It’s 2017 and a lot of people in power are hellbent on revising history. That means those who know the truth are only emboldened to fight back a little harder, and this bit of news is right on time for this year’s EDSA Day: Primitivo Mijares’s The Conjugal Dictatorship, the go-to classic for all the dirt on the Marcoses and their corrupt rule, is getting a rerelease.
The new edition of the book will be launched at the Bantayog Ng Mga Bayani in Quezon City on Feb. 21, and if you think that this is a little timely given the events of last November, you’re not wrong. The Mijareses took action after seeing the late dictator Marcos get buried at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani. ““I was disgusted by how one of the darkest chapters in our country’s history—and those who died fighting the dictatorship—could be whitewashed so shamelessly,” said Joseph Christopher Mijares-Gurango, grandson of the late Primitivo, who disappeared after the book was first published.
Primitivo Mijares originally worked as Marcos’s main PR guy, rebelling against Dear Leader in 1975 and fleeing to the US.
“We want to show everyone that you didn’t have to be alive then for you to fight against historical revisionism,” said Mijares-Gurango. “Some of the people my grandfather wrote about in his book are survived by their children and grandchildren. And we will ensure that their memory lives on.”
A group of notable opposition figures will also be at the event, such as filmmaker Pepe Diokno, his aunt former National Historical Commission head Maria Serena Diokno, and Emmanuel Lacaba’s daughter Miriam Lacaba, among others.
If, after all this time, you’ve wanted to know exactly why people are mad at the Marcoses and Martial Law, you need to get your hands on this book. You can go wait for the new edition, but guess what—it’s also available for free online right here. You’ve got all the tools to educate yourself, and there’s no turning back now.
Image from the Philippine Reporter