“The only advice I can give you: Live with honor and follow your conscience. There is no greater nation on earth than our Motherland. No greater people than our own. Serve them with all your heart, with all your might and with all your strength. Son, the ball is now in your hands.” - Ninoy Aquino to Noynoy
"Dahil sa People Power, taas-noo tayong lahat. Inawit pa natin na ito ang handog ng Pilipino sa mundo. Naging inspirasyon tayo ng marami pang bansa sa Asya at sa Europa na nag-People Power din upang itanghal ang demokrasya.
Noong panahon ng kadiliman, ang katanungan ay:
Sino ang kikilos upang ibalik tayo sa liwanag?
Sa inyong pakikiisa, sinagot na ninyo ito.
Ngayon, kumikilos na ang sambayanang nangarap muli, at natatanaw na natin ang maliwanag at maaliwalas na kinabukasan kung saan ang pangarap ay magkakatotoo din.
Minsan, may isang Ninoy Aquino, nag-iisa sa kanyang bartolina. Nangahas siyang mangarap. At nang lumaon, tumugon sa kanyang hamon ang milyun-milyong Pilipino —- at nakamit natin ang kalayaan.
Ngayon, wala na tayong dapat pang ikatakot. Tayo ay gising na. Tayo ay mulat na. Tayo ay kikilos na upang makamit ang tagumpay: Taas-noo muli ang Pilipino sa mundo.”
“People Power is not partisan. It is not about whose politics one supports. It’s about the heroism of the many who held strongly to their faith in the Filipino and who have sought a new Philippines that stands proudly beside any free nation in the world.”
I don’t know what she was doing that week in 1986 and despite her attainment of academic degrees, it seems that she did not understand what was happening in the country back then. People Power is not partisan? Really? It was a revolution for Cory and freedom and it was against Marcos and dictatorship. Non-partisan?
If there was a non-partisan People Power in the country, it was People Power II in 2001. When we marched out into the streets that time, we did not do it for any group, or ideology, and we certainly did not do it for her! We did it because we did not like what happened with the Impeachment Trials in the Senate. She was installed because it was provided for by the Constitution, not because the people like her!
This day reminds us, then, that in the face of what the desire for power and the ruthless use of it in order to keep it does to leaders and the led, it is rare, indeed, for leaders who have clawed their way to the top to listen to the Lincolnesque “better angels” of either their or their people’s nature. Yet surely it is a cause for deep pride and even deeper humility that time and again we, the people, have held up holding true to that better nature as the more authentic expression of our national characteristics and beliefs. The tyranny of today is both more insidious and bolder than that of the Marcos years. The lying, cheating and stealing, as the phrase popular since 2005 puts it, have relied on the Marcos playbook—divide and conquer and proclaim always you represent the “silent majority”—as modernized by the Republican playbook of the Bush years, which relies on mobilizing minorities and ignoring the politics of consensus. After all, the negative consensus has been there since 2005, but until recently, a positive consensus couldn’t form. Put another way, almost everyone agrees on what they are against, but most have been hard put to agree on what they are for. It remains to be seen whether in May the country can achieve a majority consensus by means of its choice of leader.
I first met Satur Ocampo, Pepe Luneta and a lot of the heavyweights of the Communist Party at Camp Bagong Diwa jail in Bicutan in the early 80s. My mom and stepfather were political detainees then because of their involvement with the Light-a-fire movement that went against Marcos’ dictatorship.
This is an article on People Power 1986 by Jim Paredes. To read the rest of the article, click the link…
“We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our possessions but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We’ve learned how to make a living but not a life. We’ve added years to life, not life to years.”—