Monday, December 02, 2013

Reality Check

After some three years have passed and with some three more years to go, the administration better make an honest-to-goodness reality check on the state of the nation. Repeated official elocutions, no matter how promising and nice they sound, will not sell anymore. Mere supposedly genuine glowing approval ratings through alleged repeated surveys will not either sell any longer. In the same way, primetime TV appearances – in addition to propaganda TV footages in order to explain someone’s disappearance every now and then – will no longer do the trick. The previous euphoria felt and seen at the beginning of this administration, is now pitifully gone.

No matter what Moody’s claims and other foreign market agencies say, the socio-economic liability of the country is all over the land. There are now more poor and miserable Filipinos. The OFW phenomenon continues – except when Filipinos are no longer welcome in certain places in the world. Local, regional as well as national peace and order are but an imagination. Criminality is a matter-of-fact social feature. Graft and corruption are institutionalized. Justice is stagnant in pace – if not actually very much slower than a turtle’s pace. And if economy is bad, politics is much worse. All these are not merely negativism but living realism.

In the history of this country whose culture has ingrained musical features, it has become customary that songs are composed and sung to deliver the sad messages that ordinary people readily understand – precisely because they are the first ones immersed in the pitiful realities forwarded by the songs. One of such more recent songs has the following introductory lyrics that clearly and emphatically convey the more and more glaring reality of the big distance and pitiful difference between the very few ridiculously rich and the quasi-innumerable miserably poor people in the Philippines:

“Kayo po na nakaupo,
Subukan ninyo naman tumayo.
At baka matanaw, at baka matanaw ninyo,
Ang tunay na kalagayan ko.”

The above revealing lyrics are but the introduction to more revealing and saddening ground-realities obtaining in the country. For example, it points out at palatial houses with big lots full of expensive cars, protected by high walls – and attentively watched by many security guards continuously whispering to one another usually through their hand-held radios. Then, the singer describes the poverty and misery of his family. Needless to say, the song is but one of others that ultimately tell the present administration: Wake up! Stop dreaming! Be real!