Describing the Marcos' regime as the "Never Again" or the "Dark Ages" is an exaggeration and seems to be somewhat unfair and selective.
By saying "Never Again" it also includes all the hundreds of schools, hospitals, roads and bridges built during that time. Not to mention that rice was only P9.00 by Masagana '99 and that PH was building a nuclear power plant, trains and missiles.
Of course, we wouldn't want to ignore the victims of 9 years of Martial Law (not 20 years! '72-81) where, a lot of individuals were allegedly abducted, tortured and abused.
However, lot of Filipinos don't realize that the "Cold War" is going on; that Philippines was almost turned into Communism and that the nation is in a state of anarchy.
If Marcos hadn't proclaimed Martial Law he could have gone down to history as a good and coward leader or not remembered at all. There will be way more millions of Filipinos that will die if Communism had won. The only reason that he is now dubbed as the "Dictator" is because are entitled to free speech and we are not China or North Korea.
Marcos must be the "cutest dictator".
Whether he lost grip on power, or the opposite, he responded to the hailed EDSA "People Power" by stepping out of the throne cleanly without firing a single shot. On the other hand, Mao Zedong responded to protests by killing about 50 million people.
When Marcos left, his predictions came true, power crisis, feud on the West Philippine Sea and devaluation of peso.
On top of that, nothing changed since we claimed our bittersweet "democracy", the gap between the poor and the rich widens, people are uneducated and millions remains jobless where Filipinos had to left their country in order to feed their families.
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