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Angry protests as Manila honours Imelda Marcos

The government-run Cultural Centre of the Philippines held a special "gala tribute" for former first lady Imelda Marcos Imelda Trinidad Romuáldez-Marcos (born July 2, 1929 in Manila) is a former First Lady and influential political figure in the Philippines. She is known as the "Steel Butterfly" and remains a controversial figure not only in her home country, but around the world.  on Friday, despite angry protests that she should not be honoured.

Marcos, widow of deposed dictator Ferdinand Marcos Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralín Marcos (September 11, 1917 – September 28, 1989) was President of the Philippines from 1966 to 1986. He was a lawyer, member of the Philippine House of Representatives (1949-1959) and a member of the Philippine Senate (1959-1965). , arrived for the gala opening in a maroon gown with ruby jewelry but left soon afterwards for a family gathering.

While she was there, she expressed gratitude to the organisers for holding the evening gala that was intended to pay tribute to her for founding the centre in 1969.

As well as this week marking 40 years since the centre's opening, the gala coincides with Friday being her late husband's 92nd birthday.

About a dozen activists picketed the event, saying it is intended to whitewash whitewash, white fluid commonly used as an inexpensive, impermanent coating for walls, fences, stables, and other exterior structures. It varies in composition, being generally a mixture of lime (quicklime), water, flour, salt, glue, and whiting, with other  the image of the Marcos family and government funds should not be used to honour them.

The protesters waved placards saying "Justice for the victims of the Marcos conjugal Pertaining or relating to marriage; suitable or applicable to married people.

Conjugal rights are those that are considered to be part and parcel of the state of matrimony, such as love, sex, companionship, and support.
 dictatorship" but failed to disrupt the proceedings. Imelda Marcos entered the centre through a side entrance, missing the protest.

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers This article or section needs sources or references that appear in reliable, third-party publications. Alone, primary sources and sources affiliated with the subject of this article are not sufficient for an accurate encyclopedia article.  said Imelda Marcos, 80, was part of a "conjugal dictatorship that had robbed the Filipino people of their democratic rights and stands accused of plundering billions from the public treasury".

In a statement, it compared Ferdinand Marcos to Germany's Adolf Hitler, saying he was also "a known patron of the arts, but we don't see the German government holding a gala night for him".

However Cultural Centre trustee Nestor Jardin defended the tribute, entitled "Seven Arts, One Imelda".

"This event should not be looked upon politically. This is purely a tribute to a founding chairman who built the CCP (Certified Computer Professional) The award for successful completion of a comprehensive examination on computers offered by the ICCP. See ICCP and certification.

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 and as part of our culture, we have to look back and thank people who deserve to be thanked," Jardin told AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol. .

"She may have been part of the dictatorship but, as a founding chairman of the Cultural Centre of the Philippines, she allowed many artists to have the opportunity to train and be exposed.

"We cannot ignore Mrs Marcos. It will not be right to do so."

Then-president Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law martial law, temporary government and control by military authorities of a territory or state, when war or overwhelming public disturbance makes the civil authorities of the region unable to enforce its law.  in 1972 and ruled the country as a virtual dictator with his wife serving as a chief aide, carrying out many extravagant projects.

But in 1986, a popular revolt toppled Marcos from power and sent him and his wife fleeing into exile in Hawaii.

Marcos died in 1989 and his family has since been allowed to return.

However they remain hounded by accusations that they stole billions from state coffers and were guilty of widespread human rights abuses.
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