[In the news] Memoirs on PHL Martial Law to hit US bookshelves -GMA News

Memoirs on PHL Martial Law to hit US bookshelves
April 17, 2012

Retrospective memoirs on Philippine martial law in the ‘70s are hitting the bookshelves.

“Subversive Lives” is a family’s memoir about the Marcos years written by siblings Nathan Gilbert and Susan Quimpo. In a YouTube interview, Nathan Gilbert provided a snapshot through a revolutionary thread running through the Quimpo siblings’ lives.

Of the 10 Quimpo brothers and sisters, he said seven were involved in the underground movement. Of the seven, five were arrested and detained during martial law, including some of their spouses. Of those arrested, three were tortured, and one was sexually molested.

One brother who joined the New People’s Army was killed, another brother has disappeared with “no trace” of him. One brother was a political exile in France.

“It is important to come out with this story,” said Nathan Gilbert.

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