Curious about what it contained about the Philippines, I went to their website to see what hidden needle I would find in that huge digital haystack.
Having been initiated into politics during the time of People Power and Cory Aquino’s ascendancy, I naturally gravitated to those topics that had to do with events that transpired during that period. I searched embassy dispatches and news stories for anything that would shed light into that troubled phase of our history.
While it may be common knowledge for people of my generation and older, few among younger Filipinos remember how unstable the government was back then, with several coups being launched against Aquino by the same people who helped put her in Malacañan in the first place.
It isn’t a secret that the U.S. military played a major role in helping secure Cory Aquino’s hold on the presidency. I even remember seeing those Phantom jets flying in the skies above Metro Manila.
But it troubles me to know that officials of the Philippine government actually contemplated the possibility of having a foreign nation fire on and kill their countrymen just to stay in power.
Such a traitorous act is in stark contrast with President Duterte’s own pronouncements about voluntarily stepping down to avoid bloodshed, in case a coup is launched against him. But then again, this really comes as no surprise considering Aquino’s penchant for violently reacting against those who opposed her, including the massacre of 13 unarmed farmers protesting on Mendiola bridge.