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What’s Wrong With Philippines?

September 26, 2007

They say, before one makes a daring attempt at explaining fully well what’s wrong with this country, christened by Gat Jose Rizal as the Pearl of the Orient Seas and revered by Marcos-era martyr Benigno Aquino as the country “worth dying for”, he must posses first the persistence of a seasoned historian, the prophetic power of a devoted visionary, the incredible ability of a good detective, the clear understanding of a monk, and the unbiased and untainted mind of a responsible journalist.

When it comes to topics like this, as when one is called upon to assess the nation, politically, socially, economically and morally, age doesn’t matter. Old age doesn’t give a person the right to speak about things and the benefit that whatever he utters must always be taken as a statement of fact.

Education, on the other hand, confers the speaker the benefit of presumption.

I would like to qualify the two traditional barometers that has been practiced since the beginning of time. The so-called elders, before and after the dawn of civilization, were regarded as speakers of the truth. People in most societies during that time revered their old folks, and this tradition was also practiced during the biblical times (in both old and new testaments).

In Ancient Greece, the elders had to consult first the oracle before going to war. This tradition, which was widely practiced in the olden times, is still believed by people these days. I believe that this system is anchored on our filial tradition of respect for elders.

Education gives one the benefit of presumption. That when an educated man speaks of things, there is a presumption that whatever he speaks of carries the elements of truth or is being regarded as factual owing to his educational attainment. Do not speak of anything about the law if you’re not a lawyer, the educated chides. And when you try to speak of politics and of topics they say only discussed about by old folks and the so-called lettered, you would be advised to wait till you grow old because that would the right time to think of some serious stuffs. I don’t know but I think it has been made part of our tradition that serious issues are meant to be tackled only by adults. In school, students are taught this way, and it is a no-no to argue with the teacher in class. “Wait till you grow old” is the usual mantra that we hear from our old folks.

But what if the issue demands that everyone, young and old, lettered and unlettered, to speak out, to join the public consensus that concern their lives and their future. What if it demands everybody’s attention? Can we not deviate from that dogmatic tradition?

I don’t believe that one must be old enough and must have attained a high level or degree of education before he/she can speak of critical topics like politics, corruption, economy, etc.

The Philippines will never be left behind when it comes to people who qualify these two traditional barometers. Just go to Congress and you’ll see a bunch of highly educated old people. Go visit Malacañang Palace to see some old but still wise bureaucrats like Ed Ermita, Iggie Bunye, including those bootlickers of the President.

We have lots them, but will someone explain to me why this country doesn’t mature with them and grow wiser and older with them?

Aside from the clear proof of extreme poverty that we see everyday (unless you live in a posh and for-the-elite-only subdivision like Wack-Wack in Mandaluyong where honorable people like Mike Arroyo and Ben Abalos used to play golf with some Chinese businessmen), the growing number of OFWs is one of the distressing signs that this country is going to the dogs (my sincere apologies to dogs).

An American radio commentator was appalled at what he witnessed when he once visited the country. He observed that unlike its neighboring countries like China, Taiwan, Vietnam and Indonesia that export goods and electronics, the Philippine’s main export is its own people. The endless queue of souls who dream of going(?) abroad just to feed their family proves this bleak scenario. My mother was once an OFW when I was still a baby that’s why I know the feeling of being left behind by my own family. When she returned from Kuwait (which was at war with Iraq that time), I didn’t know that she was my biological mother. That is the reason why I’m not that close to her, why we do not have that so-called Filipino tradition of close family ties.

What is more appalling is that this national hemorrhage is being commended by those in power. That what appears to be a national joke is being taken seriously by people in Malacañang. Thanks to their dollar remittances that continue to supply power to our economy.

I consider this OWF craze a temporary life support to our ailing economy. It’s like an addictive sedative that only brings temporary relief to a patient suffering from mental discomfort, without minding its long-term fatal effect.

The government is acting like a demented psychiatrist, similar to unorthodox psychiatrist Dr. Finch in the Golden Globe-nominated movie Running with Scissors. Instead of treating his mentally disturbed patients, Dr. Finch aggravated their sufferings by giving them false advice and wrong dose of Valium in order to control their lives. In the long run, his patients would turn to him and become his slaves.

This is how I portray our government, past and present, and the continued exodus of Filipinos symbolizes the addictive effect of Valium, which only provides a temporary relief to our cancer-stricken nation, not knowing (or perhaps they know fully well since people in the government are mostly old and educated) that in the long run the people left behind and the next generation will suffer the unimaginable consequences.

Before, Thais came in droves to our country to study, now we hardly see them. The Philippines and Thailand have contrasting and ironic political, social and economic experiences. About 30 years ago, our country was more economically stable than Thailand. That was the time the Filipino was still exporting rice grains to his neighboring countries. Our knowledge in agriculture attracted the Thais to stay in the country for several years to study. Twenty years or so later, we began importing rice from Thailand, a clear shift of fate and proof that we failed in the field where we once excelled. Perhaps during those times, we focused more on unnecessary things like politics, privatization and graft and corruption, while the area that this country was popularly known for – agriculture— was left way behind.

The recent turn of events also highlighted some contrasting political scenes between the Philippines and Thailand. Former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was accused of corruption and of using his position for his personal enrichment, was ousted in a military coup, while Mrs. Arroyo tenaciously clang on to power by coddling the Armed Forces of the Philippines and by deft appointment. The former, including his family, is now being prosecuted by Thailand’s military junta, while Mrs. Arroyo and her family continue to escape from probes by hiding behind her questionable executive edicts.

Perhaps this story – the tale of two countries— tells us that Thailand continues to move forward because it learned from its past experiences, while the Philippines is still trapped in garcillanic tribulations and corruption issues simply because its government and its people never really learned.

The ongoing NBN (National Broadband Network) that implicated the President, her husband and a bunch of her corrupt and insatiable cohorts, is a sad testimony that people in the government, who gained power via a rigged election, never learned. That the capital punishment of death could only stop them from spreading evil.

In his official statements, former National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Sec. Romulo Neri made an implied censure on the existing “systematic flow” that nurtures the country’s greedy “oligarchs.”

He mentioned our faulty electoral system as the root of all evils that continue to consume this country. “The costs of these systematic flaws to the public are larger than the price tag of any controversial contract,” Neri said during the Senate inquiry into the controversial deal on Wednesday.

The system. What’s wrong with the system? I say there’s nothing wrong with the system, because I honestly believed that those who framed the constitution did not intend it to go this way – to the level of these disgraceful half-humans. Those people are not even worthy of even being called humans because that would cast grave insult on the wellbeing of man being the highest animal created by God.

It was the people of evil intent who saw the opportunity to bend the system to their wicked desires, whims and caprices that must suffer the blame. They form a band of modern-day, high-class thieves who do not only steal money from the public coffers but corrupt the future of this nation and the next generation as well.

This is the worst kind of corruption known to man. Better that they rob us of our money because money and other material things can be reacquired through man’s industry than rob us of our soul and well-being. If soul and conscience are taken away from us, we cease to be human, and we turn into zombies.

That’s what happening these days. Filipinos now gradually turn into semi-zombies. Zombies do not feel a thing, they do not react, they neither cry nor shout, because that element that makes humans human is missing – the conscience or the freewill. It would be very similar to that fictional world illustrated by the movie “Invasion”, where humans cease to be human.

Where’s now that large throng of angry people that should be shouting “Never again to Marcosian corruption”? I see a Filipino nation now craftily marginalized and divided by the systematic corruption that is taking place.

What makes it more dangerous is the fact that they succeeded in making people think that another revolution, another Edsa, is just an exercise in futility. People do not want power, they only want peace and progress. They only dream of a better future for their offspring.

Most people do not see the sign. I don’t know why. That’s why I’m saying that it doesn’t take old age and high level of education to achieve a prophetic eye.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno is right in suggesting that the most important role of education is to equip the students with the prophetic eye to see the truth, because the truth is not always made known to man; it is usually concealed, wrapped with web of deception, or imprisoned by a bodyguard of lies.

Age old, therefore, must be coupled with maturity, integrity and clear conscience.

What have we learned? This is the question that comes to mind when we attain a certain age. That was the question poked by America at itself years after that September 11 attack in 2001. What did our leaders learn after the Hello Garci controversy, which rocked the Arroyo administration, anyway?

With the NBN deal revelation, it appears clearly and shockingly that our public officials, who should be accountable to the public at all times, never learned a thing. Instead, they learned how to hone their craft, their devil-given ability to make things worse for this country and its pitiful and unsuspecting people.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 19, 2007 3:38

    I stumbled upon your website after I googled “Filipinos New World Order”. Are there any other Filipino journalist warning the Filipinos about the NWO? I am a Born Filipino living and working at New York and I am concerned that the Filipinos may not be aware of this danger that will soon be upon all of us.

  2. November 11, 2007 3:38

    I think none. the revelation of the New World Order is mostly done by citizen journalists – that means you and me. That’s the power of IT, of Internet. Perhaps if this NWO succeeded, it would be even worse that George Orwell’s 1984. With the sophisticated technology that we have today, it is not impossible to track and follow suspected “state enemies” 24/7. It is not impossible to check on the people’s records, accounts, passports and so on. War and conflicts are no longer natural occurrences, they are waged to make the societal bolts intact. Through our online account, credit cards and other smart cards, the government can now easily follow our every movement. Einstein is right in lamenting that technology now becomes the master of man instead of the latter. Man now becomes the slave of technology, this is because governments made it possible. The ways of the superpower country in the world today to maintain power is to keep the shaky status quo. Calamity and turbulence mean business and opportunity to the world’s few elite.

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