How can someone who truly did nothing to actually rally his people be tagged a hero? What follows is a story of illusion. A myth, born of a nobody. And the fables written into the pages of the so-called “victors” history books, of a man who, prior to the Martial Law years, was seen as nothing more than a representative of the Familial elite, who still dominate Philippine politics to this very day.
This goof should have never been made a HERO. He did absolutely nothing of historic worth for the country, except talk his ass off. And catch a bullet. That’s right folks. He got capped, because he didn’t know when to shut up!
From the moment he got back from Korea in 1952. And through most of his political career. He made no efforts towards actually molding something for the betterment of the nation. Here is a short list of what he could have done. But didn’t:
- He never created any type charity works. Or special projects.
- He never gave a scholarship to any school children.
- He never had any popular projects to support the underprivileged.
- He never made a single contribution to either the local or national infrastructure.
- He never did anything to boost the the economy.
- He never gave any impression he had vision for the future.
- He simply capitalized on the stubborn nature of then-president Marcos. Yet, never once, did he speak publicly in front of throngs of people. Only on the floor of the Senate.
Think about it. This goof Ninoy, has never even been considered for any kind of “top 10” list. What has he really done for the Filipino people? Unlike Magsaysay, Bonifacio, nor the modern-day Joan of Arc’ Loida-Lewis. A woman whose charity within the Bicol region, has amounted to millions of pesos. Ninoy? None of these. What’s worse, he was a Communist sympathiser. For example: He was never in Plaza Miranda when the bombing occurred. Apparently, he was either warned by his communist associates to avoid the event. Or, as some evidence suggests. He may have planned the entire incident himself.
He also used Communist support to finance his campaign against Marcos. Thus, he proved to be a political hypocrite. He never once offered any economic platforms, nor anything that could have pointed the Philippine nation in a direction along the lines of the other Asian economic tigers of the time. Instead, he used his senatorial position to attack and castigate president Marcos for the formers hard line stance against the growing communist threat in the late 1960’s. Rather than proposing stronger democratic institutions at a time when many communists groups were being established. And China was actively supporting a number of leftist organizations within the country.
How can a nation continue to sell this goof as a hero. When he has done absolutely nothing to help his countrymen. And not just within his native province of Tarlac. But also from Luzon to Mindanao and Visayas? Verbal foibles that never fed an empty stomach. Nor filled an empty table.
Ninoy was just another Oligarch. But would never openly profess it.
His father was a Japanese collaborator during the 2nd World War. A Makapili as some might say.
He was married to a Cojuangco. Another greed driven clan. Again. How can he be tagged a hero?
- Rizal, an Ilustrado, wrote many revolutionary letters and books before he was executed.
- Bonifacio bravely led the Pugad Lawin before he was betrayed by his Katipunan colleague, Aguinaldo.
- Magsaysay came from humble roots and was loved by the people.
- Even Manny Pacquiao had to take thousands of hits, before becoming a Champion.
And Ninoy? He was only good at giving speeches regarding how things should be in this country. And that’s all he ever did. Talk, talk, and more talk.
Then he got shot.
Was proclaimed a HERO martyr.
They have made all kinds of bronze statues, monuments, and busts after him.
What is with this nation, and people who talk a lot? Is that what it takes to become a hero? If so, then why not make Lacierda a Hero? Or how about Boy Abunda? Kris Aquino? Inday Badiday? Or even Secretary De Lima?
They’re talkative aren’t they? But then again, they’d have be shot first. Wouldn’t they?
Ninoy Aquino, a plain idealist that contributed nothing to the nation. All talk. Never an ounce of action.
* Compiled from assorted Internet sources. And a sample posting from Jessie Parayno.