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Netizens slam Imee’s insincere apology, ask if she still remembers Archimedes Trajano

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Since the Supreme Court’s decision about the eligibility of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ remains to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, his daughter, Ilocos Governor Imee Marcos have been dropping words like “sorry,” “forgiveness,” and “moving on” when talking to the media.

On November 8, during her interview with Jessica Soho on GMA News TV’s “State of the Nation,” Imee clarified that she as only talking about forgiveness, not asking for apology, to the victims of Martial Law.

“Hindi apology ang sinasabi ko. Sa akin forgiveness na lang sa lahat ng nakalipas at sa lahat ng mga nangyari sa buhay natin. E, talagang kinakailangan mag-move on,” Imee said.

“Alam ko marami sa kanila ang nakalugmok, talagang babad na babad diyan. Ang akin naman, kami rin sa pangkat naming may hinanakit, may galit, mag pagpo-poot. Kailangan malipasan na, laktawana natin yan, magka-isa. ‘Yun ang pinaka-importante, yung paghihilom at pagkaka-isa,” she added.

Earlier in September, during the celebration of her father’s 99th birthday anniversary, Imee said: “Anuman ang kasalanan ng aking ama sapagkat hindi naman niya kailanman sinabi na siya ay hindi tao lamang na nagkakamali at nagkakasala.”

She also narrated how much of a soldier her father was, so much so that whenever he got sick, he wanted to be taken to a soldier’s hospital. Imee added that her father wanted to be buried at the Libingan beside other Filipino sodliers, noting that they only wanted a “simple soldier’s burial” for the former president, not a state funeral.

 

On November 10, Imee said that unlike her brother, former Senator Bongbong Marcos, she is willing to apologize to the victims of human rights violations during Martial Law.

“I feel in my heart that if in any way you have hurt someone, you should say sorry even if it’s not intentional. Even if it was not policy,” Imee said during her interview on ANC’s Headstart.

However, Imee emphasized that she would not make an admission of guilt when she said: “Yung admission of guilt, unang-una ang liit-liit ko noon. Paano ko ia-admit hindi ko naman alam.”

Imee also said that they are not changing history and that some people thanked her father for his kindness, for his infrastructure projects.

 

In yet another interview on Saturday, November 12, Imee apologized for the “unexpected events” during Martial Law.

“Iyong tungkol sa apology, sabi ko nga nanghihingi na ako ng patawad sa lahat ng nasakatan sa mga hindi inaasahang mga pangyayari dahil kailanman hindi ninais na may masaktan,” she said.

“Wala namang sinasabi na walang kasalanan. Eh talaga namang inaamin nating lahat,” she said while clarifying that the Marcoses are not denying that there were indeed human rights abuses during martial rule.

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Imee’s statement was in response to former President Fidel V. Ramos’ statement.

“Address [the apology] to all the descendants of the victims, whether or not there is an investigation, to show sincere desire to discard, reject and eliminate already all the dictatorial tendencies and happenings during that period,” Ramos said.

“Kung kakalimutan ‘yun o iismolin o binabalewala ‘yan (EDSA People Power Revolution), para mong binalewala ‘yung paghihirap, pagsisikap, kontribusyon ng mga sundalo at mga pulis kagaya namin,” Ramos added.

On November 13, Imee repeated once more that Martial Law victims cannot expect a “legal admission” from the Marcoses.

“Pinagtutukuyan ko, walang tao na perpekto at sa hindi inaasahang pangyayari, may nasasaktan, may nagkamali. Hindi naman nagsasabi miski saan sa amin na perpektong tatay ko. Siya mismo ang unang aamin na marami siyang kapalpakan,” Imee said.

“Ang iba diyan, ang gusto [ay] may legal admission of guilt na palagay ko ay napakahirap namang gawin lalo pa batang-bata pa ko. Hindi ko naman kayang gawin kahit pilitin ninyo ko at wala namang papayag sa aming abugado noong ganung klaseng legal admission of guilt. Iyon ang hinahanap nila, eh Malabo naman,” she added.

After Imee’s of apology and forgiveness regarding her father and her family’s role during Martial Law, the netizens have had enough. They voiced out their dissatisfaction with the “insincere” apologies from the Marcoses, especially from Imee.

Facebook user Dino Manrique told her to stop her insincerity and asked her if she still remembered Archimedes Trajano.

“Imee, tigilan mo ang hilaw mong “Sorry.” Hindi “inadvertently may nasagasaan o nasaktan.” Sadyang sinagasaan, sinaktan, ginahasa at pinatay. State policy iyan ng tatay mo at ng pamilya mo,” Manrique said.

“Naaalala mo si Archimedes Trajano? Naaalala mo nang nagtanong siya sa iyo sa isang Open Forum at pinuna niya ang pagkakatalaga mo bilang director ng isang organisasyon? Naaalala mo ang kaniyang mukha? Nakita mo ba ang kaniyang pasa-pasang mukha pagkatapos siyang i-torture at patayin ng mga militar? Ng mga tauhan ng pamilya niyo? #NoToMarcosBurialAtLnmB#MarcosNOTaHero #NeverForget #NeverAgain,” he added.

Manrique also included Trajano’s story, as obtained from bantayog.org. Then 21-year-old Trajano asked Imee during an open forum why she was appointed as the director of the Kabataang Baranggay in 1977 and how he was kidnapped, tortured and killed by Imee’s military escorts.

 

The National Union of Students of the Philippines also has something to say to Imee: “Never forget Archimedes Trajano!

“Imee Marcos was old enough back then to recall that it was her who ordered the killing of Mapua students Archimedes Trajano. Just inquiring if she was indeed qualified to lead the Kabataang Barangay, Archimedes was forcibly removed out of the forum, tortured, and killed by the military escorts of the Dictator’s daughter. I believe that this memory of triumph over criticisms is still fresh in her recollections,” said NUSP spokesperson Kevin Castro in response to Imee’s statement about “legal admission of guilt” to the crimes committed during her father’s regime.

“The Marcoses have the guts to demand that we forgive them and to just move on amidst the sufferings of the Filipino people during their patriarch’s regime. By forgiving them, we are forgetting the dark past endowed by the Marcoses on the history of Filipino struggle. By moving on, we are disregarding the sacrifices made by thousands of Filipinos for national democracy,” Castro added.

Sources: (philstar.com, gmanetwork.com, facebook.com)

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

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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

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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.

Sources: ( rappler.comphilstar.com )

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

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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.

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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.

Sources: ( tnt.abante.com.phphilstar.comrappler.com )

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

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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.

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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.

Sources: ( inquirer.netnews.abs-cbn.com , nnphilippines.com )

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