Last week, the nation paid its respects to the late Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. whose death helped spark a nationwide protest that ultimately spelled the end of the Marcos dictatorship.* * * * * * * * * *
Nope, he did not single-handedly oppose the dictatorship. There were hundreds of thousands in various walks of life who also paid the supreme sacrifice or who suffered while opposing the dictatorship.
But his death on Aug. 21, 1983 helped hasten the end for Marcos rule when it crystallized for the middle and upper classes of Philippine society the reason to link arms under that encompassing slogan: “Tama na! Sobra na!”
The cry was so compelling that even Makati got into the act, showering marchers with confetti as well as providing encouragement and support. The nation has had enough. Finally, it ended as we all know with the EDSA revolt that prompted the Marcoses to flee to exile.
A tyrant has been vanquished. But the compelling reasons that continue to prevent this country from getting over the hump remain entrenched: massive poverty and underdevelopment.
A friend of Ninoy, Senator Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel, said these are part of the reasons why rebellion and lawlessness seemed endemic to this archipelago.
Any chance this country will summon the collective will and strength to stamp out mass poverty once and for all?
Belated congratulations to the newly-wed couple, Marc Daryll and Kira Anne who took their vows the other week at the San Jose Parish church in La Trinidad.
The bride is the eldest daughter of the London-based Enrico Cariño Sabatchi and Analyn Olsim Sabatchi while the groom is the son of Ferdinand Labagnoy and Roselle G. Echalar.
Standing as witnesses to their exchange of vows were Esto Asayco and Mercy Florendo, Joel Adian and Annie de Jesus, June Abenoja and Christine Racellis, Rudy Mencion and Evangeline Gapuz, Daniel Diaz and Florence Abenoja, Wilson de Jesus and Josie Victoriano, Roger Sabatchi and Angeline Laking, Leo Gapuz and Merl Tagle, Trox Olsem and Fe Rillera, Remegio Pasiteng and Rowena Gacula, Ferdinand Echalar and Freda Colorado, Velasco Cariño and Caroline David, Donato Bacquian and Rosita Walsiyen, Diome Hipol and Nancy Lee, Dennis Basngi and Andrea Caguioa, Eroll Tagle and Mila Gomez, June Fontanos and Lilibeth Rufino, Glenn Belagan and Perlita Abenes, Bert Chumanao and Florida Gomez, Ricky Bernal and Carmen Tictic, Victor Decoy and Arnolita Wayan, Melchor Diclas and Amparo M. Espada, Aladin Olsim and Remy Loy-od, Rey Rillera, Isabel Luis, Jhun Bacquian and Doris Diaz, Reynaldo Paredes and Janet Gundran, Ramon Nazario and Josephine Salomon, Ricky Samidan and Lota Enriquez, Samuel Paran and Demetria Cawis, Eduardo Dosdos and Myrna Sabatchi, Apollo Piluden and Bernadette Rimando, Arnel Piel and Dolores Abenoja, Rudy Patnaan and Betty Belwa, Isabelo Rimando and Susan Ong, Jan Fossgard and Nova Fossgard, Claudio Calugan and Divina Abenoja, Francis Lasuden and Marjorie Samidan, Reynaldo Ibay and Lumina Piel, Cesar Tayaban and Analyn Bao-idang, Jimmy Laking and Fe Carino, Aldin Talsan and Florence Poltic, Jovito Arinos and Viola de Dios, Ricardo Lampac and Eva David.
Welcome to the club, kaanakan.