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I was not in favor or in opposition of the Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LnmB)

When President Rodrigo R. Duterte announced that he will allow the burial of former president Ferdinand Edralin Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, it made rounds in the media as the most controversial move ever–by a populist president.

Of course, I was hoping that Marcos would eventually be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani–for some reason. But first, lemme tell you why I was neutral about it.

1.) He said that he wanted to be buried beside his mother. However, his family insisted that he should be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Why not follow his last wishes? At least, you could ensure that he could rest in peace.

2.) There are still a lot of Yellow Bleeding Hearts.

They make the trouble. Of course, I want their mouth shut. So, yeah.

3.) We could discuss it later.

Same situation as #2.

Why don’t I oppose it, either?

There came when the Supreme Court issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the Marcos burial. Well, I said, “Doesn’t matter. What’s important is that, he could be buried.”

Well, I was expecting the worst (a NO from the Supreme Court), but hoped for the best. In other words, I did not oppose it, either. Here, Marcos was a former soldier and president. He served the country well. Plus, admit it or not, he did A LOT OF THINGS that not even the two Yellow presidents did during their respective tenures.

Good news is, you don’t have to owe him and his family a huge debt of gratitude. Why, did the Marcos family said, “Filipinos who are Marcos loyalists are only allowed to enter PICC, NLEX, SLEX, use the LRT,” and get a “Loyalty Card”? Of course not, even former First Lady and now Rep. Imelda Marcos was fairly generous to conceptualize these things–and the Marcoses never asked everyone something in return.

The only mistake that the Marcoses did is this: They did not pay their debts on time (including national debt). Henceforth, the plunging of the Philippine economy, nearing the end of their regime.

The Inconvenient Truth has finally arrived

Surprisingly, the Supreme Court voted IN FAVOR of Marcos being buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LnmB), after the TRO surpassed time. That TRO tho is actually a sign that the people should give the SC more time to review Marcos’s qualifications to be buried there.

Yes, it’s an inconvenient truth. I myself, respected the law, whether I liked it–or I liked it. You may insist that Marcos is NOT a hero. Well, I think so too, that Marcos is not a legit hero–but he could a hero in some way.

Unlike Ninoy Aquino.

Seriously, this inconvenient truth actually made the so-called “victims” of Martial Law cry until their deaths. I don’t care about them anymore. In fact, the Philippines and the Filipinos could finally achieve the true sense of freedom–under a firm and feisty leader–who is President Rody Duterte.

But still–I do not buy the fact that Marcos is a hero

Only loyalists, and the opposition will think of him as a hero. I am not going to believe that he’s a hero, to think that he did something for the motherland. In fact, Martial Law could have been a friendly gush of wind, or a hostile storm–as a matter of fact, Marcos has to declare Martial Law, because he was the president during the height of the Cold War–that means, communist insurgency + domino effect.

However, I have an interesting quote to share.

But… why did dictatorship still not worked for the Philippines, but for Tiger Economies of the rest of Southeast Asia, yes?

Our ruling class, on the other hand, have had a penchant for identifying themselves with our colonizers. They identify themselves with Spain (where many of them originated) and the US, and in recent decades, with China. For them, this nation is simply a market or a production site with cheap labor, not really their homes. They simply cooperate or even use this market’s political rulers, whether a dictator or elected by deluded masses. This kind of thinking, that nationalism is an unnecessary baggage, has even trickled down to the masses, so that many Filipinos even think somebody like Grace Poe-Llamanzares, who became an American citizen, should be President.

Most of our elites, in fact, have their biggest mansions in London, Barcelona, Los Angeles and New York, and in recent years, in Shenzhen and Hong Kong. All their children study abroad, and have little cultural ties now to the country. Why, even their children no longer speak Pilipino, but English, and more recently, Mandarin. Pilipino is just the language they use to talk to their servants.

This is the reason why the Lopezes, Osmenas and the Aquino-led Cojuangcos have been propagating the Yellow Myth of Good-vs-Evil, with the elites supporting it, and even the Left believing it: It conceals the reality that through dictatorship and democracy, the elites continue to screw the masses.

Source: Bobby Tiglao’s column in The Manila Times

As a matter of fact, the elites of the Philippines, whether we like it or not, have an important role in our society. They’re supposed to promote the Filipino culture, right? Looking at this clause:

Our ruling class, on the other hand, have had a penchant for identifying themselves with our colonizers.

Whoa! I was wondering as well, since the Adarna clan of Cebu have always been proud of their Cebuano heritage, despite the fact that most of their clan members are of Chinese, Spanish, and German descent. In fact, the Adarna kids, despite being fluent in English, speaks Bisaya/Cebuano as their first language/mother tongue. Same goes with the Dutertes. Even though the former Elizabeth Zimmermann-Duterte is of Spanish, German, and American descent–still manages to have her children speak Bisaya as their mother tongue.

This made me wonder that the Visayans are more patriotic compared to the Imperial Manilenyos–or the Tagalog speakers.

To think, the Visayan language (Binisaya, derived from the Cebuano language) has more Spanish loanwords than the Tagalog (officially called as Filipino) language.

All their children study abroad, and have little cultural ties now to the country. Why, even their children no longer speak Pilipino, but English, and more recently, Mandarin. Pilipino is just the language they use to talk to their servants.

I am so sad, that even our own Mikee Carrion (Filipino-Spanish model) is now in the US, does not even use Tagalog on Instagram–and yeah, some of our celebrities of foreign descent do not even associate themselves as being Filipino. In fact, daig pa sila ng mga half-Filipinos na lumaki pa nga sa Japan, Iran, or even Europe.

Ang mga proud to be Pinoy lang talaga sa mga artista ay sina: De Rossi sisters (esp. Alessandra), Carla Humphries, dami pa. Even my half-Japanese classmates in high school and college are pro-Filipino, to think some of them have to renounce their Filipino citizenship due to issues regarding dual citizenship. I would also like to include my half-Iranian cousins–one of them married a Filipina, and is now a father of one.

However, I partially agree with the phrase, “All their children study abroad, xxx.” I know some people who studied in the US, but still managed to speak in their native tongue. One of my friends studied for a year in the United States, but to be honest, despite her so-called American accent, she still managed to speak Filipino like a native.

Tell that to those who studied in Japan. Tell that to those who live and work in Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia, or even Thailand. Even my cousins living in Malaysia still managed to speak in their mother tongue–and guess what? One of my cousin’s accent completely changed when she speaks English–she now adopts the Manglish accent (Manglish is Malaysian English).

However, someone said:

Mr. Tiglao, you are absolutely correct! The elite and the ruling class are more foreign than Filipinos. Mr. Duterte should rise to the occasion other than fighting drugs and criminality. He has the character.

Apparently, yes. The elitists are also foreign in character, so no wonder, no one did bat an eye when Grace Poe ran for president, but no person other than Prof. Antonio Contreras raised the issue of her citizenship woes.

I’ll write this in a separate article.


Nationalism as an alternative to the solution of the economic problems of the Philippines

As promised, here’s my essay about Nationalism as a key alternative to the problems of the Philippines.|Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE is one example of a monument/landmark of industrialization.

Nationalism as a key perspective to economic growth

There are several things that I want to emphasize, and these are the things that the Filipino should change.
If the Filipinos really want change, why can’t they confront the foreigners who are dominating the economy? Why do they confront the president? Is it because they rely everything on the president, or is it because they think that everything that the president commands or wishes should be followed?

How do I define nationalism?

Nationalism is the reduction of foreign influence from the homeland. Of course, how would a country or a nation prosper if nationalism doesn’t exist? Think about it, it is the alternative to the solution to the economic problems of the Philippines. People who believe that doing business as a key to economic growth should be looked upon by the Filipinos. There would be no prosperity if they do not look up to them, or follow their lead.

As a Filipino citizen, setting up local businesses is the key to economic prosperity. It is also another way for Filipinos to at least, work hard just to earn a living.

Industrialization as a key to abundant job opportunities

I am for the industrialization of the Philippines. I am into it is because I believe that this is the only way for the Philippine government to offer a lot of jobs for the Filipino people, meaning to say that it’s good-bye to applying for a job abroad. Aside from that, there are many benefits. If a country is a rich and developed country at the same time, citizens who live in that country are given benefits to travel abroad without a visa.

Industrialization could ONLY be achieved if nationalism is expressed the right way. Accepting criticisms either the easy way or the hard way from foreigners and locals alike will make the society improve itself and of course, correct their mistakes.

Industrialization means, equality

Why do construction workers earn less than those in the corporate world? I really find this biased, and worse, unjust. Construction workers work so hard 24/7 and yet, the bigger salary goes to the corporate people. I believe that labor jobs should receive the same amount of salary equal to those who work in the corporate world. Construction workers are earning for a living, the hard and dangerous way. If this is the case, then they deserve more than those who are in the corporate world since their life would be at risk if something happens, unlike the corporate people, who are just working, sitting down all day doing paperworks and attending meetings, and that’s it. However, they earn a bigger salary than those people whose job is blue-collar.

Why do people working in a white-collar job earn much more than those who work in a blue-collar job? Why can’t the government propose something just to make the salary between the white-collar and the blue-collar job equal?

That’s the problem. Even the government cannot solve this problem that much. They really cannot totally reduce corruption because they believe that being in the government means, bigger, and better salary.

Once again, it is very unjust.

The problem with the Philippine government and society in the present-day

I would notice that the Filipinos aren’t concerned about the economy, science and technology, which are key factors to industrialization. They are just focusing on politics, especially on putting the politicians down, which seems irrational and stupid.

Look how the media portrayed CGMA. I also noticed that the news program (TV Patrol) has been focusing on CGMA’s sickness, and of course, the people’s plans to put her to jail.

Why can’t they just focus on the economy, science and technology? If we are the text capital of the world and at the same time, interested in technology, why can’t we nourish it, at least? I really feel sorry to those people who wanted the Philippines to experience industrialization, but the stubborn society hasn’t understood yet the concept of economic nationalism.

What should the Filipinos do?

Rather than to lambast the president alone, Philippine society should do something to reduce foreign influence in the economy. Once this task is achieved, it is possible that it is time for the Filipinos to find a way in order for the country’s economy to prosper.
The Filipinos should always take note that there is still a chance to wake the country up and the society.

They should also take note that the Philippines isn’t the only country that is suffering from immature society whose goal for the country is… nothing, just yet.

It is also to take note that the Philippines is not a low-income country at all, but belonging to the low middle-income class is still lacking. Countries such as Vietnam, although it is still not yet a rich country, is one way ahead from the Philippines, despite its currency’s very low value.

Lastly, Filipinos should stop being dependent to foreigners. They should be working on their own, and should not be ashamed to show signs of industrialization. It is NOT bad if a country industrializes, same with nationalism. This is the only way for Filipinos to prosper the economy of the Philippines.