Peace is the foundation of development. It unites people, builds industry, promotes social solidarity and economic development. The work for national peace, its permanence and strength by and large depends on the national leadership of a country. Very fortunate and blessed are those nations whose heads are not only desirous and able to bring peace to their people, but also able and decided of so doing—not by force nor intimidation, not by violating their human rights nor curtailing their inherent freedom.
That peace is equal to development and progress is neither a truth hard to prove nor a reality difficult to understand. As a logical consequence, it is neither a profound conclusion to make that those who precisely cause social disorder and havoc are squarely accountable for underdevelopment of society, the poverty and misery of people.
Woe therefore to the citizens who are lead by lying, cheating and stealing individuals. Curse are those citizens who are governed by persons who are accused of blatant graft and corruption, who are strongly suspect of anomalous financial transactions as well as odious transactional politics. These are leaders who precisely cause discontent among the people, dissent in the streets, disorder in society.
How convenient it is when those leaders who cause social discontent and desperation accuse their followers for adversely reacting to such detestable leadership. It then becomes well understandable that those supposed to honor and respect them, ridicule and belittle them—and probably eventually want them out of their way even through whatever possible means.
How strange that it is precisely the unsuited leaders who want to stay in power, live in affluence and hold influence. This is the standing lesson of history—particularly in the Philippines. This explains the basic rationale of such cryptic and deceptive enactments as CPR, Executive Order 464, Proclamation of National Emergency, General Order No. 5—and others that could follow soon.
All the above are applicable to the pitiful Philippine situation—to the national leadership in the country that blames the citizens for complaining and despairing, that is prosecuting instead of serving them.
3 March 2006