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By GMA News on Sep 27, 2022

Howie Severino speaks to a man with a tough job, Chuck Crisanto, the executive director of the government agency tasked with memorializing human rights violations during the martial law era. Crisanto explains the challenge of educating the youth and building a museum mandated by law but may not receive any public funding.

By What's AP? Araling Panlipunan Rebooted on May 10, 2022

50 years after Ferdinand Marcos declared Martial Law, the dictator’s family claws its way back into power. Here’s a guest episode from Teka Teka News that we’d like to share with you to help process this current moment—and so that we may #NeverForget.

Videos

By AFP on Sep 24, 2022

Misleading claims about human rights abuses under the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos have resurfaced on social media in the run up to the 50th anniversary of martial law. Attempts to discredit reports about the brutal period of martial law are met by small but persistent efforts to preserve accounts of the atrocities committed during his term. A volunteers group who met on Twitter has decided to digitize more archives about Marcos senior’s two-decade rule and make these more accessible on social media. …

By Vice News on Sep 23, 2022

The Philippines’ latest presidential election results mark the return of the country’s most notorious political family into office. The late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr ruled the country for 21 years, until he was ousted nearly four decades ago. During his regime, thousands were detained, tortured and killed under Martial Law, and the family allegedly stole billions from government coffers. Yet in May, his son and namesake, Ferdinand Marcos Jr, won the presidency by a landslide. We find out why and how it happened.

By Radyo Katipunan 87.9 FM on Sep 19, 2022

Martial Law… Golden… Pagkaraan ng 50 taon, Paano Aalalahanin ang Martial Law?

News Articles

By BBC on Sep 30, 2022

The year was 1977, five years since President Ferdinand E Marcos had declared martial law in the Philippines – on 21 September 1972. Mr Marcos suspended parliament and arrested opposition leaders – Mr Matela was among the tens of thousands of people detained and tortured during a decade of martial law. Fifty years on, he is no longer afraid to speak out. But he is afraid of not being believed at a time when the truth about one of the darkest periods in Filipino history is under attack. Read More

By Inquirer.Net on Sep 26, 2022

How does a nation build a museum memorializing a time its own government believes is water under the bridge? 
For the Human Rights Violations Victims’ Memorial Commission (HRVVMC), tasked with the heavy burden of building a martial law museum under the administration of the son and namesake of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos, this means crossing the proverbial bridge when the commission gets there. Read more

By Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on Sep 23, 2022

14-year period under Marcos rule considered to be a dark chapter in Philippine history. On the morning of Sept. 23, 1972, Chris Sorio remembers being awoken by his mother at their home in Quezon City in the Philippines. She told him that the country had just been placed under martial law. “There’s nothing on TV and nothing on the radio,” said Sorio, who was a teenager at the time. He is now 64 and living in Vancouver. “So there’s chaos and confusion among people because they don’t know what’s happening.” Read More

By ABS-CBN on Sep 21, 2022

The construction of a museum honoring victims of human rights violations during martial law is not a slap in the Marcos family’s faces, the head of the Human Rights Violations Victims Memorial Commission (HRVVMC) said Wednesday. Carmelo Victor Crisanto made the statement when asked if he thinks the project could move forward under a Marcos presidency, a day after he told lawmakers that it risks becoming a white elephant due to lack of funds… Read More

By AFP, Japan Times on Sep 20, 2022

American lawyer Thomas Jones still remembers the scars of Philippine torture victims he interviewed for Amnesty International inside the country’s detention centers in 1975 during the rule of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos… Read More

By Philippine Star on Sep 16, 2022

 Budgets prepared by the executive branch from 2017 to 2020 did have a special provision allotting trust receipts from the ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses to build a museum dedicated to memorializing Martial Law’s victims, contrary to a claim by the Department of Budget and Management. Read more

By CNN on Jul 16, 2022

Filipinos living abroad are snapping up books about the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos, not just to read about history but to preserve it. The rush to buy books documenting Marcos’ destructive 21-year reign comes as his son, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., assumes office after a landslide election victory in May. Read more

By CNN Philippines on Jun 24, 2022

Constructing the museum that would honor victims and survivors of martial law under the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos’ regime has been hounded by “all sorts of difficulties,” according to the head of the memorial commission tasked to complete the long-awaited project. The Human Rights Violations Victims’ Memorial Commission (HRVVMC) hit multiple snags, but its Executive Director Carmelo Victor Crisanto said this doesn’t mean they have little progress to show. Read more

By CNN Philippines on Jun 24, 2022

Whether or not the construction of the delay-ridden martial law museum will push through would depend on the incoming Marcos administration, said the head of the commission in charge of the project. Executive Director Carmelo Victor Crisanto made this response when asked by CNN Philippines when the Freedom Memorial Museum — the flagship project of the Human Rights Violations Victims’ Memorial Commission (HRVVMC) — may be expected to finally rise. Read more

By National Public Radio on Jun 17, 2022

NPR’s Sacha Pfeiffer talks to Carmelo Crisanto, executive director of the Human Rights Violations Victims’ Memorial Commission, about racing to archive human rights abuses in the Philippines. Read more

By Philippine Star on Jun 11, 2022

This week, international attention has turned to the Philippines as Ferdinand Marcos Jr. prepares to become the country’s next president. Instead of stamping out reminders of tyranny, will there be a restoration? With an ousted dictator’s son taking power, will historical documents be destroyed? Will the memories of victims be forcibly erased?… Read more

By The Guardian on Jun 7, 2022

Survivors fear documents may vanish when Philippine dictator’s son assumes office after election victory. Read more

By Reuters on May 27, 2022

Books about the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his brutal era of martial law are flying off the shelves, spurred by “panic buying” after his son and namesake won a May 9 presidential election. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s presidency, set to begin on June 30, has many people worried about losing access to books and other accounts of his father’s rule, given his family’s decades-long effort to rehabilitate its name through what critics describe as a campaign of historical revisionism. Read more

By Ruptly on May 24, 2022

Activists campaigning for the victims who suffered under former Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos launched a digital library out of their offices in Quezon City on Tuesday, ahead of the May 9 election where the ex-leaders son is predicted to take power. Read more

By Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Apr 4, 2022

Before the presidential election in the Philippines, the dictator’s son Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is leading the field of candidates. His father’s victims are appalled at the potential return of the Marcos clan to power. Read more

By GMA News on Feb 25, 2022

An official of the Human Rights Violations Victims’ Memorial Commission has lamented the lack of knowledge by many people, especially the younger ones, about the atrocities committed by the government under Martial Law declared by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. Read more

By Rappler on Feb 25, 2022

On the day it became clear that Marcos Jr. had won the presidency, a book published in 1976 detailing corruption and abuses during the Marcos regime sold 300 copies, its publisher says. Read more

By Rappler on Feb 24, 2022

The Marcos family is very resilient and has invested much in trying to tell their own interpretation of history, says Human Rights Violation Victims Memorial Commission director Carmelo Crisanto. Information gap is among the many reasons why the Marcoses remained prominent even after 36 years had passed, according to the head of Human Rights Violation Victims Memorial Commission.  Read more