Marcos urges supporters to research from legitimate sources

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 21) — Presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos has asked his supporters not to take his word when it comes to his family and the martial law, saying he has his own "agenda" as the only son and namesake of ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

He said supporters must learn the facts from books, internet, and old newspapers.

The late President Marcos shut down and took over newspapers, radio stations, TV networks on the first days of his dictatorship in September 1972.

"Huwag lang kayo makinig sa akin dahil may agenda din ako. Ama ko iyan, siyempre kakampi ko siya. Mag-aral kayo, mag-research kayo nang mabuti. Ang daming libro diyan, nasa internet. Balikan niyo ang mga dyaryo noon para makapag-aral kayo nang mabuti," he said in the KandidaTalks taped interview conducted by One PH and GoNegosyo.

[Translation: Don't just listen to me because I also have an agenda. He is my father, of course I am on his side. Do your research. There are many books out there, there is also the internet. Sift through old newspapers to learn more about it.]

The presidential candidate, who has claimed to be a victim of fake news, said this is his advice to supporters who ask him to debunk stories about the martial law.

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Around 70,000 people were imprisoned, 30,000 tortured, more than 3,000 killed, and hundreds disappeared during the martial law era, according to international human rights group Amnesty International.