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Agosto 3, 2009

My Eulogoy to Tita Cory

Filed under: Pinas,Seryus — kengkay @ 4:28 umaga
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Cory Aquino is dead at 3:18 AM, August 1, 2009, Manila time.

I developed a mixed feeling of this woman. I admired her strength during the struggle against the dictator Ferdinand Marcos. I found her forthright against the plunderer Joseph Estrada. However, I consider her stance against Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as ill thought and devoid of wisdom of a person who held vast political power and governed once.

I never came close to her in my life even as my close friends were; a senator, a journalist, and name a few more others.

I am always skeptical of people in the public eye. I have met a lot of them. Just imagine I have Inquirer lifestyle columnist Maurice Arcache volunteering to be my younger son’s godfather. Knowing better, he was never considered. The journalist I mentioned became a godmother while the senator mentioned is my elder son’s godfather.

I was in Japan during the first two-years of her presidency. I left two months after she took office for my overseas training. I was at the Japanese imperial palace ground with many other Filipinos who welcomed her in Tokyo. I saw her pass with Japanese WWII emperor Hirohito in the car.

For love of country and an appreciation of Japan’s wealth and hoping some portion of it could be channel to the Philippines, I called up Manila one night to ask that a Cory audience be granted to the president of the Japanese company I was employed in that sponsored my training. I used the influenced tacked under my sleeves to engineer the meeting. The company president was to visit Manila for the annual stockholders’ meeting of the local company and also the board of trustees of a prominent business school. The audience was granted. I am not very clear if the Cebu plant built later was a result of that meeting.

Home by 1988, I caught the big Gringo Honasan failed putsch in 1989 that many people cursed for it wiped out all the country’s economic gains.

I appreciated the peaceful transfer of power from Cory to Fidel Ramos. It was unprecedented for me to see it as it never happened in my lifetime before it. I was too young to notice when president Diosdado Macapagal transferred power to Ferdinand Marcos. From then on it was Marcos that was president; during his regime there was no election. It was when an elected parliament was necessary that I first voted. It was also when Ninoy Aquino ran and campaigned from jail with Kris Aquino doing much of the public appearances for her father.

Cory with might and wisdom fought the temptation to extend her presidency pass the prescribed 6 year term. Even with my admiration and respect to her, I was never inclined to agree to her reelection. I strongly suspected that it was his congressman brother who was in the forefront of convincing her with many others in tow.

She came through for me, power never seduced her.

She was strong and determined to drive out from office the plunderer and philanderer Joseph Estrada.

But Cory missed the point with president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. With PGMA the issue is no longer with an individual but with the whole body politic that has gone too sick. It was already Cory’s so loved Filipino nation that inflicted the damage and pain upon itself.

6 years after Cory’s term ended, the Filipino people elected another despot, Joseph Estrada that destroyed every gain of the past two presidencies. The despot Estrada was strongly supported by former senator Ernesto Maceda, a Ninoy Aquino erstwhile comrade and also known Cory ally.

With the Estrada ouster mass media followed quickly to say another woman president saved the country from another male despot. When I heard it, I screamed inside with hate for that stupidly concocted image.

Now the same mass media structure is screaming mad that a “despotte” reign the country. There is no word “despotte” in the English dictionary, I invented if for Macapagal-Arroyo, take it to mean as a tiny female version of a despot.

With Cory’s death, the commercial mass media has nothing but praises for her. They dare not comment on her weaknesses and shortcomings. They nearly canonized her as a saint. This I protest. If ever she is a saint, let the normal Vatican process determine that. The commercial mass media could not stop its rhetoric that deceives the already all too dull Filipino nation.

Cory did not and was not the one who delivered the Filipino nation from the shackle of dictatorship. It was his eminence the late Jaime Cardinal Sin, archbishop of Manila. He and together with many anonymous others during the very dark days of martial law held that small candle that kept the road to freedom lighted. Cory was enjoying her life with her family then in the US.

The Cardinal Sin anointed Cory to become the leader and symbol of a struggling nation. Cory with her mustered might and strength did so. It was heroic of her.

The Cardinal called the people to EDSA in the thick of night to shield the renegade forces of Fidel Ramos and Juan Ponce Enrile. Cory was safely stashed in a convent in Cebu.

But Cory served well our aspiration to be a free nation. We are free and in fact too free to even allow ourselves to elect despots to plunder the country again. We even complemented the despots to come with their pack of hungry wolves called politicians who feasted on the nation’s wealth as though it was their fresh kill.

The nation owes her an apology for this. Honoring her without this apology is sheer flattery that is false and insincere.

I see her to connote freedom and empowerment for the Filipinos. However, for the sustainability of freedom, I wanted her to transform us to be a responsible and a prosperous nation, she failed me on this.

Maybe it was rather too much to ask these of her. Maybe her divine revelation tells her that the Filipinos must do it for themselves as a fitting repayment to her painful sacrifices. The nation has not done it. Cory was divinely inspired to ask for prayers for the country in her weakening days.

Cory I believed was purified of her sins by the pains of cancer. Her faith was tested and she proved herself worthy of heaven. The Lord must have taken her straight to His bosom when she completed her last breath.

Maria Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino, my president, may you rest in eternal peace and happiness with the Almighty.

That in all things God may be glorified.

(isang eulogy na kinopya at pinost ko. ito ay galing sa isang kaibigan na matalik. sana hindi halata na nakiki-ride ako sa kanyang popularity :-D)

At para kay Tita Cory, kahit ano pang sabihin nila… sya pa rin ang nagiisang Tita Cory. Rest in peace.

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21 mga puna »

  1. alam mo pihado masaya si tita cory sa nakita nyang pagmamahal ng madla sa kanya.

    Komento ni dencios — Agosto 3, 2009 @ 4:40 umaga | Sagutin

  2. tama ka. nag-iisa lang siya. 😥

    Komento ni darwin^^ — Agosto 3, 2009 @ 9:44 umaga | Sagutin

  3. maging ako nalungkot sa pagkawala nya, simbolo sya ng minsan pay lipon ng pagkakaisa at demokrasya. alam kong masaya sya kung paano nakikidalamhati at simpatiya ang madlang pilipino sa pagkawala nya, sa suportang ibinigay ng bawat pilipino at sa mataas na respeto ng bawat isa para sa kanya. nakakapanindig-balahibo kung paano mo makita ang mga tao kanina sa dami nila sa bawat kalyeng daraanan papuntang manila cathedral at ang haba ng pila. sapat na yun na sa tinitingala pa rin sya bilang simbolo ng pilipinong nagkakaisa.

    Komento ni taympers — Agosto 3, 2009 @ 1:13 hapon | Sagutin

  4. hindi ko masyadong kilala si cory dahil elementary pa lang ako noong naging presidente siya.

    but the only thing that stands out is how she gave herself as the face of the opposition to restore democracy for the country.

    Komento ni siyetehan — Agosto 4, 2009 @ 4:36 umaga | Sagutin

    • tumpak ka sa mga sinabi mo. iba ang naging simbulo nya sa mga pinoys.

      Komento ni kengkay — Agosto 4, 2009 @ 5:50 umaga | Sagutin

  5. wala akong msabi.. pasensya na.. pero salamat sa pag update ng mga links 🙂

    There is a she bloggers meet up on August 13, I hope you can come.

    Make or Break

    Komento ni pehpot — Agosto 4, 2009 @ 5:37 umaga | Sagutin

  6. salamat sa mga magagandang salita para sa kanya..nawa’y maging tahimik din ang bansa natin katulad ng kanyang pagpanaw.

    Komento ni The Lady in Green Ruffles — Agosto 4, 2009 @ 5:47 umaga | Sagutin

  7. hmmm nosebleed ko mommy keng…

    ayun.. sad pa din ako…

    may she rest in peace 😉

    at sana pati ang Pilipinas ay magkaroon na rin ng PEace 😀

    Komento ni naglalambingnacute — Agosto 4, 2009 @ 6:25 umaga | Sagutin

  8. ACTUALLY PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD RECOGNIZED HER AS SHE IS A VERY HISTORICAL WOMAN TO THE PHILIPPINES, HANGA TALAGA AKO SA KANYA EVEN IF MY BASIS IS MY HISTORY BOOK LANG. MAY HE REST IN PEACE ^^

    Komento ni cindyrella — Agosto 4, 2009 @ 6:38 umaga | Sagutin

  9. Ingay ng palakpakan, bakit kasing-tunog ng ulan, ng sanlaksang mga anghel sa kalangitan?

    Komento ni roni — Agosto 5, 2009 @ 7:36 umaga | Sagutin

  10. Salamat po sa demokrasya Tita Cory!

    Komento ni Den Relojo — Agosto 5, 2009 @ 10:43 hapon | Sagutin

  11. hindi ako maka Cory, dahil nang panahon ng magulo ang Pulitika ng bansa noong taong 1985 at 86 ako’y laging kasama ng aking nasirang lola sa pagging blue lady nya ng mga Marcoses. Pero nakidalamhati din ako kahapon, dahil sa tingin ko nawalan ang bayan ng isang ina.

    in fairness maganda ang Chanel earrings ng Ate Kris!

    Komento ni empress — Agosto 6, 2009 @ 12:00 umaga | Sagutin

  12. maraming salamat po tita cory and farewell..

    Komento ni sandi — Agosto 6, 2009 @ 10:34 umaga | Sagutin

  13. Iba ang Pilipinas kung di naging presidente si Mommy Cory

    Komento ni Callcenterguy — Agosto 8, 2009 @ 11:06 hapon | Sagutin


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