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Philippines Information Bulletin

Various Authors

1973

Philippines Information Bulletin

Various Authors

The inaugural issue of the Philippines Information Bulletin. Started in 1973 by U.S.-based allies of the anti-Marcos movement, the Bulletin was in operation until 1976. The publication, which was eventually guided by the Friends of the Filipino People, kept people in the United States up to date on martial law developments in the Philippines as well as the role that the United States played in supporting the Marcos presidency.

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Philippines Information Bulletin 1, no. 1 (January 1973).

Mr. and Ms. Special Edition: The Aquino Funeral, September 2, 1983

Various authors

1983

Mr. and Ms. Special Edition: The Aquino Funeral, September 2, 1983

Various authors

This Special Edition of Mr. and Ms. magazine shows the bloodied body of Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr. who was murdered in August 21, 1983. The issue also contains pictures of the thousands of people who attended his public funeral. Magazines such as this one were instrumental in exposing the excesses of the regime of President Marcos. The funeral was seen as the beginning of the end of his regime.

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The Aquino Funeral (Special Edition), Mr.&Ms. magazine, September 2, 1983.

Malaya, September 1-4, 1983

Various authors.

1983

Malaya, September 1-4, 1983

Various authors.

This special issue by the liberal newspaper, Malaya, covers the funeral of Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr., which was attended by millions of Filipinos. The headline refers to this event “as a new chapter” in Philippines history. For many, this was the beginning of the end of the regime of President Marcos.

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“Millions pay last respects for Ninoy,” Malaya Newspaper, September 1-4, 1983.

Balita News, June 2, 1983.

Balita News Team

1983

Balita News, June 2, 1983.

Balita News Team

Retrieved from the online library of the Bantayog Foundation, this copy of the Balita News Tabloid, then owned by Marcos Crony Hanz Menzi, offers perspective on the selection and positioning of media news connected with the Administration. The issue features an article titled “Canadian priest is Harassed by gov’t” referring to the harassment of the clergy in Mindanao – including Canadian Father Pat Kelly and German Nationals arrested with Karl Gaspar. Another article later in the paper also speculates on whether Former Senator Benigno Aquino would be returning in time for the 1984 Parliamentary elections.

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Balita News Tabloid. Vol. 5. No. 18. 2 June 1983.

Philippine Daily Inquirer, February 26, 1986

Various authors

1986

Philippine Daily Inquirer, February 26, 1986

Various authors

This cover story that declares “It’s all over; Marcos flees!” has become one of the most popular covers in Philippine newspaper history. Most articles in this issue discuss the end of the regime of President Marcos as he and his family fled the Philippines after a peaceful People Power revolution. The cover shows a photo of Corazon Aquino taking her oath as the new President of the Philippines.

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Luis Beltran, “It’s all over, Marcos flees!” Philippine Daily Inquirer, February 26, 1986.

The Philippines Sunday Express, September 24, 1972

Various Authors

1972

The Philippines Sunday Express, September 24, 1972

Various Authors

The cover page of the Philippines Sunday Express dated September 24, 1972 shows President Marcos declaring Martial Law just the day before. Accompanying articles explain that this declaration was not a military take-over and that life and business would go on as normal. And yet, the newspaper cover alone elicits a sense of foreboding of what is to come.

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“FM Declares Martial Law,” The Philippines Sunday Express, September 24, 1972.

“Democracy, Philippine Style,” Philippines Free Press

Philippine Free Press News Team

1971

“Democracy, Philippine Style,” Philippines Free Press

Philippine Free Press News Team

This special issue of the Philippine Free Press, dated September 4, 1971, contains an in-depth treatment, including color photographs, of the bombing at Plaza Miranda, during a political rally in Manila, which occurred on August 21, 1971. The bombing caused nine deaths and injured 95 others, including many prominent Liberal Party politicians, considered as President Marcos’s strongest opposition party. This bombing became one of the main reasons for the declaration of Martial Law used by President Marcos himself to remain in power.

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“Democracy, Philippine Style,” Philippines Free Press, September 4, 1971.

Philippines Free Press, August 21, 1993

Philippines Free Press News Team

1993

Philippines Free Press, August 21, 1993

Philippines Free Press News Team

This special issue by the Philippines Free Press, entitled “Tribute to a Hero,” revisits the life and work of Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, who was assassinated on the tarmac of the Manila International Airport 10 years before on his way home to the Philippines after years in exile in the United States. The magazine contains many articles that examine the legacy of Aquino and ask questions related to his murder.

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“Tribute to a Hero,” Philippines Free Press, August 21, 1993.

Tempo News, August 24, 1983.

From Tempo News team

1983

Tempo News, August 24, 1983.

From Tempo News team

Retrieved from the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Digital Archive, this issue of the Tempo news tabloid was published three days after the assassination of oppositionist Benigno Aquino on August 21, 1983. Noting that Tempo was owned by Marcos Crony Hanz Menzi, researchers may find interest in observing the layout of media and information provided by mainstream media concerning events that took place following the political killing and ensuing investigation. At immediate notice one finds space granted for the statement of the slain figure’s wife, future president Cory Aquino, information regarding the funeral and the buildup of visitors to pay their respects, as well as initial speculations as to the culprit.

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Tempo News Tabloid. Vol. 2. No. 232. 24 August 1983.

Christian Left Articles Dissected, October 23, 1976

Signs of the Times

1976

Christian Left Articles Dissected, October 23, 1976

Signs of the Times

An article from the Signs of the Times responding to criticisms of activist priests and other religious people.

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Signs of the Times. “Christian Left Articles Dissected.” October 23, 1976.