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. ■