Marcos

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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