Another Untold Story Revealed when FEM's 83 year old Former Close In Presidential Guard, Reunites with Gov. Imee

Governor Imee Marcos and Ret. Sgt. Arturo Boquiren (CTTO)

Maria Imelda Josefa "Imee" Romualdez Marcos, the eldest daughter of the late and former President of the Philippines Ferdinand E. Marcos and former First Lady Imelda R. Marcos, shared her touching yet wonderful reunion with one of his father's former close in presidential guard, Ret. Sgt. Arturo Boquiren.


This reunion happened after three decades, during Imee Marcos' visit to San Carlos City in Pangasinan Province last March 22, 2018.



Photo from Gov. Imee Marcos' Facebook page (CTTO)

On her Facebook post, Imee Marcos, who is also a Filipino politician and has been Governor of Ilocos Norte since 2010, shared some photos and her remarkable experience of being reunited with one of the closest presidential security to his late beloved father who she describes as the man who connected his father to his cabinet, the military, and the outside world.


Governor Imee and Ret. Sgt. Boquiren's reconciliation has been emotional that the latter burst into tears and recounted how great a leader Ferdinand E. Marcos had been back then.



Photo from Gov. Imee Marcos' Facebook page (CTTO)

Boquiren recalled how he witness numbers of  President Marcos' meetings, including two occasions wherein he admonished and detest two distinctive government authorities for corruption.


"He wanted to stop them from being corrupt,” said Boquiren, quoting Marcos as having cursed them and lamenting, “’Sinabihan ko na kayo, huminto na kayo! Alam ba ninyo na milyon-milyong tao ang hindi kumakain nang husto sa isang araw?", he stated.


Boquiren additionally remembered how FEM solidifies information for his talks, saying that the late, former president is really a good public speaker and depicts FEM as an extremely productive, savvy, and studious individual.




Photo from Gov. Imee Marcos' Facebook page (CTTO)
Intelihente siya [FEM]. Papatawagin sa akin yung mga secretaries kapag may kailangang data. For example, about agriculture 'yan, i-order niyang ipasa lahat sa kanya yung data na kailangan. He will sit in the office with the data, together with a stenographer. Ire-revise niya ‘yan at hindi na niya titignan pag nag-speech na,kasi alam na niya. ”, Boquiren said.


Likewise, he immovably expressed that with regards to the controversial "ill-gotten" wealth, Boquiren firmly stated that FEM was not a thief nor an oppressor and censured a few books distributed about the former president as unfounded and untrue.


Nevertheless, it has been said on the post that Ret. Sgt. Boquiren's was very grateful that Gov. Imee Marcos still remembers him and had restored all those memories once more.


Photo from Gov. Imee Marcos' Facebook page (CTTO)

Below is Gov. Imee Marcos full Facebook post:


Gov. Imee Marcos Facebook post (CTTO)

"FEM’S 83 YEAR OLD FORMER CLOSE IN PRESIDENTIAL GUARD REUNITES WITH GOVERNOR IMEE


Ret. Sgt. Arturo Boquiren was a presidential guard of Former President Ferdinand E. Marcos (FEM) from 1970 to 1985, assigned primarily to the latter’s study room that his daughter, Governor Imee R. Marcos, describes as having “connected him to his cabinet, the military, and the outside world.”


Boquiren’s tasks were to prepare documents for Marcos' signature, telephone cabinet secretaries and schedule appointments, and arrange the president's overall schedule, among others. He was also witness to a number of President Marcos’ meetings, including two instances wherein he scolded and cursed two different government officials for corruption.


“He wanted to stop them from being corrupt,” said Boquiren, quoting Marcos as having cursed them and lamenting, “’Sinabihan ko na kayo, huminto na kayo! Alam ba ninyo na milyon-milyong tao ang hindi kumakain nang husto sa isang araw?”


Being one of FEM’s most trusted men, he also managed a portion of the president’s finances and was in charge of distributing salaries of the guards assigned to the Malacañang of the North in Paoay, Ilocos Norte, while it was being constructed.




“But I have not even seen it since it was completed,” he added jokingly. Now at the age of 83, he is often confined to a wheelchair but still desires to visit Ilocos Norte to see the completed Paoay residence of the Marcos family.


The Malacañang of the North today serves as an open museum of FEM’s life, works, and achievements.


Boquiren also recalled how FEM consolidates data for his speeches, saying that the latter is truly a good public speaker. He describes FEM as a very industrious, intelligent, and studious person.


“Intelihente siya [FEM]. Papatawagin sa akin yung mga secretaries kapag may kailangang data. For example, about agriculture 'yan, i-order niyang ipasa lahat sa kanya yung data na kailangan. He will sit in the office with the data, together with a stenographer. Ire-revise niya ‘yan at hindi na niya titignan pag nag-speech na,kasi alam na niya. ”


Alleged ill-gotten wealth


With regards to the controversial "ill-gotten" wealth, Boquiren firmly stated that “hindi nagnakaw ang mga Marcos. Hindi ka niya pinapahirapan. Hindi ka niya inutangan.”


Amidst all the propaganda and negative stories focused on FEM and his family in the past decades, Boquiren shares an important lesson learned during his service, saying “Sabi niya [FEM] politiko ka man o hindi, you will always have enemies, but if you satisfy six out of ten people, you are already good.’


“Ang mga kausap ko noon araw-araw ay hindi mga ordinaryong tao. May mga makakaaway din ako, kaya naman ang dami ko talagang natutunan doon at sa kanya.”


He also criticized some books published about the former president as untrue, and pointed out how writers today are distorting information just to make headlines.


“Yung mga writer ngayon, yung ten nila nagiging 20, yung 20 nagiging 30. Kung 'di sobra, kulang.”


Boquiren was able to meet FEM’s eldest daughter, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, on her visit to San Carlos City in Pangasinan Province yesterday, March 22. He received a special mention from Governor Marcos, who introduced him as “the most influential and loyal person in the study room at the Office of the President FEM.”


“I am grateful that Miss Imee still remembers me, and that she had revived all those memories again,” said Boquiren."



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2 comments:

  1. it is very sad that during beloved former President Marcos
    people were too quick in believing black propagandas of the mainstream media and the yellows..
    if people only had more patience in finding the truth before, this country would have been as great as other ASEAN countries nowadays.
    faith and religion was abused and misused at edsa REVOLUTION
    for brain washing and black propagandas against former President Marcos..
    and the country suffered after EDSA REVOLUTION.
    # stop letting religion and LP
    oligarchs repeat history.
    # support senator Marcos
    support President Duterte

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  2. yes it was late Jaime Sin(kasalanan) who colluded with the Economic Hitmen of Marcos destruction of the pHilippines, this is the longest mass media manipulations for thirty five years of Hacienda luisita you are not a Pilipino worth dying for Marcial Bonifacio aka Ninoy Aquino Madbomber of plaza miranda and Cpp/npa founder and organizer.

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