(UPDATED) Lawyer Larry Gadon has erroneously claimed that human rights violations during the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos Sr. had been proven to be false and were merely invented and used as propaganda by the opposition.
VERA Files Fact Check debunked similar claims thrice before. (Read: Never-ending tales on Marcos’ martial law)
Watch the video:
Editor’s note: This fact check was updated on March 14, 2023 to include the video fact check.
The quote card for this fact check was updated to reflect the role of Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board as an independent quasi-judicial body to receive, evaluate, process and investigate claims of human rights violations during the Marcos dictatorship. On the other hand, the Human Rights Violations Victims’ Memorial Commission, an independent government agency, was created to establish, restore, preserve and conserve a memorial, museum, library and compendium in honor of the many human rights violations victims during the same period.
Have you seen any dubious claims, photos, memes, or online posts that you want us to verify? Fill out this reader request form.
Atty. Larry Gadon Facebook page, Ang tutuong Human Rights Violation…, Feb. 25, 2023
Human Rights Violations Victims’ Memorial Commission, Roll of Victims, accessed Feb. 28, 2023
Official Gazette, Republic Act No. 10368, Feb. 25, 2013
Human Rights Violations Victims’ Memorial Commission, About the Commission, accessed Feb. 28, 2023
Justia U.S. Law, In Re Estate of Marcos Human Rights Litigation, 910 F. Supp. 1460 (D. Haw. 1995), Nov. 30, 1995
University of Minnesota Human Rights Library, Trajano v Marcos 978 F.2d 493, Oct. 21, 1992
(Guided by the code of principles of the International Fact-Checking Network at Poynter, VERA Files tracks the false claims, flip-flops, misleading statements of public officials and figures, and debunks them with factual evidence. Find out more about this initiative and our methodology.)