“Yet for all the humiliation that PBBM experienced, the unrepentant opposition and their opportunistic cabal from the communist ranks insist on having him persecuted despite the fact that he is now surrounded by known pro-American traitors.”
It is of common belief that our President was overwhelmingly elected by more than 31 million votes. Such was sufficient for him to carry on meaningful changes in our society.
By that, our people expected a smooth transition to help him realize his objective similar to the original concept of a “peace revolution” envisioned by his father, Ferdinand E. Marcos.
Through that policy, the people expect that PBBM will achieve his objectives without him being blamed of arbitrariness.
He was voted by the great majority of our people. The result showed their great trust in him, that his administration will mark a new beginning, and that the son of the former president will embrace a system of political continuity to dissuade the voters from voting against him.
The result was overwhelming that he will continue the policy of political continuity minus the harshness of brutality that characterized that of his predecessor.
Many thought the PBBM administration will readily reject the old saying that “history tends to repeat itself” that the son will follow the old format.
PBBM presented a new image to debunk the opposition of their belief that as the son of the alleged dictator, he will carry with him that nom de guerre, believing that the past administration will not hound him.
Nonetheless, the opposition continued to heckle his government with slogan of “never forget and never again.”
Many expected that the diehard supporters from the Church and from the communist side to chant their anti-Marcos slogan as if no election took place. The opposition’s persistence in raising those anti-Marcos slogans amounts to continuing the war that has long been ended by people power in 1986.
The concept of reconciliation and national unity it seems did not seep into their mind.
The opposition conceived many ways to exact their vengeance, one of which was their demand for compensation.
One must recall the demanded compensation for the alleged victims of human rights violation was without classification whether they were innocently arrested or in fact combatants in the insurgency waged by the communists against the Marcos government.
Many thought of granting compensation without even proving if indeed human rights violations were committed but nonetheless was approved to give opportunity to heal the wound of discord among our people.
Instead, it has become their tool to exact more than in thanking the government for giving them a chance to renew.
Even the widows of the bereaved soldiers who died fighting in defense of the motherland were simply told to keep silent as a policy of the State.
What is most surprising is that the communists and many of their so-called petty-intellectual allies have not let up their rhetoric against the Marcos government without thinking that, as ideological theoreticians, they do not stand as vanguards in their vilification of the government.
For instance, they insist in continuing the construction of a Martial Law Museum inside a government-owned property at UP amounting to more than P500 million.
The newly-elected government is against the idea because it tends to immortalize the alleged abuses committed by the Marcos administration during martial law which many say are bloated and exaggerated.
It would be odd and preposterous for the son to pursue that project that would permanently vilify the era of his own father when the overwhelming result of the election clearly indicates that it was rejected by the people.
Their head, Jose Ma. Sison, and his cabal of daydreamers continue to accuse China and Russia of abandoning the Marxist dogma.
Many, however, believe that the strategy is intended to deflect the issues to give them the credibility to pursue the ideology that now appears to have been outmoded by time.
They continue to use their ideology as to justify their alignment with the West. At least with a semblance of an alliance with the US, many front organizations can still avail themselves of economic assistance from the West.
Many are puzzled why to this day why the so-called radical left and the yellow opposition were united in their fight against the Marcos government.
Some say, their unity is to show their desperation of the US inability to contain China.
On the other hand, the US and its allies in Asia are frantic to shore support from its receding influence in Asia.
Without the communists acting as quislings, the US would have totally lost control of the remaining island in the archipelago.
China’s conversion from enemies to friends was a tactical strategy even if China is ideologically dissimilar to the US in many ways.
The US and their mascots from the opposition have to show their intense hatred for China more than their hatred for the old communists who become allies of the US.
The opposition’s hatred of the Marcos family was beyond that they practically divested them of their belongings and even denying the President his wish to return to our country and instead held him a captive prisoner by the Americans in Hawaii.
They denied him to have a last look at his dead mother who lay in state in her homeland.
They charged the Marcoses of ill-gotten wealth to justify their confiscation of the said wealth.
To date, they continue to rant about the ill-gotten wealth, unmindful that big men now surround PBBM, and are the ones directing the direction of his policy towards China, Russia, Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, Syria, North Korea, etc.
Many could not understand why PBBM, during his speech at the New York Stock Exchange, said that “The Philippines not having the United States as ally is inconceivable.”
It gives the impression that PBBM has, all of a sudden, been afflicted with amnesia, for it seems before his visit, he was reminded by the media that there remains a pending case against him for contempt amounting to $353 million without the US offering to drop the charge as matter of gesture for renewal of friendship.
PBBM went ahead to visit without the US formally dropping the contempt charges.
Lately, US president Biden even called PBBM “a partner, an ally and a friend,” forgetting that it was the US government that abducted his father and brought his family shame by filing fabricated charges against the former after his unceremonious ouster from power.
Yet for all the humiliation that PBBM experienced, the unrepentant opposition and their opportunistic cabal from the communist ranks insist on having him persecuted despite the fact that he is now surrounded by known pro-American traitors.
PBBM could not even discern that China has somewhat mellowed its attitude because of the cancellation by former Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin of the joint oil exploration agreement between the Philippines and China, and in the proposed expansion of the US military bases including the construction of a new naval in the Philippines.
To most observers, what many see in the new Marcos policy towards China is his fickleness in his stand with the US, and unsure that the past will never be repeated despite his overwhelming victory.