We met last Monday (27 July) over coffee and snack. He is a well-known Thai academic and columnist. In the course of the conversation, he deplored the lack in this country of ‘outstanding leaders everybody respects’. ‘Not like the Philippines,’ he went on, ‘where everybody rallied to give Corazon Aquino a national funeral.’
Me: ‘What! Cory died? When?’
Him: ‘Two or three days ago.’
How come I missed that? I wondered.
The answer came yesterday, and in a mail from him too, ahead of the morning paper: a press cutting announcing Corazon Aquino’s death on 1 August.
Beats Chronicle of a Death Foretold anytime, no?