BATAC, Ilocos Norte (The Adobo Chronicles, Vigan Bureau) – Many have protested the burial of Ferdinand E. Marcos in the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani, but it is not only the late president’s critics and opponents who have done so. Even Marcos’ loyal followers in the Ilocos have joined in the protests.
Now, many Ilocanos, especially the tourism officials in the province of Ilocos Norte want Marcos’ body back in Batac, where it has been kept in a refrigerated crypt for more than two decades.
Since President Duterte allowed Marcos’ burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City in November last year, tourism arrivals dropped significantly, especially right after the family closed the mausoleum, said Marc Anthony Baldoz, curator of the Marcos museum in Batac.
Only 32,903 visitors were recorded by the Marcos center from January to May this year, compared with the 131,168 visitors it drew for the same period last year, according to the Ilocos Norte tourism office.
So, take heed Marcos’ critics, you have a friend in the Ilocanos!
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In a lecture before senior high school students of the University of Santo Tomas, Vice President Leni Robredo suggested that Filipino youth should be banished to Hawaii, just like the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos.
Robredo was asked to share her thoughts and experiences regarding the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution that toppled the regime of Marcos, forcing him out of the country to an exile in Hawaii.
In her lecture, Robredo said of the People Power Revolution:
Leave it to the Vice President to conclude what was started in 1986.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The 2019 Philippine senatorial election is just around the corner, and potential candidates are busy seeking presidential endorsements.
It goes without saying that Kris Aquino has the endorsement of her brother, former President NoyNoy Aquino.
Without asking for it, singer and actress Sharon Cuneta got the endorsement of her life from no less than President Rodrigo Duterte, something that her husband, Opposition Senator Kiko Pangilinan is not happy about.