By Raissa Robles
I wondered how the dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ top two generals must have looked dancing the hula.
This is what my hubby Alan came up with, minus the red lipstick and the high heels that Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile had detailed in his memoir.
Senator Bongbong Marcos has reacted to the Wikileaks’ leaked cable, describing Marcos’ top generals dressed in drag as part of the celebration of the dictator Marcos’ 56th birthday. Sen. Bongbong said on his Facebook account he was sure the generals had not been ordered to cross-dress:
“Assuming the reported communication were true that some Generals were in women’s clothes during a party at the Palace, I’m sure it was all done in the spirit of merriment and entertainment and not like they were “ordered” under duress to wear women’s clothing despite their protestations. That sounds like a stereotypical scene of a hollywood film depicting a banana republic which, in retrospect, many American diplomats of that era tended to treat 3rd world countries and its people like 2nd class citizens of the world.”
But what about Marcos’ own defense minister Juan Ponce Enrile who had expressed disgust over a similar event that took place shortly after Marcos imposed Martial Law? Sen. Bongbong Marcos conveniently keeps quiet about Senate President Enrile’s revelations.
He knows where his pork barrel is coming from, I guess.
Enrile had written in his memoir, which was published only last year that six generals, including General Fabian Ver and General Fidel V. Ramos –
“were all attired in artificial straw skirts and high-heeled shoes. They had garlands around their necks and they were wearing bras to complete their costumes. Their lips were painted red with lipstick.”
Enrile reacted in much the same way as then American Ambassador William Sullivan.
“Seeing the senior officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines with their skimpy female attire dancing the “hula” was, to me, a very embarrassing and shameful moment. The top military leaders of the land were made the object of fun by the First Lady. The scene was pathetic, ridiculous and disgusting. I whispered to Cristina my disgust about the whole distasteful spectacle. She held my arm and cautioned me to just keep my cool and not to say anything.”
Why would the generals debase themselves so?
Perhaps because they knew which side their bread was buttered. They knew Imelda Marcos was the other power center and so they danced to her tune.
By the way, this kind of posting I just did now would have landed me in jail indefinitely had I done it during the Marcos dictatorship.