Light in August

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Light in August


Byline: Adrian E. Cristobal

UNLIKE Eliot's April, August for many of us is the cruelest month, for it was the month that Ninoy Aquino was gunned down in the first political assassination that brought down a regime. But the mystery remains, for the implicated soldiers are either not saying, perhaps do not even know, who the "mastermind" is.

"Let sleeping dogs lie." After all, democracy had been restored, except that the dawn presaged by "those who died in the night" is still a promise. It's true that like Rizal, Ninoy believed that the Filipino was worth dying for. But the question that remains to this day is the worth of the Filipino.

The revolutions sparked by the deaths of Rizal and Ninoy were despoiled by the imaginably lucky inheritors who revived the corruption and oppression of former times, even, as some would say, with a vengeance. The many who looked forward to the dawn woke up to darkness at noon.

Another national figure, August-born, dreamt and fought for national independence so ardently that he even preferred "a government run like hell by Filipinos to a government run like heaven by Americans. …

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