Chel Diokno stirred our dormant civic virtueJOSE Manuel Diokno, the former law dean pushed into a doomed senatorial run because very few would dare run, lacks the gravitas of his late father, Ka Pepe Diokno. The late Ka Pepe was a figure like the wartime Churchill — people marched to the purity and utter selflessness of his summons. Of those opposed to Marcos, the deposed president made suffering under Martial Law hardest for two men — Ninoy Aquino and Pepe Diokno. Despots loathed those whom they cannot break, those who would not capitulate. Aquino or Diokno? Diokno or Aquino? Which one he loathed — or feared — most was a secret Marcos carried to his grave. Marcos was fully aware he could not co-opt either one. Chel Diokno, the son, is not the towering figure his father was. Yet, in 2019, the calm, at times awkward presence of the young Diokno on the campaign trail, including his occasional descent into mushiness, remains one of the most electrifying moments of that campaign. The opposition-minded voters wrote Bam Aquino’s name because of a statistical probability. They wrote the name Chel Diokni because of a leap of faith, that somehow writing that name… Read full this story
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