About the book:
Considered as one of the most authoritative accounts of the early years of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos’ martial law rule in the Philippines, The Conjugal Dictatorship of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos was written by Primitivo Mijares, former chief propagandist of the Marcos dictatorship who defected in 1975. The book offers a behind-the-scenes look at the personalities and circumstances involved in the creation of one of the most corrupt and tyrannical dictatorships in modern history. Unlike other books about the era, this book was written by a true insider who took no steps to “sugar-coat” the details, even those which resulted in his self-incrimination. For writing the book, Mijares went on a self-exile to the United States where he testified against Marcos in a United States House committee hearing. He disappeared without a trace shortly afterwards.
The book has undergone two printings: in 1976 and in 1986. Both editions were published by Union Square Publishers. Since then, however, the book has been out of print. With the recent resurgence of the Marcoses in the Philippine political scene and the historical revisionism they spread, the heirs of Mijares, led by grandson Joseph Christopher “JC” Mijares-Gurango, have decided to publish a new, revised, and updated edition of the book.
Publisher: Ateneo de Manila University Press
Publication Date: 2017 (Reprint)
About the author:
Primitivo “Tibo” Mijares was Ferdinand Marcos’ prized “media czar” and chief propagandist until his defection in 1975. Orphaned at a young age after his parents’ murder by the Japanese during World War II, Tibo became the youngest editor of the now-defunct Baguio Midland Courier in 1950. A year later, he moved to the Manila Chronicle where he covered all the major beats while pursuing law studies at the Lyceum of the Philippines, graduating in 1960. He passed the bar in the same year.
In 1972, Tibo moved to the Marcos-controlled Daily Express and assumed the presidency of the National Press Club of the Philippines and the chairmanship of the Media Advisory Council, effectively becoming — in his own words — “the sole conduit between the military government and the practicing media.” In 1975, Tibo defected from the Marcoses and exiled himself to the United States. He knew too much and so informed a Congressional committee in the United States in June 1975. Despite Marcos’ efforts to stop its publication, The Conjugal Dictatorship was published in 1976. A year after the publication of the book, Tibo attempted to return to the Philippines and was never heard from again. He was declared legally dead years later.
He is survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren. Tibo’s youngest son, Luis Manuel “Boyet” Mijares, was abducted, tortured, and later found dead in 1977, as a result of the publication of The Conjugal Dictatorship. He was 16 years old.