Look around you. The Philippines is exactly the way it was back before Ninoy died. The changes are all superficial and, for several decades, were packaged inside a nice Yellow box that, generations of Filipinos were told, represents a “revolution”.
Even if there was, such a “revolution”, again, so what?
There was one in Russia back in 1917 that went on to create this monstrosity called the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). Filipinos are sort of lucky in that context. It took half a century for Russians and their hapless “comrades” over much of Eurasia that got roped into the Soviet empire to realise it was all a lie. It took only thirty years for the same thing to happen in the Philippines.
What the Russians did right, however, was correct the historical account. It renamed Leningrad back to St Petersburg, for example and took down all those horrible monuments of their failed “revolution” except, perhaps for some to remind them of the horror of it all. It’s time Filipinos did the same — so that they could move on to better things, and better thinking.
It’s hard to rest easy when you know communist front organisations are on the prowl for fresh blood in the Philippines’ school campuses. According to testimonies in a recent Senate hearing, much of this recruitment happens outside of that tony circle of elite chi chi schools like the Ateneo de Manila and the De La Salle schools. It seems, these two schools have somehow remained relatively immune to the communist infestation ravaging other institutions of learning. One wonders if there is something about security guidelines in those two schools that sets them apart from all the rest.
Why, for example, is there no Anakbayan chapter at the Ateneo? Interestingly, enough, there is one operating at the De La Salle University. Does this mean the Ateneo, on account of not having an Anakbayan infestation, is even more chi chi than DLSU? On Facebook, Anakbayan DLSU calls itself Anakbayan Vito Cruz — perhaps to assert coverage of its operatives over both DLSU and St Scholastica’s College (a school known, not surprisingly, for its militant student body) on the other side of Taft Avenue.
Could it be that parents of Ateneans exert more pressure on school administrators to ensure their kids are safe from communist recruitment? Note this chilling excerpt from the About page of Anakbayan Vito Cruz describing their organisation as being “open to all Filipino youths (ages 13-35 yrs. old) as long as they are willing to actively uphold the Program of the Organization.”
From thirteen years old. It seems Anakbayan include minors in their recruitment operations. These are then expected to “uphold the Program of the Organization”. Nowhere in its About page (as of this writing) does it require parental consent when it comes to its regard for minors. Chilling indeed. Kudos to the exceptional foresight of the administration of the Ateneo for locating its campus far away from the epicentre of militantism at Manila’s “University Belt” and, seemingly, applying strict guidelines around the types of organisations allowed to operate within it.
Teddy Casino reportedly clarified that communist front organisations like Anakbayan recruit members to involve them in their activist campaigns supposedly related to student and national “issues”.
“Malinaw sa mga charters ng mga ‘yan ay ang nire-recruit nila ay mga kasapian nila para ipaglaban ang iba’t ibang isyung pang-estudyante at pambayan. Ngayon, if it so happens na ‘yung ilang kasapian nila ay nagdesisyon na magrebelde at mamundok, ibang usapin ‘yun,” he said.
…which leads one to wonder what exactly that “ibang usapan” means.
It is important to note that in nowhere in his statements does Casino categorically assert that (1) Anakbayan is not affiliated with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) or that (2) he denounces the activities of its terrorist arm, the New People’s Army (NPA).
Indeed, the key insight in this report on Casino’s statement is not what he said but what he didn’t say.
This, it seems is a communication trick he consistently applied not just in his press releases but also on social media…
Walang mali sa pagiging #Aktibista. Si Digong dating aktibista. Nanay niya aktibista rin. Ang mga aktibista naglilingkod sa masa at nagsusulong ng reporma sa lipunan.
In a recent tweet, Kabataan (Youth) Partylist Representative Sarah Elago clarified that she is not a member of the New People’s Army (NPA), the terrorist arm of the Communist Party of the Philippines.
Kabataan Partylist Representative ako, proud na kinatawan ng mga pag-asa ng bayan, hindi NPA. Usapang pangkapayaan ang aming sinusuportahan.
Translated to English:
“I am a member of the Kabataan Partylist, proud to embody the hope of the nation, not [a member of] the NPA. It is peace dialogue that we support.”
Well, that’s certainly on record now. Elago is “not NPA”, she says. Does that mean she is not a communist? Perhaps Elago needs to provide a full clarification of her overall leanings rather than serve her constituents piecemeal information. To put the whole question to rest, right?
Thing is, statements like these are off-the-hip reactions to memes about her circulating the Net. Much of what she does is merely react to “red tagging” and “fake news” as she does in this one…
ALERTO: HINDI PO SA AKIN GALING ANG PAHAYAG NA ITO! HINDI GALING SA KABATAAN ANG PHOTO QUOTE NA ITO!
Lumabas na ito noong Agosto 2018 matapos ang mga matagumpay na pagdiriwang natin ng Linggo ng Kabataan at International Youth Day. Lumabas na naman po ngayon mula… pic.twitter.com/mZ3xkACS0V
Elago really needs to get ahead of the curve rather than be a couple of steps behind chasing her tail and reacting to every piece of “fake news” that shows up on her little radar. There is a deeper strategic challenge she faces here — her reputation with the broader electorate which seems to be more like a crisis of credibility owing to a persistent perception that she is a communist.
The communist front organisation League of Filipino Students (LFS) recently posted a statement on Facebook that presumes to speak for the youths it recruits into its so-called “activism”. Calling them the “Anak Ng Bayan” (children of the commune), the LFS statement is fashioned in the form of a collective “open letter” from these youths to their parents.
The statement calls on Filipino parents to “leave us to be good children of the commune”…
Kaya’t sa pagkakataong ito, hayaan ninyo kaming maging mabubuting anak ng bayan. Dahil kung mayroon man kaming natutunan mula sa inyo, ito ay ang kahandaang hamakin ang kahit anong kahirapan para sa kabutihan, ang magmahal at mag-aruga labas sa sariling kapakanan. Sa inyo kami humuhugot ng lakas at inspirasyon para piliing lumaban.
As can be observed in the tone of their rhetoric, organisations like the LFS are the stuff of parents’ nightmares. Knowing that predatory organisations like these infest the Philippines’ university and high school campuses is enough to send chills up parents’ spines knowing that their kids are left to their devices.
It is time we talked about communist fronts like the LFS and Anakbayan. When will enough be enough??
Recent stories about parents losing their kids possibly to the terrorist New People’s Army (NPA) have prompted Filipinos to apply closer scrutiny to communist front organisations operating with impunity on university and high school campuses. Many fear that these organisations serve as recruitment agents supplying the NPA with young indoctrinated combatants and support personnel.
Three of the missing were senior high school students of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, while one was from the Far Eastern University and one from the University of the East Manila. All of them are allegedly recruited by Anakbayan.
Jovita Antoniano said her Grade 11 daughter was an obedient and happy child before she joined the group. She said it has been a year since she lost communication with her daughter.
“We were disappointed with the absence of Rep. Sarah Elago during the Senate hearing called by Senator (Ronald) dela Rosa. We wanted her to explain how her organization, as well as the other Kamatayan (Makabayan) bloc organizations mentioned by the crying parents like Bayan Muna, are being patriotic (Makabayan) by causing the disappearance of their children, who are supposed to be in school,” Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Deputy Chief-of-Staff for Civil-Military Operations, Major Gen. Antonio Parlade, Jr., said in a statement sent to the Philippine News Agency Wednesday.
It is becoming increasingly evident that these are dangerous organisations that threaten the well-being of Filipino students. It is baffling, indeed, that they are allowed to continue to infest the campuses of institutions of learning and exploit the impressionable minds of young people.
Elago, for now, remains resolute in the righteousness of her “cause” and that of the militant communist front organisations she seemingly represents.
It’s laughable how so-called investigative journalist Raissa Robles got triggered into ranting against an article about journalists. Robles still thinks she is God’s Gift to Journalism when in fact, her only motivation to write is to sell her books against Marcos and Martial Law.
Raissa Robles never criticised the Aquinos and their allies in any significant way. And yet here she is in typical form…
Hilarious 😜 when someone who has never practiced journalism a day in his life pontificates about "legitimate journalists" 😂🤣😉 For me a legitimate journalist is someone who throws tomatoes at the powers-that-be, constantly. 😎
For that matter, journalists are supposed to report the news, not “throw tomatoes” at the politicians they don’t like. For a so-called “investigative journalist”, most of Raissa’s articles are baseless and mere innuendoes.
Respected journalists like Jessica Soho, for example, remain objective even as they deliver confronting messages to their audience. Folks like that serve as an example of what journalism really is. Raissa Robles, on the other hand, brings nothing but shame to her profession.
What the heck has happened to Filipino “activism”? It’s become so schizophrenic and confused that it is now beyond all recognition. The country’s foremost “activists” are now rabidly and desperately calling for foreign intervention. Even top Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) honcho Joma Sison is calling for no less than the United States to come to the rescue of their hapless “proletariat”. ABS-CBN News reports that “Sison says US could order arrest of ‘traitor’ Duterte”…
“Without firing a single shot, the US can easily instruct its following within the military and police forces under Duterte to take him into custody as a traitor and to install vice president Robredo as the constitutional successor,” Sison said in a statement.
This position of the Philippines’ top commie runs counter to the sloganeering infrastructure of the vast community of university campus “cause oriented groups” infested by his own comrades.
This is the reason why Filipino “activists” — specially the communist variety amongst them — have lost all credibility. Indeed it is quite dishonest of them to be blaming everything that they think is “wrong” in the Philippines on anything or anyone other than themselves.
Sison has joined his pal Rappler CEO Maria Ressa in what had become the prevalent intellectually-dishonest “activist” approach of the 21st Century: Mentally-colonial “activism”.
STAND WITH THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG!
EXPOSE AND OPPOSE CHINA EXTRADITION!
The League of Filipino Students stands in solidarity with thousands of Hong Kong protesters, majorly led by students, in their fight against the proposed reading of pro-Beijing Hong Kong administration’s Extradition Bill.
You must strive to consolidate your ranks through studies, tasking of members and checking their work. Consolidation leads to immediate and long-term expansion. In fact it means you expand the number of the most conscious and most militant members. As part of consolidation, the current pool of members is also required to recruit new members.
Why would communists oppose their own motherland’s consolidation of their own authority over an outpost of capitalism — an affront to their state ideology — that they had tolerated for almost a hundred years? The People’s Republic of China, after all, is a communist state. One would expect that Filipino communists would be aware of that fact.
The astounding inconsistency of the “activism” of Filipino communists as evident in the baffling position its front organisations like the LFS would take is why they continue to fail to redeem their lost credibility.