FORGIVE US OUR SINS AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO SINNED AGAINST US. That’s how Jesus taught us in our prayer. How can we be forgiven, if we do not know how to give forgiveness to others.
I know how these victims of human violations of the Martial Law felt. Wallowing in the past would make them chained to it and will not be able to move on with peace and joy. God said, “Vengeance is Mine”.Haven’t the Marcoses felt the most humiliating and embarrasing eviction from the Malacañang Palace which was a news worldwide?
I remember the Martial Law under Marcos regime. He made people believed of a drama (bombing of Plaza Miranda is one)in the politics and declared the Martial law. People said he won the second time because of fraud and there was alleged used of government funds to support his candidacy. From then on he ruled the country under martial law for almost 10 years. Even he lifted up martial law he still retained some of his powers.
I recalled student activists marching in different areas of Metro Manila with band on their head or on their wrist. Most of the time if the marchers was along their way to school, there will be no classes. They would gathered and marched near university belt, open places where there were many people like the Avenida Rizal, Mendiola, Liwasang Bonifacio and the Commonwealth or the Circle in Quezon City. I recalled one time while the jeepney I was on passed by the Liwasang Bonifacio(my school was at Lyceum Manila), there were firetrucks throwing tear gas on the rallyists. I also experienced having witnessed the student activists rallied along Avenida Rizal and they were shouting and making noise barrage. It was indeed true that these student activists or rallyists were joined and spearheaded by KMU-Kilusang Mayo Uno and other leftist group.
That’s how chaotic and horrifying Manila was. There were news blackout and you can only watched and heard good news of the government programs. People voices were mummed. You’re only response was to follow the law of the Martial law regime. Death of government antagonists were not featured in newspaper or in television, or radio. You will hear news about famous people, students detained for subversion which you will learned through hearsay. There were news of torture and mass killing . It was so appalling, if that was the right term.
I hope and pray that these people can move forward with their life without bitterness by forgiveness. Breaking the chains of the past will make a joyful peaceful life , have they only realized.