#NeverAgain: Martial Law victims remind Millennials the dark side of Martial Law

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In the celebration of the 30th year of the People Power Revolution, martial law victims are calling the millennials to study our history and stop the Marcoses in getting back to the Palace.

Martial law victims lead the commemoration of the People Power Revolution by telling stories of atrocities of the Marcos regime.

Bonifacio Ilagan, a member of the Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to Malacanang (CARMMA), and a martial law survivor said, "Ang pagkakaalam ko may 58 million na registered voters. Sa 58 million na ito, at least 20 million ang bata, millenials, pinanganak noong late 80s onwards, ibig sabihin wala na silang kongkreto at personal na karanasan at kung anuman ang alam nila ay saling-bibig na lang o kinwento or nabasa mo na. Alam mo na habang lumalayo ka sa source humihina ng humihina ang tunog o ripples at ganun sa aking palagay ang nangyari."

Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is now at the top of the latest survey for vice president.

"May failure para ang kabataan ay makagagap sa mga aral ng kasaysayan lalo na noong Martial Law, pero sa bahagi naming mga biktima ng Batas Militar kami ay hindi tumigil as soon as we were released we organized among ourselves at pinagpatuloy namin ang pakikibaka, 'di lang sa vestiges ng Martial Law kundi para sa tunay na kalayaan at pagbabago, kaya nga kami ngayon kami naggugumiit sa katarungan katotohanan," the progressive writer admitted.

Ilagan also reiterated that everyone must work together to tell the truth to our younger generation.
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"Ang ating dapat gawin ay magtulong tulong sapagkat bagamat maiksi na ang panahon palagay ko ay sapat pa ito upang magkaroonng tinatawag na truth explosion," Ilagan said.

UP Professor Ranjit Rye echoed Ilagan and gave three points.

"Siguro number one diyan is marami sa ating mga bagong botante, close to half, were born after Martial Law so nakalimutan na 'yung Martial Law. Nakalimutan na 'yung rason bakit nag-EDSA, 'yung crime and plunder na nangyari na. Of course, andiyan din siyempre 'yung active elements of the old order na revisonism na nagcreep in na sa mga istorya natin yung pag iiba ng istorya sa kaysaysayan. Pangatlo yung isyu ng henerasyon namin na nabuhay ng Martial Law, born and raised and suffered under Martial Law, may pagkukulang sa proseso ng pagsabi ng historya. Kailangan kasi, we have to constantly try to remember. There should be an active memory of that period and should be configured to the new generation, itong bagong generation ng Twitter, Facebook. Millenials, we call them," Rye pointed out.

There is about 100 cases filed against the Marcoses and their cronies under the Presidential Commission on Good Governance (PCGG).

The government still failed to put any Marcos behind bars even thirty years after the ouster of the dictator. Ill-gotten wealth are still in loose worth million of dollars.

"Ang isang bagay pa na malaking kabiguan ng gobyerno ay ang paghaharap sa mga Marcos upang aminin nila at ibalik ang ninakaw na yaman. Eh kung susundin natin ang sinabi ng PCGG, at least $10 billion ang ninakaw. At sa loob ng maraming taon ay halos $4 billion lang ang narecover nasaan ang iba pa?" Ilagan said.

Congresswoman Imelda Marcos and Senator Bongbong Marcos are one of the riches lawmakers in the country. Their combined assets is worth more than a billion pesos based on their declaration in their SALN.

PCGG records show— it has recovered P170.4 billion or about $4 billion in cash since 1986, the year when the commission was created. That is less than half of Marcos' ill-gotten wealth, estimated at $10 billion.

PCGG said that slow justice system and defendants’ delaying tactics caused the stretch of hearings and decision of the commission.

"The slow grind of the justice system coupled with the dilatory tactics employed by the defendants on the one hand and our overworked government lawyers on the other, have delayed the resolution of PCGG's recovery cases," PCGG statement said.

Ilagan is afraid these unrecovered assets are going to be used by the Marcoses in his campaign for the vice presidency.

As millennials, are you willing to help their campaign or do we have to move on already from this dark past?

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