How a failed ideology such as Communism, still continues to gather support defies any human logic. And while former Senator Ninoy Aquino may have belonged to the Liberal Party, He was also known to have close ties to a number of communists, such as the Huks. Whether or not he may have actually been a communist no longer seems to matter now, although his brother Butz, who was the president of the Socialist Party of the Philippines, would later admit Ninoy definitely had socialistic leanings. Butz also knew of key players inside the CIA and invited them to weekly meetings at his house where Jess Lava, one of Huks top leaders, was always present, considering his advisory position. They wanted the American’s out, arguing that as long as their bases were in the Philippines, they would always interfere in their internal affairs. Later, Butz led the fight in the Senate to argue against renewing the lease in Subic Bay. Timing couldn’t have been more perfect for the Philippines, as Clark Air Base had become near useless after the recent eruption of Mount Pinatubo.
The Americans never trusted Ninoy Aquino. This was mostly due to his contacts with the Left. Evan the CIA had already branded him a “commie” and doing so had forced Ninoy to return to the Philippines because Harvard wouldn’t renew his fellowship, thanks to the FBI submitting a report to then Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis that Ninoy had been building communist cells in Boston. Dukakis then passed the report to Harvard, upon which Ninoy’s fellowship was promptly terminated.
To date, the CIA believes Marcos had absolute zero to do with the assassination of Ninoy Aquino. Citing it as nothing more than a family feud, mostly over economic interests. Ninoy and his then brother-in-law Danding Cojuangco been constant, bitter rivals. Ninoy’s wife Cory had been advised of what the Americans had believed of her husband. Yet she brushed it aside saying, “Let sleeping dogs lie.” She knew the truth and it was one of the primary reasons she never pursued an investigation into her husband’s still mysterious death. For the Aquinos this allowed them the political convenience (along with their liberal and leftist allies), of continually demonizing the Marcos family. A clan whom they see allied with current Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte.
Eventually it became convenient for former President Noynoy Aquino and his Liberal Party minions to impeach former Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona, as well as detain former President Gloria Arroyo, and did so simply because both had wanted to dismantle (per an agreed upon deal signed in 1959) their massive land holdings, in and around Hacienda Luisita. In Philippine politics it has always been financial and economic interests prevailing over national interests.
The Aquino, Liberal Party love triangle with the Left continues to this day. While their ideals don’t seem eye-to-eye, they have currently joined forces against President Duterte. Haven’t they opposed martial law in Mindanao? Didn’t Senator Risa Hontiveros praise Communist leader Joma Sison as her hero? Even some Liberal associate blog sites posing as pro-Duterte have proven ties to Joma and remain sympathetic to the Leftist cause?
- Too much politics
- Too many economic interests
- Too much hypocrisy
- Too much distortion of Philippine history
- Too much hatred
Just a few of the many reasons as to why the Philippines remains to this day, a heavily divided nation. In fact, more divided than at any other time in its history. The Marcos era included.