Wednesday ∗ 25 Jul 2012

ang saklap maging Pilipino

i’m sure there is truth to much of what PNoy said in that SONA — propaganda after all, as with press releases, have the facts that we need so that a google search should reveal those to be true. and of course the State of the Nation is the nation according to the government’s statistics, numbers always look better than real life, and that isn’t new either.

PNoy should really just stop pretending that he is different from GMA, when he sounds exactly like her, speaks of the state of the nation the way she always has. we should also just stop expecting more from him, even more so putting words in his mouth: the stand on responsible parenthood IS NOT a pro-reproductive health stand, anobah.

save for better speech writing, there is nothing different about the way the SONA is about the president patting himself on the back while keeping the more powerful among us — the Church, the capitalists | oligarchs | landlords, those who commit extrajudicial murders — happy.

and of course PNoy doesn’t care how the police are treating the activists holding their own SONA ng Bayan outside congress. of course he doesn’t care, that if there’s anything that reeks of his similarity to GMA, it’s that the police have been given this power to hit activists, watch them bleed, and hit them some more. and PNoy and the police get away with this because they will easily and constantly have the middle and upper classes on their side when it comes to these “rabid Left” they so despise!

but i dare anyone who went to EDSA Dos to kick Erap out: what did you think of rallying then? what did you think of the Left you were at EDSA Dos with? what did you think of occupying the streets and fighting for your right to kick out a president — illegal as it turned out to be, and having GMA as a horrid replacement in the end?

see, what this reveals really is that when it’s you, with no clear ideological leaning other than capitalism and consumerism, or whatever other advocacy you might have, who decides to use the streets to fight for your rights, rallies are ok. when you benefit from stepping out into the streets, when you see your friends doing it to boot, not to mention those on your FB timeline, it’s suddenly fashionable to go rally.

and when it’s about real concrete valid issues of what goes on in nation beyond those government statistics, when it is about real hunger and poverty, when it is about a president that has spent money on celebrating his own achievements, you would rather side with the latter. when it’s about issues that are so deeply ingrained in the follies of our systemic dysfunctions, when it is about unjust practices long being committed by government, it’s not about the streets for you.

you consciously forget that to go out to the streets is our right, one that you invoke when it’s convenient for you, or fashionable to do so.

and then really one can’t help but wonder, what is there to fear about activists moving closer and closer to the gates of Congress?

in fact since PNoy says the people are his boss, then doesn’t that make the SONA ng Bayan the real state of the nation?

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7 Comments/Pingbacks

    • Lord
      July 25, 2012 at 9:02 am

      @Guanni: You cant sense anything because perhaps you are non-sense at all sir/mam. It seems you’re living in another world, that of make believe like this fantasy under PNoy. Sorry

  1. Carol Araullo
    July 25, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Hmmm the one who commented that your post makes no sense at all may be just new to the phenomenon of the upper classes seeing “people power” as so rational, so moral, so patriotic when its the likes of an Erap (alam mo na, babaero, lasenggero, artista, mababa ang pinag-aralan kahit na matagal nang pulitiko, myembro ng elite classes sa bansa stl) being ousted or a Gloria (masyadong inabuso ang siyam na taon sa pagnanakaw, panunupil at marami pang krimen sa bayan)but not when a son of Da Beloved Cory is the object of protest and opposition.

  2. Pedro Hilaga
    July 25, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Mawalang-galang na, pero sa tingin ko, walang dapat patunayan ang pamahalaang ito sa lahat ng pukinanginang mga burgis na nagfi-feeling aktibista. Kung meron ngang dalisay at tunay na pinag-uugatan ang mga shit ninyo, (at hindi nakikisawsaw lang at gumagamit ng makakaliwang linya’t propaganda para maging bahagi ng usapan) ilatag ninyo nang maayos para matalakay at mapag-usapan. Habang nagiging kapansin-pansin ang pagnipis ng mga argumento ninyo, lalo naman ata kayong nagiging marahas at di-makatwiran.
    Huwag sana ninyong mamasamain kung nagiging irrelevant kayo dahil may administrasyong pilit gumagawa ng tama (kahit, putangina, sobrang gulo, unreasonable, at wala-sa-lugar ninyo, Tsong). Huwag ninyong mamasamain kung hindi kayo pinapansin dahil may mga mas mahahalagang bagay kesa sa inyo. Seryoso: walang naitutulong ang pagpipiket ninyo dahil hindi rin naman kayo pinapansin ng gobyerno. Munting pakiusap: muli ninyong suriin kung makatotohanan at kung may katuturan pa ba ang mga ipinaglalaban ninyo sa panahong ito. Malamang, mababatid ninyong bawat hakbang ninyo ay pandilig lang sa karerang-pulitikal ng mga amo ninyo (Hi Teddy Casino), at sa sarili ninyong ego.
    Paumanhin: WALA KAYONG NAITUTULONG SA KAPWA NINYO.
    Hindi kayo ang dahilan kung bakit may almusal kanina ang kapitbahay namin.
    Hindi kayo ang dahilan kung bakit may trabaho ang kumpare ko.
    Hindi kayo ang dahilan kung bakit may magsasakang may sariling lupang binubungkal.
    Ang natutulungan ninyo, ang mga tamad na iskwater sa labas ng UP na nililigawan at hinahakot ninyo tuwing may rally. Hindi sila kailanman magkakatrabaho ng maayos dahil HINDI TRABAHO ANG PAGRARALLY.
    Puro kayo MAKIBAKA; panay kayo REBOLUSYON. Pero ni isa sa inyo– oo, ni isa sa inyo– hindi mapapangatawanan ang mga kinakanta ninyong makabayang awit at sinasambit na tula dahil, ni isa sa inyo, walang ipinaglalaban kundi ang mapansin lamang ng madla.
    Tama na Tsong. Tangina, tama na. Walang masama sa pagpapakumbaba. Hindi na kayo nakikibaka; sa halip, panay na lang kayo pakiki-“baka.”
    Baka corrupt pa rin; siguradong tama tayo.
    Baka makatakas si GMA; siguradong si PNoy ang nagpalaya dito.
    Baka sa kanila ang Hacienda Luisita; tara sa Tarlac, siguradong excused tayo sa klase nun.
    Baka may ipinaglalaban tayo; tiyak na wala nang pag-asa ang gobyerno.

    Kung ganun, ibalik na lang natin si GMA. O kaya, gawin nating pangulo si Teddy Casino. O baka naman maganda talaga ang ideya mo? Sige, ikaw na ang maging pangulo.
    Kung walang naniniwala na kaya nating magbago, hindi tayo karapat-dapat makalasap ng pagbabago. Kung ganon, kita-kits na lang sa kangkungan. Ktnxbye.

    • Lord
      July 25, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      Sa madali’t sabi, isa kang magandang halimbawa at patunay ng column na ito. Ang saklap ng pilipino dahil sayo.

  3. Max Santiago
    July 26, 2012 at 11:36 am

    This one’s a good piece. I hope also the one who commented above (pedro hilaga) gets a grip on reality.

    • Chapstik
      July 26, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      Ha? e ano yung “reality?” Pakipaliwanag nga? o limitado ka lang sa paulit-ulit na pahayag? mutual admiration group much?

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