After the Spanish invasion – after the Japanese occupation, after the American rule and after the Martial Law Regime – it is great to have, commemorate, and celebrate the Philippine Independence Day! And with the end of a dictatorship through the imposition of Martial Law for about a dangerous and fearful decade – it is exhilarating to have and to hold the Philippine Constitution that clearly and emphatically affirms the following impressive Preamble:
“We, the sovereign Filipino people, imploring the aid of Almighty God, in order to build a just and humane society and establish a Government that shall embody our ideals and aspirations, promote the common good, conserve and develop our patrimony, and secure to ourselves and our posterity the blessings of independence and democracy under the rule of law and regime of truth, justice, freedom, love, equality, and peace, do ordain and promulgate this Constitution.” (The Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines: Preamble)
Call is emancipation, liberty or autonomy, say it is freedom, democracy or sovereignty, name it Self-Government, Self-Rule, Self-Determination – all these are in accord with the intrinsic value of human life, the import of human dignity, the significance of human rights. In other words, all the said personal attributions and social realities are pursuant to the singular nature and ingrained nobility of the human person. As the center of the created universe, it is understandable that the universe itself may not but bring about the good and welfare of the human person.
To those who say that no one can eat independence, that independence is not an answer to poverty, that what people need are jobs, houses, and the satisfaction of their day-to-day needs, it might be good to remind them that independence poses the following challenges to them – in the following order of importance: First is the choice of their leaders with governing competence, personal integrity and sound work ethic. Second is their vigilance for the maintenance of peace and order in their communities, and denouncement of incompetence and/or irregularities committed by their public servants whom they continuously pay with their likewise continuous payment of direct and indirect taxes. Third is their own consistent effort and industry in earning in living for themselves and their families.
Notwithstanding all negative facts to the contrary existing in the country today, there is still reason to say with sincerity and honesty: “HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!”