I SHED NO TEAR FOR TITA CORY
The Filipino nation from all across the world mourns the passing of a wonderful and truly charismatic leader. Everybody born before 1980 knows her. She led this country out from the darkness and oppression of a malevolent regime to restore democracy and freedom to Filipinos desperately longing for it. She became the light that most Filipino carried as they emerge from the long and dark tunnel of dictatorship and lost liberties. She was a symbol, a beacon for all that is honorable and upright. She was, plainly, Tita Cory – the 11th President of the Republic of the Philippines.
Corazon C. Aquino was sworn in as Chief Executive under tumultuous circumstances. Many thought she would not last long and would miserably fail as President. But, she was brave, gritty and dedicated to the welfare of the Filipino people. She was no push over. I think she delighted in proving her critics wrong in the end.
She was the best person who could have led this country in that point of our national history. Her greatest legacy, in my opinion, is the peaceful transition of power pursuant to the provisions of the 1987 Constitution. She made sure that democracy is here to stay in the country. Because of her, the Filipinos will never allow another dictatorship. Because of her, Filipinos will be fighters and defenders of democracy. And because of her, the Filipinos will exercise many freedoms that some of our Asian neighbors never get to experience in their lifetime.
Her battle with colon cancer did not diminish her stature in whatsoever way. In fact, it taught me to be brave in the face of insurmountable odds. No one dreams of fighting a debilitating disease. Despite her disease, she was always smiling and very gracious to everyone. Isn’t that courage under fire?
Tita Cory taught me to be grateful. Though, she was in pain in the last few months of her life, she was certainly grateful for having the love and support of her children, grandchildren, friends and well wishers. She was grateful that someone was taking care of her, praying for her and thinking good thoughts about her, as opposed to the people who suffer and die alone without the love, prayers and support of even their closest relatives. She lived an extraordinary life and no disease will ever diminish what she had accomplished.
In the future, someone will write a biography about Her Excellency Corazon C. Aquino. (If such a book has been written, I will get a copy immediately.) I think that will be a bestseller. I think so because most of us would want something to have physically that will let us remember how good and how important a human being she was for the Filipinos and for the entire world as well.
I shed no tear for you Madame President because you lived a full life. Your contributions to nation building and democracy are the envy of our current leaders and pseudo leaders. You are truly a servant of Christ. You will be forever an inspiration to those who wish to lead this country in the future.
Farewell Tita Cory. You will be missed but you will never be forgotten. Your values and what you stand for will always remain in the hearts and minds of the Filipino people, who you truly loved and cherished. I salute you Madame President. God speed.