A post slamming Grace Poe for keeping the public in the dark of husband’s US military past has been doing the rounds online.
In a Facebook post published recently, La Salle professor Antonio Contreras slams Senator Grace Poe for not telling the public earlier that her husband served in the US Air Force from 1988-1992 until she was cornered to answer the issue when a website ran an article about her husband’s stint in the US military that went viral.
Grace Poe nonchalantly dismissed the issue about her husband’s military stint as a non-issue.
It’s a non-issue.Hindi Army, (US) Air Force at hindi rin naman ‘yan itinatago. Hindi ko alam ba’t issue ‘yan. Unang-una, ang asawa ko ay natural born.
But let me tell why this is an issue for two reasons.
First, Grace Poe lied about the fact that in her old interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer sometime in 2014, she made it appear that they decided to live as immigrants after her husband got a job in the US. You may read the original article here.
Poe said she did not want to keep depending on her parents. So when her husband got a job in the US, they decided to live as immigrants in a country where “opportunities are limitless” for those who work hard.
This is an utter lie! If you cross-check with the year of her husband’s enlistment in the US Air Force, records show Neil Llamanzares entered the service in 1988 until 1992.
After getting married in 1991, Poe made a tall tale that they decided to live as immigrants in the US when her husband got a job, when the truth is, her husband already got a job in the US Air Force, this is lying, correct?
Let me remind you Susan Roces’s favorite line: “Ang sinungaling ay kapatid ng magnanakaw!” Roughly translation: “A liar is a thief’s sibling.” Lol. But you get the gist, right?
Second, serving the US military is a BIG issue according to Prof. Antonio Contreras of La Salle.
And to think that until now her husband is a dual citizen. It is unthinkable that our President has a husband who has ties with the military of another country. For all we know, he may even be a spy working for the CIA.
I have a problem that just because we have good relationships with the US that we should consider this as a non-issue. This is a matter of principle. Realpolitiks aside, we are still an independent country.
Before ending his post, La Salle professor expressed his apprehension of uncovering more skeletons in Grace Poe’s closet while living in the US in the last 17 years.
How many more things we do not know about her that she is hiding from us in the 17 years she lived in the US.
Meanwhile, Political analyst Aries Arugay from the University of the Philippines said the issue at hand is “critical” but not “scandalous.”
In the article posted by Rappler, Political analyst Aries Arugay from UP added:
It’s serious because Poe revealed it only now. But, for him, it’s not entirely new, as Filipinos already know that Llamanzares is a US citizen.
“Sin of omission, yes, but the mere fact na inamin na…(she admitted it). So I don’t think there’s a scandal out of it.”.
Arugay also said Llamanzares’ stint in the US military should not be an issue considering the “good relations” of the US and the Philippines.
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