A protester clenches a fist during a rally outside the presidential palace in Manila Sept. 21, 2011. The rally commemorated dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr.'s 1972 declaration of martial law. (CNSphoto/Romeo Ranoco, Reuters)

A Philippine bishop expressed hope for the renewal of a community-centered church under his country’s new leader, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who has not shaken off his family’s notorious legacy.

“I am sure that most of us, if not all, are already aware of the well-funded, well-orchestrated and systematic whitewashing of the Marcos history,” Bishop Gerardo Alminaza of San Carlos told a virtual forum of more than 100 Philippine- and U.S.- based peace workers.

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