We should never forget the horrors of Ferdinand Marcos’ dictatorship
On the 21st of September 1972, Filipinos remember the declaration of martial law by then President Ferdinand Marcos. It is an occasion to remind ourselves of the brutality of the dictator’s regime, and to commemorate the sacrifices of the human rights activists who fought valiantly to restore the rule of law.
Unfortunately, the incumbent government of President Rodrigo Duterte has effectively sanitized the legacy of the Marcoses. There is a large, and growing, sector of the Filipino public who not only deny the corruption and violence that was perpetrated by the state during martial law, but would even argue that President Marcos was a benevolent ruler who was wrongfully ousted by corrupt entities himself.