But a presidential proclamation declaring holidays for 2024 – dated Oct 11 and released on Friday – makes no mention of the anniversary at all.
Rights group Karapatan said its removal showed the Marcos administration’s contempt for “meaningful social actions that pursue justice, truth and accountability”.
“It is on the road to blatantly distorting history by diminishing if not completely erasing any indication that the Filipino people overthrew the Marcos dictatorship and spurned its harmful impacts on the nation,” Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said.
Project Gunita, which is digitising books, films and articles documenting Marcos Sr’s rule, said it was another “state-sponsored attempt to whitewash the history of the brutal dictatorship”.
The latest list of holidays does include Aug 21, which commemorates the assassination of Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, who along with his wife, the late former president Corazon Aquino, was revered for leading the struggle to restore democracy in the archipelago.