WHAT WE FILIPINOS SHOULD KNOW: To be a poor country --with a people in disunity and possessing a damaged culture and with rulers (not deserving to be called leaders) perennially characterized by mendicant and subservient attitudes and behaviors-- is to only invite abuses, insults and disrespect from foreigners and foreign nations; in our case oftentimes from Innocent America to which we are in awe- with our usual naïve sentimentality and endless "utang na loob".
Our neglect of our history and that of the world consequently led to our deep ignorance. We Filipinos never learn: that international relationships are not personal relationships; that so-called friendships between nations are not personal friendships. We Filipinos do not seem to get it at all: that all self-respecting nations look only and primarily after their own national interests, i.e. its people, which is understandable. In this regard our rulers have not done their part. As for us in general, given our gullibility, we still believe that we have special relations with America. Maybe we do. That is, between Master and Slave - the plantation mentality.
The disrespect for us Filipinos and our homeland by the American military/government was again recently demonstrated by the Subic Rape Case. Even with the post-WW2 American-imposed Bases Agreement not renewed, we still are having the same problems with the US military. This time thanks to the VFA (which includes BIA and SOFA provisions) railroaded by our perennially subservient rulers.
In the previous posting, I predicted --but hoped to be wrong-- that the Subic Rape Case will be a whitewash, as all crimes/offenses by US military personnel ended in the past decades. Now, after our court let go the other American servicemen who were active participants in the crime and has convicted only one, our homeland's rulers in a very anti-Filipino decision, acted to further please the Americans by returning (in the middle of the night) to the US military the convicted American soldier-rapist and thus not serving his sentence in our homeland (only a strong and bully nation can impose on a willing native accomplices/rulers).
All these crimes, all these foreign insults and disrespect to native Filipinos in our own homeland will not stop until we study to learn and understand ourselves, to know the "how, what, when, and why" we have lost our Filipino nationalism, i.e. the roots of our our mendicancy and colonial mentality that has perpetually kept us without national dignity and sovereignty in our own homeland. Our traitorous rulers allow them to occur because majority of us natives are mainly illiterate. It is only by knowing our nationalist history, that is, ourselves can we act to free our caged minds, to strongly demand from (if not depose them) the rulers to fight for and recover our national dignity and sovereignty as a people.
It is long overdue that we learn, realize and remember that our homeland and we the Filipino people do not count in the eyes of the American military/government. Thus in the case of military rape and any other crime committed in our homeland by American servicemen, we will only be continually taken for granted and pressured to remain on our knees, with extended hand begging and being unquestioningly conditioned to be pro-American and anti-Filipino.
In the below article, it is instructive to know how difficult it is for American military women, regardless of military rank, to pursue their rape charges against fellow American military men. What more for a Filipino woman?
It is long overdue that we destroy our Americanized minds with Filipino nationalism for the good of the native Filipino - maybe too late for our generation - but for the sake of the next generations of native Filipinos.
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“Nations, whose NATIONALISM is destroyed, are subject to ruin.” - Colonel Muhammar Qaddafi, 1942-, Libyan Political and Military Leader
"Upang maitindig natin ang bantayog ng ating lipunan, kailangang radikal nating baguhin hindi lamang ang ating mga institusyon kundi maging ang ating pag-iisip at pamumuhay. Kailangan ang rebolusyon, hindi lamang sa panlabas, kundi lalo na sa panloob!" --Apolinario Mabini, La Revolucion Filipina (1898)
"If it is commercialism to want the possession of a strategic point [Philippines] giving the American people an opportunity to maintain a foothold in the markets of that great Eastern country [China], for God's sake let us have commercialism." – U.S. Senator Mark Hanna,(1837-1904)
“There is no literate population in the world that is poor; there is no illiterate population that is anything but poor.” – John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006)
"The chief business of America is business" - President Calvin Coolidge, 1925