Read or download this excerpt from Chapter 1 of Marcos Martial: Never Again book - By Raïssa Robles - With the sudden heightened interest on Martial Law, let me share with you excerpts from Chapter One of our Marcos Martial Law: Never Again book. This book is actually a study of a "benevolent" dictatorship. Chapter 1 narrates how Marcos made extensive preparations to impose military rule and how he actually carried it out. The chapter is based, among others, on Marcos' own diaries, on face-to-face interviews with military officers who took part in the imposition, on recently declassified papers from the United States including the Nixon papers and dispatches to and from the US Embassy in Manila.
An excerpt from CHAPTER 1 of "Marcos Martial Law: Never Again" by Raïssa Robles - 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.
An Exclusive - By Raïssa Robles - Colonel Eduardo Matillano, then a young military, was one of the few officers who was made to face a military court for conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman. In the end, he and his fellow accused were acquitted from charges of torturing Trinidad Herrera. Below is Col. Matillano's side of the story, which I wrote in the book Marcos Martial Law: Never Again:
By Raïssa Robles - As the Supreme Court prepares to rule on whether or not to allow a hero's burial for Marcos, we have to keep in mind that the third branch of government has still not faced what it did to help legitimize the Marcos dictatorship. In the past, I had pointed out how the High Court glossed over its shameful history during Martial Law. After I pointed it out, the court removed the history. But it quietly posted the following on its website. The history is still a cop-out (see those portions I boldfaced in red.)
By Raïssa Robles - I'm now listening to the oral arguments on whether or not the late Ferdinand Marcos should be given a hero's burial. I will be posting on this thread.
Exclusive By Raïssa Robles - The 1987 Constitution was intended by its framers to be THE poison pill against all future dictatorships. Burying Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani would neutralize the potency of that antidote to prevent another dark period from emerging. The closing remarks of Justice Palma, who served as the President of Concom, clearly explains the charter’s dictator-proof features in detail and shows why burying Marcos a hero desecrates the 1987 Constitution.
By Raïssa Robles - Yesterday, Peter Tiu Lavina - the mainstay of Rodrigo Duterte's social media team - posted this on Facebook: "To win the war against drugs, we need to be resolute like #PresidentDuterte. There should be no neutrals in this righteous crusade against evil. Let those fence-sitting nitpicking Humpty Dumpties realize that they are derailing our total victory against this menace. They are clearly on the side of if not protecting the drug lords." I found this post highly disturbing because it comes from an official of Malacanang Palace.
An Excerpt from the book Marcos Martial Law: Never Again by Raïssa Robles - To commemorate the death of Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. on August 21, 1983, I am posting here the link from our book Marcos Martial Law: Never Again. I am grateful to our publisher, Filipinos for a Better Philippines, for allowing me to share with you this extract from the Collectors Edition.
UPDATE: Konsensya Dabaw has just told me that while tomorrow’s rally will have supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte, it will also have Dabawenyos who did not vote for Duterte. And both groups are welcome. Here is their open letter to Duterte.
Just my opinion - By Raïssa Robles - I meant, when she's dead. I'm serious. It's now in the rules and regulations of Libingan ng mga Bayani, that widows of former Philippine presidents can also be interred beside their spouses.