Press Release
September 24, 2018

Dispatch from Crame No. 386:
Sen. Leila M. de Lima's Statement on the Lies about Martial Law and Historical Distortion


Fortunately for former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, he is blessed with a long life and a sharp mind. But late in life, he still has chosen to squander these on the perpetuation of lies about Martial Law. Unfortunately for him, many of their victims - those who survived the torture chambers - are still alive to remind us of the truth.

Before turning against Marcos, Enrile, as Defense Minister, was of course the regime's Martial Law enforcer. He was as responsible as Marcos for the thousands killed, disappeared, tortured, and imprisoned during Martial Law. In distorting history, Enrile is only whitewashing his own role in this dark chapter of our nation's history. His account is therefore nothing but another self-serving attempt to absolve himself from responsibility for the tortures and murders he helped perpetuate as Marcos's henchman.

Enrile has already attempted to distort history several times in the past, including in his own memoirs that he released several years ago. His fabricated accounts were met with as much protestation then as now. He is doing the same thing now in the era of fake news, enabled no doubt by an atmosphere of blatant lying and distortion of facts by the Duterte government. In doing so, Enrile is simply riding the bandwagon of fake news and historical revisionism.

Enrile may be as old as history, but his lies will never be as sharp as the truth etched on the bodies and minds of the survivors of Martial Law.

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