The Man of Steal: Great Marcos moments

Mon, 03/13/2000 - 00:00

Conjugal Swineby Alan Robles

When the Marcos family fled to Hawaii in 1986, investigators that year finally got a chance to grill the slippery ex-dictator about his wealth. This time the Marcoses had no military, no state apparatus to intimidate, arrest or harm their questioners. This time Ferdinand couldn't hide behind the office of the president to browbeat, mock, evade or laugh off accusers and questioners. He couldn't use his dictatorial powers to put himself above the law as he had done in the Philippines.

God! Help us! Our President is a catastrophe!

Wed, 03/08/2000 - 00:00

Lord, we know You have singled out Filipinos for severe testing.

Why else would You make us inhabit a country parched by the sun and lashed by the seas? A country where the very earth convulses in bloody agony and vomits fire and rocks, where the heavens pour forth floods? A country where ships founder into the deep, aircraft plummet from the blue, poison billows into the sky and the traffic in Manila isn't that great either?

Booty and the Beast

Wed, 03/08/2000 - 00:00
woebegone Ferdie and Meldy wander Honolulu's streets

by Alan Robles

When Marcos fled the Philippines in 1986, he tried to bring as much of it with him as he could

Frequent travelers can pick up a few tips from the Marcoses: given very short notice of a sudden departure, they were able to pack and bring along 300 crates of loot to Hawaii. Of course, not every frequent traveler gets to be ferried on Air Force cargo planes courtesy of the US government.

Unfortunately for the Marcoses somebody forgot to tell them that there would be a Customs inspection at Hawaii.

It's a great time to be a Marcos

Fri, 03/03/2000 - 00:00

Meldy Triumphantby Alan Robles

Fourteen years ago the Marcos family fled into the night, escaping an outraged citizenry that had surrounded their palace and was preparing to tear them to bits.

For millions of Filipinos it looked like a happy ending, the kind found in fairy tales and movies.

But now the fairy tale's evaporated. The movie has a horror sequel. The Marcoses, once among the most hated people on this planet, are back in the Philippines: unrepentant, triumphant, rich and sneeringly in power.


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