Former Vice President Salvador "Doy" Laurel visited the dying former President Ferdinand Marcos in Honolulu, Hawaii on February 3, 1989. It's an invitation from his wife, Imelda, who informed Laurel that the former President wanted to talk to him before he dies.
According to Laurel, Marcos has highly confidential message to former President Corazon "Cory" Aquino. He wants to die in his country telling, "I will turn over 90 percent off all my wordly possessions to our people. I will ask only 10 percent for my family. That is much better than what her relatives have been proposing."
However, when Laurel went back to Manila, Aquino refused to see him because "she was busy".
This is the reason why in his book, the former Vice President said:
Cory's refusal to receive Marcos' message was perhaps her biggest mistake.READ ALSO: Distortions Corrected: What Filipinos Do Not Know About Marcos, Cory and FVR, Exposed!
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"CORY'S BIGGEST MISTAKE"
One of Doy Laurel's most unforgettable trips as vice president, he recalled in "Neither Trumpets Nor Drums," was the time he visited the dying Ferdinand E. Marcos in Honolulu, on invitation of Imelda who informed him that the former President wanted to talk to him before he dies.
"Please tell Mrs. Aquino to stop sending her relatives," Doy quoted the dying Marcos as complaining that Cory's relatives "are proposing so many things..."
"Tell her," Doy continued to quote Marcos, "to let me come home. I will turn over 90 percent off all my wordly possessions to our people. I will ask only 10 percent for my family. That is much better than what her relatives have been proposing."
When Vice President Laurel went back to Manila, he tried to seek an audience with Cory Aquino to transmit Marcos' highly confidential message to her, but Cory refused to see her own vice president because "she was busy," although, later Doy was told that she had allotted an hour to Tom Cruise, the American movie actor.
Cory's refusal to receive Marcos' message, according to Vice President Laurel, "was perhaps her biggest mistake. Had she received the message openhandedly, and studied it carefully, she might have obtained enough money to pay off half of our foreign debt and only 20 percent of the budget would have to be set aside for debt service. The other 20 percent of the budget would freed billions of pesos for infrastructure, roads, peace and order, education, etc."
FOR FURTHER READING:
1. Laurel, Salvador H. Neither Trumpets Nor Drums. Quezon City: PDM Press Inc., 1992
2. McDougald, Charles. Asian Loot: Unearthing the Secrets of Marcos' Yamashita and the Gold. San Francisco Publishers, 1993
3. Aruiza, Arturo. Ferdinand E. Marcos: Malacanang to Makiki. Quezon City: ACA Enterprises, 1991