By: Elena Grace Flores
Contrary to media reports, the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos denies the total media ban during the Martial Law period. In this video, Marcos clarifies that it runs only in the beginning to prevent rebels from using them. Learning from his experience, President Rodrigo Duterte at one point, refrained from giving live interviews to mainstream media. Like Marcos, he only granted direct broadcast to selected few.
Youtube video by; Elena Grace Flores
[VIDEO]: Marcos implements temporary media ban during Martial Law because they were used by the rebels to destabilize the government.
Cultural publications also Banned
In July 1979 issue some magazines were banned. One which features the silver anniversary of the Marcoses entitled “Silver Anniversary for the Iron Butterfly, Imelda Marcos.” Bienvenido Santos’ “The Praying Man,” a book critical of a fictional corrupt official, was also stopped from circulation.
In 1985, filmmaker Lino Brocka was arrested for charges of sedition. His film “Bayan Ko,” under government censorship, passed for viewing to adult audiences. Jose F. Lacaba wrote the story who portrayed Marcos as Hitler, “Diktador”, and Tuta.”
The late Senator Jose Diokno receives a subpoena in 1982 for criticizing Marcos in a BBC documentary. In the “Third Eye” series, Diokno speculates that the government objects to footage showing Marcos handing out titles among houses that show nice houses, but if viewed sideways show unfinished construction.
Reality of Marcos’ Reign – Duterte and Bongbong Marcos’ Lesson Learned
Now, we already know that Marcos is not a dictator, not a puppy or “tuta” of Americans and most infrastructures he built including the BLISS housing projects still stand and being used to this date. Can you blame Duterte and Bongbong Marcos’ media approach?