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5 Important factors why most Pasiguenos can never accept Marcos as a hero

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103 Years ago, Ferdinand E. Marcos was born in a sleepy town of Sarrat, Ilocos Norte. Never did his town mates knew that this man would be the center of a political deluge that would change the course of the country’s history for the worse. This is not another article on history as we have different interpretations on what happened during the infamous “Marcos Era” and it really depends whose side you are on.

Pasig is a town geographically nestled between the Metropolitan Manila and the Rizal Province. This strategic spot helped Pasig to become a melting pot of different groups coming from Rizal and the greater metropolis. Rizal High School a secondary school known to be the largest of its kind is also in Pasig so student from all walks of life and from different places would flock the town daily. Due to the multitude of people working, studying and doing their business in Pasig, the town also became a political agora where orators and social advocates would express their thoughts and feelings about issues circling the times. Martial Law and the tyrant are just one of the topics discussed albeit secretly in homes, in dinner tables and in some way in underground meetings hosted by Pasiguenos. In short, Pasig is not a silent town that subscribes to tyranny and despotism. The town shouts through its people a clarion call that symbolizes Pasig’s opposition to things that goes against humane ideals and principles.

Here are the 5 important factors why most Pasiguenos can never accept Marcos as a hero.

1. Pasiguenos who were victims of imprisonment and torture during the Martial Law Regime are still alive and they repeatedly told their story to present generations

Thousands tortured, killed and missing. This is up to now denied by the Marcos Family but evidences seemed to support the latter. Most Pasiguenos would take pride of their participation in the First Quarter Storm as it signifies their baptism of fire in fighting the dictator. Some continued to study and ended up a professionals but others became radical and sacrificed their studies for the sake of their own principles being smashed by a self-destructing regime. Now on their sunset years, these Pasiguenos continue to tell their stories not because their lives mattered but because they treat it as their sole achievement and medal on how they fought for their country against a homegrown tyrant.

2. Pasiguenos who participated in the EDSA Revolution as if tradition tells and re-tells the story of the bloodless revolution every year during February.

“Nandun ako! Alam mo ba wala ako pamasahe pero nakapunta ako sa EDSA at umuwi akong busog kahit halos dalawang araw ako doon! Oo itanong mo sa tatay mo!” These are just some of the accounts of ecstatic Pasiguenos as they relieve their experiences in EDSA. While the Marcoses are busy stocking stolen treasures, Filipinos gathered in EDSA as they fight for their most precious gem – freedom. Due to its proximity, a lot of Pasiguenos were able to be part of the revolution at EDSA, in fact they arrived in groups! Some are part of schools, NGOs and families. They took advantage of how near EDSA is to the town and ensured that they bring a lot of people with them. If you are from Pasig then the word “Kuyog” and “Kinuyong” would always ring a bell.

3. Martial Law babies (people who grew up during the Marcos Years) would tell stories of how different life was in Pasig

Martial Law is known for two things, torture and face lifting. Face lifting not because the former First Lady Imelda Marcos did some work in her face that made her smile perpetually but because of the number of costly projects that hid the real face of the Filipinos. The Bliss Village in Caniogan is a product of the Martial Law Years and though it brought good life to some, there are others, the vast great majority that was made worse by the regime. Children during those times were forced to march to the tune of the Bagong Lipunan together with the newly organized Sangguniang Kabataan – a requirement that though seemed harmless is a way to brainwash the young people – a typical move by a megalomaniac dictator. Martial Law babies realized this propaganda after Marcos and at the present now on their 50’s they have somehow realized that despite the superficial good things that took place during the 70’s, the country could have been better with Marcos out of the picture.

4. Cory is not from Pasig but Salonga is!

Cory Aquino may be the symbol of the Freedom Movements after Marcos but Jovito Salonga is considered one of the brains of the revolution. He in fact served the newly created Presidential Commission on Good Government to chase the cronies and retrieve the wealth of the Filipino People from the coffers of the thieves. It was Salonga who estimated the total value of the ill-gotten wealth of Ferdinand Marcos to the tune of 10-15 Billion Dollars. Marcos apologists would outright defunct the achievements of the PCGG but nothing beats hard evidence of a “dancing Imelda”, 3000 pairs of shoes, multi-million worth of properties in New York and numerous accounts in European and Caribbean Banks.

5. Pasiguenos hate long serving rulers!

No explanation here, but that’s why we voted for Vico Sotto.

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