I have an online subscription to the New York Times but I didn’t actually hear about the Editorial piece that came out in its April 5 edition entitled “Dark Days for Philippine Democracry” until I saw the retorts from the Arroyo administration in the Philippine Star.
All I could say when I saw it was — an Editorial piece… on the Philippines? There was nothing earth-shattering or new in what was written. Being in the Editorial section, it was the Editor’s opinion. Sadly, I will be the first to admit that much of the observations written down were true and echoed many times over by the opposition and the so-called dissenting pro-administration politicians back home.
Of course the Arroyo administration was quick to rebut and feign nonchallance. I say “feign” because we all know that it has rattled some cages. The Media is a very powerful tool if used wisely. If intimidated or threatened, it can hit back hard, and hit back hard it did. History has shown that the freedom of speech is one of the most beloved and militantly protected rights of mankind.
What was it that our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal say? The pen is mightier than the sword. And yes, this pen was wielded 10,000 miles away, but it echoes through the 7,100 islands of my homeland. Let us hope someone pays heed before it’s too late.