" Fear history, for it respects no secrets" - Gregoria de Jesus (widow of Andres Bonifacio)
THE FALLACY OF "PHILIPPINES FIRST"
Filipinos need not worry --they are rich in paper. To express it differently, provided the Philippines, as a geographical unit, is wealthy and prosperous. Filipinos should not mind if they themselves remain poor and destitute, with most of the national wealth in the hands and coffers of resident aliens.
It is unfortunate, but we have to be constantly reminded that under the present economic setup, which the "Filipino First" policy seeks to alter, it is the aliens and not Filipinos who have been the main beneficiaries of the country's economic efforts(41).
Conditions in those countries are entirely different from those obtaining in the Philippines. For one thing, wealth there is not concentrated in the hands of aliens and there is little likelihood that it ever will be.
In other words, "Filipino First" must be the slogan of every true Filipino in every aspect of the national life, until parity is abolished, at which time the slogan shall be adopted in all governmental measure in the primary interest of our nationals and without discrimination among different resident aliens.(43)
But when small nations try to assert even the most elementary rights of sovereignty, they arouse the ire of the great. Is it that small nations are only as sovereign as the big powers will allow them to be? (44)
- (41)(42)(43) Filipinos in the Light of the Canadians' Experience, March 20, 1959.
- (44) The True Ultra-Nationalists, June 4, 1959.
- (45) Philippine-American relations, February 16, 1957.
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