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Marcos, Arroyo, Villar: Three of a kind ZOOMING IN Rudy Romero 03/01/2010

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Marcos, Arroyo, Villar: Three of a kind

Rudy Romero

Whenever I think of the candidate of the Nacionalista Party (NP) in this year’s presidential election and the things that he is doing and saying in furtherance of his candidacy, I am reminded of Ferdinand Marcos during the 1954 campaign and of Gloria Arroyo during the months immediate following her unconstitutional ascent to power. I realize that Manny Villar’s supporters will be greatly upset by the title of this piece, but it reflects precisely how I feel about President Marcos, so-called President Arroyo and wannabe President Villar. They are three of a kind.
I recall having bad feelings about Ferdinand Marcos as he campaigned for the presidency in 1965. True, he was a Bar topnotcher and he served in Bataan, but he carried into the campaign a lot of personal and professional baggage. He had been accused and jailed — though later acquitted — of the murder of his father’s political rival, Julio Nalundasan. It was widely believed in political and business circles that Ferdinand Marcos made such money from the import and foreign exchange controls that were in force until early 1962. Moreover, he had won the presidency of the Senate under controversial circumstances and is said to have bought his way to the presidential nomination of the NP to which he switched when incumbent fellow-Liberal Diosdado Macapagal insisted on running for reelection.

I thought, back then, that the victory of a man whose personal and professional record had been attended by so much self-indulgence and lust could not be good for the nation.... MORE

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