By Raïssa Robles
The short answer: No, it isn’t banned. Not at all. In fact sales are booming here and there’s a demand for it abroad.
The claim that my book is banned is bogus, baloney, a lie. Fake news made up by trolls. Who they work for I leave you to guess. The book details the atrocities and high crimes of the Marcos martial law regime.
Here, in a nutshell, are NINE REASONS why the story about my book being banned is crude, ignorant fake news.
ONE – There’s only one source, a shady, sleazy blog called Pinoy Pride (don’t bother visiting it, you will just add to its hits). The usual slimy trolls are using this one blog to spread the claim (and they’re tagging me)
TWO – There’s a byline but this is the only piece he has written for this blog. Chances are, whoever wrote it is using a fake name.
THREE – The story isn’t carried by any mainstream news outlet at all.
FOUR – There are no links in the story to substantiate the claim, which is that 17 countries – the US, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Norway, Japan, China, Russia, South Korea, Germany, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Israel – have banned the book. For every country that allegedly banned my book, there should be corresponding evidence in the form of a link to prove this. There is none.
FIVE – Get this, the reason my book is allegedly banned is because it allegedly attacks Ferdinand Marcos’ reputation. Really? Only a sickly zombie would think countries value the decaying dictator’s reputation.
SIX – There’s no documentation. No press releases, no quotations from any of the countries. The few groups that are mentioned are fake or deceptively named. For instance, the Hawaii Association of Book Publishers and Authors (HABPA) supposedly asked the Hawaii “Supreme Court” to ban my book. There is no Hawaii Association of Book Publishers and Authors. It does not exist. There is the Hawaii Book Publishers Association or HBPA, and it is not an interested party. It is only concerned with books published by members of its association. Of what concern is my book to them?
SEVEN – The proper petitioner would be a member of the Marcos family – except there’s a problem: none of the three Marcoses – Imelda, Bongbong and Imee – dare set foot in the United States because they lost an appeal in 2012 to reverse a contempt judgment against them which was handed down by a US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/54454/marcoses-lose-us-appeal . Quite apart from this, the Hawaii Supreme Court is the wrong venue for asking for such a ban. See – http://www.courts.state.hi.us/courts/supreme/hawaii_supreme_court. It is a final appeals court.
But the hoaxers can easily prove me wrong — all they have to do is produce an official copy of the alleged supreme court decision. Can they even identify the judge? They can’t, because there’s no such thing. It’s all made up.
EIGHT – Oh, and according to the hoaxers, my book is supposedly banned by Israel’s Ministry of Public Affairs. Except that Israel has no Ministry of Public Affairs. It doesn’t exist. Try finding it in this list by clicking here.
NINE – My book isn’t on the list of books banned by other countries. Try looking for it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_books_banned_by_governments
Really, though, I should be flattered. Because the fake news writers imply that my book is important enough to be noticed by 17 countries. Who would have thought?
The fact that they are targeting my book forces me to conclude that Marcos Martial Law: Never Again, A short history of torture and atrocity under the New Society, is making an impact.
Thanks for letting me know, Pinoy Pride.
And let’s make sure to reward the hoaxers appropriately.
According to Clara Balaguer, Google is taking down fake news sites. And this one is full of fake news (memebusters regularly debunks them). Let’s report so they stop making money and misinforming.
1. TYPE the offending URL on google.com search bar
2. TAKE a screen grab of search results.
3. SCROLL down to the bottom of the search results page and click on the URL link that says “Feedback”
4. ATTACH screencap.
5. WRITE a complaint description, including the particular URL you are reporting. In this case,
The link below is to a BBC article that explains this process with screencaps.