Official Gazette accused of ‘revising history’ under Marcos

  • Filipinos online criticize the Official gazette for posting a “pro-Marcos” update
  • The update was a commemoration of the late President’s birthday
  • It did not include accurate details about the Martial Law declaration and the EDSA Revolution

The Official Gazette has drawn wide criticisms from Filipinos online late Sunday evening after it posted a photo of the late President Ferdinand Marcos with a caption leaving out inacurrate details of Martial Law and the People Power Revolution.

The Facebook post was for the birthday of the late strongman on September 11.

The original caption of the photo wrote: “Ferdinand Marcos started his political career in 1949 as a Representative of the Second District of Ilocos Norte. 10 years thereafter, Marcos was able to secure a seat as a member of the Philippine Senate in 1959 and was elected Senate President in 1963. Ferdinand Marcos became the 10th President of Philippines in 1965. He was the longest-serving President of the country for almost 21 years.”

It left out the details of the Martial Law declaration in 1972 and his ouster by the People Power Revolution in 1986. A minor edit was also made prior to the latest update, saying Marcos stepped down to “avoid bloodshed” in the revolution.

Hours later, the Official Gazette edited the post, now only saying that he went to exile at the time:

“He was the longest-serving President of the country for almost 21 years, declaring Martial Law in 1972 then went to exile to the United States in 1986 at the height of the People Power Revolution. He was succeeded by Corazon Cojuangco Aquino,” the manager of the account of the Official Gazette added.

Here’s a look at the edit history:

Image capture from the Official Gazette's Facebook Page
Image capture from the Official Gazette’s Facebook Page

Several people reacted negatively to the Facebook page’s post.

“I saw your first draft. That’s why your communication department is a joke,” said Paulo Eugenion.

While Alexandra Mojica Pascua commented: “Dearest Malacañang, why is it so hard for you guys to admit that he was a dictator? 21 years? We all know why he was able to stay for so long.”

Meanwhile, in a statement, Presidential Communications Office Ramon Cualoping III defended that they are not “rewriting history.”

“We only convey what is documented in the official records. We continually update materials to keep it as historically accurate as possible. The Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines is devoid of any political color and affiliations.”

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