The wierdest part of the funeral procession has to be Ely Pumatong’s fanatical pro-American group prominently displaying Philippine and American flags. They’re so well located in the funeral march and so organized that their flags immediately seize the eye on TV -and probably in the actual march. Ironic too, that immediately in front of them are some people vainly trying to wave the flags of Communist front organizations KMU and so on: their flags are less photogenic. The irony of the pro-statehood and Communists being lumped together in the march is rich. As is PMAP shouting “Gloria resign!” while the TV announcers rather emphatically try to talk into their microphones to drown out the chants when it happens, and BongBong Marcos in the same funeral cortege as Jejomar Binay.

Manuel L. Quezon III.

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