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Home Sections Politics Back-to-the-basics Steps of Changing the Philippines (Part I)
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Saturday, 09 February 2008 07:00
ashington, DC-based Filipino-American activist and writer Ado Paglinawan started an online discussion by asking how corruption could be curtailed or eliminated in the
Philippines. This writer took up the challenge and replied to Mr. Paglinawan.

Here is Mr. Paglinawan’s message dated 2/9/2008 9:12:47 A.M. Pacific Standard Time, which he posted in


I guess it has been established long ago that Gloria and Mike Arroyo are corrupt to the bone and are surrounded by many more who just suck the blood of the nation.

So what are we going to do about it? Talk some more? 

The table is now open for suggestions.

But please let us not go into more manifestoes and signup sheets. Let us have something more deliberate and fatally terminal to their evil.


This writer answered by posting the following:

RE: Back-to-the-basics Steps of Changing RP (Part I)

Dear Ado:

As we in the BalikLaban Movement have been saying, we simply have to work harder to mobilize the OFWs and dual citizens to join an OFW-led political party to contest the 2010 elections.

Even the Filipino senator whom you want to support for the presidency in the 2010 elections is part of the ruling clique. Almost all of the presidential timbers are in the Philippine Senate, and with the exception of Sen. Ping Lacson, all of them are receiving gladly the pork-barrel funds and spending them like any other traditional politician (trapo) does. In short, all the present political parties in the Philippines are controlled by trapos, who often become turncoats. Today, they are with the opposition, the next month they are with the ruling clique. We, the OFWs, are the real political opposition in the Philippines, especially if the dual citizens in the United States and Canada join us in this political exercise.

The OFWs and the dual citizens have to come together and organize a grand strategic alliance to win the presidency, the vice presidency and a good number of seats in the Philippine Congress and local governments. We have to raise enough human-and- financial resources, so that we can out-organize, outmaneuver, outwit, outsmart and outspend the trapos' existing parties.

And we have to come up with doable socioeconomic and governmental platforms that we should finalize by accelerating the completion of feasibility studies and doing an inventory of the economic resources of every province and city in the Philippines. A summary of our socioeconomic/political platforms is found in this article,  The OFW-led Political Party's "Vision RP 2021" Master Plan

After winning the 2010 elections, then we can run after the assets of the crooks in the present government and even in the past administrations. We should move to "reinvent" Philippine-government agencies, even the Philippine military. How to do it? I have written these articles to combat corruption and get back some, if not all, of the stolen public funds, and by launching crash programs where the pork-barrel funds are channeled to a nationwide reforestation campaign, among others :

Reinventing the Philippine Military to Prevent the Coming of a Junta


Reinventing the Philippine Military (Part Two)

Reinventing the Philippine Criminal-justice System

Funding Reforestation as a Solution to Global Warming


More details in Part II . . .

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