[Commented on the PCIJ Blog article "Citizen's Congress opens not with a bang..."]
November 9, 2005 @ 6:39 am
Well, the truth is staring us in the face — the truth of our dismal failure to prosper as a people — COLLECTIVELY. It is a collective failure, not one we can attribute to any one person, any one institution, and any one external entity.
We have to take accountability for our failure to build a strong nation. This “Citizen’s Congress” bullshit is another example of the machinations of the politicians that we love to love or love to villify (whatever suits our showbiz tastes of the moment). There is no one person to crucify, and certainly there is no one group that can do the crucifying. We cheered in Edsa 1 when Cory set up Congress to “represent” the people. Now we jeer it and hollow-headedly attempt to set up yet another one. What next? Shall we find ourselves jeering this “Citizen’s Congress” 2-3 years from now?
What then? Do we set up a “Citizen’s Congress II”?
Pinoy nga naman talaga.
November 9, 2005 @ 6:43 am
Here’s what I think: This “Citizen’s Congress” is yet another extraconstitutional device that the opposition has devised to undermine the nation’s stability, to create an environment of dissent so that they could make their move(s).
Because People Power has already died miserably, there seems to be a vacuum in Philippine society for another such extraconstitional device for changing governments.
We are so in love with extraconstititional change that we are like the main character in the novel “Pet Sematary” by the venerable Stephen King. A beloved pet has died and we are resorting to various hollow-headed voodoo methodologies to revive zombies to carry on our favourite past times.
November 9, 2005 @ 7:32 am
O eto ha, mga kabayan,
Paakyat na raw ang peso as this INQ7.net article reports[.]
Shall we continue with our petty bickering or shall we focus more on such key performance indicators (KPIs) as a means to determine what we should be focusing on.
Sure nan-daya si Pandak, but it seems that investor confidence (which our beggar nation depends on for its livelihood) seems to be indifferent to that.
Ask da masa. Do they want their wallets fattened as the favourable exchange rate makes the remittances of their hard-working relatives overseas become more valuable, or do we want this “perception” jeopardised by our hollow-headed street politics and “alternative” judiciaries and legislatures (e.g. those bullshit “people’s courts” and “citizen’s congresses” that proliferate like teenage fads).
We complain endlessly about rising fuel prices but the fact remains that these rises are accounted for significantly by forex rates because our economy is so pathetically dependent on imported fuel. Yet we fail to notice that our pettiness, shortsightedness and love of showbiz politics contribute greatly to the perception we bring across to the global financial community which at the click of a mouse can either flatten or prop up our puny currency.
Think about it folks the next time you decide to dance to the tune of the politicians and lawyers you love to hate.
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