Posted on August 21, 2005 - 10:04am :: Contributors
Panjee Tapales Lopez August 21, 2005 Last week, I began my column with a personal memory of the days that followed Ninoy Aquino's death. Today we mark its 22nd anniversary. This afternoon, many of us will converge at the People Power Monument to celebrate hope and inspire those still mired in apathy to wake up and be heard. "Ipagdiwang Liwanag ng Pag-Asa" will happen this afternoon. It will be a few hours of artistic performances, interfaith prayer, reflections, and sharing for a better Philippines. A text I received last week implored me not to mislead people by saying we are celebrating Ninoy's death anniversary when all we want is GMA's resignation. How can you mislead anyone when you are calling for an authentic restoration of truth? I had to remind this reader that one of the first to ask for GMA's resignation was Cory Aquino, Ninoy's widow. Yes, we are calling for GMA's resignation but it is part of a deeper and higher call for truth and integrity not just in government, but in every institution and individual, ourselves included. It is not a call for disunity. It is a call for unity through the path of cleansing, truth-telling and truth-living-- the only way we can defend and renew our democracy.