RODRIGO Duterte took his oath as President of the Philippines and surely the 16,601,997 voters who placed him there must be delirious. Even Duterte admitted that he did not expect to win. He had very few incumbent politicians behind him, had no grassroots machinery and barely no campaign funds at the start. But then he filled the vacuum when Mar Roxas and Jejomar Binay wrote off each other. Grace Poe just didn’t fit as a good alternative.
Didn’t you notice that when Binay left the Aquino government after failing to get President Noynoy Aquino’s endorsement, the black propaganda against PNoy and company began? Roxas took the toll as Daang Matuwid continued to be maligned until election day. On the other hand, Binay’s ratings started to stumble as corruption charges against his family were filed.
That being said, what happened to the 15,208,678 voters who put PNoy in Malacañang in 2010? I bet, a good number of them abandoned him, believing the crap that his administration was the worst ever in Philippine history.
Benigno Aquino III was the sentimental favorite to win the 2010 election. The vote for PNoy was a vote for Corazon Aquino who died on Aug. 1, 2009.
Look at the contrast, the family of Ferdinand Marcos wants his body to be buried in Libingan ng mga Bayani, whereas the Aquino family declined a state funeral for Cory and had her buried at the Manila Memorial Park beside her husband, Ninoy. Ninoy and Cory, who made sacrifices for the love country, deserve to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, yet their family had never sought for that. How easily we forget.
One writer said that he hoped history will be kind to former president Benigno Aquino III. But historians do not create history by imagination, they write based on how people and opinion writers of today make out of their leader.
This is how I’d like to read the historical entry on Benigno Aquino III:
“The 15th President of the Philippines, serving from June 30, 2010 to June 30, 2016. The son of assassinated opposition leader Benigno Aquino Jr. and President Corazon Aquino, he served as congressman and senator prior to his election. He campaigned under the platform, Daang Matuwid (Straight Path), with intent to improve the county’s economy and extend social services to the masses through Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. He revamped the education system with K-12 patterned after the United States and other Western countries.
While his presidency was hounded by negative publicity in his handling the Manila hostage crisis, the typhoon Yolanda response, and the Mamasapano massacre, he was credited for the strong economic performance of the Philippines amidst crisis in the world economy, for pursuing corrupt public officials including senators, for standing up against China in the West Philippine Sea dispute, for the year-long hosting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, which concluded with the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting held on November 18-19 2015, and for a smooth transition of power in a generally clean and peaceful elections in 2016.
PNoy, you did your parents proud, you did your country proud. Salamat.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 02, 2016.
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