Imelda’s handbag diplomacy

23 Mar

“…At some point as first lady, Imelda began to feel that she could help Philippine interests by charming world leaders into seeing things her way. “Handbag diplomacy” she called it — as she liked to imply that to solve a problem, she could bypass President Marcos and just grab a handbag and hop on a plane with some of her assistants. It sometimes worked! There was, for example, an Islamic-backed insurgency rising in the south of the Philippine archipelago, and she thought that a leader in that part of the world, Qaddafi in this case, might help pull the plug on that support if he saw things her way. Apparently he did — the funding stopped and the insurrection lost momentum, and she later described him as a pushover, a mama’s boy.” David Byrne

2 Responses to “Imelda’s handbag diplomacy”

  1. Lakambini March 29, 2010 at 9:39 am #

    She makes me sick. It’s a pity that a lot of Filipinos have forgotten what kind of a woman she is… idolizing her, letting her run freely in our country and in our consciousness as if nothing had happened. And it’s sad that it took a foreigner, not a fellow Filipino, to remind us of who she really is.

    • Daniel Infante Tuaño April 30, 2010 at 9:14 pm #

      Lakambini, historical amnesia is prevalent among us Filipinos, especially among the consumerist Filipino youth.

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