Filipinos go on book-buying spree to “preserve history” of Marcos household atrocities

Some Filipinos are in a rush to buy books documenting the divisive and savage 21 yr reign of the previous dictator Ferdinand Marcos as his son, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jnr, assumes workplace as the most recent president of the Philippines after a landslide election victory in May.
They say they concern that the new Filipino president may attempt to whitewash the history of his father’s and families’ previous and so they need to preserve the ‘truth’.
For his half, the model new Philippine president has never publicly acknowledged or apologised on behalf of his family for the human rights abuses, corruption, and financial theft that is claimed to have taken place under his father’s tenure, most of it as a military-supported dictatorship, between 1965 to 1986.
Books, overlaying the stories of the Marcos household and their tenure operating the Philippines, have almost doubled in worth and have turn into increasingly well-liked as Filipinos, many of who now reside exterior of the SE Asian country, need to make sure that the voices, talking about the Marcos years, are saved protected.
Their response follows comments made on the report by the new president. Back in 2020, when he was getting his presidential campaign collectively, Marcos Jnr made it clear that he wished to revisit historic textbooks that documented his parent’s excesses and the regime they led. He accused those in energy since his father’s demise of “teaching kids lies.”
“We have been calling for that for years.”
But human rights teams declare that through the 21 years of the Marcos regime, tens of thousands of individuals were imprisoned, tortured, or killed for criticising or protesting the federal government.
Cash (who died in exile in 1989), and his spouse Imelda, now ninety three, were found guilty, in absentia, of widespread corruption. Amongst essentially the most dramatic claims, the Marcos family were accused of stealing an estimated US$10 billion of public money from Filipinos.
Read extra about the excesses of the former ‘First Lady’ of the Philippines HERE.
The family, and Marcos Jnr. denies using any tax-payer funds for their private use, although their claims have been challenged and tested in a number of court instances because the proof suggests otherwise.
There are no less than 10 titles overlaying the years of martial law and the legal previous of the Marcos family. Many of them are now bought out and awaiting new printings, particularly at universities around the Philippines.
Some of the titles include… “Some Are Smarter than Others: The History of Marcos’ Crony Capitalism” by Ricardo Manapat, “The Conjugal Dictatorship of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos” by Primitivo Mijares, “Canal de la Reina” by Liwayway Arceo Bautista.
Filipinos, who lived through the Marcos years, are also ensuring that their tales are recorded for prosperity by doing new blogs and vlogs that chronicle the violence and personal tales about the Marcos-led navy.
New media are also being targeted by the new presidency. Just one day earlier than Marcos Jnr. took workplace as the model new Filipino president, Nobel laureate Maria Ressa says her news organisation, Rappler, was ordered to shut down.
She claimed that Rappler had been repeatedly targeted since 2016 by politically-led legal action and vexatious libel and tax evasion lawsuits.
“This is intimidation. These are political tactics. We refuse to succumb to them.”
As of right now, the Rappler information web site continues to be available..

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