In the early 90s, we experienced many hours of power outages, 3 to 10 hours at a time. Without electricity, we used candles to light up our dinners and school work.
Our president was Fidel V. Ramos who, they said, inherited the power problem from Corazon Aquino, the country's 11th president. Reports said she failed to build enough power plants, thus, the struggle to keep our houses lit from evening to dawn.
I don't recall how long this lasted, but this was my earliest memory of Philippine politics: power outages, thievery, and fanning myself through the sweltering heat.
The memory of politics from childhood
The Philippines has had a corrupt government since the day I was born. That’s what I’ve been conditioned to think by what I saw on TV, heard on the radio, and from conversations heard at home. When I grew into an adult, they proved to be true.
Now that I’m older, my beliefs about our government have not changed at all. Politicians pull dirty tactics to win, and, when they do, they amass money and power out of greed. That’s how it has always been.
But there is one woman who shattered that belief. She is Leni Robredo.