If there is one thing that can be fully attributed to the perilous ingenuity of the ruling administration, something that can be altogether credited to shady expertise of the reigning government, it is the emergence of a “New Commandment”—a novel imperative under the heavy penalty of vengeance and retribution: thou shall not tell the truth. This simply means any of the following dangerous injunctions when someone dares say the truth concretely about glaring graft and lecherous corrupt practices of high ranking public officials: you then immediately become the subject-object of continuous surveillance and different threats. You thus immediately emerge as a glaring target of many different court civil and criminal cases. You wherefore automatically transit into a “justifiable” issue—whatever this means. So bad yet so true!
Before the surreptitious coming of this actual regime, the hallowed principle was “The truth shall set you free.” Now, the mortal observance is telling the truth will land you either in a dirty jail with putrid surroundings—or in quest of a dependable sanctuary, a truly safe house or something the like. Before the questionable advent of this government-in-fact, truthfulness was a virtue, veracity was an honor. Now, telling the truth is a pitiful vice, being truthful is one big constant danger. Here is the now Golden Rule: shut up! Stand down! Stay still! Standing up for what is right and saying the truth as it is—such is both dangerous and deadly option during these times of wanton official deceits and formal falsities.
There are many Cams’ Lozadas’ and Gadians’ in the country who however walk but the side-roads and remain simply in the by-ways. They have not caught local much less foreign attention and concern. They have remained unnamed before the public, kept unknown to the media. A good number of them either just disappeared into thin air or simply disposed of through notorious extrajudicial killings that even the relevant world organizations concerned, well know and accordingly denounce. Thus it is that this otherwise endearing and peaceful country is now ignominiously known as a most dangerous place for truthful media practitioners, truthful labor and truthful peasant leaders.
Lying is honorable. Cheating is profitable. Deceiving is comfortable and fruitful. Truth is inconvenient, hazardous and precarious. These are but some of the novel maxims affirmed and promoted by the national leadership—together with its well favored minions, much rewarded cohorts and amply paid allied forces. Otherwise, Malacañang would not be that much untrustworthy and discredited, that popularly depreciated and rejected in its too long and depressing governance.
It is both proper and just to remember: “Thou shall not tell the truth! Telling the truth is taboo. Stay away from truth. The truth shall make you chained. Just be out of the way and keep quiet.”
24 June 2009