Shock and tears. These were the reactions of young Filipinos who unexpectedly met with martial law victims in a viral video that has generated over 51,000 shares and more than 1.3 million views on Facebook, as of writing.
The four-minute video was uploaded online by the group Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to Malacañang (CARMMA).
The millennials who took part in the video are aged 19-22, and are also first time voters. They were not born yet when Martial Law was declared by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1972.
During the first part of the video, the millennials were asked by older people what they think about the effects of the Martial Law years.
All of them gave a positive feedback, and even favored Martial :aw.
One thought that during the Marcos regime, "the law was followed and people were disciplined," while another participant said that "it was good for (the) country."
One millennial even defended Martial Law, saying it was "like how your parents are strict because they love you."
Tthe next part of the video revealed the identities of the persons who asked them questions. It turned out they were human rights victims during the Martial Law era.
One victim, Danilo Dela Fuente, described how he was electrocuted starting from his elbows until it almost reached his brain's membrane that could have killed him.
Lourdes Victoriano was an urban poor activist during Martial Law. Victoriano was later arrested and raped during the Marcos regime.
Meanwhile, Rodel Briones said they were playing basketball when soldiers took him and his friends. Soldiers accused him of throwing a grenade in a rally in Manila. Briones said a drunken soldier told them to strip and hit them with a bench. They were then put inside a tiny holding cell where 17 people had to fit.
During the narration, the millennials could not help but get teary-eyed and feel guilty.
One of them said, "it's overwhelming to discover what happened during Martial Law." While another one said "they (were taught) differently in school."
One young person said she actually did not know anything about Martial Law, despite favoring it, and she was sorry for it.
AGAINST MARCOS' RETURN
The group CARMMA is campaigning against the return of the Marcoses in Malacañang.
The son of the late dictator is running for vice-president in the May 9 elections.
Sen. Bongbong Marcos is now statistically tied with Liberal Party standard bearer Leni Robredo in the latest ABS-CBN Pulse Asia survey.
(READ: Leni, Bongbong share lead in new ABS-CBN survey)
Marcos earlier refused to apologize about human rights abuses during his father's Martial Law.
(READ: Still no sorry from Bongbong Marcos for Martial Law abuses)
Marcos served as vice governor (1981) and governor (1983 to 1986) of Ilocos Norte during Martial Law.
CARMMA believes that the true story of Martial Law "is not being taught in schools," as stated in the last part of the video.
The group said it is against Bongbong Marcos becoming vice president "because he is not the guiltless son that he presents himself to be."