Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Philippines a chronic opportunity misser - even way back in 1946

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.

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