On the House of Representatives’ bill declaring September 11 as “President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos Day”

Karapatan views the House of Representatives’ measure to declare September 11 as a non-working holiday in Ilocos Norte and as “President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos Day” as a nefarious scheme to cover up the crimes committed by the dictator Marcos and a blatant act of historical revisionism by the Marcoses.  

The bill seeks to deodorize the image of a murderer, a plunderer and a criminal. It is a grave disgrace to the memory of martial law victims and survivors, who have been violated many times over by the Marcos dictatorship. 

The said measure directly contradicts the intent and spirit of Republic Act No. 10368, the law passed in 2012 recognizing human rights violations committed under the Marcos regime and providing reparations for victims. 

With the hero’s burial of Marcos, the close relationship of Duterte with the Marcoses aiding their comeback into power, this measure, and the current regime’s mimicking of Marcosian rule, it is apparent that the political rehabilitation of the Marcos bloody legacy is underway under the Duterte administration.

Cristina Palabay
Karapatan Secretary General