WATCH: Young Filipinos get educated on Martial Law
Most young Filipinos are sadly still disillusioned, not entirely their fault, to the rose tinted nostalgia that Martial Law is the "best" period in Philippine History. The Campaign Against The Return of the Marcoses to Malacanang, monickered Carmma, posted a Facebook video showing the reactions of young Filipinos who got shown the atrocities during Martial Law. The video records their preconceived notions and also their reactions after watching the video.
It's quite shocking, and alarming, that many young Filipinos, who are now at voting age, are still vastly misinformed of the true events that happened in Martial Law. Marcos apologists and revisionists have done well in the after years of the Marcos period to spread small but easy to swallow stories of how "great" the Philippines used to be under a "discipline" lead government. These revisionists prey on common everyday sentiments of Filipinos, such as traffic, economic uncertainty, and perceptions on crime, to shape their stories in a manner that invites an "oo nga" response when asked to compare the past and present.
This strategy is simple. But it is very effective. Without showing the complete facts and stories of the Martial Law period while insisting on "facts" that are either subverted or factually untrue, most young voters today have no grounded basis to reasonably compare and pick out atrocities that should never be justified. And that's being generous, because some Martial Law atrocities like human rights abuses, rape, murder, torture, have no place to be justified as "necessary" because of the innately evil nature of these abuses.
To illustrate the extent of this revisionism, the video gathered the perceptions of young voters before they were educated and informed of true events that happened in Martial Law. They initially described the period as a great period in Philippine history, showering it with praise.
"Mas pinaiiral ang batas, may disiplina ang tao at alam nila ang curfew."
"Sobrang higpit talaga niya. Pero ang higpit niya ay parang pagmamahal ng magulang," said another.
The clincher is, when they were asked whether they were okay with another Martial Law, all responded with a big YES.
This tremendous white washing is unbelievable. Yet it exists right now in society. It may well be the same opinion of your friend, relative, or colleague who are either naive or simply refuse to listen to facts. Worse, these types of voters, millions of them who are supporting the bid of Bongbong Marcos, hold the power to bring back a politician who has systematically refused to apologize for the atrocities in Martial Law. In fact, he acts like it never happened, always dodging the question or giving a response of the amount of infrastructure that was built. Infrastructure has never been a justification for disappearances, rape, torture, and etc.
The video now has more than 10,000 reactions, around 30,000 shares, and 2,000 raging comments.