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To Be President Bongbong Marcos Must First Acknowledge the Sins of His Father

n general a son shouldn’t be blamed for what his father did. The Holy Bible itself acknowledges this in Deuteronomy 24:16: “Fathers shall notComposite graphic of Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos superimposed in front of a Malacañang portrait of his late father be put to death because of their children, nor shall children be put to death because of their fathers. Each one shall be put to death for his own sin. In the case of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. he has never been accused of active involvement in the abuses of his father, former President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos.

However, now that the good senator has announced he may be considering a run for the presidency, many Filipinos—especially those old enough to remember the Martial Law years—are gravely concerned by the prospect of yet another Marcos in Malacañang. And if he should win, the senator’s mother Imelda (and the aging Marcos cronies who fled the Philippines after the EDSA Revolution) would see the victory as a vindication of her husband’s despotic legacy.

Though the chance of Bongbong winning the presidency at this stage seems like a very long shot, the billions of dollars in stolen wealth the Marcos family is rumored to have stashed away in foreign banks could certainly be a game changer. With tens of millions of underprivileged voters ready to sell their votes for a handful of pesos, the candidate with the deepest pockets usually ends up the winner in Philippine elections.

The question for Senator Marcos will be whether he can overcome the negative legacy of his father. There are still large numbers of Filipinos who will never vote another Marcos for president. No amount of convincing or money thrown at this group can get them to change their minds.

So unless he can garner support from large numbers of voters who will give him the benefit of the doubt and not penalize him for his father’s sins, Bongbong will never make president. And the only way he can get that support is by publicly admitting that what his father did was wrong.

In a recent ABS-CBN interview however, the senator was asked if he would apologize for the injustices during Martial Law. He replied that he personally had done nothing he should be sorry about and then went on to recite a litany of achievements attained during his father’s rule. He conveniently dismissed the great many who suffered, characterizing them as the few who simply fell through the cracks.

The interview revealed the senator as being so out of step with mainstream thinking about his father and the Martial Law era. Bongbong Marcos appears to be in denial of the horrendous atrocities committed on thousands of Filipinos during Martial Law—not to mention the deliberate plundering of the Philippine treasury by his parents and their cronies. Even to this day Filipinos continue paying for the injustices incurred during that era.

The Marcoses it appears would want nothing better than to revise history and pretend that what happened during Martial Law was all good. Unfortunately, there’s a mountain of evidence against it.Ferdinand Marcos declaring Martial Law on September 21, 1972 And to try to rehabilitate the image of Ferdinand Marcos would be like trying to rehabilitate that of Adolf Hitler or Judas. It would be next to impossible—at least in this millennium.

Therefore, to earn the respect (and votes) of the Filipino people (as well as the rest of the world) Senator Marcos must admit that what his father did was wrong and Martial Law was for the most part a great evil imposed on the country. Should he fail to do that, he can only be seen as someone out of touch with reality … and someone who can never become president. Published 8/30/2015

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Traffic Will Eventually Choke Metro Manila to Death...If We Do Nothing About It Now

In an earlier editorial we highlighted the pollution problem created by diesel and 2-stroke engines in Philippine cities. Here we  highlight the deleterious effects Metro Manila's horrendous traffic problem has on the country's economy. Traffic moves around Metro Manila in a god-awfully slow pace. And as people and vehicles in this mega-metropolis increase that pace slows down even further. Published 8/26/2015

Why is the Philippines Still Spending Billions Buying Chinese Goods?

Are you one of the many Filipinos who, in righteous indignation, swore not to buy China-made goods because of what that communist country is doing to Philippine possessions in the West Philippine Sea?  First of all—thank you. It is not everyday that one can find people who are willing to make some sacrifice in order to stop an aggressive "bully" nation ... Published 8/22/2015

Air Pollution is Destroying Metro Manila and Most Cities in the Philippines

During the time of Jose Rizal, the country was known as the "Pearl of the Orient." The Spaniards, despite all their faults, built some amazingly beautiful cities in these "Islas." Clear water ran through the Pasig river and life was wholesome for all who lived here. Published 8/16/2015

Chief Justice Sereno et al, Speed Up Philippine Courts or Resign

So I guess if you're a Filipino, you're used to waiting forever for everything...especially government services. Unfortunately, the bar is set so low when it comes to government performance, it is no wonder the Philippines lags behind most countries. Published 8/11/2015

Why is Gloria Arroyo Keeping so Silent?

Remember her? She was president for almost a decade. A year after leaving office in 2010 Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was arrested and placed under “hospital arrest” where she remains to this date. Charged first with electoral sabotage, then the misuse of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes funds, Arroyo is currently confined at the Veterans’ Memorial Medical Center awaiting her day in court. Published 8/04/2015

More Far Left than the Philippine Far Left

Just as global Filipinos alarmed by China’s massive reclamations in the West Philippine Sea were preparing to hold their third annual Global Day of Protest against China’s imperialism on July 24, a “preemptive counter demonstration” was held on July 19 in front of the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC by Filipino American militants protesting US imperialism in the Philippines. Published 7/31/2015

The Iglesia ni Cristo Religion Will Eventually Self-Destruct

It will only be a matter of time before the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), founded by Felix Manalo over a hundred years ago eventually destroys itself. Like All organized religions, it stands on shaky ground depending solely on the faith of its followers to keep it going. And once that faith begins to waiver, it is the beginning of the end for that religion. Published 7/25/2015

Why Isn’t the Makati business Community Rallying Behind Jejomar Binay?

Doesn’t anyone find it a bit strange that the former mayor of Makati does not seem to have the backing of that city’s business community? Makati after all is the country’s premiere business district. Most major Philippine corporations are headquartered there. And for someone who has won election after election, whose wife also served as mayor, and whose son is the current mayor, the city’s business community seems totally disengaged ... Published 7/22/2015

What the Heck is the Problem with Filipino Voters?

Mar Roxas, who gave up his presidential aspirations in 2010 to make way for then presidential aspirant Benigno Aquino Jr., says he might be willing to give way again for frontrunner Grace Poe. The question Pinoy voters should be asking is if Roxas is so willing to give way to others, maybe he’s not that interested in running for president. At this time more than ever, the country needs ... Published 7/16/2015

Local Officials, You Are Only Temporary Stewards of the Lands You Govern

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas got it exactly right when he told Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, “you don’t own Makati City.” Roxas was referring to the mayor’s initial refusal to accept the suspension order from the Office of the Ombudsman in connection the ongoing corruption investigation against the mayor. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima chimed in as well, pointing ...” Published 7/3/2015

Will Same-Sex Marriage Ever Happen in the Philippines?

The United States Supreme Court has finally put its stamp of approval on same-sex unions. This following similar actions by governments in many other first-world democracies around the globe. The high court agreed with the argument that marriage is a very important institution in society. And to deny it to a certain group simply because of their sexual ... Published 6/27/2015

Who Should be the Next President of the Philippines?

Make no mistake, the next elections will be one of the most important—if not the most important—elections the country will ever have. Never since the Philippines gained self-determination in 1946 has it faced such an existential threat from a hostile foreign country as it now faces from China. Published 6/23/2015
Pope’s Encyclical May Finally Get Filipinos to Change their Evil Environmental Ways

Pope Francis is about to issue an encyclical on climate change. The 200-page papal letter to Catholic bishops worldwide warns of "unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem" by the end of this century unless drastic changes are made to avert it. This encyclical could not have come any sooner for the Philippines. Published 6/12/2015

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