The Order of Discalced Carmelites of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel called “reprehensible” and “malicious” the portrayal of their nuns and the late Cory Aquino in the Marcos propaganda film “Maid in Malacañang.”
“The attempt to distort history is reprehensible. Depicting the nuns as playing mah-jong with Cory Aquino is malicious,” Carmelite Monastry Prioress Sr. Mary Melanie Costillas said. “It would suggest that while the fate of the country was in peril, we could afford to leisurely play games. The truth was that we were then praying, fasting and making other forms of sacrifices for peace in this country and for the people's choice to prevail.”
She added, “While in our prayer, we were constantly in fear that the military would come to know of the whereabouts of Ms. Cory Aquino and would soon be knocking at the monastery's door. We knew the dangers of allowing Ms. Cory Aquino to hide in the monastery. But we also prayerfully discerned that the risk was worth it, as our contribution to put an end to a dictatorial regime. Indeed, we were ready to defend her at all costs.”
According to the Order, nobody from the “Maid in Malacañang” production team visited them to gather information.
“Any serious scriptwriter or movie director could have shown such elementary diligence before making such movie,” Costillas said. “After all, many of those nuns in Carmelite Monastery of Cebu 1986 are still very much alive and mentally alert. Among them is Sr. Mary Aimee Ataviado, who was the superior at that time.”
The Order stressed that there was “more to the pictures than the trivialization”, referring to snapshots of the movie currently circulating online that depicts their group and Cory Aquino playing mahjong.
“With the grace of God, we take this vocation to pray for and with the people in all seriousness. But the pictures would imply that while the country's fate was in the balance, we mindlessly were simply playing games,” Costillas said. “Thus, if these pictures would be taken as authentic representation of what really happened, they would put into doubt the trust that the people have placed in us.”
This statement comes after a picture of actress Giselle Sanchez playing the role of Cory Aquino was spotted in social media. She thinks it’s fair to hear the side of the Marcoses.
The Marcoses have rightfully been associated with plunder and human rights violations which led to their ouster. It is estimated that the late dictator stole around $10 billion throughout their rule, had 70,000 people imprisoned, 34,000 tortured, and 3,240 killed.
Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.
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