September 11 marks the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ 100th birth anniversary, which was also why President Rodrigo Duterte declared it as a holiday in Ilocos Norte. Several hashtags has trended on Twitter to mark the day, including #MarcosNOTaHero, #NeverAgain, and the hijacked #Marcos100. However, a sociologist also made sure to mark how a Wikipedia war was on the dictator’s birthday.
Sociologist Dr. Nicole Curato marked the victory through a Facebook post on September 11.
“On his 100th birth anniversary, we won the Wikipedia war,” she wrote.
“Make no mistake, “Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralin Marcos, Sr. (11 September 1917 – 28 September 1989) was a Filipino politician and kleptocrat who was President of the Philippines from 1965 to 1986. He ruled as a dictator under martial law from 1972 until 1981. His regime was infamous for its corruption, extravagance and brutality,”” she added.
We visited the Wikipedia page “Ferdinand Marcos” and it indeed described him as a kleptocrat and a dictator.
In August, The Guardian published a story about the Wikipedia warriors who have devoted their time and effort to fight Marcos revisionism amid fears of the Marcoses staging a political comeback.
Last year, there were reports about several revisions done on several Wikipedia pages focused on the Marcoses, causing netizens to warn people that “histocial revisionism” is happening.