Temporary Solutions for Long-Term Problems: The Pinoy’s Most Common Response

My heart goes out to all those who helped Mary Jane Veloso escape her predicament. From those who prayed for her (I’m one of those who believe that prayer does indeed hold some power), those who pleaded for her case to those who chose to spare her from execution, you have my sincerest gratitude. But while her continued survival is indeed something to be thankful for, I would like to mention the fact that all we’ve really bought the poor woman is time. Who’s to say that the case won’t be investigated further until those in Indonesia choose to execute her anyway? Also, what of the many other OFW’s out there in the world who are facing the threat of death from being in death row, to being in the way of a national disaster to those in countries under the threat of war?

Indeed, I believe in the Jewish saying that “one life saved saves the world entire” but the problem here is all about how we, as a people, have failed to see the bigger picture and the greater threats that loom over our nation. While the spared life of Mary Jane Veloso is indeed good news, I think that it is simply too early for us to be celebrating.

long_term_futureOver the years, as I’ve come to realize, the solutions our society offers are at best only temporary and, at worst, merely a means of “sweeping things under the rug” rather than a permanent and progressive answer to our problems. The issue about Mary Jane Veloso is just one of these many problems that we aren’t facing the way we should. Remember, Mary Jane Veloso’s case could resume at any time and go through with her execution anyway and that we still have plenty of countrymen out there who are in death row right now as we speak.

Here are some of the things I’d like to point out to you:

The “Peace Agreement” with the MILF

Okay, I know this is getting old but I think it’s all the more reason that we start taking this seriously. As I’ve mentioned before, what the MILF is proposing isn’t even a “negotiation”, it’s essentially a “surrender”. Suppose we give in to their demands (like what the president is doing), would it really bring peace in Mindanao once and for all?

Here’s the problem, the MILF does not represent all the Muslims who live in Mindanao. Were we to give a peace of Mindanao to the MILF, other groups will become jealous and will probably clamor for their own territory in Mindanao. Like the hydra of Greek mythology, cutting off just one head will cause two or three more to sprout from the severed stump of its neck. Also of note, will the MILF really stop with just the BBL or will they eventually go on to ask for more territory and greater autonomy.

President Aquino’s statement about approving the BBL or counting body bags best counts as something similar to putting a ban-aid to a skull fracture. At the end of the day, it’s more or less delaying the inevitable. Sooner or later, the MILF or other groups will get it in their heads to seize even more territory and one can only imagine how our government and our society will react then.


“Catch a fish for a man and you feed him fish for one day. Teach a man to catch a fish and you feed him fish for the rest of his life.” The saying goes something like that anyway. I’m not really sure.

But the point is, by letting someone make a good living for themselves, they gain the opportunity to have a prosperous life and a promising future for their families. However, if you just give them money, nothing will stop them from spending all that money on trivial stuff like gambling, drinks or other vices all in one day which will subsequently drive them to bankruptcy again.

While giving money to the poor is a good thing and can allow one to better oneself, it is not a guarantee for progress. Instead, it all depends on the person spending the money. Unfortunately, based on the number of “one-week millionaires” (lottery winners who lose all their winnings because of overspending in just the course of a week) we keep hearing about, you can see just how “wise” Pinoys are when it comes to money.

Now, from my own opinion, giving people the opportunity to earn their own sizeable keep might be a different story. With that in mind, they’ll be able to make their own money by working and prevent them from relying too much on dole-outs. In the end, it becomes a win-win situation because you get a productive worker (or at least an average worker, at that) and you’re able to give someone the opportunity to feed his or her family on a regular basis.

The Case with OFWs

Okay, going back to my sentiments in the first paragraphs of this article…

The fact that Mary Jane Veloso was spared was a “win” on our part. However, I regret to say that what’s been done is at best a “delaying tactic” much like the first two examples mentioned above. There is still a chance that the Indonesian government will find more reasons to have Mary Jane Veloso executed. Worse yet, and I cannot emphasize it enough, there are still other OFWs out there who may be in danger or worse.

Like the second point mentioned above, I think we should find a means to provide more opportunities for our countrymen instead of keeping the potentially dangerous system we have now. Why force them to travel overseas to make ends meet for their families when we can provide business opportunities and promising careers for them here in the Philippines. By keeping the oligarch-centered system we have, we are essentially just making the rich richer and the poor poorer and needlessly endangering the lives of productive Filipino citizens.

Let’s push to have more job opportunities with fair deals here in the Philippines instead of forcing our countrymen to risk themselves in potentially dangerous settings outside the country…


Post Author: Grimwald

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Robert Haighton
Can someone pls explain me why the Filipina case differs from all those other people who were shot? Dont get me wrong, I am firmly against the death penalty. But wasnt she who carried the drugs? Secondly: “But the point is, by letting someone make a good living for themselves, they gain the opportunity to have a prosperous life and…” this is sheer impossible when a person (lets say a daughter) have to pay money (take care and support) to her own parents. This family-culture is really the cause/problem why the Philippines will never get out of poverty. This is… Read more »
Sick Amore

As to this

The “Peace Agreement” with the MILF

I just came across this after exploring GRP:
“peace initiatives tend to separate Muslims from Christians which eventually add to the tension there. He suggests that any peace agreement should benefit all those affected, not just one group or the other.” http://leadphil.blogspot.com/2010/12/snk-with-we-care.html

Irineo B. R. Salazar
Well, this short-termism can not only be found among Filipinos but also among members of the working (and non-working) class in Europe. People who are used to having no future learn to think only of the present. Dr. Phil Zimbardo writes about this in one of his books, writing that cultures with more future-orientation are more successful but have less fun than those who only live in the present. Possibly the reasons are to be found in the colonial experience, but also in the fact that the Philippines used to live in conditions of tropical abundance – but now of… Read more »

Miss Velosa’s execution is just delayed. Sooner or late, she will face the Firing Squad.

We don’t have good paying jobs in the Philippines. We have university graduates, working in call centers.

So, people have to go overseas, to seek employment. We remit money (I’m an OFW); and the Oligarchs control the Banking system. They profit immensely on this financial set up.

The Philippine economy would sink; without the OFW remittances. This is the “Daan Matuwid” of Aquino; going straight to his pocket…


“I’m one of those who believe that prayer does indeed hold some power”

Sorry Grimwald, but after several years of following your well-informed posts you have just lost all credibility with me. Please come back down from whatever planet you are on.

Pilosopo Socrates

@ 092Toro0055Hayden :
“We don’t have good paying jobs in the Philippines. We have university graduates, working in call centers. ” I am a statistic.

@Grimwald: Been following since your 1st post, i love the topic but i was dissappointed.

dont get me wrong, the idea of temporary solutions to long term problems is a good one though can you also apply to almost everythimg else that is wrong with the country? Also why do most of the leaders never seem to think of long term consequences?

Do all of them follow the KKK rule???


The primary reason why nothing gets ever done in the Philippines is because they consider straight up truth and honesty to be “disrespectful” and thus attack the messenger and never bother to listen to the message.

Many temporary solutions are partly made with the intention of not offending anyone. Thus we have the wreck of a country we see today.

I have one experience similar to the title of this post. A couple of years ago, the establishment beside our apartment were demolishing their 10ft+ hollow block fence, the fence being shared by them and our compound. Small pieces of concrete were falling towards our area but being a Filipino, we ignored it despite safety issue. Makisama ka na lang ika nga. But what is not forgiving is when they left the top 5ft+ portion of the wall hanging. One day, after a couple of hours that they left the job site, (when I concluded that they must have stopped… Read more »
The Many And The Few
The so-called ‘family-culture’ is NOT the root cause of the Philippines’ poverty. It is NEITHER “freeloading” NOR “slavery”! I beg to differ with the concept of ‘family-culture’ which Mr. Robert Haighton and Marius espouses! In their own words: Robert Haighton says: “This family-culture is really the cause/problem why the Philippines will never get out of poverty.” “A culture of being family focused,family oriented and family centered (and you can add to that god-focused, god-oriented and god-centered). Its widespreak and a national disaster/plaque.” marius says: “I completely agree that ‘family-culture’ is the root cause of the Philippines’ poverty. But let’s call… Read more »

The Republic of The Philippines is FUCKED, Get out now !!! By any means possible and never return !!! or at least do not return until a citizen of another country.


what POSITIVE things do you suggest? since you think it is all NEGATIVE in here, offer us something else..and BTW your “bayanihan” is dead and buried..now, it’s every man to himself…and if you haven’t noticed, best to remove those blinders you are wearing

The Many And The Few
It is NOT all negative here! (Ilda and BenignO, as well as some other GRP writers writes Intelligently!) The negative reply was just a reaction to an ironic assertion! “Its Them Not Us” attitude! Now this is what you call Negative! “…your “bayanihan” is dead and buried..now, it’s every man to himself…and if you haven’t noticed, best to remove those blinders you are wearing” I am NOT Blind, you’re Not just deep and heavy enough into the Filipino Culture! The Philippines as a whole is more than GRP, more than Noynoy Aquino, more than Manny Pacquiao, more than all the… Read more »
The Many And The Few
For Mr. Robert Haighton! 1. “After spending 6 years (from 2009) in your country, I think I know how your system of “family-culture” works.” The Family is a support system. Obligation to the family is not mandatory/compulsory but rather more of voluntary! It is NOT forced or compelled! Cooperation among family members is totally a different thing from what you called Dependency! Or if you may “Emotional Blackmail”! It is Not Slavery and it’s Not just limited to a clan! We are also Global People you know! I hope I am not lost in translation! 2. “If everybody is responsible… Read more »

It’s having no foresight that makes the temporary unbearable.


Cct realy helps some very poor filipinos, the problem is the majority of those receiving it have too many children, i know it personally bcause my mother is a public elem. teacher and most of the cct recepients from her school come from a big family and very poor