Enemies of the Philippine State: China, Leftists and the Corrupt

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Philippine Communist Jorge Madlos oozing humility

I actively roam the discussion threads attached to blogs and news articles, popping in and popping off now and then as the mood strikes. It is easy to get agitated there, and I often have to punch the little red X on the browser tab when I find myself getting overly worked up.

You see, my fundamental motivation is a considerable vested interest in, and devotion to, the well-being of the Philippine State. My family lives here. My son will grow up, go to school, and work here. I like it here, the rich quality of life, the fundamental goodness of the everyday people, the smiles, the fiestas, the food, the scenery. It is home, y’know? I’ve written 700 blogs about our relationship, the Philippines, Filipinos, me, my family.

So those people who are undermining my nation really get my goat. I become Angry Maude, wanting to ream them with personal insults, scream through the keyboard, flip them the bird, and I’m not talking about the black-naped oriole here.

But meditation and sufficient doses of blood pressure medication generally soothe my passions. I don’t know how to get medicinal marijuana here, to ease the crushing pains provoked by the stubborn 100 percenters who argue to win rather than teach or learn.

Having pumped my BP pills today, let me calmly talk about the enemies of the Philippine State. There are three:

  1. China
  2. Leftists
  3. The Corrupt

If you consider the three as institutions, that is, as collectives of leaders and people that make up a single entity, then you see some common threads between them.

Commonalities

First of all, they all want to bring down the sitting government. They want it out. Any disparagement to weaken the government works. Impeachments, insults, trolling the discussion threads, headline grabbing protests and extreme accusations . . . any tool works for them. They cut to the very edges of libel and slander.

The one tool that does not work for them is due process. That is, waiting until the next election to put their own people in power.

Well, China can’t do that overtly. As an aside, it is interesting that the Chinese in the Philippines are Filipino, not Chinese, in allegiance. To that point, we have to give high credit to the Chinese Filipinos and make sure our bird-flipping is not aimed at the Chinese people, either here or in China, but at the leadership of the institutional state called China, a bunch of thuggish brutes who are too dense to learn from history.

The corrupt also can’t use the electoral process because many will be in jail before then. However, those still free are biding their time until 2016. And maybe their shrill accusations and criticisms of the sitting government are a way of establishing a base for winning in 2016. So I suppose I have to correct myself. They are interested in due process. They are interested in corrupting it. Cheating, intimidating, vote-buying. That kind of undue due process.

But the Leftists? They make me laugh. They are shrill BECAUSE they can’t win through the national elections. You would think they would figure this out. They can’t win elections because their principles and methods – radically socialistic and totalitarian – departed the civilized world when the Soviet Union collapsed under the weight of empty slogans and empty food bowls. The Left is still quoting Lenin and Chairman Mao. Yet they have a constituency so small that the entire population could move to Biliran Island and we would still have plenty of open space and elbow room.

What is it about Leftist introspection that they can’t see it, that in a democratic society, they are losers? And THEY are accountable for their failure to inspire the nation, or even a decent slice of the nation. No one else.

That is another thing the three enemies have in common:

A distinct lack of accountability for their acts

Look at China, a nation that claims peace is to be found in bilateral negotiations, takes unilateral action, then blames the victim for committing the crime of protest.

The Corrupt. They have an excuse for every act, a blame for every decent person who wants their corruption shut down. When they are held to account by the State, they whine and complain and blame some more. They never become forthright or honest or honorable. Humility is a swear word to the corrupt. Denial is the everyday mantra. Like it is for any other guilty person without conscience.

And the Leftists? Their extreme elements believe extortion, terrorist intimidation and blowing up of power stations are the highest and best ways to function within a democratic nation. They are totalitarians, nothing less. Their way or death. And with that same attitude, the less than extreme tromp into Manila and demand the President be impeached, as if that would stabilize the nation and help it grow rich to take care of the poor.

Their idea is to destabilize in hopes they can rise, because they can’t do it on the strength of their ideas or good behavior.

And they will never hold themselves in any way responsible for their wee, small popularity. The only reason they have any voice at all is because the sensationalist press loves the smell of blood in the water, and the Left offers more of it than anybody.

Not much to be proud of, I think.

Response

The Philippine national government is taking exactly the right approach with all three enemy institutions:

  • China: The Aquino government is taking a firm, law-based opposition to China in the international court, the only recourse outside of bloodshed to stand firm. Meanwhile, the Philippines is working diligently to build a stronger military and stronger defense alliances.
  • Leftists: The government is hunting down the bloodletters for trial, ignoring the ill-mannered, and seeking always a responsible negotiation to find a lasting peace. Not the irresponsible one that the extremists demand.
  • The Corrupt: Holding them to account, kicking and screaming, holding them to account.

The enemy dropped from JoeAm’s list

When I wrote about the enemies of the State a couple of years ago, I also included the Catholic Church which was on an anti-Aquino rant of some sizable significance. The worst clerics attached a threat of excommunication to Mr. Aquino for doing what he believed was right for the Philippine nation, which is a secular state made up of citizens of all religious persuasions, and even of no religious persuasion at all. The President is president of all, not just Catholics. The Catholic anti-RH campaign was also down and dirty and political. Not spiritual. No one was lifted up by the Church approach. Many were torn down, including innocent women of dire straits.

But I sense that the Catholic Church is going through a kind of self-introspection that DOES consider the institution’s need to be accountable. Three elements of conscience are at work here:

  • Pope Francis takes a more spiritual, humanistic approach that includes accountability for Church acts. The Philippine CBCP-led political priests risk becoming outcasts if they continue their strident doctrine-based political charge.
  • The RH defeat spoke to them. “We no longer have command of Philippine moral values and we risk becoming irrelevant if we try too aggressively to go against the tide.”
  • It is of extreme embarrassment to the Church to be so closely tied to the corrupt.

So I think the Church is working to become relevant again. It is trending toward the softer, kinder, more reflective and humanistic approach represented by the Pope and by Cardinal Tagle. To the extent the Church cannot become relevant, well . . . hmmm . . . it becomes irrelevant.

What we can do to help defeat the enemies of the Philippine State

Let me put on my patriotic preacher suit and step to the podium. No commie flag is behind me, or even American. The Philippine flag is there.

The chatter from the three enemies, the propaganda they unleash, and their verbal attacks aided and abetted by a sensationalist press, form a sizable force that can undermine the stability of the Philippines, They seek to take the nation back to the days of coups and division and turmoil. After all, what is the objective in filing impeachment complaints against one of the most successful of Philippine administrations? It is not for the stability and well-being of the Philippines. It is for the well-being of the enemies of the state.

Extremists need chaos for it is the only platform they can find to try to rise to power.

We need to take care that we are not ourselves turning negative under the combined complaints from these destabilizing interests.

Our goal should be to diminish our enemies’ voices, or make these enemies look completely foolish. They are, after all, dangerous, destructive and foolish.

We might also consider lodging complaints about the lack of balanced sensibility from our national press, and about honesty of context. Showing a tight picture of 100 protesting communists and representing the protest in the news as a major challenge to the sitting government is very different than a wide shot that shows a few eccentrics or paid stooges out making trouble. The media are free, but they ought to be held to ethical principles that assure accuracy in reporting. Glamorizing strife does not do that, and the media should be criticized when they are out to profit by giving large voice to a few who would destabilize the nation.

And when we have legitimate gripes about government acts, as we will from time to time, I’d suggest we distinguish between them, as isolated acts, and the overall good accomplishments of the Philippine government. We ought to work persistently to raise the Philippines. Not unwittingly join with the enemies in their efforts to undermine. We might have to steel ourselves and reach to hold on to the promise that is just now beginning to be realized, to find the positive when things seem confusing or negative.

The Philippines is on a path to emerge as a global player, a respected, stable democracy, a leader in Asia, a nation that finally . . . finally . . . is getting its act together.

Our enemies fear that more than anything.

Good.

Down with Chinese thugs, leftist extremists, and plundering crooks.

Up with a stable, growing Philippines.

Keep that in focus, eh?

It’s worth it.

 

Comments
45 Responses to “Enemies of the Philippine State: China, Leftists and the Corrupt”
  1. macspeed says:

    @Joe Am

    I am really upset with these communist disguising as Bayan muna, Gabriela and the like
    They really want to be in power, hence they contradicted who ever was in the sit.
    They can try ALL thei stype and techinques but these communist will NEVER EVER
    WIN the hearts of the Filipinos. Freedom Fighting was in the root ever since the tribal
    period with no Law yet but FREEDOM, just look at the history….

    These COMMUNIST are trying to twist the fact that the present form of government
    the rich becomes richer and the poor becomes poorer. This is not true. The current goverment
    is changing that by implementation of different plans, it will take sometime due to the
    removal of established corruption is more than Cosa Nostra, more than Mafia of any country.
    This changes is so simple yet so hard because the corrupts are spending millions just to
    block the process of cleansing. The FACT is COMMUNIST are the LAZY people who organize
    killers to kill those that will contradict their LAW. They want to have continuos blessings in the
    labor of people under communism. Their government is so greed, that they are the only ones
    who has everything while the people are doing Labors with just enough supply for them given
    by the communist government.

    The Law of GOD eversince Adam and Eve is FREEDOM, they can do whatever they wanted
    but not destroy the land nor hurt any person. God said in Genesis something to Adam and Eve:
    Go and Multiply, you will rule all the animals, your food will come from your might and energy…
    See this? The Communist Leaders are very sinful, just sitting there and forcing people to
    work hard for the communist country. They oppose the very 1st Law of God>>FREEDOM<<

    Even in the Al Qur-an Al Kareem, God is only one, worthy of All praise. The Communist
    erases all this praise to God or Allah. They wanted to praise and no one. They are like God
    in communism. Every pople under communist rule must obey the Law of Communism which i
    SURA 112. AL-IKHLAS (SINCERITY)
    1. Say: He is Allah, the One!
    2. Allah, the eternally Besought of all!
    3. He begetteth not nor was begotten.
    4. And there is none comparable unto Him.
    The Leaders of Communism has violated this very Chapter. They follow the rule of Mao Tse Tong,
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.
    Here is the Link to understand a bit about communism:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Communist_Manifesto
    The section goes on to defend communism from various objections, such as the claim that communists advocate "free love",
    and the claim that people will not perform labour in a communist society because they have no incentive to work.[14]
    The section ends by outlining a set of short-term demands:

    1.Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
    2.A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
    3.Abolition of all right of inheritance.
    4.Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
    5.Centralisation of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.
    6.Centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.
    7.Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands,
    and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
    8.Equal liability of all to labour. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
    9.Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and
    country, by a more equitable distribution of the population over the country.
    10.Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory labour in its present form and
    combination of education with industrial production.[15]

    Filipinos are FREEDOM loving people, hence, the communist needed to KILL 90% of the population before they can
    inherit the Land.

    • vernon says:

      Communism as an ideology has now been proven to be irrelevant. Compared to democracy as we know it. It has, in the case of China, morphed into something worse. It has become a system of government no better than the mafia – an autocracy of political elitists backed up by military force. It practices extortion and thievery disguised as nationalism – the state above all and damn the individual. Only thing is, who has the say so? The governing power is in the hands of a politburo – a collection of shady characters/criminals, pseudo-nationalists, opportunists, cronies, and the armed forces. Their ideology is “us first” at all cost.

      The corrupt in the Philippines are no different. They may seem to less organized but not when it comes to thievery in high places. What is hard to prove by evidence can be gleaned through perception. Just look at the names and how long they’ve been political players.

      What Joe is doing is giving a fresh look through his fresh eyes. At the rate he and other similar blogsites are doing it, the time when we just shake our heads and go tsk, tsk, tsk may soon be over.

      Nice comment, macspeed. And more power, Joe.

      vernon

    • Joe America says:

      Incisive, powerful statement. Exactly right. Ideology is great if it is anchored in good values like fairness and kindness and reasonableness. When it is anchored to destruction and turmoil IN THE GUISE of fairness and kindness but not reasonableness, then it is nothing short of lunacy. The extremist left would destroy millions of lives for the ideas of a few quirky old men and irrational youth. I don’t understand what part of “failed system” they can’t grasp.

  2. jcc says:

    China has been going the capitalistic way.. Look at how it boomed…. But people still have muzzles on their mouth.

    • Joe America says:

      Yep, and the muzzles are now being aimed at the peoples of neighboring states. Look at how hard China works to spin the news about the various confrontations in the seas. Fictions. And then they establish policy to deploy the fictions further.

  3. Lil says:

    fun fact: Bayan Muna has Bayan USA, a chapter based in San Diego, CA
    lolololololl

    • Joe America says:

      I’m sure the chiefs fly there often for fun in the sun. Touring the zoo, Sea World, a jaunt down to Tijuana.

    • macspeed says:

      Really? Bayan USA? My goodness, they are not establish yet in Philippine and is now branching out…they started corruption in their meager earnings from looting the farmers and nearby Haciendas…

  4. chit navarro says:

    not related to your topic today but let me just ask: What are your expectations of the President’s SONA later today? I look forward to your analyses…..

    • Joe America says:

      I expect him to defend DAP, defend due process, list good achievements, identify areas to work on, be firm and confident (bull headed to critics), and thankful. He speaks in a minute or two. 🙂

      • chit navarro says:

        you are spot -on Joe. And he spoke with sincerity and humility…. and the Aquino sisters were emotional too, as almost everyone was, towards the end. Am I glad we have a President like PNoy, President AQUINO. THE BEST!!!

        • Joe America says:

          I’m hoping that as the dust settles from the DAP matter, people will grasp that the Philippines has extraordinarily fine leadership. World class. It seems to me the impeachment people are buffoons, preferring chaos to stability. They can’t grasp the essence of democracy and wait two years for elections. So for sure THEIR conceptual reach and decision making ability is lousy.

  5. josephivo says:

    A very unbalanced piece. With a style we reproach the other blogs, as being uncritical, based on emotions not arguments or facts, mixing different categories as long as serves to blame the others.

    1- Corrupt is from a different order than Chinese or leftist. Corrupt is a moral thing like thief, rapist or murderer, nobody in is right mind can defend them. How to fight crime more efficiently is the question, how to prevent, how to detect, how to convict.

    2- China is a nation of 1.2 billion, dangerous to stereotype in one characteristic. China lifted more people out of poverty than all other nations together. The Philippines could learn a hell of a lot from them in this respect. Chinese have a set of values (not all) we could learn a lot from, their ability to see the long term effects, their investing for the future as an example.

    3- Leftist covers a very broad spectrum as Christian or Muslim does, from violent extremists to moderate socialists. Don’t blame the Pope because there is somewhere a crazy preacher in the US burning a Koran. Don’t reject Christian values because so many American Christians believe that the earth is 7840 years old. Don’t blame all leftist because of some rogue extortionists. Don’t reject the left because some are still suck in a literal interpretation of Marx, Engels and Mao. Don’t blame all leftist because of some rogue extortionists.
    If you look at the evolution of poverty in the Philippines, it is not totally unreasonable to conclude that the past and current political system achieved very little at that trying something else might be needed to make real progress. Right / left has is a scale with less or more ‘state’. The current Philippines needs more state, more regulations that matter and less that confuse, more enforcement of regulations, in short it has to move to the left. Facts? Look at the income distribution, look at the weak judiciary, look at the power of the dynasties. What are the good arguments of the left we should take over and forget about the folklore of some more extreme groups.

    Lets please stay away from linear thinking, stereotyping, emotional attacks, justification with ‘beliefs’ as religious arguments are.

    • ivyemaye says:

      Joe you need to define what you mean by leftist. This term. gets me very angry and is so American..

      I have always stood on the left of centre Social Democratic on f most political arguments. I vote Green now in most elections and was a card carrying member of the Labour Party until Tony Blair took over. I still very proud of the construction of the Welfare State under Clem Atlee at the end of World War Two. Most Western European states run similar systems. I know the Neo Con right bleats about all of this being too expensive. Not so given a fair and reasonable taxation system.
      For me monopoly capitalism is no different from state owned monopolies. There is a balance between the state and private enterprise. Here is the Philippines you have very “leftish” groups. They seem a pretty vocal and loose collection. I have seen campaigns with the RC church and radials in Manila attacking the pork barrel which I think is great.
      This is the sign of a healthy democracy. Do you want to repress this “Pinochet” style as was the case in Chile and much of Latin America with to be blunt the CIA etc being very much in the picture..

      I can not see a radical left of centre group ever gaining power.here. Aquino is Liberal I think which makes him centre left may be.

      Your culture is different from mine, and different from here in the Philippines. i am proud of the British leftist tradition. This is under massive attack now back in the UK from the Neo Con right. We have neither had fascism nor communism in the UK.
      It is the far right that worries me more. Yes the Neo Con consensus of Regan and Thatacher.
      A healthy democracy, can afford many voices…knee jerk anti leftie American responses are just too simplistic and “american”
      Sorry to be blunt, but I see this attitude all to often now.

      • Lil says:

        Philippine Politics has always been ‘American-influenced’ and ‘American-aligned’ except on key local issues but the ideas and terms have always been similar the same if not. the same.
        A lot of these groups also original from traditional ‘ American left-wing” brand of idealogy that of Communist/Socialist some evolved, some did not and are hiding it under a mask of nationalism.
        Sorry if you feel frustrated but it what it is and no one is advocating for any suppression either. You can have your Left, UK but leave my country the Philippines out of it.

      • Joe America says:

        @ivyemay, @josephivo, I have been having trouble getting and staying online. You both raise valid points I would like to respond to. I’ll do that after the SONA, Globe broadband permitting.

    • ponkawolla says:

      1. Corruption at all government levels and in positions of influence – which is what JoeAm is alluding to in his piece – is endemic in Philippine society. You claim that ‘nobody in their right mind would defend’ thieves yet this attitude is highly prevalent among the Philippine electorate. Only Filipinos would re-vote for a convicted plunderer like Estrada into power again.

      2. Also explained clearly is JoeAm’s disdain for China’s foreign policy and the CCP’s drive to bully their neighbours. China’s economic gains in bettering the lives of its own citizens is another matter altogether. We’re talking here of “enemies” of the Philippines both internally and externally, not what the enemies are doing to their own people.

      Methinks your comprehension skills need a workout.

  6. stitch says:

    Reblogged this on bleary and commented:
    An American in the country seems to have even more insight about it than our vaunted columnists. Read, know that I don’t agree with everything, but in general, he has it right. Read, and realize that the country will get better, but it will need everyone’s help.

    • chit navarro says:

      Exactly the same sentiment as the President in his SONA – this country is on its way to greatness, but it all depends on the people, the collective effort of the people, not just the President.

  7. ivyemaye says:

    Right / left has is a scale with less or more ‘state’. The current Philippines needs more state, more regulations that matter and less that confuse, more enforcement of regulations, in short it has to move to the left This is fine…with a fully functioning open democracy with safe guards, with corruption bled out of the system, then the argument would be defining the boundaries between the state and the private sector. This is pretty much the debate across most European countries.

    Marx and Engels have long gone….there are the odd anarchist groups out there…and subsuming “Muslims with leftist leaves me very puzzled. i have studied Islamic art and know the culture of Islam is very wide. What we have here is a “puritanical” form of Islam centred largely on Saudi Arabia. They are “puritan” Joe no way leftists. They have more in common with the born again Christians than anything on the left; The extremes of left and right are evil Stalin Hitler and Mao. Leftist as you call them to my mind have nothing to do with all the other groups you have thrown in here. Is this some strange US thing?. Watch some of the movies of Ken Loach the brilliant radical left movie director who does spell out clearly what this all means. his film on the Spanish Civil war showing how the radical idealistic leftists were taken over by Stalinists and put up against a wall and shot is very moving!
    I cant say anything about other countries in this region but i am impressed with the crazy crazy political vibe here. At least things are alive here..every time i read about tye UK I want to cry now…things are go grey there.

  8. Joe America says:

    @ivyemaye, @josephivo, let me unify my response, as there are similarities in both your comments, that I am unduly and simplistically labeling people and that leftists are not all extremists. I accept the points you make as valid, and have gotten similar feedback on twitter. Let me explain the method and the madness.

    First of all, I am an American “leftist”, generally a democrat, a former long-haired war protester, have no trouble with marijuana smokers, like most gays I’ve ever met, belong to no organized church (but am spiritually inclined), believe that government services are needed to take care of those disadvantaged by the place they inherit in society lest the stretch between the advantaged and disadvantaged get wider . . . wait, am I describing the Liberal Party or “leftists”?

    Therein lies the problem. Leftists in the Philippines are in some cases progressive and in some cases modern and in some cases extortionists. There is no conceptual anchor to the bunch that I can grasp, like favoring strong central government or weak central government. The NPA are gangsters, the Communists are ideologically bound totalitarians, and the mainstreamers like attorney Harry Roque pursue good deeds (RH) and sometimes those I would consider bad (impeachment).

    In my write-up I used the term “extreme” leftists to define the NPA and impeach-crowd because I think impeachment is horrendously inappropriate and destructive at a time when the Philippines is getting its act together, thanks to this president’s wide-ranging non-DAP decisions. To impeach him because he pushed back against the Supreme Court is to impeach him because he engaged in due process and constructive, legal checks and balances against a poorly written Supreme Court decision.

    I for sure don’t group Muslims in with leftists, @ivyemaye, but extremist Muslims do use similar tools as extremist leftists, so there is unity in the form of their acts. Kidnappings and murder and extortion. But I didn’t include Muslims with leftists in this article.

    The labeling was done because I am afraid for the Philippines right now. I am afraid that it is normally a critical nation, crab-like in the vein that Dee Meyer described in one of her articles, and that right now all the critical voices rising at once – from China, from the leftists, from political opponents of Mr. Aquino, from those penalized by the crackdown on corruption – and occasionally from the Catholic Church – is rising as a groundswell against what is actually a good, stable, rising Philippines. Not against Mr. Aquino. Against the Philippines. So the unifying theme is . . . whoa, don’t buy into THAT kind of emotionalism, either, the one played out in the headlines of our sensationalist press daily.

    So in a way, I am fighting fire with fire. They use emotion to sell papers, the leftists (extremist and impeachment-oriented) use it to try bring down government, the crooks do too, and Chinese minions are out in the discussion columns sowing strife and racism.

    The leftists are defined by their deeds. Those that condemn NPA methods are good, those that don’t are bad. Those that argue for due process in dealing with DAP or disagreements on policy and decisions are good, and those that argue for impeachment are bad. Those that argue for separation of church and state and more programs to make growth inclusive of the poor and other socially liberal efforts are good and those that argue for socialism as the correct form of government are bad.

    I have re-aligned my opinion of one noted leftist, Walden Bello, and now find him among the more wise of that side of the picture. He clearly is anti-China, for one thing. Where the label “China” is meant to be applied to the State that is out building military structures in Philippine waters, refusing to participate in the bilateral discussions they advocate (ITLOS arbitration), and otherwise running wild across the Asian seas. They, too, are defined by their acts.

  9. manuel buencamino says:

    Joe,
    Leftists. Militants. Those words have no color. Communists hide behind those colorless terms.They mingle with socialists and concerned citizens so you cannot call a rally of many different groups a communist rally. Better just to call them out. They are the only ones in mass rallies that carry red flags and banners, that way you distinguish them from other groups. Call them The Reds.

  10. andrewlim8 says:

    That is why I prefer the term “Marxist-Leninist-Maoist” instead of leftist, radical, militant, etc. It’s a long label, but it is accurate in capturing the philosophical basis of their organizations.

  11. Micha says:

    When it comes to purveyors of moral, intellectual, and spiritual corruption in the Philippines, the Catholic Church is second to none. The whole dysfunctional Filipino culture is rooted in this fairy tale belief system of rituals and ceremonies where its hierarchy is more concerned with preserving wealth and power more than anything else. Imelda Marcos is a devotee. Even the current populist show of Pope Bergoglio is subsumed in that preservation goal.

    You should have retained them in your list.

    • Joe America says:

      Point taken. I don’t think the Church right now is among those destabilizing the nation by an attack on the presidency. Now they may be undermining things in other way, as you say, but it didn’t really fit in this blog.

      • Micha says:

        Nope, undermining is a hyper understatement because they’ve been in this corrupting business for centuries already.

  12. Gerardo Vergara says:

    I waited for Pnoy’s SONA to be finished before writing this comment because I know that those militants will not let that occasion to pass by without them venting again their anger the best way they know how against this administration.
    They have not changed strategy and haven’t added numbers because most of their old members had grown tired of the futility of shouting their voices to hoarseness every time the president speaks and that is all they can do in hopes that they could make the leader vacate his seat just by shouting slogans that glorify their ideology.
    Their leaders are now complaining of human rights violations when police used water cannons on them when they forcefully tried to breach the perimeter fence set up to maintain order which they were hell-bent on breaking.
    And they always thought they could expect for sympathy from the public who had turned away their faces to their childish fits of anger.
    I did not touch on the other causes of the dysfunctions in the life of this country because you, Joe, and the other commenters had clearly explained them in detail.

    • josephivo says:

      Can you blame the people that did not benefit from PDAF or typhoon emergency funds and that they cannot make the distinction between a good and a bad politician? Can you blame people that are desperate to get some food on the table and that they follow more extreme tactics in introducing change? Can you blame people to do more than just post some blogs on internet and that they participate in a rally to voice their frustration with non-inclusive growth?

      Voicing different options is the job of the minority. Luckily many were young, but isn’t it always been the task of the youth to disagree with the old ways, to keep us awake?

      Yes I think that they could improve in their message and style, but nobody is perfect, not even the President. Yes many are guided by false prophets, but at least some are outraged that poverty is still rampant, income inequality obscene, and blaming them from my easy chair is too easy.

      • Joe America says:

        I rather think that just sitting in the easy chair is too easy and it is better to be out provoking ideas, whether they be right or wrong, so that awareness is heightened from the discussion that ensues, and it shakes out having aired some thoughts that might lead to something. Otherwise, we just watch the telly and things stay the same.

        My point is fairly simple, I think. There is an incident, PDAF and DAP, that has caused a lot of groups to join and focus criticism on the President. We ought to understand that they have agendas, instability of the Philippine state being one of them. I am writing to the audience of this blog, which is people with ideas and some influence. How in God’s great green earth do you take this as blaming the poor?

        I personally don’t think one takes care of the poor well by letting people with an agenda destabilize the state with frivolous impeachment complaints, deceits and false accusations.

        • josephivo says:

          But what if you did see no change, not in your grandfathers, not in your fathers fortune, no hope for your children. Of course you can go to the church and pray that for a better after live. But what if you see that people that steel billions from you and your friends but again and again they get comfortable hospital rooms or special treatments in special prisons suites, if they ever get convicted they are pardoned in no time. If you friend steal 100 peso from the wrong person he can rot for years in an overcrowded prison, 50 peso for 3 meals, concrete as his matrass. What if torturers and murderers of 60 people are still enjoying special treatment after 5 years, their trial foreseen for 2060. If your friends throw a few stones or shout too loud they can get arrested on the spot or worse they disappear for good in no time.

          Is it so difficult to imagine that some lose their temper, that some students get indignant? The problem is not that some rally, the problem is that so few rally. Where are all the victims from the PDAF scams? Where are the victims from the GMA scams, from Estrada’s and above all from the unimaginable Marcos robbery? Where are the people swindled by traffic enforcers, cops, and other civil servants? The students working month for free as OJT’s, working weeks for free before getting a 6 month contract at a minimum pay? All the helpers not getting their legal compensations? Just to name a few. Where are they? The SONA day was ideal to get some attention. Bad luck for an excellent President, but what he does is only a fraction of what has to be done, some should remind him. Do not blame the few false prophets, blame the good ones that were absent.

          • Joe America says:

            I agree that those penalized and trod upon should not be complacent. But the Philippines has long been a nation of unrest and coups and now is not the time to go again to the backward step of instability.

            So what are the goals of the students? What do they expect to achieve? All I see are photos of a good president hung in effigy, and all I hear is socialist sloganeering. What is the alternative to what Mr. Aquino is doing? Who is framing the ideals and objectives that makes sense WITHIN the system, versus tearing it down. Just when it is getting going. The leadership and the students don’t grasp S&P debt ratings or what? Destruction is a goal?

            I don’t quibble with the protests. That’s how change occurs. I question what they propose to replace the government they challenge. They figuring ousting Aquino and putting Binay in the top spot will get them relief? I see DAP equated to pork when it is absolutely not. I see impeachment complaint filed because he did not accept the court ruling, a totally legal stand. That makes him a dictator? Where is the rational thinking that people will buy into? We are supposed to cheer rallies that have no constructive goal and are built on knee jerk legalisms, false promises and ideology that is long gone?

            I’d suggest the rallyists should be organizing to put more rational leftists like Waldon Bello in office, people who can get things done in the system. They should offer proposals to build rather than tear down. Ranting on Commonwealth is the EASY way to express frustration. Why don’t they work hard and develop a platform and a real political party and recruit people to it?

          • Joe America says:

            A good first step would be to denounce violence and extortion as ways to achieve their goals.

            • josephivo says:

              I fully agree that many in these rallies are following false prophets. (Some financed by the jailed senators?) But where are the good ones? Where are the unions? The farmer organizations? Who organizes the PDAF victims? No political party to embrace them (except some miniscule ones we don’t like), I don’t see them in the streets, I don’t find them on internet.

              To many Filipinos accept a live in their caste of untouchables, with zero opportunities, and the ones that don’t are abroad. That’s my anger I guess.

              • Joe America says:

                Actually, I’d like to take this up in a separate blog. The disenfranchised with weak voice, or voices expressed by false prophets. Freedom of expression. The need for stability. How to put them together in the best way. There are interesting issues involved and I think we can sort them out so that neither you nor I have to get frazzled.

              • Joe America says:

                After I write one on Kris Aquino though . . . gotta keep the priorities straight. 🙂

  13. J says:

    Joe, did you write the President’s speech? This is exactly how he characterized his most vocal critics.

  14. jym says:

    The lfet alwasy complained because that is their nature. If they stop, then they lose their purpose of existence.What will happen to them then?

    I have read before that they were once funded by CHINA. I have a feeling that they still do receive AID from them. It is in the best interest on CHINA to help this so-called left as it put our president out of focus and not able to concentrate on other matters. Come to think of it, i haven’t read if the left ever complained about CHINA getting part of our country. This concludes then above assumption.

    • Joe America says:

      That to me is a clear dividing line between good leftists and bad leftists. Good ones like Walden Bello oppose China’s theft of Philippines, bad ones only attack the US. Another dividing line is attitude toward NPA violence and extortion. Good leftists condemn it and bad ones are silent or support it.

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