Living witness (1) – Daily Tribune

I’m the dwelling witness to the peace and glory that was martial legislation and the lies that had been mentioned towards it.

When President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial legislation on 21 September 1972, it was barely 10 months after I arrived from Europe on 20 October 1971, the place I attended a comparative native authorities course on “The Management of Municipal Finance,” in The Hague, Netherlands, beneath the sponsorship of the Worldwide Union of Native Authorities, the United Nations Growth Program, and the German Basis for Worldwide Growth.

There have been 20 of us contributors, coming from 15 nations. I used to be despatched by the College of the Philippines (UP), in my capability as auditor within the Basic Auditing Workplace (now CoA) and as marketing consultant of the UP Native Authorities Middle. As a result of the course took us nearly 4 months, with 20 of us touring collectively throughout Europe, from metropolis to metropolis, we developed friendships which proved mutually helpful for our respective nations. Essentially the most helpful and greatest friendship I had was with the director of the German Basis for Worldwide Growth, Dr. Joachim Krell.

I’ll cease at this level on these friendships, discuss them in incoming points on this column lest I deviate from my fundamental focus: That martial legislation was among the finest issues that Ferdinand ever delivered to this nation.

To utilize what I discovered from my examine tour on improvement administration within the native governments of Europe, Dr. Raul P. de Guzman, Dean of the UP Faculty of Public Administration and director of the UP Native Authorities Middle despatched me to Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao to lecture on fiscal administration on the UP graduate college extension lessons in UP Baguio, UP Tacloban; Notre Dame of Kidapawan, Cotabato Metropolis; College of Northern Philippines in Vigan, Ilocos Sur; Isabela State College; and San Fernando, La Union. On weekends, I take both the airplane to Mindanao and Visayas or the buses far into the Ilocos. This was throughout martial legislation, from 1972 to 1988. For a lot of days, I traveled by airplane, and for a lot of nights after they had been deep and darkish, I used to be touring alone, driving within the bus to far north, a while arriving at midnight or early morning in time to carry my lessons. There was no terrorism, no arrests, no taking pictures, no intimidation, no inspection and no disturbances of any type much like what Ninoy Aquino was characterizing martial legislation in his speeches right here and overseas.

I didn’t see nor hear the phrase dictator from any certainly one of my college students. Solely now, all the time from overseas press and native opposition papers. That “Bongbong is the son of a dictator” as if the phrase would ever reduce the depth of assist by the folks for the son of Ferdinand.

With all due respect, was it not the daddy of Ninoy Aquino who was a traitor to the Filipino folks for collaborating with the Japanese through the warfare, and if not for his demise by coronary heart assault in 1947 he may have been tried and convicted for treason?

On 17 September 1987, Joseph Reeves of Chicago Tribune reported that “Philippine Solicitor General Francisco Chavez charged that rampant corruption exists within the Presidential Commission on Good Government, which President Cory Aquino organized to recover billions of dollars from Mr. Marcos.”

On 14 August 1988, the New York Instances reported that Vice-President of the Philippines Doy Laurel urged President Cory Aquino to step down due to incompetence, corruption and failure to curb the 19-year communist insurrection.

In a four-page letter Mr. Laurel mentioned situations within the Philippines had gone “from bad to worse” since Mrs. Aquino was swept to energy with the assist of the Catholic Hierarchy within the civilian-military revolt that ousted President E. Marcos in 1986. Mr. Laurel mentioned Mrs. Aquino did not curb corruption and the communist insurrection.”

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