Saturday, August 05, 2006


It was all right when people began staging their rallies, marches and demonstrations against the previous government. It was very acceptable when the military withdrew its support from the past administration. It was simply perfect when the present national leadership was placed into office by people power.

But after the assumption of power and influence, the incumbent governing class is very resentful of popular dissent, overly suspicious of people’s assemblies, too nervous of street marches. No holds are barred from decrees, proclamations to water canons.

Indications and evidence of graft and corruption abound. Reports of official lies, cheating and stealing are endless. Facts of extrajudicial killings, disappearances and threats are recorded. Yet, the administration with all its agencies remain in peace and at ease.

But the same office and bureaus all spring to investigate gear and accusative mode the moment one or two discredited individuals come forward— not exactly on their own nor for free— to accuse certain persons of the now overused and misused word “destabilization”. Translation: there are one too many individuals who feel depression and frustration with the present governance. These are the times when to be pro-administration is embarrassing while to be en contra is a badge of courage and honor.

It might be good to ask: why? Why is the present government much distrusted and discredited? Why is the actual national leadership keep getting distinctly low approval ratings? Why was no less than a record 16, 000 duly equipped and many of them even armed needed to “watch, protect and defend” the 2006 SONA site?

Why? Are people the cause or is government the problem? Are the Filipinos bad or is the administration no good? Is the country poor or are certain individuals making themselves too rich? Needless to say, these are but rhetorical questions whereas even the blind, the deaf and the dumb already know the right answers thereto.

It might be also timely to remind those now at top of the heap, the only way left for them is down. Those they trampled upon on their way up are also the people they will meet on their way down. This is the living lesson of history.

+O. V. CRUZ, D.D.
5 AUGUST 2006