HONG KONG—Filipino migrant workers in the territory held a rally at the Philippine Consulate General on Sept. 21 to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of the proclamation of Martial Law in the Philippines.
Members of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-Hong Kong and Macau, and the HK Campaign for the Advancement of Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines belied social media posts claiming that the country was more prosperous under Martial Law than it was under succeeding democratic regimes.
A statement read by Eman Villanueva, Bayan-HKM chairperson, said there was no truth to claims there was no unemployment then, and that the peso-dollar exchange rate was one to one.
"Sa panahon din pong iyon ang halaga ng piso ay bumagsak laban sa dolyar. Hindi totoo na one dollar is to one peso. Pagkaupo pa lamang ni Marcos ito ay higit tatlong piso kada isang dolyar. Sa kanyang panunungkulan, lumampas ang palitan sa anim na piso kada isang dolyar," Villanueva said, adding that Philippine debt rose to $28 billion from $3 billion.
He also lamented that the Marcos family has regained political influence with former First Lady Imelda Marcos elected as an Ilocos Norte representative, son Bongbong Marcos as a senator, and daughter Imee Marcos as Ilocos Norte governor.
Villanueva also urged the present administration to recognize the importance of teaching truthful, complete, and holistic history of the country to Filipino students, and not allow political interests distort historical truths. — LBG, GMA News