Tuesday, March 28, 2006

It shouldn't be wrong to ask

In a fit of rage…. (If I have to… grabe, I should avoid reading newspapers. They only make my blood boil.)


What is happening?

Mind the facts. It is evident that the government is pushing for changing the constitution. Can somebody please tell me why?


Why do you want to change our system from presidential to parliamentary? Why? Because we’ll “join the ranks of the First World in twenty years”? What is your basis? Are you telling me that the US has a parliamentary system? It doesn’t. And it’s part of your so-called First World. Does this mean that we don’t actually need to change the Constitution so that we can be wealthier as a nation?

Is it true that you’ll want to allow foreigners to own Philippines land? Is it true?

Is it true that you’ll want to allow foreigners to own nationalized industries? Is it true?

Why don’t we just change the Constitution so that foreigners can own my body, soul, and spirit?


When I read the papers and see that barangays have been calling Assemblies to collect signatures for charter change, I can’t help but be mortified. Where are they getting the money to do this?

And please, don’t tell me that it’s not my station to ask. I pay my taxes. If my money is funding the agenda of a few (ie, amending the Charter), it is my right to know; it is my right to object. How much are they getting from me? 12 percent from VAT alone. I should be allowed even one question. I should be allowed even one answer.


And what do I think when I hear of a justice secretary who is quick to convict? I think that we don’t have justice at all. We don’t. Why will a justice secretary pick fights with one of the Commissioners who drafted the Constitution? Why will the justice secretary go and call him the Dean of Destabilization? Can’t we speak anymore? Aren’t we allowed to speak anymore? Tell me. Is that it? I’m not allowed to speak against you anymore? Ang kakapal niyo.


What are our primary concerns? All we’re just concerned with is: the Truth. All we’re asking is, is it true that the votes were not counted properly? We’re just asking. You can’t take that away from us. In a representative democracy, all we can do is vote. After that, we cede the sovereign power to our elected officials and go on about our daily lives. But you can’t abuse that power. It’s wrong.

And you know what? If there really wasn’t any hocus pocus, wouldn’t it be the easiest thing in the world to say that there was no hocus pocus? If the elections were clean, wouldn’t it be an easy thing to say they were?

We ask. We wonder. But what do you do to us? You call us destabilizers, you arrest us, you gag us, you threaten us. What do we have to do to make you stop?

The public office is a public trust. That's in the Constitution, in Article X, I think. What that means is, the People hold the true powers of the State; these powers are held in trust by our public officers. Now, trust, in law, is complicated and long winded. In common language, all trust means is just that. We trust you to care for these powers and to use it for our welfare. Because if the opposite happens, well, when and if you finally amend the Consitution, maybe we should just delete that provision all together.

Sure. The State has a right to protect itself, but who is the State? It’s not any one individual. The State isn’t the President. The State isn’t Congress. The State isn’t the judiciary. The State is us, Madame. It’s us. Us. Not the people who come to you in the dead of the night asking for favors. The State is the woman you see in the streets, sleeping in the dirt, dirtied, and without clothes. The State is the child who comes up to you and asks for alms. The State is the child who clambers up jeepneys and bends down to clean your shoes with soiled rags. The State is the farmer who can’t sell his produce in the market because of foreign competition.


Don’t deny us our democracy. It’s all we have.

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