“We will be remembered for what we give and not what we keep,” Matthew Manotoc

By Abner Galino

Ilocos Norte Board Member Matthew Marcos Manotoc shakes hand with Bernie Ganon, manager of the Filipino Cultural Center, as he enters the building in Los Angeles before the start of his meet and greet affair. Photo by Bobby Crisostomo

QUOTING her grandmother former First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos, Ilocos Norte Board Member Matthew Marcos Manotoc told a group of Filipino Americans that “we will be remembered for what we give and not what we keep.”

This was how the scion of the re-emerging Marcos clan ended his brief speech before an audience of Filipino Americans at the Filipino Cultural Center (FCC) in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday night.

On behalf of my family and I, to those who have supported my family throughout the years, thank you very much. We really appreciate you and we cannot express how grateful we are to your support. It inspires us, your loyalty to my family and I, is the reason why my family and I continue to serve,” Manotoc told the crowd.

And to those who do not support my family, I thank you too,” Manotoc paused as the crowd burst into laughter, “no, seriously — for you are a testament of a relatively healthy democracy where a healthy discord must occur and where a healthy debate and disagreement must ensue.”

Manotoc went on to promote the impending senatorial run of his mother Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos.

I hope that the Filipino community can get behind her and elect another Marcos in the senate,” Manotoc said.

Seeing all of you is a pleasant reminder that the Filipino is truly world-class and you are all living proof of that. I hope someday, you will return home to the Philippines to help our people. It is good people like you who have the knowledge and experience that Filipinos can really benefit from.”

He ended his speech by quoting his grandmother Imelda on the virtue of giving.

Before Manotoc delivered his speech, three persons that included writer and activist Fe Koons bravely picketed the Filipino Cultural Center to protest the presence of the Marcos scion in Los Angeles.

The protester held placards denouncing alleged atrocities committed by former President Ferdinand Marcos, particularly for plunder and human rights abuses.

We are here because we are protesting the meet and greet for Matthew Marcos Manotoc, the son of Imee Marcos, the grandson of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos,” Koons told Weekend Balita and Beyond Deadlines as they held anti-Marcos placards in front of the Filipino Cultural Center.

They still (Marcos family) want to promote their political dynasty. Ferdinand Marcos killed thousands of people,” Koons said.

I know that Imee is going to run as a senator. I hope the Filipino people would realize that the Marcoses need to step down.”


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Abner Galino
The author is a poet and a writer. He was a cultural worker before he became a reporter for Tinig ng Masa and Malaya Midday Edition during the Marcos regime. He later became a reporter of People's Tonight shortly after 1986 EDSA Revolution. He went on to become its Chief of Reporters, City Editor and News Editor. He retired after 15 years in the Journal Group of Publications. He now writes for Weekend Balita and the US Asian Post (USAP), weekly Filipino-American newspapers based in Los Angeles, California.

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