Rememberance of Things Past

Men do not accept their prophets and slay them, but they love their martyrs and worship those whom they have tortured to death.

Fyodor Dostoevsky,
Brothers Karamazov

It was not until the assassination of Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino today twenty-five years ago that the transition from the authoritarian Marcos regime to a return of the pre-Martial Law status quo began to accelerate.

The opposition to the dictatorship, which until then was mainly led by the Communist insurgents and the Moro separatists in the south was bolstered by an awakened middle class that actively took part in mass actions in the cities that ultimately led to the ouster of Marcos three years later in a peaceful uprising in EDSA.

Two decades hence – what I will be posting now may sound like a statement, whoever or whatever this is for, so forgive me in advance. But to the point… Two decades have passed, yet, the promise of lasting peace, prosperity, and a better future for the country and all our people that opened up with the fall of the much-hated dictatorship remains elusive.

What I will utter next may sound passé considering the indifference and despondence of our times. We should, however, never forget the many men and women who sacrificed their sweat and blood that we may enjoy the freedoms we enjoy today. Let us remember Ninoy Aquino and all those who took part in the struggle against the Marcos dictatorship. ■



  1. My take on this: Ninoy’s death was a wake-up call to the elites that not even they were safe, so they had to do something.

    The problem, as with Edsa Dos, is that people only look at the actual event, and not the protest actions and campaigns that led to it. Ninoy’s death was the tipping point, as it were, but I don’t think that if he had lived, the revolution would not have happened.

  2. Thanks for the comment OneTamad. I do agree with your statements on Ninoy’s death being a “tipping point” and “a wake-up call to the elites” except for the one on the inevitability of the EDSA mass uprising regardless of Aquino’s assassination.

    I think the situation at that time could have led to several possibilities.

  3. Just dropped by to say thanks for putting At Midfield in you blog roll po. I hope this writer does not disappoint. Keep writing, likewise and best regards, mate :)

  4. Edsa was once a real event, but when the prequels sequels came along, the entire trilogy, at least officially – or not, has lost its actuality; it has been reabsorbed from a historical value based on a historical phenomenon to media archives – meaning will be lost after the death of a generation. the new breed will be left to understand the event, that was once, in the context of the how the media presented it – no more meaning for us youngbloods, only a representation of “real events” that came once upon a time. We may actually enjoy it with popcorns and reruns of nuns marching, the inaguaration of Gloria as president, and the May 1 storm of the Palance. it has become entertainment, as far as values is concerned, they have been reduced as mere datas, exchange like money that does no longer refer to wealth, and Ninoy? a cast in the trilogy, and immortalized in paper, whose value for material exchange is more importnant than what he was considered to have done to the Filipinos, encapsulized in what he was considered to have said and i think it goes: “the Filipino is worth dying for?”

  5. midfield: You are welcome, sir. :) I appreciate your dropping by here. I’m keeping this blog updated at least once a week.

    reginaldramsey: Thanks for the philosophical insights, Da.

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