Marcos decided to run for senator after her brother, former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., continued to pursue his electoral protest against Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo, who he claims cheated him. It appeared to be a reluctant run at first for the 63-year-old Marcos, who admitted herself that she had previously considered that the Senate “was not for me." A political analyst said Marcos’ first foray into the Senate is aimed at making the Marcos brand still relevant in the national political scene and continuing the family’s political comeback since the strongman patriarch’s fall through a popular revolt in 1986. "I think it prompted her and the family to come back to national politics because maybe they felt that Bongbong as senator was not enough. It was not enough to leave a lasting impression,” said University of the Philippines political science department head Ela Atienza. “Like most political … [Read more...] about News LOOK: Imee Marcos proclaimed senator
The medical and physical condition of ex-President Marcos at the beginning of 1989, and as well, the status of his mental faculties, can best gleaned from several extant sources. The January 5, 1989 discharge summary of Dr. Livingston Wong releasing Marcos from his hospitalization ended with the following notations: “At the time of discharge, the patient was able to sit up and eat and was able to get up and walk around his room with assistance.” “The patient was advised to ambulate frequently and sit up frequently with much exercise both in bed and out of bed. The patient had been advised that if this is not continued he would not improve.” “The patient was also advised with his physicians not to treat patient’s rales as congestive heart failure since the rales were probably secondary to that of bed rest and stasis.” And as it turns out, leaving the hospital and returning home to Makiki was the at the insistence and behest of the patient … [Read more...] about News OPINION: The last soiree of Marcos
The words “affective” and “factitious” must have made such an impression on Judge Keenan that after Dr. Weld’s examination report, the postponed October 31 arraignment of Marcos was rescheduled to January 19, 1989. To repeat and rephrase Dr. Weld’s conclusions: there was no medical justification preventing the indictee, Ferdie, from travelling to New York City and face his day in court. The Marcos medical maneuvers (1) The Marcos medical maneuvers (2) Then followed the two admissions to St. Francis Medical Center. December 9, 1988 and released on December 18; and again entering St Francis on December 29 and released on January 5, 1989. While there may have been valid reasons for those hospitalizations, such validity was diminished and became suspect simply because the ailments and corresponding hospital stays also turned out to be orchestrated anticipatory events announced in advance to media both in Honolulu and in Manila. It had … [Read more...] about News OPINION: Marcos could have lived longer but…..
BACOLOD -- Voters from the Negros provinces who opposed the dictatorship of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos can turn the tide in favor of the opposition's Senate slate, Vice President Leni Robredo said Monday. "Kung titingnan natin historically, ang Negros at Bacolod parating sa tama naninindigan," Robredo said at a campaign rally for Otso Diretso, 2 weeks before the May 13 vote. "Nakita natin 'to noong panahon ng diktaduryang Marcos. Nakikita natin sa matitinding laban, 'yung Negros talaga ang pushback malakas,” Robredo said. (If we look at it historically, Negros and Bacolod always sided with the good. We saw this during the Marcos dictatorship. We see that in tough fights, the Negros pushback is always strong.) Negros Occidental has the 6th highest number of voters among provinces at 1.89 million. During the last years of the Marcos dictatorship, malnourished children dubbed "Batang Negros" caught international attention. The province was also the site of … [Read more...] about News Robredo banks on Negros voters who opposed Marcos regime
WASHINGTON: Senator Richard Lugar, a leading US voice on foreign policy for decades and a onetime presidential candidate known for his civility and bipartisan ways, has died at a medical center in Falls Church, Virginia. He was 87.Lugar died of chronic inflammatory polyneuropathy, according to a statement from the Lugar Center in Washington, a global policy institute which he founded in 2013.A soft-spoken Republican moderate, Lugar was twice chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and built a reputation as one of Washington's most influential foreign-policy voices during the record six terms he represented Indiana in the Senate.That reputation was burnished by his willingness to work across party lines, most famously when he joined Democratic senator Sam Nunn in 1991 to forge what became known as the Nunn-Lugar program to help former Soviet republics dismantle their nuclear arsenals.In a statement, Vice President Mike Pence - former governor of Indiana - mourned … [Read more...] about Richard Lugar, US foreign-policy luminary, dies at 87