The passing of Cory Aquino is something that did not strike me as important. To be honest, all I know about Cory comes mostly from way back when I was in gradeschool and through her TV interviews every time she attempts to bring down governments through People Power Revolution. Truth is, I classify her as one of those old politician who try to stay relevant even when their political careers are already entombed.
About a week before her death, I even broadcast on Facebook how I mock media’s attempt to brand her as an icon of democracy by saying that perhaps Erap, when he dies (sooner I guess), would be considered an icon of intelligence. I just did not think that she is worthy of being considered an icon.
It was only yesterday when I spent some time knowing Cory through the most convenient source of information…the Internet. I found myself teary-eyed, clip after clip of videos I play and stories of her heroism I read and then I realized that I made a mistake and a big one, that is.
Ninoy has been given much credit for empowering the people to rise up against the dictator but it was, after all, Cory who unified them and served as catalyst for bringing back democracy to the land. I thought her only qualification then was her relationship with Ninoy not knowing that she too is equally fitting for the job of leading a nation.
Her address to the US Senate, which accordingly garnered the longest applause in history, has made me realize that she posses the intelligence as well as sincerity that moves not just the Filipino people but our American friends as well.
Cory Aquino’s administration may not have lived up to the people’s expectations but then again, they have to consider the fact that she has to start, not from scratch, but from a negative. They coffers were already plundered by the dictator and his wife and all she could do to give it a boost is to ask for foreign aid.
I live in a reality where the choice is either between the devil or the deep blue sea or the lesser evil, I believe this is reason why behind my partiality towards Cory’s intentions on recent national issues. I believe that when it comes to politicians, the general rule is that they have their own agenda plotted specifically to gain either fame or something more beneficial. It’s a sad reality that I share with a lot of other young people who’s sick and tired of the games politicians play to get the votes.
I wonder what it is like to live in the time when Cory was still in office, where everyone’s hopes for a better nation is still high and one’s leader is passionate in fulfilling its countryman’s dream of freedom, not just from oppression but also from hunger, poverty and ignorance. I just wish that I will be able to meet another “Cory” as president in my lifetime.
Cory Aquino’s Address to the US Congress