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Oligarchs and why they will remain: the Marcos-Duterte Connection

Let us begin with the Marcos regime.

The Philippines did have money. But they were stolen. “Various estimates put the total Marcos loot at between $5 billion to $10 billion, however.” “The reality, they discovered, was that Ferdinand Marcos had amassed a fortune up to 650 times greater. According to a subsequent estimate by the Philippine supreme court, he had accumulated up to $10bn while in office.” – The Guardian

Fast track. Marcos instituted his cronies or “friends” who are still there working in the government or running businesses. When Marcos fell out of power these cronies sought the counsel of lawyer Estelito Mendoza. He defended all of them. Mendoza then represented Marcos, his wife Imelda Marcos, and their family’s alleged close allies. Lucio Tan and Danding Cojuangco, are only two of Marcos’ cronies whom Mendoza defended. Tan, for his part, was acquitted of a P27-billion tax evasion case in 2006. Mendoza, in subsequent years successfully defended many of Marcos’ cronies who are still the most powerful oligarchs in the Philippines. He however, did not remain, a neutral barrister, for during the J. Estrada case, there was a motion to disbar Estelito Mendoza after bank official Clarissa Ocampo testified that businessman Jaime Dichaves signed the bank documents for the transfer of Estrada’s P500-M trust fund rght inside Mendoza’s office.

Arroyo case: A court had issued an arrest warrant for our former Pres. Gloria Arroyo, who was accused of diverting $8.8m (£5.5m) from the state lottery charity fund for personal gain. Janet Napoles, the so-called pork barrel queen, also spoke about the alleged P900-million scam involving the “diversion of the government share in the operation of gas wells in Malampaya, off Palawan, to ghost projects.” In 2012, Arroyo was also accused of 366-million plunder suit together with 9 former government officials.

Napoles Case: Janet Napoles was implicated in the P10-billion pork barrel scam. Among her co-accused are Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. “The three senators and Napoles, the alleged brains behind the pork barrel scam, and five other people stockpiled a combined total of P581 million in kickbacks through the diversion of pork barrel funds to bogus foundations from 2004 to 2012.”

Estelito Mendoza was the lawyer of the Marcoses, Marcos’ cronies, Joseph Estrada and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Estelito Mendoza also “defended before the SC the 1973 Constitution that validated Marcos’ absolute reign over the country.” In a way, he made Martial Law possible.

Just recently Duterte made friends with Arroyo, Enrile, Estrada, Revilla and loosened the case against Napoles. They threw “cusses” at De Lima, at the time of her arrest, for the reason that she had a hand in filing plunder cases against them together with Napoles. Duterte is also a close friend of the Marcoses, as is well known.

Billions and billions of pesos – and a few names. Who controls the country? Marcos created the most powerful and efficient crony system in the Philippines. Many of them, supported Duterte. Simply Google who contributed to Duterte’s campaign. Recent actions of Duterte favor these “questionable” officials.

N.B. The research on Marcos wealth was also conducted in the US. Even on US standard the Marcoses possess staggering wealth. In fact among diplomats, it is well known that Third World politicians and government leaders have a lot of investments in Western countries. They are really rich even to Western standards. Where did they get the money? Frankly, from corruption.


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Inilibing si Marcos sa Libingan ng mga Bayani?

Sa kaunting twist sa history na hindi ko alam kung kaninong makinarya iyan, nalimutan natin ang nangyari noong Martial Law at kung bakit nag-alsa ang taong bayan. Ang tingin nila sa mga taong nag-alsa noong EDSA 1 ay bunga lang ay nadala lang ng propaganda at politika? Hindi ba natin alam na ang mga pumunta sa EDSA noon ay handang magpakamatay? Tanungin ninyo sila.

Anong klaseng memorya at pagmamalasakit sa bayan meron tayo. Ang EDSA 1 ay hindi tungkol sa dilaw o sa pamilyang Aquino o ilang personalidad. Sa palagay ninyo ang mga tao sa larawan sa ibaba ay wala talagang pinaglaban? Well documented ang torture, rape, killing, kidnapping, cronyism at corruption nila Marcos. Bakit biglang baligtad na history natin?

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November 18, 2016 · 6:13 am

Duterte Questions

  1. Is Duterte a Marcos loyalist?
  2. But he is friends with CPP NPA, who really hates the Marcoses, how will he toe the line?

In Davao he can deal and make concessions with NPAs, but he has not done this at the national level. If he is a Marcos loyalist and at the same time secretly dealing with the NPAs during his term in Davao, doing so as a President will be a very dangerous experiment.

  1. Who is more powerful, Duterte or Bongbong Marcos?

Marcos cronies are still in power and owning businesses all over the country. The Floriendos for instance who owns unbelievably sprawling banana plantations in Mindanao. Banana plantations as far as your eye can see. Imagine, businessmen like that, whose products are not being sold in the Philippines, and always ridden with labor issues. Let us just say, these cronies are not very patriotic businessmen. Now imagine these businessmen are in food, media, energy and so on. Well, question answered: BBM. Duterte? Who are his friends? The Balimbings?

  1. Too many Communists in the government?

Cory Aquino made that mistake in her term. Because of this, and probably something else, Gringo Honasan and his men made around 9 coup attempts! I was an elementary student back then, and you could just watch fighter jets shooting at each other right above Manila! Violence leads to bad economy. So kids, we are not poor because of the Church, nor because of Cory alone. There are many factors and events that lead to poverty and injustice – that includes the 25 Billion Dollar debt left by Marcos which we all have to pay until, by estimate, year 2025. Marcos cronies, on the other hand, they never knew poverty.

  1. Does Duterte hate the Catholic Church because it is a hypocritical institution?

Two things. First thing, obviously Duterte was hurt because the Catholic hierarchy did not endorse him. He said it himself. Hands down, that’s the real issue on why he rants against the church! Second, everybody loves to hate the Catholic Church. Simply, join the bandwagon, mention frailocracy, Inquisition (which is European history), Crusades (which is European history), child molestation (mostly done by white men, Americans / Europeans, so Bishop Oscar Cruz asks Duterte for names if there are any Filipino abusers, just say it and it will be dealt with, simple) and Church money. Then ask the people, what do you know about them? They can’t answer, except “Basta, nakakainis talaga ang mga pari at bishops na ‘yan! Mga Hipokrito!” Then they go on debating like that for several days, based on allegations and emotions. Now do they have time to ask more relevant issues aside from sex? Nope. Now, what is the rhetoric. When he attacks the Catholic Church he appears to be a hero of Church and State separation thing. But many politicians, even himself, goes to INC, Quiboloy and other religious sects. Any church but not Catholic church? Besides, INC can influence and is influencing who to put in a government post! So who’s partially running our government?

What I see is this. People buy Duterte because of “Oh, My God, I hate drugs,” “If you go to Davao and smuggle I will kill you,” so on and so forth. Second, people are expecting that under Duterte administration Philippine wealth will trickle down to the poor. But one of the sources of poverty is the crony system, or the oligarch system. Numerically, we can have high GDP, but it does not necessarily have to benefit the rest of the Filipinos. The numbers stay among the few. After EDSA I, our governments did not have the heart to dismantle the reigning oligarchs in the Philippines. I think, it amounts to an economic vacuum. So they are still there, well placed. And rich and in control of the economy and our politicians.

I propose a logic. The main source of poverty is Oligarchy. The Oligarchs that Marcos placed are still there, they have expanded their businesses. Duterte for all we know has a very special attachment to Bongbong. Bongbong still has the loyalty of the cronies. Duterte will not touch the cronies. Duterte wants to make the Catholic Church unpopular. But he likes Iglesia ni Cristo and Quiboloy, they supported him and the latter gave him money. So they are silent about moral issues that are supposed to be religious concerns: divorce, death penalty, business ethics, political ethics, human rights violation (by the way INC was “with” Marcos during martial law) and so on. Only the Catholic Church openly speaks about them. Duterte will in the end need the power of INC, to which he will be exposed on the national level, and that will be a game changer. So he   will not touch these religious sects, for after all, INC and the Marcoses have had good friendships in the past. Separation of Church and State, nada.

CPP NPA in government? A thorny issue.

So where does our logic go? Duterte is giving us the impression that he is grassroots guy. But in the end Duterte is surrounding himself with elitist power. He needs them. The foolish thing will be is this, to think that he is in control.

Duterte, it seems, is playing a game of hide and seek, shock and awe. That is why analysts find it hard to read him. A little patience and you will be able to “read” him. Mine obviously is just one among the many ways of reading.

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