29 October 2001
I liked every word that Nasty wrote, not because I'm also a Waray (from N. Samar), but they were true. Masakit pero totoo. Being defensive about it won't do our country any good, rarher, we should do something about it.
Just like Nasty, I have made my decision .... leave the country I still love, and try to make it here in the U.S. It's a rather late decision but I' glad I've finally made a decision.
I am a medical doctor who opted to serve my province, Nothern Samar, despite opportunities in Manila and in the U.S. for a residency training, because I saw the need when I had my Rural Practice (then a requirement before you are given your license) there. I thought I was contributing to improving the health care system of the province but devolution of health services came. With the powers now in the hands of a politicians who think that the government is their private preserve (this is prevalent in our country), we, who were identified to have voted for the other party were harassed and persecuted. What is sad and pathetic is the realization that the Civil Service Commision, the Courts of Justice are inutil to protect our rights. I have no choice but to resign. Luckily, I got to work as an Asst. Professor at the College of Public Health, University of the Philippines, Manila, and eventually became the College Secretary. My stay at the College has made me realize that devolution of health services is an opportunity for local governments to be innovative -- that government hospitals can be financially viable. So I went back to the N. Samar per invitation of the previous governor nad hope to contribute a little in improving our health care delivery system. But unfortunately, the lady governor, who has a vision for the province, lost in the last elections to one of lawyers of ERAP. And just like the administration during the devolution of health services, who happens to be the party mate of the present governor, the present administration wants to annihilate all those who did not vote for them. For the second time in my life, I am being harassed and persecuted for the exercise of my right to vote. Of course, a lot are sympathetic to what is happening to me, but we were just told, "ganyan talaga".
Now, who would want to live in a country who's government wants employees who are loyal to the politicians and not to the service? Who would want to live in a country whose government is pro-politician and not pro-people (the institutions that are supposed to protect the interest of the public are instead protecting the interest of the politician, per our experience)? Who would like to live in a country that cannot protect your rights? Kaya kung tiisin ang pollution, ang traffic problem, ang magdala ng tissue paper and hand sanitizer, pero hindi ko kaya na inaapakan ang aking rights at sabihan, well, ganyan lang talaga...
Nasty is right, the Philippines has no direction except to go further down, if we do not do something about the sordid things he described. If the Philippines cannot protect the rights of its citizen, which is very basic, how can it build beautiful toilets with soap and toilet papers? Yes, we have to make a decision. I hope those decisions are not like Nasty's to mine... that is to live our country. I hope I won't reach the point that I would "your country" because until now I would still say "our country".
More power to you.
24 October 2001
First of all your website is truly impressive. Finally the truth is out and admitting that there is a problem in our country is half the sollution. But unfortunately is not the whole sollution. I have heard so many people like "Nasty" bickering and complaining about how bad and how corrupt our country and our culture is even to the point of disownment, but you know ugly words will not make our country better and personally I'm very tried of those who point out what is wrong with our country, because though I do agree with some of their sentiments, it's becoming more of an ear ache and frankly a lot of people are becoming very jaded by all these complaints. Isn't this a "Filipino" trait, All talk, but very little action?If Nasty hates our country that much then he should not come back, ever!If he disowns us,who gives a care! The Philippines does not need whinny, pompous, complacent and disgruntled know-it-alls. Everyone already knows what is wrong with our country, no one ne! eds to spell it out anymore. What we need is more action and at least a shadow of civic resposibility, not empty but hurting words.
Finally, Though I admit that our country is in the crap hole of the orient I do believe there is still hope if we stop sulking in the mud complaining how crappy our national lot is and do something about it. First as Filipino individuals, even in our little way. Oh by the way, you had an article which has something about Filipino Elites? Since you have this website up not everybody in the Philippines has a computer or can gain access to one. Remember much of our populace in below the poverty line and uneducated. These are the same people who voted people like Mr. Estrada. Your either a lone voice in the cyber wildeness or attracting people like Nasty who does nothing but rant and complain on how corrupt and rotten our country is. Hmmm... that's kind of one sided don't you think since much of your main target audience is living in a shanty community or probably in some province where electricity hasn't yet reached them? And considering that you are an adult (and I would assu! me that you are.) I wonder if you pay your taxes to our "corrupt" government, unless you had fallen into that well-justified excuse that two-wrongs make a right like what a lot of our Elite bretheren is doing. Don't get me wrong, I'm not pro-poor and I do have Elite connections, but it's a good example if we can exclude ourselves from those whom we criticize. I do like your website, but I hope that these nuggets of wisdom would help you improve it and make it more than just a ranting area for Disgruntled, Elite, Idealists whose words don't really amount as much. Anyway, truth is indeed like a sharp double-edged sword. It can help ward off evil or it can simply destroy. Let's not get careless with it shall we?
09 September 2001
Edsa 1 nad 2 is a joke, not because we feel no essence in it but because there is no such thing as a "peaceful revolution". revolutions should involve bloodshed in order that people may learn and grieve at the loss. if many lives were lost during the change of power then maybe filipinos would truly cherich the freedom theyhave fought for and not take it for granted and forget about the past in 5-6 years.
i dont like the idea of bloodshed but realizing that it has truly become futile to improve our country unless heads roll. we will commit the same mistakes over and over again beacause there was never anything gained beacause there is nothing ever lost.
05 October 2001
I agree with your report on many Filipinos as religious rather then spiritual people. Indeed, many people equate one with the other, but there really is a big difference.
Religion is but the outer core of what is supposed to be spirituality. Religion is nothing more than ritual, dogma and laws that a faith puts forward so its followers could pursue the faith better. Unfortunately, because of colonial cowing, most of us Filipinos see religion as faith, and we all know how hard it is to break centuries-old practice.
When the Cardinal erected the Shrine along the nation's most popular street (with Session Road being the second most popular), I knew that something was wrong. Indeed, we can't just say that the so-called EDSA "revolutions" were divinely inspired. We can't just label the Cardinal and the Philippine Catholic Church as "good" and the president to be butt-kicked as "evil." I wish it were that easy but it's not. But it really broke my heart to think that the Cardinal, in erecting the huge Virgin (in place of Jesus Christ), effectively and subconsciously marginalized the Muslims, the Buddhists, the Wiccans, the Protestants, the people of ethnic spirituality.
When the EDSA III "revolt" came, I was a bit miffed when the Philippine Catholic Church called the occupation a "desecration," because people were peeing at the back of the monument. Give me a break. In almost every Catholic church I've been through people are peddling food and toys around and even inside the church, and the local priests can't or won't do anything.
Which reminds me....when the global war on terrorism was pushed through, the CBCP was justifying war. In Italy, the Pope was pleading for peace. A stupor overtook me: is this but another evidence of my theory that the Philippine Catholic Church of Cardinal Sin is separating from what the Vatican dictates? Holes in the earth, holes in the hierarchy....
I have just presented above a few factors that contribute to the theory that religion=spirituality to the Filipinos. Many of those who read this will want to kill me or want to see me burn in the fiery pits of a Philippine Catholic Hell. Well, if anybody wants to, all I can say is Bring It On.
The Subspecies Network
01 October 2001
hoy! tumahimik ka! If I were u, I will integrate n d countryside together with the masses so that u can see and feel the real scenario of the poor masses...kaya nga cguro patuloy na naghihirap ang mga tao dahil sa kabobohan mo. Mag-isip-isip ka kaibigan!
01 October 2001
Was Jose Rizal really "our" hero? First of all, Jose Rizal was against the revolution. He wanted a benevolent assimilation with Spain and preferred reforms for Filipinos. He beleived the Philippines was not ready for independence and was better off under Spain. After the Spanish-American War, he Americans made Jose Rizal our national hero to discredit the Spanish. They built a monument for him and created the myth around him. In fact, I just recently visited our national hero's house, which is a national shrine. It was run down, dogs and filth were on the floor and it stank. So much for "our" national hero.
29 September 2001
Hi...enjoyed your website. I am a Canadian of Filipino descent (My family emigrated when I was 7 years old). The Filipinos who have come to Canada (at least in Winnipeg, where I'm from) have brought with them the same lying, cheating, lazy, and corrupt attitudes which pervade the Philippines. Worse, these traits are passed on to their children. The unemployment and literacy rates are alarming, as are the teen-pregnancies. Canada has free medicare, generous social assistance and a relatively low cost of living (a situation which breeds indolence and complacency.) Filipinos with no jobs drive nice cars, and have all the comforts of home. Just visit an electronics store and you will see evidence of this. Don't get me wrong...there are plenty of hard-working people here, who contribute through their taxes to our standard of living. Unfortunately, they are fast becoming the exceptions, rather than the rule. I am concerned, but feel helpless. Again thanks for a great web-site.