President Corazon Aquino is dead, and with her dies the last shreds of civility in our public life. She was a good person. Say what you will about her administration, the illusions dashed and opportunities missed, but she was decent to us. She never mocked us, made fun of our hopes, or knowingly insulted our intelligence. Born to privilege, she never acted the spoiled brat. President Cory defended the Constitution from those who would twist it to their own ends. Here was a woman who rejected the temptation to perpetuate herself in power.
She was a lady, a rarity in this day and age and especially in this political system. She tried. We miss her like a limb. In mourning for Tita Cory we’re really mourning for ourselves and what could’ve been.
We knew it was going to happen and we thought we were prepared until we heard the news.
Bert said, “I’m glad I’m not on Zoloft now so I can cry for Tita Cory.”
Mike heard the news on the BBC. “That’s so sad,” he thought, and continued channel-surfing. When he got to Channel 2, Wowowee was on. The dancers came out shaking booty, and they were all dressed in yellow. Mike burst into tears.
The text messages were waiting for me when I got up. I went to the mall to buy a cake for my friend’s dinner, then I was having a very late lunch when the maintenance guys at Rockwell started tying yellow ribbons around the pillars. Goddammit I thought, I’m going to need that brazo de mercedes. It was the right color. We’re never going to retire that Tony Orlando and Dawn song, are we? Don’t care for Coldplay, but they have a song called Yellow. . .
Ernie recalled how he and Bert had attended the second Edsa Revolution in 2001. They had to see what was going on and Edsa was clogged so they walked from Makati to Robinson’s Galleria. When they got there, there were so many people that they still couldn’t see what was going on.
So they looked for a TV inside Galleria and watched the revolution from there.
On the trek back to Makati Ernie and Bert started arguing about poverty. The argument became so heated that Bert ended up throwing Ernie out of the house. Later they realized whom they’d made president by walking to Edsa. That’s probably why they fought.