FERDINAND MARCOS – ANY SIMILARITIES?
Written by Little Angel on December 2, 2017
With elections looming, Grenada is about to make another mark on its political records and may do well to learn from the history books of other nations like the Philippines, where the late Ferdinand Marcos ruled for twenty (20) years between 1966 and 1986. The following were characteristic of the Marcos era:
Marcos did a very good job at the beginning of his reign in construction and building roads;
He toyed with the idea of changing the constitution from two (2) terms of office;
In 1970 the Philippines turned to the constitution: “… to correct electoral evils, social injustice, heavy consolidation of power under Marcos and the influence of partisan politics in all government decisions.”1
In 1972 he imposed martial law in order for him to remain in power a second time;
Politics for Marcos was personal;
He was accused of nepotism and had the support of family, friends, business people and associates;
He ruled a nation that was misled into thinking that elections were democracy;
Democracy was transformed and failed to give the people the rights they deserved;
Democracy and democratic values were not embedded within the Filipino society;
He capitalized on a system of governance in which he manipulated the Supreme Court.
Ferdinand Marcos was considered as one of the world’s most corrupted leaders and a legacy such as his did not enhance the image of a man who was described as clever, brilliant, dynamic and charismatic. Instead, Marcos lived up to the famous quote by Lord Acton (1887): “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
Grenadians may choose to establish whether any of the characteristics of the Marcos era and his legacy reflect political life in their tri-island state — and if ever; efforts should be made to avoid them; as they resulted in much suffering, hardship and abuse of Human Rights in the Philipines. The Grenadian population is not deserving of such treatment and should not be subjected to a similar fate as the Filipinos.
Kallie Szczepanski, July 14th 2017, Ferdinand Marcos [web p.]
1 Nicole Cu Unjieng, University of Pennsylvania Scholarly Commons, Ferdinand Marcos: Apotheosis of the Philippine Historical Political Tradition, 2009 [pdf]