Albert Francis E. Domingo, MD

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Never Again to Martial Law -An Edralin’s Perspective

Posted on | September 21, 2014 | No Comments

On this day of remembering the declaration of Martial Law in the Philippines, I usually avoid commenting. “Edralin” being my middle name, I usually get a few puns at the least and backbiting flak at the most. But please indulge me this time.

I find that the misplaced reminiscing for an allegedly better Marcos era due to “discipline” is a product of frustration over today’s abuse of the freedoms we Filipinos enjoy. Certain freedoms are availed of using double standards, as in the recent case of harassment perpetrated upon the DBM Secretary which it seems is being wrongly cloaked under the “freedom of expression.” Then there is the very much abused “freedom of the press,” where our media institutions are either lobotomising the population by showing senseless or mundane material (think the latest brawls by showbiz) or wantonly manipulating people for a particular political interest. Many shady deals or even crimes are also perpetrated in the name of the “right to privacy” which is a freedom in itself – as when unscrupulous government officials hide their wealth under bank secrecy laws and the like.

We should understand that the interpretation and use of “freedom” need not be in the extreme. There are many variants in between maximum discipline (as during Martial Law), and maximum freedom – aka, anarchy. I hope for that understanding to come soon, and for the abuses of freedom to cease.

But going back to the occasion which is 21 September, and with both familial and fraternal (we are Brods in the Upsilon Sigma Phi, as with Ninoy) respect for Ferdinand E. Marcos, I still maintain that ‪#‎NeverAgain‬ should that dark era of Martial Law be repeated.

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