On October 25, 1968, in a speech entitled “A Peace Plan for Central Luzon,” the late Senator Benigno Aquino delivered before a civic group, he said:
“There have been too many killings, my brothers and sisters. And these, we decry. The massacre of poor and hapless Muslim boys on Corregidor has yet to be explained. And now the list of unexplained killings in Central Luzon lengthens by the day.”
These words, utterred before the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law, could very well be a description of current affairs in the country, especially in Central Luzon.
The situation is just one of the too many similarities between the Marcos and Arroyo regimes. On the issue of political killings, here are more comparisons.