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Cory Aquino, that magnanimous housewife who led the Republic through the aftermath of the Iron-Rule, beloved by Filipinos, admired by the world, an icon in the modern era, teacher of a whole race, queen of democracy, a leader of change in two People Powers - one in EDSA I and the other in EDSA II - has just said something which held back many a lover of good governance especially those who are still masturbating in the excessive powers of the mob.
Asking forgiveness for participating in the ousting of a gambler is a logical fallacy of Ms. Aquino, for there is nothing to feel sorry about what we had decided of almost seven years ago. EDSA II was no mistake. If ever there was one it was the anti-reason enthronement of Mrs. Arroyo and not the popular conviction that the corruption of a casino administration ought to be brought down once and for all. At first I thought the better half of People Power hero Ninoy Aquino must have stated it the wrong way, yet she seemed to have meant it well, and no follow-up correction had been issued for clarifying the statement.
"I am one of those who plead guilty for the 2001 uprising. Lahat naman tayo nagkakamali. Patawarin mo na lang ako."It is hard to believe that a supporter of moral governance will speak of condoning one who committed grave dishonesty during his tenure, dishonesty which is perhaps equally comparable to that of Mrs. Arroyo. They do not belong to either side of the weighing scale but rather they lie in the same platform, adding to the weight encumbering the average Filipino except the burgesses.
And will Cory's statement encourage Estrada to go for 2010? Earlier there were rumors that he would, and he may be looking for a favorable impetus before he calls it all systems go, for by attempting for another term the old man wants of course to redeem himself. Whether he will verify it or not we are yet to find a clear and reliable clue, but if he decisively affirms it and runs for president (and unfortunately, by slim margins inched by some Filipinos who cannot really perceive the difference of filming from real life, wins), for sure the mammon of power and wealth right in front of him cannot be resisted so easily by Erap who has been known to me as a man of many words but least actions. To trust him again will be another risk to be taken by a country which cannot afford a take one-take two mode of governance especially when it leads to nothing but pure bullshit.
All I can say about this is that Cory, in the twilight of her heroic life, has suddenly been out of her senses for once by implying that it was a mistake to free the country from the clasps of a crooked and immoral leader. Yet even though this is my impression of the incident, I will never lose my inimitable respect to her and thank her for being the conscience of the Filipino people all throughout our struggles in every upheaval of the decades.