Marcos and Beyond

Shamelessness of Marcos

Fri, 02/25/2011 - 00:00

by Leandro D. Quintana

"Disgusting" and "revolting" are the two adjectives that immediately came to mind as I read the February 18 issue of the Philippine Star carrying a statement from Ferdinand Marcos Jr. that his late father, the former dictator, ought to be buried in the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani (Heroes Cemetery). What triggered the younger Marcos’ demand was the burial in the same Libingan of recently deceased, by suicide, former AFP chief Gen. Angelo Reyes.

Swindling history

Thu, 02/25/2010 - 00:00

Boo Hoo Boo HooBy Alan Robles

Poor Imelda Marcos is hurting. For years, people have called Ferdinand, her late husband, a crook, a despot and worse, and it has been an agony for her.

Well, enough of the boo-hoo. Ten days ago, the 74-year old widow filed a libel complaint against a government official who recently called her dead ex a dictator and a thief. She also filed charges against the reporter who wrote up the remarks and two editors of the newspaper that printed them.

Remember what's-his-name?

Mon, 09/21/2009 - 08:00
 
originally published in SCMP September 21, 2006
 
Today, September 21, marks an important date ... except that I can't seem to recall what it is. Hang on, I remember: it's the anniversary of the day martial law was declared in 1972. There'll be the usual editorials and speeches about how we should never again allow a dictatorship; how we should never forget the tyranny of that strongman, Ferdinand What's his Face. No wait, it's "Marcos".

Burying the past

Fri, 09/21/2007 - 08:00
 
originally published in SCMP Sep 2005
 
Here is a short Philippine morality tale. There was a president who turned himself into a tyrant, murdered thousands, stole billions and - together with his family and friends - broke the laws and ruled as they pleased.
 
After many bloodstained years he was overthrown, and died abroad. And if you know what's good for you, you will stop right there and be content with that ending. Otherwise, you would find out that the tyrant's family has lived happily ever after on their stolen wealth, and even won high political offices. And, oh yes, the dictator's corpse is even now awaiting a burial with honours.
 

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