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“How shall freedom be defended? By arms when it is attacked by arms, by truth when it is attacked by lies, by faith when it is attacked by authoritarian dogma. Always, in the final act, by determination and faith.”

― Archibald MacLeish

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Historical Roots of The Aquino-Romualdez Inter-generational Feud

The Historical Roots of The Aquino-Romualdez Intergenerational Feud

"You have to understand, you are a Romualdez and the President is an Aquino. He is being very careful in just taking over because he doesn't want anything to be misconstrued."

From ABS-CBN News:
MANILA - Interior Secretary Mar Roxas on Tuesday night said a short YouTube clip showing him talking to Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez is trying to deceive people.
Roxas, in a statement, said the video was edited and spliced.
"This spliced video conveniently hides the truth. Let the truth come out. Tigilan na ang panlilinlang," he said.
The video uploaded by one "Josemari Gonzalez" shows Roxas talking to Romualdez.
It shows Roxas saying "You have to understand, you are a Romualdez and the President is an Aquino" before it is cut abruptly and another portion is inserted.
ABS-CBNNews.com tried to contact the uploader to ask him to upload the full, unedited video, but he has yet to reply.
The Tacloban City mayor is married to former actress and current councilor Cristina Gonzales, a daughter of former actor and politician Josemari Gonzalez.
Full video
This, as a separate, longer video of the meeting between Roxas and Romualdez has since been uploaded on YouTube by Cito Beltran.
The 42-minute unedited video's audio is garbled at the start but in its 6:50 mark, Roxas is heard to say, "You have to understand, you are a Romualdez and the President is an Aquino. He is being very careful in just taking over because he doesn't want anything to be misconstrued."
Unrequited love
Unrequited love or one-sided love is love that is not openly reciprocated or understood as such. The beloved may or may not be aware of the admirer's deep and strong romantic affections. The Merriam Webster Online Dictionary defines unrequited as "not reciprocated or returned in kind."
"Some say that one-sided love is better than none, but like half a loaf of bread, it is likely to grow hard and moldy sooner."Others, however, like Nietzsche, considered that "indispensable...to the lover is his unrequited love, which he would at no price relinquish for a state of indifference." From Wikipedia


Backgrounder:
Speaker Daniel Z.Romualdez was married to Paz or "Pacing" Gueco of Magalang, Pampanga, an aunt of Benigno Aquino Jr from nearby Concepcion, Tarlac, and heiress to vast tracts of ricelands from her industrious Chinese-Filipino Gueco clan.
Seeing the potential of his cousin Imelda, who was by then the undisputed Rose of Tacloban title holder and was renowned throughout the provinces for her singing voice, Danieling and other cousin Loreto Romualdez Ramos brought Imelda to Manila who in ten years would be First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos.
Before that, Pacing Gueco would ask her nephew Benigno Aquino, Jr (Ninoy) to escort her husband's first cousin Imelda in the taxicab on her way home from her job at the Escolta and at the Central Bank of the Philippines. (Ninoy and Imelda first met during a Gueco family picnic on the Parua river which straddles Magalang to the south and Concepcion to the north). From Wikipedia
Here Lies Love Review: Disco Night With Imelda Marcos 
By David Byrne

Imelda (the pitch-perfect Ruthie Ann Miles) falls in love with Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino (Conrad Ricamora), a rather astonishing fact, since Aquino went on to become the major critic of the Marcos regime. She first sees him (as do we) all dressed in white, in nerdy black glasses, but lithe and magnetic, committed to healing his country. The affair ends.
“Ninoy was my first love/ But he said I was too tall/ A rich girl stole the sweetheart/ Of the Rose of Tacloban”
Source:DavidByrne.com


THE ROSE OF TACLOBAN
(based on verbatim transcripts of Imelda quotes)

I wrote inside my yearbook
“To try is to succeed
Fried chicken and the rumba
The colors pink and cream”

Ninoy was my first love
But he said I was too tall
A rich girl stole the sweetheart 
Of the Rose of Tacloban

Ninoy as a war correspondent in Korea
"Ninoy managed to fall in love with many girls, or many girls fell in love with him because he was a good looking fellow.
He was jolly, he had a good name, Aquino—the father was one of the rarely great politicians during his time. As a matter of fact, the father was a “presidential timber.” Ninoy was the favorite escort of “beauty queens.” As a matter of fact, he was a friend of Imelda. He met Imelda in the house of Danieling Romualdez and he would be taking some time to take Imelda to where she was working. Ninoy had a jeep at that time. He got to know Imelda but I don’t think he courted Imelda…"Nap Rama
"He met this rich girl he dropped me like a hot potato."

According to Katherine Ellison in Imelda: Steel Butterfly of the Philippines*,  Imelda had once told Celia Laurel, “And last but not least… it’s pulverize Ninoy Aquino.”  Asked why, Imelda said that he had courted her in their youth, “but when he met this rich girl he dropped me like a hot potato.”**  Source:Marcus Apollo
“And last but not least… it’s pulverize Ninoy Aquino.”
**The source is Katherine Ellison, Imelda: Steel Butterfly of the Philippines. On the Google Books preview, the pertinent paragraphs are on page 88.
"Our opponent [Cory Aquino] does not put on any make up. She does not have her fingernails manicured. Filipinos who like beauty, love and God are for Marcos." - on why Ferdinand Marcos would win, January 1986
“You know why you are rocky, you have a President who robs you, and you have a First Lady who robs you more.”
"I think this Japanese explained the situation in the Philippines very well. As you very well know, the Japanese have a difficulty in pronouncing their r’s – Manila becomes “Manira”. And so this Japanese gentleman stood up and said, “My dear Firipino peopre, you are very rocky, and I consider,” he said, the Filipino people to be the most “rocky peopre” in Asia. And the people were of course surprised; they wanted to know why they were lucky. He said, “You know why you are rocky, you have a President who robs you, and you have a First Lady who robs you more.”Ninoy Aquino
Source:RealEncounters
“Naku, Ninoy,” sabi niya, “I’m sorry to see you like that.” 

"And then, lo and behold, the beautiful one ascended into my suite. She came, and she was really beautiful. She has not aged, and she sat down and said, “Naku, Ninoy,” sabi niya, “I’m sorry to see you like that.” Hindi ko lang nasabi sa kanya, “Eh kayo may kagagawan nito eh.” At any rate, I had my bathrobe and I was like this and she talked to me, and we talked to her, and she was very nice about it. And then, all of a sudden, after one hour, she said, “Would you like to go to America?” “Aba’y kako, sure. Sure! Oo, oo.” Eh sa tuwa ko, tinanggal ko yung aking kwintas, kako anting-anting ko ito. Iiwanan ko na kako per dito. Palayasin na niyo ‘ko, papuntahin niyo ako sa America. Sabi niya, there’s a plane leaving at 6 o’ clock. You can be in that plane. Eh kako, thank you. And so my friends, she ordered General Ver to instruct the foreign office to issue us passports. They called up the American embassy to get us visa. My wife had to rush out to look for some money. And finally, at 2:30 in the afternoon, they brought me out of my room from the hospital, brought me to my house in a van. I never saw Manila therefore. They gave me 30 minutes in my house to pack, to take a shower, put me back on the van, bring me to the airport, put me in a 747, and out of the Philippines. Source:RealEncounters
Imelda's Comments On The Ninoy Aquino Assassination
"What would we have gained? Nothing! 
The Marcoses, Ferdinand and Imelda were the ultimate victims of the Aquino Assassination" Imelda
 "I concede that I cannot match Mr. Marcos when it comes to experience. I admit that I have no experience in cheating, stealing, lying, or assassinating political opponents." Cory Aquino