Marcos Calls On Soldiers To Support Corazon Aquino With PM-Marcos, Bjt
MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ Ferdinand E. Marcos, speaking to a Manila radio station today from exile in Hawaii, called on Filipino soldiers to support President Corazon Aquino and the military leaders who helped overthrow him.
Referring to his successor repeatedly as ″Madame Cory Aquino,″ the ousted president said, ″I am ready to help even my opponent as long as she does not allow the leftist terrorist subversives to take over our country.″
Marcos, in a nearly hour-long live interview from Honolulu with radio commentator Rafael Yabut, said he had large property holdings in the Philippines, but denied stealing any public funds.
″Whatever my sins are against our country and our god, stealing money from our government and our people is not among them,″ said Marcos, speaking mostly in Tagalog.
Philippine officials contend Marcos and his associates plundered up to $10 billion during his 20-years reign.
Former first lady Imelda Marcos, also interviewed, sobbed repeatedly and said she and Marcos would not return to the Philippines if it would cause trouble.
Asked why 3,000 pairs of her shoes were found in Malacanang Palace after she left, Mrs. Marcos said she didn’t believe there were that many.
But she added, ″I don’t throw anything away, even old slippers. Those are shoes added up over almost 21 years.″
Marcos also appeared to break down at one point, as he talked about his 93- year-old mother, Josefa, who is confined in a government hospital.
″If my mother should die and I cannot witness her burial, then let my tears go with her,″ said Marcos, 68. ″I wish that whatever they do to us, they should not involve the poor old woman who knows nothing about what is happening.″
Mrs. Aquino’s government has said it will pay her past medical expenses.
Marcos asked government forces to support President Aquino, ″whatever our quarrels,″ and Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile and deputy armed forces chief Gen. Fidel V. Ramos.
The two defense officials led the military revolt that toppled Marcos and forced him abroad into exile on Feb. 26.
Mrs. Marcos said she was ″selfless for the Filipino people,″ and was not extravagant.
″People think we have hidden wealth. We just depend on the Filipino community here for our day-to-day needs ... if we had hidden wealth, we would not be doing this because it’s so shameful,″ she said.
Mrs. Marcos said the family in exile feels ″worse than prisoners″ and denied rumors in Manila that her 27-year-old son, Ferdinand Jr., known as ″Bongbong,″ had returned to the Philippines.
Asked if she and Marcos would return, she said, ″If we are needed. But we will not go back if it will cause trouble. We would rather die in hardship here than cause trouble in the Philippines.″