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Read how people fact-checked Imee’s defense of “Ang liit-liit ko pa noon (Martial Law)”



In her interview on ANC’s Headstart with Karen Davila on November 10, Imee Marcos was asked whether her earlier talks about forgiveness and about her father being an erring human like everyone else. She said that she believed in asking for an apology “even if it’s not intentional; even if it was not policy.”

But one of the things that caught people’s attention was when she remarked, “Yung admission of guilt, unang-una ang liit-liit ko pa noon… paano ko ia-admit hindi ko naman alam?”


Facebook page “Ang Lagalag” was among the first ones to call out Imee’s lie by fact checking her response. They reminded Imee how she was born in 1955, making her 22 years old when Archimedes Trajano was killed by her military escorts. They also reminded her that she even got to serve as consultant for various TV networks from 1979 to 1986; and became an Assemblyman from Ilocos Norte from 1984 to 1986.

“Pinapaalala lang namin sayo Imee, 1955 nung ikaw ay ipinanganak..

Taong 1977 NOONG IPAPAPATAY MO SI A.TRAJANO.. sa edad na 22, me bahid na ng dugo ang mga kamay mo..

MULA 1979-1986, nakaupo kang consultant sa ABS-CBN, RPN 9 AT IBC 13, ang mga TV NETWORK NA INANGKIN ng iyong pamilya.

MULA June 30, 1984 HANGGANG 1986, rubber stamp ka na ni Apo, este Assemblyman ka ng Ilocos Norte..

26 anyos nung maglandi ka at mang-agaw ng asawa ng me asawa .. at bagama’t breast milk is best for babies, PINAPAALALA KO RIN SA YO NA NUNG PANAHON NG MARTIAL LAW, GInawa mong LBC ANG PHIL. AIRLINES bilang personal courier na TAGAHATID NG GATAS MO sa iyong anak kapag IKAW AY NAGBABAKASYON SA LONDON.. tindi ng mga entitlements ng pagiging anak ni Apo huh?!


#NeverAgain #NeverForget
#History #MarcosRevisionism


“Ang Lagalag” even posted a collage of Imee and Trajano, along with these words further proving that Imee was no longer a little girl when the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos placed the Philippines under martial rule for 9 years.

Imee Marcos:

Born November 12, 1995

Founding Chair of the Kabataang Barangay Foundation (1975-1986)

Director-general of Experimental Cinema of the Philippines from 1981 to 1986

Special consultant to the chairman of the board of ABS-CBN, RPN 9 and IBC 13

From 1979 to 1986, she was consultant to the minister of the National Media Production Center

Assemblyman from Ilocos Norte from June 30, 1984, up to March 25 1986

The photo also contained details about how the elder Marcos was able to accumulate stolen wealth that made it possible for his children to go to school in the US and England.

It noted how Imee was among those names mentioned in the Offshore Leaks – Panama Papers, along with her three sons.


Imee repeated the line of reasoning she used in ANC’s Headstart when asked once more about Martial Law and the protests that are being staged to oppose the Supreme Court’s 9-5 decision, allowing a Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

“Kami ay nag-aaral pa noon at mga bata pa. Bakit nga ba hindi natin tanungin ang dating Philippine Constabulary Chief Fidel Ramos tungkol sa mga pag-aaresto at mga pang-aabuso diumano,” Imee said in her Facebook post on November 14.

Veteran journalist Raissa Robles also weighed in on the fact checking of Imee’s “ang liit-liit ko pa noon” remark. Robles also authored Never Again, a book that details the years of Martial Law under Marcos.

In her article “Dear Imee Marcos, you knew about the torture and political detainees during your father’s dictatorship,” Robles wanted to “jog” Imee’s memory.

Robles started off with how Imee and her father knew about the human rights abuses in the Philippines, as per what the-then presidential daughter told the New York Times reporter. Imee was quoted saying, “It is not easy to fire all these people.”

Robles also recalled how Imee was aware that there were political detainees during Marcos’ time and how she even tried to help them.

One of Robles’ readers even created a graphic showing what the journalist presented as proof that Imee was already a grown woman during Martial Law, based on the NY Times article “Around the World; Marcos Daughter Calls The Palace a ‘Snake Pit.’”

Imees Defense Noon Martial Law

You can read more about Robles debunking Imee’s defense of being “too young” during Martial law by following the link in her Facebook post below.


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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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