Given all the issues on my plate and my departure for San Francisco tomorrow (I’m blogging before bed Saturday night in LA), I won’t have much time to blog on the passing of former Filipiino President Corazon Aquino, described by the AP as “the beloved democracy icon who swept away a dictator and inspired nonviolent resistance to autocratic rule.”
What the AP doesn’t mention was how the Reagan Administration helped her achieve that status, arranging for the exile of Ferdinand Marcos, the pro-American dictator she ousted in a popular election in 1986. Marcos had claimed he won, yet few outside of his circle believed him. With hundreds of thousands protesting the result and the military divided, some then feared civil war might break out. (Remind you of something else in the news recently?)
Alas that the AP is reluctant to report the support the Gipper gave to democracy, a legacy which endures today in the Phillipines. Let us hope that with the passing of Mrs. Aquino. Reagan’s successor takes note of the near quarter-century of democracy in this Asian archipelago and learns from one of the Gipper’s many successes.
And let us all remember the courage and principle of this late, great lady, Corazon Aquino.