Marcos and Beyond

The almighty "incumbent": guess who?

Mon, 05/01/2006 - 00:00

The proposed constitution may not necessarily result in a strong republic. But last-minute provisions and other revisions in various sections of the ConCom draft charter and modified by the "people's initiative" petition can only lead to a very strong "incumbent president." These provisions and revisions would give extraordinary powers to President Arroyo, among them:

The New Order

Mon, 07/11/2005 - 00:00


by Alan Robles

Every Filipino will be required to have a national ID card. Military service will be compulsory for men who reach the age of 21. Soldiers will be immune from civilian law. The press will be limited to "responsible reporting" and "positive commentaries." The punishment for capital crimes will be a firing squad, which will be provided by the armed forces.

What Martial Law was like

Mon, 03/27/2000 - 00:00

by Alan Robles

In 1972 Ferdinand Marcos declared Martial Law with Proclamation 1081. He did it, he said, to save the Republic and to create what he called a "New Society." A whole generation of Filipinos now exists which only has the faintest recollection -- if at all -- of the Marcos dictatorship. Kids, this is what you missed. Perhaps it's what you should pass on when you have kids of your own.

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.

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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