Wanna Ver

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Students and opposition supporters gather at the gate to Malacanang Palace in Manila on Feb. 21, 1986 in a protest against the government of Ferdinand Marcos. (Willie Salenga/AP)

I was 8 years old when the “people power” uprising toppled the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines in 1986. I remember it as a terrifying time: My family was torn apart and I was forced to flee and hide. I felt I had been robbed of my home, childhood, country and culture. It took me decades to realize many things I believed about that period were lies — lies that are still being told.

I am the daughter of Gen. Fabian Ver. For 20-plus years, my father was Marcos’s right-hand man, the chief of staff of the armed forces and the overseer of the country’s intelligence and national security apparatus.…  Seguir leyendo »