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A Dead Dictator On Facebook: Ferdinand Marcos

Philippine News, News Report, Cristina DC Pastor Posted: Mar 13, 2009

NEW YORK The ghost of Marcos past is back and is haunting Filipinos all over the world in a very in-your-face way: via Facebook. My hero, gushes Facebook user May, and I can imagine with Olive Oyl eyes a-flutter directed at Popeye.

The way it works is that Ferdinand E. Marcos [FEM] appears to be another Facebook user. His profile identifies his status as being married to Imelda Remedios Visitacion Romualdez-Marcos, his birthday as September 11, 1917, his hometown as Ilocos Norte, and his education as the University of the Philippines College of Law 39.

Everything about the profile is factual. But nowhere on his Wall is anything he had written. Instead, the posts now in the hundreds praise his greatness as president. There are some stray comments that are critical and some downright profane, but they are outnumbered by the superlatives.

You dont know what youve got til its (sic) gone, writes Rhea. Luke, whose friends include former Philippine child star Aiza Seguerra, writes: No one can beat what this great man did to improve the country.

And from Abigail: Despite the dictatorship, one of the best presidents in the Philippines. His brilliance created an impact not just in our country but in the international arena. Most of the republic acts are still under his regime :) Love the brain of this guy!

No surprises there. The Palo Alto, California, social networking website counts the most powerful men in the world, such as President Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela, among its more than 175 million users dead or alive. An average user has 120 friends, but not Marcos: He has 4,152 supporters. A drop in the bucket compared with Obamas 5,548,940. (As I was writing this article, FEM supporters are slowly gaining. I started the article with 4,150; two days later the count is 4,207.)

In fact, Philippine national hero Dr. Jose Rizal is only slightly popular with 6,808 supporters. But at least Marcos has more followers than Lenin (3,579), Richard Nixon (3,687), and Evita (1,557).

That Marcos loyalists are regrouping via the Internet is not the news. Anyone can be on Facebook and for whatever reason, including peeking at young boys in skivvies or sharing recipes for homemade bombs. Any Facebook user can host pages for anyone, including famous dead people, like FEM. And he has two pages of photographs, including one with Ninoy Aquino of their younger selves captioned: Marcos 37 and Aquino50/ Resilient and deep-rooted brotherhood that transcends beliefs and ideologies/ Men of Unimpeachable character/ Upsilonians.

File that under: Hmmmm.

If social media guru Jesse Stay is correct, Facebook allows a user to track social demographics. Thats what the FEM fansite appears to be doing. Many of the supporters are in their 20s and 30s too young to have lived through the horrors of the Marcos Dictatorship and theyre from all over the world. Not one of the recent posts recounts the crushing poverty, the military tortures, the crony corruption, and the Imeldific extravagance. Lets take shoes.

Anywhere theres mention of shoes, Imeldas name cant be that far behind. She had thousands and thousands of pairs. When she walked in shoes that glittered to disco music while Filipinos starved, theres something to be said about a government that allowed that to happen.

The Marcos dictatorship came crashing down in 1986 when a people power uprising chased the family and their cronies out of Malacanang. Either the rabid Marcos haters dismiss the fansite as a waste of their time, or they have not heard that the World-Famous Kleptocrat is now on Facebook!

In fairness, the FEM Wall is not all kissy-licky. Negative comments make their way every once in a while.

One of them, Theterm, writes: I will say he was fine at first until greed got the best of him. Viva Ninoy Aquino!

Raymund says it short and raw: This guy is an ahole.

Disagree with them? Why dont you sign up for Facebook to connect with Ferdinand E. Marcos.

Ferdinand E. Marcos Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ferdinand-E-Marcos/75972260297

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