Family Divided By Turmoil In Philippines With PM-Philippines Bjt
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) _ A member of a prominent Filipino family opposes allowing Ferdinand E. Marcos to come to the United States, although she understands the former president of the Philippines had been a good friend to this country.
″I would like him to see what it feels like to be a man without a country,″ Maria Louisa Crame said today after Marcos resigned the presidency.
″Everybody is happy. I think this is going to be the start of a turn- around with the Philippines,″ said Mrs. Crame of the new government headed by Corazon Aquino.
Mrs. Crame is a U.S. citizen by virtue of her father’s service in the U.S. Navy, while her husband, radiologist Dr. Andres Crame, is a naturalized U.S. citizen. They have been in the United States about 15 years and have four children, all born here.
The Crame family name has been prominent in news about the political struggle in the Philippines. The rebel military leaders have made their headquarters at Camp Crame, named after a Spanish colonial general.
The situation in their homeland has been difficult for the Crames because they have relatives on both sides, Mrs. Crame said.
Her husband also opposed Marcos. To avoid any political arguments, the family steered clear of Prime Minister Cesar Virata, a distant relative of Mrs. Crame and a Marcos supporter, during a December trip to the Philippines.
Mrs. Crame has several relatives who worked for Virata. Her maiden name is Abueg, a family long active in politics in Cavite, her native province, and Rosario, her home town.
Her husband’s father, retired physician Amando Crame, is a close friend and former classmate of Arturo Tolentino, who was the vice presidential candidate on the Marcos ticket in the recent election.
″I’m sure Dad was very disappointed when Mr. Tolentino sided with Marcos,″ she said.
Although several relatives opposed Marcos, the only one to speak out publicly was Thomas Gomez III, a brother-in-law who is a spokesman in Hawaii for Mrs. Aquino. He has appeared several times on U.S. news programs in the past few days.
Mrs. Crame said she talked on the phone today with Gomez’ wife who is in Hong Kong. The Gomezes were exiled when Marcos imposed marshal law.
″I have made a pact with my sister-in-law that we will meet in the Philippines in five years,″ Mrs. Crame said.