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CAUGHT ON TAPE
The Sexplosive Love Triangle
Of Marcos, Imelda And Dovie

 Hermie Rotea

    In the history of government scandals in the world, no other case can top the sexplosive love triangle that involved Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, Hollywood actress Dovie Beams, and First Lady Imelda Marcos in 1968-1970. Other cases pale in comparison.
    What readily comes to mind are the infamous cases of British Secretary of State John Profumo who had sex encounter with model Christine Keeler that brought down the Conservative Party, and U.S. President Bill Clinton's sexcapade with a young intern at his White House Oval Office that caused his Democratic Party's defeat in the next presidential election.

The Profuno Affair
    Secretary Profumo in 1963 dominated world news headlines after his affair with Keeler was discovered. Married to actress Valerie Hobson, he served as a brigadier general commanding the British 15th Army Group in Italy until the end of World War Two.
    A well-connected politician with a good war record, he was later elected to the House of Commons as a Conservative candidate. From there he held other important government positions until his appointment as Secretary of State for War in the Conservative administration of Prime Minister Harold Macmillan.
    In July 1961, at a party in Cliveden, home of Viscount Astor, Profumo met Keeler, a model with whom he began a sexual relationship. Profumo ended it after only a few weeks, but rumors about their affair started to circulate. Since Keeler also had sexual relations with Yevgeny Ivanov, the senior naval attache at the Soviet Embassy, the "Profumo Affair" took on a national security dimension.
    In December 1962, a shooting incident in London involving two other men who were also involved with Keeler led the press to invcstigate her, and reporters soon learned of her affairs with Profumo and Ivanov.
    But the British tradition of respecting the private lives of politicians was maintained until March 1963, when the Labour MP George Wigg, claiming to be motivated by the national security aspect of the case, referred in the House of Commons (i.e. under immunity from any possible legal action) to rumors that Profumo was having an affair with Keeler. Profumo then made a personal statement in which he admitted he knew Keeler but denied there was any "impropriety" in their relationship.
    Profumo's statement did not prevent newspapers from publishing about Keeler, and it soon became apparent to Prime Minister Macmillan that his position was untenable. On June 5, 1963 Profumo was forced to admit that he had lied to the House of Commons, an unforgivable offence in British politics. He resigned from office, from the House of Commons and from the Privy Council.
    Before making his public confession Profumo confessed the affair to his wife, who stood by him. It was never shown that his relationship with Keeler had led to any breach of national security. The scandal rocked the Conservative government, and was generally held to have been among the causes of its defeat by the Labour Party in the 1964 election.
    Profumo maintained complete public silence about the matter for the rest of his life, even when the 1989 movie "Scandal" and the publication of Keeler's memoirs revived public interest in the affair.

The President Clinton-Monica Lewinsky Sexcapade
    President Bill Clinton in 1998 was caught with his pants down after tapes of his sexual relation with White House 21-year-old intern Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office was exposed and shocked the United States and the world.
    The news of this sex scandal and the resulting investigation eventually led to the impeachment of President Clinton that year by the U.S. House of Representatives and his subsequent acquittal on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice in a 21-day trial in the U.S. Senate.
    Back in June 1995 Lewinsky, a graduate of Lewis & Clark College, was hired to work as an unpaid intern at the White House in the office of Chief of Staff Leon Panetta during President Clinton's first term. In November she and Clinton began a personal relationship.
    In December Lewinsky moved into a paid position in the Office of Legislative Affairs, handling letters from members of Congress. She frequently ferried mail to the Oval Office of President Clinton.
    In April 1996 Deputy White House Chief of Staff Evelyn Lieberman transferred Lewinsky to a job at The Pentagon due to her "inappropriate and immature behavior" and inattention to work. In fact, it was a move to protect President Clinton from a potential problem.
    As Lewinsky's relationship with Clinton became more distant, she and Defense Department co-employee Linda Tripp struck a friendship. Lewinsky later confided details of her feelings and Clinton's behavior to her new friend who secretly recorded their telephone conversations.
    When Tripp discovered in January 1998 that Lewinsky had signed an affidavit in the Paula Jones case denying a relationship with Clinton, she delivered the tapes to Kenneth Starr, the Independent Counsel who was investigating Clinton on other matters, including the Whitewater scandal, Filegate, and Travelgate.
    During his grand jury testimony Clinton was guarded and argued in answer to a question: "It depends on what the meaning of the word is is." In a televised statement, he also claimed, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky." After the tapes were disclosed, he confessed to their sexual affair and apologized to his wife and the nation.
    The extensive reporting of the scandal led to criticism of the press for over-coverage. The case was sometimes referred to as "Monicagate", "Lewinskygate", "Tailgate", "Sexgate", and "Zippergate" in reference to her giving him oral sex and, by analogy, with President Richard Nixon's Watergate scandal that led to his resignation.
    The Democratic Party of President Clinton subsequently went down in defeat in the 2000 presidential election in a very close outcome that was decided by the United States Supreme Court and the state of Florida that awarded the election to George W. Bush by the technicality of electoral college vote, although Vice President Al Gore won the popular vote.

The Sexplosive Marcos-Dovie-Imelda Love Triangle
    Of all government scandals in the world, easily the most brazen and scandalous that has no equal is the sexplosive love triangle that caught Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, First Lady Imelda Marcos, and Hollywood actress Dovie Beams in a web of secret sexual encounters right in the presidential bedrooms caught on tape, nude pictures, torture, bribery attempt, assassination plot, Senate investigation, media feeding frenzy, martial law, and diplomatic crisis between the Philippines and the United States.
    The presidential scandal is the subject of controversial and best-selling book Marcos' Lovey Dovey and screenplay "Dovie" by Hermie Rotea that is currently under consideration by Hollywood for a movie project.
   
After the scandal broke out, the author held exclusive marathon interviews with Miss Beams at her home in Beverly Hills, California, during which she provided a copy of the tape that recorded her lovemaking with President Marcos complete with moans, cries of joy, giggles, creaking bed, and his singing of Spanish and Ilocano songs to her during their sexual tryst.
    The sex tape debunked his claim that he never had sexual relation with Dovie Beams who was the target of an assassination attempt in Hong Kong on her way back to the United States by a half brother of Marcos, Defin Cueto, whose mission was to recover the sex tape, after she had refused a $100,000 bribe offer from First Lady Imelda Marcos to turn it over to her, despite U.S. Ambassador Henry Byroade's advice to accept it, tax free, as the United States and the Philippines were dragged into a diplomatic crisis.


HERMIE ROTEA
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