A question on an episode of a long-running US game show has gone viral for referencing the father of the Philippines’ president-elect.
In an episode of “Danger!aired on June 21, 2022, contestants had to give the question to the following clue:
“In 1986, this Filipino president and his cronies stuffed $7.7 million into suitcases and fled to Hawaii, where he died 3 years later”
In the game, the answers and clues are given first and then the contestants provide the questions.
A creative consultant on Twitter shared a photo of the question on Twitter, where it has reached 26,500 likes so far.
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— Elmer L. Gatchalian (@elmstweeet) June 21, 2022
Another one twitter user shared a clip of a candidate responding to it.
She is identified as Megan Wachspressa champion returning to the show and introduced as a “California lawyer”.
“Who is Marcos? she answered.
“Yes, Ferdinand Marcos,” said the host, referring to the late Ferdinand Marcos Sr.
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A twitter user who saw Gatchalian’s post claimed that one of the episodes also referenced former first lady Imelda Marcos.
“I’m a Jeopardy fan. In one episode the answer was Imelda but the exact question eludes me,” she wrote.
After the dismissal of Marcos Sr. by the people power revolution in 1986, he and his entourage placed “more than $7.7 million in cash and valuables in their suitcases when they fled to Hawaii”, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The report cited a U.S. Customs Service inventory upon the family’s arrival in Hawaii. It was then made public.
“The Customs Department list shows the Marcoses and 88 family members and associates took away more than 400 expensive pieces of jewelry, including a gold crown and three diamond-set tiaras; more than 60 sets of necklaces and pearl necklaces; a Burmese ruby worth $290,000 and an ornamental hair comb set with diamonds worth $44,410. The gems and jewelry were valued at $4 million,” the report continued.
“Additionally, Marcos and the rest of his group also transported 22 crates containing $1.2 million in Philippine pesos,” he added.
Hawaii News Now reported it was the late US President Ronald Reagan who urged Marcos Sr. to leave the country “on the verge of bloodshed” and amid riots by his former supporters.
Reagan guaranteed Marcos Sr. asylum if he came to the United States.
Marcos Sr. ruled the country for 21 years, nine of them under martial law.
The period was marked by the restriction of civil liberties, extrajudicial executions and unsolved disappearances, suppression of the media and economic recession, among others.
London-based human rights organization Amnesty International stated that “some 70,000 people were imprisoned and 34,000 were tortured; more than 3,200 people were killed” during Martial law.
Meanwhile, the People Power Revolution was the culmination of a series of public protests that lasted four days, which was a demonstration of Filipino sentiments against the totalitarian regime, according to the Official Gazette.