I remember vividly how my ‘political awakening’ came into being. Ninoy Aquino’s arrival was on national TV. I was Grade 3 then, and then the gun shots. I could not believe my eyes that it was really happening but I remember my Dad trembling in anger of what they’ve done and pointing to a certain general speaking on TV looking so tense and shaking while explaining to the press that the former senator was assassinated and showing them the gun that was used.
I remember the Ninoy exhibits that went around the country, Kris was prominent in some of the photos of those exhibit (cute pa siya nun. 🙂 ) and then the great EDSA revolution. Back then it was clear that the government was clearly ruled by the military, then EDSA II came, I participated fighting for what I believe was right without regard for my safety. We won.
As the Philippines celebrate the two EDSAs that made the country proud (though at some point some might have been embarrassed that we have to settle things the way we did but we were still proud) it’s becoming clear again who’s in power. Take a look at this Inquirer.net video
Do you spot any difference? Are we really democratically governed or is the government just a puppet of an elite group of fraternity brothers? Military Junta or a democratically elected civil servants? You tell me.
But in the midst of all these confusions, there’s one person who came up with a sensible suggestion after all the drama and the word war that happened in the previous weeks in Manila. Former Philippine President Fidel Ramos suggested to focus on reforms and not on ousting Arroyo, which is logical. I remember back in college, an activist friend told me that their group was told not to accept any offer from the University administration–‘any offer should be rejected, push for a revolution’ well, my memory might not have served me correctly on the exact words but the essence is to reject any proposition from the other camp. Without an alternative on hand, my friends group was just into the adrenalin of each mob (mobilization) that they organize and without a sight of what should the future be. Now back to the Philippines’ situation, I think with Ramos’ suggestion, there might just be a way forward for all of us.