At ang bangkay ni Duterte (corpse of Duterte)
By Raïssa Robles
If they are, we are looking at the REAL REASON why Vice-President Leni Robredo was told to hold her own separate inauguration.
That’s never happened before, according to Manolo Quezon, an outgoing official of President Benigno Aquino’s administration. (Manolo is now happily marking the days when he can become a private citizen and can resume pursuing his passion. Philippine history.)
In effect, the Duterte administration told Robredo – “Supi” (a Filipino word, roughly translated to mean, ‘bug off’).
One of the commenters on my site precisely posted the same question that I am now asking. @Sam wrote:
Just a wild question
Digong wants to have his oath taking to be simple and his reason why he wants VP Robredo separated from his, thinking that there might not be enough room.
Here is my question … would the Marco’s be invited?
Yeah, will Bongbong, Imee, Irene and Imelda Marcos – all former occupants of Malacañang Palace – be invited back to their residence of 21 years? In effect rehabilitating them in the eyes of the public?
Duterte only confessed his closeness to the Marcoses after he became president.
Notice that Duterte – whose handlers have dubbed the “unity and healing president” – has never ever congratulated Robredo for her win. In fact, he has not given her his time of day. By comparison he met FOR HOURS and even dined with the losing vice-presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos.
During Duterte’s miting de avance (or final presidential rally), the mayor of Davao City warned his supporters that a Leni win would not be good for his presidency. During Duterte’s May 31 press conference, a member of media – presumably from Davao City – warned Duterte not to appoint Robredo to any cabinet post because she could turn out to be the “trojan horse” in his government.
Duterte made it clear early on that he would not give the young widow any cabinet post because that would hurt the feelings of his friend, Bongbong Marcos. Never mind the 14.4 million Filipinos who had voted Robredo into office.
Given all these, Duterte’s decision to keep Robredo out of what should have been a joint inauguration is understandable: she would make the Marcos family very sad indeed.
I really wonder if the Marcoses helped to fund the Duterte campaign. There was this bit of news that came out after the elections that Duterte had returned to donors his unspent campaign funds. I wonder how much of that went back to the Marcoses. It would make a lot of sense for the Marcoses to back Duterte who has a gushing fondness for them. In his May 31 press conference (the last one he would give ever, he claimed), Duterte spoke of how his late father served President Ferdinand Marcos.
Someone in Facebook posted the photo below. It showed Duterte’s father among the insiders in Malacañang Palace during Marcos’ presidency, before he imposed Martial Law.
Duterte wants to give his late dad’s boss a hero’s burial. No matter how Duterte twists and turns about burying Marcos only because he was a soldier, the truth stares us all in the face that by burying Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Cemetery for Heroes), Duterte is revising history.
He is rolling back what had happened in February 1986 when the people booted the Marcoses out of office. I wonder what will happen to the Edsa “People Power” celebration next year with Duterte as president. I wonder what will happen to the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), a unit under the Office of the President. Its main task is to retrieve the wealth stolen and hidden by the Marcos family all these years.
No one was able to ask Duterte about the PCGG and about Edsa People Power and what he was doing when Edsa was happening. (Duterte’s mother, however, was said to be for Cory Aquino.)
Duterte has repeatedly said in his very colorful language that he hates corruption and corrupt government officials. And yet his closest friends are the Marcos family – whose father was the worst criminal plunderer in the country’s history – and whose family continues to secrete the ill-gotten wealth stolen from the government.
Which is why I’m quite skeptical of Duterte’s assertions that he is against corruption.
He doesn’t walk his talk.
On the first working day of President Rodrigo Duterte, the University of the Philippines Third World Studies will hold a forum on the Dictator, Ferdinand Marcos.
I am honored to be one of the speakers. Among the topics to be discussed are Marcos’ fake medals and press freedom during his dictatorship.
Historian Ricardo Jose has pointed out on Facebook one of the memes being circulated about Marcos’ medals:
Below is the news release on the forum:
Ang Bangkay ni Duterte: Isang Pampublikong Lamay para kay Pangulong Marcos Bago Siya Ipalibing ni Pangulong Duterte sa Libingan ng mga Bayani
1 Hulyo 2016 (Biyernes), 2:00 hanggang 5:00 ng hapon
Lobby, Palma Hall, Kolehiyo ng Agham Panlipunan at Pilosopiya
Unibersidad ng Pilipinas-Diliman
Mga Tagapagsalita: Ricardo Jose, Raissa Robles, Ric Reyes, at Helen Mendoza
Moderator: Maria Ela L. Atienza
Karay-karay ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte papasok sa Malacañang ang nakakasulasok na usapin ng pagpapalibing sa dating pangulo at diktador na si Ferdinand Marcos sa Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Ipapalibing n’ya raw si Marcos sa nasabing libingan dahil naging sundalo naman ito noong Ikalawang Digmaang Pandaigdig. Totoong naging sundalo si Marcos sa panahong iyon. Pero anong klaseng sundalo? Sundalong nanraraket, sundalong nanggagantso, sundalong sinungaling, sundalong namemeke ng ranggo, sundalong nag-iimbento ng mga medalya at titulo, sundalong pinagpasasaan ang isyu ng mga beterano, sundalong kinatasan ang mga bayad-pinsala sa digmaan, sundalong dinambong sa mahigit dalawampung taon ang yaman ng bayan, sundalong binayoneta ang demokrasya. Lahat ng uri ng pagkasundalong ito ni Marcos, patutunayan ng mga respetadong iskolar, mamamahayag, at pampublikong intelektuwal na magsasalita sa forum na ito.
Sa harap ng mga atras-abanteng pahayag ni Pangulong Duterte, pakinggan natin ang mga katotohanan ng kasaysayan na hindi nababawi o nababaluktot. Paano paghihilumin ni Pangulong Duterte ang pagkakahati ng mga Pilipino, kung gagawin niya ito sa pamamagitan ng pagpaparaya lamang sa kagustuhan ng “halos lahat ng Ilokano”?
“Someone has to give” sabi niya. Pero bakit ang 70,000 na nakulong, 34,000 na tinortyur, 3,240 na pinatay, at ang kanilang mga pamilyang naulila ang kailangang ilang ulit pang magparaya? Hindi ba pantapal lang ni Pangulong Duterte ang layuning pagkaisahin ang bansa para mas mapagyaman pa ang pakikipagkaibigan niya sa mga Marcos?
“Will it unite Filipinos? I don’t know, but I know there is one hatred I can erase,” sabi niya. Hindi ba’t buburahin rin ng pangulo ang malinaw na husga ng kasaysayan na ang rehimeng Marcos ay isa sa pinakamasahol na panahon sa ating kasaysayan?
Hindi tiyak ni Pangulong Duterte na sa pagpapalibing na ito ay mapag-iisa niya ang bansa. Pero tiyak na sa pagbaon kay Pangulong Marcos sa Libingan ng mga Bayani magiging katanggap-tanggap ang kasinungalingan at ang pagiging mandarambong kabayanihan na rin.
Sa forum na ito, walang palusot na biro lang ang mga pahayag, hindi kailangang hulaan ang kahulugan. Sa unang araw ng pagkaluklok n’ya sa panguluhan, samantalahin natin ang pagkakataong ito na magtipon at mag-usap bago n’ya tayo lahat masabihan ng, “Shut up!”