New book highlights women against the Marcos dictatorship

SAN FRANCISCO – People gathered at the Philippine Consulate in San Francisco to attend the final installment in the month-long commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the 1986 People Power Revolution against the 20-year dictatorship of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos.

This event featured a discussion with San Francisco Bay Area-based Filipino-American author Mila De Guzman and her new book entitled “Women against Marcos: Stories of Filipino and Filipino American women who Fought a Dictator”.

Her book features six female activists, two of whom were in the US, who were part of the thousands of women who were involved with the anti-Marcos movement in the 1980s.

“We would hold educational forums,” said De Guzman. We would invite speakers from the Philippines to speak to really show what the reality is over there. We also had people in Washington in DC who lobbied congress people for them to know what is happening to the US aid in the Philippines.”

De Guzman says that the focus of the book is to not only acknowledge the important role of women in the movement but to also educate young Filipinos about the atrocities of the Marcos dictatorship and how they should remember the horrors of the past when they cast their votes in the Philippine presidential elections.

Marcos’ son, Bongbong, is a front-runner in the vice-presidential race.

She accuses Bongbong of manipulating history by saying the martial law era was the golden age of the Philippines.

“One, he hasn’t acknowledged the abuses during martial law,” said De Guzman. “Second, he hasn’t apologized. And third, he has been blocking the efforts the Philippine government to recover the stolen wealth.”

De Guzman also tells Bongbong supporters to stop defending him when they say the senator was too young during martial law to know what was right and wrong.

“At 21 he was the presidential assistant,” said De Guzman. “At 23 he was vice governor appointed by his father. At 26 he was appointed governor of Illocos Norte. So he’s part of the whole implementation of the dictatorship.”

De Guzman says that she and others will continue to educate more young Filipinos about the martial law era to ensure that they would never let another dictator rule the Philippines again.

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  • Tito Joel Balatbat
    29 April 2016 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    People always write books based on circulated-biased sources. If it was based on personal accounts, it was because they were caught violating laws or participating in disrupting the peace in the Philippines. If a case was indeed ruled by the court here in the United States, there would be no reason Bongbong Marcos can stop that? The fact is that the U.S. court during the mid-90s ruled the Marcoses NOT GUILTY of all the charges. Bongbong during his tenure as governor of Ilocos Norte has IMPLEMENTED or BUILT new facilities and schools under the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan. TODAY, do you see any governor building new facilities or schools in their provinces? BUT, you see governors of and mayors of today are getting RICHER without accomplishment…

  • Santiago Del Mundo
    12 October 2016 at 8:17 am - Reply

    According to Rigoberto Tiglao (2016), the majority of people who were caught (detained-interrogated) during martial law were either member or supporter of CPP/NPA or MNLF/MILF…There are those inspired by Jose Maria Sison, like those radical-liberal-activist prone University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila and De La Salsal students. Supposed to be smart, but not smarter than a squirrel…before you want bitch and cry about martial law atrocities, read Tiglaos article on Mendiola and Hacienda Luisita massacre by the Aquino’s…A lot of people are crying with vague and false claims about martial law… The fact and the matter is that it was MARTIAL LAW that CRUSHED their crimes…illegal acts, etc…
    According to the late (intelligent) Miriam Defensor Santiago, Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos does not need to apologize to anyone regarding martial law. For those of you who does not know any better (misled, told wrong, brainwashed, who cannot decide for themselves, etc), Martial Law was proclaimed because the CPP/NPA and MNLF have declared war against the Philippine government (Tiglao, 2016). Thanks to Ninoy Aquino and his puffets…thanks to Jose Maria Sison and his Leninist/Marxists/Maoist puffets…