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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 also […]

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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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THE BLAME GAME

By Leif Sykioco Source: Philstar.com NewsLab   When the smoke cleared after the first People Power Revolution, four heroes emerged—Cory Aquino, Cardinal Sin, Juan Ponce Enrile and Fidel V. Ramos. The latter two figured prominently because of their crucial role in the revolution. Enrile was the secretary of National Defense while Ramos was head of […]

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THE FORGOTTEN WAR

By Jonathan de Santos Source: Philstar.com NewsLab   In a part of Corregidor Island in Manila Bay is the Mindanao Garden of Peace, a memorial to the “Jabidah” massacre, an atrocity that some argue did not happen at all. A marker in the garden identifies the island as a site where a contingent of Moro […]

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IMAGINED HEROISM

By Mikas Matsuzawa Source: Philstar.com NewsLab   In one of his war stories, Ferdinand Marcos claimed that he had heroically defended the junction of Salian River and Abo-Abo River in Bataan for five days from January 22 to 26, 1942. He only had a hundred fighting men in the suicidal action against 2,000 highly-trained and […]

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