Marcos Burial Protesters and BBM’s Presidential Ambition

Never give up on the youth.  This statement rings true in light of the past protests of several days.  In large part, the youth (mostly millennials) provided the warm bodies for these protest actions not only in Manila but in all major cities in the country.

While most of these millennials confined themselves into being social media activists in the past, they have decided to walk their talk.  What changed?  The Marcos burial has been announced early on so it was not at all a surprise that it was to be implemented eventually.  When the SC decided for the burial, these millennials were still stuck to their computers satisfied with just their commentaries on social media.

And yet, a lot of these millennials are not even anti-marcos and even more so, anti-marcos burial at LNMB.  “Move On” was some of their adopted arguments.  I would even venture to say that BBM benefitted from votes coming from this demographic.

So, if I may ask again, what changed?  What was the tipping point that these millennials have become motivated to come out and walk the streets that their forebears used to tread?  What triggered that from being “move on” advocates, they have become “never again” chanters?

It was not the Marcos LNMB burial decision per se, but the the sneaky fashion that it was done that did it for them.  “Like a thief in the night” was an apt statement that coincided with the belief that Marcos was a thief when he was alive, and now even with his burial.  Even fence sitters could not help but yell and say “Anyare?”.

But another equally significant factor is the fact that these “kids” have not identified themselves with a specific advocacy that they can call their own.  They have not been impassioned enough to any single cause unlike the generations before them who had EDSA.

They have not reached their political awakening, until now.

Ones political awakening come at different times and can happen multiple times in ones lifetime.  Back in the day, the youth had an early political awakening with the declaration of Martial Law.  Some, like Jesse Robredo for example, had his with Ninoy’s assassination in ’83.

This time, it was the sneaky Marcos interment.  And because of the Marcos family’s decision  to inter their non-hero patriarch in a piece of property labeled for heroes aggravated by a supportive president, this could be the monkey wrench that will potentially damage BBM’s presidential machinery.  (Marcos unusually small casket did not help)

Never give up on the youth…..  all of them will be voters soon.





Marcos’ Non-Heroes Burial in the Non-Heroes, Heroes Cemetery

Imagine the irony.  The SC allowing the administration to interr a non-hero in a real estate  referred to be a heroes memorial despite affirming the fact that the non-hero has had (still have) ill-gotten wealth and the government still maintaining a PCGG dedicated to recover the same, and its congress having passed a law compensating the non-heroes’ victims.  And let’s not even touch on the fake war exploits.

The flash burial last Friday was a scandal in the sense that it had to be done in a flash, a replica (or fake) body had to be in the Laoag, a coffin so small, and the antis never had the chance to at least disrupt it.

If I were to draw something positive in these events is the fact that the discussion on history, particularly marcos’ misdeeds and the mistakes committed post marcos, have become everyday topics again.  For a long while, this has become an issue confined to martial law babies and its victims.  The younger generation have distanced themselves from this and worse, have become apathetic.

Hopefully, in the future, whoever gets to sit in Malacanang (whether another Marcos or another Aquino or any other surname) will have been elected by a much more wiser and more informed electorate.


BBM: We Wuz Robbed!

Call me biased but BBM appearing on television saying that he got cheated in the VP count is kinda chalk and cheese for me.

The most part of my growing up years I only knew one president, FM Sr.  FM Sr. was the ultimate macho politico.  You never see him mad nor scared.  Not even at the height of EDSA 1 and even when his debilitating disease was getting the better of him.

When he took his oath of office while EDSA was ongoing, all the rest had anxious demeanors, even BBM had a look of a kid about to be heartbroken (in military garb).  But not FM Sr.!

Fast forward 2016, BBM seem to be screaming “we wuz robbed!” I’m tempted to say, “how is it to be on the other side of the fence?”.  But that’s admitting that he was indeed cheated.  Maybe he was but then again, maybe he’s just paranoid.  But one thing is definite, the suit doesn’t fit him well.  Or maybe, “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” would fit him better.

It’s pathetic as it is comical.