'Fake news' also widespread during Marcos rule, analyst says


Posted at Sep 21 2017 10:29 PM

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The proliferation of fake news nowadays is nothing new since the same tactic was used to declare martial law 45 years ago, a political analyst said.

Ramon Casiple, a martial law victim, said the use of misinformation to push forward a political agenda is similar to the use of the "staged" ambush on then Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile as reason to declare martial law.

"It's not really new--the tactics that are being implemented today. The scare, the terror or the fake news even," he said.

Former Commission on Human Rights Loretta Ann Rosales said that past presidents also fell short in fighting historical revisionism attempts.

" Napakarami nang dumaang chances...Ang dami nang dumaan eh [na presidente]. Ang tagal na, so that explains the leadership," she said.

The Philippines on Thursday marked the 45th anniversary of the declaration of martial law by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

--ANC Top Story, September 21, 2017