The Aquino family and, by extension, the LP have always been adamant about how the Aquinos changed the country for the better. However, once one looks past all the propaganda and media support, one will be forced to question the veracity of their claims. Truth be told, over the years, we are spoonfed with silly ideas like “Ninoy is a hero” and “Cory is a saint” but, upon closer inspection, one has to wonder where such statements come from and how they came to be. Moreover, we are told repeatedly ad nauseum of the Aquinos’ contribution to the improvement of the Philippines even though, if you’ll actually take a little look around, said improvements are at best superficial (such as just renaming certain places and establishments like NAIA) and, at worst non-existent (such as the freedom of speech and expression which is largely censored and biased).
Now, I know I’ve spoken of the matter before in a previous article but I’m bringing up the issue again because of commenters who keep insisting that we should all “move on” from the death of the SAF44. Of course, I also think that we should finally allow the families of the SAF44 a break from all the drama but the big problem here is that the SAF44 aren’t the only victims of the Aquinos and their LP cronies. From the hapless Chinese nationals of the Luneta Massacre, the devastated families left in the wake of Yolanda to the Lumads who have been driven from their homes by dangerous gunmen led by greedy organizations, the Aquino administration and its allies have done nothing for anyone that didn’t somehow advance their own cause.
I already know that there will be a lot of you who’re going to disagree with me. Well, to be honest, I’m more than ready for whatever you might throw at me. All I’m asking is that you first read and then think about my three points below.
We Don’t Really “Owe” Them Anything
Now, media outlets who are aligned with the Aquino family bombard us with propaganda that suggests that we owe the Aquinos our alleged freedom and much more.
However, one has to ask the question: Are we really free as a people?
Day after day, I tire of news about OFWs. Not that I have anything against OFWs, mind you. But look, a lot of the usual misery and violence that break out among middle-class families are OFW-related. For instance, affairs tend to occur when one’s spouse is far and away and then, when said spouse returns home to find that their significant other has a child as a result of an affair, they may resort to violence. Also, note how ideas such as morality, kindness and wisdom are lost on many children of today because their parents are off in some distant land and can’t attend to them directly.
Unfortunately, problems with OFWs have become an immutable reality in our country because of our heavily flawed constitution. Yes, the same constitution Cory Aquino signed in 1986 that was supposed to “free” us from the alleged tyranny of the Marcos regime. With its ridiculous protectionist policies, so few of us can live decent lives in our country and that is if we aren’t hoodwinked by local corrupt government officials and other authority figures.
Oh, and before I end this part, let me tell you something: The Aquinos owe us, the common people, for putting them in power and not the other way around. It was we who voted for, supported them and placed them in power. To this day, we allow them to treat us the way they do, that is like peasants, or worse, animals.
They’re Not Who They Say They Were
Granted, as I’ve said before, President Marcos wasn’t an angel either. The Marcos family also has to answer for certain stuff as well. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the Aquinos were any better. Indeed, statements such as Ninoy being a hero and Cory being a saint are all questionable and, to be more succinct, overly pretentious.
So Ninoy was shot an airport? Big deal. Lots of people get shot at airports and for sillier reasons. So they say he died for a cause? Well, what did he do to support that cause asides from a few offhand statements, eh? Did he actuallytry to save the victims of political discrimination and violence at the time? As far as I know he was even President Marcos’ chosen successor which lends credibility to the rumor that it wasn’t Marcos but other Aquinos, namely the Cojuancos who had him killed.
So Cory was a saint, eh? Is having people killed, like at the Mendiola Massacre, something an alleged “saint” would allow? Sure, she was friends with big wheels in the Catholic Church in the Philippines but one of her daughters could easily qualify for the poster child for sexual immorality.
Their Alleged “Achievements” Amount To Nothing
Since the signing of the 1986 Constitution, I can only ask the following: “What changed?”
Well, there’s the idea that a lot of my countrymen are working their assess off in some distant country but that’s not exactly an improvement, is it?
They renamed the airport Ninoy was shot in after him and then what happened? Said airport is now considered one of the worst airports in the world and one foreigners avoid like the plague. Worse still is the bullet-planting scam which the higher-ups of NAIA (also closely associated with the Aquinos themselves) aren’t willing to even lift a finger to solve. Indeed, it has gotten so bad that NAIA has marred the reputation of the Philippines as a tourist destination.
Cory Aquino supposedly brought peace to Mindanao, you say? Well, she appointed a rebel leader to a political position, did that really change anything? Well, here we are now with the SAF44. Need I also mention that our insurgency problem is another reason why we are losing our reputation as a good tourist destination?
Look ladies and gentlemen, it’s high time we moved on from the shadow of the Aquino and their alleged “legacy” if we want to make positive changes for our nation and people. Let us leave behind the shadows of both the Aquinos and the Marcoses and move on as the Filipino people. Let us move on, not as pro-Aquinos or pro-Marcoses, but as free men and women of the Philippines no longer beholden to cults of personality.