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Erin: Living up to the Tañada legacy | PRworks Online
Would the son of a senator who led the movement to oust the American military bases in the early 90s and the grandson of the "grand old man" of the parliament of the streets during the dark years of the Marcos dictatorship live up to the Tañada legacy? Perhaps. But Senator Wigberto "Bobby" Tañada and Sen. Lorenzo "Ka Tanny" Tañada are difficult acts to follow for Deputy Speaker Lorenzo "Erin" Tañada III. Those who lived through martial law cannot forget the defiant image of Ka Tanny being hauled off to jail after the 1978 Batasan elections or being tear-gassed years later when he led anti-Marcos demonstrations after the assassination of Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Ka Bobby, on the other hand, defied the conventional notion supported by even then President Cory Aquino and pro-American advocate Richard Gordon that the American military bases were good for the Philippines. And Ka Bobby proved his position to be correct as history showed us that the former American military bases today became