A Chronicle of the Da Pinoys and Da Coconut Repablik of Da Pilipins
Why independence, if the slaves of today will be the tyrants of tomorrow? And no doubt they will, because whoever submits to tyranny loves it!”
This is the stunning quote that predicted our future as a society, a nation and as a people. Dr. Jose Rizal, the most revered icon in Philippine history died in this day as he was falsely accused for conspiracy. Rizal denied his ties with the Katipunan or the Los Hijos Del Pais, but his influence within the reformist and secessionist cause was very large.
His novels, Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo had sparked a revolution that he never wanted to happen. Several people are misinterpreting his writings as anti Spanish, in fact he was pro Spanish, he wanted the Philippines to be Hispanised.
That was the dream of the reformists back then, the representation to the Cortes Generales, freedom of speech, equality before the law and other ideals which had fanned the flames of revolt within the elite. The Second Propaganda Movement under his de facto leadership has became a force for the colonial authorities that can spark a revolution at any moment.
Firstly what was his intention and why did he wrote the two famous novels? The novels had not only attacked the colonial government which were mostly lead by the Peninsulares and were notorious for incompetence, the Roman Catholic Church which were composed of jobless friars which jealously guarded their power, he had also attacked the culture of the Filipinos as backward and anti progress.
Forget all the shit you learned from biased historians, this is the sole intention of Rizal. He did not wanted a revolution to happen, what he advocated was political, social, religious and cultural reform. He insisted that by writing, the current government bureaucracy will consider the suggestions of the reformists who wanted the Philippines to move into an Age Of Enlightenment.
He was a staunch opponent of the frailes, which had also contributed to his downfall. The frailes were so fearful about reform, because they knew it will be the beginning of the end of their power. They were so staunchly opposed the secularisation of the Philippine churches and they had used any methods necessary to stop it.
He was also an advocate of educational reform and women’s rights. I am laughing again at some leftist feminist organisations used him for their radical agendas. He was an opponent of the revolution, but deep inside he supported it.
He advocated to the Katipunan, which had sent Pio Valuenzuela as his representative that a revolution was still not necessary and he suggested three factors in order for their revolution to succeed. They must get the support of the wealthy upper class Filipinos, they must have a unified chain of command, a foreign backer and a capable general to lead the revolution. The two suggestions were partially achieved by 1896.
Support from the wealthy Filipinos were evident as an alliance of the Ilustrados, the Mestizos, the Sangleys, the Indios, the Creoles and some Peninsulares had joined the Katipunan en masse. Soldiers and officers of the Spanish Army and Guardia Civil were also among its ranks. This presence had enabled the Katipunan to train its army according to the tactics of the Spanish Army of that time.
Bonifacio was partially successful in establishing a chain of command, but he did not checked the local leaders in his ranks, such as Aguinaldo. Bonifacio must had read the Prince in order for him to prevent his death. Aguinaldo was very ambitious for power and the death of the Supremo had triggered the movement to become fractured with Visayan revolutionaries still loyal to the Supremo.
Bonifacio had failed to find a foreign ally. The possible candidates were the Empire of Japan or the United States. Bonifacio had chosen Japan and the Japanese had promised to send a battalion of volunteers and armaments for the revolutionaries. Unfortunately, only a few hundred guns were delivered but a platoon of Japanese military attaches had arrived.
Rizal also knew that Marcelo Del Pilar was preparing to return to the Philippines to link with Bonifacio, but Del Pilar died before returning to his country. Antonio Luna also refused the offer by Bonifacio because he still believed on reforms as a way for change and said that the revolution was too premature.
These events had lead to the divisions of the Katipunan. In order to prevent the organisation from breaking apart, Bonifacio had immediately launched the revolution. A planned attack in Manila was carried out. A General Assembly had convened in Melchora Aquinos’s house to vote whether they will declare war or not, a unanimous decision was reached. The Assembly had declared war.
Rizal was very shocked at the these events and he was arrested by the government while being en route to Cuba. He was sentenced for conspiracy after a kangaroo trial. Camilio de Polaveja, with the pressure from his advisers and the frailes, had carried out the death sentence.
Instead of crushing the revolt, more and more Filipinos rose up in open revolt. Soldiers from the Spanish Army and the Guardia Civil had defected en masse, in fact even whole regiments had joined the fight for Independencia.
But still, local factions were a problem and it became evident after the revolutionaries from Visayas had denounced the murder of Bonifacio. While the revolutionaries in Visayas were largely successful, Aguinaldo’s troops in Luzon were facing military disasters which had lead into a truce which he and the other Tagalog revolutionaries had left for Hong Kongas a part of the peace agreement.
The Philippine Revolution was not a revolution of the masses, but rather it was a result of conspiracies from the top and the middle and they had used the low to mobilise support using the Enlightenment ideals to win support. It was more of a civil war than a revolt of conquered people.
It was a battle of Spain vs. Spain, a battle of the Reactionaries and the Reformists, which the latter had carved out the Philippines out of the Spanish Empire. It was not an Asian Revolution, but rather a revolution with the characters of the American and the French Revolutions as its foundations.
If the revolution was not a result of poverty, what were the reasons? They only wanted an independent nation. Rizal and the thinkers had predicted that the Philippines will become a world power under the rule of the Ilustrados.
Jose Rizal was used as an image by lunatics from the Left and Right for their deluded beliefs and ideals. I am also informed that he is now a mascot of the CBCP, which ironically had opposed the Rizal Law.
Whether it is a result of the biased histories surrounding him or the current state of our society, it is still very stupid to use him like that, even as the guardian of the Malay race. He was not a supporter of Tagalog, in fact he wanted Spanish to become our national language. The Ilustrados were all in full support of Spanish as our language or even English in order for the Philippines to become competitive.
Alongside with the early reformists, he deserved to be called a Filipino. He would probably scratch his head why our society had failed so miserably. I think even the ruling class of the past will condemn us for eternity.
Answer this: How can the youth become the future of our country in this state? The growing anti intellectualism and stupidity of the majority of the population has all contributed to our failure. The government, the Church, it was all the product of the people.
We let the incompetent to seat as kings, we continue to become blind to dogma and we continue to become ignorant. We had let the sensationalist media to control our thoughts and opinions for the benefit of their backers.
Are we really free? The answer is NO. The descendants of the Ilustrados that seceded us from Spain are now the new kings and the tyrants of our country. The frailes were ling gone, but they are replaced by the clergy who became deluded to their dogma. The ordinary people did not change most of the time.
The masses are no different than the masses 200 years ago. The Revolution was finished, it was a failure. The Ilustrados failed to predict that the Philippines will become a basket case of Asia. Their descendants are always claiming to do under the name of the masses, but rarely for their own benefit.
To this day, the irony of our society will still play endlessly. The irony of independence and tyranny will still continue to haunt us. The questions of the past will be exhumed and exhumed. The Philippines is not a republic or a democracy, but rather it is a Theocratic Oligarchy ruled by Mobocracy of the masses.
Rizal was right in his quote all along. We don’t deserve independence because we cannot uphold it or even fight for it. We had let the pseudo tyrants rule over us. The irony of failure will still continue to play in our country and we will still continue to mask it with false pride and patriotism. Poor stupid Juan De La Cruz indeed.
Idiocracy in the making!