Tuesday, April 1, 1986
'Black foul deed'
Marcos decries Aquino 'coup d'etat'
MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Ferdinand E. Marcos said yesterday that he was not corrupt but that President Corason C. Aquino is, and that he may return from excile to rescue Filipinos from a "monster bent on enslaving them.
The ousted president, who fled Feb. 26, commented in a message and a hand-written letter, calling himself a vistim of the "blackest of propaganda." He accused "elements of the American government" of helping oust him.
Presidential spokesman Rene Saguisag said Aquino greeted the comments "with typical calm and equanimity." He said Marcos, 68, may be allowed to return "in the distant future, but not just now."
"The greatest service Marcos has done to the Filipino nation is to leave it," Saguisag said. "He should not negate it by threatening to come back."
In a telephone statement from Honolulu, which the source said was taped yesterday, Marcos said: "We must wage war again against the monster who imposes slavery." The voice was clearly his.
A postscript to an eight-page letter dated March 21 and addressed to "My beloved Filipino countryment" in his home province, Ilocos Norte, said: "Death, yes, we will accept, perhaps, but slavery never, never, never."
Marcos told reporters in Honolulu on Sunday that he still consider himself president.
The letter was written on stationary of Malacanang Palace, which has become a museum to preserve what Aquino government calls the excesses of Marcos and wife, Imelda.
Marcos accused Aquino of allowing her followers to loot his palace and try on the hundreds of dresses Imelda left behind.
"There was looting not only by the poor but by the rich and powerful... The more outstanding ladies in the opposition started fitting and using the dresses of the first lady," he said.
"Cry, my beloved people... There is trouble abroad in the land, trouble that reaches into every corner."
A dog could be heard barking in the background as he spoke.
Marcos said the "coup d'etat" against him "was apparently helped by some of the elements of the American government," but he gave no names.
"In one message from the U.S. Embassy to the Office of Media Affairs, the duty officer in the U.S. Embassy threatened to use Marines, United States Marines, against Marcos to prevent President Marcos from utilizing his superior military power against the rebels," he said.
In Washington, the State Department issued a statement calling the allegation "absurd."
"At no time during these events did any U.S. official threaten to use military forces against forces loyal to Mr. Marcos or anyone else in the Philippines," the statement said.
Associates in Manila as saying he could have crushed the uprising that drove him out but did not want to shed blood. His tanks turned away from hundreds of thousands of people guarding rebel soldiers in two Manila military camps.
Marcos said he had insisted on being taken from the palace to Ilocos Norte, but that the U.S. Air FOrce took him instead to Clark Air Base and later to Guam. He said his personal luggage was opened and ransacked.
He has Philippine currency with him because he intended to go to Ilocos Norte, Marcos said. U.S. Customs Officials said he carried the equivalent of $1.2 million, which Marcos said on the tape was from campaign and personal funds.
Marcos denied several acts of corruption charged to him, including the purchase of property in New York and California. Philippine Officials claim that he and his associates plundered up to $10 billion during his 20-year rule.
"The plan was obviuos: blacken Marcos, alienate him from the people, destroy him with the blackest of propaganda," he said on the tape, blaming foreign news media and U.S. authorities for allegations that he won the Feb. 7 presidential election by fraud.
He accused Aquino of "looting the government for power, looting the government for vindictiveness; ad certainly the No. 1 looter protects her tribe. Today we see, in sadness and tragedy, dictatorship.
"Now the black foul deed is out. Absolute power, not just decree-making power, but absolute, unlimited power to abuse was after all the final objective."
"We do not intend to abandon our friends and loyal supporters, limited as our capabilities are now," he said. "GOd willing, we will see each other again ... You can be sure that we will see each other again."
He spoke in English in the tape. Parts of the letter were in English and others in Tagalog, the most widely spoken Philippine language.