Are roads worth human life and freedom?
Former Senate President Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel, Jr. posed this question on Sunday to critics of the EDSA People Power Revolution that ousted the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
Speaking to radio DZMM, Pimentel said some of today's youth heap scorn on the uprising, citing the Marcos administration's infrastructure achievements.
The former lawmaker, however, asked: "Ilang kilometro ba ang daan na katumbas sa buhay ng isang tao o sa kaniyang kalayaan? Marami ang nawala noon... hindi na alam kung buhay o patay."
(How many kilometers of road equal one's life and liberty? Many people disappeared then, no one knows if they are still alive or dead.)
Pimentel, who was jailed during martial law for opposing Marcos, also noted that people then could be arrested for merely assembling in groups of 3.
He enjoined the public to exercise the freedom of expression and assembly won by the 1986 uprising, which marked its 32nd anniversary on Sunday.
"Magsalita tayo. Kung ano ang ating nakikitang tama, suportahan natin. Kung mali naman ang ginagawa ng pamahalaan, sabihin din natin. Iyun ang demokrasya," he said.
(Let's speak up. If we see something good, let's support it. If the government is doing something wrong, let us say it. That is the essence of democracy.)
DZMM, 25 February 2018