, from 1970 to September 1972.

Sison’s rallies prominently featured placards and mantras praising Communist Chinese leader Mao Zedong.

Marcos remained in office beyond 1972 because his stay in power was allowed by the 1973 Constitution, a charter drafted by a constitutional convention headed by ex-President Diosdado Macapagal, a Marcos foe. Marcos was eventually reelected in 1981 under the same charter.

In 1989, ex-communist cadres publicly admitted that Sison masterminded the Plaza Miranda bombing so that the political opposition will blame Marcos for it, and thus destabilize the country.
The Supreme Court consistently upheld the measures Marcos resorted to in order to save the Republic from communism.

Likewise, the February 1986 uprising was peaceful only because Marcos refused to allow his loyalist soldiers to use force on the people in that uprising.

In 1987, Marcos wanted to return to the Philippines from his forced exile in Hawaii, but Mrs. Aquino refused to issue him a passport. Marcos petitioned the Supreme Court for help, but the Aquino-packed tribunal dismissed his petition.

Although cases against President Marcos were filed in court to forfeit his alleged “ill-gotten wealth,” those cases were won precisely because Marcos was not allowed by the vindictive Mrs. Aquino to defend himself in Manila. In fact, most of those cases were won only because Marcos had already passed away in 1989 and was unable to defend himself anymore.

Mrs. Aquino abolished the Batasang Pambansa when she seized power. That strategy allowed her to exercise executive and legislative powers, just like Marcos did during martial law.

Further, Mrs. Aquino, the supposed press freedom icon, filed libel charges against journalists who dared to criticize her.

In 1987, Mrs. Aquino ordered troops to violently disperse an anti-Aquino rally near Malacañang in the infamous Mendiola Massacre.

Mrs. Aquino implemented a nationwide agrarian reform program, but exempted her family’s vast Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac from its coverage.

Corruption was called “Kamag-anak Inc.”

Those are just some of Mrs. Aquino’s skeletons in the closet.

The LP had been demonizing President Marcos for decades, and it is now using the same strategy against Marcos’ son, Bongbong Marcos (BBM), who is running for president. Fortunately, voters have had enough of the LP’s lies. This explains why BBM is very much ahead in the surveys.