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Thursday, February 10, 2005

wHat iLL goTten weaLth?

They say the Marcoses stole billions of money from the Philippines. I don't believe it. They invested it in lots of projects. So far, through the years, the succeeding administrations have been trying to prove and get back these so called wealth. They succeded.

Now they are complaining that the people whose human rights were violated do not get enough. How much do they want anyway? And Bongbong is right, so damn correct, that it is not their responsibility anymore to monitor how these are dispersed. I am definitely and one hundred one percent sure, that it will not be equal...corruption. Who are these people anyway and how were they affected? Are they still alive or dead? What if they are using fallacaious names in order to get the amount allocated for the individual and the bereaved family, if the responsible person is already deceased. Those who opposed the Marcos were not really that good. They just cannot stand it that He is better than them, because he was able to make this country great. It was Php2=$1!

So how are they different from the Marcoses? They are worse. We are all cheaters. Even I. Now can you tell me how honest are you?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all you should improve your english. Second, your knowledge of history. You're too young to remember or understand what Marcos did. The dollar-exchange rate is not a good basis of whether a president was good or not. Aside from committing very serious human rights abuses, Marcos created a culture of corruption in this country! I'm not a fan of the present administration, but it all started with this man. Review your history.

February 12, 2005 9:16 AM  
Blogger jem said...

anonymous, you too should review history. it wasn't marcos who created that so-called culture of corruption --- corruption sank its rusty teeth in philippine affairs as early as the spanish occupation, and refined to an art since then.

have you ever stopped to think why until now there are marcos loyalists? that even if society has branded the marcoses as one of our finer Mad Leaders, there are still those who longed for the kind of government FEM ran?

tell you why. marcos left a legacy of brilliance, that's all. [i'd sidestep the human rights abuses in this case, though god knows anyone would be hard pressed to forget that.] it was one of those rare times when a president actually seemed to know what he was supposed to do, and did it --- unlike some of the idiots who had their turn at the palace [and became honest-to goodness trick dogs for the first-world leaders]. pity marcos turned to the dark side; the philippines could have been one of asia's little dragons now if he hadn't. that's it! vader in da flesh!

i think it's imelda's fault. that vain, bombastic, elitist bitch who seemed to think that progess has no place for the stinking and poor. she was the philippines' answer to marie antoinette, and we all know how THAT particular lady cost louis xvi his leadership - and his head.

February 12, 2005 10:38 AM  
Blogger pAL said...

Even though I am not a marcos loyalist, Jem has a point. marcos is brilliant, that's why he was reelected. but since power corrupts people, i think marcos also succumbed to it, declaring martial law and staying in power before his second term ends for a few months. As Balagtas in Florante at Laura said, "O pag-ibig na labis sa kapangyarihan, sampung mag-aama ang iyong nasasaklaw; Kapag ikaw ang nasok sa puso ninuman, hahamakin ang lahat masunod ka lamang!"

But really, the dollar rate during Marcos' time is not P2:$1. It is higher. Besides, you could not use dollar rate as an identifier for economic progress as the rates could be peg at a certain level. Ask the Chinese about it, and you will learn they have pegged the yuan (or renminbi, if you insist) for several decades, even during the Cultural Revolution.

February 12, 2005 6:53 PM  
Blogger Ardythe said...

Corruption was present even before the Soanish occupation...Way way before they came, and world history states so. Yes, Marcos was the greatest leader this country had, and we were the envy of ALL Asian nations.He made use of his intelligence and power to bvring our beloved country among the best.

Anonymous: What do you mean improve my English? It is so good, that I can bet and challenge you. I know I am prone to typo errors...About history, we are entitled to state our opinion and choose sides.Perhaps you have been reading a certain author that we do not believe in.

Jem: Imelda just wants the poor to strive harder and not die poor.

Pal: Yes it was two pesos to a dollar.You are also right that it is not the dollar that dictates the progress of a country. Take GNP for example.

February 14, 2005 8:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks to Marcos, we landed on the map! Guinness Book of World Records puts him as one of the biggest thieves right up there with Suharto! According to Transparency International, Marcos is the second most corrupt head of government ever, after Suharto.Irene Marcos Araneta's frozen Swiss account amounted to $685 MILLION DOLLARS!
Saan galing yun?

February 22, 2006 9:30 PM  
Anonymous ish said...

maybe ur not too competive...

September 14, 2006 8:57 PM  
Blogger wayah said...

i agree to jem, marcos has been always serving philippines well despite of his wife, imelda who lives ifor luxory. history doesnt always contain a complete facts instead based from genral nvestigation results, laws theories and even on tales what public knows in common. the witness has always the thruth.

June 28, 2008 10:15 PM  

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