EDITORIAL| AUGUST is a special month

AUGUST is something Davawenos look forward to every year because this is usually the month when our sidewalks, street corners and markets overflow with fruits. It is the time when the air is redolent with the pungent-sweet smell of Durian, marang. Lanzones and mangosteen.

But while the excitement is still felt because of the buntings and colors that dot the city, without the abundance of fruits we can’t really get into the usual vibe we felt in the past years. In vital streets of the city, private events groups have set up stalls showcasing the treats of established and new restaurants. Magsaysay Park has become an attraction with the authentic architecture and food of our 11 tribes. Most of the big companies have their own events that draw people to celebrate Kadayawan in the time of Martial Law.

All these things aside, August holds historical significance for us. In the 70’s, the nation saw the devastation wrought by the Plaza Miranda bombing shortly before the elections. In the 80’s, August was the month when charismatic political leader Senator Ninoy Aquino was shot at the tarmac of the Manila International Airport, giving impetus to the growing opposition that finally led to the downfall of the late Pres.  Ferdinand Marcos. The rest, as the cliché goes, is history.

In this decade, we have lost former Interior Secretary Jess Robredo, a man who has shown that transparency in governance is possible and that a leader does not have to be feared to be obeyed.

Early this week, one of the most respected department secretaries was rejected by the Commission on Appointments. Former Social Welfare Judy Taguiwalo was denied the position with no clear reason other  than her previous involvement with the underground movement and her staunch and unwavering service to the people.

The month of August will end soon enough. It will usher the coming of the “ber” months and a few winks later, the end of another year.

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