MANILA (Mindanao Examiner / Nov. 5, 2011) – A documentary video of the political dynasty of the Aquinos and Cojuangcos has surfaced in the popular video sharing website YouTube and it told stories of the reign of two of the Philippines’ most wealthy and powerful clans.
The 15-minute documentary began with Antonio Luna, a general who fought in the Philippine-American war in 1899, and left a huge fortune believed to be the “wealth of the revolution” in Tarlac where he was assassinated by General Emilio Aguinaldo’s men, but his cache of gold coins and silvers were never recovered.
The documentary entitled “Aquino Cojuangco: Facts they don’t want you to know,” was uploaded just recently and can be accessed on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gevTmyWtHVo&feature=youtu.be&hd=1.
The fortune was said to have been with Luna’s girlfriend Ysidra Cojuangco, who established her empire in the 1900, buying lands from farmers in Tarlac and nearby provinces. The documentary also told how the Cojuangcos spread its landholdings in Central Luzon, where they also established vast business empires in the following decades; and so was the issue of the controversial Hacienda Luisita, a huge estate being claimed by farmers as theirs.
Ysidra had four sons and one of them was former President Corazon Aquino’s father.
The film showed how the clans held a grip of the political landscape from mayors, governors, congressmen, senators and up to the presidency over the decades. It also noted the huge number of cases of extra-judicial killings and forced disappearances of political activists and farmers during the time of President Corazon Aquino, mother of the present Filipino leader Benigno Aquino.
The filmmaker of the documentary, who identified himself as a Filipino artist Baron Buchokoy, said the video is not anti-Aquino not Anti-Cojuangco propaganda and that all leads, facts and trivia in the film can be verified on credible sources in the Internet.
“Lahat ng baho ni (President Ferdinand) Marcos, (President Fidel) Ramos, (President Joseph Estrada) Erap at (President Gloria Arroyo) GMA ay naisapubliko na. Maliban lang kay (President Corazon Aquino) Cory. Dahil nga sa media bias sa ating bansa. Ito po ang aking pokus sa ngayon, ang pag-laganap ng facts na hindi binabanggit sa media. Dahil dito, nagmumukha akong anti-Aquino kahit na hindi ito ang aking pakay. My only aim is to fight Filipino ignorance order to help them have an educated decision on whom to vote,” he said on his YouTube Channel which can be access on this URL: http://www.youtube.com/user/PinoyMonkeyPride
“These facts are silenced in Philippine media. YouTube provides alternative media for the citizens of the Philippines. Media that is unfiltered and untouched by corporate or political interests. This is a documentary/commentary for educational purpose only,” he added.
He also blamed big media firms as responsible for political propaganda of the Aquino-Cojuangco clans. “Utter lack of common sense by the ordinary Filipino citizen is brought about by years of government practice of dumbing (sic) down the masses in order to sway their votes to their favor. This leads to massive decline of intelligence, morality and dignity of the people, while media create demons to blame for this social decay. These media outfits are directly responsible in corrupting the minds of the viewers,” he said.
There was no immediate comment from either the Aquino or the Cojungco clans about the documentary that has now generated 1,599 views in two weeks. (Mindanao Examiner)