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The Filipino is Worth Dying For

Aug 2, 2009

Touch a blogger: Tie a yellow ribbon for Cory Aquino!It was only a matter of time, and finally it happened. Former president Cory Aquino finally joined our Creator last August 1. Her presidency may not have been the best of times, for the economy was in shambles and there were lots of coup attempts during that time. But one cannot deny the fact that above all other things, she gave us hope. She brought back democracy in our country.

Oftentimes, I was wondering if it was actually a good thing that EDSA 1 happened. If you look at the antics of the politicians today, you could only shake in disbelief as to the depths they would sink into to get what they want. And this is not only true in the national level, it is also happening in the local level, and even in small institutions. People were so jaded to the point that campaigns like Ako Mismo are being treated as a joke. I finally understand why a lot of people are leaving the country and seeking their fortunes elsewhere. And I must admit, the thought also crossed my mind.

Cory’s death brought me back to my senses. She didn’t want to become the president, but she did it anyway. She knew that it would be difficult, but she did it anyway. She did it for the sake of the Filipino people, who badly needed someone to look up to.

After the national day of mourning on August 5, most people might say that it is “business as usual” in the political arena. After all, there are only a few months left before the next presidential elections. People will go back to being jaded and look at the antics of the politicos with disdain or whatever. But for the love of our country, I pray that this is not the case.

I hope that the spark of nationalism spreading around doesn’t die like Cory did. Let the fire burn in our hearts, and motivate us to do everything in our power to finish what Cory Aquino started.

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