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Forty Years After Martial Law, and the Marcoses Still Haven’t Apologized

Forty years have come and gone since former President Ferdinand Marcos issued Presidential Decree 1081 on September 21, 1972. At times known as the "conjugal dictatorship," Ferdinand and Imelda  at the height of their power during the Martial Law yearsBut to this day, not one of the Marcoses or any of his former cronies has ever apologized to the Filipino people for it. Instead the family and supporters of the late strongman have been trying to rewrite history with half-truths or outright falsehoods that paint Ferdinand Marcos as being something other than the lying, scheming, tyrant that he was.

Aside from the murders, and torture of thousands of Filipinos during the Martial Law years, Marcos succeeded in destroying Philippine society as we once knew it. In a way it can be said that Marcos did indeed create a “New Society” or “Bagong Lipunan” that is alive and well to this day. He created a dysfunctional society where individuals seek public office only to enrich themselves. He created a despotic society where positions of power are used to intimidate and coerce ordinary folk and bribes and kickbacks are the order of the day—everyday. There are now two former presidents who have been jailed after leaving office: one was actually convicted of plunder; the other is accused of a variety of crimes while in office.

The First Lady tries on several pairs of shoes. In 1986 Imelda left behind 3,000 pairs of shoes, 15 mink coats and 1,000 handbagsThe lasting legacy of Marcos is that he taught Filipinos that you can do the crime and you don’t have to do the time if you’re rich and powerful enough. And he’s had a lot of eager understudies over the years, all seeking unimaginable wealth and power the illegal and underhanded way.

Because how could the son of a small-town politician from Sarrat, Ilocos Norte amass such a king’s ransom—on the side, while holding down a full-time job, first as legislator then as president. American businessman John D. Rockefeller amassed a fortune in the late nineteenth century by founding and running the world’s largest oil company at the time, Standard Oil; During happier times. Laughing all the way to his secret Swiss bankBill Gates became the world’s richest man at the helm of software giant Microsoft; Steve Jobs likewise amassed a fortune as the tech-savvy genius behind Apple Computer. Now if Imelda Marcos is to be believed, Ferdinand Marcos was richer than any of these business tycoons.  So how exactly does one amass such a gargantuan fortune with no one hearing about it? It’s next to impossible. Rockefeller, Gates, and Jobs had become household names for years as they made their fortunes. Ferdinand Marcos? How exactly did he make a multi-billion dollar fortune? Sadly, the only plausible answer one can arrive at is—he must have been corrupt as hell! Deep down the Marcos camp must realize this—they are smart people after all. So isn't it about time they step forward, look the Filipino people in the eye, and say “we’re sorry for what Ferdinand Marcos did to the Philippines.” Published 9/21/2012
 

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Name: Jorge Villanueva
City/State/Country: Canada
IP Address: 142.162.100.170

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The story about the late Dictator Marcos, his family, and his reign, is intertwined with the story of the Filipinos way of life, then and now. It described a society chained by a distorted set of values and influenced by corruption in almost all levels of government. At its weak moment it ushered in a martial law regime with its eventual ending under " people power" uprising. Normally, it would have concluded there but the reviled group minus the leader returned, voted by the same people that drove them out and back to prominence once again. It defies logic but that's the unfortunate and sad description of the country, its people, its distorted set of values and its problems.


Name: Tonypogi
City/State/Country: California
IP Address: 124.104.133.26

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Worst than the looting that Marcos did was the legacy of corrupted moral values he left for the Filipino People. His bad examples are what most politicians now follow. He created immoral standards like "Money is Power and Power is Might" and "It is not what you know but who you know that matters."


Name: HMS
City/State/Country: New York, NY
IP Address: 67.241.96.149

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TO PNL: You've got it mixed up. It is not the Filipino people the Marcoses will apologize to. It's the other way around. It's THE MARCOSES WAITING FOR THE FILIPINO PEOPLE TO APOLOGIZE TO THEM. And I am not being sarcastic. At the rate the Marcoses are being elected to office it won't take long for them to be on top again. Remember the saying Those that do not learn their lesson from history? The Filipino people don't even want to hear about history! One day the Philippine islands will just slide into the Pacific Ocean and its inhabitants will not even notice it.


Name: Arch. Angelito L. Mallonga
City/State/Country: Canada/Philippines
IP Address: 64.114.129.22

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I read that they will sell all the items pati na maga alahas na nakuha nila kay Imelda Marcos. Isama na maga libong magaSapatos niya. Mas mabuting gumawa na lang tayo nang isang building sa intramuros sa Manila upang doon ito ilagay at makikita di lang nang ating maga mamamayan pati na iyong maga dayhuhan at sigurado kong mas malaking revenue ito sa ating bansa. This way the entire world will know about them. Just make sure na secured ito all the time.


Name: HMS
City/State/Country: New York, NY
IP Address: 67.241.96.149

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Apologize? Nothing can be farther from the Marcoses' mind. Why? Because the so-called "Freedom Fighters" and "Heroes" of the Martial Law years turned out to be BIGGER and MORE INSATIABLE THIEVES than Marcos. Hardly a day goes by without these crooks getting accused of some crime that has to do with money. This is what made the Filipinos numb and oblivious to the daily outrage politicians commit. It's just hard to tell where one crook ended and another one began. They are kindred spirits. The present system must be changed, even if by force! Let the crooks apologize from jail or before a firing squad.


Name: Manuel C. Diaz
City/State/Country: Montclair CA USA
IP Address: 76.173.82.243

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After 40 years the victims of Marcos atrocities are still in the dark. The heirs of the Marcos bloody loot are enjoying the fruits of their robbery. Well the heirs are still the darling of the Ilocos but what about the Negros Provinces were Marcos confiscated sugar lands and gave it to his crony Danding Cu-ha-co. This is an Ilongo term meaning land grabber. Still no justice to those who were tortured and just vanished from the face of the Earth. No closure on what really happened to Primitivo Mejares the author of "Conjugal Dictatorship" disappeared somewhere in Guam on a stop over on the way back to the Philippines.


Name: Phil Researcher
City/State/Country: LA County, CA USA
IP Address: 96.247.127.252

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Re: The Martial law of Ferdinand Marcos...As a young professional I game him the benefit of the doubt.. But then, We know now Ferdinand Marcos (FM) declared martial law not for the benefit of the Filipinos but for his own selfish benefit and his cronies..Look PCGG less than a week after FM & cronies landed in Hawaii in 1989, 5 or a dozen cases in New York to be able to get back buildings in his name or owned by persons known to be holding properties for Marcos. One headline I couldn't forget was the actor George Hamilton signing a Quitclaim Deed in favor of the PCGG for a home located in Beverly Hills..I believe that property was later sold by the PCGG to an Asian buyer.


Name: Gimme Inay Kasmuting
City/State/Country: Nakatutuk kay LPiF
IP Address: 64.40.183.70

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Editorial musing - ". But to this day, not one of the Marcoses or any of his former cronies has ever apologized to the Filipino people for it." Say WHAT!!! I am sorry but I find this somewhat surreal! I am sure the Ed have noticed :Bong Bong is a SENATOR of the land (that requires votes of national and not regional scale)! Never mind the sisters and mothers becoming Congresswomen and governors based on regional votes political family bailiwicks (i.e.,Ilocos Norte and Leyte.) Enrile a Marcos cohort during the ML (later turncoat) is now senate president, other Marcos' ML cohorts were more than amply rewarded with economic windfall and/or government political positions- and now we are reading about an "APOLOGY!" I really doubt this (apology) will be forthcoming anytime soon!!~


Name: myrna Alcoriza
City/State/Country: canada
IP Address: 99.242.61.85

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Today in memory of Martial law was lifted in Philippines. Why the people still complaining, but take a look all of them are in the position serving the government. This means they are not guilty. Were they?


Name: Phil Researcher
City/State/Country: LA County, CA USA
IP Address: 96.247.127.252

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RE: Martial Law According to FM Jr. affectionately called Bongbong "those abuses that people are claiming to have happened in 12 years of martial law they are all exaggerations". You can't blame my Dad if one or 2 policemen slap Filipinos who are drunk and violating curfew. So Sen. Bongbong those people who disappeared after making accusations against the dictator were all kidnapped by the NPA or the Abu Sayyaf..FM is a very upright person. How about Dr Baccay who was interviewed by Newsweek and said FM had a kidney transplant...he was later abducted from his home in Paranaque and his body was found mutilated with stab wounds all over his body (1985). Can you explain that Mr. Senator?


Name: Aiota
City/State/Country: loma Linda
IP Address: 165.235.174.75

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Sorry PNL but accept the fact that Imelda, his children, grandchildren, and cronies will never ever apologize for stealing the wealth of our dear Phils., and for all the ills brought about by the Marcoses’ regime. They are a shameless bunch in denial of the wrongs done to millions of us. They continue to live in affluence. They even got elected! And who’s going to stop them? Someday they may just be back in Malacañang! They have the votes of the poorest, uneducated whose votes can be bought for a can of sardines and a ganta of rice. And then there is the few rich and educated who would hope to become their cronies and enrich themselves. History may repeat itself if Bongbong Marcos succeeds in his political pursuits. Oh wait, I see the Chinese invading the entire archipelago, swim people, swim!


Name: Nelson
City/State/Country: Union City CA USA
IP Address: 71.202.176.250

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Hey Bongbong Marcos you got the highest position among your siblings in the government as a senator, hinde kaba mag so-sorry sa ginawang kahayupan ng erpat mo sa sambayanan Pilipino?


Name: Johnny Lopez
City/State/Country: Laguna
IP Address: 69.176.162.172

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I can only shake my head in disgust that after the loss of our freedom, the arrests and tortures of thousands of Filipinos and murders of many victims including Ninoy Aquino, and plunder of our country by Marcos and his cronies - legions of loyal Marcos supporters still proudly declare that Marcos and Martial Law were the best things that ever happened to the Philippines. Nothing could be farther from the truth! The paid propagandists of the late strongman-thief must be doing a good job at re-writing history that paint Marcos and Imelda in positive light than what these two despicable characters truly were!


Name: EJ Flores
City/State/Country: Calgary, Canada
IP Address: 112.203.67.216

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I blame this Marcos arrogance (Imelda and children) to Cory and the rest of the Filipino people for failing to prosecute and impose the correct penalty after the Edsa revolution. Then was a revolutionary government which can impose its will without the problem of legality, instead Cory's government opted to prove the Marcos sins and source of his wealth through the PCGG. The rest is history. Filipinos even elected the Marcoses to public offices. Can we blame Bongbong for acting like a spoiled brat and having misplaced bravado of pushing for Ferdinand to be buried at LnB. Those who voted for him are ignorant of Martial law crimes and the rest including Satur Ocampo and Liza Masa who joined him in the Villar tickets as traitors.


Name: Jorge Villanueva
City/State/Country: Canada
IP Address: 142.162.157.155

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Sad to say, but the Philippines is still in throes of the age-old practice of political servitude and clan devotion. No wonder, the Marcos family and cohorts retained their status and economic standing despite their abhorrent record of human rights abuses because they have followers who remained loyal to them. Politics, Philippines style is difficult to explain or understand. It perpetuates political dynastic system and inevitably corruption.


Name: JRH
City/State/Country: Montreal, Canada
IP Address: 70.83.179.172

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The most important question here is what are the important & pertinent lessons learned during the Martial Law. Why that many disappearances, salvages, summary executions, extra-judicial killings, torture, detaining political prisoners (Aquino & Diokno), jailings, torture, censorship, electoral fraud, a tampered constitution, human right violations, etc., etc. And who were the victims...student activists, workers, farmers, teachers, lawyers, journalists, justices, local govt officials, & even soldiers & military officials opposed to Martial Law. In the pre-Marcos era, our economy was one of the best in Asia & after Marcos' rule we went down the bottom next to Bangladesh. Marcos was a crook & a thief. Let us not forget that.


Name: slbejar
City/State/Country: chicago
IP Address: 99.105.68.41

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I completely agree with your editorial that Marcos has changed the Philippine into a corrupt society, and not one iota of the Marcos family ever apologized to the people. And this will go on and on and on unless those who followed after him in plundering the country still are as free as a bird. Let us put pressure to those people responsible in bringing these corrupt former government leaders to justice.


Name: ASSTIG AKHO
City/State/Country: EMPIRE STATE
IP Address: 207.38.182.120

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HMS: I am not so sure where you are coming from. The apology being asked, to my understanding, is for the wrongful death of the thousands of innocent citizens (civilians) extinguished prematurely by the Marcos government when these people crossed their path. Moreover, they left the economy in shambles and created a new generation of shameless public officials. They elevated the level of corruption to new heights. THE SCAR THAT WAS LEFT BY THEM WAS SO DEEP AND PROFOUND.


Name: ASSTIG AKHO
City/State/Country: EMPIRE STATE
IP Address: 207.38.182.120

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The Marcoses and the Romualdezes are proud families. They feel that they are the elites- the privileged group. Imelda and Ferdie felt they were some kind of royal family. Their lifestyles confirm that the wealth was never honestly earned. It would be naive to ever imagine that the Marcoses will ever apologize for the harm they did to the country and to thousands of innocent citizens whose lives were extinguished prematurely.


Name: lee of buyagan
City/State/Country: la trinidad
IP Address: 2.88.0.13

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What an awesome editorial topic! Speaking of Marcos family disturbs me too much and boils my blood to the highest and maximum level. This family is a genuine model of crooks, plunderers and criminals of the Philippine Republic.


Name: Phil Researcher
City/State/Country: LA County, CA USA
IP Address: 96.247.127.252

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RE: 2004 Global Transparency Report(GTR).. I just read this from the Wiki of who else Ferdinand Marcos (FM)..This GTR stated that in the world's most corrupt leaders FM placed 2nd to Mohamad Suharto of Indonesia. The GTR stated that FM amassed between 5 to 10 Billion U.S. Dollars in the 20 years that he was in power.. There is a kicker in this report another Ph President Erap Estrada is listed as having amassed $80 to $90 million dollars in 3 yrs as Pres...To be continued


Name: JOSE SANTOS
City/State/Country: RIYADH,KSA
IP Address: 195.242.198.226

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Poor Filipinos so easy to forgive and forget the crimes done by the Marcoses during their regime. Kaylan kaya tayo matututo, siguro hindi na. Libyans did much better than us.


Name: Phil Researcher
City/State/Country: LA Couunty Ca USA
IP Address: 96.247.127.252

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RE: Global Transparency Report.. as I stated earlier this was taken from the WIKI of FM. the rest are my comments. The Filipino voters who have a very short memory... have elected Imelda Congresswoman. Imee is a Governor and the Sen. Bongbong is the only Marcos who was elected nationally.In the case of Erap, his sons Jinggoy and JV are in Congress as Senator and Congressman. What a country..I won't be surprised if one of the siblings of the former C. J. Corona would also run for a position in government


Name: Ilong0
City/State/Country: America
IP Address: 70.190.3.75

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PLEASE DO NOT BLAME the MARCOSE'S, Macapagal ARROYO'S-instead blame the FILIPINOS most specially the STUPID ILOCANOS, WARAY, KAPANGPANGAN et.al. who voted for these criminals. Sayang ang pera na ginastus sa public Education ninyo. Wala naman kayong natutunan. This coming election tatakbo na naman ang mga Revilla-Bautista ng Cavite, and the Ejercito -Estrada PUSTAHAN tayo BOBOto na naman ang mga HANGAL na Filipinos. Walang KADALADALA.


Name: jun sapote
City/State/Country: angeles city
IP Address: 124.197.32.158

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POLITICAL DYNASTY..... this is what Marcos legacy left for the people of this country...comes with it... abuse of power and positions, corruptions and incompetence of almost all elected public officials local and national. There is only one solution....amend electoral provisions and existing laws on term limits. Only one term for all!!! All for one term!!!! So that those political idiots and greedy politicians and their family members of this country will stop being elected over and over again!!! The country is already in deep shit!!!! Stop greed ..stop corruption!!! Stop political dynasties!!!! Maawa naman kayo sa amin!!!!!!!


Name: pinaskongmahal
City/State/Country: usa
IP Address: 199.96.203.220

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With all the plundering, executions, disappearances, tortures, electoral and constitutional frauds, bloated Swiss bank accounts, why did we allowed them and Marcos cronies to come back to the Phil? Bad guys like Idi Amin, deported and never seen again. Now that Marcos are back rooting deep in the gov't (Imelda, Bongbong, Imee, all tongressmen) to plunder again? Erap, the bubo president, allowed them to come back unscathed. Even the vigilante Buscayno didn't even bother to harm them(Marcos and cronies) but I overheard from his followers, (kotong cops killers) they still have the plan and are counting.


Name: kevin
City/State/Country: san jose ca.
IP Address: 24.130.203.122

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The sad part is that the Marcos rule has created and cloned several corrupt officials, including senators and congressman.....


Name: ASSTIG AKHO
City/State/Country: EMPIRE STATE
IP Address: 207.38.182.120

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EJ: Had Cory Aquino exerted presidential leadership instead of exposing her weakness and meekness, there would be no Marcos as governor, no son as senator and no Imelda Romuladez in Congress. The policy of reconciliation did not work. The role of Marcos in shaping the future of the country (or is it deforming) should be rewritten in Philippine history books for every young Filipino to read. The problem with most Pinoys is that they have no sense of history. "History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity."


Name: Good conscience
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 98.198.245.232

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The Marcoses will always justify all the crimes they committed during the martial law days because they truly believe they are honest and law abiding citizens. That is the extent of their insanity and wickedness. No amount of exposure of their crimes will convince them that they are not holy people. The Filipino people will never forget... the whole world will never forget what they did to a beautiful country—the Philippines. They made it a hell like their own consciences.


Name: WDC
City/State/Country: California
IP Address: 75.38.72.37

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Transition from Martial law made the Philippines a land of rampant lawless people from the top down to the individuals who collect garbage. There are no individuals right now who you can trust in the Philippines. How sad, and they are bringing this new Filipino culture to the US. Filipinos are duping their own people like Trillanes and Gloria Arroyo who are selling their souls to the Chinese. What needs to be done? An Arab spring uprising like when they kicked-out Ghadaffi and Mubarak.


Name: Phil Researcher
City/State/Country: LA County, CA USA
IP Address: 96.247.127.252

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RE: Senate Pres. JPE in a Press statement said on the declaration of martial Law" It was the right Decision at that time" as far as I'm concerned when I look back may be the length of time of martial Law was not acceptable"....Sen. JPE what was not acceptable was deceiving the people that you were ambushed when in truth and in fact you were not.. You committed a crime punishable under the Revised Penal Code..You made it appear that there was an attempted assassination against you when in truth there was none..


Name: ASSTIG AKHO
City/State/Country: EMPIRE STATE
IP Address: 207.38.182.120

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If Bongbong's mother got elected in Congress and his sister, a governor, something tells me that voters love their own sons and daughters. It always happens in local elections. What amazes me is the worsening ADD (attention deficit disorder) of the rest of the voters who voted for Bongbong nationally as senator. These voters have no recollection of the impact of martial law and its author Ferdinand Marcos in the country. The young voters who hired Bongbong as a senator did not have a chance to read the effects of martial law on the lives of their parents. As to buyer's remorse, I don't think the concept of "buyer's remorse" exists in Philippine politics.


Name: deo
City/State/Country: flour-flower city
IP Address: 74.74.185.176

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I've looked at the martial law era on a case by case point of view (POV). To law-abiding citizens it was just a pesky fly incidental to daily activities of work, eat and sleep; To pols, it was time to thumbed a ride and don't rock the boat or the helmsman will throw them overboard; to left-leaning activists including those "walang magawa" and those that don't know what's it all about (it's fun to be with the crowd during rallies), it was pay back time! so get out of town, quick! Yes, the latter POV have the right of association and peaceful assembly but when it's not "peaceful anymore" & start throwing stones, ibang usapan na iyan. Those binatota, screamed "our rights were violated"!. What about the paraks who got bloodied heads? They have rights, too.


Name: Kasmot
City/State/Country: Barcelona
IP Address: 70.54.101.194

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Editorial .."The lasting legacy of Marcos is that he taught Filipinos that you can do the crime and you don’t have to do the time if you’re rich and powerful enough. And he’s had a lot of eager understudies over the years, all seeking unimaginable wealth and power the illegal and underhanded way." One of those illegal ways is of course not paying rightful share of tax-- and get away with it. The case of Lucio Tan comes to fore in this issue-- but how about the others that may not be that prominent-- just like the example of Gemini - but nonetheless still "illegal and underhanded " in conducting his creative accounting. He is one of the many good students of Marcos--he learned well!!


Name: deo
City/State/Country: flour-flower city
IP Address: 74.74.185.176

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PNL may have been barking at the wrong tree, if they are expecting an apology from the Marcos heirs (family). But if they (PNL) mean Marcos cronies, then humihina na rin yata ang kokote ko. Pardone me. Not only apology but pay-back-time should be exacted from the surviving members of the ruling clique. And there are a lot of them. After all there are international precedent rulings that "we were just following orders" is not acceptable as a defense (one of which is in the trial of some members of the Nazi hierarchy at Nuremberg). But then again, who's got the guts to prosecute them? Are there any gutsy lawyers in the house?


Name: Sam
City/State/Country: San Diego California
IP Address: 66.27.52.158

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Marcos consolidated his powers through Big Government. A Big Powerful Government at his behest. People should always feel wary of government system like this.. He centralized the major industries and had his ministers in charge (Tzars).. Sugar, Banana, Coconut, Agriculture, Tobacco, Tourism, name it... Then he dissolved the congress and the senate, controlled the media and channeled it to his own political mainstream. All these happened when he declared Martial Law. Then he relegated the Military into one big Private Army and guaranteed them with perks in exchange for loyalty.. That is why we have so many generals in his watch.. Beware of Big Government. Power never fails to corrupt... The Lord of the Rings makes sense on this.


Name: Kasmoting
City/State/Country: Seville
IP Address: 70.54.101.194

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Deo what you said about Filipino psyche is so true --"Very few Pinoys understand the psyche of Pinoys. Pinoys did not despised or criticized the extravagant of the dictatorship of the Marcoses; they admired (hanga in Pinoy parlance) and envied them. " Just take the case of Gemini the tax cheat who (according to his own posting)instruct his accountants to make sure his corporation will pay no tax-- he posted it here smugly and boastfully as how "smart" he is in doing it hoping than hahangaan siya as siga nakaisa siya. Somehow this twisted psyche makes many Filipinos to harbor "envy" (as you said) to those who become leeches and get away with it!


Name: Johnny Lopez
City/State/Country: Laguna
IP Address: 69.176.162.172

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The supporters of Ferdinand Marcos are a bunch with damaged values and short memory. Just 26 years ago, a jubilant nation ousted a leader who, not only stole an estimated $5 billion to $10 billion (Infoplease) but was also responsible for 3,257 murders, 35,000 tortures and 70,000 incarcerations under the cover of Martial Law (Daily Inquirer). Today, the abuses of Marcos are either ignored or forgotten by these people. Instead of declaring Marcos as a criminal that he was, they even declare shamelessly that he was the best thing that ever happened in our country. With ignorant Filipinos like these who do not put any importance to freedom and integrity in public service, is it a wonder that our country is still among the poorest in Asia?


Name: tonyo
City/State/Country: pinas
IP Address: 182.18.209.2

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George Santayana said “…Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” But this is untrue about Pinas. It kept repeating the sins of Marcos since day 1 when Marcos was deposed by the Coristas via the EDSA REVOLUTION. What’s new immediately after the change of administration? None! Graft and corruption continued with the people in power aka Cory’s KAMAGANAK INCORPORATED, political dynasty continued, e.g., Jojo Binay family. SANTAYANA is centerly wrong coz his theory is inapplicable to the Pinoys. Ang mga pinoys ay nagaagawan sa power to continue the trappings of power, i.e., kung sino naman ang magnanakaw sa gobyerno. KAMI NAMAN system, sanamagan sanamabits


Name: Gemini
City/State/Country: Pamplona
IP Address: 121.1.11.38

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HMS: YourOpinionReMarcoses; "Throw them in jail or stand them up in the gallows and let's see if they don't apologize. That's where I'm coming from."...Truthfully, NO ONE dares to touch them. You don't even hear the media say anything about their malfeasance. The senators rub shoulders with Bong Bong as if he is their friend. If they apologize, how and what words would be appropriate for them to utter to appease the Filipinos? Do you think it will mend the PAIN in everyone's heart?


Name: Deadmaus
City/State/Country: Boca Raton
IP Address: 166.137.88.169

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Come to think of it. Cory failed to follow through the much gov't reforms after the bloodless EDSA revolution. Those who hurt the country were left undisturbed and allowed to continue their merry ways. The policy of "reconciliation" was a disaster. The evil practices of some public officials never reconciled with the desired moral values and standards. The moral compass was lost. What he have today is the consequence of missed opportunities. FVR did nor seize them. Erap and Gloria squandered them.


Name: Lord Gago
City/State/Country: Chicago
IP Address: 70.166.85.170

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Bring it on; the Marcoses must be forced to ask mercy and forgiveness from Pinas people; lucky they are alive and well, unlike the Marie Antoinette and King Louie who faced the guillotine, of course Pinas people have no b*lls like the French, but they still need justice from the rape of democracy and birth of totalitarian regime. Even the shades of Hades can't restore Pinas to her old glory.


Name: GFJ...
City/State/Country: Hercules
IP Address: 67.188.19.40

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Are we not barking at the wrong people, (Imelda/Imee/Bongbong)? We should be barking at all the people who are still breathing/living today, who helped Ferdinand Marcos, and then kept quiet, vamoosed, defected, jumped ship.., when Marcos was about to crash. Namely Edwardo Cojuangco, Lucio Tan, Lopez, president "tabacco" Fidel Ramos, senate president Juan Ponce Enrile and others. These are the folks that helped Marcos. These are the folks who should say sorry to the Filipino people.., for helping Marcos.


Name: pinaskongmahal
City/State/Country: usa
IP Address: 199.96.203.220

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Tonyo, adre, out of the $10 to $12 billion dollars that Marcos plundered, only $630 million were recovered from Swiss banks. There are a lot more. Deo said it's tough to find them all dahil Marcos is a sneaky kleptomaniac and he hides his millions of illegal bank deposits under overlapping fictitious names in 2 or 3 layers. Deo's name is one of them. It's a big puzzle. Even the golden Buddah of Roxas that was forcibly taken from him (tortured almost to death) was never found. Sa ngit-ngit ng Panginoon, Marcos was punished with incurable debilitating disease until his death. Death without remorse.


Name: tonyo
City/State/Country: pinas
IP Address: 182.18.209.2

Comments

The PNL Editorial lamented that Macoy Martial law “created a despotic society where positions of power are used to intimidate and coerce ordinary folk and bribes and kickbacks are the order of the day—everyday.” Well, nothing has changed on this issue, or even worsened. The police rank invented the “hulidap” where in the guise of police operations, persons are arrested for no reason whatever and released only after getting paid the sum of money demanded by the policeman. Bribes and kickbacks continued from many scandalous government contracts e.g., the Fertilizer scam, NBN contract, atbp. Good that the new NCRPO General Leonardo Espina is fast in arresting and penalizing these rogues in uniform.


Name: Jorge Villanueva
City/State/Country: Canada
IP Address: 142.162.212.179

Comments

The outside world is having difficulty understanding the Filipino politics. They seem to go against the grain of common sense and proper order. They are puzzled by the adherence to political dynasty or political subservience as if nobody else is qualified to run the government. The names of Marcos, Garcia, Enrile, Osmena, etc. crop up unabashedly every election time like litany of "saints or sinners" as the case maybe. Until they mature, the country deserves the crop of politicians they harvest from the political field.


Name: GFJ...
City/State/Country: Hercules
IP Address: 67.188.19.40

Comments

Did you know Ferdinand Marcos' father is Chinese, and not Mariano Marcos? His real father's name is Ferdinand Chua. Ferdinand Chua was a well connected judge. Did you know former president "tabako" Fidel Ramos is Marcos' 2nd cousin? Ramos ran the Philippine constabulary, now PNP, during Marcos' reign. Did you know now Senate President Enrile (JPE), practically ran the government for Marcos? These are the positions held by Enrile during Marcos reign of terror: Secretary of finance/justice/national defense/minister of defense (1966 to 1986).


Name: myrna
City/State/Country: canada
IP Address: 99.242.61.85

Comments

Bakit di subukan ang lie detector sa Marcos family upang malaman ang totoo at kung totoo na hindi sila involve sa pagkamatay ni Ninoy senior..opinion lamang po.at ng maiayos na ang libing ng dating pangulong Marcos..hanggang ngayon ay wala pa ring RIP ang taong ito.. kawawa naman


Name: Phil Researcher
City/State/Country: LA County, CA USA
IP Address: 96.247.127.252

Comments

Re: Asstig Akho-- "In the early days of martial law the crime rate went down"... I beg to disagree, you see FM controlled the media if he can see any negative in the reporting especially crimes against persons. homicides, robbery or even just domestic violence.. they were not reported or if reported to the authorities were not reported by he controlled press.. There were business takeovers that were forcible.. remember the Meralco.. Eugenio Lopez Sr. signed off on Meralco because his son was detained. When he signed the papers for the usurpers to run Meralco, the Lopez son was not released.


Name: anthone
From: austin,tx
Remote Name: 99.190.130.41

Comments

Salamat sa 'martial law' ni FM at kung maaari sana,ay makaisip uli ang susunod na mamumuno ng bansa nang katularin noon. Tahimik ang bayan, baga man at medyo kabado ang ilan('yung talagang lumalaban sa gobierno) ay patuloy naman ang pag-unlad ng bayan.Kahit saang sektor lalu na sa pagsasaka sa ilalim ni Tanco..nagbibili tayo ng bigas sa ibang bansa at talagang sagana tayong lahat. Sana ay muling maranasan natin ang panahong ganoon.Magaling ang disiplina noon at iyon ang kailanggan natin ngayon.


Name: As I See It
From: Cebu City/SD,CA
Remote Name: 68.7.248.64

Comments

Mr. ASSTIG AKHO of Quicksand ponder on this: Benigno AQUINO JR. aka Ninoy is the only senatorial candidate who was glaringly ABSENT in the very big 'miting de avance' (rally) of Liberal Party on that fateful day of August 1971 at Plaza Miranda. Many people were wondering why. Until now the question of why hangs. Your hero was unscathed and wholly unharmed of course. You alluded to & blamed Marcos but Salonga debunked it saying it was CPP/NPA who's responsible for the mayhem. Come to think of it Mr. AssTig.


Name: As I See It
From: Cebu City/SD,CA
Remote Name: 68.7.248.64

Comments

GEMINI says, "Truthfully, NO ONE dares to touch them. You don't even hear the media say anything about their malfeasance." This is a sample of DISTORTION of facts! This guy (Gemini) has been odds with me for many instances. I would like to ask Gemini to take a look at these so-called Yellow Me-dia like the ABS-CBN, PhilStar, Inquirer, TV5Inter-Aksyon, etc. who are happily celebrating the 40th anniversary of ML. They (together w/ PNoy) are even planning to 'collate' the abuses that Macoy supposedly committed during his reign! Sir, Gemini, you sounds like a communist! Tsk tsk tsk.


Name: martial law baby
From: new society, phl
Remote Name: 70.167.178.60

Comments

Johnny Lopez narrates, "Marcos was also responsible for 3,257 murders, 35,000 tortures and 70,000 incarcerations under the cover of Martial Law (Daily Inquirer)." Could you believe that? Why in the hell would Marcos torture 35,000 and incarcerate 70,000? Just for siding with Ninoy who was said to be aiming for Malacañang would Marcos kill 3,257? And Marcos would be willing to feed these 70,000 detainees just for "crossing path" with him? Could you Mr. Lopez yourself believe all these numbers you have narrated? And not 1 million souls (to be exact) perished during martial law?


Name: ASSTIG AKHO
City/State/Country: EMPIRE STATE
IP Address: 207.38.182.120

Comments

The increase IN CRIME rate in the Philippines today is the result of uneven income distribution. The haves have gotten more and the have nots have gotten less. Instead of focusing on moderating population growth, the country was more interested in going after cyber crimes. Slander and libelous statements do not kill. Over population is the driver of poverty, crime against property and life, prostitution, and even drug use (to escape reality). I put the blame on Cory for not cleaning up the huge pile of mess Marcos left. Her successors keep adding more. Now it stinks to high heavens and the poor son is left to be a lone clean-up crew. SAD.


Name: Manuel C. Diaz
City/State/Country: Montclair CA USA
IP Address: 76.173.82.243

Comments

To Athone of TX umunlad ng Bayan during Marcos Martial law na olol ka na ba. When Marcos declared Martial law the US$ exchange rate to Philippine peso went skyward from seven pesos to one dollar it went to pesos 25 to one US$. All the businesses were cornered by relatives and cronies of Marcos the kleptocrat. Nanahimik ng bayan yeah right tahimik ng patay.


Name: daneile lobrehat
City/State/Country: canada
IP Address: 94.99.175.231

Comments

Marcoses and their cronies still have to pay for their crimes committed to Filipino people. Those bad events will never be erased in the minds of Filipino people from generation to generation. Based on the Guinness book of records during that time... it was the biggest theft amounting 10 to 12 billion dollars taken from public funds.


Name: Amnesia
City/State/Country: Oxnard,CA
IP Address: 208.57.64.59

Comments

ToAnthone: I think you urgently need to see a doctor. As per your recollection of Martial Law it looks as if we were in heaven. Researcher is right that not so many bad news were reported because the press was controlled by the dictator. Right before Marcos, the Philippine economy is second to Japan in Asia. After him we were kulilat kasama ang Bangladesh sa ilalim. Anoyang pinagsasabi mo diyan. Mahiya ka sa mga anak mo.


Name: ASSTIG AKHO
City/State/Country: EMPIRE STATE
IP Address: 207.38.182.120

Comments

The Martial Law was planned using smoke and mirrors. The attempt on the life of Enrile was staged and the bombing of Plaza Miranda were pre-planned. They were manufactured events to justify the imposition of Martial Law. The domestic agenda under The New Society was a farce. It was a clone of LBJ’s the “Great Society” in the reverse. All political, economic and social programs under Marcos’ New Society were meant to benefit Marcos’ cronies and eviscerate Marcos’ rivals. Marcos fooled millions of gullible Pinoys to modify their behavior and he even had the temerity to call for self-sacrifice in order to attain effective modernization while he and closest friends engage in self indulgence.


Name: Steve R
City/State/Country: California
IP Address: 98.234.19.64

Comments

In rejecting the burial of F. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, President Aquino stated “not under my watch” & added I “would have to apologize to Vice President Jejomar Binay for rejecting his recommendation that Marcos be buried in his home province of Ilocos Norte with full military honors” .President Aquino also said that “no state funds should be spent to bury Marcos”. He deserves recognition for his outstanding leadership to reject VP Binay’s recommendation that F. Marcos “be buried with full military honors” in his home province of Ilocos Norte. Justice Secretary De Lima and Ombudsman Morales must also be highly recognized for their support to impeach Mr. Corona.


Name: ASSTIG AKHO
City/State/Country: EMPIRE STATE
IP Address: 207.38.182.120

Comments

Phil Researcher: Here are some facts regarding human rights abuses during the martial law years: "But Amnesty International, 1977 Nobel Peace Prize recipient and respected activist organization on global human rights, gives a not so conservative estimates in the whole Martial Law years: 70,000 were imprisoned, 34,000 were tortured, 3,240 were killed (Tiongson 1997)."


Name: Deadmaus
City/State/Country: Boca Raton
IP Address: 207.237.51.158

Comments

At the early stages of martial law it was welcomed by the people because the people sensed that country was going no where. The people thought discipline was fast disappearing. When people began to learn of Marcos's excesses and people began disappearing for no apparent reason and Aquino got whacked at the airport, the perception of goodness went south. Hate prevailed until Marcos fled to Hawaii. But this country is a forgiving nation. They have forgiven the APO by allowing the heirs to regain political power when they should have been banned for life from holding any public office even as a barangay tanod.


Name: Jorge Villanueva
City/State/Country: Canada
IP Address: 142.162.210.50

Comments

We are discussing the erstwhile Marcos era, its problem, past and present and its effect on the country. By scrutinizing the political system of the country, we see why the problems existed on the first place and why they persist now and why they will be there in the future. Look at the names of the people running for office. It's the persistence of the elite or the ruling class to maintain their dominion over their subjects. Free choice is a farce as the system works against it. The three branches of government are unable, unwilling or in conflict to solve the problem so the people have to act and the time is NOW!


Name: As I See It
City/State/Country: Cebu City/SD,CA
IP Address:  68.7.248.64

Comments

PINASKONGMAHAL opines, "Sa ngit-ngit ng Pangi-noon, Marcos was punished with incurable debilitating disease until his death. Death without remorse." I agree, this is very true! Marcos, the Devil /Villain suffered from debilitating kidney failure that he had to take dialysis regularly long before the snap election. And this is also true that Cory, the Angel/Hero suffered a debilitating illness called colon cancer that she has to undergo chemotherapy sessions.


Name: Syed Abdul
City/State/Country: Lanao del Norte
IP Address:  49.145.13.253

Comments

There is no doubt about that President and First Lady were corrupt. But corruption is way of life in our country it appear to an accepted norm. President Nonoy's sincere efforts to remove it is akin to Don Quixote fighting the wind mills. Look at Marcos family they have been voted to high positions in the government and remain unapologetic to their father misdeed. In fact his son who is a senator, was one of those senators who tried to vote to exonerate the disgraced Chief Justice Corona. Unless there is a change in the attitudes of the Filipino electorate there would be no change in our government leaders. As Filipinos we could point to a the villain, but as people we are guilty of tolerating thieves in the guise of elected leaders.


Name: Edward
City/State/Country: Angeles City
IP Address:  70.180.202.8

Comments

Someone said that Filipinos should move on already, stop blaming Marcos and even Cory for the ills of the country. How true! But, it's important to remember and study your history. Because if you remember you won't (as a voter) make the same mistake twice. Or maybe three or four or five times. You see folks you people just keep replacing one crook with another. So you want change, change yourselves.


Name: A Ewan
City/State/Country: Bell Gardens, Ca
IP Address: 76.169.91.108

Comments

To As I see it: Kumander Sumulong's real name is Faustino del Mundo for your information. He is not a true Sumulong. Now you know. EDSA revolution started right after Marcos was declared winner of the elections despite evidence of massive election fraud. It was several months before it culminated at EDSA.So Cory's presence in EDSA was not necessary. Enrile and Honasan are not true heroes. Enrile went against Marcos as a last minute resort to save his neck. Imelda Marcos should air their side on why Enrile became an enemy of the dictator.


Name: John
City/State/Country: Angeles
IP Address:  72.207.35.23

Comments

They did not apologize but people still put them office. Who is/are to blame?


Name: Phil Researcher
City/State/Country: LA County, CA USA
IP Address:  96.247.127.252

Comments

Re: At the start of martial law the crime rate in Congress totally went zero because it was padlocked by the dictator..that would be a correct statement as there was no Congress..On the other hand suddenly the uniformed men especially in the Metro manila area were experiencing great returns everyday..meaning they had a monopoly the government red tape..they were the government. If a bar Flunker can suddenly open a law office with his main client to be Meralco that is a feat but a violation of our laws.


Name: Edward
City/State/Country: Angeles City
IP Address:  70.180.202.8

Comments

I hear people say that Marcos plundered 10 to 20 billion. That is a lot of money. You people say he killed 5 to 10 thousand people. That's a lot of people. OK where is the money and where are these 5 to 10 thousand people buried. Where are the families of these people. I hear no one complaining. You have to prove his so called crimes. What is it with you Filipinos. How hard is it to convict someone. When you have at least 5000 people murdered you must still have witnesses around. Here is your problem Marcos and Imelda are guilty as sin but they were in bed with most of the people now in power. There are no Filipinos at home complaining but you Filipinos now safe in the US or Canada can talk your stuff without fear. Another wasted editorial by Filipinos who really are not Filipinos anymore.


Name: ASSTIG AKHO
City/State/Country: EMPIRE STATE
IP Address:  207.38.182.120

Comments

Corrupt practices are but one of the many systemic legacies of strongman Marcos. We talk and rant about corruption but that’s all we do. Corruption used to be confined mainly to the elites but it has trickled down to law enforcers in the streets who were supposed to protect and serve us. TUWID NA DAAN? It must be dusty and bumpy road out there!


Name: Cel
City/State/Country: Cavite
IP Address:  188.23.89.155

Comments

Marcoses are still enjoying a lucrative businesses/lives gained from ill-gotten wealth. Despite knowing the corruption they did, the ignorants and those who were attracted to Imelda's songs and hypocrisies still have voted for them. That's why our country is full of funny hateful people.


Name: Sam
City/State/Country: San Diego California
IP Address:  66.27.52.158

Comments

To Asstig Akho, You said, "....The domestic agenda under The New Society was a farce. It was a clone of LBJ’s the “Great Society” in the reverse. All political, economic and social programs under Marcos’ New Society were meant to benefit Marcos’ cronies and eviscerate Marcos’ rivals.." My reaction: "And you described this system as extreme Capitalism?" You don't know what your'e talking about. Just drop it.


Name: E. Tan
City/State/Country: Ongpin, Manila
IP Address:  70.160.144.157

Comments

Why are you people talking and blaming Marcos for the stinking situation that the Philippines is in right now. During his time, I can walked in the darkest street of Ongpin not having to worry about someone robbing and killing me, now..I am not safe even inside my home. Marcos biggest mistake is he left the Philippines and let the bigger plunderer took the post.


Name: MARNY V
City/State/Country: Imelda: FM downfall
IP Address: 76.117.48.33

Comments

Marcos put up the performance of a lifetime w/ Gen. Ver on TV: Actually, USA stopped & warned Amboy Marcos'es atrocity when talks re dispersal of thousand of people gathered at EDSA. FM had no choice but was forced to succumb to Pres. Reagan's directives.. The Commanders of bases around Luzon & Visayas except for Mindanao were not responding to Gen. Ver (radios: on silent mode). The live TV re Marcos ordering Gen. Ver not to attack was just for show to make him look sympathetic & humane in the eyes of awakened Filipinos & to the world.. Overall, Imelda w/ cronies were instrumental & played Marcos for a power grab. Ultimately, power & greed led to their exile.


Name: Manuel C. Diaz
City/State/Country: Montclair CA USA
IP Address: 76.173.82.243

Comments

As I see it from Cebu the deterioration of the Peso was not over night but gradual it never went down in 1983 the pesos shot up to 25 per US$. And this SOB claims that Marcos martial law the economy of Islas de Ladrones progressed yes the economy was controlled by the super ladron Marcos. Did you know that the husband at that time of Minnie Osmena Josesito Cabaruss was ransomed by Jesus Cabaruss for USD$15 million and this Super kleptocrat Marcos had the gall to issue a press release with pictures Jesus Cabaruss handing over to the Super Kleptocrat Marcos the US$15 million from a Spanish Bank.


Name: As I See It
City/State/Country: Cebu City/SD,CA
IP Address: 68.7.248.64

Comments

A EWAN says, "Enrile and Honasan are not true heroes. Enrile went against Marcos as a last minute resort to save his neck. Imelda Marcos should air their side on why Enrile became an enemy of the dictator." I AGREE. Tabako, a cousin of Macoy had been with him as PC chief when ML was declared, became AFP Vice Chief at the height of ML second only to Gen. Ver. ENRILE had been with FM since the time Macoy was still a senator in '64 especially during the time FM became the senate president. He had assumed several big positions even before ML. Imagine from '64 to '86 (22 long yrs) it was only in the dying years of FM especially the pivotal '86 that he turned his back to the man who enormously made him what he is today. To save his neck.


Name: ASSTIG AKHO
City/State/Country: EMPIRE STATE
IP Address: 207.38.182.120

Comments

Corrupt practices are but one of the many systemic legacies of strongman Marcos. We talk and rant about corruption but that’s all we do. Corruption used to be confined mainly to the elites but it has trickled down to law enforcers in the streets who were supposed to protect and serve the people. Even the Catholic upbringing never served as deterrent to corrupt practices. The lure to steal was simply too much.


Name: Manuel C. Diaz
City/State/Country: Montclair CA USA
IP Address: 76.173.82.243

Comments

The deterioration of the pesos was gradual, Marcos the kleptocrat shipped the gold reserve of the Central bank to Switzerland then the Central bank went bankrupt during the last phase of the Marcos kleptocracy. You call that economic progress?


Name: As I See It
City/State/Country: Cebu City/SD,CA
IP Address: 68.7.248.64

Comments

ASSTIG AKHO (sounds like a historian) says, " I put the blame on Cory for not cleaning up the huge pile of mess Marcos left. Her successors keep ad-ding more." And I would like to ask the historian: Tig, did Tabako try to clean up the mess that he inherited from the TWA? Or you would say that Cory had not left a mess to her successor? Would you also say also that Ramos, Estrada, and Gloria were the successors who created a huge file of mess apart from Macoy that PNoy is left alone to clean up? And PNoy himself is not creating a mess right now? Mr. Asstig, you are one-sided historian. Or maybe, you just keep on accidentally eating rat's leftover. Tsk tsk tsk.


Name: GFJ...
City/State/Country: Hercules
IP Address: 67.188.19.40

Comments

Senator Enrile, "Heh Imelda, Imee, Bongbong, PNL would that you all ought to have apologized for your husband/father president Marcos already." Imelda/Imee/Bongbong, "Senator Enrile, you must first apologize for being one of the prime masterminds that installed martial law, and for running the martial law government under Marcos." Enrile, "SHUSH! Not so loud."


Name: John
City/State/Country: San Francisco, CA US
IP Address: 99.184.206.138

Comments

I remember watching the events from People Power unfold on US TV stations in the 80's when I was in high school. Admittedly, I didn't know that much about Marcos, being a Fil-Am from the US and raised American, but my parents had concerns about travel there after the Benigno assassination and in the late 80's I was fortunate to finally travel there, and have been going back and forth ever since as a married kababayan! Those times were undoubtedly an experience to be remembered for a lifetime for Filipinos, and me as well!


Name: mark
City/State/Country: Brisbane australia
IP Address: 101.118.95.251

Comments

The Filipinos should burn this mans grave, he is scum and his wife is a fat whore. If the stupid man never was born, the Filipino people would be so well of now and poverty would never be in the Philippines, I pity anyone who thinks this man is anything but rotten hell ridden sh*t who deserves nothing but an eternity in hell


Name: Observer
City/State/Country: Pasadena, Ca.
IP Address: 76.169.91.108

Comments

To As I see it : It was not only NAMFREL that declared massive fraud by Marcos but Sen. Enrile himself said that they cheated Cory by more than 200,000 votes in Cagayan. But the hardest evidence was when during the canvassing of votes in Congress it showed that Marcos had more votes than his VP Tolentino which was statistically impossible bec. the election rule then was if you only vote for Marcos his VP will also get one vote but if you vote only for his VP, Marcos will not get a vote. So the probability is for Tolentino to have more votes than Marcos but never the other way around.


Name: Phil Researcher
City/State/Country: LA County, CA USA
IP Address: 96.247.127.252

Comments

RE: As I see it..On Cory that she has been finger-pointing FM as the mastermind... Of Course.. Several weeks before Ninoy was to arrive in Manila, who communicates with her? Who else Imelda.. It was reported in some dailies here in the U.S that Imelda was offering Ninoy $5 million U.S. as she can call Rockefeller and get $5 Million for Ninoy so that Ninoy can open a business in the U.S..with the warning that if he decides to come home the Marcoses cannot protect him (Ninoy) because many "communists" are after Ninoy..Can you believe Imelda..


Name: GFJ...
City/State/Country: Hercules
IP Address: 67.188.19.40

Comments

Senate president Enrile, hatch-mate of Martial law and implementer of the same, as martial law government defense secretary, lashed out, belying his claim of ambush prior to bolting out/jumping ship/forsaking his master (Ferdinand Marcos), to abandon the doomed president Marcos, in order to disassociate himself from Marcos and the evils of martial law which he implemented, ten years running. Hence the necessity for him to write a memoir, an attempt to rewrite history, to vindicate/extricate himself of the ominous/dark/execution of martial law, which he implemented, as defense secretary. Without the staged ambush, Enrile would have been doomed longed time ago with Marcos. The faked ambush saved his neck to this day.


Name: Phil Researcher
City/State/Country: LA County, CA USA
IP Address: 96.247.127.252

Comments

RE Deo-"Law abiding citizens should not fear Martial law in it's 1st year"..Deo are you saying that Chino Roces, Teodoro Locsin Sr. Diokno, Tanada, Soc Rodrigo who were all detained upon the declaration of Martial law were not Law abiding citizens.. The son of Don Jesus Cabarus Owner of Marinduque Mining- what crime did he commit? Jesusito was at one time married to Minie Osmena. During the declaration of ML, they were already separated, how come he was detained.. His father Don Jesus paid the dictator $15 Million U.S. dollars to release Jesusito. Power corrupts and Absolute power corrupts absolutely - Lord Acton.


Name: Phil Researcher
City/State/Country: LA County, CA USA
IP Address: 96.247.127.252

Comments

RE: One blogger here wrote it was a mistake for FM to leave the PH and accepted exile in Hawaii..,as if FM had a choice..If FM & Imelda remained in Malacañang they would have been captured tried & executed like Nicolae & Elena Ceausescu Dictator of Romania. Watch it on YouTube. Husband & wife Ceausescu were tied together and shot with machineguns after a very short informal trial. The Marcoses were fortunate that the US agreed to take them to Hawaii


Name: Manuel C. Diaz
City/State/Country: Montclair CA USA
IP Address: 76.173.82.243

Comments

To as I see it did you try to buy US$ during the martial law? traveling out of the Islas de Ladrones you were limited to only 500US$. The bank will not sell you US$ during the Martial law so you go to the "Binondo Central bank" aka black market. to buy your US$ at an average price of 25pesos to one US$.I am sure you were not aware that during the Martial law there was monetary control. You cannot bring out more than US$500 without Macoy's Central Bank approval.


Name: Dragonslayer
City/State/Country: Kingsbridge
IP Address: 74.254.86.66

Comments

It's almost like seeking apology from the progenies of Tojo and Hirohito. Although there re signs that the Japanese nation and its victim neighbors, including us, have put enmity aside and have gone on but not without learning from the bitterness war and deprivation. Likewise, perhaps what we should expect is the people's forgiveness for what has already been done and cannot be undone. The urgency we must face instead is to keep close vigil and be suspicious always on public servants, both high and low, who are always poised to rape the nation and the people. Not an apology from some FM relatives who think have all the reasons in the world not to oblige.


Name: Jing
City/State/Country: Cavite
IP Address: 193.188.60.123

Comments

Please, Please I beg you. Please remove the pictures. Pasensya napo, tuwing makikita ko po ang mga pictures nayan pag-open ko ng site nyo, nawawalan nako ng gana. Kailan nyo po ba tatanggalin ang mga yan.


Name: Manuel C. Diaz
City/State/Country: Montclair CA USA
IP Address: 76.173.82.243

Comments

To as I see it your information regarding US$ pesos exchange rates are all official exchange rates. You were not in business during the martial law. I was in business during the martial law and the way to procure your US$ for importation of equipment is via the Binondo Central bank. The Banks were not selling US$. Infact I was able to sell to Franklin Baker in San Pablo a 750KW caterpillar generator for pesos 750,000 because they were limited only to US$50,000 allocated to them for importation of equipment. Franklin Baker wanted to save that allocation for emergency importation of equipment. Yours is newspaper information mine is business experience during the martial law days.


Name: Dragonslayer
City/State/Country: Kingsbridge
IP Address: 74.254.86.66

Comments

Two scores is almost a lifetime. If mistakes are a learning tools in life, it appears not to be in this one. Filipinos are still being openly abused and nakedly cheated by behind-closet perpetrators of bad government. Chronic nepotism and unfair practices of cronyism have always been the norm in both private and public sectors. This country will never recover from the clutch of political mediocrity and economic necessity. It's business as usual and as it was in '73. This is an ailing country with an acute affliction in its governing machine and a people at the cliff of hopelessness and despair all looking to get out to free themselves from the trap of cycle poverty.


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Though his popularity rating has taken some hits lately, Vice President Jejomar Binay is still far and away the strongest contender for the Philippine presidency in 2016. But is he the right choice for the country? His legions of supporters will give you an enthusiastic "yes;" his detractors however, will tell you "no!" So who's right? To answer our question, lets look instead at Binay's deeds rather than the words of his supporters or detractors. Published 07/25/2014
China’s Military Base on Mabini Reef Violates the Philippine Constitution

While searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on March 11, 2014, a Philippine Air Force plane flying over the Kalayaan Island Group in the West Philippine Sea sighted Chinese reclamation activity in the Mabini Reef of the Kalayaan Island Group within the 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Philippines. His aerial photographs were transmitted to the Philippine government for analysis. Published 07/10/2014
Napoles PDAF/NGO Scandal: What is Ten or Fifteen Billion Pesos Really Worth?

For those who have been following the Janet Lim-Napoles PDAF/NGO* scandal these past months, it is easy to get caught up in all the rhetoric—the words and phrases repeated day after day. Words like "ten billion" or "fifteen billion" have turned into something akin to "gray" background noise.  Words devoid of any real meaning or significance. So let us try to put back some meaning into those trite and often-repeated phrases in order to better understand some of the far-reaching ramifications of Napoles' actions. Published 06/30/2014
How could they not have known that the Napoles NGOs were fake?

With Senator Bong Revilla already in police custody in Camp Crame and Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile set to join him any day now, people need to start asking tough questions going forward. The privilege speeches of the senators along with the histrionics that accompanied them are thankfully now over so we can all address this issue more objectively. Published 06/21/2014


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