Concern of historical past revisionism as Marcos household returns to energy sparks panic shopping for of Philippines historical past books



Books concerning the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his brutal period of martial regulation are flying off the cabinets within the wake of his son and namesake successful the Could 9 presidential election.

Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr’s presidency, set to start on June 30, has many individuals nervous about dropping entry to books and different accounts of his father’s rule, given his household’s decades-long effort to rehabilitate its title via what critics describe as a marketing campaign of historic revisionism.

“They’re panic shopping for,” Alexine Parreno stated of her clients, many them mother and father shopping for books about martial regulation geared toward kids.

“They’re actually nervous and scared that the books will likely be pulled out and that all the pieces will likely be revised.”

One shopper was Religion Alcazaren, a mom of two, who picked up further bundles of books to ship to pals abroad.

1000’s of opponents of the senior Marcos had been jailed, killed or disappeared throughout martial regulation, from 1972 to 1981, when the household title turned synonymous with cronyism and extravagance as billions of {dollars} of state wealth disappeared.

Books on martial law outside a bookshop.
Individuals worry the historical past of martial regulation underneath Macos Jr’s father will likely be erased by the brand new authorities.(Reuters: Lisa Marie David)

Fears new authorities will revise bloody historical past of martial regulation


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