Residents Promise Aloha To Deposed Philippines President
HONOLULU (AP) _ Some residents of an exclusive section of the city where Ferdinand Marcos is expected to move say they would welcome the deposed Philippines president as a neighbor.
Neighbors and reporters spent much of the day outside the home, anticipating his arrival. But Marcos remained at Hickam Air Force Base late Wednesday, said Lt. Col. Jason Leader, U.S. Pacific Command spokesman.
The house is owned by Jerry and Jeannette Kent, who were on the U.S. mainland and were expected to remain there for several months, KHON-TV reported.
The station said Marcos’ daughter Irene and her husband, Gregorio Araneta, rented the house in the exclusive Kahala section on March 6.
The property has a small backyard with a pool and is separated by a fence from the Waialae Country Club, where the Hawaiian Open is held. Other members of the Marcos’ party may move to a house a few doors away and owned by one of Marcos’ nieces, the television station said.
Residents of Waiholo Street appeared generally receptive to Marcos as a new neighbor.
″I’m open minded, I’ll have to wait and see,″ said Meade Wildrick Jr., who lives next door. ″We’ll give a bit of Aloha and see what happens.″
″If he’s welcome to live in this country, he’s welcome to live in this neighborhood,″ added Nancy Boyle, another Waiholo Street resident.
Her son David said he didn’t mind Marcos moving in as long as all the attention doesn’t interfere with his lifestyle.
″I won’t mind as long as it’s not this chaotic,″ he said. ″If they bring guards and Secret Service men in, if we can’t walk up the sidewalk, I wouldn’t like that.″
When Marcos arrived in Hawaii on Feb. 26, speculation centered on two houses in the Makiki Heights area of the city as a potential new home for the Marcoses.
The two homes are held in the names of wealthy Filipino friends of Marcos, but are probably owned by Marcos, said Jovito Salonga, head of the Philippine’s Commission on Good Government, who is in the United States to try and recover wealth removed from the Philippines by Marcos.