By Teresa S. Encarnacion Tadem
WHEN Gerardo P. Sicat’s “Cesar Virata: Life and Times Through Four Decades of Philippine Economic History” (University of the Philippines [UP] Press) came out in August, I knew it would present an interpretation of Virata’s role during the martial law years different from what I have already read.
On behalf of the US Pinoys for Good Governance, and the Global Filipino Diaspora Council, let me thank the Inquirer for its front-page articles on the darkest chapter of Philippine history—the years of martial law.
I laud all the Inquirer’s efforts to inform and educate our people about the near-unspeakable truth on the horrors of martial law. Many of those who were arrested, tortured, salvaged or disappeared have not yet found justice. The economic pillage of the Philippines by the Marcos conjugal dictatorship brought our country to its knees; from that pillage it is just starting to recover; and corruption, which became endemic under their reign, still gnaws on the moral fabric of our nation.
I write the Inquirer not just for the negatives but also for the “good things” that I see it is doing as a service to the reading public.
By Arvin Antonio V. Ortiz
In confronting the various threats posed by these perilous times, should there be a tradeoff between the rule of law and the exigencies of public safety and order? Should the safeguards against government abuses—which are enshrined in our Constitution as a continuing repudiation of the abuses during the Marcos era—give way to the expediency of the hour?