Ferdinand Marcos: Great guy!

Thu, 02/25/2010 - 00:00
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Awww wookit the dictator

Marcos in real life                                               Marcos, loyalist version

By Alan Robles

What do you call a despot who murdered, tortured, kidnapped, looted without limit for 16 sordid years? How about... "missed"?

Five years ago, in one survey conducted in the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos was rated the best president since Satan. Just kidding. Actually he was the highest ranked in a list which included Corazon Aquino, Fidel Ramos, Joseph Estrada and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

This year, Marcos was rated the second "most loved" President. True, his rating was a long way behind that of Cory Aquino. But still: most loved?

This week, presidential candidates Gilberto Teodoro and Manny Villar announced they wanted Ferdinand Marcos buried in the national heroes' cemetery.

Best president. Loved. National hero. Who would have thought the malevolent slaughter n'plunder swine known as Ferdinand Marcos was actually such an adorable LOLkat?

Hello kiddies! Miss me yet? I have candy! Nom nom

Granted, it's a historical truism that there'll always be people who'll miss even the most evil, spittle-flecked, psychopathic leader conceivable. Loyalists typically include family members, province mates, cronies and deranged creatures. For instance, within a decade of Marcos' being chased out, a loyalist general's daughter, writing for a vapid lifestyle magazine, wondered why people were making such a big fuss about Martial Law, In a blasé manner, she affected not to notice anything wrong with the dictatorship.

It probably never occurred to Little Miss Gormless Twit -- in the same way it skipped, say, the mind of a child of a slimy Marcos crony dummy banker -- that her cosmopolitan, mansion-filled gilded life was made possible by bits and pieces of Filipinos' stolen wealth, and possibly bits and pieces of Filipinos as well.

Apart from these vampiric beneficiaries, other types yearn for the late dictator. Trawl online discussion groups and you'll inevitably find young outspoken Filipinos denouncing the government while prating what a great leader Ferdie was. Maybe these youths feel they're being edgy and expressing unconventional opinions. Truth is, they wouldn't have survived very long under Marcos. Anybody who dared to loudly criticize the dictatorship was inviting a quick military pickup, followed by a brutal beating (electrodes to genitals optional), indefinite detention, or outright disappearance. It happened to thousands.

There are people who actually lived through Martial Law and hanker for its return. If you ride taxis -- in other words if you're not a Marcos general's daughter -- you've probably encountered the occasional cabbie who moans things were so much better under Marcos. His rule was peaceful, he built plenty of schools and roads, he made Filipinos disciplined. There's a small spark of versimilitude in each of those claims - not enough to amount to truth, but enough to convince minds fallen into desuetude that Marcos was a cool dude.

Three things are at work here: forgetfulness, ignorance and the absence of justice. Nearly a quarter of a century has blurred the wretchedness, brutality and iniquity of Martial Law. In the meantime a new generation of Filipinos has grown up totally un- or misinformed about what happened. Finally, the fact that not one of the oppressors, bandits, killers and torturers has been punished has shown that crime pays - nothing worth remembering here, folks. It's not a new process -- in a few years you should expect the Ampatuan Massacre to be described as an unfortunate misunderstanding, if it's recalled at all.

Thankfully, if you're one of those who DO remember what Marcos was all about, you should know there are others who haven't forgotten as well. This columnists lists 10 things "nice" things to say about Marcos. You can also go to Am I Annoying and give Ferdinand the rating he deserves.

Ferdy and Meldy

And if we can't have justice we can at least have fun. During Martial Law, ridiculing the dictator, his family and cronies meant certain death. Now, fully aware that dictators hate being made fun of, we can -- should -- mock freely, and mock often. Here is Uncyclopedia's biography of Imelda Marcos. The Marcos military tortured and killed dissidents for milder insults. And here's something that, five years ago, someone who perhaps wasn't too happy about the Marcos bio managed to sneak into Wikipedia. It lingered for a few minutes before taken down. Of COURSE we took a screenshot. It's NSFW, delightfully so

As for cabbies who wistfully recall Marcos? Remind them that all those benefits came at a hefty salary -- we had to "pay" the Marcoses US$10 billion, money which promptly went to Switzerland

If you need more detailed help, next page we've listed the Five Pernicious Myths his loyalists like mouthing, and the truth behind them.



Submitted by Abnoynoy2010 (not verified) on
Mr. Robles, your write up is garbage just like Conrado de quiros writings. GARBAGE!!!!!

Submitted by alan on
thank you ab; any attempted insult coming from a scumsucking gutless cowardly thieving whoring illiterate marcos lover is to me a compliment.

Submitted by Jonar (not verified) on
Marcos is a good president that i know,no one his plan in our country so don't judge him he is nice he do something fro the future in our country, question do you rely know him if not don't comment. God Bless The Philippines

Submitted by alan on
salamat doctor einstein. You should visit this site more often. Eventually you might learn enough to finish kindergarten

Submitted by Imeldific (not verified) on
Kudos to you Mr. Robles! Well-written as well... We can't really change the minds of those ignorant, mindless and Marcos-loving Filipinos! We just have to pray for them to get enlightened. Evil has its workings and definitely takes on many forms.

Submitted by kevin (not verified) on
Marcos hater! your one of the Noynoy retards aren't you? Sabagay your a kapampagan loyalista ni arroyo,you support her corruption.By the way what good did she do? everyone know's that half of the philippine budget was given to pampanga alone but no development was made.!!

Submitted by alan on
There there Kevin, don't be like that, if you wait long enough you should grow a brain. Eventually. Maybe.<br />Me, I wouldn't bet on it

Submitted by I hate Marcos (not verified) on
@Kevin<br />You are an idiot, Marcos WAS a horrible dictator, and the Pnoy administration is going quite well.

Submitted by alan on
...a great leader with followers who don't know the difference between your and you're

Submitted by Aurora Pascua (not verified) on
You are all idiot loving Marcos, maybe you are still in the air when Marcos law proclaim

Submitted by Donaldbymn (not verified) on
I am spamjerk wid lowforehead andd tiny skull

Submitted by Donalddidumdums (not verified) on
I really am so stupid. Dats y me mommy threw me in thrashcan

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