Self-proclaimed “top Marcos loyalist” Lorenzo “Larry” Gadon, the lawyer of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who is also the head of the Pro-Duterte Constitutional Reformers to Federalism and the man behind moves to oust Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, on Friday said there was no reason to celebrate the 32nd anniversary of the EDSA people power revolt because one of its icons — the late former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino II — was a “traitor” to the nation.
Also, Gadon described the “few” people, including running priest Robert Reyes, who go to EDSA to commemorate the 1986 uprising as a bunch of idiots who allegedly failed to realize that the revolt did not lead to democracy, but in fact worsened the country’s problems, including the traffic congestion in Metro Manila and the rise in electricity rates.
“Para sa ‘kin parang tanga na lang at bobo ang nagpupunta sa EDSA...Ang EDSA one ang pinakamalagim na kasaysayan ng ating bansa…’yong traffic kagagawan ‘yan ng EDSA one…” Gadon said during an interview with DZRH’s Damdaming Bayan program with Cesar Chavez.
“‘Yong EDSA, iilan na lang pirasong tanga at bobo na nagpupunta d’yan,” he said, as Gadon also criticized Reyes’ praying and fasting at the People Power Monument along EDSA in Pasig City, claiming that the priest was just doing it “to attract attention.”
Three reasons why Ninoy is allegedly a traitor
Gadon cited the following reasons why Ninoy, the father of former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and the husband of Asia’s democracy icon and late former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino — allegedly became a traitor.
(1) Ninoy was allegedly the one who “facilitated” the meeting between Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria “Joma” Sison and rebel leader Bernabe “Ka Dante” Buscayno from Capas, Tarlac that paved the way for the two to form in 1969 the New People’s Army, the armed wing of the CPP.
(2) Ninoy allegedly thwarted in 1968 then President Ferdinand Marcos’ efforts in reclaiming Sabah from Malaysia because Ninoy purportedly “invented” the Jabidah Massacre or the the killing of Moro soldiers on Corregidor Island by members of the military in the same year and had the Philippines Free Press, whose publisher was Teodoro Locsin Sr., write about the alleged hoax.
According to Gadon, Ninoy didn’t want Marcos, his political opponent, to succeed in his efforts, thus he allegedly hatched a propaganda to make Marcos lose in his 1969 re-election bid.
“Ayaw kasi ni Ninoy na gumanda ang image ni President Marcos dahil kalaban n’ya sa pulitika…Sinakripisyo ni Ninoy ang kapanakan ng bansa” he said.
He claimed that if not for Ninoy’s propaganda, Marcos could have been able to reclaim Sabah and the country would have already been enjoying the territory’s rich resources. Gadon said the Philippine military at that time that Sabah was being claimed was more powerful that the forces of Malaysia because the then new nation federation was only established in 1963.
(3) Ninoy allegedly knew about the plan to bomb the Plaza Miranda in Manila but did not disclose the details about it until the bombing was carried out on August 21, 1971 during a political campaign rally of the Liberal Party. He said the incident was blamed on Marcos until reports came out that Joma Sison’s group was allegedly behind the explosion.
Gadon: Marcos was best president ‘is the majority’s opinion’
Gadon said that if Marcos, whom he claimed was “the country’s best president,” was able to continue his presidency, there would be no big problem on traffic as he would have been able to lay down infrastructures for growth that would have also addressed the country’s transport woes.
Also, Gadon claimed that if Marcos had stayed as the chief executive, electricity costs would not have ballooned because he had a nuclear power plant built in Morong, Bataan supposedly to address the country’s energy needs.
Asked by Chavez during his interview with DZRH if his belief that Marcos was the best president was a minority opinion, Gadon claimed that “it is the majority opinion” because Rodrigo Duterte, a Marcos loyalist, won the presidency, and the late strongman’s son, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., also won as vice president “despite the baseless attacks against his family.”