Thanks MLQIII for the response. The reason I raised the possibility was the sadness I felt when I read Buencamino’s memoirs in your column about the little girl who lingered close to the decaying corpse of her mother. Mutliply this tragedy a million times over and then fast forward to 2004 where 8 million of us Pinoys have been in a sense forced into a diaspora desperately seeking a better life. Why could we have not turned into a South Korea, Japan, Taiwan when we were definitely much more rabidly pro-America than any of these nations? Could Lolo MLQI have foreseen this disaster as he lay dying in Saranac lake?