Filipino historian Ambeth Ocampo hounded by pro-Marcos pages

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Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (left) and renowned Filipino historian Ambeth Ocampo, right, gesture as they discuss during the celebration of the 112th anniversary of Philippine Independence Day, on June 12, 2010 in Manila.
Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (left) and renowned Filipino historian Ambeth Ocampo, right, gesture as they discuss during the celebration of the 112th anniversary of Philippine Independence Day, Saturday, June 12, 2010 at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila. (AP Photo/Pat Roque)

Pro-Marcos individuals and pages attempted to provoke renowned historian Ambeth Ocampo after responding to a remark made by actress Ella Cruz, who likened history with tsismis (gossip).

“History may have bias but it is based on fact, not opinion. Real History is about Truth, not lies, not fiction,” he said.

The Marcos sympathizers were quick to react as Ocampo’s response went viral. One of the pages was a certain “Nick Nañgit - NCN Law”, who went on to call the historian “Ambethyoso” (a combination of Ocampo’s first name and the Filipino word for “ambitious”), a “tagabantay ng mga d¡lawang p***tah” (overseer of yellow whores) – yellow being the symbolic color of the Liberal Party.

Nick Nañgit on Filipino historian Ambeth Ocampo. (Source: Nick Nañgit - NCN Law/Facebook)
Nick Nañgit on Filipino historian Ambeth Ocampo. (Source: Nick Nañgit - NCN Law/Facebook)
Nick Nañgit on Filipino historian Ambeth Ocampo. (Source: Nick Nañgit - NCN Law/Facebook)
Nick Nañgit on Filipino historian Ambeth Ocampo. (Source: Nick Nañgit - NCN Law/Facebook)
Nick Nañgit on Filipino historian Ambeth Ocampo. (Source: Nick Nañgit - NCN Law/Facebook)
Nick Nañgit on Filipino historian Ambeth Ocampo. (Source: Nick Nañgit - NCN Law/Facebook)

Another page, this time named “BBM Unite Filipino People”, concurred with the actress’ sentiments and accused that Prof. Ambeth Ocampo “make[s] a living out of the ‘financed’ ones”, after rambling about how there is “no absolute history, only sponsored ones.”

BBM Unite Filipino People on Filipino historian Ambeth Ocampo. (Source: BBM Unite Filipino People/Facebook)
BBM Unite Filipino People on Filipino historian Ambeth Ocampo. (Source: BBM Unite Filipino People/Facebook)

Ocampo seems unfazed by the comments made against him.

“Trolls are a nuisance. They wear you down,” he said. “Thank you for letting me know that I am not alone in standing up for Truth, History, and my profession.”

Social media erupted after actress Ella Cruz sparked controversy after saying “history is like tsismis (gossip)” in relation to her role as Irene Marcos in Darryl Yap’s “Maid In Malacañang”, a pro-Marcos film.

The starlet said in an interview promoting the film that “History is like tsismis. It is filtered and dagdag na rin, so, hindi natin alam what is the real history. Andoon na iyong idea, pero may mga bias talaga. As long as we're here alive at may kanya-kanyang opinion, I respect everyone's opinion.

(History is like gossip. It is filtered and additionally, so, we don’t know what is the real history. The idea is there, but there are biases. As long as we’re here alive and we have our own opinions, I respect everyone’s opinion.)

Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.

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