A Chronicle of the Da Pinoys and Da Coconut Repablik of Da Pilipins
The performance of Party Pilipinas in tribute to the supposed ‘People Power’ was a joke. For the first 15 minutes, I heard again the songs “Tayo’y Mga Pinoy”, “Awit ng Kabataan”, “Handog na bla bla bla sa Mundo”, “Magkaisa”, “Ito Gusto Ko” and other fucking songs describing the Filipino race as magnificent. I am laughing at that performance. The Human Genome Project had already debunked the concept of race. I doubt that most of us will accept it, as several of our citizens are deluding themselves to nationalism and revering the men who returned ‘democracy’ from the hands of the evil ‘tyrant’.
Marcos was not an overall good leader, because in his later years he left the day to day affairs to his lieutenants, which the latter became more powerful than the dictator. His sickness did not helped him. Martial Law was not that bad, because the opposition were either supportive of the old oligarchy or the Communists.
Marcos had a somewhat ridiculous plan to promote Maharlika, it was one of his ridiculous projects. He even wanted to rename our country to that name, a stupid irony that will affect generations and generations of ordinary citizens to think that Maharlika is cool.
Is the supposed ‘revolution’ still relevant today? When you look at the gathering of what was said to number over two million Filipinos, you will realize that it was just like any other rally that preceded it except it was bigger. It was nothing more than a mob.
Whether the first EDSA revolution was justified or not, the fact remains, the people who participated in toppling Marcos threw the rulebook out the window. And some of the participants there got addicted to the short-term gain from such impulsive behaviors.
Ironically PNoy, the son of the “people power” icon, is to blame for tainting the memory of the EDSA revolution. Prior to his win in the presidential election in 2010, some people were getting tired of the same old story of how his parents, Ninoy and Cory, made huge sacrifices for the country. Some were already questioning why they should remain beholden to them.
As written by several authors of Get Real Philippines (before the fiasco), the revolution was nothing but a walk of shame after a hangover:
But according to the Inquirer.net Editor, the 1986 “People Power” EDSA “revolution” is an “unfinished revolution” because “it has not achieved its long-term aims, which were principally to bring about good governance and stamp out corruption”.
The year 1986 was a long time ago — 25 years ago last February 25 to be exact. But I do remember only one single defining slogan back then: Tama na. Sobra na. Palitan na. That’s right. The only thinking (if you can even call it that) back in 1986 revolved around just one objective: removing then President Ferdinand E. Marcos from power and replacing him with someone. What I don’t remember is hearing or reading anything whatsoever even remotely related to “long-term aims”.
Long term aims? C’mon. That’s giving too much credit to a bunch of pimpled adolescents led by their 20-something handlers waving placards and pumping fists (and “L”-shaped fingers) in the process of the making of this “seminal” event we call “Edsa” today.
Even today, in glossy, glitzy, and technologically-savvy 21st Century Manila, the political “debate” failed to come up with a realistic vision for the Philippines and, consequently, no long-term plan had been drawn up to get us there (because there was no there defined to begin with). Back in 1986, we had an excuse. We were all kiddie-activists. What’s the excuse of our middle-aged “statesmen” today?
Perhaps there was a lot of backroom wheeling and dealing among oligarchs, politicians and generals back in 1986. I wouldn’t be surprised if the political cake had already been baked way before the cooks were invited into the kitchen. Indeed, the strategy work amongst the big boys of the time was never part of the public domain, and therefore certainly not a part of the people who supposedly exhibited the power back in 1986.
We cannot by any stretch of the atrophied imagination of the Filipino attribute any sort of strategic thinking to “Edsa”. As such, there were no “long term aims” in mind back in 1986, and therefore all this talk of “Edsa” being an “unfinished revolution” lacks a ground to stand on.
The 1986 “People Power” EDSA “revolution” is finished.
Marcos removed. Game over.
Jim Paredes himself used this very argument against his Twitter archrival Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan, saying that “The people went with good intentions. But the coup plotters had other intentions different from ours”. So the “people” (presumably those who did “People Power”) had good intentions, while the “coup plotters” had other intentions — agendas, if you like. What were those “good intentions” supposedly harboured by that subset of the cast of characters that were involved in this “revolution” who are favoured by today’s history writers?
It’s all in the narrative told by those who emerged “Victorious” from this “revolution” and who went on to legitimise themselves as the new civilian government of the Republic and whose “heroism” is now trumpeted continuously by the Big Media owners of that cultural artifact now known as “Edsa”.
The emotionally-charged song, dazzling dance, and nebulous symbolism that is continuously delivered into every Filipino’s living room everyday by Big Media — Paredes’s Handog ng Pilipino sa Mundo, Tito Sotto’s Panahon Na, the Yellow merchandise that emerge from the commercial woodwork on every Aquinoist occasion — these all symbolise those so-called “good intentions” that define “Edsa”.
But beyond the paraphernalia that represent these “good intentions” where exactly are the specific artifacts that “symbolise” those “long-term aims” that the Inquirer.net Editor laments remain unfulfilled today? The second Aquino president himself, Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, is increasingly under critical scrutiny owing to a lack — even after eight months in office — of any evidence of a plan of some sort that leads to fulfilling a vision of some equal sort.
See, that’s the trouble with initiatives carried out on a high fuelled by symbolism and emotionalism alone. When these opiates wear out, all you wake up with is a headache, and an upset stomach. Party animals call it a hangover. Those who are unfortunate enough to greet the morning with a naked stranger beside him or her face the infamous walk of shame — catching a cab still clad in the previous night’s party outfit.
Perhaps Edsa as we remember it raises that spectre before us — a combination of having to undertake that walk of shame while laden with a bad hangover. There is no “unfinished business” because there were no “long-term aims” to begin with. Quite simply, “Edsa” is finished.
Yes EDSA is finished, there is no need of celebrating it. It is just an indication of how stupid the Filipinos were at that time thinking that the overthrow of Marcos will lead to democracy and prosperity. They even boasted that it had inspired the Revolutions of 1989 and the overall collapse of Communism, true it was partly influenced by the supposed revolution but discontent was already high on the Communist states at that time and the unavoidable happened.
The celebration is also an excuse to highlight the achievements of the Filipino race. For a while, most will delude to the fantasies of the supposed pride of the brown race. Aside from artists, boxers and other stuff, is that a justification of being proud as a Filipino. Pride is nothing but an illusion, as well our nationalism.
Most Filipinos still believe in “angels” and “demons”. This is unfortunately a legacy of peoples’ belief in superstition. Like those who believe in witchcraft, some will believe “evil” stories involving GMA even if these lack any basis or evidence to back up the claim.
Because some things are very difficult to accept like the reality that they are also accountable for their own lives, some Filipinos would look at their problems, shrug these off and say that things happen for a reason because of interventions by “The Adjustment Bureau” or some heavenly being. Never mind that some things like politicians getting away with criminal activities happen because of their own negligence or lack of vigilance.
Let’s see this motherfucker who commented on a Youtube video about being a Filipino:
AYON SA PANUNURI NG MGA BANYAGANG AMERIKANO, KAPAG NAHAHALUAN NG DUGONG PINOY ANUMANG LAHI, ITO AY NAGIGING “SUPER”… TAYO AY MAGSAYA KASI ANG DUGONG PINOY ANG DAHILAN KUNG BAKIT MAYROONG LINCECUM NA PINAKAMAGALING SA LARONG BASEBALL NA INEMBENTO NG ISANG PINOY!!!!!
MABUHAY ANG DUGONG PINOY!!! NAIINGIT NANAMAN ANG MGA IBANG LAHI NA HINDI MAPANTAYAN ANG “GALING NG PINOY”… TAYO AY IPINAGPALA NG TALINO, AT LAKAS NA WALANG KAPANTAY… MERON TAYONG MANNY, TIMMY, AT KOBE NA MAY LAHI RING PINOY!!! MABUHAY!!!!
Now this is utterly disturbing. Filipino blood is superior to other races? And I thought Nazism was dead.
This attitude is prevalent in how Filipinos claim Maria Aragon, Charice Pempengco, and even other achievers with even very little Filipino blood, and boast that they are achievers because of this ancestry. This is a sad sign that Filipino have generally run out of things to be proud of, and instead have many gaffes, like the August 23, 2010 Bus Massacre, as what the world knows us for.
Another the aspect of this issue is that some “Filipino Imperialists” see the pre-Marcos era as a “glorious era” that should be revived. While it’s true that the country was doing better during this time compared to their Asian neighbors, I would rather not dwell on this “glorious era.” I am not denying that things got worse after this time. Perhaps some people use this nostalgia in fantasizing taking over other countries or “colonizing” them, or perhaps going to those countries and saying “we’re the tops in Asia! Show us some respect!” (as if Filipinos aren’t doing that already).
Make no further reasons why we should celebrate this bullshit called a revolution. It is an excuse by the oligarchs, the clergy and the media to feed idiocy to the masses. 27 years after the supposed revolution, little had changed.
The oligarchs are still monopolising the politics and the businesses around the country, the CBCP is still enforcing their ridiculous dogma, the media gives the masses stupid shows and game shows that ordinary Flips will forget that they have no food in the table. The masses are contented to be pampered and to cover their eyes with roses. They keep on electing incompetent leaders that breeds corruption and sheer stupidity.
I am quoting from a GRP article here:
Perhaps there was a time when there were lots of scapegoats that Filipinos can count on to account for the wretched state of their society. First it was colonial imperialism — yes, that much-loved evil bogeyman that Filipinos finger as the perpetrators of the wholesale “victimisation” of their ancestors. The “scourge” of imperialism as we know now is gone (one can argue that it isn’t considering the way Filipinos’ independence and sovereignty itself remains debatable, but that’s another topic in itself), but the Philippines remains as degenerate as it was during its colonial periods. Then there was the “tyranny” of the regime of former president Ferdinand E. Marcos. That too eventually ended, but the now renowned failure to launch of the Philippine nation persists like a stubborn rash.
So much for those excuses. Becoming “free” and practicing true “democracy” was pitched as the “new hope” of a nation “long victimised” by the forces of authoritarianism and imperialism. We now have both “freedom” and “democracy”. But prosperity and justice still elude us.
What democracy really achieved for Filipinos was to prove once and for all that the real underlying problem of their society had more to do with their cultural character. One “promising” president after another was “elected”. They came and went and left the same hollow shell of a nation they inherited from their predecessors. The uncomfortable reality became evident: representative democracy gave us governments and leaders that more accurately reflected the character of the people that elected to be subject to and led by these respectively.
In short, “true” democracy as applied by Filipinos did, indeed, bring out the TRUTH about Filipinos — that Filipinos are inherently unjust thieving liars. Those three traits are traits Filipinos seem to like to attribute to their politicians. The trouble is, in a democracy where leaders are elected by popular vote, any finger you point at government is ultimately a finger that points back at the electorate.
We can thank the perpetrators of the 1986 Edsa “revolution” for turning the Philippines back into a country that lives up to those ideals. Unfortunately what simply won’t perish from this earth is the reality that there is something profoundly inherent in Filipinos — the Filipino Condition — that rubs off on their politicians, specially now that the ordinary Pinoy wields absolute power over the composition of their government.
It will take many more generations and a prayer before this condition that dooms an entire society to muddle along in mediocrity for the foreseeable future is purged from its cultural DNA. Before that happens, we can only expect more of the same sort of politicians to rule these sad islands — the same sort who possess the same traits of the very people who voted for them.
Democracy does not exist in this country, the only government existing is “Idiocracy”. It is not interrupted for the past 27 years ever since. For now, I shall work hard to revive the memory of the Ilustrados who tried to fix this miserable country with limited success 200 years ago. The Industrial Age was over, it’s time for La Republica Filipina to devote the country to progress!
Viva La Republica Filipina! Viva La Revolucion! down with the oligarchy! down with the clergy! Down with stupidity! Down with Idiocracy! Break the chains of tyranny!
Until then, I see you on my next article. Now I am playing a cool song from the band called Yano titled “Kumusta Na”
Kumusta na, ayos pa ba
Ang buhay natin, kaya pa ba
Eh kung hinde, paano na
Ewan mo ba, bahala na?
Napanood kita sa tv, sumama ka sa rali
Kasama ang mga madre, pinigilan mga tangke
Umiiyak ka pa sa harap ng mga sundalo
Namigay ka pa ng rosas na nabili mo sa kanto
Dala-dala mo pa, estatwa ni Sto. Nino
Eskapularyo’t Bibliya, sangkatutak na rosaryo
At sa gitna ng EDSA, lumuhod ka’t nagdasal pa
Our Father, Hail Mary from thy bounty thru Christ our Lord amen
Pebrero, bente-sais nang si Apo ay umalis
Ngiti mo’y hanggang tenga sa kakatalon, napunit a’ng pantalon mo
Pero hindi bale, sabi mo, marami naman kame
Kahit na amoy pawis, tuloy pa rin ang disco sa kalye
Nakita kita kahapon, may hila-hilang kariton
Huminto sa may Robinson, tumanga buong maghapon
Sikat ka noon sa tibi kase kasama ka doon sa rali
Pero ngayo’y nag-iisa, naglalakad sa may EDSA