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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