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After my arrest in 2006, I was placed in solitary for five months where I had plenty of time to contemplate my fate. My incarceration had been marked by a heretofore unheard of abuse of the system of military discipline. Four years later, though I have gained some form of liberty and as I continue with my trial, I still wait for justice.
But it is not justice for myself that I was or am waiting for, but justice for my country. My incarceration has compelled me to watch by the sidelines as the nation suffered from an administration that not only stole the vote, but used this lack of legitimacy to conduct the biggest pillage in history. I was also compelled to swallow the gross display of power that allowed corrupt officers to rise to prominence and position provided they abet the continuous flagellation of all the institution’s highest ideals.
I say, “Enough.” I had taken an oath to protect my country and thus can no longer stand idly by as those who profited from the previous administration, those who openly abetted the destruction of decency and fair play continue to reap the benefits of their crimes, beginning with those officers who corrupted the Armed Forces by their participation in Gloria Arroyo’s reign of greed.
To those officers who aided and abetted Garci, those responsible for extra judicial killings and disappearances, those who stole public funds, in the name of my country and all that is right and just, I’m coming for you.
MAJ JASON LY AQUINO, PA
YOUR HEROES ARE OUR HEROES TOO
Your heroes are not mutineers—a deception concocted by an intruding government. Who is the lawful authority they rebelled against? Is it the one whose only claim to legitimacy is the prevention of presentation of evidences of the GMA involvement in the tampering of the 2004 presidential election results in an investigation?
Your heroes are not coup plotters—a deception concocted by an intruding government. What has a coup got to do with our being continuously occupied by the Americans today since 1899 when they begun to invade us? The Americans have poured their toxic wastes in the Subic, Zambales area which resulted to rare diseases to our children there. They raped our Filipinas freely. They continue to conduct military exercises in our terrain to familiarize in an area strategically valuable to them. This makes us Filipinos, even more militarily vulnerable to the Americans. What has a coup got to do with the continued subtle invasion of the Chinese of our economic areas from the 1900s till now also as a result of that American invasion of 1899. There are Americans like Capt David Fagen, Mark Twain, Andrew Carnegie and many others who defected on our side or have fought for the rights of nations which their own nation have abused. There are Chinese or Chinese meztizos in the Philippines such as Herman Tiu Laurel, Alejandro Lichauco and Gen Danilo Lim in the Philippines who: came here with legitimate purpose; fought for the cause of our liberation as a Filipino nation-- they are more Filipinos than the collaborator GMA, the congressmen for sale or Filipino mercenaries in the Armed Forces. They are either assets or added treasures of our nation. In the past, the Spanish blood in the veins of our heroes like Andrés Bonifacio and Fr. José Burgos did not deter them from confronting the Spaniards by having organized an independence movement for us and upheld our status and rights. For details and references of this information, see my post at http://jmgpatria.blogspot.com/2009/06/de
Thru all these invasion, GMA has been collaborating. Is this not treason? What has a coup got to do with arresting the perpetration of the acts of treason? Is this not the duty of every soldier of a nation? Is defending the nation against foreign invasion not the essence of the profession of a soldier?
In more healthy and civilized nations like France, Israel, Japan and Vietnam, their soldiers professional as they are, would have spontaneously mounted a fierce resistance against foreign invaders and their collaborators. Gen Charles de Gaulle of France is one example of having led the resistance against the German invasion and the French puppet government of the Germans, Petain. A few years after that, he had the US base in France removed.
But we Filipinos also have a tradition of warriors who resisted the American invaders of 1899. To name a few, Gen Ricarte, Gen Antonio Luna, Gen Alejandrino, Gen Tino, Gen Lukban, Gen Malvar, Gen Sakay, and Maj Torres Bugallon. They offered their lives to leave as a nation born in 1898 and one we can come home to as our own. This is the fine tradition inherited by professional filipino soldiers among us today. They are, as all of us filipinos should be, continuing that unfinished fight to recover our inherited nation.
Your heroes are continuing that fight, so that we can all soon come, to our own home.
Your heroes are our heroes too! Please tell your classmates.
José Miguel García
Rigoberto Tiglao said it well when he presented the process which led to our having lost football from our culture. The article, which appeared in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, first posted 23:34:00 06/30/2010 at: http://opinion.inquirer.net/inquireropinion/columns/view/20100630-278492/Why-were-not-into-soccer-2 has indeed identified this particular response to a particular stimulus as a symptom of a deeper national disease. We are playing a different game from that which normal nations are playing- a game which benefits their own nation and the world. We are playing a game that which a nation held in captivity is playing- a game which is injuring our national development, which has less benefits to the world, and which benefits only the north american nation.
We have been developmentally forced to play basketball, a favorite north american sport, inspite of our genetic handicap as far as excelling requirements of the game is concerned. While on the other hand we are genetically fit to excel in football, our original favorite sport since the time it was introduced to us, as indicated in the importance we gave to our stadium in Manila, by the official name “Rizal Memorial Track and Football Stadium” as well as our status in football in Asia decades ago. We are simply not anymore who we are. This is one of the symptoms of a nation with a social disease whose original national characteristics have been altered resulting to alienation to itself and disintegration. Therefor, there must have been a corruption of our national developmental code that brought about this deviation or mutation of our national development. This is a symptom and the process of an Alienation of Identity and Defilipinization Syndrome (AIDS). Except for the existence of God, all events came to exist as a result of a cause. AIDS is no exception.
We now have AIDS as a result of the weakening of our national defense instincts. Compared with normal nations all over the world particularly the well developed nations like France, Germany, Israel, Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam, and our nation which fiercely defended foreign invasion in the 1900s, we today do not anymore defend: our forests from being denuded; our rivers from being dumping sites; our economic resources from being taken over by the north americans and the chinese; our brother filipinos from being killed inside american military bases inside our country; our filipinas from being raped by U.S. personnel; and our national sovereignty from foreign aggressors. We have lost our instincts to defend our nation because we have lost our nation to disintegration. We have lost living for our nation. We have simply lived for our selves. This is indicated by the intensity and extent of moral corruption in our society. This is indicated by the extent of the level of moral corruption in our society as compared to normal nations. We have ceased to live for our nation, but only for our selves and our family.
Our having been corrupted is not merely a corruption in politics, in the judiciary, in the defense or in the legislature. It has become cultural because it is already in our national developmental code. This is the national counterpart of genetic code in an individual biological unit.
Our original national developmental code was a national characteristic of cleanliness in our rivers and streets, beautiful people with wholesome charateristics, socially responsive to our nation and to the world, fiercely resistant to foreign invasion and with a nationalistic defense system. This is sometime before, during, and sometime after the birth of our nation in 1898. The height of this characteristic was tested during the earlier years of the north american invasion when we resisted fiercely in 1899, sustained it in the early 1900s. The north american invaders suffered lingering and costly loses that they were in danger of giving up their invasion that they resorted to putrid and cowardly acts- hostage taking and extermination of civilians among us filipinos. This resulted to 500,000 to 900,000 deaths among us filipinos. Our physical resistance having weakened, the north americans took over control of our defense system, political system, economic system, education system, and cultural system. They transmitted into our systems the system they fabricated which turned our nation of filipinos and the succeding generations thereafter, into a denationalized, disintegrated individuals, worshipping dependents of our north american invaders. Our inherited national developmental code- the original characteristics of our nation has been injured. This is the Heredity Injuring Virus (HIV).
We mutated from a nation to individuals enslaved to provide the needs of our north american invaders. No they are not colonizers. They are plainly and crudely, foreign invaders. This issue has also been explained in: http://jmgpatria.blogspot.com/2010/06/we-insist-on-label-filipino-american.html
An interest in football among us filipinos could be an indication that we are begining to recover our organic national developmental code. A clearer indication of recovery is the kick-start of an organic constitution, organic defense system, and an organic culture. But the clearest indication would be when the next season, there would already be in our nation a kick-out of the north american control of all our systems. When will be the kickoff?
José Miguel García