MANILA, 13March2016 (BicolToday.com) – The College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) expressed alarm over Bongbong Marcos topping the recent Pulse Asia vice presidential survey in a press conference commemorating the World Day Against Cyber Censorship.
CEGP National President Marc Lino Abila said that if Marcos Jr. lands on the second-highest post of the republic, he would do anything to distort history and blur the atrocities during Marcos Sr.’s 21-year tyrannical rule.
“Having another Marcos on one of the top positions in the government is appalling and winning the vice presidency is a way to recapture Malacañang. We cannot let the scion of a dictator win despite the fact that his family abused human rights, killed and tortured a multitude of people, violated people’s democratic freedoms, amassed the public funds and brought the nation into bankruptcy,” said Abila.
“Bongbong is not as innocent as he thinks himself to be. In fact, Bongbong was instrumental in plundering public coffers during his father’s presidency. How can one explain the large amount Bongbong is spending for his premature campaign and TV ads? It’s obvious that he’s using their ill-gotten wealth to have a comeback in Malacañang,” Abila explained.
Abila added that the Marcos regime can be likened to the Dark Ages when the dictatorship had the monopoly on its so-called truths, when freedom of expression and freedom of the press were non-existent. The Marcoses had the media under their control and crony press did nothing but praise the dictator.
“Though some Millennials are blinded by the lies of the Marcoses, campus journalists are well aware of the viciousness of the Marcoses to the campus press. A number of young men and women who fought the dictatorship were campus journalists. In the age of Internet and social media, campus journalists won’t let anyone muzzle us from telling the important issues of the youth and people. We won’t let Bongbong Marcos, an author of Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, be vice president,” Abila asserted.
“The campus press will never fall for the deceptions the Marcoses are telling the public. We are committed in protecting campus press freedom and democratic rights. We won’t let anyone trample press freedom and the people’s right to know the truth,” Abila said. [BicolToday.com]