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Friday, 23 May 2014 15:57

“Itinuturo ng katuwiran, na wala tayong iba pang maaantay kundi lalu’t lalung

kahirapan, lalu’t lalung kataksilan, lalu’t lalung kaalipustaan at lalu’t lalung

kaalipinan. Itinuturo ng katuwiran, na huwag nating sayangin ang panahon

sa pag-asa sa ipinangakong kaginhawahan na hindi darating at hindi

mangyayari. Itinuturo ng katuwiran ang tayo’y umasa sa ating sarili at

huwag antayin sa iba ang ating kabuhayan. Itinuturo ng katuwiran ang

tayo’y magkaisang-loob magkaisang-isip at akala at ng tayo’y magkalakas

na maihanap ang naghaharing kasamaan sa ating Bayan.

Panahon na ngayong dapat na lumitaw ang liwanag ng katotohanan;

panahon ng dapat nating ipakilala na tayo’y may sariling pagdaramdam,

may puri, may hiya at pagdadamayan. Ngayon panahon ng dapat simulan

ang pagsisiwalat ng mga mahal at dakilang aral na magwawasak sa masinsing

tabing na bumubulag sa ating kaisipan; panahon na ngayong dapat makilala

ng mga [Pilipino] ang pinagbuhatan ng kanilang mga kahirapan. Araw na itong

dapat kilalanin na sa bawat isang hakbang natin ay tumutuntong tayo

at nabibingit sa malalim na hukay ng kamatayan na sa ati’y inuumang ng mga kaaway.

Kaya! … mga kababayan! ating idilat ang bulag na kaisipan at kusang igugol

sa kagalingan ang ating lakas sa tunay at lubos na pag-asa na magtagumpay

sa nilalayong kaginhawahan ng bayang tinubuan.”

-- Andres Bonifacio, “Ang Dapat Mabatid…”, Marso 1896

There can be no other more fitting words to express our disgust, frustrations

and protestations at the present state of governance in our country. There

are no words to describe the utter failure of supposed democratic institutions

which our heroic people have painstakingly built and established with their

blood, sweat and labor. Billions of pesos plundered without shame, national

patrimony and sovereignty stripped bare and raped in broad daylight, social

rehabilitation in devastated areas in southern Philippines stalled in boardrooms

of delays, foot-dragging, callous bureaucratic procedures, and simple inefficiency

and incompetence. Monopolies and cronies walking the corridors of the Palace

extracting deals and contracts to favor those in the inner circles of power.

What has happened? What is happening to our beloved country?

More than 118 years ago, the great revolutionary leader of the Filipino working

masses, Andres Bonifacio, in his exhortation to the Filipino people to rise up in

arms against colonial rule, had uttered a similar plea to the budding Filipino nation.

The only difference is that we continue to elect leaders masquerading as public

servants, but who are in reality, bunch of criminals, crooks, thieves, plunderers,

members of dynastic political families, the ruling elite who have squandered decades

of opportunities for social progress and national development, and instead

delivered our country into the quagmire of underdevelopment, massive

unemployment and poverty, social inequality and conflicts.

Occupants of Malacañang and both Houses of Congress, all elected public

officials have miserably failed the Filipino people. This is not simply a failure of

leadership. This is a failure of institutions. A failure of government.

From at least three lists now being circulated and mentioned in news reports on the

pork barrel scam, more than half of the current members of the Philippine Senate

have been implicated, including as well several members of the Aquino cabinet,

most especially the Budget Secretary who issues release orders for these lump

sum appropriations, and members of the House of Representatives, past and present.

Clearly, the once august halls of Philippine Congress is more and more tainted with the

slime of corruption, thievery, dishonesty, and utter lack of integrity. It is no longer

misconduct committed in dark alleys. It is misconduct publicly, boastfully and daringly

committed with full authority and impunity.

We declare the Senate an inutile institution, a white elephant with no more value and

yet remains a burden to the nation. We declare the Senate a malfunctioning institution

that needs to be overhauled. We declare the Senate no more.

In the spirit of nationalism, integrity and truth, in the interest of the nation, we demand

all named in the pork barrel plunder to resign – Senators, Congressmen, Cabinet members.

Vacate your office and let the people decide on your replacements.

Do we still have hopes for our country? We do.

Well-meaning individuals, social movements and political organizations of the

marginalized sectors, particularly the workers and the poor, have banded

together to form an alternative. We claim no messianic visions nor miraculous

powers. We do not possess wealth beyond our means. We have for so

long idled as fence-sitters refusing to take part and take sides in an electoral

and political system that is fraudulent and rotten, and ruled by money,

warlords and political families. But now we offer an alternative for we refuse to

take all these sitting down any longer. We offer ourselves as an alternative that

is based on truth and integrity and inspired by genuine nationalist love of country

and people. We have formed the Alliance for Truth, Integrity and Nationalism to

challenge the ruling parties of the elite, the political dynasties and the corrupt.

Indeed, Andres Bonfacio thought these should be known to the people. “Ang Dapat Mabatid…”

The people should know. And we will make the rounds to all communities, churches,

factories, schools and offices, to tell the people it is time that they, once again, reclaim

their sovereign will as enshrined in our Constitution. The people would know

better, and we shall let the people’s will be done. It is our time to call on our

people to action! It is time to take back what is ours, ATIN ito!

 

Alliance for Truth, Integrity and Nationalism

Club Filipino

May 16, 2014

 

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