Yeah, so what?
Look around you. The Philippines is exactly the way it was back before Ninoy died. The changes are all superficial and, for several decades, were packaged inside a nice Yellow box that, generations of Filipinos were told, represents a “revolution”.
Even if there was, such a “revolution”, again, so what?
There was one in Russia back in 1917 that went on to create this monstrosity called the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). Filipinos are sort of lucky in that context. It took half a century for Russians and their hapless “comrades” over much of Eurasia that got roped into the Soviet empire to realise it was all a lie. It took only thirty years for the same thing to happen in the Philippines.
What the Russians did right, however, was correct the historical account. It renamed Leningrad back to St Petersburg, for example and took down all those horrible monuments of their failed “revolution” except, perhaps for some to remind them of the horror of it all. It’s time Filipinos did the same — so that they could move on to better things, and better thinking.
Despite two big Aquino presidencies, that of the late Cory Aquino from 1986 to 1992 and then her son’s, Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III, from 2010 to 2016, the brains behind the murder of former Senator Benigno ‘Ninoy’ Aquino Jr had never been identified. Despite several inquiries through the Cory Aquino administration, only a handful of underlings were convicted. This led Inquirer columnist Ma. Ceres P. Doyo to ask as recently as August 2018, Who killed Ninoy?
But who were the brains? They could only have been persons with massive power and resources. The convicts were mostly underlings who could only have acted in obedience, in an elaborate plot they knew little about.
Since the beginning of the term of current President Rodrigo Duterte, “thought leaders” of the Yellowtard-led Opposition have been screeching about a lack of any big-time drug personalities being brought to justice in Duterte’s so-called War on Drugs. This makes it all the more laughable that they presume to “honour” the “martyrdom” of Ninoy Aquino considering that they too had failed to bring the Big Guns that shot Aquino to justice and had, instead, satisfied themselves with jailing the little fall guys.
The Yellowtards, in short, are hypocrites. They are people who pepper their rhetoric with lofty words like “justice” and “accountability” yet routinely do their own “hero” a shameful disservice — commemorating him yet leaving every stone unturned in their lazy quest for justice for a murder that will likely remain unsolved forever.
Just because Filipinos believed for 30 years that Ninoy Aquino is a hero does not mean that can all change. In fact, it already has. Many Filipinos no longer believe Aquino is a “hero”.
Indeed, Roman Catholicism teaches that people who engage in premarital sex will go to hell. That’s been part of Catholic dogma for 2000 years. And yet, all that changed. Today, being a virgin before marriage is more the exception than the rule.
Who’s to say then that the notion that Ninoy Aquino is some sort of “hero” can be forgotten as well? Some folks believe that is not possible.
Proclaiming this obsolete belief in all-caps will not make Ninoy a hero. He was just like any other local mayor or councillor gunned down in Philippines. Only Big Corporate media allied with the Aquinos made people believe he was one.
Aquino supporters are still insisting Ninoy was a hero. No, he was not. A lot of politicians all over the world get gunned down by political rivals. The most famous one was John F Kennedy. The Americans did not make him a hero after his assassination.
The trouble begins when people like former Congressman Teddy Casino presumes to prescribe a preferred line of thinking and put it up as some sort of gospel truth that is not open to challenge…
The fact is, it was the coup d’état organised by then Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile and then General Fidel Ramos that triggered the protest rally, not Ninoy’s death. If the US government at the time didn’t whisk deposeed President Ferdinand Marcos out of the country and had Marcos used military fire power against the plotters, Cory wouldn’t have been illegitimately installed as President.
Protest rallies were a dime a dozen even before Ninoy died. A former member of the communist movement even claimed Ninoy organised the rallies and provided grenades. The Aquinos and their communist allies use rallies today to the point where these have lost any power to move the public.
Ninoy, for his part, was overrated. His speeches are not even great — which means beyond his “martyrdom” he didn’t leave much of a political legacy nor any significant contribution to thought leadership. Filipinos need to think twice about what they’ve been fed by a small clique of oligarchs over the last 30 years. If they examine the historical record carefully, they will find that it was all just a narrative designed to seal a status quo that served the members of a small but powerful oligarchic clan.
It’s time Filipinos revisit the very notion that Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr is a national “hero”? What exactly did he do that was so heroic? Did he invent a longer-lasting lightbulb? Did he cure cancer? Did he lead an army to victory?
What exactly did Ninoy do?
This, after all, is an age of Marvel superheroes. Filipinos join the rest of the world in being the biggest fans of the products of the wildly-profitable Marvel Universe franchise. One wonders then how the average Spidey fan reconciles the exceptional skills needed to fit the hero criteria applied to showbiz characters and the criteria applied to a country’s “national heroes”.
The actions of heroes, after all, make a difference to the lives of ordinary people. One would be hard-pressed to cite an example of how Aquino’s “heroism” resulted in such an outcome. Are ordinary Filipinos better off after his supposed “martyrdom” at the international airport that now bears his name?
It’s time Filipinos start thinking outside of the square. They should decide whether they should remain fixated on a definition of “hero” concocted by a clan driven more by their oligarchic interests than that of the broader public or ditch that in favour of what REALLY defines a true hero.
The so-called “queen of media” Kris Aquino is on her own. Her supporters like Jover Laurio can’t even come to her defence because they are also shocked at the revelation she threatened to have Nicko Falcis killed. Her own defence is weak and lame. She won’t get out of this one unscathed.
Kris can no longer lean on the “legacy” and “heroism” of her parents. She and her brother Noynoy have irreversibly tarnished their once-illustrious pedigree.
No, Ninoy and Cory Aquino are not heroes. They actually sentenced the Filipino people to decades of mediocrity and were responsible for introducing emo culture in Philippine society. Their family is dysfunctional. They are full of drama. The Filipino people deserve better.
Worse, the Aquinos took all of the Opposition down with them. They have contributed to an almost certain loss of their coalition at the polls. No amount of tantrums on the part of Kris can change that.
Former Philippine First Lady, currently reelectionist House Representative, Imelda Marcos has reportedly been convicted by the Sandiganbayan 5th Division today of “7 counts of graft for using her Cabinet position to maintain Swiss bank accounts during the Marcos regime.”
Marcos’ graft cases stemmed from complaints filed in 1991 when prosecutors alleged that the Marcos family channeled public funds into their personal accounts overseas.
This follows more than 30 years of an apparent inability of no less than two Aquino administrations — that of the late Cory Aquino from 1987 and that of her son Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III from 2010 to fast track this case. Over those years and presidencies, the murder of the late former Senator Benigno ‘Ninoy’ Aquino Jr, was not solved nor any person of significant consequence convicted either.
This most recent achievement further highlights the truth about Philippine democracy and its justice system — that these are neither dying nor impotent respectively under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. It is an indictment of the perceptions of the Philippines as a failed state being spread by the Opposition over international media and in the initiatives they mount in international “courts” such as the International Criminal Court.
Isreael’s Tel Aviv International Airport where Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte landed today is named after their first Prime Minister, the eminent David Ben-Gurion. Who is Ben-Gurion? Here is a brief background on this great man…
Ben-Gurion led Israel during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, and united the various Jewish militias into the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Subsequently, he became known as “Israel’s founding father”.
Following the war, Ben-Gurion served as Israel’s first Prime Minister and Minister of Defense. As Prime Minister, he helped build the state institutions, presiding over various national projects aimed at the development of the country. He also oversaw the absorption of vast numbers of Jews from all over the world.
Now have a think. Who was Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr after whom the Philippines’ premiere international airport in Manila is named?
What did Ninoy do?
There are definitely better people after whom a country’s premiere international airport could be named — people who actually achieved or built something. People who actually won something for his country.
[Photo credit: Pia Gutierrez