Si Alunan ay Interior Secretary noong panahon ni dating Pangulong Fidel Ramos, hindi si Marcos, gaya…
President Rodrigo Duterte was mistaken when he claimed former Interior Secretary Rafael Alunan III served in the cabinet of late strongman Ferdinand Marcos Sr.
In his keynote address at the Nikkei 25th International Conference on the Future of Asia in Japan, Duterte talked about his administration’s ongoing campaign against illegal drugs.
Straying from his prepared speech, he claimed Alunan, in his capacity as Interior Secretary, was once “called” by the United States’ Drug Enforcement Agency to be “warned” at how the Philippines “‘is being swallowed by drugs.”
Duterte then said:
“He (Alunan) went back to the Philippines, he called for all the mayors and governors and told us that. At (and) that was during Marcos’ time. That would be something like 15, 16 years ago.”
Source: PCOO, Keynote address of President Rodrigo Duterte during the 25th Nikkei conference on the future of Asia, May 31, 2019, watch from 23:39 to 25:01
Alunan was Interior Secretary during the term of former President Fidel Ramos, not Marcos, as Duterte had claimed.
Government documents as well as Alunan’s official biodata show he was cabinet secretary to only two presidents: Ramos, as Interior Secretary from 1992 to 1996; and late President Corazon Aquino, as Tourism Secretary from 1991 to 1992.
Duterte’s claim that Marcos’ term took place “something like 15, 16 years” back is also wrong.
Marcos was ousted from the presidency in 1986, over 33 years ago.
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