This was the headline of the Boston Globe the day after the Marcoses fled to Hawaii in 1986. I was a senior at Boston College, lived down the road from the Aquino family, and came from a family who had a history in public service through several decades. Needless to say, the feeling of elation, relief, hope and optimism that the Marcoses had left was palpable. I kept that newspaper in a college trunk all this time. So now that it’s 30 years later, it completely and utterly boggles the mind that we would, as a nation, seriously consider putting another Marcos into an elected position just a heartbeat away from the Presidency. I understand that one shouldn’t put the sins of the father onto the shoulders of the son, but really, with 103+ million citizens on this archipelago, couldn’t we just look for someone else, surely there is someone else with the intelligence, education (not misrepresented), experience, integrity and capability to do the job? Don’t you think we should take a moment to educate some of the 50+% of the population born after 1986 that one needs to know a bit of sordid history to perhaps avoid similar mistakes in the future?
To me personally, this would be like having Papa Doc and Baby Doc Duvalier’s grandson/son running Haiti, or Idi Amin’s offspring back in power in Uganda or Pinochet’s kids running Chile… but what do I know? Surely the youth and bulk of the voters today know what they’re doing, right?
If you need a 5 minute recap of the Marcos dictatorship, read this article by my uncle Jose V. Abueva in the Inquirer Op-Ed pages yesterday…