The Marcoses offer to return money PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 September 2017 13:53

By Remedios F. Marmoleño

The news on TV had PRRD saying, in his droll Pilipino, that Mrs. Imelda Marcos had offered to give to the country several millions ( or was it billions?) of the discovered Marcos loot. Her family was doing this out of consideration that the Philippines’ budget has been considerably  affected by the Marawi fighting and the  costs to the government this entailed.

The news anchor had some very cogent questions on this matter.

Is the offer an admission that the Marcoses did dip their hands into money that was not theirs but the country’s and they were now returning what they shouldn’t have taken in the beginning? It is a kind of round-about way of admitting to the theft.  If the money is truly theirs then the Marcoses deserve burial in  the Libingan ng mga Bayani , if not beatification.

However, if the money is indeed stolen money, stolen from our treasury, then the Marcoses should not continue to deny that they pilfered the money as claimed by our government. The sin of theft carries with it the need to restore what was stolen. Offering the money now is that restoration requirement.

I can’t help thinking that the offer is part of a quid pro quo arrangement between this administration and the permission to have Ferdinand Marcos buried in Libingan ng mga Bayani.

I am aware that politics is the art of the possible. But how far can we go in applying this to our moral life?  Should we simply carryout something that is possible even when knowing that there is a question of morality/ethics in the action that will be undertaken? We can’t always be the Don Quixote sparring with the windmills. At some point we have to say, “Up to here and no farther”. But where is that “here”?

That “here” is defined by the value system that we have made ours. Many of the recent events in our country bring up the question of our value system. Do we have one as a people? Has it been adequately defined? Have we made the effort to make sure that this value system is owned by all those who identify as Filipinos?

The bloody war against illegal drugs is a good place to examine whether we, as individuals, own this value system and have made it operational in our personal lives.

I do not have data on this matter and it is something that makes me wonder whether  Filipinos, as a whole , have bothered to define their personal value system. The death of so many in the bloody drug war continues and yet PRRD also continues to rank high in the approval ratings from Filipinos.