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Imelda Marcos wins a seat in Congress

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It was with amazement, amusement and quite a bit of horror that I read that Imelda Marcos and clan look to further their power once again in The Philippines.

tt would seem that Imelda's son, who held a seat in Congress has given up this seat and run for a seat in the Senate. Imelda, at the ripe old age of 80, has replaced her son in this position. Imelda also has a daughter running for Governor.

I remember first being introduced to Imelda on the Clive James show many years ago, and quickly realising this was a woman who had very little connection with reality, no remorse for the atrocities committed under her husbands regime and a steadfast view that she was above all, and therefore entitled to be in power. At that time I believe she was running for President, for in which she ultimately failed.

Is it only myself that has formed the impression that the Philippine population has an ambivalent attitude to this series of developments? Am I missing something? How on earth could this come about?

The Marcos children have been successful in foiling numerous attempts to retrieve billions of dollars that have probably been obtained through ill-gotten measures. In fact a ruling in June last year found that the government had made an error in confiscating $310 million worth of her jewellery, whilst thousands of victims of human rights violations are yet to be paid the compensation the are due.

I urge you to read the BBC article.com and watch the video contained within.

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Seems that she is mostly

Seems that she is mostly senile now....

Why does the media insist on continuously referencing her shoes? Who cares about that now? Why must we keep bringing it up? There are so many more interesting facets of the woman to discuss.

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Shoes fascination

I think that reason the media always refers to her shoes is due to the fact that it will gain attention, and in doing so ensure media sales. Nobody in the West seems to give two hoots about the fact that she has been returned to a position of power, but they will read with delighted horror about the many shoes that she had (I believe they are in a museum for public viewing now). How fickle we are!