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A Statist Colonel’s Call for Welfare Statism

July 17, 2011

A news report entitled “Marine colonel calls for Aquino’s ouster” became one of the hottest topics in Philippine’s cyber-territory.    , I posted the following commentary on this Facebook group. The military official named Colonel Generoso Mariano, who is set to retire today, is deputy commander of the Naval Reserve Command. News reports say he will be “confined to his quarters at the marine headquarters pending formal investigation.”

His crime? He calls for the ouster of the Aquino government for having “no capability to save us from hunger and death.”

After reading the news report, I posted the following brief commentary on this Facebook group.

Colonel Generoso Mariano: “If this government has no intention or is not doing anything to save the life of the majority it is the right of every Filipino including soldiers to replace the government. I repeat replace the government.”

What is this military officer rooting for? A military junta or military government ruled by military officers like that of Myanmar?

He wants lower prices of commodities, medicines and food? Well, perhaps this Colonel is just ignorant. We already have the Cheaper Medicines Act authored and endorsed by Aquino’s running-mate Mar Roxas during the term of Gloria Arroyo. The Cheaper Medicines Act is a legal mechanism that seeks to regulate the prices of medicines, as well as the activities of drug companies.  This won’t work because it will only cause economic disaster. 

He also wants price controls on food and commodities? Then this shows that this stupid, ignorant Colonel is a statist of the first order and COULD BE WORSE THAN AQUINO!

However, I don’t believe that he should be investigated because he also has the right to free speech unless there’s sufficient evidence to charge him with conspiracy to commit treason or rebellion.

My Facebook post received the following comment: “The government should actually provide free medical care for its citizens such as doctors bills, hospital treatment and operations and women’s health issues like contraception, pro choice procedures etc. The government can fund the short fall by confiscating the property of corrupt Bishops and politicans – easy.”

I made the following response:

Anyone can have some legitimate concern against the current administration, but to imply price controls and employment of state powers to allegedly solve rising prices of commodities, medicines and food is unthinkable.

It is wrong to correct a mistake by embracing a worse mistake. It’s very clear, the Colonel’s solution is STATISM or a higher degree of socialism to solve the country’s economic ills.

The only solution is limited government and capitalism.

If the powers of the state were properly delimited, there’d only be little opportunity for our politicians to be corrupt. Big government or welfare state gives corrupt and power-seeking politicians the opportunity to be more corrupt and to pervert the rule of law.

Let me make my terms very clear: I’m speaking of laissez faire capitalism, a system that enshrines rule of law, limited government, individual rights and economic freedom.

Here’s an excerpt of the news report:

In a video sent to members of the media, Mariano said the Aquino government “has no capability to save us from hunger and death.”

“We soldiers also feel the impact of unrelenting rise in prices of commodities, medicines and food,” he said in the 95-second tape.

“If this government has no intention or is not doing anything to save the life of the majority it is the right of every Filipino including soldiers to replace the government. I repeat replace the government,” he said.

“Let us once and for all build a nation based on truth for without it there can be justice, and without justice we shall have no peace and without peace there will be no development,” said Mariano, who is set to retire Sunday when he reaches the military retirement age of 56.

The video dated July 3 shows Mariano reading a statement while seated at a table with a microphone. The clip was sent to journalists and reportedly distributed in military camps.

The shared videos on Facebook come from the account of a group calling itself the “Oust Noynoy Movement!”. Noynoy is Aquino’s nickname.

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