Is the Filipino Still Worth Dying For?
“I have asked myself many times: Is the Filipino worth suffering, or even dying, for? Is he not a coward who would readily yield to any colonizer, be he foreign or homegrown? Is a Filipino more comfortable under an authoritarian leader because he does not want to be burdened with the freedom of choice? Is he unprepared, or worse, ill-suited for presidential or parliamentary democracy? I have carefully weighed the virtues and the faults of the Filipino and I have come to the conclusion that he is worth dying for because he is the nation’s greatest untapped resource.”
[Part of the speech given by Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr. on August 4, 1980, at a convocation of the Asia Society in New York City]
Quoted from An Eyewitness History People Power: “The Philippine Revolution of 1986: More than just a funeral, the procession of mourners for Ninoy Aquino was a political demonstration, the biggest within memory…”