By Leslie Ann Aquino
Catholic prelates urged Filipinos to never forget the “horror” of martial law imposed by the late President Ferdinand Marcos 47 years ago.
Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes said Filipinos need to be reminded of the “sinister plot” to erase the darkest period in the country’s history from the people’s memory.
“Articles should be written in all newspapers of all languages, in social media etc. to remind Filipinos, especially the young people, of the horrors of martial law imposed by Marcos,” he said.
“There is a sinister plot among Marcos loyalists to erase the memory of the darkest period of Philippine modern history,” added Bastes.
“The revisionists of our history are guilty of dishonesty, covering up the truth of the cruelty of Martial Law,” he said.
The Sorsogon prelate said many of the victims of martial rule have not yet received just compensation until now.
Retired Novaliches Bishop Teodoro Bacani Jr. said Filipinos should remember how “oppressive and harmful” to the people martial law was.
“It bred a culture of subservience and corruption from which we have not recovered,” he said.
Church leaders asked everyone to learn from the lessons of the past by being “vigilant” and resisting the return of authoritarian rule.
“Be vigilant that it will never happen again. Show that we cherish what we learned from martial law, promote and protect our rights and freedom,” Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos said.
“Pray that martial law or the like does not happen again. Resist any return to authoritarian rule,” said Bishop Bacani.
The nation will mark the 47th anniversary of martial law on Saturday, September 21.