“Running for the highest position in the land is one of the Marcoses’ plan to rehabilitate their political stature and promote historical lies.”
By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL
MANILA — Activists who fought the Marcos dictatorship denounced Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s plan to run as president in the May 2022 national elections.
Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) called the dictator’s son’s plan as shameless. They said that running for the highest position in the land is one of the Marcoses’ plan to “rehabilitate their political stature and promote historical lies.”
On Sept. 24 during its national convention, the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL) nominated Marcos to be its standard-bearer in next year’s presidential race. The KBL is a political party founded by the late dictator Marcos.
The Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses and Martial Law (CARMMA) described it as a “mad attempt for the Marcoses to return and restore their power and rule on a country pillaged and violated during Marcos’s martial law, to further evade their accountability for their crimes, and to promote the historical lies that they have perpetuated.”
Former Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares said that “only power-hungry families like Marcoses are desperate for the palace because they know history has judged them with justice in mind.”
“They will do what it takes, even reinforce its ties with the Duterte family to secure the Presidency,” Colmenares, who was tortured and imprisoned during Martial Law, said in a news report.
CARMMA also views Marcos’s bid for presidency as a “form of direct support for Duterte’s continuation of his murderous rule, with the Marcoses serving as among his closest allies throughout his administration ridden with countless allegations of extrajudicial killings and other human rights violations, corruption and anti-people governance, and subservience to foreign interests.”
Although President Duterte’s mother Soledad fought the dictatorship, Duterte and his family have close ties with the Marcoses.
“This is also certainly a part of the grand plan of their biggest supporter, Rodrigo Duterte, to escape from criminal liability that he is about to face once he steps out of office next year,” SELDA said.
Progressive groups vowed that they will not let another Marcos to return to power.
“Together with the Filipino people, we will remain steadfast in saying #NeverAgain to dictators, plunderers and murderers in power. #NoDuterteMarcos2022,” CARMMA said.
Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) also said that Marcos should have learned from what transpired in the 2016 national elections. “The people will frustrate his ambition to return to Malacañang,” said KMP Chairperson Danilo Ramos.