‘Jose Velarde’ has nothing to do with martial law museum



MANILA, Philippines—Leave “Jose Velarde” out of it.

The cousin of President Aquino and a Cabinet Secretary of ousted President Joseph Estrada are the ones wooing residents of Corinthian Gardens Homeowners Inc. (CGHI) for a “partnership” to build the Memory Museum complex at the corner of White Plains Avenue and Edsa in Quezon City.

CGHI administration manager Jocelyn Sotto said Edsa People Power Commission executive director and presidential cousin Maria Montelibano and vice chairman and former Estrada Trade and Finance Secretary Jose T. Pardo approached CGHI president Jaime Dichaves as early as November last year to strike a deal on the use of a peripheral property in the upscale subdivision for the construction of the Memory Museum complex.

The museum will serve to memorialize the atrocities in the martial law period and the bloodless revolt which ended the reign of Ferdinand Marcos.

Sotto said Dichaves, who was tagged as the real owner of the Jose Velarde bank account exposed in the Estrada impeachment trial, had told Montelibano and Pardo that they needed to convince two-thirds of the residents before they could use the Corinthian Garden property for the project.

No lobbying

The Inquirer had earlier reported that Dichaves, who is facing plunder charges at the Sandiganbayan, was back making deals with Malacañang associates 12 years after his friend, Estrada, was ousted from power in Edsa 2.

Sotto said Dichaves has not lobbied for the project as he has not taken any position on the issue pending the meeting of the board of directors and the CGHI members. The issue has not been voted on since Montelibano and Pardo made a presentation to the residents last Jan. 27.

She also said it was “not precise” to claim that the project was facing stiff resistance from the homeowners “since there was no survey or referendum conducted yet for this purpose.”

Formally requesting

“Regarding our possible partnership in the construction of the Memory Museum and Linear Park, we are writing to formally request for the perpetual utilization of the easement, the sidewalks and the walls of the Cortinthian Gardens Village. The areas identified will be used for the construction of the grand steps, the memory walk and a covered walkway connecting all the structures of the complex,” Pardo said in his letter to Dichaves on Jan. 17 this year.

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  • martin cruz

    The idea of a Memory Museum complex that “will serve to memorialize the atrocities in the martial law period and the bloodless revolt which ended the reign of Ferdinand Marcos” is nothing but a waste of time, effort and money.  Why not instead pursue the case of this Dichaves, who is facing plunder charges at the Sandiganbayan, to a speedy conclusion?  Besides, another such structure along EDSA will definitely cause more traffic flow problems and woes to motorists and the riding public.  Cannot these people, these oligarchs think of anything better to do?  Still, if they insist on perpetuating their follies and vanities, let them do it somewhere else in a manner that will not badly affect people and country.  

  • maypakialamtayo

    tingnan mo ang mga walang magawang ito kundi gumastos sa pera ng kaban ng bayan, pagmumulan lang ng pagkahati-hati natin yang proyektong yan, mag-move on na tayo, ilagay na lang sa libro yan kung gusto nyong ikuwento sa mga kabataang hindi nakita ang mga nagdaang pangyayari, papaano na kung pagdating ng panahon bumalik sa puwesto ang mga lahi ni marcos, syempre kasama din dyan yun lahi ni danding COJUANGCO, yung lahi ni enrile, ramos at honasan, tumigil na kayo isulong nyo na lang kung papaano gaganda ang buhay nating mga pilipino, walang alam ang administrasyong ito kundi maghiganti, bakit halos lahat naman ng kumontra kay marcos noon eh napuwesto at yumaman, ang malaking tanong, SAAN GALING ANG MGA KAYAMAN NINYONG TINATAMASA NGAYON?

  • wawa2172

    Dichaves was never in prison and the case against him is on turtle phase. Erap was put in  a VIP prison and rest house arrest but was Pardon by the Pandak who helself was blitzkrieg bty PNoy admin and now in cell facing weak but none bailable offenses. While the Martial Law museum construction is lauded, the funds should come from donors with no political color attached to it. It would be funny if Erap crony will be involved in the project. Erap is a known supporter of Marcoses and the relationship is thicker than the Aquino’s. Erap is not hitting Noy for politcal convenience as if he is supporting his admin. 

  • IbigMongSabihin

    noynoy cousin maria montelibano, ang daming nagugutom na pilipinos para pag aksayahan nyo  ng panahon, talent, at pera. .. hindi iyong puro na lang sa kapakanan ng pagpapabango sa pamilya ng pinsan mong noynoy ang pinagtutuunan nyo ng pansin… sobra na, tama na! isulong ang konkretong kapakanan ng bayan at ng masa.

  • Fulpol

    Memory Museum?? of what? in memory of Ninoy and Cory???

    why not Museum of Shame…

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