WHEN I heard that they had shot Sen. Ninoy Aquino to death at the tarmac of the Manila International Airport on August 21, 1983, it caused me to tremble. I attended the burial of Ninoy as he was paraded to his grave surrounded by countless Filipino mourners. The melodramatic funeral scenery caused me to ponder.

As we commemorated Aug. 21, 2017, Ninoy’s 34th death anniversary, I felt that I was witnessing an evolution of love for our country by our people in the following sequential mutation: from “Our country is worth dying for” to “Our country is worth fighting for” to “Our country is worth living for” and to “Our country is worth earning a living from.” In other words, a competitive survival of the fittest.

On the other hand, we cannot survive as a people if we do not love and help and coordinate with each other as fellow countrymen under a democratic and moral system of government. The wealth of our country is enough for every citizen, but unfortunately, it is never enough for greedy politicians and public servants.

The people do not and cannot realistically demand for equality in our human society, as we have to admit that we were not procreated equal, but, at least, our people can demand for justice and equity.

This is, indeed, an enormous challenge for our body politic and may need another kind of social evolution as we remind ourselves that a social evolution is better and more productive than a bloody revolution.--Atty. Amay P. Ong Vaño, Cebu City

Hold the barangay polls

Why are we postponing again the barangay elections when these have already been postponed before? I am raring to vote against out barangay captain but couldn’t do it because the elections would be postponed again.

Hold the barangay elections aron makitang katag.--Mario Macalma, Cebu City