By Raïssa Robles
When Filipinos aren’t watching, former First Lady Imelda Marcos not only makes fun of the late President Corazon Aquino, she also slams as bogus the late president and the 1986 Philippine Constitution.
Thanks to Milan-based journalist Marcello Bussi, we know how Madame Congresswoman Marcos truly feels about Cory Aquino.
Bussi writes for Milano Finanza, an Italian weekly business newspaper. He managed to interview Marcos on February 22, 2011, on the eve of this year’s celebration of Edsa People Power.
Bussi sent me a YouTube video excerpt of his interview because he thought Filipinos might be interested.
I think you will be.
The video shows that long before the Marcos burial at Libingan ng mg Bayani came to public attention it was already very much on Imelda Marcos’ mind.
She thought Cory Aquino committed “the worst crime she can do” by not allowing Ferdinand Marcos’ cadaver to be brought home and be given a hero’s burial.
Imelda Marcos said:
And then also not allowing Marcos to come home…alive and dead. It’s not me, it’s not you to plan for Marcos to be born in the Philippines. It was God. It is not only our constitutional right, legal right, it is our sacred right.
And she violated that… That’s the worst crime she can do. And yet she’s a saint.
When Marcello Bussi asked for her thoughts on the 25th anniversary of Edsa People Power, the dam of her feelings broke and she said:
After Edsa 1, Mr. Marcos, we were on a disaster. Our country were on a disaster.
Even our constitution is bogus. Because Cory put together a constitution that was appointed by her. And she was not even elected. That’s why she called herself a revolutionary government. Appointed by her and not elected by the people.
And she booted out all elected officials. And she booted out all civil service officials. She booted out the Supreme Court.
That is not democracy. She is called the iron of democracy.
Hmmm. Iron of democracy? That’s a new one. And yet people labelled Cory Aquino was weak.
Imelda Marcos did not say outright in the interview that Cory Aquino was bogus but you can infer that when she said Cory Aquino “was not even elected.”
A good interviewer, Marcello Bussi simply let her ramble on and on. There were several things she said that struck me.
She told him: “I’m a history major.”
But according to Carmen Navarro-Pedrosa’s The Untold Story of Imelda Marcos, she was a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Education.
Well, I guess, at the rate she’s been rewriting history you could now label her a history major.
Ah, Marcello Bussi. You Italian men really know how to flatter the likes of Imelda Marcos. He told Mrs Marcos:
You are also a beautiful woman. At times just men. You are the only woman.
Flustered, the 81-year-old grandmama replied:
It’s not enough to …it helps to be nicely packaged…But the more important is your soul.
That’s why people sometimes say you have charisma. What is charisma? Cara e su alma. The face of your soul and they see that. Even if I was a beautiful World Universe, Miss Universe but have all that ugly soul, it wouldn’t work. Beauty alone would not work. You have to have soul.
So they say cara e su alma. They knew what was in my heart. They could see what was in my soul.
That IS vintage Imelda. I remember how she would go on for hours and hours wanging on her theories about love.
And that was one of the ways Imelda Marcos displayed her political power. No one could contradict her even if she said the most utter nonsense like – charisma means cara e su alma.
Yes, I’m a spoil sport.
Charisma is not THAT. Charisma comes from the Greek word kharis, meaning “grace”, which according to an online dictionary means “the ability to inspire followers with devotion and enthusiasm.”
You know, if I had written during the Marcos period what I’m writing now, soldiers or cops would soon be breaking down my door and hauling me off to some prison.
So I’m glad the Marcoses are no longer in power and I hope not one of them ever will be.
Grazie mille, Signor Marcello Bussi, for sharing this video: