- Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to Malacañang (CARMMA) posted a video called “Millennials for Martial Law” on their Facebook page which has gone viral with more than 2. 2M views as of posting
- The young voters, unknowingly being interviewed by Martial Law victims, initially spoke of the Martial Law in a positive light and were surprised when the victims revealed their identities and talked about their painful experiences
- CARMMA aims to gain supporters in their petition to rewrite Philippine History books and include the ‘other side’ of the Martial Law era
‘These young voters are in for a surprise’. This is the caption of the viral video posted by the Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to Malacañang (CARMMA) on their Facebook page on May 3.
According to an article by ABS-CBN News, the video, titled ‘Millennials for Martial Law’, started with 8 young voters between the ages 19 to 22; introducing themselves to older people whom they didn’t expect were human rights victims during the Martial Law. These millennials are all first time voters and were not yet born when Martial Law was declared during Ferdinand Marcos’ regime in 1972.
They were initially asked by their interviewers what they think about the effects of the Martial Law years.
The millennials illustrated the Martial Law era as the golden years in our country’s history; saying it was “a good time for the Philippines” when “the law was followed and people were disciplined”. Some described it as “good for our country” and “the government was respectable because of Marcos” – likening his being ‘strict’ to a ‘parent’s love’. Their feedback were all in favor of Martial Law as per their perceptions.
The interviewers then introduced themselves and revealed they were human rights violations victims during Marcos’ regime. The millennials’ faces immediately dropped as shock takes over.
The Martial Law victims Danilo dela Fuente, Lourdes Victoriano, Marie Maiso, and Rodel Briones all shared the different horrors they experienced and suffered through during the Martial Law. They recounted tales of detainment, rape, torture, and various physical and verbal abuses.
Talking about their painful experiences left the millennials teary-eyed and guilty.
One of the young voters said: “It’s overwhelming to discover what happened during the Martial Law.”
The 20-year-old girl cried and asked if she could give Dela Fuente a hug.
Another one of the millennials said: “They taught us differently in school.”
At the end of the video, CARMMA stressed that the truth behind Martial Law is kept hidden to this day and not being taught in schools. The group is petitioning to rewrite Philippine History books and uncover the true story of the Martial Law era.
The video has now reached more than 2.2 million views and nearly 77K shares in CARMMA’s Facebook page, while the petition has already gained almost 12K supporters.
Watch “Millennials for Martial Law” here :