Secret love-A A +A
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
A PERSON who does not want to be identified tells this writer: “I cried in anger as I read the October 20 Sun.Star feature on former political detainees, written by Grace Cantal Albasin and April Argen Pat Marzon.”
“The political detainees in the story, Jerry Orcullo and Armand Naul, fought heroically for our country’s freedom during the dark years of Martial Law, but have not been honored. They have not even been given the just compensation they deserve, especially now that their health is declining.”
“Could you place them in your list of CDO’s ‘prides’?” (Done!)
Angie (not her real name) continues: “What makes me angry is remembering some of the so-called anti-Marcos activists who were big talkers. They still are big talkers. They were and still are what I can only call ‘boutique activists,’ the sort who see to it that their so-called ‘struggle’ against the ‘establishment’ -- I hope your readers understand my quaint vocabulary -- did not and does not go beyond safe academic circles.”
“Instead of continuing the fight for good governance when the Martial Law regime was over, these big mouths prostituted their talents. They became the spokesmen and ghost writers of corrupt politicos.”
“In their youth, they hurled barbs like tamad na burgis at such politicos. Now they don’t mind kissing the asses of these tamad an burgis, because they are tamad and corrupt themselves!”
“Jerry Orcullo and Armand Naul endured unspeakable tortures for not giving up the fight against Marcos and for not betraying their fellow-fighters.”
“In contrast, someone I can’t name who rose to become an established businessman soon after the Marcoses left our country had betrayed a fellow-activist in the anti-Marcos underground, not in the course of torture -- this would have been forgivable -- but because of the lure of lucre from the enemy.”
“It was said a vendetta was sprang to punish this traitor, but someone else got stabbed dead instead. Lucky S.O.B.!”
“Maybe, this story is not true. There are so many Martial Law fairytales.”
“While we’re at it, is it true you were courted by XXX with love letters and steamed crab? Did he entice you to write for the underground newspaper he planned to circulate? He vanished. Did he die of natural causes, or was he executed?”
I really don’t know. There are so many Martial Law “legends.” I tend to believe he died of natural causes, though another “legend” has it that he ended up in a mental institution.
What I found out for sure just recently when a friend died, is that this friend we’ll call “Jenny” had a secret love life she had never admitted to her family up to the time she was at her deathbed.
During Martial Law Jenny, who belonged to a buena familia and stayed single (as far as her family knew) had “married” the editor of an underground newspaper—not the steamed crab guy, for his underground paper only got published in his imagination. This “marriage” was not a legal union since it was officiated by an underground military officer. But her love for her “husband” was genuine.
Sad to say, he left her and married another woman legally. Twenty years ago, they parted ways.
He resurfaced in Jenny’s life after that, according to Angie, but Jenny did not want to have anything to do with him—or any man for that matter.
There are other Martial Law love tragedies of this sort —but they appear trivial compared to the suffering undergone by Jerry Orcullo, Armand Naul and others like them.
May they be officially awarded and rewarded!
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 30, 2013.