By RUDY LIPORADA
The Philippines is at the best of times, it is at the worst of times, it is at the age of wisdom, it is at the age of foolishness, it is at the epoch of belief, it is at the epoch of incredulity, it is at the season of Light, It is at the season of Darkness, it is at the spring of hope, it is at the season of despair, we have everything before us, we have nothing before us, we are all going direct to Heaven, we are all going direct the other way – in short, the period is so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insist on its being received, for good of for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
Indeed, akin to the Tale of Two Cities, a novel by Charles Dickens, the Philippines is at the best and worst of times and is close to the apex throes of a chasm where a new Philippines which truly serves its populace will supersede a decadent Philippines which only benefits those ala-royalties of Paris of old.
The Philippines is at its worst when the aristocracy hates corruption but resurrects the spirit of an ousted dictator and surrounds the dictator’s head and his lineage with haloes by burying the dictator in a pantheon reserved only for heroes. The Nation is at its worst when imprisoned plundering government officials are set free to be allowed to run again for reelection.
The Philippines is at its worst when the Vox Populi enshrined in the Nation’s constitution is drowned in legal sounding Latin words like Quo Warranto and Void ab Initio so the aristocracy could try to silence its critics. The Nation is at its worst when even the Supreme Court could bend over to interpret the constitution in favor of the whims of the aristocracy.
The Philippines is at its worst when the aristocracy pretends to engage in a drug war but kills only indiscriminately small time poor suspected drug users but allows the big drug lords to be set free. Even x-rays and drug sniffing dogs could be wrong per the aristocracy when drugs are smuggled through the very noses of those assigned by the aristocracy to man the ports. Worst, those who dare to report the entry of the drugs are transferred or demoted and deemed wrong.
The Philippines is at its worst when spiraling prices of goods and commodities which further drive the poor into the quagmire of poverty are blamed on generic oil price increases when Train Laws and other budget manipulations send the economy to uncontrollable inflations.
Worst is when said manipulations further steals budgets from social services, education, and other programs for the benefit of the poor to beef up the wages and other benefits of the military in the hope of bribing the armed forces to subservience for the aristocracy.
The Philippines is at its worst when those who use the supposedly democratic venues to air their grievances are branded as terrorists and shot as dissidents without due process of law.
Nonetheless, the current Philippines at its worst is also at its best. Not so long almost fifty years ago, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), the New People’s Army (NPA), and the National United Front (NUF) of organizations branded the government of the Philippines as not of the people, by the people and for the people. Not of, by, and for the people because most, if not all, that run the government are from the landlord class. Since the interests of the landlord class is diametrically opposed to the interest of the 75% peasantry in the Islands, do we expect the government to enact laws really for the benefit of the peasants? Since the landlord class are also the moneyed ones who could set up the biggest businesses and are the entrepreneurs whose interests are diametrically opposed to the 25% workers in the Islands, do we expect the government to enact laws really for the benefit of the workers?
No true land reform, no end to contractualization, Luisita and Sagay shooting comes to mind. Shooting of workers at picket lines comes to mind. Incarceration, shooting, tagging of dissenters as terrorists come to mind.
Not so long almost 50 years ago, the CPP and the NPA committed with a skeletal organization and miniscule of arms in Central Luzon to set up a government that would truly serve the people.
This is now the best of times for the CPP and the NPA. With the worst of times under the current aristocracy engendered by the past aristocracies, there is now a rush among the people to join the call to set up, starting from the countrysides, a government of the Philippines truly of, by, and for the people. After all, from a simple zygote in 1968 covering only a tiny ground in Central Luzon expanding to the Cagayan Valley, the CPP and the NPA now blanket the entire Philippines – whether one knows about it or not, whether one likes it or not; whether the aristocracy denies it or not.
It may take more time, there may not necessarily be a Marie Antoinette beheading, but as sure as the French revolution was won by the commons, the worst and best times in the Philippines are sure heading that way. After all, Charles Dickens had written: “I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss, and, in their struggles to be truly free, in their triumphs and defeats, through long years to come, I see the evil of this time and of the previous time of which this is the natural birth, gradually making expiation for itself and wearing out.” # nordis.net