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MANILA, Philippines ( The Adobo Chronicles) – The laglag bala scheme at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has caused the Aquino administration so much ridicule and embarrassment that the President has ordered the renaming of the airport to FEMIA.

The scheme involves the alleged ‘planting’ of bullets in the bags of unsuspecting airline passengers for the purpose of extorting money.

“I do not wish the Aquino name to be associated with this international scandal,” Aquino said.  NAIA was named after his father who was gunned down at the Manila airport after returning from years of exile in the U.S.

Just in time for next week’s Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Manila, to be attended by some 21 world leaders, the new signage was put up today in austere light switching ceremonies.

Henceforth, NAIA will be called FEMIA: Ferdinand E. Marcos International Airport, in honor of the late dictator, a nemesis of the Aquinos.

The lighting ceremony was led by Senator Bongbong Marcos, Ferdinand’s son, who is a candidate for vice president.


Bongbong Marcos, Jr. waves to supporters during his VP candidacy announcement. Seated far left is Estrada and Imelda Marcos
Bongbong Marcos, Jr. waves to supporters during his VP candidacy announcement. Seated far left is Estrada and Imelda Marcos

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – The bitter political rivalry between the Marcoses and the Aquinos abruptly came to an end today, when Philippine President Noynoy Aquino granted absolute pardon to the late Ferdinand E. Marcos and his family, including Imelda Romualdez Marcos and their children, Senator Bongbong Marcos, Governor Imee Marcos and Irene Marcos.

All it took was a simple “I’m sorry” from  Senator Marcos.

On Tuesday, Aquino said the family of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos should say sorry to the Filipino people for the atrocities committed during martial rule. Speaking at the presidential forum of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP), Aquino said that Filipinos would be open to forgiving the Marcos family for what former president Marcos did to the country during his tenure. “We are a forgiving people as a general rule.”

So on Wednesday morning, Bongbong Marcos said that on behalf of his entire family, he apologizes.

Being a man of his word, Aquino then issued an Executive Order granting absolute pardon to the Marcos family.

The pardon paves the way for the burial of the late Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ cemetery), something that the Marcos family had been seeking for a long time. Marcos’ preserved body currently lies in state in a refrigerated crypt in his hometown of Ilocos Norte.

An absolute pardon also frees the Marcoses of any liability in the numerous cases filed against Ferdinand, Sr. and his estate.  And, Imelda gets to keep her 3,000 pairs of shoes, or whatever is left of them.

Pardoning presidents for crimes committed while in office is not unprecedented in the Philippines.  Former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada was pardoned by his successor, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who herself, is now is under hospital arrest . Estrada was convicted of plunder while Arroyo faces similar charges.

Will Aquino pardon Arroyo next?


“We can make this country great again!” Marcos in 1965 and Trump in 2015

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Donald Trump today officially declared that he is running for president of the United States, vowing to “make this country great again.” What a great campaign motto.

But there is one problem.  Trump is now being accused by former Philippines First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos of plagiarizing her late husband, President Ferdinand E. Marcos.

Rewind to 1965, during the first presidential inaugural of Marcos. In his speech, he renewed his campaign promise to “make this country great again.” And we have the transcript to prove that Imelda is correct.

Could it be that Ferdinand Marcos was 50 years ahead of his time, or that Trump is 50 years behind?