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Malacañang website with martial law records down for updates

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The official website of Malacañang which stores repositories of the Philippine Museum and Library remained inaccessible on Tuesday morning because it was being updated.

The museum administration assured the public that the contents of the said website, including historical records of the Marcos dictatorship, were “not compromised.”

“Please be informed that, contrary to reports that it has been deleted, the website malacanang.gov.ph is merely suspended following measures to update the content therein and improve its security features,” the PML said through a statement on Monday night.

It would be made available to the public “at the soonest possible time,” the management added.

The PML is in charge of preserving, managing, and promoting the history and heritage of the Philippine presidency.

Former Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office Undersecretary Manuel Quezon III flagged on Twitter what appeared to be a sudden takedown of the PML website on Monday.

Quezon provided links to alternative copies of materials on martial law that were already published in books.

The development raised concerns that documented abuses during the martial law period would be whitewashed amid the looming presidency of the late dictator’s son, Bongbong Marcos Jr.

Marcos Jr. is poised to succeed President Rodrigo Duterte after he got 31 million votes, twice the number of votes earned by his closest rival, Vice President Leni Robredo.

 

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