I was 19 years old when the late Philippine president Ferdinand E. Marcos declared Martial Law. My father was working as “encargado” (care taker) of a 980-hectare “hacienda” in Silay City, Negros Occidental during that time. The hacienda was owned by Velez family, the then Mayor of Silay City Natalio Velez, and a close ally of the president.
As president of Student Supreme Council in our school, I was updated of what was happening inside the country. I am addicted to reading newspapers, watching news on TV, and listening to local radio stations. As head of student council during the time, I never heard a single person living normally that has been a victim of Martial Law.
Past forward – after I graduated from college, I moved to Manila to pursue a higher degree in Ateneo. I was a normal person who went to school and then goes home later. Again, I did not hear anyone who is living his normal life to be a victim of abused by the military, or the PC (Philippine Constabulary).
Many people today who did not experienced Martial Law like student leaders and activists, don’t know what they are doing. Those students in Cebu who demonstrated during Bongbong Marcos’ visit were illiterate and ignorant. They just based their actions on hearsay, history written by Marcos opponents, and from other people who are also ignorant.
Marcos was the greatest president the Philippine has ever had. Even you ask Google, you will get the same result.
Instead of living in hearsay, the Filipino people should be thankful to Marcos and what he did to this country.
Here are some reasons why young Filipinos today should be thankful to the late President Ferdinand Marcos.
Marcos has built many infrastructures and buildings that promote Filipino arts, culture, and values.
Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP)
The Tanghalang Francisco Balagtas (Folk Arts Theater)
Philippine International Convention Center (PICC)
Makiling Center for the Arts (National Arts Center)
Marcos has built many bridges and highways
San Juanico Bridge / Marcos Bridge
Light Rail Transit (LRT)
Manila North Diversion Road
Precursor of the North Luzon Expressway (Nlex)
Precursor to South Luzon Expressway (SLEX)
Marcos Highway to Baguio
Marcos built many specialized hospitals
Philippine Heart Center
Lung Center of the Philippines
The National Kidney and Transplant Institute
Marcos has founded more schools in 20 years (partial list only Marcos) than more than 20 years of the presidents after him.
Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University in La Union founded in 1981
Mariano Marcos State University in Ilocos Norte founded in 1978
Kalinga-Apayao State College in Tabuk Kalinga founded in 1970
Abra State Institute of Science and Technology in Abra founded in 1983
Pangasinan State University founded in 1979
University of Northern Philippines founded in 1965
Philippine State College of Aeronautics founded in 1969
Cagayan State University established in 1978
Quirino State University established 1976
Isabela State University established 1978
Pampanga Agricultural College established 1974
Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology-Calapan City established 1966
Occidental Mindoro State College established 1966
Palawan State University established 1965
Bicol University established 1969
Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges established 1983
Rizal Technological University established 1969
Technological University of the Philippines established 1971
Capiz State University 1980
Guimaras State College 1968
Marcos has completed power plants that provides substantial benefits such as production of electricity
Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, completed 1983
Leyte Geothermal Power Plant, completed 1977
Makiling-Banahaw Geothermal Power Plant, completed 1979
Tiwi Geothermal Power Plant, completed 1980
Angat Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1967
Kalayaan Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1982
Magat A Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1984
Magat B Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1984
Pantabangan Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1977
Agus 2 Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1979
Agus 4 Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1985
Agus 5 Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1985
Agus 7 Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1982
Pulangi Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1985
Agus 6 Hydro Electric Power plant, recommissioned in 1977
Masiway Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1980
Main Magat Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1983
Calaca Coal Power PlantCompleted in 1984,
Cebu Thermal Power Plant completed in 1981,
Palinpinon 1 Southern Negros Geothermal production Field completed in 1983.
Marcos accomplishments can fill a book if his later successors did not discredit his other achievements. For example, Pres. Ramos abolished the National Manpower and Youth Council (NMYC) and created TESDA.
Talking about the crimes, those people who were allegedly victims of martial Law are the same people who committed crimes. Those people were rebels to Marcos rules like the communist.
If you were living normally during Martial Law, you don’t care about crimes.
Which president after him did even 5% of what Marcos have done? No one…. So the Filipino people should thank Marcos.