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MARTIAL LAW FOLLOWED US TO AMERICA


PROLOGUE


 Hermie Rotea


August 20, 1970, Manila, Philippines

    We waved goodbye to him as he boarded the Pan American Airlines plane.
    "Mama, where is Papa going?" I asked.
    "To America," my mother answered, holding my hand.
    "When is Papa coming back?"
    "We are joining him to America later – God willing."
    I was only two then and did not know what was going on.
    Thus began my father's journey to America.
    Fast forward . . .

June 18, 1986, Glendale, California, United States

    It was my 18th birthday, and I was standing over the grave of my father at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park on a hill overlooking a beautiful panorama of nature. Across the mountain could be seen downtown Los Angeles' skyscrapers.
    Thus began my own eternal pilgrimage to my father's resting place and my quest for his legacy.
    I asked my mother for the key to his filing cabinet. When I opened it I came across hard folders of his writings, typewritten and in longhand, as well as newspaper files, photos, news clippings, published columns and drafts.
    As I rummaged through the dusty drawers of his life, I could not help but realize that his was an unfinished story that demands to be told.
    Not so much about himself as about our two countries – the United States and the Philippines – that thrust him into the vortex of journalism, dictatorship, assassination and revolution.
    Thus on his tomb I engraved: "Journalist, Patriot, Unsung Hero".
    As his Guardian Angel, my task is to finish his story, your story, our story.

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HERMIE ROTEA
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