Letters to the Editor

Who makes history?

The Philippine Star

We are not makers of history. We are made by history. – Martin Luther King Jr.

Benigno Simeon Conjuangco Aquino III rose to power with massive popularity as a reluctant president of the country in 2010, yet, at once and by choice, he transitioned into obscurity or quiet, humble, private life when he left Malacañang, despite the great contributions he made to the nation as its leader, e.g. economic phenomenal growth and the unanimous ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration that favors our country’s claim over the West Philippine Sea versus China’s.

PNoy remained the good man that he was, from being a non-politician prior to his stint in Malacañang and after he left the Palace, even amid savage blows later against his person and a barrage of accusations and hateful, unfair and unwarranted criticisms about his leadership/presidency by equally savage pundits and politicians who have the penchant to build mountains out of molehills and “moles” out of mountains.

Politically motivated court cases were being lodged against the “poor lonely soul” left and right, even until his dying moments. He did not budge to rebut and defend himself or wreak vengeance against his detractors because, according to him, he can still sleep well at night, seriously ill as he was.

So he slept for good, and well.

History sees the alpha and omega. And yes, indeed, history will be kind to Noynoy because the greatness of a man is not measured and determined by “present” popularity. Noynoy died, but he is now making something great in Filipinos to come alive anew – through his passing. He was caught in between warring colors when he was alive – those who used him and those who despised him. Greatness cannot be confined to a particular color. Thus, the greatness of any man or woman is neither yellow nor any other hue/tint – or else, such a man or woman is far from being great. Wear yellow, white, blue, green, orange, red or black if you want, but a great person would see you colorless anyway until you realize you have to be.

Thankfully, we, as a people and nation, can rest assured that destiny (not troll armies and farms) has a way of correcting the wrong in society. And history can teach us priceless, unequalled lessons to guide our course today, and lead us to a bright, happy tomorrow, if we will learn.

History has a soul, unlike those who dare or would dare attempt to distort it to carve images for villains, the godless and Pharisees – to worship as false gods.

Respice finem. – Reni M. Valenzuela, renivalenzuelaletters@yahoo.com

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