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Why Imelda Marcos Was At A Mass For Martial Law Victims

There's a simple explanation for EDSA 30's most awkward moment
by Andrei Medina | Feb 26, 2016
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Former First Lady Imelda Marcos was cast into an embarrassing situation after she unknowingly attended a Wednesday mass at the Baclaran Church intended for victims of Martial Law.

Marcos’ aide Ricardo Malasa admitted that he and the Ilocos Norte Representative, who is a devotee of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help, were unaware of the situation, GMA News reported.

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“Every Wednesday po talaga kami nagma-mass doon kasi nagno-novena kami for nine consecutive Wednesdays. Pang-third Wednesday na kami kahapon,” said Malasa.

Marcos who sat on a wheelchair in front of the altar was reportedly “stoic” and “unmoved” as she heard the testimonies from victims of Martial Law recounting their ordeals.

Aside from this, she sat through the homily where the impact and significance of the EDSA Revolution on Philippine democracy was discussed.

Nagtaka po kami kasi sa mass nagpasaring sa Martial Law," added Malasa. "Nung malapit na matapos 'yung mass, ang daming media.”

Hindi namin akalain ganun pala 'yun. Nung sinabi sa kanya may EDSA event sabi niya (Imelda) 'Sige lang at may pinagdadasal tayong lahat.'”

Marcos reportedly left after communion, ignoring the Martial Law exhibit displayed there.

February 25 marks the 30th Anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution that ousted former president Ferdinand Marcos from power.


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