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The Yellow Legacy Continues

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cover_ninoy_aloneWhat’s the best gift parents can give to their only son who is running for the highest government position in the Philippines? LEGACY. Noynoy inherited his parents’ followers and supporters. Over some properties and assets, perhaps the biggest value he inherited is the People’s Power. The color yellow flooded the streets and arenas. Celebrities waived their enormous fees to wave the yellow ribbon to the crowds and endorse not just brand shirts, or colognes or what have you but to endorse Noynoy as the 15th president. Yellow once again became a fad and product lines were created all for the purpose of supporting Noynoy.

If you’re expecting T-shirts, posters and the usual baller IDs, you’re in for a surprise. Watches, fashion accessories, phonecards and cellphones were produced to help fund Noynoy’s campaign and make people remember the legacy of Ninoy and Cory Aquino and relate that legacy to Noynoy.

Little sister Kris used her media clout and endorsement power to the max. Her showbiz friends and colleagues pledged support – joining meeting de avances and making appearances all over the country. Even her youngest son Baby James joined the campaign trail, never mind that he made a cute booboo mentioning Villar. The support of the masses is evident, not even a koala can disprove otherwise.

The Philippines is officially still president-less, but not for long. Filipinos can only hope that the bright color insignia of the apparent new Commander-in-Chief lives up to the hope, freedom and democracy it has always stood for.
The Philippines has come of age, somehow. For a month now, the country with its historic change from manual to automated elections has caught the world’s eye. For once after several administrations, massive cheating through ballot switching or “dagdag-bawas’” did not take place. And although continued efforts flimsily try to prove the “Hocus-PCOS” (poll machine rigging/poll fraud) incidence, political analysts and critics generally agree that this year’s electoral season was one of the most peaceful we’ve ever had.
And with this historic chapter also came a landslide almost-victory that for many is a glimmer of hope for the Philippines finally, in a time of great turmoil and poverty.
It’s as clear as daylight and the color of the sun; it’s as clear as the multitudes that wear his color around their wrists, on their garments, on their vehicles, and on their picket signs during campaign sorties like it’s the 1986 EDSA Revolution all over again. The poll numbers – no matter that it’s “partial and unofficial” as of this writing – already speak volumes. The new Philippine President for the great majority of Filipinos is none other than the Son of People Power: Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

Call it déjà vu, or picking up where the country left off. With the yellow movement alive once more throughout the land, and a promising presidency to look forward to, it seems the country is just about ready to gallop into the global race again.
The last time the Philippines was evidently on an uphill climb to progress was over a decade ago, just before the Estrada administration. We all know what happened halfways through the term of the “Presidente ng Masa” come 2001: a repeat episode of the People Power of 1986, dubbed EDSA Dos.
Filipinos then felt that the spirit of the 1986 People Power was being put to waste. It was, after all, what dismantled 20 years of the Marcos authoritarian rule in the country. It was what made other nations take notice of the Philippines again after the economy went tumbling in disarray in the hands of a dictator.
On the night of February 26, 1986, when the Marcoses finally fled the Philippines, and Corazon Aquino became the celebrated new President, the whole world was watching in approval. American anchorman Bob Simon even remarked on international broadcast: “We Americans like to think we taught the Filipinos democracy. Well, tonight they are teaching the world.”

Looking more closely into history, EDSA 1 was actually the offspring of the first ever yellow movement. Three years prior, Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, endeared to the Filipinos as “The Best President the Philippines Never Had,” was finally coming home from exile in the US to challenge the dictatorship. Despite warnings and death threats, to which he only answered “The Filipino is worth dying for,” Ninoy boarded a flight to Manila on August 21, 1983.

Ninoy was assassinated on the same day, never living to see the resounding welcome Filipinos had for him. He died without seeing the city bursting forth in yellow ribbons, thousands of yellow ribbons that said “Yes, we still want you, Ninoy.”

The rest, as they say, is history, and history seemed to have prepared a destiny for a Benigno Aquino president. Because fast-forward to this day and age, when the only son of the heroes of democracy stepped up and sought Presidency, the Yellow Legacy continued and carried him through. The question still remains, nonetheless, if this younger Benigno Aquino can rise up to the challenge ahead.

Noynoy dominated the polls in a landslide almost-victory, not because of any elaborate “political machinery;” it was not even because of anything he has yet proven in the Senate or elsewhere. It was the yellow movement of the people, who trusted in his integrity and in his sincere desire to carry on the legacy of his parents Ninoy and Cory, that actually helped him succeed.

“Hindi ka nag-iisa,” so went one of his campaign ads; come to think of it, it rang true more for him during the elections, for the Filipinos definitely proved to him that he wasn’t alone in the fight for Presidency: seen in his millions of supporters across the country, who all wore the color that carries much meaning and history.

But now that Noynoy is about to assume presidency, it’s time that he proves to the toiling, poverty-stricken Filipino that indeed, hindi siya nag-iisa.


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