This, in a tweet, is how Chief Yellowtard Economist JC Punongbayan describes the government of current Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte…
A despotic, inept, and petty regime that polarized our political landscape, induced the backsliding of our democracy, and compromised our national sovereignty like never before.
Punongbayan forgets, however, that it was Duterte’s predecessor, former President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III who, rather than wear the national colours, wore his party’s yellow coloured ribbon on public occasions over the entirety of his term.
In contrast, Duterte even during his campaign in the lead up to his victory in the 2016 elections brought back the tradition of wearing the national colours that was all but lost over the 30 years that the Yellowtards ruled the Philippines’ political narrative.
Yellowtards like Punongbayan need to get their facts straight before issuing such baseless assertions. They fail to realise that it is this bad habit that lost them an entire nation.
It’s that time of the year again when Filipinos pretend that they are a 100+ year-old independent country. But the issue of whether or not the Philippines actually was a nation since 1898 remains debatable to this day.
After all, it remains a fact that the United States granted the Philippines independence on the 4th of July 1946.
For all the screeching about “historical revisionism” our ears are subject to, the biggest piece of revisionism seems to be glossed over every year.
Perhaps it is time Filipinos settle this once and for all. When did the Philippines really WIN independence?
Great nations rocket men to the moon, invent democracy and (ironically) liberalism, develop longer lasting lightbulbs, and make movies and music that bring joy to BILLIONS.
Filipinos hang out on a highway to make tusok fishball and call that their “most genuine nation moment”.
The fact that millions of Filipinos still think that way is probably the single biggest piece of damage wrought by the Yellowtards upon Philippine society. They have turned an entire people into an oligarch-worshipping lot incapable of an independent thought of their life depended on it.
It’s high time Filipinos give themselves a bit more credit and aspire to achieve greater things. Mediocrity is an easy sauce to sell and an even cheaper product to manufacture in bulk — which is why the yellow sauce was for so long the secret behind the Yellowtards’ previous poltical domination.
The present government is really no different to any preceding government. It is run by Pinoys, and therefore proposes Pinoy solutions to (perceived) Pinoy problems … which, more often than not, are actually symptoms, not the problem itself.
Pinoy leaders refuse to look outside of their narrow viewpoint because they can’t. They’re too Proud. To admit that they don’t know everything would strike at the very core of their being.
It will, unfortunately, take an outsider to fix this. My prediction is that China will try to frame the Philippines as a threat to international stability (which, in fact, it is) and use that as an excuse to install a “peacekeeping force”. This will then be used as a beachhead for an economic takeover and de facto colonization. If Xi manages to consolidate his stranglehold over the CCP, this could happen before 2030.
Up to a point, that would be good for the country. The culture of violence, stupidity and laziness will not be tolerated, and that will fix a lot of problems. On the other hand, if you could choose your occupier, I personally wouldn’t choose China. It would be far better to call for international assistance now, while you can still do it on your own terms.
First of all, we referred to the national anthem as the “Bayang Magiliw” when we were kids. We all knew what we were referring to when we called it that. Being told it is actually “Lupang Hinirang” is nice, but it comes across like being told to refer to a chair as “salumpuwet” rather than “silya”.
Second, and to the point, why the emphasis on dying for your country, the punchline at the end of the song which goes ang mamatay nang dahil sa yo…?
Maybe this is the reason the Philippines never developed a strong martial tradition and a proud military that mirrors this. Perhaps it is because Filipinos are encouraged to die rather than to live and achieve.
It’s time a more positive spin be put in what defines the Filipino. Achievement is done by the living, not the dead. Strong nations are built when its people live and win, and not die and be wistfully remembered vaguely as “heroes”.
It’s nice of supermodel Kelsey Merritt to assert her “Filipinoness” in a recent tweet she fielded…
Pinanganak ako sa Pilipinas at lumaki ako sa Pampanga. Tinapos ko ang pagaaral ko sa Manila bago ako lumipat sa US last year. Mas pinoy pa dugo ko kesa sa mga “pure” na hindi pa nakatapak sa Pilinipas. I love my country and I’m proud of where I came from.
Translated: “I was born in the Philippines and grew up in Pampanga. I finished my studies in Manila before I moved to the US last year. My blood is more Filipino than so-called “pure” Filipinos who haven’t been to the Philippines. I love my country and I’m proud of where I came from.”
Perhaps. But having a certain type of “blood” is not what determines who is or isn’t Filipino. There are large communities of Filipinos who do not fit Merritt’s definition of being Filipino on the basis of “dugo”.
We need to embrace the notion that being a nation is no longer about race. It is about being who you are in the context of the country (or countries) you choose to contribute to.