Posts Tagged ‘pgma’

I’m Tired Of My Now

I’m tired of my blogging and posting,
Of my multiply and wordpress account-tracking.

I’m tired of having a lot of free time and doing nothing
Because I end up spending a lot and not sleeping.

I’m tired of being single.  I’m tired of being rejected.
Of being left alone and being dejected.

I’m tired of hearing calls for Arroyo ouster.
We need serious housecleaning than just booting her.

I’m tired of Erap and his cronies!
What a bunch of phonies!

I’m tired of the civil society, the business sector, the leftist and the religious.
If they’re so smart, why not propose concrete, long-term solutions to issues?

I’m tired of my now.  I’m afraid of my future.
I need to feel assured, I need to feel secure.

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Revolution Is Not The Answer

Originally posted by Dino.  An interesting opinion, and one that expresses my views, about the current events hounding the Macapagal administration.

A Call to STOP the THREAT of PEOPLE POWER

by Daniel Pineda

There is a conspiracy going on here. With the current issues swarming the Palace by storm, it’s easy to be ignorant, to dismiss our own critical minds, and to go with the tide. And by going with the tides of the sea, we often forget that in the end, even tidal waves end up to sand. It’s about time that we realize that we are not driftwood or seaweed or seawater. We are men and women. We are Filipinos. Think about it.

 

If there is one thing we should have known by now from contemporary Philippine history, it is that almost nothing occurs on its own. Ever since the Americans arrived, there is hardly an instance that a Filipino stood up alone for his or her belief. Everything has been part of a greater scheme ran by those who want to grab power or those who want to stay in power. Either this wanting for position be of noble causes or not, it has produced little (or nothing) of Filipino ingenuity and has even made intellectual fools of Filipinos. By drafting in certain terms too big to handle for a country with mostly uneducated folk, we have taught our hearts to forget our minds and stand up, fight, and die for a freedom, for a truth, for a sovereignty, for a civil democracy, which we, as a people, never really knew the meaning of. Thus, results an unripe revolution.

 

Again, there is a conspiracy going on here and it’s been running for more than two decades now. The Filipino has been kept blind and dumb to see it. We have been talking about “people power” or “civilian empowerment” but this never is the case. We stand proud for bloodless revolutions but we have been patronizing military rule all along. Another call for a street parliament would merely result to another dissatisfaction and consequently, another street parliament. There never is anything constitutional with EDSA revolutions.

 

In political science, Locke and Rousseau noted that in order for a government to work properly, it must have a working social contract between the government and its people. This is evident through the presence of elections. Through an election we are able to void or renew a contract of a certain official, officially. The peoples’ votes will be transmuted into works of gratitude by the duly elected government officials. There is accountability in writ on the part of the government, as well as for the people, to work for one anothers’ good. But how have we been changing the administrations for the past few years? Through “people power”. It is obviously NOT an efficient way to change governments. It does not comply with the idea of a contract between citizen and government. Rather, it only justifies contracts of personal value to the President. In the cases of Corazon Aquino and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, “beneficiaries” of the two EDSA Revolutions respectively, they have mostly justified their debts of gratitude to the military, not to the people who have put them to power. And we can only expect more of the iron fist, more of the unexplained disappearances, more of the corruption, more of the hardcore nepotism, more of the illogical discipline, more of the mud-slinging, non-progressive government in a military-ran administration. Although, it is not entirely their fault that their loyalty is leaned towards the military. They need the military and the unwavering Filipino institution of utang ng loob is immensely powerful in working the gears of government. From the moment they stepped in as Presidents, they owe it to the military. And as they further survive the office, they STILL owe most of it to the military, not to the people. It is important to note that in a street parliament, the final, most important step in attaining office is through military support.

 

Military power is always an important factor for surviving in office. Perhaps Marcos has made the military too big to stop and too big to contain. Corazon Aquino owes most of her stay in office to the military having survived dozens of coups by means of military counteraction. In her selection of whom to endorse to her personal selections too, Mitra would have been an obvious choice since he was loved by the people. Although, in the end, she chose Ramos as her payment of gratitude to Ramos’ relentless military reinforcement. GMA has been a favorite of the military and mutually favors the military, this has been very visible. From the beginning, it is quite an omen that the military was the first group of people GMA thanked in her acceptance speech. To add to this, how come Angelo Reyes, a vital general to the deposition of Erap, never lost a position in her cabinet? Furthermore, 40% of the government’s budget has always been set aside for military amidst the lack of education in the country. “People power” revolutions have produced less of a people-powered government than a military-ran government.

 

In today’s booming case of the Jun Lozada expose of what he says to be “is the truth”, it is definitely leading to another mob rule. And if there should be a difference with this case with all the past “revolutions” it is that this one has the obvious workings of ex-military and non-constitutionalism in it. People lustful for power with a mix of those who are working on the sidelines motivated by family feud or revenge, some of which might not even have a pinch of nobility in their intentions, have all been working together to get us all on our feet and rise against the government. For one, these people who want GMA out ALSO do not want Noli de Castro, the Vice President, to take the place instead. This does not in any way spell constitutional. This is an obvious manifestation of personal desires. And they say that our constitution has been violated? Come to think of it, the powers working behind the removal of GMA are people who work with the simplistic principles of military. Before you know it, another batch or another head honcho of some military group would come up with the notion that the new President (if there should ever be) is lacks with this or that and another coup will take place. Another vital difference of this case with the past cases is that the media, the one owned particularly by the Lopezes has obviously been partial in making the thought of a revolution popular and true. During Martial Law, media was OWNED by the Marcoses. Jim Paredes’ display of the Laban! symbol in television was then punishable by death. Now, even a whole coverage of a rally is allowed and no one gets kidnapped for it. So, don’t exaggerate the facts. Be critical. Democracy is still present in our country. The mere thought that we are now living in a second Martial Law would be an insult to those who lived and died during those harsh times. Think about it, are we actually living in fear? Bravery nowadays has been reduced to mere opposition which is not at all true. It might as well be equated to foolishness if that be the case.

 

The same is true with our neighboring countries here in Asia. We’re lucky enough that we still get to live with our lives. On the other hand, as the cycle of “people power” and military adventurism ate them up, they have completely lost their democracy.

 

Nevertheless, we need not look further than our own history to learn our lessons. We need to stop the thought of another people power uprising, not while most of us remain illiterate, not while 80% of us remain poor, not while we remain blinded by ignorance or arrogance. If we must dispose of the current administration, let it be done through constitutional means. And the constitution calls for people power through an election, NOT A REVOLUTION.

 

Disclaimer: I am not discounting the need for a revolution during the Marcoses’ conjugal dictatorship. That was definitely an extreme case (an obvious, explicit display of the cruelties of Martial Law). And, there’s a first time for everything. It’s just that, now, twenty three years after the EDSA revolution, hopefully, we have learned our lesson. A “revolution” is not the answer.

 

Credits to Jose Rizal