Stopping the Marcoses from erasing their crimes from history

Posted at 02/09/2014 10:13 PM

Here is the video and text of my speech on My husband’s lovers: Why Martial Law babies to the present generation love and hate Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos, for the forum sponsored by the University of the Philippines Third World Studies Center .

I would like to thank the Third World Studies Center, its director Dr. Ricardo Jose, the forum moderator Dr. Luisa Camagay, and Dr. Teresita Maceda for inviting me to speak at the forum.

My speech was based on documents and my personal experiences during and after Martial Law.

There are, however, some variations between the text and my actual speech since I inserted some additional explanations and anecdotes during the speech.

I also added a third reason to explain why the Marcoses are back in power.

Good morning. Before I begin, let me tell you a personal story.

This building, once upon a time, was where I first met Imee Marcos. She was the main actor in a Tagalog version of Animal Farm directed by Prof. Jonas Sebastian. And I was the play’s stage manager.

I recall that Jonas had to change some of her lines because these would hit too close to home. Because Animal Farm was about a revolution that went bad. Just like what was then happening with Marcos’ “Revolution from the Center.”

Well, Marcos was overthrown. And slowly, succeeding governments turned into versions of Animal Farm.

Today, the Marcoses are back, and behaving as if the 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution never happened.

A growing number of Filipinos – many of them born after EDSA – are even hoping to put Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos in Malacañang Palace two years from now.

Let me try to deconstruct how Ferdinand Marcos, a brutal, murderous and greedy dictator, could even be considered a hero by a number of Filipinos 25 years after his death and 28 years after his tyrannical rule.

Let me try to deconstruct how his widow Imelda and their three children are now back in the highest rungs of society. And much admired.

It’s a key lesson to all grafters: Steal small, you end up in jail. You’ve got to steal big like the Marcoses.
I use the word “steal” without equivocation because the Swiss Federal Court itself described in its 2003 landmark ruling that returned close to US$1 billion dollars of what the Marcos loot had become – that all that money was – and I quote – “of criminal origin.”

If that is the case, why is no Marcos in jail? In fact, why are three of them in positions of power?

Let me offer three reasons.


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