Where EDSA succeeds, the nation fails

For the politicians and church leaders who conspired in the EDSA uprising, the event was the crowning glory of the consummation of the political ambitions of those who crave for power, fame, and glory. The event also validated the prostitution of religious beliefs that were translated, albeit in a form of adventurous fanaticism.

The EDSA civil-military mutiny took place in the Philippines on February 22-25, 1986. The massive demonstration was in protest of the election of Pres. Ferdinand Marcos during the “snap election” on January 1986. The defeat of Cory Aquino, widow of slain former Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. at the “snap election” triggered the protest spearheaded by the political opposition backed by Roman Catholic Church.

The protesters gathered in mass in the Efipanio De Los Santos Avenue (EDSA) in Metro Manila. The protesters then stormed Malacanang, the seat of the Philippines government, which ultimately ousted the Marcoses after 20 years in power.

The EDSA uprising, described by its proponents and propagandists as a “revolt of the Filipinos,” actually did not represent the sentiments of the Filipinos as a nation as the people. In all honesty, EDSA was an experiment of the political opposition, which succeeded when the church leaders agitated the parishioners in Metro Manila like the sacrificial pawns. However, the people outside Metro Manila never-care-less. After all, the drama and the characters of the power play would have to be carried in Metro Manila.

The EDSA was supposed to have uprooted the veins of corruption that the military rule has cultivated under the barrel of the gun.

After three decades, corruption in the country became worse than ever. After 30 years, the politicians who grabbed power in the guise of people’s power continue to use and exploit the military regime as a means to pursue vested interests.

What have the Aquino regimes brought to this country, but perdition? Obviously, the political leadership that followed after EDSA has always flaunted about fighting corruption and transparency in the government.

However, it is unfortunate that after 30 years, the fight against corruption has remained a utopian tool designed to blind the Filipinos into deceitful submission by an incompetent and self-aggrandizing administration. Sadly, for the old and the new generations, EDSA has metamorphosed into one of the “hoaxes” of our times? It has been used to desecrate the virtue of the democratic ideals of the nation and the people. Yes, after EDSA, the Filipino in the street  has remained worse than ever. -0-

The time comes for restitution

A lot of whispers in the political circle are now getting louder. The rumors about the possible candidates are gradually emerging. But, who are the candidates? While there are those who are excited, many are also dismayed at hearing the names of wannabes – whether reelectionist or not.

Sometimes, one is astonished why people dislike names of candidates already known to them. Thus, perhaps, there is the feeling that the public officials being unworthy of the votes. Any idea on how the electors measure the capability of the elected public officials?

Someone mused that there is no need to measure the worth of elected public officials. They said that the reactions and the frustrations of the constituents in the way these elected public officials are running the affairs of their administration speaks louder than words.

But, why blame the elected officials? Isn’t it that the voters sold their votes and that the elected public officials are not, in any way, compelled to serve them in return? Can the voters claim the right to demand services when they themselves are to be blamed of their misery?

Well, there are also insinuations that the voters did not actually vote the incumbent public officials. The voters claimed they were cheated because they could not even account their own votes in their own precincts! These allegations are sometimes stranger than fiction. Nevertheless, with a widespread accusation of election fraud, the complaint could be true.

It is for this reason that one should seriously consider on whom to vote when elections come. If there are enough grounds – whether proven in court or not – that the elected public officials are corrupt, by all means, the voters should campaign to get rid of these public officials perceived to be corrupt and immoral. These corrupt public officials have no place in public service!

In any case, there is no need to tell who these corrupt public officials are. After all, we have written many times in the past that the public knows better the integrity of their leaders.

Now, as the election season is coming closer, it is time to review how the incumbent public officials fare in the last three years. It is also fair to take a second look for those who lost in the 2013 elections. Thus, a careful assessment of the performance of the winner and the losers could provide the voters an informed decision.

Perhaps, if the voters have mistakenly voted for an incompetent and a corrupt public official, then, it is only fair to boot out the public official from office. The fear of a formidable political machinery, especially the ruling political party, is not a ground to douse the resolve to kick the public officials out of office. The voters should not be cowed and be threatened with election fraud. Instead, the votes should rally together to expose the harbinger of deceit and the duplicity in the exercise of electoral polls. -0-

The Media and Politics

Although the national and local elections in the Philippines are still in 2016, the political pot now starts to boil. While the political activity is a never-ending process, the heat becomes prevalent when the election year comes nearer by the day. In other words, nothing can hinder the excitement of the political season among the “wannabes” and the ambitious. The local political scene is not an exception. In fact, more stories, hearsays, and insinuations, are now coming out every day about the possibilities, realignment, and alliances of future political forces and political parties. Issues and controversies, whether imaginary or real, by political protagonists would now gradually pollute the print and broadcast media in an effort to sway the support of the voters. Once again, the clowns in the political theaters and the charlatans of the rotten political system would exhibit the usual antics of “lies and hypocrisy.” What a mockery of mongrels and corrupt leaders who would always exert efforts to justify their actions under pretext fairness. We are now trying to configure the political geography as some personalities have started to come out to reveal political intentions a year from now. For instance, in a bid to pursue political ambition, there are striving politicians who have started buying the sensitivity of the media. Well, blame not the media. After all, the job of the media is to deliver the message of the political benefactor according to its intention. What is unacceptable ‘though is when politicians start to wedge conflict among the media, which often times, lead the media to attack its own integrity. For the media who seriously practice the profession of letters and the broadcast with a sense of pride, it is necessary to resist the divide and rule tactic instigated by the ambitious politicians. On the contrary, the media should rally to expose and rebuffed any politician who have the clear intention to exploit the independence of the media. This early, we want to expose the character of politicians who have employed the services of the media in the pursuit of their political aims. The point is not to prohibit the media or the politician to do so. After all, it is the right of every media practitioner to accept offers. It is important ‘though that the offer must be within the bounds of fair reporting and a decent commentaries. Thus, the politician has no right to “dictate” the media on what to write in newspapers or comment over radio programs, especially if the object is to destroy the person or political adversary. It is also the right of the media to decline offers when intuition dictates, especially offers coming from politicians whose political history is replete with suspicion of corruption and fraud. We believed that the media is one among the institutions in the country that could influence in changing the present character of the country’s politics of personal destruction, vindictiveness, and patronage. -0-