Filipinos Today

2 Mar

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I once listened to a speech by one local politician, not a traditional one though, talking about the current political situation in the Philippines. He enumerated what the current administration has done and is doing at the moment. He reminded us about the scams the present government has, like the “fertilizer scam, textbook scam, the 2004 electoral fraud popularly known as the Hello Garci Scam , the malacanang bribery and others I could not remember, including of course the famous ZTE-NBN Scandal that is currently being investigated by the Senate, Department of Justice and the Ombudsman. The scandal proved to be a really huge one after the star-witness Jun Lozada named some prominent and influential people that including the first couple as part of this multi-bilion ZTE- NBN Deal.

Anyway, that is not what I am writing about now. Well maybe I’ll write about it later on. I was particularly moved by what this local politician said about the Filipinos today. I don’t know where he got it but it’s something that bothers me. Well, from his speech he said that today there are 3 kinds of Filipinos and they are:

1. The News Junkies- which is about 15% of the population

2. The News Ignorant – which is again 15%

3. The News Junkies turned News Ignorant- which describes the 70% of the population.

I’d like to change number 3 though. A friend of mine indirectly suggested that it should be “News Junkies turned Apathetic.” Sad to say but it is true.  Most Filipinos seem to have become numb and unconcerned about the country now. It seems that they couldn’t care less now whether those  in position right now are robbing the people through anomalous government projects, constantly lying and fooling its citizens and abusing its power. It is alarming that most of the population fell on category 3 who seem to lost interest on what’s going on their homeland.

Somehow I’d like to think that it is because of what seems to be“failed” People Power Revolutions that happened twice (or thrice) in the past. Yes we (I was part of EDSA People Power 2) successfully ousted the immoral president in 2001, and evicted the most hated dictator in 1986 (ESDA People Power 1). Call me bias but I’d rather not mention the 3rd EDSA. I once read an article, I forgot where but it says that probably the reason why the people particularly the middle class or the working class seem to lose their interest now is because the Marcoses who were ousted from the position through People Power 1 are still free and were not really charged for their wrongdoings and that some of their family members are again in the position now. Then Joseph Estrada who was also ejected from presidency through People Power 2, and though was charged for plunder and other cases and was under “house arrest” for a few years and was charged guilty with his plunder case last year by the Sandigan Bayan and was sentenced for a Reclusión Perpetua, which could have been a proof that justice exists in the Philippines and it does not favor the rich and those in power, turned out to be completely the opposite when he was pardoned by no other than Gloria herself which makes him a free man now. Ironically too, he is one of those calling the one who pardoned him to resign now because of the controversies surrounding the GMA government. Isn’t that funny?

These probably are the reasons why people seems to have not grown interest in joining the street protests against GMA. Those who were ousted are still free now, enjoying their wealth. Some of their family members are again in power, they were not jailed in the truest sense of the word, yes because ERAP was just under “house arrest”. He still could eat all the food that he wanted, experience luxury except to go out of his house. But still he didn’t experience what the other prisoners have in National Bilibid Prison. People might have a thought that if GMA will be ejected from Malacanang, she and her “cohorts” will not be charged as well or that  justice will not be served.

Somehow I don’t want to blame them for thinking that way but I do hope that the patriotism and nationalism will spark once more in their hearts and minds and that they will open up their eyes with what is going on in our beloved country and start to stand up and fight for truth, righteousness and morality to reign in this country.

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2 Responses to “Filipinos Today”

  1. martin March 2, 2008 at 8:05 am #

    Yeah I agree, that is why am having a wild proposal ( getting a boo from Micah in another blog) for the statehood movement to be revived again. If we don’t want to be run hell by Filipinos then I would think there is now a ground for us to be bullied again by the Americans who happens to interfere with our national affairs every now and then. In this globalized era and borderless technology it is a futile act to remain patriotic and nationalist when a nation is always divided. The problem of extreme poverty has not been solve, corruption remains and the best alternative solutions yet to be found.

  2. Tarsier March 4, 2008 at 1:08 pm #

    We cannot blame our kababayans if they have turned apathetic. They can do something right now, to change the present administration. But most of them believe that nothing concrete and better things will come out. They find it fruitless and a futile exercise to remove GMA, for they know that even if we change president everyday, corruption would still be around and the spread of poverty may become worst.

    If it took Marcos 20 years to ruin our values will take 40 years to restore them. We are still 22 years since he left. What we need now is more patience and more vigilance. Real change won’t happen overnight. Many people would want us to take action but these people cannot present better options and no potential good leaders have surfaced to lead us. We need a strong leader who can control other people who present themselves as the better alternative but lacking in substance.

    The bigger and deeply rooted problems are in the minds, habits and attitudes of everybody. Every election, voters sell their votes. Will this illness vanish if we remove GMA today? We cannot ignore this problem for they are the ultimate reason why GMA remain in her position for so long. The voters who sold their votes were the ones who voted the congressmen who are protecting GMA everytime there is an impeachment case filed against her.

    If we want GMA to go, let us have patience and make sure she does not replace herself with another kind of GMA in the 2010 election. The time is not too long to wait and I don’t think we will lose more money to corruption during that period.

    By the way, the charges of rampant corruption still remains unsubstantiated. Accusers, politicians and critics mouth are full of charges but no body can come up with good leads and substance. Until today, nobody can present evidence like a bank account where the money stolen are deposited. Nobody can present evidence of investment papers where the stolen money are plowed or invested. Can it not be that nobody can present evidence because there was really none to talk about?

    Senator Cayetano accused FG of having a bank account in Germany with substantial amount of money presumably coming from corrupt transactions. However, when asked to prove his allegations and point it out in the bank in Germany, he could not prove his accusations. Hence, he was suspended by congress for his unsbstantiated accusations which was violation of house ethics. Nevertheless, by doing so, he popularized himself and was rewarded by being elected to the senate. He has been there for sometime now, yet his only achievement is sensenationalizing the ZTE scandal.

    This is the reality today and if we don’t guard ourselves and our minds, other people will exploit and use us for their ends without our knowing.

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