IMELDA MADE THE PHILIPPINES FAMOUS ALL OVER THE WORLD WHEN SHE BECAME THE FIRST LADY AND WHEN HER HUSBAND FERDINAND WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT IN 1965. This is an undisputed fact: during the early years of the Marcos Regime, she's the most beautiful of all Philippine first ladies and all of Southeast Asia if not the world. She partied with leaders of the time, notorious and infamous, American socialites, tobacco heiress Doris Duke and many other famous people. Her standout style in fashion, wearing the classic and iconic Filipino terno, imeldified what fashion should be.
Subject: FW: [KOR World] Re: Marcos, bayani ng mga magnanakaw, sinungaling at mga mam...
Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2011 19:46:18 -0500
Sadly, that has been our weakness as a nation. We tend to forget and forgive so easily.
I lamented this to a westerner in reference to our propensity to forgive even the cruel
atrocities of the Japanese, whom just after the end of the war we have already forgiven and
in fact welcomed as "partners" of our industries. Partners who even now are shafting us
of our valuable natural resources to enrich themselves at our expense.
But as Sir Joe Luzadas aptly reminds us: "The most hurtful wounds are those inflicted by
our friends". If Marcos being our own qualifies as our friend then his plunder of the wealth
of the nation is the most hurtful of all. And the legacy continues with his cronies still alive
and stealing and his family now back in politics.
Do we really need to enshrine this man in our pantheon of heroes? What would Rizal,
Bonifacio, and the rest our heroes who gave their lives for our freedom say if we would
place this plunderer who contributed the greatest to the misery of our people in their midst
as one of our revered heroes?
Lest we forget.
Sir Manny Bade
From: Rodel Ramos <email@example.com>
Sent: Sunday, May 29, 2011 8:00:38 PM
Subject: Re: [KOR World] Re: Marcos, bayani ng mga magnanakaw, sinungaling at mga mamatay tao.
Marcos made corruption a science, an art and an institution. He became the idol of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in spite of her being the daughter of a president who did not enrich himself in office and was a product of a religious Catholic institution.
While Cory was able to remove Marcos, his cronies and partners in crime are still around unpunished and rewarded like Lucio Tan, Danding Cojuangco, the Benedictos, Juan Ponce Enrile, Fidel Ramos, and many more who made a mockery of Democracy and stole the wealth of the nation.
Most of the problems are still around us because Marcos example has been followed by now millions of Filipinos that it is hard to destroy his legacy of corruption.
And because many of our politicians are now corrupt - congressmen, senators, governors, mayors, councillors, barangay chairmen including tanods, various government departments such as BIR, Customs, Public Works, DENR, Immigration LTO, etc. etc it has become difficult to correct them.
And because even our justice system is corrupt, too long and too expensive, criminals are lording the system. Others are taking the law into their hands.
It is true that Marcos did some good things. He surrounded himself with brilliant honest men like Rafael Salas, Cesar Virata, Carlos Romulo and others to cover up for his hidden agenda. He built a lot of infrastructures - roads, bridges, cultural centers, etc. but this was a way to get more money out of the rich country.
However he cornered sugar with Benedicto as the brain, coconut with Danding Cojuangco as front, even communication and media and many industries with Lucio Tan and other businessmen as his fronts.
They kept the Filipinos poor so that they can buy them during election time.
Filipinos are now used to it like fishes living in polluted water that they are so indifferent and have lost their sense of right and wrong. Even the brilliant and noble men of the Knights of Rizal are defending the crimes of this man.
How can we then clean up our motherland when the hope of our people have lost their sense of morality? We should start with ourselves and see whether we still have a conscience.
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From: Rodel Ramos <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, May 29, 2011 5:57:08 PM
Subject: [KOR World] Re: Marcos, bayani ng mga magnanakaw, sinungaling at mga mamatay tao.
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