by Alan Robles
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.