Fil-Ams support, protest Marcos burial

by Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN News


ATHERTON, CA – Thousands of miles away from the Philippines, these kababayans continue to pray for their home country.

But on this afternoon, they celebrated a mass of thanksgiving.

Fil-Ams joined in prayer to thank god for the successful burial of former president and dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, in the Libingan ng mga Bayani Heroes’ Cemetery.

As many Filipinos celebrate the burial, they are also well aware of the protests happening around the world.

“To keep on bringing back those things, it’s really just too much, and it makes me question what the real purpose is,” said Marcos supporter Jojo Castro Alonto. “Look, we’re going down this same things again – is it the Aquinos against the Marcos? Let’s stop all this crap. Let’s be Christians, for one thing.”

“What is lacking in their argument is the virtue and forgiveness,” added supporter Joey de Ocampo. “Now, if we follow their line of argument, then they are following the line of condemnation.”

Colonel Irwin Ver, the son of General Fabian Ver, former chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines under President Marcos, says many anti-Marcos protesters continue to overlook the positive contributions that the former president has provided for their home country.

“[Marcos] made sure there was a pan-Philippine highway that connected at least all the three major groupings of the islands,” Col. Ver told ABS-CBN. “Until now, the number of classrooms has not been surpassed, and unfortunately, it’s still the same classrooms that are being used today.”

“The other thing, socially of course, is that [President Marcos] made sure the Philippines did not become a communist [nation].”

Current President Rodrigo Duterte, who supported the burial, says that hopefully now that the process is complete, and the country can now fully heal.

“That’s part of democracy – they have all the rights to express their grievances, release their emotions. Many of them are really patient, but I feel that history will vindicate President Marcos,” Ver said.

Divisions remain as a formal appeal has been lodged at the Philippine Supreme Court to reverse the decision to bury Marcos, and protests continue worldwide.


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  • Santiago Del Mundo
    12 December 2016 at 10:35 am - Reply

    This information is for all the one sided, blinded, brainwashed, misguided Filipinos or FilAms out there. Check it out…This information is in addition to Colonel Ver…This is not fabricated, Marcos accomplishments are still out and alive in the Philippines. You’ve deprived to know it all, here it is…

    19 September 2016 at 1:44 pm – Reply
    Once and for all, FilAms and Filipinos alike, we need to unite together and overcome (move on) the ignorance that’s plaguing or dwelling within us. This information is for us…the untold story, the story that should set us free…
    The great and unparalleled accomplishment of President Ferdinand Marcos…
    Marcos completed Power plants in 20 years—–
    1). Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, completed 1983
    2) Leyte Geothermal Power Plant, completed 1977
    3)Makiling-Banahaw Geothermal Power Plant, completed 1979
    4) Tiwi Geothermal Power Plant, completed 1980
    5) Angat Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1967
    6)Kalayaan Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1982
    7) Magat A Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1984
    8)Magat B Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1984
    9)Pantabangan Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1977
    10)Agus 2 Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1979
    11)Agus 4 Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1985
    12) Agus 5 Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1985
    13) Agus 7 Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1982
    14) Pulangi Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1985
    15) Agus 6 Hydro Electric Power plant, recommissioned in 1977
    16)Masiway Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1980
    17) Main Magat Hydro Electric Power Plant, completed 1983
    18)Calaca Coal Power PlantCompleted in 1984,
    19) Cebu Thermal Power Plant completed in 1981,
    20) Palinpinon 1 Southern Negros Geothermal production Field completed in 1983.
    Not mentioned are diesel plants


    Cory Aquino, Ramos, Estrada, Gloria Macapagal, Ninoy Aquino III in 26 years—–
    1) ZERO – every new power plant built During their time were all privately Owned ( mostly by Lopezes, AboitIz, Aquino And Cojuanco Family) and is now owners of some Power Plants completed during Marcos.

    Marcos completed Bridge projects in 20 years
    1) Biliran Bridge150 meters long of Leyte, completed 1975
    2) Buntun Bridge 1369 meters long of Tuguegarao-Solana, Cagayan, completed 1974
    3) Candaba Viaduct Pulilan 5000 meters long of Bulacan-San Simon, Pampanga, completed 1976
    4)Mactan-Mandaue Bridge 864 meters long of Lapu-Lapu-Mandaue, Cebu 1972
    5) Magapit Suspension Bridge 449 meters long of Lal-lo, Cagayan completed 1978
    6)Mawo Bridge 280 meters long Victoria, Northern Samar completed 1970
    7) Patapat Viaduct 1300 meters long Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte completed 1986
    9)San Juanico Bridge 2060 meters long Tacloban, Leyte-Santa Rita, Samar. Completed 1973
    Not to mention the unnamed hundreds of bridges under 100 meters long.
    TOTAL LENGTH = 11472 meters long


    Cory Aquino, Ramos, Estrada, Gloria Macapagal, Ninoy Aquino III Combined completed Bridge projects in 26 years
    1)Agas- agas Bridge, Southern Leyte 350 meters long completed 2006
    2)Agat Bued Bridge, La Union 500 meters long completed 2010
    3)Bamban Bridge, Pampanga 174 meters long completed 1998
    4)Cansaga Bay Bridge, Cebu 640 meters long completed 2010
    5)Jones Bridge, Isabela 350 meters long completed 2008
    6)Macapagal Bridge, Agusan del Norte 907 meters long completed 2007
    7)Magat Bridge, Isabela 926 meters long completed 1991
    8)Marcelo Fernan Bridge, Cebu 1237 meters long 1999
    9)Narciso Ramos Bridge, Pangasinan 1442 meters long completed 1997
    10)Old Amburayan Bridge, Ilocos Sur 535meters long completed 2010
    11)Pantal Bridge, Pangasinan 380 meters long completed 2008
    TOTAL LENGTH = 7441 meters

    Marcos Established/Founded State Colleges/Universities in 20 years
    1)Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University in La Union founded in 1981
    2)Mariano Marcos State University in Ilocos Norte founded in 1978
    3)Kalinga-Apayao State College in Tabuk Kalinga founded in 1970
    4)Abra State Institute of Science and Technology in Abra founded in 1983
    5)Pangasinan State University founded in 1979
    6)University of Northern Philippines founded in 1965
    7)Philippine State College of Aeronautics founded in 1969
    8)Cagayan State University established in 1978
    9)Quirino State University established 1976
    10)Isabela State University established 1978
    11)Pampanga Agricultural College established 1974
    12)Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology-Calapan City established 1966
    13)Occidental Mindoro State College established 1966
    14)Palawan State University established 1965
    15)Bicol University established 1969
    16)Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges established 1983
    17)Rizal Technological University established 1969
    18)Technological University of the Philippines established 1971
    19)Capiz State University 1980
    20)Guimaras State College 1968
    21)Northern Negros State College of Science and Technology established 1971
    22)West Visayas State University became established as university in January 1986
    23)Leyte Normal University 1976
    24)SLSU- (Southern Leyte State University)- Sogod 1969
    25)SLSU- Hinunangan 1975
    26)SLSU- Tomas Oppus feb. 1 1986
    27)SLSU- Bontoc 1983
    28)SLSU- San Juan 1983
    29)Basilan State College 1984
    30)Western Mindanao State University became a university in 1978 followed with building the satellite campuses in..
    WMSU-Alicia campus, Zamboanga del Sur
    WMSU-Aurora campus, Zamboanga del Sur
    WMSU Curuan, Zamboanga City
    WMSU-Diplahan, Zamboanga Sibugay
    WMSU-Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay
    WMSU-Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay
    WMSU-Mabuhay, Zamboanga Sibugay
    WMSU-Malangas, Zamboanga Sibugay
    WMSU-Molave, Zamboanga del Sur
    WMSU-Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay
    WMSUOlutanga, Zamboanga Sibugay
    WMSU-Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur
    WMSU-Pitogo, Zamboanga del Sur
    WMSU-San Ramon, Zamboanga City
    WMSU-Siay, Zamboanga Sibugay
    WMSU-Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay
    31)Central Mindanao University established1965
    32)Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture and Technology established 1983
    33)Northwestern Mindanao State College of Science and Technology estbalished 1971
    34)Davao del Norte School of Fisheries established 1969 ( now known as Davao del Norte State College)
    35)Mati Community College (MCC) founded in 1972 ( now known as
    Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology)
    36)Malita Agri-Business and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology founded 1966 now known as
    37)Southern Philippines Agri-Business and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology
    38)University of Southeastern Philippines established 1978
    39)Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology established 1967
    40) Cotabato City State Polytechnic College established 1983
    41)Mindanao state university- Iligan city founded 1968
    42)Mindanao state university- Gensan city founded 1971
    43)Surigao del Sur State University founded 1982
    44)Surigao Del Norte School of Arts and Trades (Founded in 1969) now known as Surigao State College of Technology
    45)Sulu State College founded in 1982
    46)Tawi-Tawi Regional Agricultural College founded in 1975
    47)Adiong Memorial Polytechnic State College founded in 1970’s
    47 ( that i have found so far) out of 108 state universities and college are established and accomplished projects of FERDINAND E MARCOS. He also improved and re equipped the remaining colleges/ Universities that were established/ founded before 1965.


    Cory Aquino, Ramos, Estrada, Gloria Macapagal, Ninoy Aquino III combined Established/Founded State Colleges/Universities in 26 years
    1) ZERO– the remaining of 108 State Colleges/Universities are built and founded before 1965. They though renamed few Colleges and Universities and Refounded them after 1986.

    National Manpower and Youth Council (NMYC) founded 1976. Now changed to TESDA to discredit Apo Marcos.