It has been said, “You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover,” that you should read it cover-to-cover before arriving at any conclusion. But even after you finish reading the entire book, you should still not infer what is written until you understand the author’s intention—the motivation that compelled him or her to write the book in the first place. And if the people of the Philippines knew the intention of each and every author of the EDSA Revolution, and the eventual country-destructive effect it had on their society, Filipinos would not have allowed “People’s Power,” as it affectionately became known, to take place. Because even the most prolific authors of the revolution—the Aquinos, Cojuangcos, Ayalas, Lopezes, Enrile, Ramos, Sys, along with other well-known church leaders, and government and businesses officials, who stood side-by-side with the masses to show their resolve as a nation, willing to stand up against government tanks and soldiers to oust a dictator, and to free their nation from the tyranny of Martial Law—became dictators themselves later on, who took turns raping the country of its wealth and depriving the people of their quality of life. Then turned this once agriculturally-rich country—that supported the population for generations through relative peace and comfort at the hands of the Filipino people, in spite of their personal shortcomings—into a modern-day feudalistic society that is complete with “lords” and “serfs,” and largely controlled by the Chinese “Bamboo Network” and their well-bribed Filipino politicians.
Since the end of the EDSA Revolution, many climactic events took place in the Philippines that the world considered “normal” for a nation that is trying to renege the legacy of a dictatorship. In spite of the numerous coup attempts made against Cory Aquino’s government, the ongoing talks to whether or not to renew the lease on the American bases, the refutable agrarian reform that was planned to limit the size of property holdings of “Hacienda” landowners, the privatization of government funding and properties, that transferred the country’s budget to private sectors to help boost a fledgling economy, convinced tens of millions of Filipinos worldwide that their country is well on its way towards a more stable political and economic recovery. Even after Aquino left office and replaced by Fidel Ramos in 1992, Filipinos, by and large, were still hopeful that the future leaders will continue the legacy that the authors of the “People’s Power” have started, and keep paving the way for a brighter future for the entire archipelago. Nothing could be farther from the truth, as the Philippines began its steady decline from being a major force in Southeast Asia, in spite of the restrictive nature of a nation that has been under Martial Law for almost 20 years, to a country chronically-stricken by graft and corruption in the government and business sectors; thus, earning the Philippines the infamous title of being the “Sick Man of Asia” in the international communities.
The world witnessed the rise of two media giants in the wake of the Martial Law—ABS-CBN and GMA—owned and operated by two Chinese-Filipino media tycoons, Eugenio “Geny” Lopez, Jr. (a former Marcos adversary) and Richard Gozon, respectively. These media giants subsequently gave birth to “The Filipino Channel (TFC),” that catered to Filipinos worldwide as a source of news and entertainment from the Philippines. For more than three decades, TFC has enjoyed a long-standing role of influencing Filipinos (and their foreign relations) across the globe with its “More Fun in the Philippines” and Proud To be a Filipino” propaganda, and showing how tourism and foreign investments–mainly in the form of real estate ownership in housing subdivisions and high-rise condominiums—will help boost a devastated economy; without realizing that these wanton property acquisitions are only going to benefit the oligarch-owned businesses in the long run, by inflating land prices and cost of living; monopolizing the distribution of resources and manpower of developing “cottage industries” of Filipino-owned businesses; destroying farmlands, virgin forests, and beaches by transforming them into commercial properties, and causing widespread land erosion, pollution, and floods throughout the country.
While these media giants, and their “Bamboo Network,” are busy soliciting foreign investments, they are also luring the population to leave their agriculturally-based and other “cottage industries” way of life, to seek opportunities in the growing number of “Concrete Jungles” of oligarch-owned businesses in the metropolis (i.e., shopping malls, call centers, hotels and casinos, and other commercial entities); or, to leave the Philippines in hordes to work in other countries, so they can send billions of remittance pesos back to the Philippines to support the growing oligarch-controlled feudalistic system that is steadily sweeping the entire nation; while romanticizing the delusion in every Filipino’s mind that the next generations of Overseas Contract Workers (OCWs), later redubbed Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), are going to become the new-breed of “heroes that will propel the country forward into the next millennium, by way of personal sacrifices—making “Pinoy Pride” the new mantra for the Filipino people to go by, to validate who they are and to justify their aristocratic and self-serving ways of pursuing individual goals, without realizing that their individual accomplishments have done little-to-nothing of bringing them closer together as a nation, to ward off the enigmatic influence of the “Bamboo Network” from destroying their society.