Clarita Carlos’ old martial law advice to Marcos resurfaces

Clarita Carlos and Marcos Jr
Retired professor Clarita Carlos meets President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. at his headquarters in Mandaluyong in this photo posted to Facebook by attorney Vic Rodriguez on June 8, 2022. (Facebook / attyvicrodriguez)

Old comments from the National Security Advisor Clarita Carlos around martial law was raised again after the country marked the 50th year of its declaration on Wednesday.

A Twitter user shared on September 22 a offer card with the former UP professor’s remarks while previously appearing on DZMM Teleradyo’s “SRO” show.

“So how can Marcos apologize[s] contradict the statement of Clarita Carlos? the user wrote as a caption.

Last January, ANCX compiled some of Carlos’ “strongly articulated opinions and insightful comments” from her then-recent appearances on the radio show.

Among them was her “advice” to the then presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

“If I were Bongbong [Marcos]tanggapin mo that there were military and police atrocities [during Martial Law] kasi documented ‘yan e,” Carlos previously said.

“It’s not made up or imagined. Ang dami kong colleagues, classmates sa UP, they just disappeared. Her parents couldn’t even grieve properly,” she added.

“I know tanggapin mo ‘yan. Then make a categorical statement [that] “These things will not happen in my administration.” How hard is it to say that?” Carlos continued.

The citation card resurfaced after the nation commemorated the anniversary of the declaration of martial law on Sept. 21.

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Some student unions urged the academic community to “wear black” in light of their dark past, while others launched free screenings of martial law-themed films.

A university also put on a light show and played a song once considered inflammatory by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr.

Carlos, on the other hand, has not made any recent comments on Martial Law, according to her verified Facebook account.

This wasn’t the first time her remarks about the time had caused a stir online.

Last March, an Iloilo-based publication made a quote card about it.

That same month, a Reddit user posted Carlo’s remarks on a Filipino subreddit.

When Carlos was appointed general manager of National Security Councilan old Facebook post of hers resurfaced saying she was “not looking for a job”.

Called out against “rebels, communists”

Sen. Imee Marcosthe eldest daughter of Marcos Sr., recently defended the imposition of martial law in the country amid his commemoration.

“Musmos pa lang ako tung una kong narinig sa ama ko yung martial law dahil ang sabi niya ang best na gumamit nito ay yung President ng America. Yes, Abraham Lincoln,” she said earlier in a press conference.

“Kung may karapatan ka bilang tao na ipagtanggol ang sarili mo kung may aatake sa’yo, gugulpi sa’yo, nais patayin ka, may karapatan din ang pamahalaan, ang estado, ipagtanggol ang sarili niya sa mga naghahasik ng gulo, sa mga rebelde na nais bumagsak ang pamahalaan, sa mga susupil na mga dayuhan sa all ng pamamaraang ito,” Imee added.

“May you get martial law and martial law if you’re a man from America in another country. “Yan ang paliwanag ng ama ko noong maliit pa ako kaya’t sine-share ko lang po,” she added.

The lawmakers also said “total amnesty” would be granted to both leftists and rightists who previously took part in coups and other acts.

“Pagkat ang pagpapatawad ang umpisa ng pagkakaisa. Unawain natin ang isa’t-isa pagkat sa puno’t dulo, bawat isa sa atin ay Pilipino at Pilipino lamang,” she added.

Earlier this month, Marcos Jr. said his father placed the country under wartime rule as the latter was fighting communists and Separatist rebellions simultaneously at the time.

The nine year period

Martial law was imposed from 1972 to 1981, ostensibly to quell the communist insurgency and restore order, but critics said it was declared to extend Marcos Sr.’s term in office.

Over the nine years, curfews have been imposed, public gatherings banned and prison reviews suspended, a remedy that protects citizens from wrongful arrest and indefinite detention.

Martial law also included restrictions on civil rights and liberties, the proliferation of extrajudicial killings and unsolved enforced disappearances, media suppression, and economic recession.

It was also during this period that the word salvage, originally meaning to save, became part of the vernacular to denote extrajudicial killings.

Human rights organization based in London amnesty organization said that “around 70,000 people have been detained and 34,000 have been tortured; over 3,200 people were killed “when it was imposed”.