“Despicable amnesia”
by Atty. Francisco D. Yap

Digong Duterte and the Filipino people are suffering from “despicable amnesia” according to the eminent writer F. Sionel Jose. Why should Digong Duterte allow the burial at the Libinagan Ng Mga Bayani? Just because his father used to be a cabinet minister or department secretary of President Ferdinand E. Marcos?

As President of the Philippines, he should act as President of the Philippines, and NOT ACT AS A DICTATOR, like the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos.

To permit the burial of the remains of former dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos, Sr. at the “Libingan Ng Mga Bayani”, the burial cemetery for heroes, he is insulting the whole country.

I felt obligated together with my generation, that the Filipino people, especially the young who have not experienced living under Martial Law powers. As I read through the records of Ferdinand Marcos, Sr. and Imelda Romualdez including their children who were old enough to be accountable, I cannot help but be teary eyed on what the Marcos family have done to all of us, the Filipino people.

The Guinness book of records listed Ferdinand Marcos as the world’s greatest thief.

On September 11, 1917, Josefa Edralin gave birth to a son in the village of Sarrat, on the island of Luzon, the Philippines. The boy was named Ferdinand Edralin Marcos. Persistent rumors say Ferdinand’s biological father was a man named Ferdinand Chua, who served as his godfather. Officially, however, Josefa’s husband Mariano Marcos, was the child’s father.

Here’s a detailed list of corruption:

September 1976, the Marcoses bought their first property in the U.S. – a condo in the exclusive Olympic Towers on Fifth Avenue in New York . Five months later they would also buy the three adjoining apartments, paying a total of $4,000,000.00 for the four and using Antonio Floirendo’s company, The Aventures Limited in Hong Kong, as front for these purchases.

October 13, 1977. Today, after addressing the UN General Assembly, Imelda celebrated by going shopping and spending $384,000 including $50,000 for a platinum bracelet with rubies; $50,000 for a diamond bracelet; and $58,000 for a pin set with diamonds.

The day before, Vilma Bautista, one of her private secretaries, paid $18,500 for a gold pendant with diamonds and emeralds; $9,450 for a gold ring with diamonds and emeralds; and $4,800 for a gold and diamond necklace.

November 23, 1978. A house was purchased at 4 Capshire Drive in Cherry Hill, New Jersey (actually near to Philadelphia where Bongbong was taking courses at that time) for use by servants and Bongbong’s security detachment. The Marcoses did not neglect their annual real estate purchase. During this year and next year, 1979, they purchased two properties – one at 3850 Princeton Pike, Princeton – a 13-acre estate for use by daughter Imee as she attended Princeton.

The other was a house at 19 Pendleton Drive in Cherry Hill for use of Bongbong and under the name of Tristan Beplat, erstwhile head of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines.

February 25, 1986. Marcos fled the Philippines leaving behind a foreign debt of $27 billion and a bureaucracy gone mad. “Cash advances” for the elections from the national treasury amounted to Php 3.12 billion ($150 million). The Central Bank printed millions of peso bills, many with the same serial number. Sixty million pesos in newly printed bills were found in a vehicle owned by Imelda’s brother Bejo in the Port Area of Manila, and another Php 100 million aboard the MV Legaspi also owned by Bejo Romualdez.

February 26, 1986. A few hours after the Marcos party landed in Honolulu, their luggage arrived – 300 crates on board a C-141 cargo jet. It took twenty-five customs officers five hours to tag the bags and identify the contents. The process was videotaped because of all the money and jewelry found inside. (To be continued)

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