There is no denying the fact that generations of Pinoys are permanently scarred by the Martial Law dictatorship, but would it hurt if we take a "modern" view of Dictatorship and look it is a more "positive" way and MAYBE give it another try with a "better leader"?
I mean think about, the things Dictators can do to "help" their people.
In Dictatorships, MEDIA IS ALWAYS POSITIVE, TRUTHFUL AND HELPFUL to the plight of the people.
They can help shape the opinion of the constituents to make pinoys feel proud, afraid or angry of certain individuals or groups. They can be asked to also influence people's feelings in favor of certain laws and policies even if these are against our own interests, welfare and freedoms.
In Dictatorships, THERE IS UNITY BETWEEN THE BRANCHES OF THE GOVERNMENT
Imagine, when prosecuting certain groups and individuals you can ask the Judiciary, the SolGen, Ombudsman, Sandiganbayan and Senate Committees' cooperationin detaining opposition without needing to go through the long and tedious due process.
In either drafting or blocking laws and state policies regardless if these are against our interests and freedoms, you can always get the Legislatures support in passing these policies in exchange for some monetary reward and bonuses for jobs well done.
In Dictatorships, FRIENDS GET A LOT OF BENEFITS
Friends can be allowed free pass when they fuck things up bigtime or can be bailed out when they make mistakes and naughty things since "if they are friends and allied with our dictator they are friends and allies of the people". Any friend or ally of our dictator could not possibly mean evil against the people if he say, mess up the transport sector or get kickbacks on projects, diba? Only enemies have bad intentions, friends always act in good faith JUST LIKE WHAT THE MEDIA WOULD TELL US, diba?
In Dictatorships, ENEMIES ARE PERSECUTED QUICKLY
In contrast with "friends of the people", enemies will be given a hard time. With the MEDIA, the SENATE, the STATE POLICE, the JUSTICE DEPT working as one with our leader, all enemies can be dealt quickly without the need of going through the long and boring course of DUE PROCESS stated in the Bill of Rights.
In Dictatorships, THERES ALWAYS PROGRESS
You can innocently RIG SURVEYS or CHERRY PICK STATISTICS and international opinions, so we can show the people how stellar our country is performing. That way we can keep the morale of the people high all the time with Pinoy Pride. And if people can be trapped in their "happy place", they would forget all their problems plaguing their lives and the people around them. Nevermind the naysayers, they're just utak talangka and un patriotic basterds who want Philippines to not succeed.
In Dictatorships, PEOPLE ARE LED BY BLAMELESS LEADERS THAT ARE ALWAYS RIGHT
Leaders are seldom wrong, when something goes wrong it's others fault. It can't be the dictators or his allies fault since they always mean good to the public they serve. As said before, only enemies have bad intentions, friends always act in good faith JUST LIKE WHAT THE MEDIA WOULD TELL US, diba?
So if some troopers and people get killed in a bungled operations, relief efforts are delayed causing total breakdown of social structures, remember, it's not the leaders fault. It's the enemies and the oppositions doing because they are sabotaging and making all things negative.
In Dictatorships, PEOPLE WILL ALWAYS VOTE FOR THE BEST LEADERS
With the truthfulness of the MAINSTREAM MEDIA and the spot on reporting of people sentiments by SURVEYS, along with the total character demolision or imprisonment of government enemies without due process, people are always made to believe that they have all they need to make an informed choice. This will guarantee that FRIENDS of the previous dictator will likely be voted so progress and good dictatorial governance is continued.
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