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SHOW OF FORCE

By Jonathan de Santos Source: Philstar.com NewsLab   The Philippines was not a regional military power during the Marcos years but neither was it the weakest, with the Armed Forces of the Philippines saying it “was one of the most well-equipped militaries in Asia” at that time. According to a 2004 paper by Andrew Tan for […]

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MONEY TRAIL: THE MARCOS BILLIONS

By Patricia Lourdes Viray Source: Philstar.com NewsLab Former President Ferdinand Marcos died in exile in 1989, three years after fleeing the country. This gave the Philippine government three years to criminally prosecute the ousted dictator for his crimes against the Filipino people. However, there is no record that Marcos had been criminally convicted. Former Supreme Court […]

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A FAMILY AFFAIR

Research by Kristian Javier Source: Philstar.com NewsLab   Ferdinand Marcos had the dream of becoming the most powerful Filipino, even admitting that he wished to have a military dictatorship long before he declared martial law as president of the Philippines. He planned his steps like a general would, leaving no stone unturned. Primitivo Mijares, who […]

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FROM POWER TO OUSTER

By AJ Bolando Source: Philstar.com NewsLab   For 21 years, Ferdinand Marcos held the presidency longer than the Constitution allowed by declaring Martial Law.The dictator clung to power by bending laws to his favor but was eventually ousted after the illustrious People Power revolution. Returning to the Philippines after a few years in self-exile, the Marcoses […]

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EDIFICE COMPLEX

By Deni Rose M. Afinidad-Bernardo Source:  Philstar.com NewsLab   If you think Ferdinand Marcos was the best president the Philippines ever had because he allegedly built a slew of infrastructure that are still used today, think again. “Past is past,” you might say, “Let us forget, forgive and move on!” Move on, if you must, […]

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THE STONE AGE TRIBE THAT NEVER WAS

By AJ Bolando Source:  Philstar.com NewsLab   In the pursuit to claim Sabah, the Marcos government needed to establish the long existence of Filipinos. Enter the Tasadays, a primitive group believed to be living for years in a cave, tracing their roots to the pre-historic era and untouched by civilization. It was wealthy businessman and […]

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ERA OF IMPUNITY

By Mikas Matsuzawa Source: Philstar.com NewsLab   Among the nostalgias that Martial Law evoked was the peace and order during that period. Some remember an era of discipline and argue that only those who did not abide by the law got punished. But historians and human rights victims remember an era of impunity. Ferdinand Marcos signed […]

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