Philhealth President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ricardo Morales has been the subject of shame campaign by the “Dilawans” or wokes on socmed lately.
This came after the P15B corruption scandal in the agency was exposed by a resigned PhilHealth anti-fraud legal officer Thorrsson Montes Keith during the senate probe.
However, Manila Bulletin writer Krizette Laureta Chu can’t help but mock at the Dilawans for their ignorance for attacking someone hailed as the “FACE OF A YELLOW HERO”.
Ms. Chu remarked that these wokes attack Philhealth President Morales ‘without knowing that this man had a big role in making it possible for them to even exist as a political group.’
In a well-researched FB post with the title “THE FACE OF A YELLOW HERO”, Ms. Chu recalled how Morales became the saviour of the Dilawan on many occasions and spoke against corruption in the military that earned him the ire of his superiors in AFP.
You may read Krizette Chu’s full FB post below.
See these yellowed pages of old newspapers, which ran this banner photo of an injured soldier?
These photos appeared on the Chicago Tribune and the Honolulu Advertiser, almost 33 years ago, on August 29, 1987.
The photo is of a wounded Filipino soldier who became the face of brave soldiers defending “democracy” from coup plotters who wanted to wrest control away from a besieged government.
This soldier was a well educated military man who was Imelda Marcos’ aide de camp. He saw the abuses of the Marcos government, realized that he didn’t want to support it, and became one of the first members of the Reform the Armed Forces Movement (RAM), which was a group of military men who wanted to overthrow the Marcos dictatorship.
He was the spy from inside Malacanang, the eyes and ears of the group. Wherever Madame went, he followed. His job was perhaps one of the most dangerous of all. After a traitor squealed only hours before the planned coup, he was found out and arrested.
In a now viral photo that’s going around—ironically, ignorant people are showing it as proof that he was a Marcos man—President Marcos presents him to the press.
[“They were part of an aborted coup d’etat, an assassination plot against the President and the First Lady,” Marcos declared on television. To Marcos’s left sat the glum and ashen-faced Yellow Hero, still dressed in the dark bush jacket favored by security aides at the time.] This direct quote is lifted from this (https://pcij.org/article/2791/a-25-year-rebellion)
He was thrown in jail. We won’t ever know how Marcos would have dealt with him, because only four days later EDSA happened and Marcos was deposed.
This soldier would go on to become a soldier for Cory Aquino. But Cory’s governance left much to be desired and the coup plotters now wanted her out.
There were at least six coup attempts between the years of 1986-1987, but the deadliest of them all was on this day of August 28, 1987.
The coup began in the morning, supported by about 1,000 soldiers, led by now DICT Secretary Gregorio Honasan, who took control of a few places, but by evening, government troops have been able to squash the rebellion.
They paid a price: In the bloody fight, 53 died and 200 were wounded, including this Yellow hero.
This Yellow hero who, as his former RAM fellow members found out, would choose to turn his back on his own group, and support Cory Aquino.
So on Aug 28, this Yellow hero fought against them, and in a blaze of confusion, during an exchange of fire, he was hit by one of his own men.
But the Yellow Hero and the government troops would be successful because despite the few more coup attempts, they had protected the widow Cory Aquino, and in their view and belief at the time, they have restored democracy.
The Yellow Hero in this photo who risked his life by turning his back on a dictator and many times over protected the Queen of Yellows?
Current Philhealth CEO RICARDO MORALES. Former general Ricardo Morales.
By the way, also the same man whose career was “killed” by superiors who hated him for speaking up about corruption in the military in 2003, 2004, and 2005.
In 2003, he criticized his own Army for failing to quash the NPA. He said it was because of the corruption, lack of leadership inside the military.
In 2004, he had the temerity to write the AFP chief of staff Narciso Abaya to ask why the PH military wasn’t doing anything to investigate comptroller Carlos Garcia.
In 2005, he was stripped of command because he posted a message in a Philippine Military Academy alumni e-group. He was so mad about P18-million, 60-room Sampaguita Family resort in Boracay. He wrote: “How can the 60-room resort in Boracay improve the (Armed Forces of the Philippines’) capability to fight? Who determined this priority? We have hospitals without medicine and they spend money for this resort?” He added, “The time has come for all good men to come to the aid of their society. The time for talking is over; the time for action is now. The next ‘coup’ will be peaceful and open. Enough of leaders who talk about reforms but do not understand what they are saying. Enough of this organizational stupidity.”
Morales was so mad because the soldiers had P8 combat pay a day and was eating bad food.
He got freezed for one year.
By 2009, before he retired, he was put in a job where he says “I would just haul garbage there.”
So you see, the ignorant Dilawans took one look at Ricardo Morales, looked at his CV that did not tell tales of his heroism, looked at his connection to the President, and diminished him as somebody they could insult. Without knowing that this man had a big role in making it possible for them to even exist as a political group.
So, Mr Morales, my only question is: Knowing what you know now, would you still say that the yellow Filipinos are worth dying for?
Source: Krizette Laureta Chu