The paintings are yet another reminder of the Marcos’s long legacy of stolen wealth.
Along with the Bautista article was press on the deteriorating condition of Imelda’s shoe collection housed in a special museum in Marikina, Manila. It seems insects and moisture are destroying the shoes. For years now, photos of the thousands of pairs of Imelda’s designer shoes have been synonymous with the Marcos’s decade’s long rape and pillage of the Philippine economy.
|Clark Air Base F-4's in the 1980's|
The U.S. urged Marcos to leave peacefully and not use his military and violence to suppress the demonstrators. Washington sent Clark-based fighter aircraft in low level “shock and awe” flights over Manila, hoping that the roar of the jet engines would persuade Marcos that U.S. military forces were supporting the opposition. Finally, after calls from President Reagan, who had a close relationship with the Marcos’s – Ferdinand, Imelda and family agreed to leave the country.
|Before the revolution|
|After the revolution|
Right after the revolution, a buddy and I traveled to Manila and scammed our way into a tour of the looted former-presidential palace. It was quite an eye opener seeing the opulence in which the Marco’s lived— juxtaposed with the sea of impoverished people squatting in Manila.