The past comes back to haunt. As indeed do Cory's own words, when she promised during the "snap elections" that the first thing she would do was subject Hacienda Luisita to land reform. What a difference a month makes, which was all the time it took from the "snap elections" to Cory replacing Marcos, which turned out to be a sea change not just in the political landscape of the nation but in the moral outlook of the new governors. That was all the time it took for Cory to forget her vow.
Hacienda Luisita will always be a festering sore. It will always be the symbol of the failure of Edsa to move the country from tyranny to democracy, if by democracy is also meant-as Ninoy argued-the pushing back of oligarchic rule. You can't have a more oligarchic rule than feudal rule, which takes place in Hacienda Luisita notwithstanding its seemingly capitalist conversion into an industrial enclave.
Note the passage I highlight in bold.
I wonder then, if the man grew a new brain somewhere between 2004 and 2010 where he now routinely writes about Edsa with zealous gusto the way he does here:
It was as though a not very minor miracle had just taken place, also not unlike the way the Biblical epistlers described the rock at the tomb of Lazarus rolling away to reveal the return of life. Or not unlike the not very minor miracle the people themselves saw not very long ago, which was the end of a long night and the dawning of a new day, the miracle now called Edsa.
Are Conrado de Quiros and the words he writes to be trusted? You be the judge.