MANILA - A group of martial law victims and peace advocates on Friday lashed out at the issuance of a commemorative stamp for late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
In a statement, the Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to Malacanang (CARMMA) said the centenary stamp released by the Philippine Postal Corp. (PHLPost) is another "stolen credit, another stamping of Marcos rehabilitation and revision of history."
“The Duterte regime’s political rehabilitation of the Marcos goes on and on. One day, shall we see images of Marcos all over the country? Posters, action figures? We can only express extreme disgust,” the statement read.
CARMMA accused President Rodrigo Duterte of being a "copycat" of "his idol Marcos."
"Before he thinks of being put in a stamp, or becoming an action figure, he should worry of the people’s verdict to him as one president who won through popular support, but gave failed change and resulted [in] anti-people policies, and creeping towards a tyrannical rule,” it said.
The commemorative stamp for the 100th birth anniversary of Marcos was issued by PHLPost on Sep. 11, 2017 and will be on sale until Sep. 10, 2018.
PHLPost assistant post master Luis Carlos said the stamp had no political overtones and was released as part of a series of stamps marking presidents' 100th birthdays.
"We are just following the guidelines. The presidents who have birth centenaries have stamps issued," Carlos said.
It comes after Duterte allowed the dictator's body to be buried in the national "Heroes' Cemetery" in November despite his lengthy record of abuse and corruption.
Duterte, an ally of the Marcos family, has been accused of whitewashing the late dictator's career. - with a report from Agence France-Presse