The number of cars on the road point to the lack of reliable public transportation. But the same can be said about their behavior during the Cory years.She has not been held accountable for the Mendiola massacres in 1987 where 13 people were killed by government anti-riot forces.
Filipinos are facing a different kind of tyranny nowadays – something that is even more difficult to remove than a single dictator – the members of the oligarchy.
They are the few powerful elite families and clans that own and control mainstream media, telecommunications networks, power and water supply.
Likewise, the Hacienda Luisita massacre in 2004 was when seven farmers died in the hands of PNP and AFP forces.
And now, during her son’s reign, BS Aquino has avoided taking responsibility for the countless deaths during his term starting with the eight Chinese tourists who died during the Mendoza hostage crisis in 2010 which was partly due to government incompetence in handling the situation.
For the same reason, six thousand people (a conservative estimate) died during the Yolanda typhoon in 2014.
And let’s now forget the 44 Special Action Force (SAF) troopers who died in the hands of members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front who were, at the time, in the process dictating the terms of a so-called peace agreement to BS Aquino.
It’s actually an indication of society’s lack of imagination and lack of planning. He has this bizarre way of spinning his failures to suit a perception favorable to him. There are a lot of people who say that life then was peaceful for those who did not break the law.
The number of malls is proportionate to the number of people who spend a lot of time doing shallow activities like shopping and spending money instead of saving or investing it. Do not believe anyone who says that life during the Martial Law years was worse than today. Of course there were the abuses committed by members of the military and the Philippine National Police.
I’m tired of reading stories from old farts about the so-called “people power” revolution that transpired at EDSA in 1986.
These old-timers hold a tradition to relive the tale over and over and this year is no different as Filipinos set out to mark the 30th anniversary of the event.
It’s no secret that the military respected both Enrile and Ramos in those days and possibly until now.