A photo posted on a pro-Marcos Facebook page has been doctored to show former President Benigno Aquino III admiring the official portrait of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos instead of the official portrait of his mother, the late president and democracy icon Corazon Aquino.
The Facebook page Pres. Ferdinand Emmanuel E. Marcos replaced Corazon Aquino’s official portrait at Malacanang with Marcos’ in its Jan. 18 post with the status line: “Caption this?”
The original photo can be found in a blog dedicated to the younger Aquino’s first 100 days called, “Noynoy’s First 100 Days.”
The photo was uploaded to the blog post “Inaugural Day” dated June 30, 2010, the day Aquino took his oath as the country’s 15th president, and credited to Luisito Iglesias of the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson-News and Information Bureau. It bore the caption:
President Benigno Simeon Aquino III views the portrait of his late mother, former PresidentCorazon C. Aquino upon his arrival at Malacanang Palace after being sworn in as the 15th President of the Republic of the Philippines Wednesday (June 30) at the Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park in Manila. (LUISITO IGLESIAS/OPS-NIB Photo)
The photo has also appeared in the South China Morning Post and the Aklan Forum journal.
Corazon Aquino became president after a people power revolution toppled Marcos triggered by the rigging of the snap presidential election in 1986 and ended two decades of authoritarian rule that left a long trail of atrocities.
The Marcos family and his supporters have been engaged in historical revisionism and denialism in a bid to wipe clean his tarnished image.
The post bearing this latest attempt at revisionism has gained more than 1,700 reactions, 925 comments and 113 shares as of writing.
The page that posted the photo was created in May 2012 and has more than 800,000 followers. (LMY).
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Pres. Ferdinand Emmanuel E. Marcos. (2021, January 18). Caption this? [Status]. Facebook. Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/FerdinandEMarcosBestPhilippinePresident/photos/a.526804337389573/4927571057312857/?type=3#_=_