Reacting to a tweet announcing that Malacañang declared September 11 as a holiday in Ilocos Norte for the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ 100th birthday, a Twitter user brought up the fact that Germany does not have a holiday for Adolf Hitler.
“Does Germany have a holiday for Hitler? No,” @sPAULArium tweeted.
“Because dictators don’t deserve holidays after them,” she added.
DOES GERMANY HAVE A HOLIDAY FOR HITLER?
BECAUSE DICTATORS DON’T DESERVE HOLIDAYS AFTER THEM. https://t.co/DHnSGhalwZ
— ＰＡＵＬＡ (@sPAULArium) September 7, 2017
Her tweet has been liked over 6,000 times and retweeted over 2,500 times, as of writing.
Several Twitter users also reacted to her tweet, while others argued over differing opinions.
“Hitler is an embarassment to the Germans who are forever apologetic for the atrocities he committed,” one tweeted.
When another said that there should be no comparison with the Germans, a Twitter user responded: “So you’re saying it’s okay for Filipinos to glorify a mass murderer, and not other nationalities?”
President Rodriogo Duterte declared September 11 a Special Non-working Holiday in Ilocos Norte through Proclamation 310 signed on September 4 by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to allow the Ilocanos to celebrate Marcos’ 100th birthday.
The proclamation said that the Ilocanos would be given the day to commemorate Marcos’ “life and contributions to national development as World War II veteran, distinguished legislator, and former president.”
The Marcoses have sent out invitations for the celebration of Marcos’ birthday at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on September 11.
Former Social Welfare Secretary and one of the victims of Martial Law expressed anger over the proclamation of a holiday for Marcos’ birthday.
“I’m angry! I remember those who lost their lives fighting d dictatorship. Marcos is now buried in LNMB & now marking his bday as a holiday?” Taguiwalo tweeted.
I’m angry! I remember those who lost their lives fighting d dictatorship. Marcos is now buried in LNMB & now marking his bday as a holiday? pic.twitter.com/71vwFqKasT
— Manay Judy Taguiwalo (@Manay_Judy) September 7, 2017
BAYAN Secretary-General Renato Reyes slammed the “historical revisionism.”
“How historical revisionism works in declaring Marcos birthday a special holiday in Ilocos,” he said.
“Simple lang ang historical revisionism ni Duterte sa Ilocos holiday sa birthday ni Marcos sa September 11. Dahil daw ito sa kontribusyon ni Marcos sa “national development” bilang “World War II veteran, distinguished legislator and former president,” he wrote.
“Ang galling di ba. Parang harmless lang. Walang banggit sa plunder at Martial Law. Walang banggit sa diktadura. Simpleng whitewashing lang. Parang yung ginawa din sa hero’s burial sa LNMB,” he added.
How historical revisionism works in declaring Marcos birthday a special holiday in Ilocos pic.twitter.com/anjClOzBvY
— Renato Reyes, Jr. (@natoreyes) September 7, 2017
Marcos’ remains was buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on November 18, 2016 after the Supreme Court allowed the burial despite opposition from human rights groups, critics, and Martial Law victims.