Dear Ninoy-A A +A
By Nef Luczon
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
YOUR death was one of the pinnacles that signaled the country to open its eyes again, and that time, there was full of patriotism and hope that lead to the momentous EDSA People Power 1.
Too bad, I was born only months after “democracy” was restored in 1986, and I grew up only with tales from those who survived and cherished the downfall of an empire.
Books and mass media tell me that your wife, the late Cory, took over the presidency from Ferdinand Marcos. She was named an “icon of democracy,” and one of your daughters, Kris, later on celebrated as the “queen of all media,” that’s too much to my sarcastic reaction.
Sir Ninoy, if only you were alive today, and if only you have seen the state of the country from the afterlife, I hope you would have understood what I meant in this article-cum-open letter to the deceased respected politician.
I mean no disrespect sir, despite democracy being restored, corruption still exist. Issues hounding your family was also being questioned since Hacienda Luisita and recently, your son’s position to uphold the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or notoriously known as “pork barrel,” which is said to have started during the time of your wife’s presidency.
The PDAF sir, turns out to be more baneful than originally intended: that House Representatives are given large amounts, by the millions, of money to use it directly in their projects for their constituents. It has become a Pandora’s Box of corruption.
By the way sir, before I forget, your son, Noynoy (who chose a screen name “PNoy”), is now the 15th president, if we follow the version of the Philippine history where Emilio Aguinaldo was the first president.
And again sir, I mean no disrespect, and I guess during your time, I believe it was very right of you to go against a regime that started out to be good and economically strong, but later on succumbed to the vicious addiction to power and ill-gotten wealth.
That is why sir, in my humble point of view, I find it confusing that you wanted to end the regime of corruption during Marcos’ time and yet here is your son and both of his political allies and opposition members in the Congress, appears to have squandered the people’s money with the use of the mediatrix of alleged fake nongovernment organizations whose function is only to funnel the pork barrel funds.
It’s a really long story sir, and again, I hope you understand the contexts of what I mean to say.
Yes, Marcos is out but his family members are still sitting in the House of Representatives and the Senate, well I guess that’s just fair since your family as well also established a political clan of their own.
If the Filipino people remember the day you died, especially those in my generation who never had the chance to live those “glorious” and bittersweet days, I hope they remember that the Filipino is still worth fighting for.
Worth fighting against corruption, worth fighting against our very selves to avoid committing such acts.
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Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 21, 2013.