Marcos ‘War Medals’ Exposed, Questioned (1)

By: Ma. Ceres P. Doyo
@inquirerdotnet
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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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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Marcos’ Wartime Role Discredited in US Files

The following article is based on reporting by Jeff Gerth and Joel Brinkley and was written by Mr. Gerth.Special to the New York Times
Published: January 23, 1986

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22— The Army concluded after World War II that claims by Ferdinand E. Marcos that he had led a guerrilla resistance unit during the Japanese occupation of his country were ”fraudulent” and ”absurd.”

Throughout his political career, Mr. Marcos, now President of the Philippines, has portrayed himself as a heroic guerrilla leader, and the image has been central to his political appeal.
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