Marco Angelo Cabrera, a staff of Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) complained of harassment after he posted about the late president Ferdinand Marcos at the Official Gazette of the Philippines Facebook page this Sunday, September 11, President Marcos’ 99th birthday. Below is the post of a lawyer named Jesus Falcis and Cabrera’s response.
“If indeed true that you are the one responsible, please rectify the Official Gazette’s post. It is intellectually dishonest and misleading to say that Ferdinand Marcos served as President for 21 years. He did not. He was President for 8 years and he ruled as a dictator from 1972 to 1981.” Falcis wrote, referring to Cabrera’s post about Marcos’ presidency.
The last part of the original post of Cabrera stated that, “In 1986, Marcos stepped down from presidency to avoid bloodshed during the uprising that came to be known as “People Power.” But after it drew criticisms from anti-Marcos netizens, the phrase “to avoid bloodshed” has been deleted. Nevertheless, negative comments still keep coming.
The Official Gazette then decided to remove the entire post, replacing it without mention that mentioning the declaration of Martial Law. Instead, the last part mentioned that Marcos “was the longest-serving President of the country for almost 21 years.” But still, anti-marcos netizens continue to insist that the said statement is not true.
As a response to Jesus Falcis, Marco Angelo Cabrera admitted that he used to work for former Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, the son of the late president Marcos. Nevertheless, he emphasized that his previous work has no conflict of interest with his present work. He also complained being harassed on social media, particularly on Twitter.
A few hours later, PCCO Assistant Secretary Ramon L. Cualoping III posted at Official Gazette, saying that their office is “not in the business of revising history. We only convey what is documented in the official records. We continually update materials to keep them as historically accurate as possible,” and that we are “devoid of any political color and affiliations.”
As of posting, anti-Marcos and pro-Marcos netizens continue to debate about the truth during the Marcos regime. Earlier, the Supreme Court (SC) issued its decision to stop the proposed burial of the former president at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, after hearing oral arguments, and extended the status quo ante order until October 18, 2016.