Telling the factual truth is not inciting hatred

Historical revisionists would like to equate truth with incitement to hatred. That to speak the brutal truth is to stir up hatred among the innocent, that it is to stir up hatred for those who have caused harm and injury to their victims, hatred for those who have plundered the wealth of the nation and fled with everything they could hide in hidden secret foreign accounts.

Alas, it is made to believe that telling the truth means corrupting the minds of young people. That forgiveness and forgetting should be the be all and end all and everyone should just leave the past behind and start over.

On the other hand, not to tell the truth that one knows and has personally experienced, to be silent in the face of the rise of tyranny and repression, is to leave room for deliberate lies and consent to erasure otherwise to the review of factual truths about historical events and the commission of crimes that actually occurred. These factual truths have unfolded before the eyes of the world or have been discovered by arduous truth seekers whose only desire is justice for the victims and retribution for the wicked.

One should also be wary of subtle false insertions into the story by spin-docs hired with monumental sums by those who want to sanitize their names. Sadly, there are, indeed, people who have been hooked, whose minds have been cleansed of what they once knew and believed, but through their own faults when they succumbed to seductions and rights which they thought they could justify.

Be careful then. The devil is in the details, the saying goes, and it is in these details that the revisions and erasures begin. Before we know/know it, a whole tale has been shot for the gullible to feed on.

But the most painful part is the branding and tarring of truth tellers as hatemongers and right-thinking communists. My backlash to their solar plexus: aren’t these taggers themselves self-righteous? These taggers are no different from those who deny Hitler’s Holocaust or that humans landed on the moon. There could be no harm in thinking that the Yeti might exist, but announcing its coming and promising that a golden age is near is the work of dupesters.

Facebook friend and writer (she has co-authored books with Bishop Pablo Virgilio David) Nina Tomen posted this on her FB page (which I share with her permission): “To those who ask, ‘Bakit nagtatanim ng pagkamuhi sa mga kabataan? ‘ (Why do they sow hatred among young people?), there is a difference between sowing pagkamuhi (sowing hatred) and pagkamulat (raising awareness).

“When parents are killed right in front of their children for being on an unsanctioned purge list, that’s sowing pagkamuhi, raising a generation of angry children who may one day become violent adults.

“When people recount their real experiences of martial law and the atrocities of past and current administrations, it is pagmumulat, telling the truth and reminding young people of their responsibility to opt for a better future by choosing the right leaders for this nation. hurt.”

In this People Power Week and just over two months away from Election Day (May 9, 2022), it behooves us to step back and look back on history. Here are free movies about the dark years of martial law that can be streamed online courtesy of truth tellers:

“Imelda” (2003), dir. Ramona S. Diaz (https://youtu.be/rBS7A_-bnwA); “The Kingmaker” (2019), dir. Lauren Greenfield (https://flixhq.ru/movie/the-kingmaker-2pzp4/1-full); “Batas Militar” (1997), dir. Jeannette Ifurung (https://vimeo.com/314920652); “Eskapo” (1995), dir. Chito S. Roño (https://youtu.be/WNzqRg_V2d4); “Dekada ’70” (2002), dir. Chito S. Roño (youtu.be/jLxwM-bYpEI); “Signos” (1983), dir. Mike De Leon (https://vimeo.com/304516355); “Marcos: an evil spirit” (1986), dir. Rolly Reyes (https://archive.org/details/82519507257); “Bakit Dilaw ang Gitna ng Bahaghari?” (1994), dir. Kidlat Tahimik (youtu.be/TrpVynO42Oc); “Coup d’etat: the revolt of the Philippines” (1986), dir. Geoff Satchell (https://youtu.be/BWQHSJJ8OyE); “Betamax ’83”, dir. Marcial Bonifacio (departure at 7:30 a.m.: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?ref=watch_permalink&v=630523444278320)

I appear twice to speak my truth in “Signos” by Mike de Leon (38 minutes) which was then for Betamax. Glad to have seen him again.

These links were compiled by @kayacnvs (Twitter: https://twitter.com/kayacnvs/status/1490346059838550016 with modified working links). There is also a compilation of martial law books and documents by JCJ Koo: bit.ly/MartialDocs

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