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.
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.
Transparency International lists Ferdinand Marcos as the 2nd most corrupt leader of all time, just behind Indonesia’s Mohamed Suharto
Repatriation was a major issue in the case of former president Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines, and his family. Only after protracted litigation did the Swiss authorities finally agree to assist the Presidential Commission on Good Governance (PCGG), a non-judicial authority investigating the Marcos family. The decision was taken though no charges had been brought against the Marcoses in the Philippines, where the authorities were awaiting evidence from the Swiss. After considering whether assets held in Swiss accounts would be returned to the Philippines, the Swiss supreme court ruled that the assets should indeed be returned, but subject to the following requirements:
* The government of the Philippines must file a criminal charge and/or bring forfeiture proceedings against the Marcoses within one year, failing which the assets would be unfrozen.
By Alfred McCoy, 20 September 1999
Al McCoy, Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and one of the foremost researchers/analysts of developments in the Philippines, recently gave a paper on torture in the Philippines during the Marcos regime that has really touched a nerve in that society. What most people do not know is that none of the torturers—nor many of the regime’s allies—have every been punished for their activities under the dictator. In fact, Fidel Ramos, who commanded the Philippine Constabulary during the dictatorship—under which was located a couple of key torture units—was elected President and served from 1992-1998.