Phil. Star opinions
Posted by akosistella on April 20, 2010
An unexpected added impetus – the TIME Magazine cover
AS I WRECK THIS CHAIR By William M. Esposo
Your Chair Wrecker first met our late “Icon and Saint of Democracy” — as TIME Magazine had hailed Cory C. Aquino — in her Times Street residence, sometime in late 1983, when I accompanied our late STAR Chairman Emeritus, Betty G. Belmonte. Betty had sought to interview Cory about her thoughts on the approaching Christmas season which would be the first Christmas the Aquino family will have without husband and father Ninoy.
Among the many topics we talked about, Cory shared a discussion she once had with Ninoy, whose assassination led to the 1986 People Power Revolution. Per Cory, Ninoy intimated how he felt that a person can apply all human and worldly means to attain a high public office but when it came to the presidency — it is a public office that is made in Heaven.
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Agra says Ampatuans were elsewhere that day
POSTSCRIPT By Federico D. Pascual Jr.
CASE REVIEW: Like countless others enraged by the massacre last Nov. 23 of 57 individuals, 31 of them media workers, I was taken aback by news that two members of the Ampatuan clan blamed for the mass murder had been cleared by Justice Secretary Alberto Agra.
I was riled enough to start writing a piece assailing Agra’s reversing a recommendation of state prosecutors finding enough evidence to support charges in court. But when I read the secretary’s explanation, I held back, presuming that his appreciation of the facts and evidence was fair.
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