Susan Quimpo Weighs In On Martial Law Mis-Education In Social Media

The family of Susan Quimpo were known as vigilant activists at the time of Martial Law, her family suffered countless terror from Marcos’ regime you can read more about it here:

I recently sent emails to known individuals who struggled at the time of martial law using Fb as a medium. So far with all the people I sent my email to Ms. Susan Quimpo was very nice to answer my queries the email is below:

Note: I use my wife’s last name when I use my facebook as I believe that it is about time we use our spouse’s last name.

Hello Ma’m,

My name is Floyd Gumpal Gonda and I am the owner of the website I would like to inquire if you could answer a few of my questions that I can publish on my website.
I published a number of articles on the victims of martial law as a way of helping the future generation understand the importance of looking back at those dark times in our history.

I certainly hope that my advocacy might be of interest to you.

Recently a number of pages have appeared in Facebook idolizing the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, being a victim of martial law how do you feel about this?

There are debates with regards to including the experience of the country under martial law in our
schools, others decry impartiality and targeting only the marcos administration while others believe that it is important what do you think about this?

A lot of youth of today are thinking about the lack of ‘credible’ sources on martial law, what are your thoughts on this?
Again thank you very much for your time.

Her Reply:

Hi Floyd,
Huli man ang lahat… hindi ako makakatulog dahil may utang pa ako sa yo! Ito na ang aking sagot.
Thank you for your patience!
-Susan Q

It frustrates me to hear statements praising the Marcos years as supposedly the best years of Philippine history. Whoever says this is clueless of what truly went on during Marcos’ martial law or is perhaps so very cruel and callous to those who truly suffered under the dictatorship. To those who say the economy thrived under Marcos, consider these facts:

The unemployment rate drastically rose during the martial law years:
It was a mere 6.30% in 1972
And it rose to 27.65% in 1985
Ø Foreign Debt increased from:
US$ 360 Million in 1962
Ø The Inflation rate was:
10% in 1983
50% in 1986 – the highest in the history of the Philippines since WWII
Ø Foreign Exchange was:
US$ 1 = PhP 2.00 in 1965
US$1 = PhP 25.00 in 1984

Those of us who lived through the years of martial law, experienced bank runs, massive unemployment, gasoline and rice shortages. You couldn’t buy enough rice for your family because there was none. Rice and gasoline had to be rationed – that means you could not fill up your gas tank because there was not enough to sell to people and cars lining up at gas stations. The Marcos government said mix corn with rice because there was a rice shortage, and again, one had to cue for hours to buy rationed portions of rice and corn.

Still don’t believe me? Read the UP Collegian issues from 1980-86; search for copies of Ibon Facts and Figures; read the books Revolution from the Heart (by Catholic priest Niall O’brien), Some are Smarter Than Others (by Jose Ricardo Manapat), or the Conjugal Dictatorship (by Primitivo Mijares). These are all available at the library of Bantayog ng mga Bayani, Quezon Ave, QC next to Centris Mall.

If you say the Marcos years were the best years, try talking to the 80,000 political prisoners, (Source: Task Force Detainees of the Philppines) some who had their fingernails ripped off or the soles of their bare feet pressed with a hot iron. Amnesty International, an international human rights group, reports that under Marcos, there were at least:

Ø 70,000 political prisoners held without charge, bail or due judicial process
Ø 34,000 tortured
Ø 3,240 extra-judicially murdered

NOTE: The above are CONSERVATIVE numbers of those detained, tortured and/or killed simply because human rights organizations in the Philippines only came into existence in 1974, so cases of detention, torture, rape and extrajudicial murder prior to the existence of these human rights groups remain unaccounted for.
The stories of political detainees, of rape or torture are real. I know BECAUSE I SAW THE MARCOS PRISONS, SOUGHT A MISSING BROTHER AND BURIED ANOTHER. Marcos knew all along. MARCOS LIED ALL ALONG. Yes there were political detainees. Yes there was torture and rape.

Since age 12, I spent my weekends visiting five siblings in various Marcos prisons – Camp Crame, YRC and Center Ypil Rehabilitation Center in Fort Bonifacio, Camp Olivas, and Bicutan. Another sibling was tortured and held in Camp Lapu-lapu in Cebu. The military captors of my brother Ronald Jan F. Quimpo doused his feet with water and tied a live wire to his genitals; they also injected water into his testicles. Another brother was blindfolded, stripped naked and beaten with wooden planks for days. When he begged for clemency saying he was anemic, they stuffed his briefs into his mouth, and told him to shut up. A sister was missing for weeks, and my father made the rounds of military camps looking for her. She was sexually molested in Camp Crame.

To quell protest against his administration, Marcos beefed up his military. In 1972, at the onset of martial law, the military budget amounted to a mere Php 6.8 Million pesos; by 1984, US$8.8 BILLION DOLLARS was used for Marcos’ military. Why would Marcos need such a huge amount for his military if the people felt life was good and that there was no need to complain?

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