An excerpt from CHAPTER 1 of “Marcos Martial Law: Never Again” book
By Raïssa Robles
NOTE: In the light of the historical revisionism now going on about Ferdinand Marcos, I have decided, with the publisher’s permission, to share this excerpt online in such a way that you yourself can also pass it on to your friends and relatives anywhere.
President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos, 55 years old in 1972, was a thin-lipped, dark-skinned wiry man who exuded a dangerous charm. He could speak in a stentorian voice, was a consummate wheeler-dealer and had eyes that never smiled even when the man was cracking a joke. He had a photographic memory and plotted political moves like a consummate chess player. Mijares claimed that when the President was a senior law student at the University of the Philippines he had written a thesis on the need for a “strong man” rule which he called “constitutional authoritarianism”. There was no doubt he saw himself as that man. “Marcos really aspired that early and intended to employ cunning and deceit to be his country’s dictator one day,” said Mijares.
Two infamous murders marked Ferdinand Marcos’ life. The first helped launch his political career, the second, 48 years later, started the tailspin that sent his regime crashing to the ground. In both instances the victim was an enemy who was shot in the back. On the night of September 20, 1935,* Julio Nalundasan, 41, a newly-elected Assemblyman from Sarrat, Ilocos Norte, was killed by a single shot fired from long range while he was brushing his teeth. The suspected trigger man was the son of Nalundasan’s political opponent — 18-year-old Ferdinand Marcos, a law student at the University of the Philippines and a member of the University’s rifle team.
Investigation showed the rifle assigned to him was on the gun rack at the University of the Philippines, but another weapon was missing. In addition, Nalundasan had been killed by a “a single Western Lubaloy .22 long bullet that entered his back and penetrated his heart,” according to Hartzell Spence, Marcos’ official biographer. Spence noted that Marcos at that time was the national rifle champion and the .22 calibre rifles used in competitions were loaded with Western Lubaloy bullets. Three years after the killing, the young suspect Marcos was arrested. Allowed to graduate, he took the Bar Examination and placed first in 1939 — the year he was convicted and sentenced to 17 years imprisonment for murder.30 He didn’t stay long in jail: in 1940, the Supreme Court overturned the judgment and set him free. Ever after, the dictator, his propagandists and sycophants loved boasting that it was his legal prowess that got his conviction reversed (he wrote his own appeal). But that was only part of the story. The real reason why Marcos walked was a bizarre one: a Supreme Court justice had developed a soft spot for the killer.
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