"The ruling elites know who their enemies are,
and their enemies are the people, the people at home and the people abroad.
Their enemies are anybody who wants more social justice, anybody who wants to
use the surplus value of society for social needs rather than for individual
class greed, that's their enemy."
– Michael Parenti, (1933-present)
- influx of a new breed of incompetents who glibly talked, fooled or bought the votes to join the ranks of the ruling elite, thanks to their manipulation of the illiterate and impoverished native Filipino majority;
- influx of new breed of competents but emulating the existent ruling elite, and
- the ostrich-like "head-in-the-sand" mentality, attitude and behavior of our so-called educated --the dwindling native Filipino middle class which seems to be characterized by "I am OK, I do not care if you are not OK" and probably planning, linking and wishing to join the ranks of the ruling elite.
All these realities are compounded by the ruling elite's anti-nationalistic and /traitorous dealings with their alien supporters (residents or companies) who in turn serve their own personal/economic interests. Not even mentioning similar behavior in their negotiations of foreign policies, foreign trade agreements, military agreements, ad nauseam.
We native Filipinos for several reasons do not know, do not understand "what's going on" and are kept continually ignorant --in the dark like mushrooms-- by the ruling elite plus their native and foreign allies. So we native Filipinos can not see the forest from the trees:
- getting lost in the symptoms of our "weak state" i.e. daily and repeated cases of corruption in government and private business,
- of not recognizing the real roots of such,
- of continually wondering why a change in governing faces does not result in real changes for national development.
Witness the eradication by our neighbors who have brought cultural changes, in fact, even a cultural revolution as during the early 1970s China, by Mao Tse Tung who encouraged the questioning of the non-progressive aspects of Confucian teachings, i.e. feudalism, elitism, male chauvinism, etc.; By how Mustafa Ataturk modernized Turkey from the 1920s through programs of cultural reforms, compulsory education, lower taxes to the peasantry, etc.
But again, (regarding the IF) since in our case the ruling elite do not identify with the impoverished native majority and they go on their own merry ways, what do you think we native Filipinos should do? Furthermore, we native Filipinos can not and should not expect and believe foreigners to come and help us despite their declared good intentions, as Pilosopong Tasio warned us. Our national history bears witness repeatedly.
Below is a brief essay on the history of our dominant "cacique or elite democracy," that is, democracy that works only for the rich and powerful minority.
"As to the source of leadership, we native (Malay/indio) Filipinos still look up and limit ourselves to the same socioeconomic-political elite, the same prominent dynasties, many of whom were of the collaborationist and mendicant variety. There is potentially good leadership, maybe still unknown, OUTSIDE the selfish, morally bankrupt and oftentimes subservient elite. When we have done away with our massive ignorance, we native Filipinos can surely find and actively ensure that only individuals -with courage and strong nationalism- earn respect; thus who will successfully propel the people to fight, and finally win for the common good” – Bert M. Drona