Wednesday, September 20, 2006


“Destabilization”. This is the in-word now as far as the present administration is concerned. The way the executive branch of government speaks and acts, it sees destabilization practically everywhere involving practically everybody. In the right, the left and the center even. It is enough that one be critical of Malacañang to earn the title of “destabilizer”. That is why there are professionals, opposition figures, pastors as well as bishops who are either openly or implicitly identified as suspects of destabilization.

The truth is that there are more and more people who expressly question the integrity of the national leadership, who disapprove its lofty vision vis-à-vis its dismal performance. Graft and corruption in the government continue as a matter of course—notwithstanding the loudly proclaimed 1 billion pesos to counter them. Summary executions and abductions go on as ordinary events—inspite of the Melo Commission allegedly established to investigate and thereby stop the wanton killings in the country.

That is why not few people say that Malacañang is so nervous of losing its grip on power that it has become paranoid to the point that it sees enemies in practically every nook and corner in the land. This could also be the reason why there is still an increasing number of violations of human dignity, human rights and human lives. Even the international community is already much bothered by these inhuman atrocities in the country under the present administration.

In its present local context, the plain and simple understanding of “destabilization” is the effort of certain individuals, organizations and groups to unseat the principal and allies of those in tenure of national power and might. Reason: these are perceived to be purveyors of wanton abuse and flagrant deceit. Most of all, they are seen as promoters of social injustice which is the worse curse than can befall a country.

In more ways than one, there are marked indications that the destabilization of the present government is its own making. The country is more deeply divided. The people are much poorer. The economy is in a marked retreat mode. There is little capital and there is even less work. These are definitely not the premises of socio-political stability.

+O.V. CRUZ, D.D.
20 September 2006