Lessons learned in history

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By Benjie R. Pangan

At Close Range

Thursday, February 27, 2014


TWO SCORES and eight years ago last February 25, 2014, we astounded the world by showing our unity and determination to depose and decisively out dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr.

Today, we hardly remember it, even trifling with it and making the lessons of that People Power demonstration trivial and inconsequential.

But it has been written as an important chapter in our nation's history.

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Some of the personalities of that bloodless uprising may have passed on to another realm, but there still remain vivid reminders of that storied past.

Is Edsa 1 worth remembering then?

We should have preserved the gains of that fateful happening and set them as benchmarks of our economic and social growth.

But based on current events, there do not seem that we have made good usages of those glorious, productive and earth-shaking memories, which could have lifted us several notches higher than our neighbors.

The martial law victims must have received a just recompense for their wounds and hurt feelings. Only the balm of an apologizing and repentant nation can assuage their severely slighted feelings. Restitution of the lost lives, properties and pride should have followed.

One PDI columnist wrote: For learning to begin, we must first learn not to forget. The lessons of past history are there to remember and learn from.

We should learn and value the lessons of Edsa People Power. After all it was a pivotal turning point of our nation's existence.

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Conrado de Quiros, also a PDI columnist writes: I've always thought that what made the celebrations of Edsa less and less resonant over time was not just the passage of time, though that clearly matters in a country that is hard put to remember things that happened only yesterday. It is also the way the Edsa story has been told again and again. It is a story that begins with August 21, 1983, with much of what happened before ignored or forgotten.

The values we have learned should have developed us into honest and forthright individuals. But alas and alack, we are today embroiled in precedent-setting irregularities, thanks to the PDAF and DAP irregularities plus the Malampaya funds scam which, from all indications, have all been wasted. And the actors in these sordid plays are no ordinary people: they are lawmakers! Such may be the case how the hard-earned victory at Edsa is given no weight by the wrongdoings of a few misguided souls.

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The Caragan Festival is on. For two days-February 27 and 28 the festive mood in Mabalacat City has reached high pitch and recorded as an important event in the city's history.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on February 28, 2014.

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