Both the moribund Liberal Party (LP) and the local communists dislike the late President Ferdinand Marcos and anyone associated with him.
The Reds hate Marcos because when the latter placed the entire country under martial law in September 1972, the planned Maoist takeover of the Philippines was aborted after local communist commanders, cadres and sympathizers were arrested and detained.
By the middle of 1972, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), the New People’s Army (NPA) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) had already infiltrated the ranks of university professors, college students, factory workers and farmers for the purpose of creating civil unrest.
For the record, the arrest and detention of communist leaders and troublemakers during the martial law years were legally sustained by the Supreme Court.
Martial law effectively derailed the communist planned takeover of the Philippines. That is the main reason why the Reds in this country dislike Marcos and why they will do everything to discredit the late authoritarian President.
Ex-Presidents Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino, her son Benigno Aquino III and the Aquino family all hate Marcos because of their unfounded belief that Marcos was the mastermind of the assassination of former Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. at the Manila International Airport in August 1983.
Their belief is unfounded because the Agrava Board which investigated the Ninoy assassination indicted several military officers but was unable to pin the masterminds in the murder of Marcos.
They also hate Marcos because they speculate that if Marcos had not resorted to martial law in 1972, Ninoy Aquino would have been elected President under the LP banner in November 1973.
That speculation is debunked by Ninoy himself in a televised interview in 1978 where he revealed that Sen. Gerardo “Gerry” Roxas Sr. would have been the presidential candidate of the LP in 1973 if martial law did not get in the way.
The hatred the yellow army of the LP has for Marcos is merely inherited from the Aquinos. LP stage managers know that as long as the LP associates itself with the Aquino name, anti-Marcos voters can be easily enticed to support LP. The LP dislike for Marcos, therefore, is superficial and opportunistic.
Two weeks ago, the Sandiganbayan convicted former First Lady and current Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Romualdez Marcos of graft after what appears to be a trial that took all of 27 years to finish. Mrs. Marcos was convicted due to allegations that she transferred public funds to seven Swiss foundations during the incumbency of President Marcos.
When the news of her conviction broke out, the Reds and the Yellows organized a few not so well attended rallies in the metropolis to assure their political survival. That’s because they know that their only chance of avoiding political oblivion in the hands of the no-nonsense President Rodrigo Duterte is to get the fast dwindling staunch anti-Marcos voters to support them. In other words, the Reds and the Yellows need a hate object to make them look relevant to the eyes of the electorate.
There is good reason for the Reds and the Yellows to worry about their political future and to rely on their overused anti-Marcos bogeyman. The bulk of today’s voting population does not really care about the past, the martial law period included and is more concerned about the future.
Former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has a very good chance of unseating the LP’s Leni Robredo in his electoral protest currently pending in the Supreme Court sitting as the presidential electoral tribunal. That is another reason why the Reds and the Yellows are desperately promoting a national anti-Marcos sentiment in preparation for the May 2019 elections.
It also indicates that they found out too late that the anti-Marcos political trademark is no longer as attractive as it used to be as in the electoral supermarkets of decades past.