IMELDA TO SADDAM: TELL THE TRUTH
Manila, Feb. 16, 2003 -- Former First Lady Imelda Marcos sang and danced at the launch of her Valentine's Day "Love One Another" campaign and had one advice for Saddam Hussein: come clean.
Imelda Marcos said she hoped the Iraqi leader would avoid conflict by telling the truth, referring to banned weapons of mass destruction that Iraq is accused of hiding.
"If he will (bring out) what is the truth, then he has nothing to be afraid of, because the truth is God," Marcos said, surrounded by hundreds of supporters in Manila's poor Tondo district.
She said she launched the movement to bring back Filipinos' sense of worth, self-respect and love for the country.
During her speech, she spoke about her days as first lady, when she met leaders like Fidel Castro, Mao Tse Tung, Moammar Gadhafi of Libya and Saddam Hussein, whom she credited for initiating the export of Philippine labor to the Middle East.
Dressed all in red for Valentine's Day, the 73-year-old widow of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos was wearing matching ruby and diamond jewelry. She said she has no plans to run in the 2004 elections.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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