I am writing this to all the people who said we are too young to voice out and be affected by the Marcos Burial and to my fellow youths who were not born in the era of Martial Law.
To the people who said that we should not be affected, that is your opinion. I respect that. Either you are a supporter of Marcos or you are not just as affected as we are. I will not reply with those witty replies of why are you so happy every Christmas yet you were not there in Bethlehem or when you were affected with the Spanish regime and World War II when you discussed it in class rather I answer you with a challenge: Try to be involved.
Yes, be involved. Academic organizations are given but try to go and be involved socially, conduct outreach programs, check out leadership forums, symposiums, seminars and ask different people, people who were living at that time about what they experienced. Read up. Read articles both good and bad and weigh them. Try to check out documentaries and films. Your involvement is what the society needs today. Our involvement as a youth is what the society needs. Last elections, we are the almost half of the population. The so-called “YouthVote” can actually dictate the outcome of the elections and sadly, not everyone cares. The challenge to us to get involved is also a challenge for us to care. To care for our country, not just one side, we do not take sides, if you are pro or anti somebody, we take the side of the Filipino people, after all, we are part of this Filipino people.
To the people who are saying we are too young, yes you are correct, we are young but not too young to voice out any of our opinions. The fact that we can do such things are the product of what our elders did. They fought for our freedom and in doing so, we are capable of doing such things.
I am sad that some people don’t take these things seriously as some of us do. I understand, this is not their cup of tea but aren’t we just drinking the same thing? Tea?
I am not yet alive when Martial Law was imposed, I am happy I was not but I am deeply saddened for the people who still are missing (reality: dead) until now. Now tell us, tell me, how can we forget if the stories of the one living at that time is still alive in their minds and in their hearts and we hear it from them?
Yes, no apology needed for us, millenials, but what we ask is justice and apologies for the families who were affected by the Martial Law. Killed. Tortured. Sexually Abused. Traumatized. They are the ones who need an apology, not us. If fighting for them and figjting for the country is to voice out our opinion in the social media, in the streets, then so be it.
We will never stop fighting for our country and its people. As the first part of our constitution states:
“We, the sovereign Filipino people, imploring the aid of Almighty God, in order to build a just and humane society, and establish a Government that shall embody our ideals and aspirations, promote the common good, conserve and develop our patrimony, and secure to ourselves and our posterity, the blessings of independence and democracy under the rule of law and a regime of truth, justice, freedom, love, equality, and peace, do ordain and promulgate this Constitution.”