Monday, April 24, 2006

Adventurism in the Military

I have a few minutes and I just want to blog about what I read on the Philippine Daily Inquirer. The article is titled Mutineers mull talk with Reds, eye Honasan for transition and the article can be found here.

If there is anything that summarizes the state of the country and the general immaturity of the Philippine populace, it can be read in the article referenced above. Power hungry sectors of the Philippine Military are are so confident of the alleged support of the population that they would openly talk about creating a Military Junta that will govern the country while they overhaul it to reflect what they believe is the one true way of governing the country.

DISGRUNTLED soldiers are open to negotiations with leftist groups and are eyeing fugitive former senator Gregorio Honasan to be a member of a transition council being prepared to replace President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, an escaped mutineer said.

Disgruntled? That is the worst misspelling of adventurous that I have ever seen. Not only are these people talkative enough to transmit their moves, they are also willing to lie in bed with their traditional enemies so that they can truly serve our country! Since the left and the right express totally opposite views as to how the country must be governed I wonder how the difference will be smoothed out. From the business end of an AK-47 and an M-14 perhaps?


"In our view, he [Honasan] has the ability to be a member of the transition council that we are establishing," he said. "We believe that he is fighting for genuine reforms."

I wonder what special ability Mr. Honasan has that makes him eligible for this junta .. aherm .. transition council? I wonder what makes anybody even eligible for this transition council! If I could venture a guess it would be

  • A graduate of the Philippine Military Academy.
  • Has a gun.
  • Has control over people with guns.
  • Can deploy even more guns if needed.
  • The willingness to use guns to serve the country.

With idealist revolutionaries like these who needs rule of the people by the people for the people? Who needs elections? Who needs parliament or congress? Those things are encumbrances to effective governing of the country!

What frightens me is that they will get the support of a large portion of the country. People like

  • Corazon Aquino --- whose family owns the feudal estate Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac. The same estate that is the subject of legal proceedings for defaulting on loans. The same estate that will be split by a new highway that will run from Clark to Tarlac City. The same estate where tenant farmers are clamoring for the land reform that has been promised to them by law.

    This estate is in so much trouble that Cory Aquino is willing to be intimate with the very people who inflicted seven coup attempts on her administration in order to save it. Cory needs to save Hacienda Luisita and the replacement of Arroyo with a president more willing to listen to the reasonable pleas of the Cojuangco family is the first step.

  • Loren Legarda. I used to admire Loren for her intelligence and supposed integrity but no more. Loren is the one politician in this country that has absolutely no principles. She was one of the senators that led the impeachment of Estrada. She was one of the senator-prosecutors that drove Mr Estrada away from office. The next day, Ms Loren was offered the Vice Presidential seat under FPJ --- a known ally of Estrada --- and she grabs it!

    Where are your principles Loren? You knew why FPJ ran for office. You knew what will become of Estrada once FPJ is in office and yet you still ran under Mr Estrada's political banner. Good thing you lost. I would prefer a presidency by Noli De Castro over a vice presidency by a two-faced unprincipled political genius like you!

  • Ejercito family. Of course. This family will profit if GMA steps down. Who woulda known?
  • ABS-CBN. The Lopez family is a family so powerful they think the President of the Republic should apologize to a mere reporter because the president has a private view of what the said reporter did. He bailed him out, okay? Its not illegal but its not ethical either.

    The Lopez family is also being investigated for unpaid taxes and over-pricing of electricity. If GMA falls, Meralco will be saved billions. What is political instability compared to an almost 50 Billion peso bill hanging over Meralco's head? If GMA goes, Meralco can breath easily. Who woulda known?

  • The communists. Nobody wants to say communist anymore because it is supposed to be politically incorrect. What is wrong with the word communism if it is really communism? Stalin, Lenin, Marx and Kruschev didn't have any problems using the word! I call myself atheist despite the ugly connotations that word has on the God-fearing. But here in the Philippines, communism has lost so much credibility that communists prefer to be referred to as The Left. Yeah right! And calling Cuba socialist will have a salutary effect on Cuba that wasn't there when it was communist.

    The communists (I mean Left) want to gain power too -- just like the rest of the political spectrum. If GMA goes and the Left had a hand on it, they will be rewarded choice plums. I vote that Satur Ocampo be declared Secretary of Defense! Let's see how Mr. Disgruntled Soldier will handle that! It would be very interesting to see the fireworks fly.

My poor poor country. What will happen to you now?


Blogger BitterSoliloquy said...

Blog-hopped from Bianca Gonzales' blog, I am.

I never encountered an atheist in my lifetime, though there are classmates of mine who are somewhat 'enthused' with readings of disproving God's existence. Makes my statement ironic? Hope not.

I am not that of a 'devout' Christian nor an atheist. I admit that I do not go to Church every Sunday. I have sinned in numerous and uncountable times, but I know of my shortcomings, and am responsible of my actions. But I believe in God and the existence of this Supreme Being, but I'm not here to argue with you.

I've read a lot of your posts, even the chain-letter ones. I am in sheer admiration on how you seem to point out the loopholes on some of Bible's text, and of these chain letters. I for once believed in those in face-value. It's really a good thing hearing from both sides. Really changed my perception, especially the student-professor encounter. Heh, I really have a lot to learn in my life.

But I retain my faith in God. Hope that's alright with you. :)

Would you mind if I link your blog to my blog too? Mine might not be of interest to you, but I'll post the link nonetheless.

-Jan (

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found your blog by googling “Filipino Atheist” wondering if such an individual or faction “existed” in Philippine society. To my surprise, relief and satisfaction, I found your journal. I've only just read a few entries you wrote recently and am a little miffed that you haven't written more!

Religion is so deeply engraved into our culture that it's hard to imagine that any other belief would be possible. I used to wonder why we didn't have a return to the worship of old gods like Bathala or Kan Laon since that's a form of religion too right? I read an article once that when the Spaniards took over, they stamped the then existing culture (writing, poetry, arts) before it could reach its peak and made sure to replace it with their own. With that in mind, I wondered why a god from a foreign country would care about the likes of someone like me? A girl living in an island right smack in the middle of the ocean when the only stories ever told of him involved people from a desert half way around the world. These chosen people, am I one of them? Would he know that?

It's highly discouraged and looked down on when you put up these questions to everyone and anyone around you and if you were a child growing up in a society like that. Being told the same message by your parents, your peers, your teachers, your television set, you just learn to accept it despite growing curiousness. Because you're a child, you don't even have the words to properly voice these ideas. It was frustrating and I did try to live with it, until I've convinced myself... tried to convince myself...

I wanted to believe. I wanted it so badly that I stared at statues “praying” to god to show me a miracle, show me proof... they never came. All those faint memories of religions fervor of long ago I now realize were obtuse and absurd. I didn't decide to finally “stop believing” all together simply because god failed to show me proof but because of the growing understanding of religion and what it's for by reading books written by Ayn Rand, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens.

I used to beat myself up for my growing doubts about a being called god because I couldn't fit the facts, morals and knowledge based on what I read from the bible and what everyone around me told me. I always felt that people knew some kind of secret that only I couldn't see. Although I was disappointed to find that many “miracles” were shams; many people considered holy are actually not what they seem (Mother Theresa, Ghandi, etc...); I even felt cheated and wronged for the way I was treated as a child since ridiculous restrictions were set because of having the misfortune of being born female. The world is very different, stark and harsher without religion but somehow I feel liberated.

Please, please, please write more. =)


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