The inordinate arrogance of the second Marcos administration in failing to celebrate February 25 as a regular public holiday is a continuing distortion of the verities about the evils and repression of the Marcos martial era.
February 25 commemorates the Filipino people’s success in ousting the dictator Marcos, who had to eventually flee to Hawaii where he was in virtual captivity until his death in Honolulu on 28 September 1989.
Ever since the Philippines has marked February 25 as a day of national celebration, irrespective of whether or not it falls on a Sunday.
The more Marcos Jr. would sweep under the rug of historical perfidy the profligacy and oppression of his father’s dictatorship, the more unreachable reconciliation and justice will be.
EDCEL C. LAGMAN