Fr John J. Carroll, S.J. writes in an excellent Inquirer.net piece how, in long hindsight, so many opportunities that had presented itself to Filipinos way back in 1946 were missed:
- Build devastated Manila in a well planned way from a clean slate;
- Bring the guerrilla Hukbalahap movement (which went on to become a long-festering insurgency that soldiers on to this day) from the hills into the fold of legitimate participation in government; and,
- An opportunity to bring alleged war time enemy collaborators (which included President Manuel Roxas) and war criminals to justice.
Some things never change -- even after 65 years.