Now that Libya’s strongman, Moammar Gadhafi, is out of power and in hiding, perhaps I can reveal a little-known story about how I indirectly helped save his life about 25 years ago.
About 25 years ago, Gadhafi allegedly sent a diplomatic letter to the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli asking for a Filipino faith healer to come to Libya to heal him and his mother.
The Philippine Ambassador in Libya apparently didn’t know what to do. So he sent the letter to the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila for advice.
The DFA didn’t know what to do, since faith healing is not officially recognized in this country. So it sent the request to the Philippine Constabulary for action.
The PC then sent the request to its Intelligence Department. It landed on the desk of a female colonel whom I knew personally.
So she gave me a call. “Jimmy,” she asked, “who do you think is the best or most powerful faith healer we have?” Surprised why the military was interested in faith healing, I asked her, and she replied that she couldn’t answer that since it was a military secret.
“Well, if it is a secret,” I replied to her, “then I can’t tell you anything—it is also a secret.”
When I maintained my stand not to reveal what I knew until she told me the truth, she said, “Okay, I will tell you, but please don’t tell anybody, or I can get into trouble.”
“Okay,” I said, “You’ve got yourself a deal.”
“Well, we received a request from Moammar Gadhafi for a Filipino faith healer.”
“What? Moammar Gadhafi of Libya?” I asked incredulously. “What’s wrong with him?”
“I don’t know, but quickly. Give me a name because the DFA is waiting for a reply to this request. I have to answer immediately. ”
So I gave her the name of a healer in Baguio whom I knew was very powerful. I have seen him perform many miraculous healing both here and abroad.
After that, I never heard from this colonel, or from the faith healer, anymore.
$30,000 a day
A year later, I was told by the healer that he treated Moammar Gadhafi and his mother for a serious heart ailment in Japan and not in Libya, and they both got healed. Gadhafi, he said, was offering to pay him $30,000 a day if he would stay in Libya for three months.
He said he refused the offer, because he was afraid he might be unable to come out alive if he made a mistake or failed to heal any patient referred to him.
“Why did you have to meet him in Tokyo and not in Tripoli?” I asked.
“It was the suggestion of President Marcos. He told me he cannot protect me if something happened to me in Libya. So we met in a neutral country.” At the time, this healer was married to a Japanese woman and he felt safe in that country.
After the People Power of 1986 and the death of President Marcos, his wife Imelda was arrested in New York and asked to post bail of $1 million. She said she didn’t have that much money. If readers will recall, two persons came out to volunteer to put up the $1-million bail for Mrs. Marcos: one was her close friend, multimillionaire Doris Duke, and the other was Moammar Gadhafi.
Now, why would Gadhafi volunteer to put up the huge bail for Imelda? Is it possibly because a Filipino healer healed him and his mother of a serious heart ailment?
In 1982, I also helped an ailing President Marcos find a healer who corrected a health problem of his, though the healer did not succeed in healing all his ailments.
When Adrian Cristobal, former cabinet member of Marcos, heard of what I did to help save the lives of Marcos and Gadhafi, he said, “Jimmy, are you aware that you are responsible for two-thirds of the world’s evil?” Whether he said this in jest or not, I will never know.
By: Jaime T. Licauco
Philippine Daily Inquirer
10:34 pm | Monday, October 17th, 2011