Marcos regime - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Marcos regime


[OPINION] It was more than just a dinner: On Imelda and the CCP

Jan 28, 2020 - 2:50 PM

Some Filipinos enjoyed a lavish dinner to 'honor' a convicted plunderer while the Taal evacuees suffered from hunger and thirst

One last bike trip for the fearless Father Picx

Mar 17, 2018 - 12:49 PM

'I am just a mere point of light in the dark. But I believe and hope that even small acts that we do will add to the collective efforts to awaken the conscience of the nation,' says Fr Amado 'Picx' Picardal, as he goes on a 16-day 'Bike for Life and Peace' around Northern Mindanao

FEARLESS PRIEST. Father Amado 'Picx' Picardal says he is embarking on the 1,500-kilometer bike trip in Northern Mindanao 'fully aware...that I can be a target of extrajudicial killing'. Photo by Eloisa Lopez /

SEC closure order vs Rappler a move toward dictatorship - activists

Jan 16, 2018 - 1:48 PM

'Closing down Rappler means one less independent media through which environmental advocates can stand up to the oligarchs and corporations that seem to run the Duterte government’s agenda nowadays', a group says

Lorenzo Tañada undaunted in line of fire

Oct 08, 2017 - 8:26 AM

'Do not and never despair, because this could only be a time of testing. Believe me, in God's own season, justice will ultimately triumph,' statesman Lorenzo Tañada said when Ninoy Aquino was in jail

Martial Law 2.0 in Mindanao: Beta version of Duterte's authoritarian project

May 28, 2017 - 12:50 AM

Duterte is using a sledgehammer to take on a job that is properly accomplished with precision tools It is the convenient but indiscriminate weapon of an authoritarian leader

The essence of EDSA: Change begins with us

Feb 25, 2017 - 8:00 AM

We don t need false prophets of change who claim that they are the people s last hope The change that we so desire begins with us

Photo by Leni Robredo Media Bureau

STAKEOUT: 1986 People Power – Pagbabalik-tanaw

Feb 25, 2017 - 7:58 AM

Habang papalabas ako ng Palasyo at sa aking paglalakad isang foreign journalist na nagla live report ang aking nadaanan at nakaringgan na ganito ang sinasabi: We the Americans like to think we taught Filipinos democracy Tonight they are teaching the world

March, but mourn not the demise of EDSA Republic

Feb 24, 2017 - 5:00 PM

The EDSA Republic’s failure to live up to its promises spawned Dutertismo

Palace on Marcos burial ruling: Time to move forward

Nov 08, 2016 - 3:16 PM

It s about time the nation moves on and confronts the more pressing concerns of the country rather than linger on an emotional issue that is unproductive as it is divisive says Chief Presidential Counsel Salvador Panelo

MOVE ON. Malacañang hopes the Supreme Court ruling on a state interment for the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos would help Filipinos 'move forward.' Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

WATCH: Martial Law victim recalls torture by electrocution

Sep 22, 2016 - 4:55 PM

Urban poor leader Trinidad Herrera Repuno s fingers and breasts were electrocuted when she denied she was a member of the Communist Party of the Philippines

WATCH: Martial Law victim recalls act of kindness during detention

Sep 22, 2016 - 2:24 PM

A military officer took care of Cristina Pargas Bawagan while she was detained during Martial Law Through this experience she learned that kindness exists even in times of strife

Marcoses: Hero’s burial won’t stop reparations to Martial Law victims

Aug 23, 2016 - 1:52 PM

Whether or not the President’s decision is implemented will not actually affect their right to reparation say the heirs of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos

Atienza claims Marcos not to blame for Plaza Miranda bombing

Aug 21, 2016 - 5:30 PM

UPDATED lawmaker also calls on Left leaning members of Duterte s Cabinet to rally behind the President in his decision to bury the late dictator at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

PLAZA MIRANDA. Buhay party-list representative Lito Atienza, a former member of the Liberal Party, is set to deliver a speech that would 'clear' Ferdinand Marcos from responsibility for the deadly Plaza Miranda bombing. Photo from Atienza's Facebook

No to hero's burial: Negrenses cite sugar plunder, killings, famine

Aug 20, 2016 - 10:09 AM

We call on all fellow Negrenses to stand up and link arms once again Let us oppose this shameful dishonor to Filipino dignity say Negros organizations and concerned citizens

Robredo: Hero's burial for Marcos puts to waste fight vs dictatorship

Aug 16, 2016 - 7:10 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says the upcoming burial of Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani would be a heavy burden to bear for the people who battled his regime

Vice President Leni Robredo during press conference at the former Boracay Mansion on Tuesday. Robredo said she is not in favor of the former President Ferdinand Marco burial at the Libing ng mga Bayani. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Palace: It's clear Marcos is fit for Libingan burial

Aug 14, 2016 - 4:35 PM

There is clarity in the regulations governing the late President Marcos burial says Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar

Politicians alongside martial law victims gather in front of the Lapu-Lapu Monument in Luneta to protest against the motion to bury former President Ferdinand Marcon in the Libingan ng mga Bayani on August 14, 2016.

Links to Marcos: Trump campaign strategist under scrutiny

Jul 04, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Donald Trump s chief campaign strategist Paul Manafort tells Politico Magazine that the money he received from Ferdinand Marcos allies was disclosed to the US government

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: Paul Manafort, advisor to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign, checks the teleprompters before Trump's speech at the Mayflower Hotel April 27, 2016 in Washington, DC. A real estate billionaire and reality television star, Trump beat his GOP challengers by double digits in Tuesday's presidential primaries in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Deleware, Rhode Island and Connecticut. "I consider myself the presumptive nominee, absolutely," Trump told supporters at the Trump Tower following yesterday's wins. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Before Duterte, it was Marcos who took his oath at Rizal Hall

Jun 30, 2016 - 2:00 PM

An important detail on the inauguration of the country s 16th president nearly escapes most media groups until an Aquino administration official known for his knowledge of Philippine history points it out

SAME VENUE. Strongman Ferdinand Marcos takes his oath as president in 1986. Photo from Manolo Quezon's Facebook page

Trillanes: Marcos burial will be '1st headache' of Duterte admin

Jun 15, 2016 - 11:14 AM

The senator s unsolicited advice to the Marcos family: Spare Duterte and opt for a less divisive arrangement

FOCUS ON THE ISSUE. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says the Binay camp's 'propaganda' can only go so far. Rappler photo

What you didn’t know: Pro-Marcos propaganda too hip for its own good

Jun 02, 2016 - 12:05 PM

To the pseudo hipsters and contrarians knowing bad history is not hip; it’s just stupid Wanna be better than others? Read more and read right Because in the end the truth is always sexier

Aquinos over Marcoses?

May 23, 2016 - 11:30 AM

Do you believe this tale that the national story can be confined to the soap opera narrative of Noynoy versus Bongbong? It s never as simple as that

Martial law is not just about Aquino and Marcos

May 12, 2016 - 11:50 PM

Perhaps if we gave more attention to the stories of the thousands of other victims it would be so much harder for the Filipino people to forget

HR victims stake claim on part of Marcos art collection

Apr 15, 2016 - 9:38 PM

This is to cover the 1 966 billion awarded to them by a US jury in 1992 and the 353 million compensatory judgment by the US District Court of Hawaii in 2011

Why is it difficult for Bongbong Marcos to apologize?

Apr 14, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Bongbong Marcos narrative of denial has gained traction It exploits the already weak collective memory of Filipinos and has hijacked the unread past

DICTATOR'S SON. Senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr speaks during the proclamation of his vice-presidential candidacy in Manila, Philippines, on October 10, 2015. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

Robredo: Bongbong very active, not a minor during martial law

Mar 18, 2016 - 7:00 PM

The LP vice presidential candidate reiterates that the least her rival can do is to recognize that something wrong happened during his late father s regime

STRONG ADVOCACY. Administration candidate Leni Robredo is the most vocal among the vice presidential candidates on the issue of martial law. File photo from Leni Robredo's Twitter account

Written in blood: 48 years since the Jabidah Massacre

Mar 18, 2016 - 5:51 PM

For the many injustices that are neither remembered nor addressed there are wounds on the collective psyche of the Moros that must be healed The first step is remembering

In Ilocos, Robredo asked: Why are you proud to be anti-Marcos?

Mar 18, 2016 - 2:13 PM

Responding to a student at a forum the Liberal Party’s vice presidential candidate says it’s not about being anti Marcos but taking a strong stance against the abuses committed during martial law

LOW-KEY VISIT. LP vice presidential bet Leni Robredo talks to students at the Northwestern University in Laoag City on March 18, 2016. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

China’s defense, Martial Law torture, virtual reality | 12PM wRap

Feb 26, 2016 - 12:41 PM

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Ferdinand Marcos’ economic disaster

Feb 26, 2016 - 10:13 AM

Perhaps young voters today cannot be faulted for failing to see the economic and political folly of a dictatorship This article is meant to reach out to them

20-YEAR RULE. Malacañang file photo of the late President Ferdinand Marcos

WATCH: Agnes Devanadera reacts to youth's views on People Power

Feb 25, 2016 - 8:02 PM

Watch former justice secretary Devanadera react to tweets and Facebook posts about the EDSA Revolution

IN PHOTOS: EDSA Revolution: Not just in 4 days

Feb 25, 2016 - 8:00 PM

The street protests in EDSA in February 1986 were the culmination of the numerous marches and rallies demanding the ouster of the dictator

An effigy of then President Marcos and Ronald Reagan with protesters in Mendiola.

WATCH: Fidel Ramos reacts to youth's views on People Power

Feb 25, 2016 - 5:06 PM

Former president Fidel Ramos reads – and reacts – to tweets from the youth about the EDSA revolution

WATCH: Nene Pimentel reacts to youth's views on People Power

Feb 25, 2016 - 2:34 PM

How will the former statesman who was jailed twice during martial law react to the youth s views on the EDSA revolution?

Aquino: Marcos doomed to repeat father's mistakes

Feb 25, 2016 - 11:52 AM

Kung hindi man lang niya makita ang mali sa ginawa ng kanilang pamilya paano tayo aasang hindi niya ito uulitin? President Benigno Aquino III asks at the 30th anniversary of the EDSA Revolution

NEVER FORGET. President Benigno Aquino III reminds Filipinos, especially the youth, of how far the Philippines has come, 30 after the EDSA People Power Revolution on February 25, 2016. Photo by Joseph Vidal/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

What Bongbong Marcos knew of Swiss deposits

Feb 24, 2016 - 1:00 PM

The VP candidate has given conflicting answers on this issue

DICTATOR'S SON. Senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr speaks during the proclamation of his vice-presidential candidacy in Manila, Philippines, on October 10, 2015. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

Worse than death: Torture methods during martial law

Feb 23, 2016 - 6:00 PM

During the Marcos regime San Juanico Bridge did not just refer to the longest bridge in the country It had a far more sinister meaning

I interviewed Imelda Marcos when I was 16 years old

Feb 20, 2016 - 3:32 PM

Our issues with martial law have to stop revolving around a single day in February when we just bow our heads and sigh

Martial law years the best? Facts, figures prove otherwise – Robredo

Feb 13, 2016 - 8:55 PM

What we went through wasn’t easy If you go back in history a lot of lives were lost and wasted Human rights were violated in the name of politics says Leni Robredo

HOMETOWN SORTIE. Administration vice presidential bet Leni Robredo addresses fellow Bicolanos on February 13, 2016. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Back to the future: Resetting priorities for peace

Feb 13, 2016 - 2:30 PM

The consideration of the BBL has been postponed till after the national elections in May 2016 This enforced hiatus may be an opportunity to address the issues linked to transitional justice and the peace process

Marcos: Filipinos want solutions, not history talk

Oct 07, 2015 - 12:32 PM

Senator Bongbong Marcos says widespread allegations of corruption and human rights abuse during his father s regime are not election issues

VICE PRESIDENTIAL BID. Senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr says Filipinos are more concerned about current problems and these are what he would address, in a forum on October 7, 2015. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

How we talk about #MartialLaw today

Sep 24, 2015 - 10:58 AM

Who are the social media influencers in the MartialLaw Twitter conversation?

Marcos on dad's regime: What am I to apologize for?

Aug 26, 2015 - 10:40 AM

Senator Bongbong Marcos says recent political history looks favorably on his father s legacy

CORE SUPPORTERS. Senator Bongbong Marcos says he expects people to support him because he is a Marcos. File photo by Romy Bugante/Senate PRIB

Senate passes extension for HR claims on final reading

Nov 18, 2014 - 4:30 PM

Once Senate Joint Resolution 10 and House Joint Resolution 16 are enacted into law martial law victims can file their claims until May 11 2015

MASS ARRESTS. Martial law led to the arrest of Marcos critics. Photo courtesy of Dr Ferdinand Llanes, from the exhibit of UP Likas

Nearly 50,000 martial law victims file claims

Nov 12, 2014 - 2:20 PM

The next step is to weed out the false claims says Lina Sarmiento chairperson of the Human Rights Victims Claims Board HRVCB

House passes on 2nd reading extension for HR claims

Oct 22, 2014 - 8:22 PM

The House is expected to pass the measure on 3rd and final reading before Congress goes on recess on October 29

MASS ARRESTS. Martial law led to the arrest of Marcos critics. Photo courtesy of Dr Ferdinand Llanes, from the exhibit of UP Likas

2-year extension of HR victims' claims pushed in Senate

Sep 25, 2014 - 3:20 PM

Senator Teofisto Guingona III says an extension of the deadline would allow claimants to get what has been guaranteed to them by law

LINING UP. Human rights compensation applicant Leticia Abaquita (R), 82 year old, with claimants from Mariveles, Bataan. Photo by Rick Rocamora

#PugadBaboy: Name-Calling punchline 3

Sep 24, 2014 - 5:00 AM

#PugadBaboy: Name-Calling

Sep 24, 2014 - 5:00 AM

#PugadBaboy: Name-Calling punchline 2

Sep 24, 2014 - 5:00 AM

The Dark Lord doesn't share power: 4 points against dictators

Sep 21, 2014 - 6:00 PM

If you think that Marcos was the best president we ever had think again