Statements: The Déjà vu of government-backed conspiracies

By KARAPATAN Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights

Using the spectre of communism to scare the Filipino people into quiet submission is a harrowingly similar tactic used by Marcos and the AFP to quell dissent and spread fear. Ferdinand Marcos raised the ‘Red’ scare to prop up his authoritarian rule which was suffering cracks, akin to Duterte’s use of this so-called Red October. Even the protest movement then was rising as the Filipino people called for fundamental change.

At that time, the nation’s economy was reeling from crisis after crisis, with poverty incidence rising from 41% in the 1960s to 59% in the 1980s, and a foreign debt that increased 12 times from 1970 to 1983, all while the Marcoses and their cronies were emptying the nation’s coffers. To ensure loyalty and a strong grip on authority, the dictator Marcos gave “juicy” positions in government agencies and institutions, and assigned select military personnel to run civilian agencies.

The sense of deja vu is strong, especially among those of us who have lived through the harrowing and brutal Marcos years. Loyalty is being reciprocated by assigning select military personnel to prime positions in government agencies and institutions with at least 60 retired military generals, police directors, admirals and colonels who have been appointed to the Cabinet and other agencies, including government-owned corporations.

AFP chief of Staff Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. has announced that at least 10 universitites  in Metro Manila are involved in a plan to overthrow the government. Separately, Brig. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr., assistant deputy chief of staff for operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, recently ‘Red’-tagged 18 schools in Metro Manila – most of which had recently shown anti-Martial Law films in their campuses.

The Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses and Martial Law (CARMMA) condemns this desperate effort at equating any kind of protest with communism, working to discredit this movement for change, and intimidating the wide network of support it has generated. We resist any and all moves to establish authoritarian rule and nationwide martial law. These protests are legitimate, and were built on the basis of widespread repression and oppression perpetrated by the Duterte government. #


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