forever are the days when a scoundrel like Ferdinand Marcos can shut down
the presses, revoke the freedoms enshrined in the Constitution and turn the
country’s Central Bank into his and his cronies’ private piggy bank. Those
dark days of the early seventies will be almost impossible to replicate by
even the craftiest budding dictator-in-waiting.
Facebook, Twitter, instant
messaging, VoIP calls, and the all pervasive Internet and SMS text messaging
is seeing to it that the average citizen stays ‘plugged-in’ to things that
are happening both inside and outside the country. Sure, a potential ‘McCoy’
(street term used to refer to Marcos) could try to ‘unplug’ the country from
the Worldwide Web, and shut down all the country’s cell towers but that
would be a gargantuan undertaking that would be next to impossible to
effectively sustain. The dictatorship would have its hands full and
resources stretched just keeping the lid on things that it would likely fail
or be toppled in a matter of months. The decade or so that Marcos and his
cronies had to clean out the treasury can never be replicated…or so we hope.
The million-man rally
against ‘pork’ that took place at the Luneta on Monday, though it failed to
generate a million participants (police sources estimate a hundred thousand
attendees) nevertheless proved that social media is capable of mobilizing
huge numbers of people at relatively short notice.
Those who attended the
rally came from all walks of life, proving that it is not just the youth or
the well-off who are ‘plugged-in’
to today’s high-tech communications, but
even the middle-aged, elderly, and the less well-off.
Malacañang seems to be
getting the message and after initial reluctance, the Palace has now said it
is in favor of scrapping the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF)
given to Senators and Congressmen. This fund, which runs into the hundreds
of millions of pesos is given to each legislator turning them into their own
mini-Red Cross and PCSO charity. However, given the untrustworthiness of
most of elected officials, a lot of these funds are either squandered on
worthless projects that line the pockets of scammers to the tune of billions
Monday’s rally should be
seen as just the first step in a journey of a thousand steps that will
slowly take the country back from the entrenched corruption that started
with Marcos. The Filipino people are finding their voice at long last. Will
it end as a whimper or turn into a deafening roar that will blow away
corruption once and for all? We’ll have to wait and see.
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Name: Dragonslayer City/State/Country: Kingsbridge IP
Jorge Villanueva, I agree with your observations. And yet no one dare raise a finger to constructively critique on the antiquated "rote learning" system you just mentioned. It seems that even those we consider doctors and masters directing academia are either not willing or don't possess the courage and ability to revamp and rejuvenate curriculum to suit the demands of ultra-modern technology. The system is stagnant as it can be.
Name: Temple Warrior City/State/Country: Invisible College
IP Address: 18.104.22.168
Here is my humble take on history. Aside from letting it succumb to a natural death, history has a dual purpose for being. One is to use it as a lesson to build up by renewed and useful endeavor toward progress; to steer away from its
destructive consequences we already know and try to correct the harm it caused on the people and the nation. Or all those unpleasant memories can be used as an excuse for complacency and inaction the only sure result of which is stagnation and
unproductiveness. As a warning, history is more or less, replete with understatements and over-stretched truths lest we become addicted to it. Let's start with the children who are not yet fully indoctrinated by hand-me-down beliefs and superstitions. What are we waiting for?
Name: Temple Sekyu City/State/Country: Simpleton College
IP Address: 22.214.171.124
Someone castigated the PNL editorial ---"Why we have to open wounds of the past and use them --yada yada ". PARAPHRASING George Santayana as in " Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it" ---history lesson in Simpleton College that will never vanish maybe the reason WHY!
Name: mockingmaya City/State/Country: taft avenue, manila
IP Address: 126.96.36.199
I have a strong faith & admiration in American educational system than in the antiquated & corrupt educational system of the Philippine Republic. In fact, the meaning of a word "republic" in Philippine "kleptoratic regime" is a sham. I do believe that the American scientists, engineers, architects, & other men of science & arts are different & unique: "An American thinker exhorted his fellow American scientists to cease struggling & prattling handcuffed & vainglorious in the asylum of foreign school (See American Sky-Scraper)." It is a sad reality that some critics in this forum (PNL) still preaching the Filipino people to be cocooned in a dark asylum-mentality or psyche of the Spanish colonizers: to indoctrinate & to pillage.
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