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Postscript to Noynoy

A news item in the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported the successful march of thousands of peasants from various parts of the country, from Northern Luzon to Southern Mindanao, to Mendiola. There, the chants and speeches inevitably led to mentioning Cory Aquino’s failure to implement genuine agrarian reform during her term. Satur Ocampo, a senatorial candidate, specifically called on presidential candidate and senator Noynoy Aquino to make a public stand for genuine agrarian reform. This may be, in part, to rectify the failures of her mother in that aspect of her governance. Remember, one of the first promises of Cory during her electoral campaign against the dictator Marcos was to “implement agrarian reform and give the land to the farmers.” This did not happen, of course, as the Aquino administration pushed for an agrarian reform program far from thoroughgoing and comprehensive as its title suggested.

In the last paragraphs of the news item was a quote from Noynoy, answering Satur’s challenge.

But Aquino, who was in Cebu, did not take Ocampo’s potshots sitting down. “Satur should be the last person to call my mother a failure. The freedom of expression he is enjoying and the freedom given to all political prisoners under Marcos, he owed to my mother. Is that failure?” asked Aquino.

(This reminded me of a story Satur once related about Cory Aquino. It was after the strike of farm workers broke out in the Cojuangco-owned hacienda, the Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac, in 2004. The militant groups, in solidarity with the farmers, wanted to picket Cory’s house in Times Street, Quezon City. It also happened to be during the height of Hello Garci protests. Cory called on Satur to her house. She was irate. Cory told Satur of her immediate family’s limited involvement in the hacienda. She then reminded Satur: “Tandaan mo, ni-release ko si Joma (Sison).” Remember that after the Edsa uprising, said Cory, she released the political prisoners. Satur, then a rebel negotiator, went aboveground to negotiate peace with the Aquino government.)

Noynoy’s reaction had nothing to do with agrarian reform. But it reflects precisely how he thinks. It illuminates us on how he came to shun the Left in his senatorial lineup for 2010 elections: He did not want the leftists to be part of his lineup because “masama ang loob niya” that the latter picketed Cory’s house in 2004. He was angry with the Left, whom he believed did not acknowledge Cory enough for her role in restoring formal democracy in the country.

The statement that we (least of all, Satur) owe our so-called democracy to Cory Aquino shows Noynoy’s and the Aquino’s aristocratic attitude towards history and their role in it. We do not owe Edsa solely to Cory Aquino, least of all, to Noynoy. They, however, owe everything to us, the people.

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7 thoughts on “Postscript to Noynoy

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  2. Gyerahin si Aling Dionisia says:

    “Satur should be the last person to call my mother a failure. The freedom of expression he is enjoying and the freedom given to all political prisoners under Marcos, he owed to my mother. Is that failure?”
    Hindi nga niya sinagot yung tanong, eh.
    Bobo talaga ng auti na eto.

  3. “We do not owe Edsa solely to Cory Aquino, least of all, to Noynoy. They, however, owe everything to us, the people.”

    Tumpak. At hindi nakakagulat ang pananaw ng mga aristokrata na ang mga indibidwal na personalidad ang humubog ng kasaysayan.

    Hapi ako ngayon sa pagbabasa ng dalawang mong artikulo. Naks.😉

    @ Gyerahin: Hmm. Kung tingin mong bobo si Noynoy, pwede naman syang maging bobo sa sarili nya. Hindi nya kailangang maging autistic.

    @ KR – 3x ko na itong sinabmit na komento ha? (Ano ang problema mo, WordPress?) Paki-delete lang pag pumasok yung naunang dalawa pa. Baka mapagkamalan akong ulyanin.

  4. krguda says:

    Gyerahin, salamat sa pagkomento. Di na kailangang tawaging autistic si Noynoy (and besides, medical condition ito na hindi dapat ginagawang pandaot sa pulitiko, hehe).

    Karen, pumasok sa spam ang naunang dalawang komento mo. Bakit kaya? Kahit mga komento ni Teo, sa spam din pumapasok minsan. Hmm. As always, salamat muli sa komento.😉

  5. boodz says:

    I’d just like to add that when Satur, together wife his wife, Bobby, resurfaced in 1989 to prepare the groundwork for a renewed attempt at peace talks between the GRP and the NDFP, the Cory Aquino regime treacherously ordered their arrests.

    This was at a time when the NDF was proposing a unilateral ceasefire declaration should the Aquino regime heed the non-renewal of the US Bases treaty.

    So quits na sila? I don’t think so. Mas malaki utang nila sa Kaliwa at sa Bayan. But I never even heard Satur shove this fact to their faces, when in fact he has every right to do so.

    How callous and arrogant of Noynoy.

  6. Karen says:

    @boodz: Dapat siguro i link/transfer natin itong komento mo dun sa kay TeoM’s post sa kabila. Yung Lakbayan 2010 ng magsasaka’ng naging diskusyon sa eleksyon.

    @kr: who is manuelbuencamino? ay teka. dun ko nga itanong

    • krguda says:

      hi karen. true, malupit ang balitaktakan dun kay teo. hehe. si ko kilala si manuel buencamino, maliban na lamang kung ano ang minsang nababasa ko sa blog niya. pero di ko na binabasa. hehe. may sagot na ata si teo sa tanong na yan sa blog niya.

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