Reflection on President Cory Aquino’s First Death Anniversary

One year ago today, the Filipino nation went into mourning over the death of former Pres. Corazon Aquino. The outpouring of grief was such that many people felt it was the last straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back.
It was not so much the thought of losing undoubtedly the most revered President in memory but the sadness over how much the country lost in terms of how the then tenant of Malacanang conducted herself.
The sharp contradictions between Cory and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) during their respective tour of duties reminded people of a not-so-distant past when there was decency and civility at the top.
In due time, it became very clear that the end was near for then Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and those who were identified with her. There was no way Filipinos would miss the opportunity to pass in the election less than a year later.
Like a rabbit pulled out of a hat, the grieving nation then joined the clamor for her only son to join in the fray. Reluctant at first like her, then Sen. Benigno Simeon Aquino III (P-Noy) would eventually answer the call of the times.
We all know what happened in the May 10 elections.
Cory’s son and Ninoy’s namesake surged ahead in spite of the massive black propaganda and vicious campaign waged by some of his rivals. The son rose from her mother’s grave.
It is premature to pass judgment on how P-Noy’s watch would end. There is no basis for doing so.
The point, however, is not so much about P-Noy, although he is now more than just a novelty. It is rather about a woman who has proven once again the adage that you cannot put a good person down.
While GMA and some of her sycophants made fun of her at the height of their scandalous reign, it turned out that the joke was on them. Less than a year after Cory’s death, it would be no laughing matter for them.
There is no way to explain the Cory phenomenon in concrete terms. She means differently to different people so putting it down in writing is impossible.
It is like the wind. You cannot see or hear it but you can feel it.
If there is one thing that should strike us about Cory, it is the undeniable truth that one life can indeed make a difference in the lives of people.
Cory impacted the lives of the Filipino so much that they were willing to trust her son to turn things around. There is no doubt that Filipinos adored Cory.
Even, or perhaps, especially so, in death.