Why the Philippines Cannot Move On…a personal reflection

A lot of people say “life is like a wheel-sometimes you’re up, and sometimes you’re down.” However, I say that “life is like a staircase-we have to learn from a mistake and move one step up.”

You may be asking me, why I introduced my note this way. It is because, our mentality of life is very limited.

Watching the news these past nights, several of them talked about the 2004 presidential elections and the 2007 senatorial elections. I wondered why these issues were only brought up today.Years have passed and no one made a move about it. It was just a sad story.

Seeing a light, I was able to say in a chat with my grandmother that basically, the Philippines cannot move on because a lot of Filipinos live by the past, and never wanted to wake up and face reality and never to just accept and learn from what had happened. We always go back as if no tomorrow could be seen, and never asked ourselves “what could I do to avoid the same mistake?”

We Filipinos belong to a very blessed land, a land of freedom and a land of possible future success. But, why is it that few Filipinos experience this? Why is it that we always claim that there is no hope for the country? What have we done?

We kept and still keeps on complaining about the things that had happened-like the 2004 and 2007 elections. It is just, I believe one way of keeping secrets to the Filipino people, the secrets of what really are happening around. Though, we may say that it’s right but seeing this in the macro level, it is as visible in the micro level.

We say that these government officials are causing graft and corruption, but have we ever said that “I contributed to this?” How? through the system of “utang na loob” and “palakasan” as a hypocrite would say. These are not basically generosity, but corruption. (To be generous means giving without asking anything in return)

Going back to the point of moving on, I thought of sharing this idea par excellence I have:

Let us help the government and every Filipino to move on with the light of the Filipino and Christian virtue that we have. Let us not put each other down, and instead help each other to move forward. Let us not be solely dependent with what the government could do, they need the help of every citizen. Let us not have the mentality of “ako, ikaw, at siya,” instead, let us have “tayo.”

In the upcoming State of the Nation Adress of the president, perhaps, what I suggest is for us to listen and be with him.

Lastly, let us live by the present, not the past nor the future.

“Together, we can make a difference.”

11 Comments

  1. Then perhaps, we could all start a movement or an organization that will be able to promote an excellent market of change or adjustments with the system of the government. There are people who are naturally leaders since they were born with it. Some are followers, some are plainly as they are.

  2. Perhaps, if some of you’re asking to get the culprits and give sentence to what they’ve done, that’s good, but there is more important things than that and in that way, we all could move on. Let’s see life as a staircase that we have to move on, process the past, and learn something from it.

  3. While the parliamentary system is an enormous improvement over US-style government, unless and until Filipinos stop voting for utter crap as their elected representatives the system of government will continue to be irrelevant. I mean, any country that elects Imelda Marcos and two of her offspring to important positions clearly has no interest in moving forward!

    • As with all things in the Philippines, EDUCATION is the key.The Philippines should spend more money on building classrooms and buying MODERN textbooks.There are WAY too many school holidays. Filipino children need to be in school as much as possible. Also,teachers’pay needs to be raised…a LOT..and…they need to know they will always be getting a paycheck. Sometimes those paychecks don’t come regularly. If you educate the children properly, maybe we can have some sensible,educated, reasonable adults some day in the Philippines and then…and only then…can the Philippines MOVE ON.

  4. While the parliamentary system is an enormous improvement over US-style government, unless and until Filipinos stop voting for utter crap as their elected representatives the system of government will continue to be irrelevant. I mean, any country that elects Imelda Marcos and two of her offspring to important positions clearly has no interest in moving forward!

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