FOR the past nine years or more, the ruling administration with its ever ready and obedient chorale periodically sing the same old tune and tiring song with the supposedly menacing and harassing title “Destabilization”. Translation: Beware of anybody criticizing specially the executive branch of government. Away with everybody who distrusts and rejects the national leadership. Neutralize all people who dare disapprove the Malacañang occupant and want her out of the palace. And the standard targets of such nervous chants are the disillusioned members of the armed forces, the disgusted political opposition, the dissatisfied business leaders, the angry civic and religious organizations of the young and old alike—in that order of priority. This is why as there are more and more protest rallies and demonstrations, so too those listed in the so called “Order of Battle” as far as the present government is concerned, is becoming longer and just as those named are more and more documented.
In response to such already regular and even expected warnings of “Destabilization” plot here and there, now and then—at times with veritable hallucinatory origins—it might be good to forward the following known and given much more significant socio-political realities of long standing in this country of rather simple, patient peaceful people:
One: Instability is the name of the incumbent national and supreme leadership since it assumed power and might after the anything but honest, orderly and peaceful elections in 2004. The much rehearsed dramatic plea of “I am sorry” did not fly, much less did it pacified the people. Since then, the many labels of deceit and the numerous brands of lie continue to stick to the rightly or wrongly perceived illegitimate public official. In short, the political instability in the country is a long standing reality in the land.
Two: With the long and nauseating list of enormous graft and colossal corrupt practices—courtesy of the government from top to bottom, with consequent of millions of poorer and hungrier people—it would be downright quixotic for Malacañang to expect popular contentment and gratitude, true stability and peace in the country as a whole. This is in line with the simple cause and effect principle. Cause the oppression and depression of people, and the effect is the pursuit of radical reform through radical change possibly by a radical move, i.e., “destabilization”.
Three: The practice of regular national surveys by different local firms and foreign agencies with their likewise regularly released result, have been and are consistent in one and the same fact, viz., as the rating of government corruption progressively rises in degree and extent, the rating of trust and approval of the leader of government also gradually goes down. As of this writing, more and more governed Filipinos distrust and disapprove their prime governor. Hence: Destabilization? What’s new? Big deal!
21 November 2008