Both defied our traditionally machismo society.
One's voice has been trusted and respected even during her private life. The other's words are like poison if swallowed and that a "private life" will be unlikely in her vocabulary.
One, even to her grave, is still a driving force for people to unite. The other, even in a blunder, is a driving force for people to make a joke.
And a joke is one of the very few things that makes Juan dela Cruz sane in these trying times.
No wonder the recent editorial blunder of Manila Bulletin stands out to be funny rather than solicit outrage from the people. And yes, a sinful thought it may be, I can't help but grin.
Four years ago, another blunder aroused collectors and jokers alike.
Remember this version of our 100-peso bill that was circulated Christmas of 2005 during the height of the controversy of our current president's legitimacy due to accusations of electoral fraud? The running joke back then was that this proves that even our printing machines cry out illegitimacy. What a good way to have an effective flyer!
In the medieval times, women were considered subordinates to men. And as Marcos put it, "just a woman whose place is in the bedroom." Today, women are regarded as men's equal; majority of world societies, if not all. They are no joke. They are a force to be reckoned with.
At least for Filipinos, one woman president to be remembered with.