To this day, Ilocos Rep. Imelda Marcos has never changed.
She continues to be arrogant and repulsive as she has always been during her heydays as First Lady.
Because she is back in power, she thinks she has always been the epitome of decency and justice.
But, how I wish that she remembers the famous quote made by Abraham Lincoln, saying: “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”
Imelda made headlines lately when, following the lead of former presidents Joseph Estrada and Fidel Ramos, Jesus is Lord leader Eddie Villanueva and her most vocal critic, retired Lingayen-Dagupan archbishop Oscar Cruz, she also visited former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA) at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC), where the latter is spending her time under hospital arrest.
Like the rest, Imelda’s visit did not really make a ripple, but what did were her remarks that GMA’s arrest was “cruel” and “unjust.”
“She is visited only by her husband, her children, from the afternoon to 9 p.m. Then she has no one. So cruel. So unjust. Not human. I am sorry, so sad to be there,” Imelda said.
Such a statement coming from one that is part and parcel of the conjugal duo that imposed martial law on the nation from 1972 to 1981, only conjures contempt and hatred.
Who is Imelda to say that GMA is being treated cruelly and unjustly?
The nerve for her to say that!
What comparison is she making it with, when under martial law, a curfew was imposed, the media was silenced or taken over by the military, international travel and thousands of anti-government suspects were rounded up and put into military camps and an estimated 50,000 of Marcos’ perceived opponents were jailed, exiled or killed.
If the military camps and jails were suites like where GMA is being kept now, the dictator would have been loved many times over.
Alas, they were torture places and many families had no ways of knowing what was happening to their loves ones.
What I am simply saying here is that Imelda should refrain from talking about ‘inhuman’ treatment done on GMA.
Nothing can compare with the uncompassionate and brutal treatment perceived enemies of the Marcoses received during the martial law years. In fact, many innocent people became victims, too.
Imelda knows it, but she chooses to forget.