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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Will The Filipinos Allow Another Grand Deception By The Marcoses & Duterte?

"You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time." - Abraham Lincoln 
Fool us once, shame on you; fool us twice, shame on us.
#Must read! The interconnection of the Fake Burial with the VP SC protest n eventual 🚽lbm VP n presidency!
From Inquirer
In Manila on Monday, former President Fidel V. Ramos joined the chorus of protests against the burial, carried out with stealth by immediate members of the Marcos family three decades after his death while in exile in Hawaii, declaring that move was “an insult to veterans” and a trivialization of the sacrifices of uniformed men.
“Why did the sneaky burial happen without you knowing too much about it? Because there was advance planning, call it connivance, led by the Marcos family, together with some local police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines officials,” Ramos told reporters.
Because of this, he said, the Duterte administration was “losing support, they are losing friends.”
More than an apology
Ramos, 88, also addressed criticism by Marcos’ daughter Imee that he himself should apologize for martial law atrocities because he was the chief of the Philippine Constabulary at the time.
He said he had atoned for his sins by leading the Edsa People Power Revolution in 1986 that ousted Marcos.
“I hope you people remember your history. My apology was more than an apology. In the Christian tradition, you confess and then you atone,” said the former general.
Ramos rejected Imee’s claim that she and her siblings were still young during the martial law years and had nothing to apologize for.
He said that Imee was one year older than his eldest daughter, who was 18 at that time, and was even elected president of Kabataang Barangay a few years after the declaration of martial law.
Asked what should now be done, Ramos said, “The ball is now with the Supreme Court.”
Relatives of victims of martial law abuses on Monday petitioned the high tribunal to exhume Marcos’ body.
They said they had not been given enough time to appeal the high tribunal’s 9-5-1 ruling upholding Mr. Duterte’s decision to authorize the burial.
“How can a plunderer and despot and violator of human rights be given that honor of being buried in the memorial of good men?” said Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, brother of an abducted anti-Marcos labor leader who was never seen again.
All about law
Mr. Duterte took exception to a newspaper article that noted the irony of the President’s own late mother Soledad Duterte, a leading figure of Yellow Friday Movement in Davao City, having protested Marcos’ rule during the final days of martial law.
“You know, I am a public employee. I decide on what is lawful and what is not. I am now called upon or I was called upon to decide whether it would be lawful for Marcos to be buried at Libingan ng mga Bayani or it would be an illegal act,” he said.
“My mother’s cause or the causes she fought in her life, that’s hers. But just because she is my mother I cannot state to you that Marcos cannot be buried because according to my mother he was a dictator,” Mr. Duterte said.
The President insisted that he had not known about the date of Marcos’ burial at Libingan, which had been marked by secrecy and triggered street demonstrations.
“In all honesty, I’m telling you: I knew nothing about it. They only asked me when the appropriate time for me would be. I said, ‘Do as you wish,’” he said.
Being a hero not a criterion
“I didn’t ask them, and why would I ask? I allowed it already so what’s it to me? What would I get if I have known in advance whether he will be there for the interment on that day?” Mr. Duterte said.
He said as much as 98 percent of Ilocandia, or Ilocano-speaking Filipinos, harbored sentiments about why Marcos was being treated “unfairly.”
“To me, again, I have only two answers: He was a President; he was a soldier. His name appears on the record, it was recognized, he had a valor medal for his deeds,” said Mr. Duterte, whose campaign platform when he ran in the May presidential election included a closure to the Marcos burial issue.
Every lie is two lies — the lie we tell others and the lie we tell ourselves to justify it. 
~Robert Brault
From Asian JournalUSA.com
Was Marcos a well-decorated soldier?
John Sharkey of the Washington Post who did an extensive research on the matter did not think so. Jeff Gerth and Joel Brinkley of the New York Times after perusing the War files in the National Archives found out that Marcos’ claims were “fraudulent” and “absurd”. Historian and scholar Dr. Alfred McCoy, while researching a book World War II in the Philippines, discovered the fraudulent Marcos files among hundreds of thousands of documents involving real heroes and fraudulent claimants during World War II.
Army Captain Ray C. Hunt who directed guerilla activities in Pangasinan said, “No way.” The “List of Recipients of Awards and Decorations issued from December 7, 1941 through June 30, 1945” was compiled by the General Douglas MacArthur’s headquarters in Tokyo after the end of the war. Another list of some 120 Americans and Filipinos who were awarded during the Bataan campaign was transmitted to the War Department by General Jonathan Wainwright on April 12 shortly before his surrender. MARCOS WAS NOT on any of the lists.
Many of Marcos’ medals were obtained for heroic actions in Kiangan, Mt. Province while serving in the 14th Infantry under the Command of Colonel Manriquez and Adjutant Captain Rivera. Both attested to fact that Marcos was a non-combatant and just a Civil Affairs officer. They knew of no award that Marcos could have received or had been entitled to.
For 40 years Philippine War records were not available to the public. It was only in the 1980s that many of the documents were eventually accessible to legitimate researchers and scholars. Led by Colonel Bonifacio Gillego assisted by a team from the Movement for a Free Philippines, a study was made on “Marcos: FAKE HERO”. The study was written by Col. Gillego and was published by the Philippine News and the We Forum which Marcos shut down and its Editor and staff writers indicted for “sedition” punishable by death.
After an exhaustive analysis of the medals which Marcos supposedly received, Gillego came up with the following conclusions:
Eleven awards were given in 1963;
Ten were given on the same day (12/20/1963);
Three awards were given in one AFP General Order (12/20/1963);
One award was given in 1972 when he was already President;
Eight are really campaign ribbons which everybody involved in Bataan and the resistance movement (including my barber’s uncle), is entitled to receive;
Awards are duplicated for the same action at the same place on the same day;One is a Special Award given by the Veterans Federation of the Philippines; and three for being wounded in actions .
"The difference lies in the culture of the Filipino people. It is a soft, forgiving culture. Only in the Philippines could a leader like Ferdinand Marcos, who pillaged his country for over 20 years, still be considered for a national burial." 
From Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew’s book “From Third World to First”
"Over the next decade, Marcos’s cronies and immediate family would tiptoe back into the country, one by one – always to the public’s revulsion and disgust, though they showed that there was nothing that hidden money and thick hides could not withstand." From Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew’s book “From Third World to First”
From :“Political Virtue and Economic Leadership: A Southeast Asian Paradox” written by Hilton L. Root and was published by Milken Institute on November 13, 2000
“Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew (1959-90) and Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines (1965-86) coexisted under similar geo-political pressures and were known to share similar political and social philosophies. Yet Lee Kuan Yew established a political party that derived its credibility from a reputation for corruption-free governance, sobriety and growth while Ferdinand Marcos became famous for larceny on a grand scale, stealing the people’s foreign aid and putting it into private bank accounts and property throughout the world.”
“Reflecting upon his success in Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew often boasted that he would have been able to create immense wealth for his citizens if he had only had a larger, more resource-rich country to manage. Few believed that Singapore, an island of 214 square miles and 1.8 million inhabitants, could be a viable country after separating from Malaya in 1964. Lee himself worked tirelessly from 1959 to 1964 to keep Singapore and Malaya together, writing in his memoirs, “We had said that an independent Singapore was simply not viable.” Lee argued, “It is the hinterland that produces the rubber and tin that keep our shop-window economy going. It is the base that made Singapore the capital city. Without this economic base, Singapore would not survive. Without merger, without a reunification of our two governments and an integration of our two economies, our economic position will slowly and steadily get worse.”
“By contrast, the nearby Philippines, with a population of 26.6 million, was considered to be a much more promising developing country. The world’s second largest producer of gold, the Philippines was endowed with a relatively well-educated population, a large resource base and, by the standards of the time, a well-developed infrastructure. With a potentially large resource base to pay back loans and extremely articulate leader it became one of the largest recipients of World Bank assistance during the tenure of Ferdinand Marcos. Yet the Philippines became the sick man of Asia, while Singaporeans now enjoy the second highest per capita income in the region after Japan.”