he passage of time has a way
of distilling reality and bringing out truths that are sometimes hidden or
lost by present circumstances. Case in point is the overwhelming level of
admiration many Filipinos have for former President Corazon Aquino. When she
passed away in 2009, the entire nation seemed beside itself in grief. Her
casket was mobbed by thousands of mourners as it slowly made its way through
the streets of Metro Manila to its final resting place at the Manila
Memorial Park in Parañaque.
numbers of Filipinos still admire her but we believe that number will
continually diminish over time as emotions fade away and a more studied
assessment of her presidency is undertaken. In fact we predict that over
time her presidency will be seen as more of a failure than a success.
back to late February, 1986 when Filipinos started amassing along EDSA in
front of Camp Crame to create a human shield around the rebel leaders who
were finally defying a corrupt dictator who had brutalized his people for
almost twenty years. By the 25th of February an estimated three million
people were along EDSA stranding in front of tanks and preventing them from
moving forward. While no one was killed that day, all those brave souls on
EDSA knew that had Marcos or his lackey, General Fabian Ver given the order
to attack, they would have been trampled by the tanks or mowed-down by
machine-gun fire. Still they stood their ground. And where was Cory Aquino
during all this? Hiding in a convent in Cebu.
Marcoses fled and Aquino was sworn into office, the Filipino people had
given her extraordinary powers that even Marcos never dreamed he could ever
attain. Filipinos handed over on a silver platter a revolutionary government
that gave Aquino all the power and authority of government. She had no
congressional or judicial branches to contend with—she called all the shots.
have changed the Philippines the way on one—past or present—ever could. She
could have jailed all involved in the plunder and human rights violations of
the Marcos regime. She could have de-fanged the oligarchy and redistributed
wealth. She could even have gotten to the bottom of who killed her husband
Instead she accomplished
none of those. She wasted a golden opportunity to lift the country out of
its morass and turn it into a vibrant forward-looking country made up of equals.
The special powers that the Filipino people gave Cory Aquino with the EDSA
revolution will likely never again be offered to any other Filipino
Ninety-five years from now,
when the 100th death anniversary of Cory Aquino comes around, Filipinos of
that future era will no longer have the personal or emotional attachment to
Cory Aquino that Filipinos of today have. All they will have to go by are
the facts. And based on those facts they will likely conclude—as we
have—that Cory Aquino was indeed a failure as president.
Cory Aquino's eventual fall
from grace which we predict, should serve as a warning to all who seek the
highest office in the land. A kind heart and good intentions will never be
enough to get one a free pass. A president must deliver or he or she will be
considered a failure. Sometimes not immediately but over time, Filipinos
further removed from the emotional ties of the moment will pass the final
judgment as to whether one was a success or failure as president.
It is incomprehensible to many that despite all the negatives piling up against it, the Aquino administration is still pushing for Congress to ratify the Bangasamoro Basic Law (BBL). First and foremost, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front with whom the Philippine government entered into an agreement with, massacred 44 Special Action Force (SAF)
policemen who were serving an arrest warrant on an international
Doctor Expedito Castillo, a retired internist with training in sports medicine thinks so. Castillo who lives in New York points out that Los Angeles—where Manny Pacquiao now trains for his May 2nd fight, and Las Vegas—where Floyd Mayweather trains and where the boxing match will take place, have enormous differences in terms of elevation. Los Angeles is just 233 feet above sea-level, while Las Vegas is a whopping 2,000 feet above sea-level.
Just When You Thought Filipino Cops Were the Worst, Here Come US Cops
What in the world has happened to cops in the United States? It seems that today only psychotic, unstable, individuals are joining the U.S. police force this days. People from all across the globe were more than willing to give American cops the benefit of the doubt, at first. But in instance after instance, from Ferguson, MS and the killing of Michael Brown, a young black man who witnesses say was unarmed and posed no threat at all to police; to today’s cold-blooded murder of Walter F. Scott, 50 by South Carolina police officer Michael T. Slager,
NPA Celebrates 46 Years of Destroying the Philippines
Founded by Bernabe Buscayno, or “Kumander Dante” as he was more commonly known, the New People’s Army established on March 29, 1969 marks its 46th year of existence. From less than 40 founding members and a handful of firearms, the NPA grew to over 26,000 members in the 1980s. Today however the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) places NPA membership at less than 5,000 nationwide. That number is expected to dwindle even further as progress and education creep in to the far-flung towns and barrios that were once breeding grounds for recruits.
Lee Kuan Yew and Ferdinand Marcos, What a Difference!
An Australian living in the Philippines published a book titled: “The Unlucky Country. The Republic of the Philippines in the 21st Century.” The author Duncan McKenzie came up with the title as the counterpoint to “The Lucky Country” a book written in the mid-sixties that refers to Australia. In his book McKenzie explains that the Philippines is unlucky because, for starters, it is an archipelago and therefore naturally fragmented.
Will the Philippines Ever Speed Up Its Glacially-Slow Justice System?
We’ve all heard the saying “justice delayed is justice denied.” That maxim has been around since time immemorial. In fact the Pirkei Avot (Hebrew for “Ethics of the Fathers”) which dates back to the 1st century B.C. mentions an old rabbi saying that goes: “the sword comes into the world, because of justice delayed and justice denied." In 1215 A.D. a clause from the Magna Carta similarly declares that “to no one will we refuse or delay, right or justice."
Amal Alamuddin Clooney Wants to Defend Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ...Why?
Okay so she's George Clooney's wife, she's got great looks, a law degree and ambitious enough to make a name for herself apart from that of her superstar husband. Fair enough. So Amal Alamuddin Clooney decides to take on high profile cases of injustice around the world. Even better. But filing a complaint with the United Nations Human Rights Council on behalf of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo? What's up with that? Better do your homework Mrs. Clooney. It won't take long for you to realize that Arroyo is getting exactly what she deserves.
Manny Pacquiao Should Not Be Given a Tax Exemption
Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III has proposed a bill to grant Manny Pacquiao a special tax exemption for the income he will earn from his May 2nd boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Pimentel justifies his bill as a "fitting tribute" to the Filipino eight-division world champion adding that "Manny is now part of our history and of world sports history. Let’s give him this tax incentive in recognition to his invaluable efforts to promote boxing and the country around the world."
With Negotiators Like These on Our Team, Who Needs an Opposing Side?
What on earth happened to these two women—supposedly handpicked by the president himself to argue on behalf of the Philippine government in peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front—who now seem to be mouthpieces for the Moros? Have Secretary Teresita Deles, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process and Professor Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, chair of the negotiating panel become mesmerized by the tough "macho" image the rebels project?