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Monday, October 15, 2012

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The Needle

(Metaphor of 14 Years of Martial Law  Dictatorship)




Never Again!



Ricardo Fajutagana Maulion
9/21/2011


          The Needle in this fiction embodies Martial Law.  The skull mangled represents the Filipino people specifically human rights victims from all persuasions – enforced desaparecidos to combatants, students to professionals, soldiers to civilians, peasants to landlords, laymen to religious, civilians and or ordinary taxpayers to politicians, officials and academicians,  – all victims of militarization  offered  as sacrificial lambs in the altar of Dictatorship.  The crucifix and   holy rosary, guns, bullets  are symbols of protagonists – hero and villain and the cause and institutions they represent. The  red roses,  love affair that bloom and blossom among the main characters. . , . 





          The Needle in this fiction represents the fourteen long years of Martial Law declared Sept. 21, 1971 to recovery of democracy on Feb. 1986.  The skull mangled represents the Filipino people specifically those human rights victims from all persuasions – enforced desaparecidos to combatants, students to professionals, soldiers to civilians, peasants to landlords, laymen to religious, civilians and or ordinary taxpayers to politicians, officials and academicians,  – all victims of militarization  offered  as sacrificial lambs in the altar of Dictatorship.  The crucifix and holy rosary, guns, bullets are symbols of protagonists – heroes and villains and the cause and institutions they represent. The  red roses,  love affair that bloom and blossom among the main characters.

          Martial Law was declared  until February 2,1986  during the restoration of democracy ushered in by People’s Power in EDSA. Post EDSA events to Pnoys Presidency are treated in the Epilogue.

          The dictatorship or militarization whatever is undoubtedly the darkest era of the country’s history that each Filipino should learn.  For it is only in learning what happened in the past we could rectify whatever excesses committed and from there continue moving on searching for that elusive dream of pursuing lasting peace, prosperity and development for our country. The choice of fiction is deliberate because of its timelessness and lessons learned instructing  the Post Martial Law babies “Beware and never again to Martial Law!”




2 comments:

  1. That's it. Actually that synopsis using no standard format. Oido as in music. It serves merely as a guide writing the plot. And the writer must admit that following strictly what is in there is very slippery. I think this is normal given your focus into it. But as Lualhati Bautista would say that "we are bonding with our characters . . . ._ in the middle of the night writing, we just can't help carried where the characters would go. And this is what fulfilling writing this piece. Second, the plot is very familiar and this one poses great challenge how far creative juice would flow repacking your punches to have a distinct character of your own....

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  2. Wow, great Brother.... We are so proud of you!!! The ideas written in here bring us back to the years of wild apprehensions!!! Martial Law was a shocking situation... I was in Grade 6 by then... I could still remember our guns and magnums were placed inside rubber tires and brought up the coconut trees behind our compound because the military were out searching house to house.... And detectors were said to work efficiently up to 50 meters distance.... After a year or two, my father found the guns not working anymore.... The rusts has made them rot... What a waste...



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