Catajan: Martial law babies

I NEVER thought it would happen at this time, not in my lifetime at least.

The unthinkable has commenced, logically, it was bound to, I guess, and why not now, at the time when a supporter is in power.
Why not coconut?

Of course this is about the burial of the late strongman in the hallowed grounds of the Libingan ng mga Bayani, which has sent a multitude to the black hole of protests, seemingly engulfed in rage.
And why wouldn’t they be? They have the right to be. They should be. We should be.

I felt robbed a hundred fold over and I didn’t even experience the evils of Martial law first hand, though tagged as a “martial law baby,” with my birth year falling within its grim reign.

I have no recollection of Martial law, which is both good and bad though my mother, a loyalist had stamped me with an impression of greatness for a family mystifying a nation until today.

After decades, the believed remains of Marcos were flown in from Ilocos Norte and finally buried with family and friends as the only witness aided by the strength of the Armed Forces of the Philippines cloaked by the Supreme Court ruling completing the charade, only the Marcos family can win at.

Accorded to Marcos was a 21-gun salute, an honor reserved heroes and heads of state, with the late dictator being both though highly contested and protested.

In our country the 21-gun salute is used during the inauguration of a president, death of a top military official, death of a former president or courtesy calls of foreign leaders during their state visits representing duty, honor and country.

The burial has revived a Pandora’s Box of demons both from the diehard loyalists and the staunch freedom fighters with its result left for this generation to determine.

The Marcoses have yet again enthralled a nation to their saga, ever captivating the audience with their epic story I am sure will outlive me and my heirs.

I will now watch what happens like the rest of the country, like the rest of my generation of unattached martial law babies, who now have a fighting chance to make history.

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