It used to be a top secret, if not a taboo topic, and anyone who believed in it was imagining things or hallucinating.
I am referring to the topic of unidentified flying objects (UFOs), extraterrestrials (ET) or space aliens visiting planet Earth. Various governments, especially in the West, refused to investigate this phenomenon, despite numerous reports of sightings and even close alien encounters around the world, saying it is not worth studying.
A reluctant attempt by the US government called Project Blue Book concluded that almost 90 percent of such UFO sightings can be explained by natural causes, such as weather balloons, aerial illusions, cloud formation, etc.
But the 10 or 15 percent unexplained sightings were simply dismissed or ignored.
A bold, courageous attempt was made by Swiss UFO investigator Erich von Daniken to break the official silence on this topic by coming out with the book called “Chariots of the Gods” in 1975, showing much evidence of alien visitations on Earth. But the book was largely dismissed by mainstream archaeologists and academic communities as lacking in scientific objectivity and other criticisms.
They said Daniken made the conclusion that UFOs and ETs are real, and then sought proof in ancient monuments, artifacts, cave drawings, etc. which cannot be explained by science.
The much publicized report of an alien spacecraft that crashed in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947 was denied flatly by the US military establishment, along with the reported discovery of three alien occupants, two of whom were dead and the other taken to a nearby secret military base called Area 51.
The military explained that what crashed was a weather balloon, and it promptly swept away all or the debris left behind. It also denied the existence of Area 51.
According to Dr. James Hurtak, president and founder of the Academy for Future Science in California, there were several other less known UFO crashes in various parts of the United States where the government recovered alien bodies.
In the book “Extraterrestrial Retrievals,” Dr. Hurtak revealed 10 reports of such incidents “taken from both privately and publicly acquired documents that were originally recorded by the intelligence community of the United States… The US government at that time has not officially released information.”
But lately, officials of the United States and other Western countries have been admitting the reality of extraterrestrials and alien spacecraft visiting Earth. Among them are Paul Helyer, former defense minister of Canada, and Robert Dean, former intelligence analyst of North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
There were others whose names and identities I have not recorded. But many of these reports can be found on the internet. Of course, we cannot rely solely on what we find online, but the increasing number of reports is enough to make us take a second look at them. The real identities of these officials can be verified by any interested party.
American astronaut Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon and who has a doctorate in science, reported to Nasa during his Apollo 14 flight that an unknown spaceship followed their spacecraft from the Earth to the moon. Nasa ordered him to shut up.
In several radio interviews, Dr. Mitchell said that the “US government’s UFO cover-up must stop.” He firmly believed that UFOs and ETs are real.
I have written several articles in this column about my belief in UFOs and ETs since the 1990s. I myself have seen UFOs in Mt. Banahaw in Dolores, Quezon; in Pila, Laguna; and right outside the window of my house in Parañaque City.
I have also personally encountered a female-looking alien creature inside a big boulder in a mystic place in Lucban, Quezon, more than 10 years ago. This was confirmed by our companion, who saw the same creature, whose skin looked like gray leather.
Daniken has not gotten tired of speaking and writing about his belief in the existence of space aliens who visited Earth hundreds of thousands of years ago. They were considered gods by the primitive earth people at the time.