Back in 1986 following the EDSA “people power revolution”, Cory Aquino, who was crowned leader of this “revolution” by the Imperial Manila “activists” of the time, was installed as president of the Yellowtards’ “revolutionary government”. Legitimisation of Aquino’s government was easy, thanks to the Philippines’ being a predominantly starstruck “God-fearing” Roman Catholic society. All the late Jaime Cardinal Sin needed to do was wave his wand and Filipinos would bow en masse to their new leader — or at least Filipinos who were part of this Imperial Manila spectacle would.
In hindsight, this “revolution” was a missed opportunity for other large social and cultural blocs in the Philippiens also vying for autonomy or even independence from Manila’s grip over the archipelago. Had Filipinos not been so spellbound by Cardinal Sin’s star power and cognitively crippled by the manufactured disgust for the now-deposed Ferdinand Marcos taking up much of the space in their brains, they may have seized the opportunity to set up other revolutionary governments within their own lands.
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Much could have been done while Imperial Manila was in turmoil in those crucial months after Cory Aquino seized power. Perhaps another “revolutionary government” could have been set up in Davao and hastened the establishment of the envisioned “second Singapore” over there. The Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) could have reached out to Kuala Lumpur to invite Malaysian troops into their own space and finally set true secession from the Infidel Government in Manila in motion. The “solid north” could have secured their territory and established Laoag or even Baguio City as the capital of a prosperous and infrastructure-rich Ilocandia Republic. The sizes of the prizes of these wasted opportunities boggle the mind. It illustrates the whole trouble with the sort of bipolar politics we see today and the way it stunts imagination and allows ripe opportunities to fall to the ground to rot (ironic for a people renowned for waiting for proverbial fruits to fall off trees).
30 years would pass before true clarity in hindsight would emerge from the mass cognitive paralysis that would grip the Philippines over that period thanks to effective Yellowtard propaganda backed by corporate media lackeys. A Federal Republic of the Philippines could have been a reality just several years after the “EDSA Revolution”. Instead, here it is today, still a pipe dream with this new but merely-quaint reboot of the idea of “revolutionary government” standing in the way.
True revolutionary governments are not engineered from the top by the characters who inhabit the Establishment. They are not voted into existence by legitimate legislative bodies nor ratified by institutionally-governed referenda. They will certainly not be outcomes of today’s limpdicked “activist” movements which are led by obsolete leaders who are better known for being Starbucks barnacles than the socio-political innovators that drive real change. Most important of all, real revolutionary governments are not won in pissing wars waged over Facebook and Twitter by cliques led by narcissistic “influencers” obsessed with their numbers of followers and engagement statistics.
Those involved in the “debate” over so-called “revolutionary governments” may as well just shut up. Revolutionary governments are not “debated”. They just happen. Cory Aquino and her merry band of Yellowtards seized power in 1987 right under the noses of bozos who also “debated” back then. That’s the real lesson here — one that took 30 years for people — including both former and current Yellowtards — to learn.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.