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‘Are we really worth dying for?’


As we commemorate the death of Ninoy Aquino, I can’t help but to look back and make my own reflection. The gruesome event turned into a blessing in disguise — toppling the (conjugal) dictatorship for almost 3 decades! But the question that keeps bugging my malicious mind is this: “Is Ninoy’s sacrifice for us really worth it?”

Some many unexpected turn of events took place, thus making this more complicated and incomprehensible. The family of the ousted dictator is back in the helm and mutiplying like bacteria, expanding their influence again across the solid north.

There is a rumor (Flamma fumo est proxima. Flame follows smoke or If there’s smoke, there’s fire) that Bongbong Marcos plans to try his luck on 2016 Presidential election While those who fought the dictator claiming as human rights and freedom fighters turned into nuts like Joker Arroyo, Rene Saguisag, Jojo Binay to name a few. There are lots of them, some have already lost their integrity because of their greed for power and became turncoats. They said, even the communists who claim to fight capitalism and advocates social equality, once they tasted power, they themselves become drunk with it and wanting for more. Just look around and you will see my point.

Looking back and looking also at the present political landscape in the Philippines, my question still remains, “Quo vadis Pilipinas?” With all these quagmires that beset our country due to brazen corruption, power tripping, lies and deceptions, incompetencies and utang na loob and many more negative traits that have permeated in every political being, are we really worth dying for? When will we ever learn?

I remember what the great Albert Einstein said and I quote: “Insanity is doing the same thing all over again, and expecting different result.”

At this point in time, the only thing I could really do is to hope and pray that the future of our country will be brighter as what the present administration envisions to take the M.Scott Peck’s “The Road Less Travelled”. For them to achieve that “Narrow Road that Leads to Straight Path”, they ought to be aware that their actions must not be incongruous with their proclamations. Otherwise, the great Arnold Toynbee will laugh at us rolling and say, “I TOLD YOU SO.” Because he said, “Anyone who has not learned from the past is doomed to commit the same mistake.”

Yes, I still and will always believe that Filipinos are really worth fighting for. But we must transcend this statement. We must do something that is consistent to our vision and mission of a better Philippines. If not, every drop of blood that will be shed will be wasted — because the blood that being sucked by the social leeches can never be converted into “dinuguan”. It’s something we can’t feed to the millions of hungry and homeless Filipinos.

By Monsi Serrano

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