And probably passed on his skill to the rest of his family
By Raïssa Robles
People have asked me how I know that Ferdinand Marcos is lying about his accomplishments as a President. My answer to them is this – Marcos was a serial liar.
In the twilight of his presidency, he lied to the Filipino people about the most basic thing – his personal health.
You might ask – why should this be important to you and me when he’s been dead so long?
Because his family has been playing necropolitics all these years and wants you and me to honor him as a hero.
This would signal to all our current and future politicians that if Marcos is a hero, then like Marcos they can lie and cheat and steal because anyway this truth will – like Shakespeare said – be forever interred with their bones.
I dug up from my personal files a 36-page report entitled “The Situation in the Philippines” dated December 7, 1985 and prepared by his office – the Office of the President. It was part of the propaganda blitz for his candidacy in the 1986 presidential snap elections.
Here’s the front page of the report:
For me, probably the most telling and verifiable thing about this report was the section on “President Marcos’ health.”
I’ve scanned that section for you below:
That last sentence saying – “If he were ill, his character would compel him to tell his national constituency, directly and without equivocation” – that sentence summed up for me the essence of Marcos’ true character and the pure audacity for lying that the Marcos dictatorship possessed.
Let me contrast that now with a photo of Marcos that I have also kept all these years. I don’t recall now whether Business Day, the newspaper I worked for then, ever ran that photo. I don’t know why I have it nor how I came by it.
But it showed Marcos’ true state of health around that time. It profoundly contradicted his lie.
What astounds me today is that his family continues to say the big lies – about how good he was as a president, how better off the nation was under his thumb, and how it was all untrue that he stole money from the Filipino people because all that fortune came from the treasure that the retreating Japanese soldiers buried and left behind in 1945.
They say the big lies and they are believed. The nurture in the public a nostalgia for a return of a Marcos.
And having lived in that era, I know they’re untrue, but even I begin to doubt sometimes that maybe I was wrong.
This evidence that I’m now sharing with you is to remind me what a great liar he was and this ability has been passed on to the rest of his family.