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Jun 28th
Bobby, A military junta, in my feeli PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 17 October 2009 06:09
Bobby, A military junta, in my feeling, is probably just like outright dictatorship ala Marcos. With the general Filipino mindset of "kami naman" the probability of military people - young or old - succumbing to "kami naman" mentality might be high. PGMA's father was highly touted as an honest politician. For the benefit of a doubt let's say he was. Well, the reality now is that his daughter is currently negatively perceived. Her husband and their politician sons are viewed similarly. What went wrong that ran against the image of her father? Then, of course, there are other episodes in history to support doubts of change. Why did a defense secretary and an armed forces chief defect from their dictator boss? Did they sense the coming doom of the dictatorship in which they were willing participants for so many years? Was it their opportunity for "kami naman?" The defectors continued to be visible leaders. One became a senator and the other became president. Then what happened? Nothing. Status quo remained. When a widow became popular and became president chiefly because her politician husband was assassinated there was euphoria around the world. She even made the cover of Time Magazine. Then what happened? Again, domestically, nothing. Why did the country elect a college drop out actor to the presidency? Was it the hope for "kami naman" possibilities? But behold! Business as usual! When a young military officer rebelled it was ostensibly for better government. Well, he survived punishment. He even became a senator. Still the status quo continued. What can we really do? Who knows? No one, it appears. Otherwise this country is not in the bad shape it is in. Maybe, to release their frustrations chiefly to maintain their sanity, permanent expatriates, OFW's and domestic affluent do-gooders might just quietly help their relatives DIRECTLY, especially in times of disasters to by-pass the pockets of crooked politicians. Hopefully, with the quiet influence of well intentioned community leaders people will devote less of their energies from frustratingly useless diatribes against deaf people in government. Maybe do-gooders might unobtrusively re-educate their grass roots countrymen by example with a production minded mindset and be as apolitical as possible. Maybe do-gooders can use their energies in showing people how to reduce the number of babies they produce annually. Etcetera, etcetera... Suppose, for instance, all - I mean ALL - jeepney drivers refuse to bribe cops? There can be initial dislocations like a sudden exponential jump into the number of traffic "violation" tickets. But that, hopefully, may be temporary when crookedness of crooked cops will become not just resignedly taken for granted quietly but become publicly embarrassing for conniving traffic judges. I love this topic of jeepney drivers and crooked cops because my father, after retiring as a bus driver in a government-owned bus company, took to jeepney driving as a "second career." :) Every little improvement, social and economic, in the grass roots level, might add up towards general improvement and less dependency on crooks in government. With an enlightened population from which to choose leaders maybe leaders may emerge not just because they are actors, TV personalities, basketball players, boxers, or the widow of a martyred politician, but because in addition they have more valid credentials for leadership. Fred Natividad Livonia, Michigan

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