The Enigmatic Influence of the “Bamboo Network” in Our Society

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.

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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.


17 Replies to “The Enigmatic Influence of the “Bamboo Network” in Our Society”

  1. Congrats Aeta, for your new Website article. True, all hopes were pinned on EDSA coup d’ etat, to make the Filipino . a great nation. We did not know that the “Architects of EDSA”, were the Feudal Oligarchs. Of course, they will serve their own interests firsts, before , they look for our interests.

    Instead, they made the Filipinos , the overseas Filipinos slaves, in the form of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). The Feudal Oligarchs, invested on service industries, to make themselves richer and richer. They don’t care of creating jobs , thru industrialization. Since jobs, are available in foreign countries, that are mostly domestic helpers and laborers.

    As a result of this OFW program; the brains , skills and talents of the nation, were drained, and continued to be drained. Most of these people who migrated to foreign countries; were welcomed there

    Propaganda Machines, like the ABS-CBN, GMA, etc… and movies, entertainment media were there to divert the Filipino people from their hard lives. The whore, Kris Aquino, was there to entertain more , to remove the pangs of suffering of the people.
    It was like the German Nazi Joseff Goebbels, propaganda machine, to make the German people sacrifice their lives for the German fatherland, thru infinite wars.

    And by the way; Where is now the Land Reform Program ? I have not seen it implemented. Are the Feudal Oligarchs still there in the shadows manipulating the government ?

  2. The essence of oligarchical rule is not father-to-son inheritance, but the persistence of a certain world-view and a certain way of life … A ruling group is a ruling group so long as it can nominate its successors … Who wields power is not important, provided that the hierarchical structure remains always the same.

  3. Finally, the Filipino people are waking up to the reality that 36 years of being suckered into the cosmopolitan “Sosyal” lifestyle by ABS-CBN and GMA’s “telebasura” programs, and by “Chinoy” big businesses (through their well-bribed Filipino politicians) of shopping malls and condominiums, will not amount to anything except oppressions and desperations for a change. It had to take the controversial administration of President Duterte, and the ensuing BBM-SARA administration, to make the Filipinos snap out of their brainwashed delusions before it is too late; that “People’s Power” and these political and business oligarchs who were supposed to be the “Heroes of the EDSA Revolution,” are just a political propaganda for the Yellow Party to takeover the country.

  4. “I’m just another Fliptard (Filipino Retard)” – Aeta
    That’s a tacit admission of your mental condition. Just saying. ?

    “…earning the Philippines the infamous title of being the “Sick Man of Asia” in the international communities.” – Aeta
    That was true then, during the time of Macoy, but evidently non-existent now.

    The problem with the article is, it “crystal-clear” pointed out what the problem was but left to the readers what the probable solutions would have been. The culprits were identified, the corrupts were pinpointed (exempting the obvious) but there is no clear direction where the analysis is going.

    My take? Lousy piece of….. ?

    1. @Juan Luna. You have a unique, but obvious way, of twisting the truth. At least I’m not afraid of pointing out my people’s cultural shortcomings for aristocratic arrogance and selfish individualism on my blog (“Fliptards”). The Filipino people cannot move forward as one nation, one people unless they admit to their cultural faults first. Unlike you, who will blame everyone and everything (including twist my conservative narratives) under the sun for what’s wrong with our people, except yourself, so you can preserve the arrogant and selfish idealism and way of life that your Liberal “Yellow” Party has programmed into your head, and entice the population to do the same, even at the cost of selling out your nation’s independence and well-being to be exploited by foreign and domestic influences. And that makes you a country destructive liberal in my book.

      1. Well, I have yet to see proof of what you are alleging against me. I twist the truth? I blame everyone and everything, etc.? What’s next, I’m the one who advised and helped Macoy to plunder the country?

        How can you label me with those words when we haven’t yet really dealt in depth of what our respective stand is on issues, political or otherwise? I don’t remember making sermons and proselytizing, like you always do, about what ails the country and who is to blame for it.

        Just look at your posts, it’s full of labels (liberals, conservatives, Yellow Party (no Marcos party), foreign/domestic influence, EDSA revolution, People Power, Cory Aquino (again, no Macoy) Bamboo network, Chinoys, etc.) that practically serves nothing because they were just thrown at the board to impress people that you know what you are talking about when in fact you have no idea about everything!

        You want to make it appear that you are the only one keeping an eye for the country. That nobody cares for her except you. Ala-Donald Trump, you are shouting to the GRP board “I Alone Can Fix It.”

        And you know what, just to not make you mad, I’ll agree with you.

        Story closed. ?

        1. @Juan Luna. Everything you’ve said to protect your Liberal “Yellow” Party inclination, and everything you’ve said to undermine the incoming administration’s potential to rebuild the damages the former has created, are proof enough of my allegations about you. What more do you want? I believe most of the conservative GRP readers have already formed the same conclusion without me saying more of the same. I just reinforced what they’re already thinking by calling you a member of the liberal party and me a conservative, the latter being representative of the incoming administration’s ideologies.

          It’s a bit late to single me out for being guilty of proselytization, don’t you think? Everyone on GRP has been guilty of this act as long as I can remember, and even more so when the presidential campaign began. I don’t need to delve further into our respective stance on which party list you and I belong to, and the ideologies we embrace. Everyone already knows that. The only clarification I needed to emphasize is that you’re a liberal and I’m a conservative, which is void of any party list, to avoid confusion. If you prefer to call how I label our distinction as “proselytizing,” (to try to change the readers’ views) then so be it; it doesn’t matter at this point in our discussions, since no one cares what others think anyway.

          Finally, there is nothing absolutely wrong with anyone using labels to make the distinction of every individual who participates on this forum. In this way, we can identify the true red and the true yellow, the conservatives and the liberals, and the chameleons in-between, to save the new readers and commenters the trouble of being confused on whose posts they’re reading and commenting to. It’s only fair, right? Well, I shouldn’t even bother to ask since you’re going to twist the answer to reframe me in a bad light again. Just like what you tried to do with my former blog (“Fliptards”).

        2. “@Juan Luna. Everything you’ve said to protect your Liberal…” – Aeta
          Where’s proof of that?

          “…and everything you’ve said to undermine the incoming administration’s potential…” – Aeta
          Again, evidence required. We cannot go by just lying here, Aeta. You may have a low opinion (and I can’t blame you) about this blog but don’t forget there are still people here that scrutinizes what you say and hold you into account for it. Pretending to be someone other than who you really are is not that easy to pass.

          “What more do you want?” – Aeta
          Why, did I ask you anything?

          “I believe most of the conservative GRP readers…” – Aeta
          Is that a call for help or what? I don’t care about conservatives, liberals or “Filipino Retard” like you. I care if someone is making up stories and building up his self by making diatribes against others which he considers beneath him. And that is you, Aeta.

          “It’s a bit late to single me out for being guilty of proselytization, don’t you think?” – Aeta
          No, it’s never too late to single out pretenders, holier-than-thou, pseudo operators and just simply dingbats.

          “I don’t need to delve further into our respective stance on which party list you and I belong to, and the ideologies we embrace.” – Aeta
          Isn’t that strange? You attack, label and condemn me without any idea of who I am and what I stand for? Except for Megget, who is really nowt, I don’t think I treat people the same way you do.

          “Everyone already knows that.”- Aeta
          No, they don’t. The ones who assume that is foolhardy.

          “The only clarification I needed to emphasize is that you’re a liberal and I’m a conservative…” – Aeta
          You mean, I’m a Liberal like John F. Kennedy and you’re a conservative like Donald Trump? I’ll take that anytime even though I’m not into label games.

          “Finally, there is nothing absolutely wrong with anyone using labels to make the distinction of every individual who participates on this forum.”
          Not true. Some people resort to labels when they’re short in reasons and logic. That is why it is very important you provide your source and proof. How sure are you that I’m not a Marcos loyalists, aber?

          “Well, I shouldn’t even bother to ask since you’re going to twist the answer to reframe me in a bad light again. Just like what you tried to do with my former blog (“Fliptards”).” – Aeta
          Huli ka! I never twisted anything in your blog. Just to refresh you, this is what your byline is:

          “I’m just another Fliptard (Filipino Retard) who’s trying to figure out…”

          See, you call yourself a Pinoy Retard. How can one twist that? ?

        3. @Juan Luna. I called you and your fellow Yellow Liberals once for over-quoting and over-linking pro-left media sources to support your leftist narrative. Now, I’m calling you out again for over-quoting me, and twisting my words, to support your leftist narrative. The readers expect and deserve more originality than the circuitous quotes, and misquotes, that you keep delivering from your redundantly, weak comebacks.

        4. “@Juan Luna. I called you and your fellow Yellow Liberals once for OVER-QUOTING AND OVER-LINKING pro-left media sources to support your leftist narrative.” – Aeta
          Where is proof of that?

          “Now, I’m calling you out again for OVER-QUOTING ME, and TWISTING MY WORDS, to support your leftist narrative.” – Aeta
          Again, no proof.

          I can say, with those words you wrote above, you are lying through your teeth. And it’s obvious why you are doing that, you cannot respond to the negative things I said about you, particularly when you admitted that you are a PINOY RETARD.

          No contest. ?

    1. I may just go back and start calling him “Juanita ‘Gwapita” Luna” again; he talks like a bitch when there’s no cock in his mouth.”

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