I thought we were lonely voices in the wilderness – Alan and I, human rights lawyer Rene Saguisag, De la Salle Professor Xiao Chua, Miriam College Professor Alvin Campomanes, sculptor Toym Imao, Ateneo Professor Ambeth Ocampo, UP Professor Dr. Ricardo T. Jose, musician Lourd de Veyra, to name a few. And we were very few.
Most of you gave no indication of remembering, or even caring, that a long-dead tyrant was about to be buried a hero.
What’s it to you? You did not go through the horrible experience of always being fearful. Of often looking around whether a military spy was listening. Of always trying to read between the lines of reports in government-controlled newspapers to guess what government officials were trying to hide behind their lies.
But you care.
And you showed you care in a most unexpected and refreshing manner.
What happened two Fridays ago was like an explosion of fury and snark. Was it partly because the presidential spokesman called you “temperamental brats” for opposing the President’s wishes?
You know that the resistance against the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos has gone full circle. It was also people your age who first resisted Marcos. And it seemed he had silenced them when he declared Martial Law. But the youth kept resisting and resisting and resisting. And Marcos lost.
Now I am less fearful about our future. Less fearful that the next generation has forgotten how to resist when freedom is threatened.
But you know, this is just the beginning.
There’s a long road ahead of you, of us and the country.
Meanwhile, thank you for resisting and caring in your own, humorous way. – Raissa