#NeverForget the Killing of Archimedes Trajano

By: Antonio Montalvan II
Philippine Daily Inquirer
01:39 AM August 29th, 2016

THE DAY was Aug. 31, 1977. This Wednesday, we commemorate the forced disappearance and vengeful killing of Archimedes Trajano. It has been 39 long years since it happened, but disremember it we cannot opt to do. And neither should the Filipino people and their country’s 46-percent millennial population, let alone the principal figure of that ill-fated day—Imee Marcos.

Today we write without fear of the Marcoses and we should, for history is still being written. That wasn’t so 39 years ago. Trajano was taken away in Imee’s very presence precisely because he had that daring in an atmosphere of dread. He showed us the way. He is a martyr-hero.
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Marcos ‘War Medals’ Exposed, Questioned (1)

By: Ma. Ceres P. Doyo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
12:24 AM August 18th, 2016

Because of the outcry of tens of thousands of victims of the Marcos dictatorship over President Duterte’s plan to bury in the Libingan ng mga Bayani the corpse of president-dictator Ferdinand Marcos who died in Hawaii in 1989, I am serializing the piece “The Other Version of FM’s War Exploits” by Bonifacio Gillego published in WE Forum in November 1982. It was written for a major US newspaper, but publication was withheld because of Marcos’ state visit. The long piece caused the raid and closure of WE Forum and the arrest of editor Jose Burgos Jr. and staff. It is included in the book “Press Freedom Under Siege: Reportage that Challenged the Marcos Dictatorship” (UP Press, 2017). Gillego, a former soldier and member of the 1971 Constitutional Convention, was in exile in the United States and working with the Movement for a Free Philippines when he researched his piece. He became a congressman after Edsa I toppled the Marcos dictatorship in 1986. He died in 2002. His name is etched on the Wall of Remembrance of the Bantayog ng mga Bayani in Quezon City.

How many medals did Marcos actually receive for his alleged feats of heroism in World War II? The count has become a numbers game.
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The Truth About the Economy Under the Marcos Regime

Posted on November 15, 2015 10:58:00 PM
Emmanuel S. de Dios

Nearly three decades after it ended, still no proper account has been written of the economy under authoritarian rule, which is a big reason that Millennials have only an inkling of what transpired during those years. It is also why one now hears the mind-blowing judgement that “Marcos was the best president the country ever had.” And if you ask Millennials today who in their mind was the country’s worst president, their likely answer is “Gloria Arroyo.” (Sigh.)

This is obviously no place to write an economic history (hanc columnis exiguitas non caperet). But there may be enough room to correct a few bad habits when thinking about the Marcos period.
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The Torture of My Father and Other Stories

By: Kris Lanot Lacaba
04:16 AM September 21st, 2015
By: Kris Lanot Lacaba, September 21st, 2015 04:16 AM

I had a bit role in the epic drama that was martial law. I was in the background in one of those little scenes, where I was learning to walk in the area reserved for people visiting prisoners in Camp Crame.

I was told that there was no real visiting area, only an office that the prisoners and their guests could use on designated days. Always, surly guards were present to observe us.
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Marcos Caught in a Foxhole Fraud

By Buddy Gomez
Posted at 08/06/2015 1:21 AM

Gullibility has consequences! The Marcoses are its most eloquent example. August and September are the times to remember. And thus, by remembering, we avoid a painful reprise.

It is in the interest of historical fidelity and precision that we engage, during the forthcoming weeks, in a look-back series of samples for the edification of those too young to have lived through the Marcos years. I also hope that this becomes “a shot across the bow,” a warning for those whose mercenary “loyalist” preferences might be tempted to tinker with history, “truth when attacked by lies.”

“Foxhole” becomes a memory jogger, convenient and useful for the subject of the current blog, as promised last week. Its utilization is inspired by the now celebrated blogger, Joe America, when he used it as a metaphor in his appreciation of President PNoy’s leadership. (“If the President were in my foxhole, I’d watch his back. That’s because I trust he is watching mine.” Remember?)
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Philippines Recovers US$29m from Marcos Accounts

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 12 February, 2014, 5:19pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 12 February, 2014, 5:45pm
Associated Press in Manila

The Philippine government has recovered more than US$29 million from the Swiss accounts of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and the search for more of his hidden wealth continues 28 years after he was toppled, an official said on Friday.

The money, recovered over the last week, is part of the more than US$712 million from Marcos’ secret Swiss accounts now in government hands, said Andres Bautista, chairman of the Presidential Commission on Good Government, the agency in charge of recovering Marcos’ allegedly ill-gotten wealth.
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Marcos Jewels Could Be Sold After Sandigan Rules Malacanang Collection ‘Ill-Gotten’

By: Agence France-Presse
January 14, 2014 12:37 PM

MANILA, Philippines — A jewelry collection owned by former first lady Imelda Marcos was “ill-gotten,” a Philippine court has ruled, potentially paving the way for an auction of millions of dollars worth of seized treasures.

The anti-graft court decided on Monday that the Malacanang Collection, the smallest of three confiscated from the Marcos estate and worth some $150,000, was rightfully owned by the government.
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Singapore Court Awards $23M in Marcos Money to PNB

January 3, 2014 7:27pm

Singapore’s Court of Appeal ruled in favor of its Supreme Court’s decision to grant over $23 million seized from the estate of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos to the Philippine National Bank, ending a four-way dispute over Marcos’ ill-gotten wealth.

The funds, comprised of $16.8 million and GBP4.2 million, form part of Marcos’ illicit fortune stashed in Swiss bank accounts.
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