CLAIM: Lee Kuan Yew, the late prime minister of Singapore, once said that the late Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos “pillaged” the country during his two-decade rule.
In a Facebook post that went viral, former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno correctly quoted the memoirs of the late prime minister Lee Kwan Yew of Singapore, who said the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos had pillaged the Philippines during his 20-year rule.
The post, titled “Lessons ng Singapore para sa mga Pilipino,” was accompanied by an image containing the following quote from Lee: “The difference lies in the culture of the Filipino people. It is a soft, forgiving culture. Only in the Philippines could a leader like Ferdinand Marcos, who pillaged his country for over 20 years, still be considered for a national burial. Insignificant amounts of the loot have been recovered, yet his wife and children were allowed to return and engage in politics. They supported the winning presidential and congressional candidates with their considerable resources and reappeared in the political and social limelight after the 1998 election that returned President Joseph Estrada.”
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