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Netizen on possible Marcos burial: PH flag handed to Imelda while saying ‘On behalf of a grateful nation’



Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos said that the Marcoses only wanted a soldier’s burial for her father, the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos Sr.

“Simpleng paglilibing lang ng isang kawal, isang sundalo… Hindi naman bonggang-bongga ang inaasahan [n gaming pamilya],” she said in GMA News’ Unang Balita.

However, IT expert and Democracy.Net.Ph co-founder Pierre Tito Galla pointed out one important thing during a military funeral that caught the attention of netizens, so much so that his post has been shared almost 1,000 times.

“Remember: at the end of the ceremony, the triangular-folded flag is handed over to the family, and these words are spoken: ‘on behalf of a grateful nation,’” Galla wrote.

He also provided links to his other Facebook posts containing the details of what he remembered to be the procedure during a military funeral.

Galla narrated what he recalled as the procedure if full military honors are to be granted to Marcos, based on what he remembered from the procedure accorded to the late President Corazon Aquino on August 1-5, 2009. He also noted how, if military honors were to be provided to Marcos, Imelda may also be given such honors.

It starts with how the casket will “lie in state” for a few days at a location of the family’s choosing to the speech given to the family of the soldier while handing over the folded Philippine flag to them.


“start of procedure

– if full honors are to be granted, the casket will lie in state for a wake of several days (optional; family’s choice; lying in state can be at Camp Aguinaldo etc etc)

– during the wake, an honor guard — one each from the Army, Navy, and Air Force, and one from the PNP (in its historical role as formerly the Philippine Constabulary) is constantly in attendance.

– (assuming there is a Requiem Mass or equivalent; optional) after the celebration of the mass, the casket is carried out by military pallbearers of appropriate rank.

– the pallbearers pause at the exit for the accordance of departure honors (a gun salute), then the playing of the national anthem.

– the pallbearers carry the casket from the wake venue to the funeral cortege. the cortege is escorted by an honor guard all the way to the place where the burial will take place. along the route, the Philippine flag is to be flown at half-staff.

– at some distance from the gravesite (200 meters? 500 meters? basta, enough for a funeral march), the cortege stops. military honors are again accorded. the casket is transfered from the cortege by military pallbearers to a horse-drawn caisson (a gun carriage).

– an escort (size depends on rank; for FM, probably company size or about 200 soldiers) will march ahead of the caisson (to clear the way), escorted by the honor guard, at slow march to the grave site.

– a riderless horse (symbolizing a fallen leader) will follow the caisson.

– following the riderless horse will be an escort (size depends on rank; in FM’s case, probably battalion size). the soldiers will be carrying their rifles reversed.

– drummers in the procession will play muffled drums along the route. (total personnel involved must be about brigade size siguro?)

– at the grave site, the military pallbearers move the casket from the caisson over the grave. a short religious service (optional) is performed. after the service, the casket is sealed.

– when the casket is sealed, the flag is removed and folded into a triangle.

– the casket is lowered in a slow, dignified manner. a final military salute (gun salute) is accorded. retreat is played by a military bugler. the PAF may stage a “missing man” formation fly-by.

– the flag is presented respectfully to the spouse/ mother/ father/ oldest child/ representative (in order of preference), with a short personal speech to the next of kin.

– the speech goes like “On behalf of the President of the Philippines and the people of a grateful nation, may I present this flag as a token of appreciation for the honorable and faithful service your loved one has rendered this nation.”

end of procedure”
And Galla wanted his readers to dwell on the speech that would be uttered by a two-star general to Imelda.

“Let the final step sink in your thoughts: a two-star general will present a flag to imelda marcos, say the words “may I present this flag as a token of appreciation for the honorable and faithful service your loved one has rendered this nation,” on behalf of all of us, who are supposed to be a grateful to FM,” he wrote.


Galla also made another post about another scenario that might be expected of the arrival honors for Marcos’ remains based on the honors accorded to the SAF 44.

On behalf of the Philippines, which include the Martial Law victims, do you feel “grateful” for the “honorable and faithful service” provided by Marcos?

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Netizens slam Duterte for saying women ‘could not stand threats and intimidation’



President Rodrigo Duterte drew flak for another controversial comment involving women after he remarked on May 24 that women “could not stand threats and intimidation.”

Duterte said that while he believed in women’s competence, it does not necessarily ring true in all aspects of life.

“I believe in the woman, the competence and capability, pero hindi lahat sa buhay dapat.Hindi ka, hindi, hindi. Dapat lang. It’s not appropriate when you cannot stand threats and intimidation,” he said in his May 24 speech.

He also said that women should be “prim and proper” and talked about his reservation in sending women police and soldiers to the field because unlike men, they did not grow up with a mindset that involves violence.

“Ang mga babae, sundalo pati pulis, ayaw ko ‘yan sa bukid. Unlike men kami, maliit pa lang, suntukan, bakbakan, barilan. And we grew up with a sort of a mindset na sometimes prone to violence. Itong mga babae, prim and proper man ‘yan, isang tingin lang sa nanay niyan, wala na tunaw na ‘yan. Tapos gawin mong pulis, ipaaway mo doon. Naku,” Duterte remarked.

Netizens then took to social media to react to Duterte’s most recent statements, making #BabaeAko trend again on Twitter.

“Mr. President, you just horrifyingly disrespected your own mother who bravely fought against the Marcos dictatorship. She withstood threats and intimidation. Siya ay babae! #BabaeAko,” a Twitter user remarked.

Forensic expert Dr. Raquel Fortun spoke out, too, saying “I am threatened and intimidated a lot. All my life. Don’t me. #BabaeAko.”

So did film and theater actress Chai Fonacier, who said, “Encouraging women — and I mean including those who identify as women — and our friends from the entire spectrum to share your #BabaeAko statements to fight the misogyny that the President and his ilk normalize through their behavior. Make them remember the feminine strength.”

KABATAAN Partylist Rep. Sarah Elago also reacted, saying she refused to be stereotyped.

Former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay urged other Filipinos to protest against Duterte’s misogynistic statements.

Other Twitter users weighed in on the issue.

Duterte’s previous misogynistic remarks


His remarks in his speech on May 24 seemed to have sought to explain another controversial remark he made on May 16 when he said that he did not want a politician, especially a woman, to become the next Ombudsman.

“Mag-nominate sila, pero I choose, but gusto ko ‘yung bilib ang tao sa integrity niya. Of course it could not be a politician, lalo na hindi babae,” he said during a chance interview.

This gave birth to the launching of the #BabaeAko movement on social media on May 21 by women activists and other people who also want to protest Duterte’s misogynistic and sexist statements.

One of  the women who joined the #BabaeAko campaign was former Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo who said, “Akala ko taumbayan ang boss ni Duterte. Yun pala sina Marcos, Gloria, Trump at China. Para sa bayang makatarungan at malaya, lalaban ako.”

In February, he was also slammed for telling his audience of former NPA rebels that he told his soldiers to shoot female rebels in the vagina.

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New DOT chief to ask Montano why he rushed official New York engagement to watch Broadway show



Newly installed Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said she plans on talking with Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) COO Cesar Montano to ask for his side on certain accusations that were hurled against him.

Among these accusations came from an Abante report where Montano was said to have rushed a speaking engagement staged by the DOT in New York to watch the Broadway musical show “Hamilton.”

DOT reportedly launched the Philippine Tourism Presentation and Dinner Reception on May 9 to showcase Philippine tourism and fashion at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Montano was introduced as the event’s keynote speaker, but he was said to have only spoken for a bit before hurriedly leaving the venue, disappointing the guests, which also included US officials.

Montano was said to have been invited to the event in behalf of the now-resigned Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo. He was also named as one of the two hosts, the other being Teo, of the said event.

In reaction to this report about Montano, Puyat said she would talk to Montano as well as the Tourism attache and other DOT officials who attended the event to verify the accusation in the report mentioned above.


Puyat said that she would investigate into the “Buhay Carinderia” program that the TPB is set to implement. This was after Philippine Star Boo Chanco accused Montano of issuing P80-million worth of three checks to the event proponent and organizer.

“I still don’t have the papers. I will be asking [and] will be arranging a meeting with Mr. Cesar Montano to ask about ‘yung mga nabasa ko sa ‘Buhay Carinderia’ – kung totoo ba na walang bidding ‘yung P80 million na advance,” Puyat said on May 15.

“I’m planning to talk to him and ask his side. I want to ask all those who were there if it actually happened,” Puyat added.

In March 2017, TPB employees filed a complaint against Montano for his alleged corruption and mismanagement of the agency. These include hiring friends and relatives, using TPB’s funds for personal trips, and showing incompetence in fulfilling his obligations as the agency’s COO.

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Eldest Tulfo vows to help Wanda clear her name, berates ‘black sheep’ Ben over controversial P60-M DOT ad deal



Inquirer columnist Ramon Tulfo spoke up about the controversy involving his siblings, now resigned Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo and hosts Ben and Erwin Tulfo, over the P60 million tourism ad deal.

The eldest Tulfo wrote in his Inquirer column on May 10 that while President Rodrigo Duterte himself advised the Tulfo family to avoid talking to the media, he took it upon himself as the family’s acting patriarch to tell the story behind the controversy.

First up, Ramon blamed Teo for not hiring smart staff members who could have advised her against inking a deal with PTV 4, where one of the Tulfo brothers, Ben, was a blocktimer.

As a blocktimer, Ben pays for his TV show’s airtime on the state-run channel.

According to Ramon, Wanda was only complying with President Duterte’s injunction for his Cabinet secretaries to support PTV 4, adding that she did not know Ben’s company would get most of the multimillion advertising contract with DOT.

He also hit Ben, whom he called a “black sheep” with a “middle child” syndrome as the fifth child out of 10 siblings, for signing the P60-million advertising contract with PTV 4 despite knowing that there would be a conflict of interest on Wanda’s part.

Ramon also said that Wanda still tried to save Ben, who insisted on his innocence amid the controversy, leading her to resign from her post. He also explained that Wanda seemed to have forgotten the fact that her husband was on the board of director of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (Tieza), a part of DOT, when Duterte appointed her as tourism chief. He added that it should have been up to her husband to step down from his post upon his wife’s appointment.


In the same column, he also slammed Wanda’s lawyer, Ferdinand Topacio, whom he said did not even consult the Tulfo brothers on returning the P60-million funds from the ad deal. He also described the lawyer as “all talk,” a counsel who’s only focused on gaining publicity for himself.

Unlike what has been previously reported about Wanda resigning out of delicadeza amid the controversy, Ramon let it slip that he commended President Duterte for “sacking Wanda,” prompting some people to ask whether Wanda was fired instead of resigned.

Before he ended his column, he vowed to support “Wanda’s fight to clear her name, but not Ben’s.”
Wanda resigned on May 8 to show delicadeza and to spare everyone, especially Duterte, from the pain caused by the controversy, according to her lawyer.

The issue started with the Commission on Audit’s report showing the DOT paying P60 million worth of commercials to PTV 4, which in turn, tapped Ben’s Bitag Media Unlimited Inc. to air the tourism ads during Ben and Erwin’s show “Kilos Pronto.”

Malacañang said that Teo’s resignation does not mean that she is off the hook since the Ombudsman is still looking into her and other government officials involved in the controversial ad deal.

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