There must be a thousand and one substantial and incidental contrasts existing in the country, the most distinct and appalling one being the great divide between the powerful and the helpless who are identified with the wealthy and the impoverished, the shrewd and the naïve--the exploiters and the exploited. Truth to say, the most notable and detestable contrast in Philippine society is one so obvious to still point out and dangerous to seriously dwell on, viz., the deep and wide contrast between those few who govern and the millions who are governed. The contrast is not only devious but also odious, not simply annoying but truly revolting.
This disgusting and repulsive socio-political phenomenon in this supposedly “Bayan Magiliw” has in fact become more and more gross and lethal particularly in the past seven years--discounting only the Japanese regime. This is not to say that it was very much better than before. But it is certainly much worse this time. And given the big distrust and high disapproval rating of the ruling administration not only among Filipinos but also before the international community, it is extremely hard to believe that the national psyche could even realistically think of better days ahead--especially come 2010 which is foreseen as an ominous year,
The contrast is like an enormous and bottomless abyss particularly between the one gloriously reigning chief-commander and the miserably suffering lowly impoverished millions of people all over the land. The supreme ruler is not only known for being endowed with the wide and thick mantle of immunity, but also stands over and above the law premised on truth, integrity and honesty--and furthermore acts outside the sphere of ethics plus the moral order marking the difference between right and wrong, between good and evil. According to the Good Book, even Divinity respects ethical norms and moral principles. On the other hand, the people are looked upon as lowly subjects to be treated with patronizing disdain and periodically thrown charity crumbs to appease their hunger and to show them who is their boss-chief and some kind of petty divinity of “Perpetual Help”. Such is the operative premise of the cryptically called “Katas ng Vat”--in addition to the loudly proclaimed and acclaimed some grocery grants here and there, to this and that chosen community.
This study of contrast has just been so realistically and shamelessly illustrated when the Malacañang occupant together with amply blessed and loyal court of followers, happily left the country with class, proudly met with influential individuals, threw lavish parties, occupied luxurious hotels--while thousands of Filipinos met devastating calamities, lost their lives and properties and to this writing have neither enough food to eat nor clean water to drink. The contrast cannot be more horrible and abominable.
When will such a callous and flagrant governance end? How long must the people suffer? To what extent should the country endure ignominy specially in the Asian continent?
30 June 2008