UBER Driver Regrets To Have Joined Anti-Marcos Protests
An UBER driver surprisingly admitted that he regrets for joining the massive anti-Marcos rally and protests back in the 80s. His revelation was due to some reflections and observations that he witnessed after late President Ferdinand Marcos was ousted from Malacañang Palace.
This afternoon I decided to take an UBER ride when I heared from my direct reports that there was a very low fare offered by the famous car service. Just after I booked the ride, the car arrived. It was a Hyundai Eon. I immediately fastened my seat belt seconds after I hopped into the car.
The UBER driver driver smiled at me and politely asked my destination since the app was frozen. The man was very friendly. He initiated a small talk while we were waiting for the traffic lights to switch to green. The usual topic about traffic and narrow roads turned to political discussion which I was expecting him to talk about.
He shared how active he was during the Marcos regime and how they organized the protests in Mendiola. He looked so sincere and honest on his stories. My skepticism, however, was pretty much dominating in me until he mentioned that he fully regrets his decision for joining the protests during the Martial law.
I was totally confused why he suddenly admitted that his decision was a huge mistake so I asked him to further explain and justify his message.
Here are some of the reasons he gave me.
1. Several of those leaders who led them at the nationwide protests were paid for the job.
2. Many of the activists joined politics and held national posts but were ineffective.
3. Corruption in the government has overly spread from national down to local government employees.
4. The objectives of the group were forgotten by their leaders after they successfully removed Marcos.
5. Poverty rate in the Philippines has increased during the administration after the Martial law and thereafter.
6. No aid nor recognition was given to the protesters. They were left by majority of their leaders.
Aside from those reasons, the UBER driver mentioned that the new generation of activitists don't have any idea on what were the true events during the martial law era. The driver said that the young protesters are completely misinformed.
There were other explanations that he discussed to me during the trip but I could no longer recall them all.
I have spoken to many people like this UBER driver. It seems that they have a common ground from each of their stories-they regret for joining the anti-Marcos rally back in the 80s.
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