Not another Martial Law...
by missP on Mon Feb 27, 2006 9:16 am
The declaration of “State of Emergency” is a mild version of Martial Law. The mere fact that the authorities can pick up anybody who is suspected of planning an attack on the government and the President without any warrants is already a sign. The taking over of the media (Daily Tribune) is another example. The freedom of the press, I pray, will be respected and prevailed.

I grew up in the Martial Law times. I was born in 1972 therefore I qualify as what they call Martial Law Baby. Those who were born around the same time would know how it felt to be under a military regime. Everyday riots, the long stories of people disappearing or dead bodies found in another quarter of the city or another town. The howling moms, wives and children looking for their loved ones were terror itself lived in everyday normal scenes. The more Filipinos sacrificed their lives and went living in the mountains fighting for their principle, the bigger burden it became for the ones left behind struggling to survive day by day. Those stories can’t be forgotten. And I strongly pray that it won’t happen again.

I don’t want martial law to be declared again in the Philippines. A lot of us agree on this I think. Therefore, I rather say, try to live a normal life now. I don’t mean disregard and act as if President Macapagal-Arroyo does not exist. “I don’t mean for us to live in a lie”. But, on the other hand, we can’t make a better world just by talking about these things. We need action. We need another trigger to hold an uprising. Remember EDSA I- which was also an outburst of the people from the Martial law regime under then President Marcos. Of course, this did not happen overnight. This started when the late Ninoy Aquino was assassinated. The pain and anger boiled for two years. Ex-President Marcos was slowly loosing grip on the situation, eventually declared a snap election. The snap election triggered for the people to move and do action. The outburst was just amazing that the uprising became successful. It was like destiny was having it done her own way. Destiny is the force, like an inhuman hand, it helped change our nation.

The president DID declare “state emergency” last Friday. Well, I think it is her political strategy for fear of loosing the power she is enjoying right now. The same power, that by the way, the Filipino people gave her when she was elected to become president of the Philippines. Why be afraid? If her conscience is clean, she can gladly step down and say, “Hey, okay, if you know better, well then, go ahead and bring the Philippine Economy back up. Help our kababayans to have a better life. I give YOU the chance to do better than me”. Whatever her reasons are, the fact remains that people are left to suffer and to fear. The thick air of tension and trauma that the Filipinos felt during the Marcos’ regime is soaring above them like a thick black cloud about to burst and pour hard on them. We definitely do NOT want these things to happen again.

The question is: Is this now the trigger for us Filipinos to go out in the streets again and proclaim our protests to the government? I call for the Filipinos to pray and stay as one force. We have to stand up again as a whole nation.

“…Ibon ma’ng may layang lumipad, Kulungin mo at umiiyak…”



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