The illusion of democracy in the Philippines masks the charade of feuding dynasties

They are fools and take us for the fools. It is US or THEM.  More like them versus us, really.  Outside that and between that is the truth.  But, truth does not matter. They prefer their truths, even if it is farthest from any truth, because they rule with their laws and dynasties. 

We gave them their cue.  We typically totally drop what we are doing to watch a championship boxing match, or say, a showbiz star arguing with her lover on live TV, and that the lover better watch out for she had more than half a dozen other lovers.  That is the way to entertain us.  When we are choosing between THIS or THAT, we forget other issues.  It is US or THEM, but this can’t be, for that kind of THIS or THAT is dangerous to their health. They have to bait us into another kind of THIS or THAT.  Thus, they compete among themselves with their lies and half truths so that there is at any one time a beguiling political boxing match. Unfortunately, we always take the bait; we remain entertained by their duels, real or not.  Thus entertained, we forget that in taking either side of THEM, we are still siding with lies and half truths.  Because it has been done for decades, the more they, and others, take us for fools now.  Be there a lie or truth, that is lost in the continuing THIS or THAT among THEM.


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The first THIS or THAT within our memory is the one between a widow and a dictator.  It appeared that one of them was with US, and the other was with THEM.  But, the son of the widow has, wittingly or unwittingly, exposed now that neither the widow nor the dictator was with US.  It was just a fight between THEM.  They got us involved in the fight, and we now are asking what we got in taking one side.  The fight had an incredible bait.  We should have considered  in the first place that it is really US or THEM, and not gotten involved with either of them.  If we stood by that, we probably would have been able to write a different and better history.

It was a good bait, alright.  We were made to understand that we could either bet on either freedom or curfew, and all things that those signified. There was no third or other choices; maybe, there really was none.  But, it should be worth looking at this in retrospect for it might afford us a different perspective.  Why freedom versus curfew?  If it was not THEM forcing a choice on US, would we have been able to say that it should have been about prosperity versus misery?  With freedom came misery, as we see now.

Their proposition was that prosperity should follow freedom.  Aren’t they so wrong?  It is now apparent that freedom should follow prosperity.  Even Lee Kuan Yew said so.

But they rule with their laws and dynasties. How can we insist that we have found a correct theory against their wrong theory?  They disagree, their theory is correct.  They got their freedom, and subsequently, their exponentially increasing prosperity, no matter how nefarious, how dishonorable, their prosperity is.

We?  We also got freedom, at least the illusion of it.  And with the illusion, we became carefree children.  We are still learning this freedom, the kind that comes before prosperity.  Because it is still an untrained horse, it keeps going behind the cart.  Whoever is responsible for this horse has not yet learned responsibility.  And, it is obvious.  Irresponsibility pervades in our society.  It is no wonder that it is our responsible ones, our best and brightest, who immediately saw what was going on.  They are now making a living somewhere else far.  It is foolish indeed to be taken as fools by THEM who have no empathy, but only rule by their rules and dynasties.

Thing is, it has gotten worse.  One of them wanted a Nobel Prize so badly; he was willing to give away a big chunk of our land in the south, never mind if it could be to a wrong party.  Why?  No one of us would dare to jail a Nobel Prize winner; that could be an international embarrassment.  For THEM, there was nothing noble about the Nobel.  It was a ticket to be able to rule with impunity.  They could dazzle us with THIS or THAT, with PDAF and DAP, even if those are our hard-earned monies they took from us. 

We could never thank enough our heroic SAF44; this sinister THIS or THAT was exposed.  Imagine they were ramming it down our throats that it was only about body bags versus their piece of paper; BaBaLa.  But, that choice was only invented by THEM who rule by their rules and dynasties.  We always were for peace, and no other choice exist.  Ain’t we glad?  It was goodbye Nobel for him.

We were infuriated by PDAF and DAP; they professed kung walang korap, walang mahirap.  It was hypocrisy, and it had to be covered-up.  But, in Daang Tuwid, they can’t jail this AND that, only this OR that, selectively.  This AND that would have been precarious for the one with Nobel imagination; some of THEM might talk and whistle, or whistle and talk, and it would surely be jail time for him after he steps down.  So, only Tanda, Sexy, and Pogi went to jail.

Precarious he remains, and this is only what he now worries about.  In the meantime, those of us who only know precariousness day-in and day-out, who don’t even have enough food day-in and day-out, are totally neglected.  Even those of us who have food are either stuck in a precarious train, or a preposterous traffic jam, for the greater part of most days.  They want us to appreciate traffic for they claim it is a sign of economic progress.  They even told us that traffic cannot be fatal; so we had to tell them: tell that to the Marines.  But, we wonder if they heard us.

As expected, they had a Plan B for themselves; for they always have Plan B’s for themselves, but never a plan for us.  They rule with their rules and dynasties, and the hell with us.  Tanda saw it was the correct time and told those among THEM who are in a precarious position that he had a Pandora’s box.  He will only open it if they set him free so that he could continue with what he was doing.  He opened it, and they liked what they saw, so they set him free. 

Now, that was brazen.  It showed what has always been a reality; that it is really between US versus THEM.  They have to cover this up with their usual tactic, and that is what they are doing.  We are suppose to believe they are quarrelling.  It is about this old man versus a young man, or at the very least, his ilks.  As old as he is, he still has a thick hair because he has to protect his brain, while the young man has almost no hair because he has to protect none.  They will in the days to come elaborate on this plot and up the kerfuffle.  Hopefully, many of US will now see through that, this is nothing, but about THEM, and nothing about US.  It is really THEM versus US.

We will see in the coming days if this is only to complicate the bigger THIS or THAT, in which WE and THEY are very much in the middle of.  They have run out of talents, and all they could present to us is a Corrupt, a Neophyte, and an Incompetent.  This is dismaying for it shows they don’t care.  Still, they have to continue to rule with their rules and dynasties.  It is all just about THEM  It is nightmare, and we still have to wake up.  How could we make all see that it should be about US, especially for those of us who don’t have enough food.

Stupid all, it is about prosperity or misery, and stop all these other THIS or THAT.

10 Replies to “The illusion of democracy in the Philippines masks the charade of feuding dynasties”

  1. Traffic in the highway; making it a” virtual parking lot” is not economic prosperity. Having long lines of people waiting for MMRT trains is not economic prosperity.

    Politics in the Philippines is ” Political Zarzuela”. Politicians change loyalties, on whoever is in power. “Wala silang
    paninindigan”…their loyalty is their stomachs.

    This is the reason, we have political dynasties and ShowBiz politicians. Voters think that , that politician is a political opponent. In truth, they have common goals: to be voted in office, get as rich as they can; and steal our tax money from the National Treasury.

    Look at Binay, he was once the “Water Boy” of Cory Aquino…now he plays the role of a political opponent.

    Scamming people/voters is the Name of the Game…we are all naive, not to see thru this scam.
    We always bite; and become: “Suckers”. In the Philippines , a “Sucker”is “born”, every second…we have an over population of Suckers.

  2. These people are trying to show the Failippines they can do whatever they want, wherever they want, and Failipinos are very powerless to stop them all.

    I’ll tell you one thing. Those G-D-SOBs have one big advantage. That is, if we do what they want us to do, there’s none of us gonna be alive to tell them they were wrong.

  3. “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants” Thomas Jefferson, USA

    Thank GOD we’re past the age of Bloody Revolution, but we’re long overdue for a refreshing change.

    Let’s make a new “Declaration of Independence” that thanks them for their centuries of abuse, but we no longer need their “Dynastic Stewardship”.

    We get 50 Million voter signatures on the new Declaration, define Political Dynasties ourselves and send them back to the Hacienda.

    In essence, we’re the Boss, and they’re FIRED.

    If they don’t go quietly, we enroll them in the Duterte School of Justice, tuition free. Ciao

  4. In a clever and entertaining fashion, ‘ADD’ dissects and bares circumstances and choices offered by the country’s ruling class.. just some eighty to a hundred families or clans, really, out of a population of one hundsred million, or so. Rather than admit to being a cynic or defeatist, one tends to affect an air of being a realist.
    The country has not fully transitioned from feudalism, although most of us don’t really know it. There is, still, ‘THEM’.. the ruling class of big wheels in politics, big land owners, big business taipans, professionals and the military brass.. and there is ‘US’. The more enlightened among ‘THEM’ do try to uplift ‘US’ in providing access to higher education, opportunity for employment and assistance in starting-up a business. There are also others among ‘THEM’, however, who reject this direction and who prefer a status quo so as to ensure exclusivity in their perch, thereby, effectively keeping ‘US’ in our places. It feels like two on a tandem bicycle climbing a hill, where the front-man furiously pedals forward and up the hill while the rear-man stands on the brakes lest they roll back and down.
    Hopefully, some of ‘THEM’ in government would overhaul the educational system to address opportunities for ‘US’ obtaining here and abroad, and those of ‘THEM’ in the TV and movie industries reject those numbing and meaningless inanities for more enlightening and uplifting programs for ‘US’. A positive..if gradual..change in the dynamics of interaction between ‘THEM’ and ‘US’ could take place, and help those two guys on the tandem bike reach the top of the hill.

  5. A confusing rant of an article, BUT….it is worth noting that the ‘fueds’ that appear to be happening between these eitist families is a bull-shit stroy designed to fool the Filipinopeople. The entire economy of the entire country is carved up between these elitist families and the arguments presented on TV between these elitist families are fairy-tales/figments of an imagination and nothing more. All eant to confuse the ‘massa’, and it works, every time……like charm delivered to a school-girl. The simple ‘massa’ is stupified by not much and it is a great embarassment that is never admitted and thus the bullshit stories/fairy tales are believed.

  6. Both the Marcos’ dirigiste economics as well as the subsequent economic liberalization in post-EDSA Philippines were a major development failure. Shallow Capitalism Redux This year’s celebration of EDSA People Power Revolution was marked by an unprecedented traffic, unending complaints by commuters, and a whiff of political apathy among certain circles.

  7. Fantastic writing, Add. Very entertaining. Now, if only subjects in this article were directly identified, like say the contents of old man’s pandora’s box, then we’ll all have a ball.

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