By Ellson Quismorio
Former senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. may need to visit a certain landmark in downtown Manila to cure themselves of whatever amnesia afflicting them in connection with the martial law period of 1972 to 1981.
Opposition lawmaker Albay 1st District Rep. Edcel Lagman had this to say Monday as he continued to slag the two over their “lack of credibility” on facts about Martial Law.
“Kailangan yata dumalaw lang si Enrile at si Bongbong Marcos sa Wall of Remembrance ng Bantayog ng mga Bayani upang makita nila kung sino-sino na doon (It seems that Enrile and Bongbong Marcos should visit the Bantayog ng mga Bayani’s Wall of Remembrance to see the names), those who had heroic sacrifices to the
Filipinos and were killed and involuntary disappeared during martial law,” he told Radyo Singko.
Also known as the Bantayog Memorial, the Bantayog ng mga Bayani is dedicated to people deemed as heroes during the nine-year military rule declared by Bongbong’s father, late president Ferdinand Marcos Sr., as well as the 1986 People Power Revolution which led to the former Chief Executive’s ouster.
One of the Manila landmark’s notable features is the Wall of Remembrance, wherein the names of the martyrs are enshrined. This includes Benigno Aquino Jr., whose assassination triggered the peaceful revolt.
“Puwede niyong tingnan ang (They can look at the) roster of more than 11,000 claimants as victims of martial law na validated and paid by the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board under the Reparation and Recognition Act of 2012,” Lagman added.
The Bicolano noted that both Enrile and the younger Marcos were sitting members of the Senate when the particular law was passed.
“Ang katunayan nga si (In fact) Senator Enrile signed the enrolled bill as the President of the Senate,” the Bicolano further said.
Enrile and the younger Marcos recently grabbed headlines for their viral tete-a-tete wherein the former denied massacres and claimed that there were very few arrests of administration critics during martial law.
“During martial law there were no massacres like what happened in Mendiola during the supposed democratic government of Cory Aquino,” Enrile was quoted as saying, referring to Aquino’s widow who has also since passed away.
Incidentally, the country commemorated last September 21 the 46th anniversary of President Marcos’s declaration of martial law in 1972.
“Si [Johnny] Enrile siya ang administrator ng martial law at ngayon lahat kasinungalingan, all lies ang sinasabi niya (Enrile was the martial law administrator and now all he speaks of are lies),” Lagman said.