Survivors, descendants of Martial Law massacres urge public not to vote for Sen. Marcos

The survivors and descendants of Martial Law massacres urge the public not to give chance to Senator Bong Bong Marcos, son of the late dictator President Ferdinand Marcos, to become the country’s next vice-president.

In a position paper recently issued, the group of massacres survivors and descendants said, “We strongly express our most avowed disapproval of the candidacy for Vice President of the late dictator’s son and namesake, Sen. Ferdinand “Bong Bong” R. Marcos, Jr” citing the bloods on the hands of the Marcoses as the reason.

“In support to statements previously issued by the other victims of Martial Law, we fiercely deplore the guiltless stance and refusal of Sen. Bong Bong Marcos to recognize the atrocities and destruction inflicted by his father’s tyranny against our people,” the dissenting group said.

They said, “Thousands of victims including women, children, old people were put to death mercilessly by government forces, among which were those massacred in Manili, North Cotabato (70 dead) in 1971, Tacub, Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte (140), in Alamada, North Cotabato (73) in 1971, Magsaysay, Lanao del Norte (66) in 1971, Kisulon, Bukidnon (67) in 1971, Buldon, Maguindanao 960) in 1971, Malisbung, Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat (1,000+) in 1973, Patikul, Sulu (700+) in 1977, and Pata Island in Sulu (2,000+) in 1981.”

“Sen. Bong Bong Marcos committed a massacre of his own by butchering the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in the Halls of Senate. Sen. Bong Bong Marcos even brazenly announced the death of the BBL, branding it as a foolish attempt at peace, which consequently killed the hopes and dreams of the Moro people,” the massacres survivors and descendants said.

They pointed out, “His apathy and proven disinterest in achieving real and lasting peace in Mindanao gravely debilitate and put to waste the concerted efforts of concerned stakeholders in the decades-old peace processes in the country.”

“Let us not take this hard-earned freedom and democracy for granted. Let us never allow ourselves, our loved ones, and the future generation to once again be subjected and succumb to similar oppression and injustices that have experienced in the hands of the Marcoses.”

Marcos is criticized by peace advocates and Bangsamoro people for his staunch position against the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

The BBL is a proposed legislation provided by the signed peace deal between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front that would pave way for the establishment of autonomous Bangsamoro government.

The Philippine Congress, which has the sole responsibility to enact the BBL, failed to pass the proposed Bangsamoro law during the sessions last February.