MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The rumor mill has been running nonstop in the last week or so in the Philippines, fueled by the eerie silence of President NoyNoy Aquino over two significant national developments in his country — the massacre of farmers in Kidapawan seeking food from the government and the tragedy in Basilan where 18 soldiers were killed in an encounter with the rebel forces.
The latest rumor is that Aquino has left Malacañang (the presidential palace) and is enroute to Hawaii for a self-imposed exile. It seems like a repeat of the Marcos family exile to Honolulu after the late president was deposed by the People Power revolution.
Aquino may himself have given the clue about his exile when he told a group of women in media last week, after a state luncheon for visiting Prince Albert II of Monaco, that he has “started packing.”
Aquino’s 6-year-term ends at noon on June 30 when the new president to be elected on May 9, takes office.
Pundits have speculated that Aquino chose exile to escape possible charges and imprisonment for plunder, graft and corruption resulting from fund scandals during his administration.
Ironically, Aquino is will reportedly stay in the same house on Makiki Heights Drive in Honolulu, occupied by the Marcoses during their Hawaii exile.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – While standing firm and defiant amid calls for his resignation, Philippines President NoyNoy Aquino has reportedly come up with an exit strategy, just in case.
Political, religious and activist groups have demanded that the embattled president step down due to his inability to effectively manage the government. The calls for his resignation have escalated since allegations have surfaced regarding his ‘role’ in the slaying of the 44 police officers (PNP-SAF) during a ‘misencounter’ with rebel forces in the southern island of Mindanao.
According to inside sources at Malacañang, the presidential palace, Aquino is looking at an exit strategy similar to what happened in 1986, when then President Ferdinand E. Marcos fled to Hawaii after the people power uprising.
The same sources said that instead of fleeing to Hawaii, Aquino is looking to be exiled in a new South Pacific island in Tonga.
This new island recently formedas a result of an underwater volcanic eruption off the coast of Tonga last month. Experts believe a volcano exploded underwater and expanded until an island formed.
The experts also believe that the “new” island is expected to erode back into the ocean in a matter of months. So Aquino needs to act on his exit strategy soon before the island disappears.