Pnoy or Benigno Simeon Aquino III descended from three generations of Aquinos in government service. We trace his lineage from Braulio Aquino, Servillano Aquino, Benigno Aquino Sr and Benigno Aquino Jr. All of his forefathers worked in government service since the Spanish period up to present. But Pnoy failed miserably. Worst than his forefather’s failure and misadventures during their time.
This post will be the last part of the series, A Story of Patriotism and Treachery and will briefly discuss the administrations of Corazon Cojuangco Aquino and her only son Benigno Aquino III.
Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino is No Saint
“Dressed in the skin, the wolf strolled into the pasture with the sheep. Soon a little lamb was following about and was quickly led to slaughter.” – Quotesgram.com
Corazon Aquino was a soft-spoken woman who can never do wrong. But she may not be who she is. One of her hobbies is playing majong. There is nothing wrong with that. What is wrong is when you use gambling to give critical positions in the government to the winner. Cory in one of her speeches as the newly installed president through people power promised to return Hacienda Luisita to the farmers. The farmers waited and nothing happened. This is just one of the things most of us who have been reading about her family knows.
I will not talk about Cory Aquino’s misadventures in this post but I will recommend for you to read good books. These are books written by author-journalist Cecilio Arillo.
The first book Greed and Betrayal describes Cory Aquino’s administration. It describes how the scams and anomalies of the Cory Administration surpassed that of the Marcos Regime. I kept my copy of this book in the Philippines. Read it and it will surely blow you away.
The second book is A Country Imperiled: Tragic Lessons of a Distorted History, demystifies Benigno Aquino Jr and Corazon Cojuangco Aquino. The book is written to correct history as well as to let the Cojuangco-Aquinos account for their sins rather than be glorified.
More interesting is a book written by an American author named Lewis E Gleeck.
While the catholic church in the Philippines is keen on making Corazon Aquino a saint, the American author does not. This book, entitled Corazon Aquino: Sainthood Postponed was published in 1995.
I learned about this book through one of my friends. He told me Sainthood Postponed was banned in the Philippines because it was considered as a personal attack against Corazon Aquino. My friend also added that the Cojuangco-Aquinos were so keen on stopping the circulation of the book at all cost. In fact, the publishing rights of the book was already bought. I don’t really understand what he means but it means something to that effect.
When I look up the book in the internet several years ago, I can still read snippets of articles about the Sainthood Postponed. By that time, the book was no longer available in online bookstores including Amazon. Today, as I am writing this post, I look it up again and the articles are already missing. The book is in Amazon but is still currently unavailable. I am sharing here an excerpt from the preface. Better yet visit the site.
“Even though I truly mean no disrespect, it is risky to criticize a saint… I was never an admirer of Senator Aquino, whom I knew from 1963 to 1973. Though I conceded that he was brilliant, I found him a demagogue, a Filipino politicial in the traditional mode, and one dangerously cooperative with the Communists. Cory Aquino and many of Ninoy’s close friends believe him to have undergone a spiritual transformation in prison, being converted to Jeffersonian democracy and Gandhian non-violance. Their ideas demand respect, but as the following pages will attest, I do not share them.”
When Cory Aquino Died the Country Turned Yellow
When Cory Aquino died the country turned yellow that it looked like it has caught the hepatitis virus. From then on the country turned really very sick. The media, specifically, ABS-CBN as well as the Philippine Daily Inquirer where instrumental in glorifying the image of the Aquino’s. It was their glory days so to speak. Cory Aquino was treated with piety as if she was a saint.
An Emperor with No Clothes
Filipinos have a penchant for voting relatives of dead persons. It was the death of Benigno Aquino Jr that catapulted his wife, Cory into the presidency. When Cory died, the Filipino people put her son into the same position in 2010.
Pnoy was a representative in the Second District of Tarlac in 1998 and was re-elected in 2001 and 2004. In 2007, Pnoy became a Senator. He passed no laws but who cares. Even with a luckluster performance in government, Pnoy became the 15th President of the Philippines. His image was so well polished by his propagandist and spin doctors – the media. In 2010, his oligarchy family made a mistake in putting him in the highest position of the land.
Like his mother, Cory Aquino, Pnoy was lukewarm about the Sabah claim. At one point, in a speech he delivered, he boasted about his father’s expose of operation Merdekah. Pnoy also gave the MILF, 5 million pesos in August 22, 2011 in Malaysia.
I do not need to enumerate how Pnoy ran the country and why this nation is on the brink of death. Writing about it will not only exceed the limit of this post but will also give me a heart attack.
But in the six years that Pnoy ruled this country. The nation was so sick that even as Pnoy roams the city with no clothes. They see him clothe or even if they did see him naked, they do not bother anymore because they are so weak to think and act.
Nevertheless in March 2015, Pnoy was slapped with treason charges. One of the complaints included the giving of 5 million pesos to the moro rebels by Pnoy.
Aquino Family of Traitors
To sum it all up we get the following picture.
Servillano Aquino exiled in Hongkong with Emilio Aguinaldo. He was one of the suspects for killing Heneral Luna as well as for stealing the revolutionary coffers worth millions.
Benigno Aquino Sr was charged with treason in 1946 for collaborating with the Japanese. During the Manila siege, he took off with General Yamashita in the comforts of Baguio City. He was heckled and stoned to death by Filipinos.
Benigno Aquino Jr was charged with treason in 1977. He was a CIA agent, a Malaysian collaborator and active CPP-NPA supporter.
Benigno Aquino III was charged with treason for giving 5 million to the moro secessionist group.
End of Aquino
This year’s election may be the end of the Aquinos in public service. A bachelor at age 56, Pnoy will never have any descendant to bear his Cojuangco-Aquino name. Kris Aquino’s son by Philip Salvador and James Yap, still carries the Aquino surname. They, if God forbid, will in the next decades become the president of the Philippines but as for now, we will be one less of a bad omen of a name.