Please find time to read this open letter.
I read this last May 23, 2010 in The Philippine Star. This is practically true, written intellectually, well said, ethically expressed and worth sharing. Every Filipino must read this. The letter is written by F. Sionil Jose published in the Sunday Lifestyle section of The Philippine Star last May 23, 2010 (Sunday). F. Sionil Jose is one of the greatest Filipino writers in history and a National artist for Literature. For me he is also a pillar and great contributor in the contemporary Philippine Literature. (I really admire him). AN OPEN LETTER TO NOYNOY By F. Sionil Jose Dear Noynoy, You are now swamped with suggestions and advice, but just the same, I hope you’ll find time to read what this octogenarian has to say. You were not my choice in the last election but since our people have spoken, we must now support you and pray that you prevail. But first, I must remind you of the stern reality that your drumbeaters ignore: you have no noble legacy from your forbears. It is now your arduous job to create one for yourself in the six years that you will be the single most powerful Filipino. Six years is too short a time- the experience in our part of the world is that it takes at least one generation- 25 years- for a sick nation to recover and prosper. But you can begin that happy process of healing. Bear in mind that the past weighs heavily on all of us because of the many contradictions in it that we have not resolved, whose resolutions would strengthen us as a nation. This past is now your burden, too. Let us start with the fact that your grandfather collaborated with the Japanese. Your father was deeply aware of this, its stigma, its possibilities. He did not leave any legacy because he did not become president. He was a brilliant and courageous politician. He was an enterprising journalist; he had friends in journalism who can attest to his effulgent vision, who did not profit from his friendship, among them Nestor Mata, Gregorio Brillantes- you may consult them. I cannot say I did not profit- he bought many books from my shop when he was in Marcos’s prison, your mother brought books from my shop to him. Forgive me for giving you this unsolicited advice. First, beware of hubris; you are surrounded by panderers who will tell you what is nice to hear. You need to be humble always and heed your conscience. When Caesar was paraded in ancient Rome before the cheering multitudes, there was always a man chanting behind him: “Remember you are mortal.” I say to you, remember, the poor- some of them in our own hacienda- will be your ultimate judge. From your comfortable and privileged cocoon, you know so little of our country and people. Seek the help of the best- and the best do not normally want to work in government and neither will they approach you. You have to seek them. Be the revolutionary your father wanted to be and don’t be scared or wary of the word “revolution.” It need not be always bloody. EDSA 1 was not. Your father wanted to destroy the most formidable obstacle to our progress- the Oligarchy to which you and your family belong. To succeed, you have to betray your class. If you cannot smash the oligarchy, at least strive to have their wealth develop this country, that they bring back the billions they stashed abroad. You cannot do this in six years, but you can begin. Prosecute the crooks. It is difficult, thankless and even dangerous to do this. Your mother did not do it- she did not jail Imelda who was the partner in that conjugal dictatorship that plundered this nation. Watch her children- they were much too young to have participated in the looting but they are heirs to the billions which their parents stashed abroad. Now the Marcoses are on the high road to power, gloating, snickering at our credulity and despicable amnesia.
Still. please let me see this unhappy country begin to be a much better place than the garbage dump our leaders and people have made it.you are the anointed and only son. And most of all.she transformed the EDSA 1 revolution into a restoration of the oligarchy. she. Sionil Jose
. those powerful smugglers. You can be this long awaited messiah but only if you are brave enough and wise enough to redeem your father’s aborted promise. did not leave a shining legacy for her presidency was a disaster. I am 85 and how I despair over how three generations of our leaders failed! Before I go.scale the heights he and your mother never reached. Hopefully yours. go after your father’s killers. Your regime will be measured by how you resolve this most blatant crime that robbed us of a true leader.she united us in ousting an abominable dictator. She became president only because her husband was murdered and you became president elect only because your mother died.I hope he passed you most of it. She announced a revolutionary government but did nothing revolutionary. And finally. too.You know the biggest crooks in and out of government.for the good of this country and people. your mother. thieves. But. Your father had lots of it. tax cheats. now that you have the muscle to do it. And most grievous of all. Cory was only his wife. Blood and duty compel you do so.all you really need is the guts to clobber them. She promised land reform but did not do it. We loved her. you are your father’s son and may you now. F.