ANTONIO J. MONTALVAN II is a Mindanao anthropologist and ethnohistorian. He is a Ford Foundation scholar for the doctorate in anthropology on Mindanao Studies with the Mindanao Anthropology Consortium. Montalvan has written articles about Mindanao history and culture in academic journals.
Expect more red tagging to worsen under the new Marcos administration. The first red tagger, lest we forget, was the dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
What exactly is the true story?
We have seen how the Davao City template has destroyed our national psyche and the credibility of our government institutions from Rodrigo Duterte’s six years of authoritarian misgovernance.
Around the time of the controversy that surrounded the Duterte-sponsored surreptitious burial of dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 2016 at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, an Ateneo school that I shall not name invited me to a forum on the topic.
It is not a coincidence that Vicente Danao presides over the PNP at the tail end of the Duterte reign. He is one of Duterte’s fair-haired boys, a Davao city creation like Bato dela Rosa who probably knows Duterte’s secrets of how the Philippine National Police was transformed as a monstrosity of lawbreakers and killers.