The Marcos Era Part III: The Final Act 18 January 1981 – 25 February 1986

She knew, she knew… In early February 1986, First Lady Imelda Romualdez-Marcos called her close Romualdez relations and urged them to come to the Malacanang Palace to take their pick of her personal effects, NOT the official Palace inventory, but the beautiful things which she had collected for herself — furniture, rugs, paintings, decorative items, etc..  She knew The Hour was upon her.


And yes, the erstwhile preposterous claim of the Marcoses that they thought they were being flown by the Americans to Paoay, Ilocos Norte, and not to Hawaii in the U.S.A. was actually TRUE.

Drawing from conversations 24 years after the fact with Marcos, Romualdez, and Coj*angco-Murphy family members who were present at Clark Air Base that time, the rescue of the Marcoses & Co. was an American operation but they were not told of an outright plan to fly to the United States.  The Americans had flown the Marcoses out of Malacanang Palace to Clark Air Base to avoid a French Revolution-type of scenario in which the Marcoses would be summarily put to death by the angry mob.  They also had to fly the Marcoses out of Clark Air Base because elements of the AFP Armed Forces of the Philippines sympathetic to the rebels at EDSA would soon be circling the air base — but not attacking, for Clark was considered U.S. territory — waiting to arrest the Marcoses.  The Marcoses & Co. were informed that they were flying out of Clark, ostensibly to the Ilocano North, but never to Hawaii in the United States.  The plane was not even meant for passengers, it was a cargo plane of the U.S. Air Force.  In fact, the children and the teenagers traveling in the group bled from their noses and ears as a result of the incorrect air pressure in the cabin.

That was why Hawaii Governor George Ariyoshi and his wife had prepared a diplomatic welcome for the Marcoses.  They were not aware until the last minute that Ferdinand Marcos had already been deposed.

An American radioed:  “I have the trimmings of the cake but I don’t have the cake itself…”  But then, the “cake” itself arrived…

D*nding Coj*angco and his family were the last to arrive at Clark Air Base.  They hardly brought anything with them, if at all.  D*nding had forgotten to bring a jacket and so donned the jacket of a security guard.

D*nding had taken the time to bid goodbye to his mother, Dona N*ne, at her Balete Drive residence:  “Mama, sandali lang ako.  Ihahatid ko lang si Marcos.”  He charged his siblings with the care of their mother:  “Kayo na ang bahala kay Mama.  Babalik din ako.”



  1. John Christian Canda said,

    April 22, 2010 at 6:04 am

    I accept what is good in the Marcos Military Dictatorship and reject what is bad in it.

  2. Enrique Bustos said,

    December 5, 2009 at 3:37 am

    If Russia has changed is outlook with their former leaders i think so should we when the bolshevik revolution ousted the then hated Imperial Family in October 1917 then they murdered the Tsar and his Family ,the remains of the Imperial family were finally interred at St. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Saint Petersburg on 17 July 1998, eighty years after they were murdered.The cathedral houses the remains of almost all the Russian Emperors

    Home > Breaking News > World > Story
    Dec 4, 2009
    Balanced assessment of Stalin

    MOSCOW – RUSSIAN Prime Minister Vladimir Putin weighed into a fierce national debate on the legacy of Soviet leader Josef Stalin on Thursday, calling for a balanced assessment and saying he was not all good or bad.

    Russians historically yearn for strong rulers and many still feel deep sympathy for the Georgian-born iron-fisted leader. They like Stalin for turning an illiterate peasant nation into an industrialised nuclear superpower and for crushing Nazism.

    The Communists, Russia’s largest opposition party, plan lavish celebrations of Stalin’s 130th birthday later this month and his grandson recently sued a newspaper for accusing Stalin of ordering mass murders.

    ‘If you say you are positive (about Stalin’s rule), some will be discontented. If you say you are negative, others will grumble,’ Mr Putin said during an annual marathon question-and- answer session with the Russian people. ‘It is impossible to make a general judgment. It is evident that, from 1924 to 1953, the country that Stalin ruled changed from an agrarian to an industrial society.’

    Echoing millions of Russians, Mr Putin praised Stalin’s leading role in winning World War Two. ‘You know, if we return to the issue of human losses, noboby can now throw stones at those who organised and stood at the head of this victory, because if we’d lost this war, the consequences for our country would have been much more catastrophic.’

    A new school textbook, compiled with the help of an historian from Mr Putin’s ruling United Russia party, mentions the repressions but also depicts Stalin as a talented manager. — REUTERS

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