Has the millions of Filipinos been continuously fooled for more than 50 years including the president-elect Rodrigo Duterte about Ferdinand Marcos’s controversial claim as a “soldier”?
According to a The New York Times article published in January 23, 1986 entitled, “Marcos’s Wartime Role Discredited in US Files”. It basically says that the former president’s World War II role was all a “fraud”, including his Marcos’s 32 war medals were not true and that the Maharlika guerilla group that he said he led was non-existent.
Marcos’ “wartime role” was only used as his selling point for getting the votes.
Although, further investigation by the United States Veterans’ Administration, they said there was Ang Maharlika, but had actually been committing ”atrocities” against Filipino civilians rather than fighting the Japanese.
It’s also impossible for Marcos to be a guerilla fighting the Japanese, when in fact this father, Mariano Marcos was killed by Filipino guerillas for his alleged collaboration with the Japanese.
How was he killed? Two carabaos were tied on each of his hand, then let it run on the opposite direction.
The Army concluded after World War II that claims by Ferdinand E. Marcos that he had led a guerrilla resistance unit during the Japanese occupation of his country were ”fraudulent” and ”absurd.”
Throughout his political career, Mr. Marcos, now President of the Philippines, has portrayed himself as a heroic guerrilla leader, and the image has been central to his political appeal.
In almost every speech throughout his current re-election campaign, including at least one this week, Mr. Marcos has referred to his war record and guerrilla experiences in part to show that he is better able than his opponent, Corazon C. Aquino, to handle the present Communist insurgency. Questions Go Unanswered
But documents that had rested out of public view in United States Government archives for 35 years show that repeated Army investigations found no foundation for Mr. Marcos’s claims that he led a guerrilla force called Ang Mga Maharlika in military operations against Japanese forces from 1942 to 1944.
Mr. Marcos declined today to respond to six written questions about the United States Government records, which came to light only recently. The questions were submitted to Mr. Marcos’s office this morning in Manila.
After repeated telephone calls to the Presidential Palace this afternoon, an aide explained that Mr. Marcos was busy with meetings and a campaign appearance and ”didn’t have the opportunity to look into the question.” The aide said the President might have a response later.
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