Friday, October 14, 2005

By Gonzalo “Jun” Policarpio


According to the latest press reports, upon instructions from de facto President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to Manila Mayor Lito Atienza to stop the religious procession of human rights activists from proceeding to Mendiola Bridge, this “reborn tuta ni Gloria” obeyed his master without flinching. His policemen who were programmed to obey orders without question started to shoot with giant water cannons elderly marchers led by 77-year old former vice-president Teofisto Guingona and some elderly priests and nuns.

The sight on television yesterday that shows helpless Filipinos carrying rosaries and singing church hymns as they were being bombarded with piercing jet-like burst of water into their faces would make former dictator Ferdinand Marcos grin annoyingly in his grave. Because the new dictator Gloria is getting to be worse than him. Remember, Marcos also stole the presidency from the late Sen. Sergio Ozmena, Jr. but he stopped Gen. Fabian Ver from slaughtering the unarmed demonstrators carrying flowers and rosaries.

Look what happened when the Filipino people tolerated a cheating and lying President like Marcos to continue in power: a Martial Law regime that abridged the people’s human rights and robbed them of their national wealth. Is the Filipino worth dying for? Yes, I believe that’s the reason for Ninoy Aquino’s assassination. He died for democracy and freedom for his countrymen. Yet I think there’s a better way now to avoid years of sufferings, hardships, and merciless killing of Filipinos. Because the Filipino is worth living for: A pre-emptive strike against the new tyrants of tomorrow is in order ASAP.



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