Are Ateneans making too much of a big deal over the Imelda Marcos photos?

I do regard with wonder the virulent and militant nature with which Ateneans today raise their fists in quaint anger over photos of Imelda Marcos schmoozing with their fellows in an Ateneo Scholarship Foundation (ASF) social event. Yet hardly an organised peep had been heard from the collective community of alumni and students over the course of an equally appalling thievery of unimaginable scale being uncovered over the last several months.

imelda_marcosThe contrast is stark. From deafening silence to deafening roar. Ateneans have come together to express a collective anger and indignation not seen since 1986. Why have Ateneans become so angry now when there have been so many events unfolding recently that provide cause to be just as angry, if not angrier — like the Pork Barrel scam?

Is it because things that are not directly associated with the Ateneo are not worth Ateneans’ activism? Is it because the current president and ultimate source of the funds lost to pork barrel thievery is an ‘esteemed’ alumnus of the Ateneo?

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The noisy anger today, in all ironies, highlights what is truly embarrassing: the deafening silence that preceded it.

As such, perhaps some perspective is in order. After presumably taking stock of the factoids surrounding this “issue”, a netizen remarked on the message forum that “no school can claim it takes (the negative effects of) martial law more seriously than others.” Indeed, Mrs. Marcos remains a significant Filipino celebrity to this day. She is a popularly-elected member of the Philippines’ House of Representatives and a noted figure in Manila’s social circles. She even remains the occasional subject of articles published by the foreign media.

A 2012 New York Times article described how to this day, The Steel Butterfly Still soars

After five years of comfortable exile in Hawaii, she was acquitted of racketeering and fraud charges in the United States. She returned to Manila in 1991, two years after Mr. Marcos died. By then, with few improvements under the new, democratic government presided over by Mr. Aquino’s widow, Corazon, many Filipinos were already nostalgic for the Marcoses’ firm hand. She ran unsuccessfully for president in 1992 and 1998. Yet in 1995, she snagged a seat in the national Congress and ran and won again in 2010. Earlier this week, she announced her plans to seek another term.

Today, at 83, she heads a political dynasty in which her daughter governs a province and her son is a national senator and strong contender in the next presidential elections. The great majority of the 900 civil and criminal cases against the Marcoses, filed in the Philippines and the United States, have been dismissed.

Considering that she continues to be feted by other organisations and communities and given air time by the media, it is quite revealing of our society — and, now, the Ateneo community — that outrage over her latest gig has erupted only now.

Funny that the slogan chosen by Ateneans to rally around goes “Never again” considering that many, not just in the Ateneo community, but across much of Philippine society have forgotten what exactly it is that we had supposedly “replaced” in 1986. The silence of the Ateneo community until now proves it. That none of the Marcoses have been hauled to court over the last three decades is an indictment of Filipinos’ collective resolve to seek “justice” for the alleged crimes of the Marcos clan.

It is hard to take this noisy “anger” seriously after one takes stock of almost 30 years gone by without a single court session that saw any one of the remaining living Marcoses standing accused. An astounding period characterised by an utter lack of results spanning the year 1986 when Marcos was deposed in a so-called “people power” “revolution” through to today. This lack of results is vast in scope — from a lack of closure on much of the “crimes” supposedly committed by Marcos and his henchmen, a flaccid effort to recover the loot he allegedly made off with, and, most glaringly obvious, the lack of progress in the overall condition of Philippine society.

Compared to other societies where swift — and often harsh — justice was dealt their respective despots once they were ousted from power, the Philippines simply muddled along in its renowned flaccid form over those last three decades chanting slogans peppered with words like “social justice”, “vigilance”, and “hope” in a sad monumental effort to mask an underlying lack of real national substance.

Imelda Marcos during her heyday as First Lady to strongman Ferdinand Marcos

Imelda Marcos during her heyday as First Lady to strongman Ferdinand Marcos

Perhaps Imelda Marcos has always been a generous sponsor of the ASF. Then again, perhaps not. We don’t really know, do we? But then why else would she be invited to be a guest speaker by the management of the ASF other than the fact that the ASF was a recipient of funds raised by a Van Cliburn concert in Manila organised by Mrs. Marcos in 1974?

Interestingly, the Donors section of the ASF website only exhibits a “Prayer of Generosity” (as of this writing) but not the list one would expect to find in such a section of the website of a philanthropic organisation.

47 Replies to “Are Ateneans making too much of a big deal over the Imelda Marcos photos?”

  1. Their deafening silence about all things Noynoy only makes the ruckus they are making now extremely laughable. Shut up Ateneans, all that noise you are making only makes you hypocrites look pathetic.

  2. Who cares about Imelda Marcos. She is not different from the Aquinos; who are greedy Feudalists and Thieves.

    First, we are not a Democracy…we are Feudal Oligarchy; ruled by family political dynasties.

    The only ones raising the uproar are the : YellowTards of Aquino. They are trying to divert your attention from Aquino’s thievery to Imelda’s thievery.

    YellowTards are silent on Aquino and his cahoots, stealing the Pork Barrel Funds…

    compared to all his succeeding presidents accomplisments’ COMBINED

    We can talk about completed
    and commissioned government projects
    of the late FERDINAND E. MARCOS Sr.

    Oh , God help me, for it is going to be a very long list.
    Not on the List are Noted Accomplishment .

    These are only the ones people dont really know about.
    So feel free to share this to the world.

    Marcos completed Power plants in 20 years—–

    1). Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, completed 1983
    2) Leyte Geothermal Power Plant, completed 1977
    3)Makiling-Banahaw Geothermal Power Plant, completed 1979
    4) Tiwi Geothermal Power Plant, completed 1980
    5) Angat Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1967
    6)Kalayaan Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1982
    7) Magat A Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1984
    8)Magat B Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1984
    9)Pantabangan Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1977
    10)Agus 2 Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1979
    11)Agus 4 Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1985
    12) Agus 5 Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1985
    13) Agus 7 Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1982
    14) Pulangi Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1985
    15) Agus 6 Hydro Electric Power plant, recommissioned in 1977
    16)Masiway Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1980
    17) Main Magat Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1983
    18)Calaca Coal Power PlantCompleted in 1984,
    19) Cebu Thermal Power Plant completed in 1981,
    20) Palinpinon 1 Southern Negros
    Geothermal production Field completed in 1983.

    Not mentioned are diesel plants

    Cory Aquino, Ramos, Estrada, Gloria Macapagal,
    Ninoy Aquino III COMBINED in 26 years:
    ZERO –

    every new power plant built During their time
    were all privately Owned
    ( mostly by Lopezes, AboitIz, Aquino And Cojuanco Family )
    and is now owners of some Power Plants completed during Marcos.

    Marcos completed Bridge projects in 20 years
    1) Biliran Bridge150 meters long of Leyte, completed 1975
    2) Buntun Bridge 1369 meters long of
    Tuguegarao-Solana, Cagayan, completed 1974
    3) Candaba Viaduct Pulilan 5000 meters long of
    Bulacan-San Simon, Pampanga, completed 1976
    4)Mactan-Mandaue Bridge 864 meters long of
    Lapu-Lapu-Mandaue, Cebu 1972
    5) Magapit Suspension Bridge 449 meters long of
    Lal-lo, Cagayan completed 1978
    6)Mawo Bridge 280 meters long Victoria,
    Northern Samar completed 1970
    7) Patapat Viaduct 1300 meters long Pagudpud,
    Ilocos Norte completed 1986
    9)San Juanico Bridge 2060 meters long Tacloban,
    Leyte-Santa Rita, Samar. Completed 1973
    Not to mention the unnamed hundreds of
    bridges under 100 meters long.
    TOTAL LENGTH = 11472 meters long

    Marcos Established/Founded
    State Colleges/Universities in 20 years

    1)Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University
    in La Union founded in 1981
    2)Mariano Marcos State University
    in Ilocos Norte founded in 1978
    3)Kalinga-Apayao State College
    in Tabuk Kalinga founded in 1970
    4)Abra State Institute of Science
    and Technology in Abra founded in 1983
    5)Pangasinan State University founded in 1979
    6)University of Northern Philippines founded in 1965
    7)Philippine State College
    of Aeronautics founded in 1969
    8)Cagayan State University established in 1978
    9)Quirino State University established 1976
    10)Isabela State University established 1978
    11)Pampanga Agricultural College established 1974
    12)Mindoro State College of Agriculture
    and Technology-Calapan City established 1966
    13)Occidental Mindoro State College established 1966
    14)Palawan State University established 1965
    15)Bicol University established 1969
    16)Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges established 1983
    17)Rizal Technological University established 1969
    18)Technological University of
    the Philippines established 1971
    19)Capiz State University 1980
    20)Guimaras State College 1968
    21)Northern Negros State College of
    Science and Technology established 1971
    22)West Visayas State University became
    established as university in January 1986
    23)Leyte Normal University 1976
    24)SLSU- (Southern Leyte State University)
    – Sogod 1969
    25)SLSU- Hinunangan 1975
    26)SLSU- Tomas Oppus feb. 1 1986
    27)SLSU- Bontoc 1983
    28)SLSU- San Juan 1983
    29)Basilan State College 1984
    30)Western Mindanao State University became a
    university in 1978 followed with
    building the satellite campuses in:
    WMSU-Alicia campus, Zamboanga del Sur
    WMSU-Aurora campus, Zamboanga del Sur
    WMSU Curuan, Zamboanga City
    WMSU-Diplahan, Zamboanga Sibugay
    WMSU-Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay
    WMSU-Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay
    WMSU-Mabuhay, Zamboanga Sibugay
    WMSU-Malangas, Zamboanga Sibugay
    WMSU-Molave, Zamboanga del Sur
    WMSU-Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay
    WMSUOlutanga, Zamboanga Sibugay
    WMSU-Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur
    WMSU-Pitogo, Zamboanga del Sur
    WMSU-San Ramon, Zamboanga City
    WMSU-Siay, Zamboanga Sibugay
    WMSU-Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay
    31)Central Mindanao University established1965
    32)Misamis Oriental State College of
    Agriculture and Technology established 1983
    33)Northwestern Mindanao State College
    of Science and Technology estbalished 1971
    34)Davao del Norte School of Fisheries
    established 1969 ( now known as
    Davao del Norte State College)
    35)Mati Community College (MCC) founded in 1972
    (now known as Davao Oriental State
    College of Science and Technology)
    36)Malita Agri-Business and Marine and
    Aquatic School of Technology founded 1966 now known as:
    37)Southern Philippines Agri-Business
    and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology
    38)University of Southeastern
    Philippines established 1978
    39)Cotabato Foundation College of
    Science and Technology established 1967
    40) Cotabato City State Polytechnic
    College established 1983
    41)Mindanao state university-
    Iligan city founded 1968
    42)Mindanao state university- Gensan city founded 1971
    43)Surigao del Sur State University founded 1982
    44)Surigao Del Norte School of Arts and Trades
    (Founded in 1969) now known as
    Surigao State College of Technology
    45)Sulu State College founded in 1982
    46)Tawi-Tawi Regional Agricultural College founded in 1975
    47)Adiong Memorial Polytechnic
    State College founded in 1970’s
    48) Makati Polytechnic Community College-
    Technical High School founded in 1972

    ( that i have found so far) out of 108 state universities
    and colleges are established and accomplished projects of
    FERDINAND E MARCOS. He also improved and re equipped
    the remaining colleges/ Universities
    that were established/ founded before 1965.

    Cory Aquino, Ramos, Estrada, Gloria Macapagal,
    Ninoy Aquino III combined Established/Founded
    State Colleges/Universities in 26 years:

    ZERO– the remaining of 108 State Colleges/
    Universities are built and founded before 1965.
    They though renamed few Colleges
    and Universities and Refounded them after 1986.

    National Manpower and Youth Council (NMYC)
    founded 1976. Now changed to TESDA to discredit Apo Marcos.

    Few in not a fraction of high schools all over the Philippines.
    Built and founded during Marcos leadership

    1) Amlan Municipal High School was established 1972
    2) Amparo High School was established in 1979
    3) Aplaya National High School was established 1969
    4) Balayan National High School (BNHS) established 1985
    5) Balibago National High School established 1970
    6) Bayugan National Comprehensive
    High School established 1980
    7) Buenavista National High School established 1972
    Dalupaon National High School established 1972
    9) Don Emilio Macias Memorial National
    High School established 1982
    10) Dona Francisca Lacsamana de Ortega Memorial
    National High School established 1972
    11) Dr. Juan G. Nolasco High School established 1966
    12) Eastern Samar National Comprehensive
    High School established 1969
    13) Francisco P. Felix Memorial National High School
    (FPFMNHS) established 1973
    14) Gen. T. de Leon National High School establsihed 1969
    15) Ismael Mathay, Sr. High School, formerly called
    the GSIS Village High School established 1971
    16) Jose Borromeo Legaspi Memorial National
    High School established 1981
    17) Kaong National High School 1974
    18) Lawang Bato National High School established 1967
    19) Liloy National High School established 1974
    20) Mag-aba National High School established 1977
    21) Mandaluyong High School established 1977
    22) Navotas National High School established 1983
    23) Parañaque National High School (Main Campus)
    (Formerly known as Parañaque Municipal
    High School) established 1969
    24) Pasay City North High School established in 1969
    25) Pedro E. Diaz High School established 1977
    26) Philippine High School for the Arts established 1977
    27) Pinagtongulan National High School established 1967
    28) Punta National High School established 1971
    29) San Juan National High School established 1968
    30) San Mateo National High School established 1985
    31) San Pablo City National High School established 1969
    32) San Pedro Relocation Center National
    High School established 1970
    33) San Ramon National High School established 1967
    34)Tabon M. Estrella National High
    School established 1981
    35) Makati Polytechnic Community College-
    Technical High School founded in 1972
    36) Tomas Cabili National High school Iligan city 1971
    37) Dasmarinas National high School 1971

    I. Food sufficiency

    A. Green Revolution
    Production of rice was increased
    through promoting the cultivation of IR-8 hybrid rice.
    In 1968 the Philippines became self-sufficient in rice,
    the first time in history since the American period.
    It also exported rice worth US$7 million.

    B. Blue Revolution
    Marine species like prawn, mullet, milkfish,
    and golden tilapia were being produced
    and distributed to farmers at a minimum cost.
    Today, milkfish and prawns contribute
    substantially to foreign exchange income.

    C. Liberalized Credit
    More than one thousand rural banks
    spread all over the country
    resulting to the accessibility of credit
    to finance purchase of agricultural inputs,
    hired labor, and harvesting expenses
    at very low interest rate.
    During 1981-1985, credit was available
    without interest and collateral arrangements.
    Some of the credit programs were the ff:

    1. Biyayang Dagat (credit support for fishermen)
    2. Bakahang Barangay –supported fattening
    of 40,000 head of cattle in farmer backyards
    3. Masaganang Maisan, Maisagana,
    and Expanded Yellow Corn Program
    –supported 1.4 Million farmers
    through P4.7 Billion loans from 1975-1985
    4. Gulayan sa Kalusugan and Pagkain ng Bayan Programs
    –provided grants and loans of P12.4 Million
    to encourage backyard and communal production
    of vegetables and improve nutrition of Filipino households
    5. Kilusang Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran (KKK)—
    supported 25,000 entrepreneurial projects
    through P1.8 Billion and helping 500,000 beneficiaries

    D. Decontrol Program
    Price control polices were implemented on rice and corn
    to provide greater incentive to farmers to produce more.
    Deregulation of trading in commodities like sugar
    and coconut and agricultural inputs like fertilizer
    were done for more efficient marketing and trading arrangements.

    II. Education Reform
    Access to free education widened during the Marcos Administration.
    The biggest portion of the budget
    was allotted for Educational Programs (P58.7 Billion in 20 years).

    The literacy rate climbed
    from 72% in 1965 to 93% in 1985
    and almost 100% in Metro Manila on the same year.

    III. Agrarian Reform
    Tenant’s Emancipation Act of 1972
    or PD 27 was implemented without bloodshed.
    This was the first Land Reform Code our country.
    Since it was implemented until December 1985,
    1.2 million farmers benefited,
    either they became the owner or leaseholder
    in more than 1.3 million hectares of rice and corn lands.

    IV. Primary Health Care
    The Primary Health Care (PHC) Program made medical care
    accessible to millions of Filipinos in the remotest barrios of the country.
    This program was even awarded by United Nations
    as the most effective and most responsive health program among the third world countries.
    With PHC life expectancy increased from 53.7 years in 1965 to 65 years in 1985.
    Infant mortality rate also declined from 73 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1965 to 58 in 1984.

    V. Housing for the masses
    Bagong Lipunan Improvement of Sites and Services (BLISS)
    Housing project had expanded the government’s housing program
    for the low-income group.

    Massive slum upgrading projects have improved
    to 14,000 lots in 1985 from 2,500 in 1976.
    The Tondo foreshore, for instance,
    is one of the biggest and most miserable slum colonies in Asia
    was transformed into a decent community.

    A total of 230,000 housing units were constructed from 1975-1985.
    The laws on socialized housing were conceptualized
    by President Marcos through a series of legal issuances
    from the funding, the lending, mortgaging and to the collection of the loans.
    These are governed by the Home Mutual Development Fund (Pag-Ibig Fund),
    the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB)
    and the National Home Mortgage Finance which remain intact up to the present

    VI. Energy Self-Reliance
    Indigenous energy sources were developed like hydro, geothermal,
    dendrothermal, coal, biogas and biomass.

    The country became the first in Asia
    to use dendrothermal and in five years
    we became number two, next to US, in geothermal utilization.
    The extensive energy resource research and exploration
    and development resulted to reduction of oil imports from 100% in 1965 to 40% in 1985
    and in the same year, more than 1,400 towns and cities were fully energized.

    VII. Export Development
    During 1985 textile and textile products like garments and embroideries,
    furniture and rattan products, marine products like prawns and milkfish,
    raw silk, shoes, dehydrated and fresh fruits
    were exported aside from the traditional export products like coconut,
    sugar, logs, lumber and veneer.
    The maritime industry was also dominated
    by Filipinos wherein 50,000 seamen
    were employed by various world shipping companies.

    VIII. Labor Reform
    The Labor code was promulgated which expanded
    the concerns of the Magna Carta of Labor
    to extend greater protection to labor,
    promote employment, and human resource development.

    The minimum wages of the workers were boosted
    through the guaranteed 13th month pay and cost of living allowances.
    Employment potentials of Filipinos were enhanced through skills training.
    During that time, there were 896,000 out-of-school youths
    and unemployed graduated from various training centers all over the country.

    IX. Unprecedented Infrastructure Growth
    The country’s road network had improved from 55,778 kilometers in 1965
    to 77,950 in five years (1970),
    and eventually reached 161,000 kilometers in 1985.
    Construction of irrigation facilities was also done
    that made 1.5 million hectares of land irrigated
    and increased the farmer’s harvest and income.

    In addition, nationwide telecommunication systems—
    telephone systems, telex exchange too centers,
    and interprovincial toll stations were also built.

    X. Political Reform
    The structure of government established by President Marcos
    remains substantially the same except the change of name,
    inclusive of superficial features in laws,
    to give a semblance of change from that of President Marcos regime.

    The only significant department that was abolished
    after the departure of President Marcos was
    the Department of Ministry of Human Settlements under Imelda Romualdez Marcos.
    It was dismantled but the functions were distributed to different offices.

    XII. Fiscal Reform
    Government finances were stabilized
    by higher revenue collections
    and loans from treasury bonds,
    foreign lending institutions and foreign governments.

    XI. Peace and Order
    In 1966, more than 100 important smugglers were arrested;
    in three years 1966-68 they arrested a total of 5,000.
    Military men involved in smuggling were forced to retire.
    Peace and order significantly improved in most provinces
    however situations in Manila and some provinces continued to deteriorate
    until the imposition of martial law in 1972.

    What ever happened to these?
    Did the suceeding administration just forego these just because it had Marcos’ signature?
    These,though made in the 1970’s address problems that we are facing today.
    Had these not been abolished and maintained for the last 30 or so years, things may be so much different.


    And the list goes on and on and on…..

    (to be continued)

    Although Marcos was branded as dictator, corrupt, human rights violator by fictional tales
    passed on from generation to generation and his achievements were expunged subtly
    by the manipulation of mass media and vindictiveness of the administration that succeeded him,
    the impacts of his interventions remained and are undeniably germane part of our country’s system.


    1. OMG!!! what can i say more…..they cannot remove the legacy of Mr. Ferdinand Edralin Marcos generations to generations!!!!!!

    2. Oh yes, please repost and share! Bongbong for 2016!

      (I really have no idea if Bongbong has even a fraction of his father’s intellect, but …. basta Marcos pa rin!!!)

    3. During my younger years, I’ve also been brainwashed to believe that:
      1. Nothing truly positive could have come out of Marcos.
      2. If others were given a chance to rule, they can even outdo Marcos.
      3. Given more than 20 years, the combined efforts of succeeding regimes should surely far outweigh Marcos’ accomplishments.

      But facts that could be empirically verified only indicate that none of those beliefs were true.

      I’ve been deeply regretting having rooted for Cory and the Aquinos. The only thing Cory and the Aquinos did was lower the bar of not only competence, and actual accomplishments, but also of responsibility, honesty, and accountability.

      The only department that has arguably accomplished anything in the Aquino gov’t is their brainwashing/propaganda media department. No regime has so vigorously been so keen & have invested so much at ruining its political enemies and opposition, through hate campaigns and dirty politics, as the Aquino gov’t(s).

    4. LMAO, Marcos opened schools that produce graduates that are not able to pass competency exams in any Western Country in their chosen fields of study….


    5. He did those things from the money borrowed from IMF and World Bank that we are still paying. Perhaps the presidents after him did not have the fund and the ability to borrow anymore because he already used it up.

      1. As for the money we now owe, it reached $75 billion. Macapagal reduced that by paying early when the economy improved. I must say, I didnt know all of the accomplishments under Marcos. I was swayed by the coalition to bring back the previous type of government. Hacienda Luisita land should be given to the people. It’s huge – Manila and Makati combine is its size. Over 5,000 individual agricultural workers have rights to that land. It’s time to stop the stock option, lottery lot giving, and building malls, subdivision, and industrial park on the land. It’s not the Cojuangco’s anymore. We need the farmer to have capital, seeds, fertilizers, fuel, engine to farm the land there. They are not supported. They had to beg and beg for gas to make sure the pump is running for 2 days. Let’s get this information out.

    6. Thanks Kent ! I thought I was only one of the few that actually studied this list from back 5 years ago and was very surprised in a optimistic way. Please continue posting comparisons so the new generation can understand what a president should be doing for the country.

    7. Kent, your recitation of the facts and numbers of monumental achievements made under the leadership of the late President Marcos can not be erased for they subsist to the present time! But because they invariably serve to indict the mediocrity of all the presidents who took over from February 1986 to 2010, they failed to maintain them in good repair and some they abrogated them to spite the good memory of the Man! But which they can not dampen as is being shown all over the country today! So what else is new? Just the vitrulence of the Yellow Horde propaganda machinery!

    8. …and you had not even mentioned that Marcos was the first president to claim the Kalayaan island grp. for the RP. also forgot to mention that he established the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA)in 1978, the first ever in the country.

  4. benign0, you seem to think that absolutely no Atenean is outraged about the DAP and other more relevant issues from 1986 to 2014. I don’t necessarily disagree with with what you said, but you do have a penchant for pulling things out of your @ss just to prove a point.

    1. I did not say “absolutely no Atenean”. Those were your words. What I did point out was the lack of a collective anger as loud as what we are seeing now.

      Big difference.

    2. You may not know this, but from what little the author Benign0 reveals of himself, we do know that he’s an Atenean, lol. So yeah, he’s quite angry about the DAP

  5. How much more would have been achieved had he not stolen US$10 Billion from YOU, THE FILIPINO PEOPLE!!!

    A thief is still a thief even if he gives back 99% of what he stole!

    1. Aquino and his cahoots have stolen thru the Pork Barrel Funds. They have not given us anything. Aquino protects his Hacienda Luisita; that is owned by the Filipino people…a greedy swindler and Feudalist…

      1. All of these politicians have killed people; murdered people; had stolen tax money, and deceived us all.

        We are just debating, who is the lesser evil…Marcos or Aquino?

        1. MARCOS is the bigger crimminal/thief. During his rule he had un-fettered acces and full control over all sections of the entire economy.Also foreign entities were even robbed blind. WestingHouse paid $25BILLION and the nuclear facility never went on line…..thattsa lotta $$$$$$ and only one project of many.MARCOS THEFTS still remain in the country too.The money never went anywhere, most of it stayed in the Philippines. PLDT is one very good example of that.

          Don’t get me wrong, every President that comes to power in the Faili-ppines is a thief….as are all elected officials down to Baranguay Captain.

    1. Imelda was invited, she attended, hardly challenging anyone to a pissing contest. Like what others have said, it is supposed to be not a big deal, but some people just choose to act as if the yellow “iron throne” is somehow in danger of being taken away from them.

  6. This is in response to KENT, and to the article of course.

    Marcos is much demonized since he stepped out of Malacanang. Rightly so, perhaps, because of the countless sufferings of Human Rights violations.

    But we cannot also deny that in terms of infrastructures, he is above the curve compared with other succeeding Presidents.

    Kent compiled all the accomplishments of Marcos in comparison to the next ones.

    (Just a disclaimer, though, before I make a request to the GRP folks. I haven’t dived deep into the Archives, so it is possible that this had already been done before.)

    Request to benign0 and the rest of the GRP folks, can you do a comparative analysis of accomplishments (infrastructure and social dev’t major accomplishments) of Philippine Presidents?

    Another comparison could probably be on the Human Rights arena. How did Cory and the rest of the Presidents fared?

    I know this could be a little too demanding, but an infographic could be great. 🙂

    1. It is also a fact that human rights abuses during the 6 year term of Cory have surpassed that of Marcos’ 20-year term, ibig sabihin”max marami ang naitala” just in case you don’t understand

      1. That’s what I’m trying to understand. But given the nature of Philippine media, these information are not being shared liberally to people. You really need to look at data individually to verify the claims of those in the big media establishments.

        So if GRP could come up with this kind of comparison, it would help younger generations look at the data and decide for themselves instead of blindly accepting what the big media dish out.

  7. I think the issue about those photos is very petty and nonsensical Benigno. Doesn’t really hold water enough for me. My only take on this is that one of the things ateneans must really make amends about in our country was corrupting many Filipinos (notwithstanding foreigners too) in New York USA that enrolled in Ateneo alumnus Raul Manglapus’ SCHOOL OF SATANISM.

    With the exception of those that resisted the pressure of becoming real SATANISTAS, those young and not-so-young people who allowed themselves to be fully converted and to allow their bodies to become vessels of as many demons that their teachers can convey upon their temples, are now wreaking havoc in society, just like the late Manglapus did in his time and the scores of his mentors that were also SATANISTAS as well as those who followed loyally in his footsteps. Why would the Ateneo be strongly and closely identified with SATAN, SATANISM and not like Imelda Marcos? That’s the 100 trillion dollar question.

    From studying so much about the paranormal, psychology and sociology, those that dabble in SATANISM become abnormal (like Noynoy) and ugly is the least kind of description that one can think about. These creatures pretending to be intelligent / intellectuals / religious shits actually become anomalies in the planet’s ecology. Everything that they do, while it may be sweet and wonderful to their SATAN – whoever and whatever that shit is – is very much polluting to Earth.

    It comes as no surprise why Imelda wherever she went, called the late President Cory as Pangit (“Ugly”). She must have sensed something, or seen some kind of presence, we all can only imagine about.

  8. In a study that I was part of in Europe, after investigations into the so-called 10,000 human rights victims, the bottom line figure came to 782 people. The rest of the so-so victims were maimed, killed, blinded, etc. because of local political rivalries, family feuds, neighbor vs. neighbor disputes, and many other insignificant forms of conflicts that can only be found at the village level, municipal level. Out of the 782 victims, only nearly half were actually incarcerated, arrested or picked up by government elements. The half of the 782 took up arms and fought in skirmishes with government armed elements and were either wounded, killed or lost parts of their bodies. Thus the 300+ victims, like the Spartans, are the true deserving recipients of the financial assistance for the vaunted Martial Law victims. Ka Orly Mercado announced over the radio that he and his fellow victims are supposed to fill up forms. I wonder if Ka Orly will mention, that the reason he was picked up was because he was fucking a general’s daughter or was it the wife, Ka Orly?



    1. there hasn’t been any one single honest presidential elections in the philippines ever. not one starting from the 30s or earlier to the present. stop blaming the filipinos, because that kind of comment is so full of shit. all historical comelec records, archives will tell you plainly that all our presidential election has more than a thousand unresolved – even if valid – protests. but these protests go nowhere because interest groups influence the electin protest cases. ask mirriam or danding, or any other defeated presidential candidate living today. it will take a real revamp of the electoral systems to elect one good, deserving president of this country. even erap’s election in 1998 was pre-determined. what can i say about his winning as mayor? san juan did not have an election in 2013 because all his minions in san juan campaigned in manila just to have a san juan resident win in manila. whoever says he won as popular candidate in the 1998 presidential elections is full of shit. thanks for your comment here anyway

      1. @RHIALY…YO DUDE, back off the ‘full of shit’ bit. I clearly stated that “IF, the election was honest…” did I not? IF ANYONE UNDERSTANDS THE ELECTIONS IN THE FAIL-IPPINES IS/ARE RIGGED, IT IS ME!!!!


        1. thanks very much for that. it is clearly believed that slowly people will come to their senses because it is bound to happen. piles upon piles of sad experience or otherwise, will educate the voters and perhaps in the near future we might get fairer value for every vote. provided that we successfully emasculate the powerful interest groups that command the results of the counting every time

    2. and nonoy aquino the 3rd / turd is a fake president. teddy boy locsin asked smartmatic what was the basis for declaring nonoy the turd winner with a universe of 255,000,000 voters voting in an election with only a turnout of less then 90,000,000? the PCOS machines were rigged to make nonoy turd win. and smartmatic not comelec proclaimed him winner, so he’s a fake, because under law it has to be the national canvassing board and comelec not the damned smartmatic unggoys

  10. why debate about who’s the lesser evil? we should just join hands and remove, kill or exorcise all evil greater or lesser. they’re not one-celled viruses or bacteria that can be benign or malignant. they’re patently all malignant, evil nga kasi. ala naman medyo mas mabait at di-gaanong kalupit na demonyo. lahat ng demonyo dapat erase

    1. i hope that is true, because in my heart i am praying that aquino will be impeached, removed, resigned from office for being undeserving and unnecessary to this country

  11. Filipinos must/should move on. They have to examine themselves. Are they doing some positive changes among themselves and to the society. Or are they just doing the same old “S” waiting for handouts and stealing from citizens who are working hard to support their loved ones?

    Why are they making too much of a big deal over the Imelda Marcos photos?
    I thought you people are educated and optimistic and going forward for the country’s’ improvement?
    Goodness , wake up guys.

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