Here’s a video clip of Madam Marcos being interviewed by Mareng Winnie. I watched it and gave it a long thought. And decided to write down my thoughts.
The Marcoses has been the most hated, condemned, judged political family in our country.
The only memory I have of President Marcos was as a little school girl lining up in the streets holding a small flag along with my classmates and we were told to wave the flag when President Marcos pass by.
All the while I thought he would be riding a car. But I found out he was walking and greeting all school children. With all the chaos and cheers I remember staring at a tall, dark guy shaking hands with everyone. I was probably in grade 3 at that time.
That was President Marcos.
That’s how close I got to President Marcos.
I am a very apolitical person. I don’t care about politics. I never cared about politics. All I cared about was dancing with Bonget (Bongbong) in Stargazer (disco) one Saturday night in the early 80’s. Easy lover by Phil Collins was being played and everyone started to run to the dancing floor. I was one of them.
I started to dance like crazy and when I turned around I saw Bonget dancing and facing me. So, I did not stop dancing. I remember it vividly up to now. But I don’t think Bonget did. He was probably so stoned and drunk to remember.
I became very famous in the office the following Monday. Back then it was a big deal. You have no idea how big deal it was.
That’s how close I got to the Marcoses.
Vinny being my oldest child was the first one among my children to asked me questions about President Marcos. What he did and so on and so forth. I don’t know anything about politics. I don’t know what really happened during President Marcos regime. And the only thing I could tell him was I was one of those who was in EDSA during the first People Power revolution.
I told him what we did and I was a hero having to go through that. I helped brought back democracy in our country. Or so I thought.
My kids having studied in an international school eventually hang out with Bonget’s eldest son. He would be in our house almost everyday.
For Vito and Claudia, Sandro (Bonget’s son), was just an ordinary friend. Just like every one of their friends. I tried so hard not to get affected when Sandro was around. Ang hirap kaya. To be a child of the 60’s and 70’s when the Marcoses was far from being “ordinary.”
I would get so kilig and every chance I get I would grab the camera and go to Vito’s room and say “picture time.” Claudia and Vito hated it. And the worst I ever did according to Vinny was put the tarpauline of Bongbong’s face in our fence when he ran for Congress.
And one day Vito finally asked me what was the Marcoses like during my time because he couldn’t understand why it was a big deal for me everytime Sandro was in our house. I told him: “sa panahon ko Vito hindi yan sila tao. Dios yan sila.”
That was how close I got to the Marcoses.
One time I brought Claudia to our Dentist, my good friend Dr. Pete Ong, and when I opened the door I saw Madam Marcos sitting together with her female security aide in the waiting area.
Pete held my hand brought me in front of Madam Marcos and introduced me.
There was something about her. Her aura, how gracious, how soft spoken and how elegant she was.
She is the most gracious human being I have ever met. No wonder she went this far in her life.
And that was how close I got to the Marcoses.
Now, that Bongbong finally confirmed that he will run for the second highest seat in our country, I would expect something worse from every one.
But, come on. Really? Now is the time to point fingers?
So, tell me, who in the past did not do what President Marcos did according to many?
Every one of them did worse than President Marcos. From Erap, to Binay, to GMA. Every one who had the power. And even without.
Hello, Janet Napoles.
So, who ever you put in that seat will always take his/her turn.
Let’s get real.
But the good thing is, it’s not about who is in power. It is about the Filipino people who against all odds has survived and never lost hope.
Here’s the video clip of Madam Marcos being interviewed by Mareng Winnie.