Doy Laurel: Forgotten patriot of Edsa I


CONSTANT GARDENER The late former Vice President Salvador Laurel raises Edsa I’s famous “L” for “Laban” sign on the campaign trail for the Cory-Doy tandem during the “snap election” in 1986. To his left is wife Celia Diaz-Laurel. INQUIRER PHOTO

(Second of a series)

SAN PEDRO, Laguna—The wild tree atop a hill overlooking the bustling town of San Pedro, as well as Laguna de Bay had always fascinated the late Salvador “Doy” Laurel as he traveled the highway.

He did not know who owned the place, said his widow, Celia Diaz-Laurel. Only that he wanted it. So he bought it. And after President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law in 1972, padlocked Congress and made Laurel, then a senator, jobless, he had all the time in the world to turn the terraced sprawl into a leafy Shangri-la.

He built a house there, and constructed a chapel beside the majestic tree locals called Himbabao, Broussonetia luzonica of the mulberry family. “He liked the place and would come here. He planted all the trees,” said Celia.

She recalled that her husband used to quote to her a popular saying: To be a man, one has to plant a tree, bear a son, write a book. “He was smug,” she said. He had done all those things and more. “I planted so many trees,” he would say. “I am the Lord’s gardener.”

Laurel wanted to build a library on the four-hectare property but never got around to it. He died at the age of 75 on Jan. 28, 2004, after a prolonged battle with cancer, in California.

Little of what Laurel did for the People Power on Edsa are talked about these days.


Military rebels

Laurel was with Cory Aquino in Cebu City when the four-day uprising against Marcos began on Feb. 22, 1986. They had just launched a civil disobedience campaign after the dictator claimed victory in a fraud-marred snap election.

From his notes in the book “Doy Laurel” which Celia wrote, we learned that while Cory went to the Good Shepherd convent for security reasons, Laurel took a private plane to Manila via Calatagan in Batangas province. On Feb. 23, Laurel arrived at businessman Enrique Zobel’s Calatagan private airfield after a nearly three-hour flight, before getting on a helicopter to Manila.

At Camp Aguinaldo, held by military rebels, Laurel met with then Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile and Gen. Fidel V. Ramos.

“They asked me to go on radio to appeal for more people to gather at Edsa,” Laurel recalled. “I made the appeal to MM (Metro Manila) and Southern Tagalog. Edsa People Power swelled.”

The following day, Laurel met Cory in her sister Josephine’s house and talked about taking their oaths. “I told her we must take our oath today,” Laurel wrote. “She agreed and asked me to make all the arrangements. I decided on Club Filipino. I invited opposition leaders and local and foreign media.”

Cory’s misgivings

Cory, however, had her misgivings about Club Filipino. “She said Club Filipino was too fragile and vulnerable to attack from Marcos men. She asked to see my father’s house,” Laurel wrote, adding that Cory was impressed and wanted it as a venue for their oath-taking.

[Laurel’s landmark ancestral white house was in Mandaluyong City.]

Laurel wrote that he told Cory: “But if FM [Ferdinand Marcos] will really attack us, he will attack us wherever we are. Besides, it may not be able to accommodate 2,000 political leaders and media people we expect. Likewise we have already announced the plan to the press.”

They later agreed to take their oaths at 9 a.m. on Feb. 25 at Club Filipino.

300 Batangueños

Laurel arrived before 9 a.m. at Club Filipino. By 11 a.m., Cory was still nowhere in sight. Cory told Laurel that Enrile had warned her not to go. “He said we will all be killed there,” Laurel quoted Cory as saying.

Laurel called Enrile and assured him that they would be safe. “Johnny, there is no problem about security there. I’ve taken care of that. I have about 300 Batangueños ready to protect us. We cannot show any fear at this time.”

After a brief invocation, Laurel took his oath as Vice President of the Philippines before his former professor and dean at the UP College of Law, Vicente Abad Santos.

Cory then took her oath as President.

Husband’s legacy

Years later, recalling Laurel’s wish to build a library, Celia said it hit her that she would set up instead a museum that would showcase her husband’s legacy. This was after she decided to sell the sprawling house her husband built on Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong, beside a swank golf course. A high rise condominium nearby had deprived her of privacy.

The buyer agreed to her request that she dismantle piece by piece Laurel’s study there and put it together in the rambling ranch-style home cum library her husband had envisioned in San Pedro.

“So many historic meetings were held here,” Mrs. Laurel said in an interview in the reconstructed office. “So I asked the buyer if I could take all the materials and have them moved here. It was good that they agreed.”

He had taken many books and memorabilia to the house in his windswept redoubt. Celia, who had fulfilled a deathbed wish of her husband that she should write his life’s story, knew that one day she would build his library.

Museum, library

The books on the shelves lining one wall are as Laurel had arranged them, said Celia, now wheelchair bound from a leg injury. There’s his dark mahogany desk at one end, near the window, behind which stands an urn containing Laurel’s ashes brought home after his cremation in California.

The museum was inaugurated last January on Laurel’s ninth death anniversary.

The event took place as the Department of Education and the National Historical Commission pondered ways of including a study of the martial law years in the school curriculum in a way that would allow the young to make an impartial judgment of that period that roiled the nation decades ago.

Laurel’s journey

Almost half the nation’s 100 million population were yet unborn at the time. Already, revisionist accounts of that dark chapter have emerged. The memoir of Enrile, chief martial law enforcer of Marcos, is one such narrative.

Laurel comes alive here in his sanctuary—in eight video walls painstakingly put together by his wife and grandsons Javier Delgado and Joaquin Laurel.

The film clips capture his journey as a precocious son of the country’s wartime president; as a disciplined student who earned his law degree from the University of the Philippines and later masters and doctorate from Yale; as a lawyer and pauper litigant; as a senator;  as an opposition leader and presidential aspirant; as vice president, prime minister, foreign minister and forlorn castaway in the Corazon Aquino era; as a Filipino who, in the words of political commentator Nestor Mata, “enriched the country with his great love … and passionate defense of its democracy.”

Gat Masungit

The mosaic traces the origin of the Laurel clan from Gat Masungit, the surly son of a sultan in Brunei. Wanderlust saw the prince with a terrible temper sail to islands in the north, finally settling in a beautiful bay he called Batangan, where lies a placid lake with an occasionally fiery volcano in its midst.

One wall has an account of several incidents in 1966. A man’s bullet-riddled body was found stuffed in a garbage bin in Parañaque City. His widow pointed to a policeman as the killer. Being poor, she could not bring the culprit to court.

At the behest of Justice Roman Ozaeta, president of the Philippine Bar Association, Laurel took up the case, pro bono, and got the policeman convicted in a trial that riveted the nation. Soon Laurel was swamped with pleas for help to pursue cases of police brutality, prompting him, again at the prodding of Ozaeta, to assemble the best and the brightest lawyers of the land to handle the cases.


And so Laurel’s Citizen’s Legal Aid Society of the Philippines (CLASP) was born.

The case of Parisio Tayag put Laurel’s lawyers in the spotlight, in the same manner as the Tunisian who burned himself to death in December 2010 in a protest at his treatment by police sparked the Arab Spring, the extraordinary pro-democracy rebellions that convulsed the Middle East.

An impoverished jeepney driver in Dinalupihan, Bataan, Tayag figured in a minor traffic accident. A policeman tried to get him to cough up P300. The man offered P30, the only money he had. An argument ensued. The policeman drew his gun, Tayag pulled out his knife, but ran away instead, sensing prudence the better part of valor. A chase followed, joined by five other policemen.

Cornered in the town plaza, Tayag was shot dead. His widow, pregnant with their sixth child, lost her baby, and her mind. Laurel prosecuted the policemen. Within a month he had another 200 cases to handle.

Justice for the poor

That same year, Laurel ran for a Senate seat under the battle cry “justice for the poor” and was elected in a landslide vote.

Laurel was one of the bright lights in the Senate of old, where wizened patriots, all presidential timber, chartered the course of the nation that in the 1960s was thought of as the country in Asia next to Japan where an economic miracle would happen. He was talked about, in the same breath as Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, as a potential presidential candidate in the 1973 elections.

But Marcos, citing leftist and rightist conspiracies to topple the republic and the need to reform society, clamped the nation under martial law in 1972, jailed his political opponents and closed down newspapers and other media facilities. A simmering communist insurgency gained strength, attracting young cadres at the forefront of the First Quarter storm in 1972 that roused politicians in hibernation.

Opposition to Marcos reached its peak in 1983 when Ninoy Aquino was assassinated on his return from self-exile in the United States. Marcos had allowed Aquino, who had been under detention for nearly eight years, to undergo heart surgery in the United States on a promise he would go back to his jail cell.

‘Pact with the devil’

Aquino ignored the deal, saying a “pact with the devil is no pact at all.” But he came back to rally a fractured opposition and try and talk to a lupus-stricken Marcos to call an election to avert a fate similar to strife-torn El Salvador or Nicaragua. He was shot dead after his plane landed in Manila.

Three years earlier, Laurel himself had organized above-ground political opposition, cobbling together a dozen disparate groups under the United Nationalist Democratic Organization, or Unido, and offering an alternative to armed groups seeking the violent overthrow of Marcos. As protests over the Aquino assassination widened, Marcos stunned the nation with a surprise announcement that he was calling a snap election in three months, on Feb. 7.

At the Araneta Coliseum in December, packed with 25,000 supporters, Laurel was named the Unido’s presidential candidate. But soon Unido fell apart as calls were made among the opposition ranks he called the “gathering of Davids” for Ninoy’s hugely popular widow Corazon to contest the presidency.

At the last minute, Laurel, looking at the example of his father who stepped aside for Ramon Magsaysay in 1953, gave way to Cory Aquino and ran as her vice president. The event moved the Archbishop of Manila, Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, to say upon Laurel’s death: “He gave of himself so completely to the quest and helped recover freedom for the people, not by forwarding himself, but by volunteering to slay his own personal ambition.”

All of those events are portrayed in the video walls in the programmed walk through a forgotten political persona.

Officially, Cory lost the fraud-marred 1986 balloting. The breakaway of Enrile and Ramos two weeks later in the midst of her civil disobedience campaign sparked the People Power revolution that ousted Marcos and installed the widow as president, with Laurel as her vice president.

As she had promised, Cory appointed Laurel as her prime minister and concurrent foreign minister. She had told him all she wanted was to get rid of Marcos and that she would step down after two years and hand to him the reins of government.

Soon after she took power, Aquino abolished the Constitution and declared a revolutionary government without consulting Laurel, who was effectively stripped of his post as prime minister. But he soldiered on, ever true to the dream he had given up everything for, quietly nursing his wounds.

Parting of ways

In September that year, Laurel unburdened himself to Cory, not as a political partner but as Ninoy’s childhood friend, of the promises unkept, in a Palace meeting in the presence of her mother-in-law Dona Aurora Aquino, brother-in-law Butch Aquino and her brother Jose Cojuangco.

“Cory looked down and gave a halting reply,” Laurel, writing in his diary,  said in reply to his question about what had happened to those promises. “I was told that the Edsa revolution … erased all those promises,” he quoted the President.

As he stood up to leave, Cory asked what he would do. He replied, “I want this government to succeed. I don’t want it to fail. I’ve worked so hard, sacrificed so much, to bring it to power. I’ll wait for a year. I’ll support you when you’re right. I’ll disagree with you when you’re wrong.”

Friends who had visited the museum shed a tear on entering the study, said Celia. She said students from the San Pedro elementary school, who came for the initial tour recently, came away impressed. “One said it was very inspiring. One of them said I’m glad to be a Filipino,” she said.

“This is what we want to evoke. If we inculcate in them love of country, then there’s hope in the future … They never knew who Doy was.  I know how he felt about the country. I know how he sacrificed, and then suddenly, they’re going to erase him from history,” she said.

Never vindictive

Daughter Suzie Laurel-Delgado recalls in a published article how her father was “never vindictive towards those who maligned him and dishonored agreements, those who betrayed and abandoned him.”

“He suffered the stabs of ingratitude in silence and still managed to smile while the rest of us wept over the many undeserved injustices heaped upon him.”

And she quoted her father telling her, “In the end, it is not money, position or power that matters—it is your faith in God, the love of your family and the continuing concern for your country.”

Old world of honor

At the relaunching last month of a book on Laurel by the novelist Nick Joaquin, former Rep. Teddy Boy Locsin Jr., a relative of Celia, was asked to introduce the late author and star writer in his father’s influential Free Press magazine of the pre-martial law days. Locsin, Cory Aquino’s speech writer, used the occasion to speak about an honored tradition his father had taught him: Never attack or in any way hurt a man who breaks bread in your house.

“The Laurels, of course, were worthy of this tradition, because through many long years of their fame, fortune and power, no Laurel ever did anything but serve our country with distinction, with honor and integrity.

“When Ninoy ran from his prison cell against Imelda Marcos (in 1978), Tito Doy organized a massive noise barrage. We showed the world how the Filipino people would vote the next day even if their votes would not be counted. Tito Doy, his nephews, I think one or two of his kids, and I would spend the night in jail,” Locsin said.

“The 1986 Freedom Constitution was drafted in Tito Doy’s house, in his library. He never imposed his views but if we had listened to his advice, we would have saved our country destruction and anarchy.  He wanted a symbolic reopening of the Senate that Marcos had padlocked. He even had the wood. He wanted it nailed back unto the Senate door again and then have it torn away and the Senate reopened to clearly establish the link between the Old Republic and our New Democracy. I pleaded for his idea, but I was defeated and the result was one coup attempt after another.

“When Tito Doy passed away, that world, that old world of honor passed away with him. It is fitting that the man of those times and a talent without peer should have written his life’s story and that it should reappear in a format worthy of the writing and of the life it celebrates.” With a report from Inquirer Research

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  • Touch_Me_, Nuts!

    SADLY, Doy Laurel did not previse the trouble that would
    arise from Cory’s den after he was conveniently used. In the end, EDSA 1 was
    just another tragedy in the annals of PH history, and Cory still failed many
    who depended on mirage and illusion for solutions.  Mr. Pnoy now wants to recycle the same worn-out
    story to equally unsuspecting Filipinos, and hopes to cash-in on it on the next
    elections.  Okay, what gives!   

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ERCCN5ANNNF7BEBFMYXR6ALGRU Dan

      blah blah bah. the Laurels are politically dead, and you know why?

      • Touch_Me_, Nuts!

        a philippic that knows no bound from this poor soul, and never gets tired of it. blimey!

      • Touch_Me_, Nuts!

        Plan and start something with a Filipino, and chances are you will be on both sides at the end. Seldom a  job is ever completed up to the end because of constant bickering along the way. For lack of real good memories, there’s much sadness in the heart of many Filipinos. For that it’s just a sad fact of life that for the most part a Filipino wants to be just different, never knowing what he really wants. It’s dangerous and it cannot be depended upon working together. A Filipino is never used to a good team work because fear is always at the back of his head. A constant trauma that resides in the subconscious.

    • 12JEM

      EDSA I saw the transformation of one form of misgovernance to another form of misgovernance.

      Our country is still a Madhouse….of those who are not free because they are still very hungry.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AHUQMVWMTD7V2F3LVB6PO3HJZE jb_galvez926

    I am Doy Laurel!

  • farmerpo

    Out of sight, out of mind. Inversely, Marcos is alive and well. Tragic Pinoy mindset. 

  • cogito728sum

    Simply excellent journalism boy.  Merci!

    • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

      Almost excellent, save for three horrible errors:

      1) “The museum was inaugurated last January on Laurel’s ninth death anniversary.”
      The Salvador Laurel Museum and Library was inaugurated last 18 November 2012, not January of this year. What happened last month was the relaunch of his biography, “Doy in Profile” written by Nick Joaquín.

      2) “The event moved the Archbishop of Manila, Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, to say upon Laurel’s death…”
      My golly. Gaudencio Rosales was not yet the archbishop of Manila during that time. It’s supposed to be the late Jaime Cardinal Sin.

      3) “At the relaunching last month of a book on Laurel by the novelist Nick Joaquin…”
      I deem it inappropriate to tag Joaquín simply as a novelist. My golly, he has written very few novels. But he did write a number of short stories and poems. His biographies outnumber the novels he wrote. So the best way to refer to Joaquín is that he is a National Artist for Literature.

      • cogito728sum

        Very good job Pepito.  Inadvertence they maybe they still need to be corrected. I surmise there could be a missing connective somewhere or maybe an editing oversight.  I know this writer was already with UPI when we were together in college.  And I can vouch for his accuracy.  He was the editor-in-chief of our school organ even when still in high school.  Very unassuming too. This Nick Joaquin, was he not the same superb writer as Quijano de Manila? Is he still around?  Oh how I admire him so much.  Just like Renato Constantino.

        Keep the good job kiddo, keep the good job. Estoy muy orgulluso de ti.  Merci!

      • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

        Gracias. All writers are not perfect. That’s why there are editors. So I put the blame on the editors, not on your writer friend.

        Nick Joaquín, sadly, is no longer around. He joined the Lord in 2004. But I do not agree that he be compared to Conrado de Quiros or any other writer. This doesn’t mean to say that Conrado is not a good writer; he’s excellent with the pen as well. It’s just that Nick is incomparable to any other writer. Even the late great poet José García Villa would have agreed with me if he were to read this.

        Gracias por las palabras amables. Un saludo.

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    I always had a high regard for Doy Laurel until 1992. Anyone who watched the presidential debate in 1992 between the presidentiables will probably not have a good memory of Doy Laurel. He sucked and sucked in a big way. He got into a verbal tussle with Mitra and it descended to some inanity. I’m sure he did something for the country but I think the country was also better off with him gone from national politics after Cory’s equally disappointing presidency.

  • maypakialamtayo

    edsa 1 pwe! dyan nagsimula ang paghihirap ng bansa, dumami ang mga komunista sa kapatagan, lalong dumami ang nagbabalatkayong makabayan pero may sariling interest, yumaman ang mga mag-ka-kamag-anak, tumaas lahat ng presyo ng bilihin, lalong dumami ang walang hanap-buhay, lumala ang peace and order, walang namatay sa edsa 1, pero nang matapos ang sinasabing pagaaklas ay nagkaroon naman nang maramihang pagpatay sa mendiola, sa hacienda. tiyak sa anibersaryo nito ay lalala ang traffic.edsa 1? pwe! 

    • jeproks2002

      makakapagsalita ka kaya ng ganito kung nanatili ang pagpapatakbo ng gobyerno noon? puede ka kayang bumatikos sa mga nanunungkulan? the traffic in edsa will be the least of your worries.

  • Carlos_Iho

    Even with the nationalistic spirit displayed by Doy Laurel, Cory had the gall to call him “ang langaw.”  This should have been mentioned in this article to show the level of disrespect Cory had done to Laurel.

    • Usi Sero

      Mayroon palang pinagmanahan sa pananalita ang nasa palace ngayon.

      • dxdaistar

         ganoon ba?

      • Carlos_Iho

        Ang galing ng mga Aquino magkunwari.  Tingnan mo na lang kung paano nila tratuhin ang mga tao sa Luisita.  Hanggang ngayon pinagkakait pa rin ang karapatan sa lupa.  At kung makapagsalita…….

    • ApoNiLolo

      “Ang langaw” perched on the head of a carabao, thinks its a carabao.
      “Ang langaw”, like the butterfly, sits from one source to another to get the best they could get. The only difference between their preference is the odor.

      I think the analogy is apt! >: D


    GANYAN talaga ang buhay ng malinis at may dangal.  “The EVIL that men do live after them; the GOOD is oft interred with their bones.”  So let it be with Doy.  So let it be with Pepe Diokno.

    Si ferdie at glorie….habang-buhay na ma-aala-ala yan….basta’t may nangyaring di tama o may katiwalian….Marcos at Macapagal-Arroyo ang mababanggit at ma-aala-alang piho.

    • D_BystandeR

      Now I came to know and acknowledge how fitting and rewarding is that phrase from William Shakespeare: “The evil that men do live after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.” And this phrase really belongs squarely to these two great statesmen with the caliber of Doy Laurel and Ka Pepe Diokno during the turbulent years of our country being held hostage by that “power-hungry” Marcos. Who knows if martial law was not declared in 1972 by Marcos, Ninoy and Doy could have been given their rightful place among our country’s leading presidentiables. I’ve seen Doy several times in Cebu taking active role in several memorable occasions instilling the unrelenting fight for freedom together with the popular Inday Nita Cortez Daluz, a towering Cebu street parliamentarian during the Marcos regime. And I’ve read several articles detailing how close was Doy to Ninoy during their adolescent years. But the time after the EDSA I was an occasion tailored for the democratic icon Cory Aquino’s leadership to outshine everybody at that time. But nobody can rightfully desecrate the historical greatness of Doy Laurel whose accounts of his rapport with the poor in his readiness to help them in their time of need is like a precious gem that only exists in the hearts of a selected few. 

      • UrHONOR

        WELL stated and apropos.

        I’ve met and literally rubbed elbows with both great kabayans on many occasions being a student leader with NUSP, CONDA, and CEG and their presence alone was, to say the least, electrifying and contagious.  Speculatively, both intellectuals could have had been at the helm of the Philippine government, more so with Pepe Diokno who was blessed and endowed with a fiery and very charismatic personality.  Unfortunately and “thanks” to that monster nursed and nurtured by the “great” enrile, what might have had come to pass fizzled out like Palparan in the night. :) 

      • D_BystandeR

        I’m glad to know you were once connected to NUSP. And this student group was very popular during my time in USC, Cebu City in the early 60s. I cannot forget Edgar Jopson who led that group immediately prior to the declaration of martial law in 1972. When he went underground to fight the dictatorship I kept following his whereabouts in every newspaper that I could lay my hands on hoping I could read something on his heroic fight. Until finally, I found a sketchy report one day heralding his demise in the hands of Marcos’ “dogs” who kept hounding him relentlessly. I felt sad for him but for those who knew who he is in his unyielding quest for freedom and democracy, his memory as a gallant and heroic leader will live forever in our hearts!

      • UrHONOR

        USC is near and dear to my heart…many mid-year conferences of NUSP were held there and I still have a photo taken at the USC auditorium with USC’s logo on the podium.  You must know Vic Dumon…..I think his dad was a councilor or cong at that time…..ca.62.  Raul Roco was the Sec-Gen then…..with many of the politicians still current in attendance.  Some of them were Buboy Syjuco of UE, Rene Saguisag of SBC, Bert Fenix of ADM, Sonia Malasarte of SJC, Vicky Palanca and Tattie Licuanan of STC.  I always look for Maja Real when in Cebu….better than the dried mangoes of Guadalupe.  EdJop, dubbed  “the son of a grocer” by the sanamagan, came in later.  My cousin in Davao was an eyewitness on how he was gunned down while at the back while fleeing a military search.  There certainly are a lot of kabayans at or approaching heroic status who gave their lives that others may live.  One of them is Ever Javier of Antique.  Maayo dija sa Cebu, ‘bay!

      • D_BystandeR

        I am tickled with unusual gladness with your story. Vic Dumon’s father was a congressman at that time. He was a nice guy and I can still picture how he looks like in my mind. Rene Saguisag and Raul Roco became senators with exemplary records. I was in my 2nd year Commerce back then at that time. The maja real originally came from Liloan town in the North. I have a wide range of collection about the letters that Ninoy wrote during the martial law years where he was in captivity especially his letter addressed to Ka Taning Tanada and I got it from a classmate whose source was from the “undergound movement.” It was really exciting to look back at our bygone years. I am now 68 and I’ve been residing in the State of Illinois for more than a decade. During that time I was a Staff Member of the Carolinian. Best regards to you and your family.

      • UrHONOR

        INDEED, Vic was an excellent host then.  He let us use his dad’s car with a driver yet.  I remember James Lansang, Jess Medina, Mac Abbas, and another Atenista whose name I can’t recall went to this local resto for dinner.  Mac, being a Muslim, painstakingly specified no pork in the pansit.  When the dish came and everyone was helping himself to his plate, Mac spotted pork in the pansit and without any warning threw the pancit plate down as he was washing off the pork that landed in his mouth.  It was a nasty scene….but I can’t forget that event whenever Cebu is talked about.  My uncle used to be the GM of Compania Maritima and I’d spend many vacations in Lahug where my uncle’s house was built (Ynchausti subd???).

        I’d love to see the letters you mentioned and revisit the minds of those patriots during their ordeal.  I remember Carolinian, the official gazette of USC, as we were once featured in it.  I still have the clipping with me. I was once upon a time a member of the board of NUSP.  Nababoy na lang ng pangalan ni MDefensor.

        A friend just moved from Chicago to CA after having worked for decades with Ethan Allen Furnitures where the brother of Rahm Emanuel was an officer.  SF and Stkn have been homes to me but spend more time in PH as I consider it a place no other like it.  

      • D_BystandeR

        The priceless letters that I kept that bore the imprint of the grandiose thoughts of the late Ninoy Aquino while incarcerated during that long and weary 7 years plus in prison
        under the reign of that “heartless” dictator, I kept them all in my aparador. It was there
        untouched maybe for more than 20 years for I was busy then with my work as a family man to sustain our daily existence. But then when I retired from NAPOCOR in Dec. 1998 after working there for 22 years, I tried to check on the things that I stored inside that aparador and to my big surprise and disbelief, I noticed that some of those that I treasured most were already badly damaged by termites. Although it’s now gone but I still remember some of the unforgettable passages of Ninoy’s letter to Ka Taning Tanada where he mentioned the “rock of Gibraltar” as comparable to the unyielding courage that does not easily surrender even to the fierce test of man’s madness to perpetuate himself in power. His mastery shown in his letter about the trial at the Military Tribunal where he called the entire proceedings “an unconscionable mockery” is what I think the sublime capitulation of his outrageous disdain to the most inhuman treatment he suffered at the hands of Marcos. One passage I remember mentioned about the dictator’s longtime obsession to make him surrender “with bended knees and in shame.” But he remained resolutely unmoved to the human atrocities that he suffered that he almost died after his unforgettable “fasting” of 40 days where his life was almost snatched from him by a very excruciating pain in that unbelievable sacrifice and endurance. Constant prayers by “millions of his silent followers” with his deeply embittered and embattled family saved him from the brink of death. And the rest is history. Best regards to you and your loved ones.

      • UrHONOR

        Great recollection.  Thank you.  I remember some of the thoughts and events you mentioned when PDi published some of Ninoy’s letters to Cory and her daughters…. while incarcerated in Laur.  Very poignant and exuded raw passions of a human being. It’s really unfortunate that you lost the manuscripts to the anays or politicians. Same wishes to you and yours.

  • boybakal

    Doy Laurel: Forgotten patriot of Edsa I….

    Laurel means Batangas and not Vilma Santos..

  • http://inquirer.net unokritiko

    Sure!! he should be forgotten and buried forever!!
    For what he has done regrading clark together with tabaco Ramos, lots of money is corrupted by this two!
    And that I will never forget!!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VMPPKI7JOTE6OPR7LBGGUDAN3U Avenger

    magnanakaw din yan!

  • bogli_anakdami

    numero unong makapili ng flipland… noong ww2, binenta ng gung gong laurels ang mga flips sa mga sakangs…

    kaya ang kanilang milyones eh kinita doon sa ibinentang flips…


    >>>As she had promised, Cory appointed Laurel as her prime minister and concurrent foreign minister. She had told him all she wanted was to get rid of Marcos and that she would step down after two years and hand to him the reins of government.<<<

    THIS was a failed task for Cory and Doy.  The fruits of the deadly tree are ripening and headed to bear more seeds to fruit.  Maybe, what Cory and Doy failed to achieve, some one else might bring it forth to fruition.

    • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas


    • Carlos_Iho

      Cory tasted the fruit of the deadly tree, got addicted to it and refused to let go.

      • UrHONOR

        CORY tasted Makoy, the deadly tree, “and refused to let go”?  Naman……

  • Just_JT

    I believe more the biography of Dolphy.  Doy in a way harassed Pilar Pilapil to get her from Dolphy.  When Doy entered into the picture that was when Dolphy moved away from Pilar to avoid trouble.  Doy was just elected then as senator.

    • Andres Bonifacio

      Ano naman ang kinalaman nyan sa topic. Bakit si Juan Luna naging hero eh pinatay nya asawa nya saka mother-in-law dahil sa selos. Si Aguinaldo nanawagan sa mga kababayan natin na sumama sa mga hapon n’ong WWII naging hero din…

      • UrHONOR

        SI Reyes nga, e, nag-traydor, nagnakaw, saka nagpakamatay pa sa hiya, e, hero din…..

      • popeyee

        Lalo na si Enrile, after EDSA 1 naging hero din…

      • UrHONOR


  • tra6Gpeche

    If Mr. Doy Laurel was politically obsessed & selfish and
    did not give way to Mrs. Corazon Aquino, Mrs. Aquino might not become a
    Philippine President during those turbulent times and Mr. Marcos would still be
    the President, Dictator or Prime Minister for many more years and the current
    President, Mr. Noynoy Aquino would never become a Philippine President. As for
    Mr. Doy Laurel, he might have done some good things for the country but I don’t
    think he would ever be a Philippine President because he was not really that
    popular to the majority of Filipinos, poor and rich alike.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QWD6S7YWTH2W6AFFH4VVNIB2L4 Krissey

    will kris aquino the next beneficiary of EDSA after cory and pnoy dynasty?

    • dxdaistar

       huwag naman po. maawa na kayo!

    • Carlos_Iho

      with the mentality Pinoys have, it’s more likely….

  • dxdaistar

    Naku EDSA 1? Talagang mali si Marcos noon. The biggest failure he had was his decision to just step down. Eh anong nangyari? China wants to occupy our territories, Sabah binigay na lang sa Malaysia. wow!

  • akramgolteb

    Cory Aquino ang nagpalaki at nagdagdag ng mga bagong buwaya sa Pilipinas; Gloria Arroyo, Mike Arroyo, Nognog Binay, Ben Abalos, Danding Cojuangco, Ramon Mitra & sons at madami pang iba.

    • Carlos_Iho

      pinayaman uli ni Cory ang mga oligarchs…pinamigay ang ari-ariaan ng gobyerno sa mga mayayamang kaibigan katulad ng mga Lopez….di na yata tayo magigising…

  • feargo

    so now we know, cory had  no ‘palabra de honor’. how could edsa 1 erase her promise to doy?

    • joshua kings

      wrong.  tita cory has lots of it, palabra de honor…when she said that she will swat him out like a fly when he kept on destabilizing her government with all those coup d’etats, SHE DID WHAT SHE SAID,    unlike him, tita cory has balls.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TAK477MX7KDU3CMHJ6PQM3VRAI Koneksyon

    ooooooooohhhhhhh we want to know MORE from “Doy Laurel”, the book – what did Marcos tell Doy in September 1989?……..

    • Bonggebongge

      Sinabi nya kung asan ang kayamanan ng PINAS at papaano ito dapat gamitin para sa Pinas…Doy relay it bto Cory but Cory told Doy hay nako hayaan mo na yan sisiskat lang ulit ang mga MARCOS…this was told me by one Governor of Mindanao…na may personal na sulat sa kanya si Marcos during those time…

  • qwitzach

    now this is precisely what’s wrong with pinoy establishment media. a puff piece where all family members and the writer have gushing memories of a politico who failed his promise.  doy was one of those patrician politicos upon whom the nation vested its hopes but he just wasnt up to it.

    • Batman Robin

      ” the nation vested its hopes but he just wasnt up to it.”

      That was the dumbest comment i have ever  read so far…go back and read the article, if you stilll missed the part of when he helped cory, then read it again…

      • joshua kings

        go back also to recent history and know why tita cory swatted him like a fly for acting like a spoiled brat collaborating in those coup d’etats and destabilizations, up to when he was convicted re clark expo…. 

      • Paolo Laurel

        Joshua Aquino is that you? 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZKPNHSPBMK74VZ3GBIPNTJA7KE Edwin

    EDSA 1 is the great tragedy in the Philippines…Filipinos are in LOST..

    • KonsensyaNgBayan

      Its not a great tragedy, this just show that you did not maturely lived and experienced the Martial Rules. Everyone knows that the new government who will replace the Marcos Regime will inherit a truck load of problems and misery. Late  President Cory Aquino did her best and everything in her power to save and lead our country, even agreeing teaming up with Doy Laurel. We hope and supported for Nene Pimentel but to no avail we failed. And the rest is history, To God be His Glory, we are learning and improving to be a better Country.

      • Carlos_Iho

        we are not, we’re now more deeply mired in mindless politics..

        Cory had nothing, no abilities to lead the country.  She hijacked EDSA 1.  After returning to normalcy, she should have stepped aside.  

  • ApoNiLolo

    I think this book is just the same as JPE’s memoir minus the blatant lies. It all comes down to trying to paint a rosy picture of the departed for everyone to “cherish”.

    To know the politico, ask some Batangueno old-timer what he did for them when he was in power!

    • joshua kings

      better yet, ask his family, wife and children….
      ask who squandered the family’s fortune….
      and who tried to redeem them by doing a clark expo?

  • Bacani Clemen

    Doy Laurel is one of the most maligned politicians yet he served our country well and sacrifice so much for the Unity of the opposition.  He had been unrelenting in his campaign against the Marcos dictatorship.  One of the few opposition leaders who joined the cause-oriented groups in the streets.  When politicians are so scared of Marcos, he rub elbows with the students, labor groups, religious groups in exposing the crimes of the Marcos regime.  The Aquinos just ride on the sweeping people’s movement in the early 80s upon the death of Ninoy yet years before that, Doy Laurel, the late Senators Diokno, Tanada and the Labor leaders Beltran and Olalia, student leaders like Lean Alejandro were in the forefront of street protests against the Marcos regime. Doy Laurel is indeed one of the many unsung heroes of our times. 

    • UrHONOR

      >>>Doy Laurel is indeed one of the many unsung heroes of our times. <<<
      He is being sung now.

      • joshua kings

        clark expo….who was convicted of graft and corruption and malversation?

      • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

        Doy was not convicted, LOL! My golly…

    • joshua kings

      clark expo…..who was convicted for graft and corruption and malversation?

    • ApoNiLolo

      Alay, hindi mo pala alam kung bakit hindi ginalaw ni Macoy ang mga Laurel, eh. E urong mo pa ng konti ang kasaysayan. Nung panahon na akusado si Macoy sa pag patay kay Nalundasan. Who do you think “authored” to overturn the guilty verdict against Marcos in the Supreme Court?

      Dyan lang (at yan lang) ako bilib kay Macoy. Tumatanaw sya ng utang na loob! >: D

  • http://www.facebook.com/jose.oliveros.14 Jose Oliveros

    As the sanity of an individual depends on the continuity of his memory, so does the sanity of a nation depends on the continuity of its  tradition. To break away sharply from the past is to court the madness that follows the shock of sudden blows and mutilation.  This passage from Will and Ariel Durant’s The Lessons of History was one of the favorites of the late VP Doy Laurel.  I am sure he had this in mind when he proposed a symbolic re-opening of the Senate to establish a link between the  Old Republic and the New Democracy, in the words of Teddy Boy Locsin. That link was never established and so we had the series of bloody coups that  set back the initial gains of the 196 People Power Revolution and until now  we continue to suffer from the blunders, lack of vision,  indecision, and wishy washy policies of the first Cojuangco-Aquino Administration

    • joshua kings

      you are too biased in your opinion….let us not forget  this:…
      how could tita cory proceed to govern well ontothe recovery that the nation so badly needed when she was kept busy fending off those pesky flies and mosquitos who staged coups after coup to destabilize her administration with the end view of grabbing political power from her…aided and abetted by that cigar-chewing chamelion with 20 push-ups to boot…kabayan, your memory seemed to have atrophied…..dementia? 

      • Touch_Me_, Nuts!

        magaling talaga ‘etong joshua kings. maraming alam at malalim ang pagiisip. sige joshua kings, ilahad mo na lahat ng nalalaman mo. ‘eto na ang panahon mo.

      • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas


      • Paolo Laurel

        Too funny!

      • batangpaslit

        Josh…dimo alam ang ma behind the scenes
        matanong kita
        bakit hindi na release ni Cory at ni PNoy ang mga low ranking escort na hindi naman sila ang utak at ang bumaril kay Ninoy
        bakit hirap ang magsassaka sa Hacienda Luisita

      • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

        “you are too biased in your opinion”

        Look who’s talking.

    • Carlos_Iho

      …and even of the second.

  • speedstream2

    Beyond personalities, what’s truly worth pondering on is that the ideals of EDSA 1 have been forgotten by many Filipinos. It’s something like worth more in the reminiscing rather than in true mirroring. As always, though, hope spring eternal for the Filipino nation.

  • Laonglaankatipunan

    Jose P. Laurel and his son, Salvador “Doy” Laurel, are opportunists of the highest order who masqueraded as nationalists.  J. P. Laurel was an unrepentant collaborator and puppet of the Japanese aggressors during World War II. This episode in our country’s history, sadly, is being revised by the Laurel clan and their minions as a self-sacrificing attempt by J.P. Laurel to alleviate the misery of the Filipinos under the Japanese.  Nothing, however, was further from the truth.  His traitorous act of making the evil Japanese colonialist government look legitimate had the opposite effect of making life even more difficult for Filipinos.   J.P. Laurel should not have the honor of being listed as a past Philippine president for he was not even freely elected by the Filipinos but installed as a puppet by the Japanese.  No wonder that Filipino guerillas, incensed by J.P. Laurel’s treasonous acts, very nearly killed him in an assassination attempt as he was callously enjoying a game of golf at the very same time that many Filipinos were dying at the hands of the Japanese. 
    Salvador Laurel is obviously cut from the same mold as his father’s.  The former’s grandiose statements that “They asked me to go on radio to appeal for more people to gather at Edsa…. I made the appeal to MM (Metro Manila) and Southern Tagalog.  EDSA People Power swelled” is a revisionist accounting of history.  It completely negates the fact that it was the late Cardinal Sin’s pivotal rallying call over the radio to support the military rebels holed up in Camp Aguinaldo that inspired the Filipino populace to converge on EDSA.   Most Filipinos would never have solely heeded Salvador Laurel’s call for they intuitively know him as another TRAPO who, just like his father before him, would readily sell his very soul to the devil just to advance his self-interest. 
    Sadly, Filipinos are sometimes swayed more by the cult of personality and have difficulty discerning which candidates are truly for the upliftment of our people and country.  We seem to have short memories when it comes to electing our leaders, hence, we still have political vermin currently in office with the likes of the Marcoses, Enriles, Estradas, Macapagals, Singsons, Pinedas, Lapids, et al.  If we don’t exercise due care, we may even add to their kind if Jackie Enrile, the unindicted multiple man-killer whose crimes were carefully covered up by his equally evil father were to win, heaven forbid, at the upcoming elections.  
     Our redemption: what started out as a ray of hope for long overdue change with Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s landslide election as president has now become a reality.  He has, to date, proved capable of good governance and strict adherence to his vision of following the “daang matuwid.”   With the Philippine economy on the rebound and graft and corruption transgressors rooted out and vigorously prosecuted, investor confidence has surged and our country is well on its way to becoming an economic powerhouse in Asia.  Naysayers are of course always entitled to their own opinion, but I believe that it is only by voting Aquino’s entire senatorial lineup into office this coming election can we ensure that our country’s recent gains will not be for naught. 

    • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

      Didn’t it even occur to you that J.P. Laurel’s hands were “tied”? He was virtually left with no choice but to heed the advice, nay, orders of Manuel Quezon to stay behind to “continue the Republic”. Laurel had wanted to leave the country, but he didn’t. It can be said that he was a “puppet president”, but he (together with Claro M. Recto and a few others) were able to dupe Japanese authorities in a couple of occasions, thus saving the lives of Filipinos who were about to die at the hands of the Japanese. No, they were not able to save the whole country from the Japs, but they did their part nonetheless. They were not supermen.

      “J.P. Laurel should not have the honor of being listed as a past Philippine president for he was not even freely elected by the Filipinos but installed as a puppet by the Japanese.”
      If I were to follow this logic, then let us not include Emilio Aguinaldo in the same list as well, because neither was he elected. =)

      “It completely negates the fact that it was the late Cardinal Sin’s pivotal rallying call over the radio to support the military rebels holed up in Camp Aguinaldo that inspired the Filipino populace to converge on EDSA”
      Completely negates? Hello? Read the report again: “They asked me to go on radio to appeal for MORE people to gather at Edsa.” Emphasis mine. =)

      • joshua kings

        yes, doy’s dad made a choice like JOSE ABAD SANTOS; the only difference is that the former lived and the latter who is a national hero, died sacrificing his life for the filipino rather than stay alive like laurel betraying their countrymen….who were then being executed left and right for no reasons at all……my uncle was one of them…he gave up life and his life at the bataan death march as a usaffe soldier instead of choosing to live a coward’s life forever…

      • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

        Explain how Laurel betrayed his countrymen. You seem to know more about him than all of us. Go ahead. We’re all listening.

      • joshua kings

        go back to your history class, kabayan…

      • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

        Not a good answer. Besides, Philippine history classes are filled with lies.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jose.oliveros.14 Jose Oliveros

        Read Teodoro A. Agoncillo’s The Fateful Years, specially Vol. II for his assessment of the roles of Laurel and of Abad Santos. 

      • batangpaslit

        Josh, may kanya-kanyang role sina Jose Abad, the old man Laurel during those period
        dimo alam eh

      • batangpaslit

        you are right

      • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas


      • Laonglaankatipunan

        “Didn’t it even occur to you that J.P. Laurel’s hands were “tied”?

        No, it never occurred to me that J.P. Laurel’s hands were “tied”…no one tied it for him.  From the get go, he was an avowed Nippon lover even prior to World War II up to his capture and imprisonment by the Americans at war’s end, preferring to have a son study and train at the Japanese Imperial Military Academy in Tokyo instead of Asia’s equivalent of the West Point – the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio.  Many apologists over the years took up the cudgels in his defense (C.M. Recto, J. R. Salonga, R.S. Puno, among others) in self-serving attempts at slanting history and covering up his complicity with the Japanese even as most Filipinos, deep in their hearts, knew better.  Joshua Kings, in his comments below, aptly sums things up by comparing Jose Abad Santos who, after being captured with his son by the Japanese, nobly and courageously chose to lay down his life at the altar of freedom rather than cooperate, with J.P. Laurel who, in stark contrast, acquiesced to his Japanese benefactors by prostituting himself as an instrument of their propaganda.

        “J.P. Laurel should not have the honor of being listed as a past Philippine president for he was not even freely elected by the Filipinos but installed as a puppet by the Japanese.”“If I were to follow this logic, then let us not include Emilio Aguinaldo in the same list as well, because neither was he elected. =)”

        Pepe, for once you are right on. Emilio Aguinaldo was a devious usurper of Andres Bonifacio’s authority as founder and head of the Katipunan, the first movement to advocate independence from Spain through armed revolt. Aguinaldo deserves to be remembered as a thug and not as a past president. You know what else J.P. Laurel and Aguinaldo have in common? They both love settling scores extra-judicially. Aguinaldo had Bonifacio and two of his brothers summarily executed in classic Machiavellian power grab fashion while J.P. Laurel took matters mano-a-mano when he stabbed a rival suitor almost to death. Now you know where Ferdinand Marcos got his inspiration from when he also took matters in his own hand by murdering Julio Nalundasan and masterminding the assassination of Benigno Aquino, Jr. and countless others who dared stand in the way. The same can be said about Arturo Pacificador who had Evelio Javier mercilessly shot to death in Antique. Guess who penned the decision that got Marcos’ conviction for killing Nalundasan overturned? It was none other than your hero, J.P. Laurel himself. He must have felt a strong sense of déjà vu to press for Marcos’ acquittal since years before, he himself eked out his own acquittal for that stabbing incident. Emilio Aguinaldo, J.P. Laurel, Ferdinand Marcos and Arturo Pacificador may have evaded earthly justice but surely, not the one in the afterlife.

      • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

        “From the get go, he was an avowed Nippon lover even prior to World War II up to his capture and imprisonment by the Americans at war’s end”

        And how sure are you about this? Kindly prove, please. Just because he sent his son to Japan to study is not proof enough that he’s already a “Nippon lover”.

        Pepe, for once you are right on. Emilio Aguinaldo was a devious usurper of Andres Bonifacio’s authority as founder and head of the Katipunan, the first movement to advocate independence from Spain through armed revolt. Aguinaldo deserves to be remembered as a thug and not as a past president. You know what else J.P. Laurel and Aguinaldo have in common? They both love settling scores extra-judicially. Aguinaldo had Bonifacio and two of his brothers summarily executed in classic Machiavellian power grab fashion while J.P. Laurel took matters mano-a-mano when he stabbed a rival suitor almost to death. Now you know where Ferdinand Marcos got his inspiration from when he also took matters in his own hand by murdering Julio Nalundasan and masterminding the assassination of Benigno Aquino, Jr. and countless others who dared stand in the…

        First of all, to your view I was correct only once because you have a one-sided view of things. Secondly, just because I’m defending J.P. Laurel doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s already my hero (“It was your hero J.P. Laurel himself” that was what you wrote before you edited your reply to me; losing sense in your argumentation?). Thirdly, the Katipunan was not founded by Andrés Bonifacio, contrary to popular belief.

        “Now you know where Ferdinand Marcos got his inspiration from when he also took matters in his own hand by murdering Julio Nalundasan and masterminding the assassination of Benigno Aquino, Jr. and countless others who dared stand in the…”

        Marcos was inspired by Laurel to do that? Ho-ho-ho. Way off.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jose.oliveros.14 Jose Oliveros

      Laonglaankatipunan, why don’t you show your face so people reading this will know you.  You are a coward, hiding behind a pseudonym to foster your own version of history.  JP Laurel was not yet President when he was assassinated.  He was Chairman of the Executive Committee formed by Quezon to deal with the Japanese.  Laurel’s assassin – Little Joe – admitted that he thought Laurel was a Japanese collaborator so he carried out the order of Guerrilla leader Col. Agustin marking to assassinate Laurel.  But Little Joe realized his mistake and served as old man  Laurel’s bodyguard until the latter’s death.  Little Joe covered Laurel with his own body when shots rung out during a rally in Cebu City during the 1949 presidential campaign.
      As for Doy Laurel’s statement, I was with him when he went to Camp Crame to meet with then Defense Minister Enrile and Gen. Fidel Ramos evening of Feb. 23.  When he asked the two what he could do, the two requested him to call for more people at EDSA as the crowd had started to dwindle.  After leaving Crame, our group – led by then Batangas Governor Joey Laurel – proceeded to Batangas and the following day we brought several truck loads of Batanguenos to EDSA.  And this, I can reveal now, many of them were armed, ready for any eventuality.
      Cardinal Sin’s call was made in the evening of Feb. 22.  By evening of Feb. 23, a Sunday, the EDSA crowd was thinning.  Hence, the request to Doy Laurel of Enrile and Ramos.
      You do not know these because you may not be even within 200 kilometers of EDSA on those momentous dates.

      • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

        Sir, you really don’t have to take this “Laonglaankatipunan” character seriously. He is merely a troll. He learned his history from textbooks and probably from badly edited Wikipedia articles.

      • Laonglaankatipunan

        Jose, whose paid hack or hatchetman are you that you have an extreme need to see my face?  Keep on playing that fiddle in the hope that the majority of Filipinos would someday believe you.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/KDW7OIKNWM6CIGBAMRC7G7PDE4 Goyong

      Well, if you’re correct Sir, in your assessment of the former VP, then perhaps while he was still with us, he had seen the dipped of his political career, the lackluster support and had suffered enough indifference, disdain and disrespect already. But can we not decease and stop that at this point? Sir, is the former VP in the same level as Marcos, Enrile, Arroyo or Estrada that sharing compassion will be very hard? For a man who has done something great out there for this country during martial law, isn’t that very hard? Or can we say some kind words for the sake of the wife he left or the daughter or the grandsons? After all, the man can no longer further hurt us…. If indeed, we are that hurt. I don’t.

      Why not vent our ire instead to those personalities around us who wanted to resurrect the nightmare, then VP Laurel, helped extinguished.
      They are still here! They are back in their old selfish ways!
      They are very much alive and dangerous!
      They can really hurt us, Sir.

      • joshua kings

        ayos yan goyong pero dapat tandaan din na di tayo makakarating sa paroroonan kung di tayo marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan…

        remember clark expo….remember the destabilization which he and enrile (with his lapdog honasan) purveyed of….during tita cory’s time…which set back the nation’s political recuperation and economic recovery… 

        sila ang mga nagtraydor para di guminhawa ang buhay ng pinoy….gaya ng mga sinabi mo dito na sina marcos, arroyo, estrada, atbp…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PM6JHCFR2KT2AURMWRDUXBNLQY Darwin

      Ninoys father was a Japanese collaborator. Don’t forget that.

    • batangpaslit

      kung hindi naki pag comprosmise the old man Laurel during the Japanese Government, mas maraming namatay
      dimo alam…

    • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

      LOL! Laurel was not yet president when he was shot on 5 June 1943. Go and read Mr. José Oliveros’s reply to you and be enlightened.

      • Laonglaankatipunan

        A rather trivial point to bring up… it matters not whether  he was already a puppet president at the time the assassination attempt was made or not…what is most significant is that he was much hated for consorting with the enemy to the point that the freedom fighters wanted him eliminated.  I don’t think a partisan stooge like Mr. Jose Oliveros can really enlighten me anymore than I already am.

      • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

        Nope. Not trivial at all. Because you want to sound as if you have authority on the matter regarding the Laurels. It appears you don’t.

        On a sidenote, it is very to do allegations these days, most especially in the internet. All a person has to do is to create an account, use a codename and not upload a photo. Pure cowardice, as a matter of fact.

      • Laonglaankatipunan

        That you should descend to gutter level with your sidenote is deplorable. Vaya con Dios, Pepito. Adios, mi amigo.

      • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

        LOL! You made fun of my argumentation by insinuating that J.P. Laurel is my hero although he isn’t, but you never heard anything from me about descending to gutter level. Now, just because I’m telling the TRUTH that you bravely hurl accusations here and there because you hide under a pseudonym, I already descended down to the gutter? Get real, anonymous one.

        Besides, that was just a side note, LOL! Guilty much? =)

    • Paolo Laurel

      CLAP CLAP CLAP – Liking your opinions ‘masquerading’ as facts to the readers of Inquirer! 

      • Laonglaankatipunan

        Thank you, thank you!  You’re much too generous with your praise.  You’re entitled to your opinion as I am to mine.

  • kwanrungchung

    “EDSA 1 is the great tragedy in the Philippines…Filipinos are in (sic) LOST”..– sabi ni Edwin below.
    The tragedy is not EDSA. It is the Filipino people, lead by their leaders, who has not learned anything after so many years of sacrifice made by so many of their countrymen.

    Regarding Vice-President Laurel… Regardless of political maneuverings, he still stands as a prominent figure in the continuing saga of Philippine politics. We must remember him for his sacrifice, specially his acquiescing to the presidential nomination of Cory so that the yellow votes will not be divided between him and Mrs. Aquino.

    So many words will be said of this man (as of any man who is significant in the Nation’s History), some may be harsh, some indifferent. I could only hope that most of them will be kind.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SYG36KOOLRY47VA3ICPJJ5CQTQ ADD

    There’s a lot of self-serving memoir that have been popping out. Whatever Doy did, he will always be remembered as the “Commissioner” or chairman of the corrupt-tainted Centennial Commission during the Ramos years. 

    • yonoh

       baket naghiwalay si doy…at cory noong lumayas na si marcos……….paano ang gusto ni doy eh sya ang maupong presidente eh ayaw ni cory………….

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/4XVVCOAZXYTPN2X3IPFCFDSKFM Melvin

        Baka naman hindi si Tita Cory. Baka yung mga nakikinabang kay Tita Cory ang ayaw…

      • http://www.facebook.com/jose.oliveros.14 Jose Oliveros

        The agreement between Cory and Doy was Cory would be ceremonial president; while Doy would run the government under a parliamentary system.  But Cory reneged on the agreement claiming that EDSA erased all of their agreements. Moral of the story – do trust a Cojuangco-Aquino. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/jose.oliveros.14 Jose Oliveros

      Another coward who is hiding behind the cloak of anonymity peddling blatant lies.  ADD, baka may ADHD ka.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LPLWHPS7B5WPHPRAREXBIP2BIY renato

    Thanks Mr. del Mundo for reminding as of VP Doy Laurel.  May our Lord’s face always shine on you Ka Doy.

  • joshua kings

    remember clark expo….

    like makati city hall….

    these have one thing in common:

    both were overpriced by twice as much….??? 

  • doublecross

    ka doy…thank you…!!!!!!

  • eltee mulawin

    >>> Yes some people say Mr. Doy Laurel is also corrupt and trapo.
    >>> Likas na sa mga Pilipno ang madaling humatol sa kapwa, pero sa totoo lamang lahat ng inaaakusa nila sa isang pulitko ay galing din sa isang pulitiko na nais makapwesto o nag-aambisyon manalo sa  eleksyon na kanilang pinaplano.
    >>>Ikumpara natin si Doy sa mga kasalukyan nakapwesto sa gobyerno at sa mga balik -kandidato, sa mga kandidato natalo kakandidato naman sa ibang lugar kahi may kaso o nahatulan o convicted sa isang kaso, at ang iba naman naging anak  ng isang dating senador, mayor, popular na atista nais na rin maging senadora.

  • yonoh

    itong mga hinahangaan natin mga namuno sa atin noon  eh wala naman ginawa sa bayan……ano ang mga ginawa nila nagaway away lang itong mga ito kung sino ang nagwagi eh sya ang nabuhay nang marangya……….ang mga ordinaryong pilipino ba umangat ang buhay wala……….yong mga kapatid asawa at mga anak at mga kaibigan nila at saka mga swetek na mga intsik kasabwat yong mga magnanakaw sa gobyerno. ………….hanggang ngayon……………hahahahahaha ang mga pinoy nagdidildil ng asin………sana kung hinayaan na lang nila tayo sa mga kano noon sana alang nagdidildil ng asin ngayon alang nagugutom alang iskwater hay naku mga pinoy ………..nakaupo,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • joshua kings

    he made an as====le of himself immediately after edsa 1…made wrong choices….the last one of which was clark expo….

    but there are good laurels and bad laurels…
    and i don’t think he is in the first

  • joshua kings

    whoever got to have this article written and published obviously has some political agenda to resurrect the dead political name of the laurels…

  • daniboy2012

    EDSA a mob rule revolution….a lesser evil solution to eliminate the dictatorship…nothin’ has change it even got worse …evil public servants have their liberty at will. Too many ignorant masses and lots of criminal minds. Filipinos are still divided and their minds are still in bondages with foreign ideologist and religions.  A CURSED LAND!!!

    • Touch_Me_, Nuts!

      Ihinto na ang hirian ‘dine. Back to square one. Magsimula muli tayo sa Marcos, at tingnan natin  kung hahantong muli sa Aquino. Nabilog nang husto ang ulo nang mga taga- isla. Ngawa lang pala at masahol pa. Ngayon, gusto humirit muli. Tonto nga talaga ang bayan na ito.

      • LAD

         eh kasi matagal ka na ring hinahanap para ikaw magpatakbo ng gobyerno ,ikaw lang kasi ang hindi tonto

    • LAD

       dapat kasi ikaw na nagpatakbo ng gobyerno,

      • daniboy2012

         dats my plan but I have to sware my allegiance again…..

      • batangpaslit

        kanino naman ang allegiance mo…hahaha

      • LAD

         allegiance niya sa timboktu he he he

      • daniboy2012

        you’re mocking timboktu, read about its ancient history, you may be shock and poop on your pants…thats sacred  ancient place comes the earliest civilization. Dumb fool!!!

      • LAD

         wala akong pakialam dun magtagalog ka gungung

      • daniboy2012

        I used tagalog when I need it not when others tells me…its dialect of slave indios anyway…I can speak other dialects that have better history.

      • LAD

         naku baklita tumigil ka na sa kaekekan mo manlalaki ka na lang , sa ermita maraming arabo ngayon ,dati ka namang nagbBJ ng camel ha ha ha kasing baho ng hininga mo ha ha ha

      • LAD

         i used tagalog ha ha ha tumigil ka na kasi ng pabilib at mali mali talaga kahit diallect ng mga indios ang tagalog at least sariling amin he he he ikaw trying hard ha ha ha

      • LAD

         tagal mo nang sumagot naubusan ka na ng pang bayad sa internet cafe, hala ayusin mo muna yung pagtawag ng pasahero ng jeep  para kumita hane

      • daniboy2012

        hahaha!!!( recorded corny laugh).. baby  bata kapa para malaman. dede ka muna

      • LAD

        mali yata ang speyling mo ng swear  dong , naging citizzen ka lang yata ng somalia grabe ka na makalait sa sarili mong bansa he he he

      • daniboy2012

        just making sure…coz I know how corrupt your  gov’t  there, they’ll get me on technicalities like you in speleng engles!

      • LAD

         magtagalog ka na lang kasi nakapagabroad ka lang siguro kung makalait ka sa gobyerno ng bayan mong sinilangan grabe na, kung di ka naman pinoy di ka welcome dito

      • daniboy2012

        stop the denial…your gov’t before and now is lead by cronic corrupt people..99.9999 are all bad to the bones…I can come and go there just like you welcome chinese drug dealers,pimps, smugglers, foreign pedophiles etc. etc coz its more fun for evil people there ..your laws are just words…people can’t even follow simple rules.  

      • LAD

         at least masaya kami ikaw  stressout na  masyado ha ha ha basa na kita baklita tumigil kana ka na sa kaekekan mo  manlalaki ka na lang

      • D_BystandeR

        Huwag mo nang intindihin ‘yung mga walang kwentang tao. Alam naman natin na wala silang mga magandang bagay na nasa isip nila kung di puro katarantaduhan.

      • LAD

         korek ,salamat

      • siegfeil

         hoy mali rin spelling mo isang ‘z’ lang citizen. kasing bobo ka rin nang somalian hehehe……

      • LAD

         nadulas lang daliri ko kupal, kahit papano naman namn nakakaspeling pa rin ako kahit di ako nakatapos ng high school… nasa somalia ka rin pala ha ha ha   dilikado

      • LAD

         tulad ka rin ni daniboy 2012 ikaw lang ang may alam sa lahat ng bagay  ha ha ha tumigil nga kayo mga baklita kayo, pati naman pala somalian papatulan mo loka amoy camel yun

      • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

        Di ca na palá Filipino, eh. Añgas mo pa rin cung macacomento eh di ca na tagá-rito. Cung Twitter lang to, heto ang hashtag co…


    • D_BystandeR

      You mean you like more your life under the dictatorship than that after the EDSA I? You must be one of the beneficiaries of that outrageous regime, shame on you!

  • raffy

    come on! is he a patriot? he had a hand in the failed coup attempts during cory’s administration, together with JPE and gringo. have you all forgotten?

    • siegfeil

       Correct ka diyan, kabilis makalimot nang Pinoys. Daming mga namatay na civilians sa malacanang nung early Dec. 1989 instigated by these bastards, Laurel, Enrile and now show biz Senator na Gringo. Their conscience according to them are clear but they can’t hide their evil in the next world. We have new voters and their parents seems to ignore telling them those events. 

      • Paolo Laurel

        You seem to enjoy polluting this thread with misinformation and spitting nonsense in other articles in Inquirer. You seem to have a lot of time on your hands; perhaps you can opt instead to do something more productive? 

      • D_BystandeR

        I got your point and I sympathize with you being a red-bloodied descendant of the Laurels. What about the movie actor Kokoy Laurel, he was very popular before. Could you tell me where he is now? I just want to update my memory.

      • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

        What in the world has Cocoy got to do with the thread?

        Anyway, he’s doing fine. And he’s taking good care of his mom who is incapacitated (injured knee). I was just with them a few weeks ago.

      • siegfeil

         The truth sometimes really hurts.  The Japanese people are always offended when WWII is mentioned.

      • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

        Yeah, but I don’t remember Doy participating in any coup.

  • Jcasa12

    Doy was an ambitious politician who thought as marcos did that cory aquino was a political neophyte. what convinced him to step aside was cory telling him ” doy I dont know anything about politics you will be the one to run things”. If he had run for president it would have split the opposition and insure a marcos win. The philippines would be in worse situation now  if that had happen. Articles like this ( as always the case in the phil) scewer the real history of the country.

  • Islander

    Laurel was ambitious too, but not significantly more than anybody.

    He was maltreated by Cory.  I sympathize with him and admire his humility in accepting the people’s fascination with the heroine of EDSA.  Laurel was a hero.  

  • boybakal

    Poor Laurel…forgotten to oblivion.
    Whereas the beneficiary of this oust Marcos movement was still here.
    From Mother Cory to Son Pnoy….the others nowhere to be found.
    But the most lamentable is Batangas is not anymore Laurel country but Vilma Santos, a transient Ala Eh.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/52MEXY4R54XXHD6EDVMQIJIAVI JoeyLito

      akala mo ba puwedeng maging  kapampangan ang mga nasa batangas?  ano ka unggoy?

  • batangpaslit

    beautiful piece

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HPGUIIJ44DMCSONOPI4JAEMUZM lex

    typical it ng abnoy administration, pag pakikinabangan ok ka pag hindi bale wala ka (except pag kkk) pwe

    • LAD

       abnoy tatay mo?


    >>>Doy Laurel: Forgotten patriot of Edsa I<<<

    FORGOTTEN no more……evermore.

    • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

      Pasipsíp ca namán maciado, UrDISHONOR. Eh caramihan ng mg̃a internet commentary mo eh nag-uumapao sa cayabañgan at casamaán ng pag-uugalì.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

    bakit di nabanggit si pilar?

  • siegfeil

    Yes, Laurel knew he will not be president and so agreed to be the VP for Cory Aquino.  However the successful revolt, Laurel was part of the plot to overthrow Cory Aquino led by Enrile, Gringo Honasan. Boy…, daming namatay na civilian around Malacanang which were forgotten. IF not for U.S. intervention and Former Pres. Ramos tapos na yung mga Aquino. It is in the blood of the Laurels to be traitors (from the Japanese occupation etc.) and they are users. They belong to the elite society pretending to be very kind and good yet very deceiving.     

    • Andres Bonifacio

      Isama mo na rin ang mga kadugo ni Benigno Simeon “Igno” Aquino, Sr. sa mga lahi ng TRAITORS. Tumakas pa nga papuntang Japan ‘yan eh. Duon na nahuli ng Allied forces. Sa Sugamo Prison ‘yan ikinulong.

      • siegfeil

        Kabayan, I appreciate you’re well read and knows history. Yes, it is in youtube the documentary of the Filipino leaders who collaborated with the Japanese. A 3 minute film. Aquino Sr. died in Japan after watching a boxing match before his verdict of guilty for treason was handed out. Jose Laurel was supposed to be charged with 37 counts of treason by Gen. Macarthur but was pardoned by Pres. Roxas, Jorge Vargas was the berdugo of Manila (worked with the kempe tei), Yulo, Claro M. Recto etc. (except for 1 it seems they all came from Batangas) Its interesting to note that most descendants of these traitors are still in power today. Kawawa ang bayan natin kung mananatili ang political dynasty nang mga pamipamilya. But one thing I appreciate the Laurels they are no longer involve in too much politics but are still very influential in their area.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

    either he got tired of dealing with the ‘madjongerang’ housewife and her family or he’s just a plain sore loser.



    “AS led, shown, and exemplified by me and myself.”


    >>>Enrile incurred total expenses of P118,306,463.65 from January to December 2011.
    The figure consists of his salaries in the amount of P1,035,837; extraordinary and miscellaneous expenses, P1.649 million; other miscellaneous and operating expenditures, P66.069 million.
    Enrile was followed by Senate President Pro- Tempore Jinggoy Estrada with P62,122,308.41; Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, P56,259,173.08<<<

    TATLONG bugok na ITLOG ng bayan….nagpapataasan sa paggastos ng kwarta ng bayan.  Kung sabagay, marami na din naman silang nagawang WALA! :)

  • bongscorner

    It’s not Doy Laurel’s fault that he has been relegated to the lonely and forgotten corners of history. It is the fault of those ingrates his family raised and nurtured like Nani Perez of Batangas, and some members of his own clan like Peter Laurel, erstwhile vice governor of Batangas. They overshadowed Doy’s legacy with shame. Nani for his ingratitude and political selfishness, and Peter for his cowardice and inefficiency as a politician.

    • Paolo Laurel

      Whats your basis for calling Peter Laurel a coward and an inefficient politician? I can understand your point with Nani Perez..

      • bongscorner

        You sure to want an answer Mr. Paolo Laurel? Wasn’t he vice-governor of Batangas for a while? What were his accomplishments? Why did he abandon plans to seek another term, truthfully? If you are a Laurel, you must know. He is a shame to the Laurels, he blew the chance to revive their political legacy, even correct the mistakes and misgivings. So don’t feel bad that Batanguenos are no longer excited about the Laurels. In this case, how else the nation?

  • Laonglaankatipunan

    That you should descend to gutter level with your sidenote is deplorable.  Vaya con Dios, Pepito.  Adios, mi amigo.

    • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

      LOL! You made fun of my argumentation by insinuating that J.P. Laurel is my hero although he isn’t, but you never heard anything from me about descending to gutter level. Now, just because I’m telling the TRUTH that you bravely hurl accusations here and there because you hide under a pseudonym, I already descended down to the gutter? Get real, anonymous one. 

      Besides, that was just a side note, LOL! Guilty much? =)

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