The futility of demanding an apology and justice mounted, as soon as a fall guy was thrown in the Mamasapano “mis-encounter” script during the February 2015 Senate hearing. I was given no other choice but to take consolation in History, that History will eventually testify unkindly to those who hide the truth, much like how Aguinaldo is being judged now by those who don’t buy textbook data as Bible truth.
The miasma of excrement has to find a way out sooner or later but I wasn’t expecting it to be this soon. The investigation of the Lower House quoted DOJ Sec De Lima in saying:
“The bottom line is the ability of the Philippine government to determine for itself the extent of US involvement and the full exercise of its control in making decisions on the what, who, when and how of a particular operation.”
To what extent will the Grand Archons of our poor little rich country go, to further the country’s prostitution?
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History is witness to many victories that came with a cost, and with the ubiquitous abuse of power, the cost of a Pyrrhic victory is becoming ruinous to the victor. A fallout may even be looming. It makes me recall my reply when asked on my opinion on EDCA:
The Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) is the US Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTF-P) implemented nationwide, unlike that of the latter’s operations that has been confined, only at Zamboanga City and other parts of Mindanao for the last 12 years.
The difference, JSOTF-P is catered for the containment of the internal threat of insurgency in the South, while EDCA’s sales pitch is the enhancement of “our” tactical alliance against external threats. Its lobbyist riding on the efficiency of the US response to 2013’s post Typhoon Yolanda crisis.
I have witnessed the US response firsthand, as I was a volunteer at the Villamor Airbase Ops for over a month and while I am in sincere Thanks for the tireless efforts for our Yolanda survivors by the 7th fleet (I hope I recall it right), the U.S. hegemony in PH that has long been denied by its sock puppets in government is a Damocles sword to our nation’s sovereignty.
We have World War II to refer to, PH was sold by Aguinaldo to the U.S. for 800,000.00 Mexican pesos (Reference: History-Tsismis Noon, Kasaysayan Ngayon www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHYaN6Dw6c0), only for him to find out that our motherland will be a major player in the U.S. containment strategy to establish its might over the Asia-Pacific region. BTW, how are most of our World War II veterans anyway? Were they even given the time of day during Obama’s 2014 visit?
Now, with the the buzz of a World War III, PH is again being enticed. Are we ready to rumble?
I always refer to history because it is a strong testament of character. From there, one can weigh in the gains/losses that can be derived from EDCA.
I will humbly accept the fact that PH is ill equipped to fight internal/external threats and generally pathetic in post disaster response but was EDCA in effect during the Yolanda Ops? Thus, U.S. doesn’t need an agreement to conduct humanitarian missions in the Philippines at all.
PH also failed to read the writings on the wall with regard to the large difference between the very explicit assurance given to Japan vs. any assurance at all afforded to us.
Then again, can our sick country be choosy?
As I have written in “Minsan may Isang Puta“:
… Nakakahiya man aminin pero hanggang ngayon, sa tuwing mabigat ang problema ko, siya ang tinatakbuhan ko. ‘Yun nga lang, kapit sa patalim sabi nga nila. Para akong isang aso na nangagat ng amo, na bumabahag ang buntot at umaamo kapag nangangailangan…
Our proud country has been terminally ill, and yet she tries to remain strong amidst the debauchery of every known hierarchy of greed and hubris.
Unfortunately, our people has yet to learn to face the problems head on and stop deflecting the issue with Pinoy pride that is without any gumption of good stewardship.
We keep on saying “Proud to be Filipino”, but how does that fare with Manuel L. Quezon’s election pitch coming true:
“I would rather have a Philippines run like hell by Filipinos than a Philippines run like heaven by the Americans.”
Our taxes and our citizenship can’t even serve well those who badly need the service and the protection of the law!
We cannot protect our natural resources against greed and apathy; we can’t even protect the countryside against insurgency; even worse is that we can’t even protect our territories. The delusion is that, it has always have to be Uncle Sam to the rescue when push comes to shove.
All the efforts to make our country proud is futile until we learn to demand for cohesive and sustainable solutions in our oligarch-infested society.
The way that the country is prostituted is just beyond my threshold. She’s been unwittingly pimped from the Bates Treaty, Treaty of Paris to the Treaty of Biak na Bato, and wittingly whored by Imperial Manila. And when China descends upon our beloved Philippines, who is there to defend her? Surely none of those in Malacanang, nor those in the Houses of Congress. Do we even have the fire and air power to depend on and defend us when much of the National Budget is siphoned off by the corrupt? So, as much as I hate what’s going on, I succumb to the reality that It’s already a damned if we do, damned if we don’t situation.
One way or another, our motherland is being dismembered. Those once neglected islands and shoals in the West Philippine Sea have become objects in a territorial tug of war since the area is speculated to hold as much as 213 billion barrels of oil! We already lost Sabah, thanks to the assholes who would rather uphold politics than sovereignty. We have already lost many islands thanks to the paper corporations tolerated by the 60/40 provision of our “Cory” Constitution, we are losing precious metals and taxes thanks to one government after another that heeds the capitalistism-friendly World Bank. I can go on…
What is there that is left of our country but a hope and a dream.
Yet SOOO MANY hinge their hopes and dreams on a delusion that Messianic politicians will save our Philippines.
How can they be so gullible?
Well, that’s what a people get for their hubris.
Many feign pride but many have nothing but hot air.
Mike is the author of “Minsan may Isang Puta”, an allegory which has been circulating since 2004 and with over 50,000 likes and shares in social media alone. It won a film grant in 2010 to be included in the multi-narrative Indie film “Ganap na Babae” (International title: Garden of Eve). The teaser, reviews and commentaries are here. The movie was honored as Cinemalaya 2010’s opening film and has won international and local recognition.
The royalties from the initial 150 copies of Mike’s first sole-authored book, The Dove Files, went to a Project Malasakit scholar who graduated Cum Laude in April 2013, the rest was also paid forward to baby Mark who underwent a liver transplant in March 2013.
Part of the royalties of the “Minsan may Isang Puta” book at Barnes and Noble Online goes to support the education of a young Yolanda survivor taking up B.S. Accounting at U.P. Tacloban.