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“How shall freedom be defended? By arms when it is attacked by arms, by truth when it is attacked by lies, by faith when it is attacked by authoritarian dogma. Always, in the final act, by determination and faith.”

― Archibald MacLeish

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Aquinos of The Philippines:True Icons of Democracy

P.Noy:Help heal the "Sick man of Asia"
Cory:Help restore democracy in the Philippines
Ninoy:"I have returned on my free will to join the ranks of those struggling to restore our rights and freedoms through non-violence. I seek no confrontation."
Cory And Ninoy In Marcos’ Military Tribunal
"You chose your parents well"
Nelson Mandela's words to Noynoy Aquino
"On one of the long corridors of Harvard University are carved in granite the words of Archibald Macleish: “How shall freedom be defended? By arms when it is attacked by arms; by truth when it is attacked by lies; by democratic faith when it is attacked by authoritarian dogma. Always and in the final act, by determination and faith.”
I return from exile and an uncertain future with only determination and faith to offer—faith in our people and faith in God."
Ninoy Aquino
(based 100% on quotes of Cory Aquino)

I just do whatever it is that I believe I should do,
Regardless of the risks to my life.
I would rather die a meaningful death
Than to live a meaningless life.

Faith is not simply a patience
That passively suffers until the storm is past.
Rather, it is a spirit that bears things
With blazing, serene hope.

It is true you cannot eat freedom
And you cannot power machinery with democracy.
But then neither can political prisoners turn on
The light in the cells of a dictatorship.

The nation was awakened by that deafening shot
They came out in the millions
All the world wondered as they witnessed...
A people lift themselves from humiliation.

Reconciliation should be accompanied by justice,
Otherwise it will not last.
While we all hope for peace
It should peace based on principle, on justice.
Magsaysay Award for International Understanding CITATION for Corazon Cojuangco Aquino   Ramon Magsaysay Award Presentation Ceremonies 31 August 1998, Manila
The most powerful symbols are simple ones. As news of the popular Philippine movement to unseat the dictator Marcos swept through the global village in early 1986, one image outshone the others: a brave woman in a yellow dress. Cory Aquino. Up till now her image lingers brightly as a symbol of nonviolent democratic aspiration the world over.
But symbols are simple only on the surface. Cory Aquino herself was not the architect of the movement she led, nor did she lead it by choice--this had been her husband's ambition. By experience, she was not a leader at all. Nor was the movement altogether coherent or unified. It was fragmented by personal rivalries and contradictory visions for the post-Marcos future. But when Aquino agreed reluctantly to stand for president, she brought to the struggle not only her celebrity as widow of the tyrant's most famous victim but also her integrity and her Christian faith and hope. This gave the movement a powerful moral center that galvanized the dictator's opponents and shamed his supporters. Along the boulevard of EDSA, People Power won the day. And Cory Aquino became president.
She then did as she had promised. Step by step, she dismantled the machinery of dictatorship and constructed the machinery of democracy: a free press and a new constitution, then elections. With each step, she limited her own powers and broadened those of others. She expanded popular participation in government and brought nongovernmental organizations into the national political dialogue. She sought earnestly to reduce poverty and improve public health, education, housing, and the environment. And she did her best to reconcile her government with its armed opponents in the countryside. In the process, she also stood down seven attempts to overthrow her embattled democracy by renegade power-grabbers from within her own military.
Cory Aquino could not possibly fulfill all the expectations she had awakened. No one knew this better than she. But as reality took its toll on the hopes of EDSA, she carried on buoyantly nevertheless. And consider, in the end, what she did manage to accomplish.
She united the democratic opposition to dictatorship in the Philippines and led it to victory.
She restored her country's democratic institutions and its good name in the community of nations.
She governed with integrity and the devout intention to do always what was best for the country and its people.
And, when her term was over, she stepped down in favor of an elected successor.
No Asian leader of our time can claim as much.
And what of Aquino's legacy elsewhere? The years after 1986 witnessed one democratic outburst after another--in Korea, Burma, China, Czechoslovakia, South Africa, Poland, Chile, Thailand, and, lately, Indonesia. Cory Aquino did not have a direct hand in any of these events. But in these many places and others, we know that those who yearned and worked peacefully for freedom consciously emulated her and the movement she led. Her example inspired their hopes. "Each national experience of winning freedom is unique," says Aquino. Even so, the friends of democracy everywhere should stand together. To them, she says happily, "I offer my country's story."
In electing Corazon Cojuangco Aquino to receive the 1998 Ramon Magsaysay Award for International Understanding, the board of trustees recognizes her giving radiant moral force to the nonviolent movement for democracy in the Philippines and in the world.
 From a previous administration that merely conjured economic growth statistics that our people knew to be unreal to a government that prioritizes jobs that empower the people and provide them with opportunities to rise above poverty.

From IHS:
The Institute for Humanist Studies (IHS) is a think tank based in Washington, DC, USA, whose purpose is to provide information and other resources useful in the promoting of humanism and humanism-centered solutions to socio-political, cultural and economic issues. 
The Philippine economy will more than double in the next decade as earnings from overseas workers and business outsourcing surge, a respected US-based think-tank said Monday.
Once the region's perennial economic laggard, the Southeast Asian country is poised to stage a major comeback to be one of the top three economies in the region by 2030, forecast Rajiv Biswas, Asia-Pacific chief economist for IHS.
"(The) Philippines economy has undergone a remarkable transition from a pussycat into a tiger economy over the last decade," he said in a statement issued ahead of the holding of the World Economic Forum on East Asia meeting in Manila.
"The Philippine economy has the capacity for robust long-term economic growth of around 4.5 percent to 5.0 percent per year over the 2016 to 2030 time horizon," the report said.
The economy will grow from its present level of about $280 billion to $680 billion by 2024, "with a projected GDP of $1.2 trillion by 2030," he added.
He cited the strong growth of remittances from the estimated 10 million Filipinos working overseas as well as the local business process outsourcing industry, which has surged in the past decade.
But Biswas also warned that in order to sustain economic growth, the Philippines will have to improve conditions to attract more investment to the key tourism and manufacturing sectors.
By Richard Javad Heydarian, Huff Post
As emerging economic giants of Brazil, Russia, China, and India whimper, global investors are increasingly enthralled by the bang of more compact, democratic and dynamic economies. A combination of robust domestic spending, macroeconomic buoyancy, and labor-market flexibility has more than compensated for their smaller size. The new darlings of international finance include countries such as Turkey, Indonesia, and the Philippines. While the two Muslim nations are well on their way to join the elite group of trillion-dollar economies, the Philippines is relishing a strong economic momentum.
Amid global fears of a double-dip recession, the Philippines represents a countercyclical story of growth and resilience. It is expected to expand by 5.5-6 percent this year. The currency has been relatively strong, while the stock market has been among the most bullish in Asia. The first quarter was most encouraging: the economy grew above 6 percent, while exports expanded by 7.7 percent. The country is also enjoying an 'era of moderation': interest rates are at around 4 percent, inflation is barely above 3 percent, and the debt-to-GDP ratio is at a historic low -- allowing considerable space for borrowing and monetary easing.
This sound economic environment explains why even "Dr. Doom" Nouriel Roubini has identified the Philippines as among the most resilient of key Asian economies in terms of responding to a major global shock. According to the Roubini Global Economics report, the country has considerable monetary-fiscal wiggle room to respond to growing volatility in the center-economies (i.e., euro zone, U.S., Japan, and China) and geopolitical uncertainties in the Persian Gulf.