Nine years ago, nagkaroon ng shortage ng angels sa heaven. Sinundo nila ang isang tao, na nag-inspire sa napakaraming Pilipino.
Yes, ang tinutukoy ko po si President Corazon C. Aquino.
Sino nga ba siya? Sa mata ng isang netizen, eto po si President Cory Aquino.
Imagine a young woman, thirtysomething or so, with the face of an even younger Kris Aquino.
She goes to visit her husband in prison, her small children in tow. She is checked by guards. They check the things. She is made to strip. She does this without complaint. Her children watch.
For seven years, she does this. They do this. They go through the drill. Somewhere in between, she watches her husband, there on trumped up charges, go down to 75 pounds, close to death, after a hunger strike. She is there when he is sentenced to death by firing squad. She is there when he has a heart attack. By some miracle, he is sent to the US for treatment, his death sentence commuted.
Three years later, her husband dies. Is killed, rather. He was deemed too dangerous by the country’s most powerful people. She hardly gets to grieve, but the nation does. And years later, when she dies, her son will hardly get to grieve too, but the nation will.
Many still do.
Pilit mang binabago ang kasaysayan ng mga trolls, pero sa puso ng bawat Pilipino nandoon ang katotohanan na naging inspirasyon siya nang nakakarami.
Happy birthday, Madame President Cory Aquino!