Can our body prefer one virus over another? That is also prefering one foreign invader over another. Does it indeed make sense to prefer one foreign invader over another foreign invader? This virus started invading us after we were born as a nation in 1898, which we filipinos fiercely resisted in 1899. Unable to suppress our resistance, they engage in putrid actions such as hostage taking, mass torture, rape of our women, and extermination of civilians among us. This caused the weakening of our physical resistance. This caused the death of 500,000 to 900,000 of us filipinos.
After they transmitted a massive dose of alienating identity and defilipinization process in our systems of: defense; political; education; economy; and culture, their invasion became less physical, but more subtle and deep that it tranformed our very national developmental code into one of worshipping dependents of our foreign invaders. With this status, the north americans made a show before the world that they have granted us independence in July 1946. This made it possible for them to continue whatever form of invasion they prefered. This made it possible for them to continue today their physical invasion again but this time more subtle in what was reported in http://jmgpatria.blogspot.com/2009/06/american-invasion-continues_7055.html
Yes, this invasion started in the 1900s is now, both physical and moral. This invasion also corrupted our moral values.
Chile which was a colony of Spain, is now picking up economically. We filipinos have been continuosly occupied by the north americans since the 1900s up to today. Today, we are physically and morally bunkrupt.
Let us look at ourselves first and start to stand on our own feet. Let us strengthen our defense system but first base it on a national identity on which it will be the basis on who to protect. Let us start to be independent because we can actually do it if only we decide. Only then can we have a celebration not just the birth of our nation, but also the independence which is the liberation of our nation.
José Miguel García
NORTH AMERICAN LEGACY: THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
The cost of speaking the English language to us filipinos is summarized in the report, http://jmgpatria.blogspot.com/2010/04/cost-of-speaking-english-to-us.html
INDEPENDENCE: FROM WHOM?
We were born as a nation after we became independent from Spain in 1898. This has made our status, a sovereign nation. Today, we are indeed a sovereign nation. But can we say that we have remained independent when after we became independent, the north americans invaded us which we fiercely resisted in 1899? Can we say that we are today independent when the north americans transmitted into our system of: defense; education; politics; economy; and culture, a massive dose of synthesized alienating identity and defilipinization process which replaced our organic national developmental code? This cost is even rising today as summarized in this report, http://jmgpatria.blogspot.com/2009/06/american-invasion-continues_7055.html
Can we say that we are today independent when in the 1900s, the chinese with the protection of their government infiltrated our country, displaced many of our brother filipino businessmen, and controlled our economy which we tried to resist but the north americans provided them protection? Can we say that we are today independent when as a result of this protection provided by the north americans, the chinese have indeed taken over control of our economy today? This is also summarized in http://jmgpatria.blogspot.com/2009/06/chinese-invasion-continues.html
HEREDITY INJURING VIRUS
After the north americans invaded us which we resisted fiercely in 1899, they tried to impose their language to cut us off from our bonds to our filipino nation. The use of English had to be legislated: Act No. 190 of the Philippine Commission made English the official language of all courts effective January 1, 1906 but Act No. 1427 amended the date to January 1, 1911 and Act No. 1946 again extended the effective date to January 1, 1913.
Even more than a decade after the north americans invaded us, Spanish language in the Philippines was still widely spoken. In 1916, Henry Ford to wrote to President Woodrow Wilson :
” Although, as based on the school statistics, it is said that more Filipinos speak English than any other language, no one can be in agreement with this declaration if they base their assessment on what they hear on the testimony of their hearing……Spanish is everywhere the language of business and social intercourse…In order for anyone to obtain prompt service from anyone, Spanish turns out to be more useful than English…And outside of Manila it is almost indispensable. The Americans who travel around all the islands customarily use it.” (The Ford Report of 1916. Chapter 3. The Use of English, pp. 365-366.)
This means that Spanish was one of the languages used by us aside from Ilocano, Tagalog, Pangalatoc, Ilongo, Cebuano, Chavacano, Tausog, and many others. It was the americans who tried to injure the spanish language in the Philippines, not us, filipinos.
Claro M. Recto, the respected filipino nationalist in the mid 1900s spoke in Spanish.
BASIS OF THE BIRTH OF OUR NATION
Without Spain having colonized the different tribes, petty kingdoms and alliance of tribes in the different islands, and established the boundaries of what is now approximately known as the Philippine Archipelago or Islands, can we say that we will have a nation of people in islands known as the Philippines today? What is our basis for our claim to our Philippine Archipelagic Baseline we present before the community of nations? Many of the Spanish government officials and many more of the spanish friars in the Philippines committed injustices and cruelties. That was up to 1898. The present spaniards are different. They have been regarding us with respect and as equals. They have been trying to promote their culture and economic cooperation in the Philippines for many years now. They have been one of the biggest donors although silent and in proportion to their economic circumstances, during disasters in our country. Spanish regard for us filipinos is cited in this report, http://jmgpatria.blogspot.com/2010/04/barcelona-cidob-paper.html
If we had an unjust and cruel mother of our infancy from whom we have separated, and after decades decided to be reconciled with us and have been trying to makeup for all those years now that we are older, is it not proper as human beings to open our arms to her?
José Miguel García
As to our election, the elected leaders are political plants, the quality of which is dependent on the quality of society who are the social developmental soil.
As in farming principles:
If the soil has been saturated with synthetic or inorganic fertilizers, pesticides and other inputs, the natural life sustaining cycle inherent in the soil which is dependent for sustaining life only on nature such as earth creatures, water, and sun will simply die. In place will be the synthetic inputs sustaining life directly and synthetically to the plants. With natural life sustaining cycle in the soil already absent, the plants will become constantly, progressively and perpetually dependent on the inorganic inputs produced by fertillizer and pesticide companies. So is it with the social developmental soil. Before the north americans claimed to have granted us thru legal documents what they labeled as independence in July 1946, they have already saturated our social developmental soil with developmental inputs they synthesized replacing our organic systems. With systems in us, the filipino social soil, natural to our development already absent, the filipino political plant became constantly, progressively and perpetually dependent on the developmental inputs produced by the north americans.
As in the soil, so is it with our nation: Let us go back to organic!
José Miguel García
One of the bravest generals in the Filipino-American War was Licerio Geronimo. He was born in Sampaloc, Manila on 27 August 1855 to Graciano Geronimo and Flaviana Imaya of Gapan, Nueva Ecija. Having no formal education, Geronimo learned to read from his friends and practiced by reading awits and corridos, which earned him qualifications to join the poetical joust called duplo.
He spent his childhood helping in the farm – cutting grass, gathering woods or herding the carabao. At the age of nine, he lived with his grandfather in a farm in San Miguel, Bulacan. He was already 14 years old when he joined his father in Montalban where he practically did all farm chores.
Geronimo married twice. When his first wife Modesta de la Cruz died, he married Cayetana Linco of San Mateo with whom he had five children. To support his family, he worked in the farm and as boatman, transporting passengers and laundresses along the Marikina and Pasig Rivers.
Geronimo joined the Katipunan when Bonifacio established a chapter in Montalban. When revolution broke out in 1896, Geronimo went to Balintawak on request of Bonifacio. On August 30 that same year, he was with the group that attacked San Juan del Monte. In Montalban, he organized his own force with men from San Mateo and Marikina, using Mt. Puray as their base of operations. His troops served under General Francisco Makabulos that operated in San Rafael, Bulacan and under General Mariano Llanera. The latter operated in the towns of San Miguel, Bulacan and Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija. “General Cerio” as he was fondly called became popular among the revolutionists because of his skills in combat. He triumphantly defended his post from the Spaniards and augmented ammunitions and supplies of the revolutionists by ambushing Spanish carts.
When the pact of Biyak-na-Bato was signed, he retired to his farm. In May 1898, Guillermo served the Spanish Militia Territorial which Spain formed after its fleet was destroyed at Manila Bay.
Upon Aguinaldo’s return and the fight against Spain continued, Geronimo left the Militia and joined General Pio del Pilar on 13 August 1898. In November of the same year, Aguinaldo appointed him division general for San Mateo, Rizal. When the Philippine-American War broke out, Geronimo defended Marikina. He helped build trenches and reorganized the Filipino troops in San Juan and Mandaluyong. Antonio Luna appointed him commanding general of the third military zone with operations in Manila and Rizal.
In December 19, 1899 a battle in San Juan ensued, wherein General Cerio and his guerilla force, Tiradores de la Muerte, inflicted severe blow to the enemies by killing General Henry W. Lawton and 13 American soldiers.
Geronimo was a great disturbance to the Americans for his damaging guerrilla tactics against them. In July 1900, General Trias named him jefe superior of the joint forces of the second and third zones of Manila. In August, he took command of the district of Morong.
With most of the areas in the country placed under control of the Americans and with the successive surrenders or captures of revolutionary leaders, Geronimo was convinced to give up. Thus, on 29 March 1901, through the efforts of the Federal Party, Geronimo surrendered his forces to Captain Henderson of the 42nd Infantry.
On 1 June 1902, he worked with the Philippine Constabulary as a fourth class inspector. He rose from the rank to third lieutenant and as inspector in December of the same year. As a Constabulary officer, he run after the ladrones operating in the towns of San Mateo, Marikina, Malabon, and Novaliches.
On May 16, 1904 Geronimo was dismissed from the service despite his valuable services in the Constabulary on the grounds of engaging in gambling. After his dismissal, he returned to farming in Montalban. He died on January 16, 1924.
* Extracted from these sources:
Fabella, G. F. “The Battle of San Mateo,” Philippine Free Press. December 18, 1954. (With photo)
Manuel, E. Arsenio. Dictionary of Philippine Biography Volume 1. Quezon City: Filipiniana Publishing, 1955.
Quirino, Carlos. Who’s Who in Philippine History. Manila: Tahanan Books, 1995.
The first week of our life.
Who is Faeldon?
MANILA, Philippines - Marine Capt. Nicanor Faeldon first entered the public eye when he and a group of junior officers led the Oakwood mutiny in the Makati Business District on July 27, 2003.
Among those who accompanied him in leading the mutiny were Army Captains Gerardo Gambala and Milo Maestrecampo and Navy Lt. Senior Grade Antonio Trillanes, who is now a senator.
Faeldon and the leaders of the mutiny said they staged the mutiny to protest corruption in the military and the willing participation of several ranking officers in partisan politics.
The leaders of the mutiny, along with more than 300 soldiers who followed them, surrendered peacefully and were placed under military custody. For Faeldon and most of the mutineers, this meant spending the next 2 years behind bars.
On Dec. 14, 2005, Faeldon made his first escape. He was being brought to a court hearing in Makati when he successfully eluded his military guards.
Since then, Faeldon has been compared to Senator Gregorio Honasan. Then a colonel, Honasan was an elusive fugitive for several years after participating in numerous failed attempts to bring down the Aquino administration.
The charismatic Honasan’s most daring escape was from a Navy ship in the middle of Manila Bay, where he fled with some of his guards.
Faeldon grew more controversial after he posted pictures and a video on the Internet showing that he could enter and leave military bases and police installations freely despite being a fugitive. He said it was his way of showing that he had covert supporters within the rank and file of both the police and military.
He posted pictures showing him inside the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Command headquarters in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, and another set showing him inside the AFP Southern Command headquarters in Zamboanga City.
He posted a video of him talking with a policeman in front of the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City.
He also called for a civil disobedience campaign against the Arroyo administration in his website Pilipino.org.ph.
Stirring a hornet's nest
Faeldon succeeded in embarrassing the ranking officers of the AFP and PNP with the pictures and videos. However, little did he realize that he had stirred a hornet’s nest.
Authorities, armed with a renewed drive to repay Faeldon for his antics, launched an earnest hunt for Faeldon. They were not disappointed.
A month later, in January 2006, he was recaptured in Malabon. Also arrested with him was Capt. Candelaria Rivas, one of the military lawyers assigned to prosecute his case.
Rivas was arrested on suspicion that she was aiding Faeldon elude arrest, and was ordered to face a court martial. She was found guilty of conduct unbecoming an officer and subsequently dismissed from the military in 2009.
On November 29, 2007, Faeldon and Trillanes again made headlines. They suddenly left a court hearing in Makati on their rebellion case, and together with Army Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim, who was supposed to testify in the hearing and some of the soldiers who were supposed to guard them, marched on the city streets and holed up inside The Peninsula Manila hotel.
Hundreds of policemen and soldiers quickly surrounded and laid siege on the hotel. The rebel officers and their civilian allies did not stand a chance when a joint team from the AFP and PNP, backed up by an armored personnel carrier, forcibly entered the hotel.
Lim and Trillanes were quickly recaptured, but the slippery Faeldon managed to escape during the confusion after the attack on the hotel.
From fugitive to nuisance
Immediately after The Peninsula Manila incident, the PNP offered a million peso bounty for anyone who provides information leading to Faeldon’s arrest.
It’s been 2 years since the reward was offered, and so far, Faeldon remains at large.
Many believe Faeldon continues to elude authorities because he has been receiving help from soldiers sympathetic to his cause, an assertion that the AFP consistently denies.
It is a denial, however, that rings hollow to many ears because of what happened to Rivas, a former military lawyer.
On April 17, 2008, the AFP officially declared that Faeldon is no longer considered a military threat. For the military, Faeldon is now just a nagging nuisance.