The Philippines just finished its presidential election, and it seems that Bongbong Marcos Junior has won. As the son of the ex-president Ferdinand Marcos, who fled the country in 1986 as a result of popular revolt against his dictatorship, will he remove the holiday that celebrates his father's fall from grace?
Will museums in the Philippines remove references to the EDSA event and the Marcos dictatorship?
I watched a Youtube video on a US comedian's take on the election. John Oliver's video the Phillippines Election contains two pieces of useful information to me.
At 11:20 into the video, it shows Marcos Junior's reply in 2016 when asked by his then vice presidency opponent to return the money that his family owed in taxes to the Philippine government, he said: "I cannot give what I do not have!" Maybe this is the line that all taxpayers can use when asked by the Bureau of Inland Revenue to pay taxes. The money could have been spent, or hidden. As long as you do not have it, you should not have to pay it to the government, since this works for the Marcos family.
At 12:25 of the video, it shows several students one by one, said that they thought that during the time of the martial law imposed by Marcos, it was the golden era of the Philippines. It went on to show a journalist saying that the Filipino poor have no access to newspaper or television. When I first came to the Philippines in 1990s, I also noticed that there were few people who read newspaper. It was probably too expensive for the general public. Now, the social media is their only source of information. If you have enough money, you can tell the version of history that you choose, and people would believe it. The version that those who voted for Marcos Junior may lead to one less holiday in the next six years, to say the very, very least.
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