With China breathing down
our necks and seizing islands inside the Philippine territorial limits, it
is about time that the country institute a draft for all able-bodied men and
women upon reaching the age of maturity. Singapore and South Korea, two of
the most advanced countries in the region have had conscription for decades.
Taiwan, another Southeast Asian powerhouse has been conscripting their young
men—and some women—since 1949. Taiwan is currently transitioning to an
all-volunteer military, however compulsory military training will remain a
requirement for all qualified Taiwanese males of military age.
A draft or conscription
should be good for the Philippines. Many young Filipinos have too much time
on their hands and end up lazy, or even worse become alcoholics or drug
addicts. Also, kids from the upper classes rarely if ever associate or build
friendships with kids from the lower classes. This segregation usually
remains with them throughout their lives and contributes to the highly
stratified Philippine society.
All young men should be
drafted into the military at age 18. Rich kids and poor kids,
all part of a
company of soldiers living, working, and eating together, sharing common
experiences they will carry with them for life. Young women should not be
exempt but given the option of “Peace Corps” type jobs so that they too can
interact with all classes and become aware of the different needs in various
regions of the country.
Conscription might be just
what will turn the Philippines around. If Singaporeans, South Koreans, and
Taiwanese kids can do it (and they’re all doing much better than us
economically) then so can our Filipino youth. Compulsory military service
might also end the NPA and Muslim insurgencies once and for all, because the
ruling class will not stand to have their precious boys placed in harm’s way
and will see to it that those insurgencies are swiftly dealt with.
If you think compulsory
military service for all young Filipinos is a good idea, sign our petition
(click here) and tell your friends and relatives to do the same. Published 1/15/2013
With midterm elections just days away, it bears repeating that from our perspective, Philippine elected officials leave so much to be desired. And one reason why we seem to have such a dearth of top-rate individuals is because political dynasties are pervasive throughout the archipelago. Political dynasties from a Philippine context are in some ways akin to the fiefdoms that existed in Europe during the middle ages.
With elections a little over a week away, Filipinos need to take a long and hard look at who they are choosing to lead them for the next three to six years—for the Philippines is a country sorely lacking in leadership. For decades we have been electing celebrities, entertainers, and relatives of past and present politicians who are totally unfit for public service. They have neither the training, the experience, nor the intellect needed to properly do the job voters elected them to do.
Swift Justice in Boston, Something You Hardly Ever See in the Philippines
You have to give it to American law enforcement; they really seem to have their act together. When the horrific explosions occurred during the Boston Marathon it appeared almost impossible that whoever did it would be apprehended. But just a few days after that bombing incident, authorities seem to have cracked the case. One suspect is dead and another is now apprehended. Large swaths of the greater Boston area were on lockdown and door-to-door searches were conducted in the suburb of Watertown.
Will the PCGG go after Imee Marcos’s Offshore Trust Account?
The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), cooperating with Washington DC-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) recently published a two-part report that revealed that Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos Manotoc, eldest daughter of the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos is the beneficiary of a secret trust account held in the British Virgin Islands.
Crucifixions, They’re More Fun in the Philippines
During this Holy Week like others in the past, for as long as this author can remember, a small minority of Filipinos have been whipping themselves raw or nailing themselves to crosses in a supposed show of atonement and piety. This odd spectacle now draws worldwide interest with curious tourists flying in from all over to witness firsthand flagellants who whip themselves to down to raw flesh or penitents who are nailed to wooden crosses on Good Friday.
With a Simple and Humble New Pope, What Should Happen to the Philippine Catholic Hierarchy?
Celebrating his first mass as Pontiff a day after being elected, 76-year-old Pope Francis told the assembled cardinals to guard against “the worldliness of the Devil.” Here was a man who made it an annual practice to celebrate Holy Thursday by washing the feet of the poor, and the downtrodden of his native Argentina. Here too was a man who took the bus to and from his work despite having chauffeured vehicles available to him. He preferred living in a modest apartment, cooking his own meals despite access to the well staffed bishop’s mansion in the ritzy the suburb of Olivos where no less than the Argentine president has his summer residence.
Will We Ever See a Filipino Pope? Not with the Way the Philippine Catholic Church is Run Today
Reeling from the resounding victory of the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill, the Philippine Catholic Church has decidedly jumped in the electoral fray (despite the constitutional separation of church and state) to influence the outcome of the country's 2013 elections. The church recently launched a “Team Buhay/Team Patay” (Team Life/Team Death) campaign that identifies legislators running for re-election who voted against or for the RH Bill. Those who voted against the bill are part of Team Life, while those who voted for the bill are part of Team Death—at least as far as the Church is concerned.