Marcos And Beyond

Dear Egypt

Sun, 02/27/2011 - 00:00

By Alan C. Robles

Dear Egyptians (and Tunisians and possibly Libyans and whichever other nationalities manage to free themselves this year)

Congratulations, you've seized your country back from the iron grip of dictatorial oppression. It was a hard struggle, it took years before you could nerve yourself up for a massive showdown, but in the end you poured out into the streets, faced down the strongman and sent him slinking away, tail between his legs.

Actually, your job has just begun.

Shamelessness of Marcos

Fri, 02/25/2011 - 00:00

by Leandro D. Quintana

"Disgusting" and "revolting" are the two adjectives that immediately came to mind as I read the February 18 issue of the Philippine Star carrying a statement from Ferdinand Marcos Jr. that his late father, the former dictator, ought to be buried in the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani (Heroes Cemetery). What triggered the younger Marcos’ demand was the burial in the same Libingan of recently deceased, by suicide, former AFP chief Gen. Angelo Reyes.

Swindling history

Thu, 02/25/2010 - 00:00

Boo Hoo Boo HooBy Alan Robles

Poor Imelda Marcos is hurting. For years, people have called Ferdinand, her late husband, a crook, a despot and worse, and it has been an agony for her.

Well, enough of the boo-hoo. Ten days ago, the 74-year old widow filed a libel complaint against a government official who recently called her dead ex a dictator and a thief. She also filed charges against the reporter who wrote up the remarks and two editors of the newspaper that printed them.

A false sense of democracy

Mon, 04/09/2007 - 00:00

Martial law may not be here in legal fact, but it’s here for all intents and purposes. And if it arrived scarcely detected, as apparently it did in spite of our long and recent and stark experience with martial law as a phenomenon, that’s precisely because this time it entered surreptitiously – not to mention that we might, after all, have been predisposed to deny it, having been deeply traumatized the first time.

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