The Future Of Bulan

(This is my reponse to attybenji’s comment on Stop it now- or the strength of the Barangay)

 Thanks for your comment and for your updating me about the SK. With you Bulan has found another spokesman in its fight for progress. You know I’m beginning to dislike the word corruption for it seems to me that it  has been overused and “corrupted”  already and so  seems to be losing its semantic power. People have been desensitized already to it that it seems they don’t react to it anymore. The whole world is using this term and since there  are countless cultures and mentalities throughout the world, each with different history, religious beliefs and stage of development, the word itself  cannot  claim to have a universal meaning, for in practice, what is considered already as  a form of corruption in one country is viewed maybe in another country as a form of virtue. Corruption is defined in many ways : philosophical, legal, moral, political, etc. Theoretical definitions have in general one thing in common, i.e., a negative one. But it is in different cultural settings where the word loses it’s theoretical significance and gives way to local practices. Corruption is consciously or unconsciously linked with the moral concept of right and wrong, or of what is allowed or not allowed as in law. However, we know for instance that in one city or province, what is right or wrong, what is allowed or not allowed, may differ practically from another city or province even if the said cities or provinces belong to the same country. Even in Europe, things vary from country to country, or even from city to city within the same country. Federalism contributes also to plurality of legal definitions. And hyper-democratism has paved the way to cultural and moral relativism.

So let’s talk about the fight for progress. In this way we keep our positive mindset intact and maybe we can count more on the participation of many tagaBulans. The word progress is commonly understood as positive. You and me understand one thing when we hear for instance description like progressive person or town. Forget the philosophers, for if they would want it, they could transform this word into a negative one. What is important is that in practice, we all agree that is positive and that is universal in meaning. Check out all the dictionaries that you know and you’ll find no negative association to it. I like the simple definition of it as ” to advance, to move forward, to gain”. Even Physics I think would define it something like ” a motion in space from point a to point b”, in biology it means “growth”. When a school child progresses, this is  big news for the parents, a reason to celebrate! In human societies, progress means therefore positive development, an event that is in accordance with the universal human instinct of improving the quality of life by acting upon the given physical world and the society to where he belongs so that his needs for food, shelter, participation and protection are satisfied.

The lack of food, shelter, participation and protection is still a problem today, not only to the first homosapiens that inhabited the earth. This is a problem in our modern-day Bulan. For though technologies have advanced since human discovered how to produce fire to our modern internet technology, there are still tagaBulans who have nothing to eat and no protection, no shelter and no chance to participate ( to work or get employed). For many of our kabungtos these needs are not being satisfied. This is the reason why we turn back to the institution that is established to address to these needs- the government. The government is primarily there to work on how to improve the quality of life of its constituents, this is a social contract that we do during elections with the government that we elect. We entrust them the power to manage the resources for them to offer and coordinate solutions to the problems of the people. For a mayor therefore to run away with the kaban ng bayan ( public treasury) is a disgrace.

I understand that all our efforts that we exert now is focused on preventing the kaban ng bayan to be stolen again by a thief so that this could be used to the  last cent for the progress of Bulan. Would you consider the children to be happy when the father would come home with no more left for them by spending his money in a drinking-spree with barkadas (friends) after work, or a mother who spends the money for her beauty kits? Many tagaBulans are unhappy. Many kabataans (youth) are without life perspective .

Every tagaBulan should participate in bringing the town forward and do what is right. That’s the reason why I do not agree with Pimentel’s reasoning why he is for the abolishment of the SK. Do you still remember the saying “like father, like son”? To abolish the son, we should rather first aboilish the father. To put an end to SK due to “fund irregularities”  is to suggest that we put an end to all, if not many, municipal and city governments throughout the entire country, including the national government itself. For where in our country can you not find “fund irregularities”? Wherever transparency in politics is regularly avoided, common sense would make us  assume about fund irregularites- as the case maybe in Bulan. And to say ” due to the absence of serious efforts to prevent  (…fund irregularities ) ”  is already to accept for these “father” public officials that they are not serious enough and have failed themselves. For how can they blame the young ones when by  being crook themselves they cannot train their sons and daughters anymore, or  teach them what is wrong and what is right for they themselves do not know the distinctions of these simple categories anymore. To distrust the youth is to distrust the future. This is not in accordance with the concept of progress that we have talked about. To forget the youth is to forget tomorrow and to have no more faith in human society. I say it again that the survival of society depends on the visions of the youth and naturally on the good things they have learned from their elders. The survival of Bulan depends on the youth of Bulan of today. Remove the youth of today and you’ll have an empty place once called Bulan in a few years. Don’t train the youth of today, and you will have a government in the future that is the same as today’s government. Do you like to continue with this  poverty and ignorance and with this poor quality of governance in Bulan for the next fifty years? I still firmly believe that there is no other way than to train the youth for Bulan to progress, much like a father who trains his young son the trade of farming or fishing so that this son  would survive when he is no longer around.

The problem with the SK that Pimentel mentioned is the result of the ineffective political leadership in all levels of governance in our country.We don’t punish the young ones  for emulating the bad things we showed to them. We adults should rather behave well. In other words, it is the frame that must be changed, not the picture, for the frame is defective and doesn’t keep the picture solidly and securely in place. I know that to raise our voice against their plan to abolish the SK is almost like blowing in the wind. But since we love Bulan, we must continue with what we tagaBulans consider is right for our survival, and that is in the first place by not giving up our young tagaBulans,  but in continuing  in one form or another with their training and involvement in Bulan politics- with or without Pimentel.

jun asuncion

Bulan Observer

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5 responses to “The Future Of Bulan

  1. attybenji

    To: Mr. Jun A:

    …Good day and my warmest greetings!

    Definitely-Maybe, the term “corruption” has been abused, corrupted and over-used word already in the country today, (sa tv, radio, newspaper, forum, debate, talk show, etc.) referring to malfeasance, nonfeasance and misfeasance in office and stealing government funds while in office. Nonetheless, we cannot avoid citing or talking about the term corruption as always, because every time we talk about good governance and public service in government as this country is being run like hell by unscrupulous public officers/politicians with insatiable greed for money and power….as if corruption is already part and parcel of the public service… Sadly, corruption has been with us since time immemorial. As a matter of fact, “It only took 30 pieces of silver for Judas to betray and sell our Lord Jesus Christ”… Thus, we cannot distance ourselves from discussing corruption in conjunction with good governance, public service and election as well. Because, each time, we see a government project, we always have the impression that no doubt a certain official or officials must have profited from it… sigurado ako dyan at ipapaputol ko ang daliri ko kapag walang komisyun o kickback dyan si meyor, si congressman, si gobernor, si district engineer, including the contractor and his sub-contractor, he-he-he-he. And, we are not born yesterday, ika nga…S.O.P baga ine!

    Maybe, I was interpreting you literally on this subject, but it does not matter…

    Truly, the word corruption implies negative thing simply because it is contrary to public policy, good customs, honesty and good values…
    …that instead of talking about corruption as negative, we must talk about progress being a positive thing… You are correct…. It’s just a matter of interpretation and connotation of a given word or term…

    consider this….Another word that implies negative thing is the term “politics” per se, now a days, politics has a distorted or twisted meaning conceptualized by politicians themselves to defend their positions and/or contradict the accusation made by the people in the opposition… i.e., ‘pinupulitika ka lang niyan”, “namumupulitika lang ang mga yan”, “pulitika lang yan”, “malayo pa ang election namumulitika na”. These phrases connote negative thing. But, what is politics anyway? Politics, in political science lingo, “is the art of good government”… if politics is the art of good government, why is it that the word politics has been commonly equated with graft & corruption or character assassination and other black propaganda. In that case, people cannot be wrong in trying to equate politics with that of graft & corruption…after all, most, if not all, of the politicians, particularly those who, are in power, have been corrupted already, contrary to the constitutional injunction re, full accountability of public officers which reads that “Public service is a public trust. Public officers and employees must at all times be accountable to the people, serve them with utmost responsibility, integrity, loyalty, and efficiency, act with patriotism and justice, and lead a modest lives”… (modest lives??? Sino??? eh si meyor, si congressman, o si governor…. habitual gambler at biglang yumaman ng maupo sa pwesto sabi nila)… based on the above mentioned criteria, mukhang bagsak yata lahat ang mga public officers natin saan mang lupalop ng pilipinas)

    Perhaps, right now, right then and right here, a change must begin from the youth of today as future leader of the country… Bulan, in particular, is now looking for the principled leader whose integrity cannot be compromised in exchange of financial advantage, political affiliation and other monetary consideration…. We are looking for the real “mr. clean” in public service, who will become future leader of bulan, the incorruptible with progressive mind, so that we can translate the word politics at least into positive and progressive thing in public service.

    The FUTURE OF BULAN LIES UPON THE YOUTH…..

    By the way, a point of clarification… Senator Nene Aquilino Pimentel Jr. did not actually move for the total abolition of the SK, as a training ground for youth leaders and a means of getting the youth involved in community development.

    Pimentel, however, said an alternative mechanism should be created to ensure continued youth representation in local government units (LGUs), or, replace the existing SK with some other mechanism,”.

    With or without SK as an organization, I would believe that there is always a Future of Bulan (…& goes with the saying that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel)…after all, there is no law against hope and hoping. Thus, the hope of our town lies upon the hands of the youth of tomorrow who will become future leader, who is beholden to anyone, except to his/her oath of office, with no personal and vested interest being insulated from any form of political patronage or partisan or political party’s affiliation and so on and so forth.

    We call upon the Youth of Bulan to be a catalyst of change and beneficiary of progress…but, that time is yet to come….. in the near future…..The youth must be progressive not regressive, move forward not backward, pro-active not inactive, more so the youth must be a dreamer, reactionary and visionary of tomorrow.

    Talking about SK matter, I would recall that since the establishment of the SK many years ago, I cannot find a project undertaken by the SK for the advancement, upliftment and betterment of the youth in the countryside (social, religious, economics program, etc.) despite the gargantuan yearly appropriation of funds made by law for each and every barangay, except for the commonly visible projects such as barangay kiosks made of bamboo and anahaw (This kiosk is project of SK)

    In fact, the establishment of the kiosk would invite the youth to become lazy and indolent all the time, eh ginagawang tambayan lang ng mga kabataan all day and all night long for no reasons at all….

    Adding to the problem of the youth is the insurgency in the rural areas, they are afraid to till the soil or plow the field and plant kamote or kamoteng kahoy to support their daily sustenance because they are afraid to be caught in the cross fire between the insurgents and the military men. Because of this circumstance they become idle, indolent and lazy all through out, not to mention also the lack of moral support and encouragement of the parents, due to economic hardships and scarcity in life to support the education of the children until college…
    ….”anak hirap ang buhay natin, pwede ba pagkatapos mo ng high school magtrabaho ka na lang bilang katulong or housemaid, para makatulong ka naman sa mga nakababatang mong kapatid at para makaahon-ahon tayo sa kahirapan”…. This is a sign of surrender on the part of the parents to support the education of the children to become productive citizens of the country.

    Children who did not finish college due to extreme poverty are always susceptible to becoming unemployed in the year or years ahead? And, unemployment will make the youth vulnerable to, and at the risk of committing crimes due to lack of opportunities of employment, as the saying goes, “a hungry stomach knows no law”, then if stealing is the only way to survive, committing a crime would justify the means in order to feed the hungry stomach…

    Relative to your Article (as response to my comment) the “FUTURE OF BULAN”…. and may be as a challenge to the youth of Bulan, as future leader/s of the country, (local or national level) allow me to quote and reproduce hereunder salient portions of the message delivered by Filipino Ambassador to Spain, Isabel Wilson during the 1998 WYD in Portugal, alluding to the youth as the catalyst of change and beneficiary of progress… Here they are:

    “TODAY’S YOUNG PEOPLE WILL BE TOMORROW’S LEADERS OF A WORLD WHICH IS IN CONSTANT FLUX. THEY ARE AT THE THRESHOLD OF THE 21ST CENTURY AND THEIR FUTURE WILL DEPEND ON HOW THEY HANDLE NEW CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES.

    TECHNOLOGICAL BREAKTHROUGHS HAVE ENABLED THE YOUTH TO GAIN ACCESS TO UNLIMITED INFORMATION. STATE-OF-THE ART COMMUNICATIONS BRINGING INFORMATION TO THE MOST FAR-FLUNG AREAS HAVE MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR THE YOUNG TO BE OUTSPOKEN AND MORE AWARE OF THEIR RIGHTS UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW.

    WHILE MODERN SOCIETY HAS MANY ADVANTAGES, THERE ARE CERTAIN GRIM REALITIES WHICH MUST BE FACED. TODAY’S FAST-PACED, FREEWHEELING LIFESTYLES HAVE SPAWNED THE GROWING MENACE OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE, AIDS, AND UNWANTED PREGNANCIES EVEN AMONG THE VERY YOUNG. THE SPECTER OF POVERTY, AS WELL AS UNEMPLOYMENT AND ILLITERACY, LOOMS OVER THE YOUTH, ESPECIALLY IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. WHEN WE CONSIDER THAN IN 1995 , THE TOTAL WORLD YOUTH POPULATION WAS ESTIMATED AT 1.03 BILLION, POSITIVE ACTION TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF OUR YOUTH IS URGENT YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND TOMORROW.

    THE PHILIPPINES HAS ALWAYS PLACED PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE ON THE SIGNIFICANT ROLE OF THE YOUTH IN NATION BUILDING. IN 1870, OUR NATIONAL HERO JOSE RIZAL, IN HIS MESSAGE “TO THE FILIPINO YOUTH”, CALLED THE YOUTH “THE HOPE OF THE FATHERLAND” AND EXHORTED THEM TO BREAK FREE FROM THE SHACKLES THAT BOUND THEIR HEARTS AND MINDS SO THAT THEY MAY SOAR TO THE HEAVENS AND ATTAIN THEIR ASPIRATIONS. GREGORIA DE JESUS, HERSELF A GREAT WOMAN AND THE WIFE OF ANOTHER PHILIPPINE HERO, ANDRES BONIFACIO, ALSO RECOGNIZED THE ROLE OF THE YOUTH IN SOCIETY AND THROUGH HER DECALOGUE TO THE FILIPINO YOUTH, REMINDED THE YOUTH OF THE 1800s OF THE FILIPINO VALUES THAT PROPELLED THE NATION TO INDEPENDENCE AND PRESERVED ITS TIME-HONORED TRADITIONS AS A DISTINCT RACE.

    A HUNDRED YEARS LATER, FILIPINOS CONTINUE TO PUT GREAT FAITH AND CONFIDENCE IN ITS YOUTH. THE 1987 CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES CLEARLY STATES THE COUNTRY’S YOUTH POLICY IN ARTICLE II, SECTION 13: “THE STATE RECOGNIZES THE VITAL ROLE OF THE YOUTH IN NATION-BUILDING AND SHALL PROMOTE AND PROTECT THEIR PHYSICAL, MORAL, SPIRITUAL, INTELLECTUAL AND SOCIAL WELL-BEING. IT SHALL INCULCATE IN THE YOUTH PATRIOTISM AND NATIONALISM AND ENCOURAGE THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN PUBLIC AND CIVIC AFFAIRS.”

    THE NATIONAL YOUTH COMMISSION (NYC) WAS CREATED THROUGH RA 8044 TO SERVE AS A POLICYMAKING AND COORDINATING BODY OF ALL YOUTH PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS OF THE GOVERNMENT. BEYOND MERE COORDINATION, THE COMMISSION IS ALSO INVOLVED IN THE POLITICAL, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OF YOUTH. THE NYC HAS ENSURED COMMITMENT AND YOUTH PARTICIPATION IN LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES ON GLOBAL YOUTH CONCERNS. THUS, FILIPINO YOUTH ADVOCACY GROUPS WORK TIRELESSLY TO CREATE A BETTER AND GENTLE WORLD.
    THE NYC HAS ALSO FORMULATED A MEDIUM-TERM YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PLAN (MTYDP) FROM 1999 TO 2004, WHICH WAS APPROVED IN MARCH THIS YEAR. IT CONTAINS THE COUNTRY’S VISION FOR “A GENERATION OF MORE ENLIGHTENED AND EMPOWERED FILIPINO YOUTH WHO ARE VALUE-DRIVEN, ACTIVE AS WELL AS INNOVATIVE, WITH A STRENGTHENED BELIEF IN A SUPREME BEING AND IMBUED WITH PATRIOTISM YET OPEN TO GLOBAL COMPETITION AND COOPERATION.” THE PLAN ALSO IDENTIFIES THE GENERAL CONCERNS THAT CHARACTERIZE THE FILIPINO YOUTH’S ENVIRONMENT AND MAPS OUT STRATEGIES TO ADDRESS THESE CONCERNS.
    VARIOUS INITIATIVES INVOLVE THE YOUTH IN ACTIVITIES OF GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS TO MOULD THEM INTO MATURE AND WELL-ROUNDED INDIVIDUALS. THE CREATION OF A YOUTH COUNCIL CALLED THE SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN (SK) FOR YOUNG PEOPLE FROM 15 TO 21 YEARS PROVIDES THEM WITH OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE MORE ACTIVELY IN AFFAIRS INVOLVING ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNANCE, FROM THE GRASSROOTS TO THE NATIONAL LEVEL. THE NATIONAL YOUTH PARLIAMENT WHICH IS HELD EVERY TWO YEARS PROVIDES YOUNG FILIPINOS WITH A FORUM WHERE THEY CAN VOICE THEIR NEEDS AND PROBLEMS IN THE FORM OF RESOLUTIONS WHICH ARE THEN PRESENTED TO CONGRESS.

    THE YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM EXPOSES YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN TO EXPERIENCES WHICH WILL HELP HONE THEIR SKILLS IN BUSINESS.
    VULNERABILITY TO UNDESIREABLE ACTIVITIES IS CAUSED BY A LACK OF MATERIAL AND FINANCIAL MEANS TO DO OTHERWISE. THE SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE OF THE FAMILY IS CRUCIAL FROM CHILDHOOD TO ADULTHOOD. STUDIES INDICATE THAT YOUNG PEOPLE TEND TO LOOK AT THEIR PARENTS AS ROLE MODELS, WITH THEIR MOTHERS PLAYING A MORE CRITICAL ROLE. IN THIS REGARD, GOVERNMENTS NEED TO STRENGTHEN SUPPORT FOR THE FAMILY., IN ADDITION, STRONG EMPHASIS MUST BE GIVEN ON SOUND SOCIAL VALUES NOT ONLY IN THE HOME BUT ALSO IN THE SCHOOLS.

    WE MUST ACCEPT OUR RESPONSIBILITIES NOT ONLY AS PARENTS AND ROLE MODELS BUT ALSO AS A MATURE AND RESPONSIBLE GENERATION CONCERNED WITH THE DEVELOPMENT AND WELL-BEING OF OUR YOUNG. WE CANNOT ALLOW FUTURE GENERATIONS TO FACE THE FUTURE WITHOUT A SOLID FOUNDATION BASED ON SOUND VALUES, LOVE AND PEACE. LAWS TO ENSURE EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL OUR CHILDREN MUST BE IN PLACE AND IMPLEMENTED WITH URGENCY SO THAT THE YOUTH OF TODAY CAN FACE UP TO THE CHALLENGES OF THE NEXT MILLENNIUM.”.

    Mabuhay ka Mr. Jun A…. god bless..

  2. rudyb

    just an observation… truly the future lies upon the youth – that is the universal belief, however if the youth of today will just emulate the deeds, the doings, the performance of the current leaders, we will only end up with another bunch of future crooks. To exemplify – we all know and will most probably doubt and hardly believe a young police applicant/trainee why he would like to become a policeman, ask him his purpose… gusto kong maging pulis para makatulong sa bayan at makahuli ng mga kawatan – that’s a very big joke!!! the truth is, he wanted to become a cop because that is the easiest way to achieve power and money. because that is his paradigm of the current law enforcer. with his gun and authority he can easily exploit and harass the very person whom he will pledge to protect and serve. eventually he become the “kawatan” himself he wants to apprehend. the same is true with the future politicians, public servants, Customs, BIR, BID, DPWH engrs., judges, etc. – it seems we are all surrounded with the selected few, privileged, powerful and influential corrupt persons whom the youth looked upon and wanted to be like or follow. the gargantuan and enormous challenge really is upon us – to produce and come up with a set of future leaders, immaculate and shielded from the current mindset of “there’s nothing wrong with corruption, everybody else is doing it”.

    probably the most radical thing to do is to set up Gulag type youth training camps – with identified selected idealist and patriotic “trainees”, isolate them from the rest of the world and bombard them with daily dose of anti corruption semantics. but this is not the best thing to do as you will most probably come up or produce “robots” or leaders wearing “tapaojos”. another remedy is to zero base everything – identify all corrupt politicians, public servants, etc. root them out from their current positions, prosecute and execute and start with a clean slate replenishing program so nobody would be a model of corruption. again this is not the most practical solution as the “civil” western societies will gang up on us for human rights violation. unless someone will cut the despicable and dreadful cycle/succession of current and future corrupt public officials and servants, the youth has a bleak future. corruption will and can never be totally eradicated, as mentioned, it has been with us time immemorial – it’s not only Judas, but Eve has started it all by corrupting the mind of Adam with the forbidden fruit.

    maybe we can start with choosing the right leader who has the political will and absolute love for our people and community, he who is responsible, upright and trustworthy. he who can apply and execute laws and legal parameters. he who can implement discipline and order. ideally the type of person analogous to Lee Kuan Yew, Kim Il Sung, Mao Ze Dung, Stalin or even Marcos less his wife and cronies. they might be heavy handed leaders but look at the society that they have guided – less corrupt and more disciplined therefore productive (except for North Korea). i think too much democracy also contributes chaos to our society – the never ending ZTE senate probe with obvious reason just for grandstanding (allan cayetano has yet to come up with his first senate bill or resolution), pakialmerong politically inclined religious sector (there are so many broken marriages and immoral priests and burgeoning population), press full of commercialism and sensationalism. these all contributes to the worry, anxiety and apprehension of today’s youth. i would say that the change must start from the people whom the youth are looking upon as their model. it should start today not tomorrow.

    though youth is our future but the youth is looking at their leaders today.

  3. junasun

    To rudyb,

    Maraming salamat sa article mo! You have mentioned key words, names and places that will surely activate the thinking of our readers- particularly our young tagaBulans, the generation which is the focus of our efforts. The photo above has always guided my reflections about Bulan. I had taken it myself and decided intentionaly to just place this only photo in Bulan Observer, and no other photo will appear today and tomorrow in this site. This single image sums up the whole story about Bulan- its past, present and future. May this photo serves also as your guide the moment you think about our town or write a comment on this site.

    We do not over-idealize the youth but there is no other way to the future than through them. That, as you have said,” the future lies upon the youth is a universal belief”, is true. I may add to it that it is indeed a belief if we mean by it our own mental projection about our conception of future, the nature of which is colored by our own psychic make-up.
    But the fact that the young ones are universally treasured is telling us that it is not only a belief but a given physical fact that represents the future , hence for us the only tangible present entity that connects or will connect us to a certain point to the future. We invest good things for the future then.There is no other way.

    Till next time then and thanks for the inputs!

    jun asuncion

  4. attybenji

    mr. rudyb:

    good day!

    You’re a great man! Your insights and suggestions in the article “future of bulan” are provocative and informative too. Though, it is a bit radical, but it is also comical on the other hand…. But, seriously speaking, I would say that your proposition, or suggestion is the most viable and effective way of eradicating corruption as well as the remnants of corruption, or the tyranny of corruption in the government service.

    The rigid and rigorous training and briefing and/or debriefing must begin right now within the privileged few (youth) – and to train only the chosen “idealist” and the “patriotic” trainees, the genes and blood samples must be exacted and thoroughly examined to see to it that they are not descendants by consanguinity or affinity of corrupt leaders of the past, neither contaminated by poisonous blood of some of the unpunished and unprosecuted corrupt officials of the past regime as well.

    In your observations, you suggested the following …xxx.“probably the most radical thing to do is to set up Gulag type youth training camps – with identified selected idealist and patriotic “trainees”, isolate them from the rest of the world and bombard them with daily dose of anti corruption semantics.” xxx

    …xxx….”another remedy is to zero base everything – identify all corrupt politicians, public servants, etc. root them out from their current positions, prosecute and execute and start with a clean slate replenishing program so nobody would be a model of corruption. again this is not the most practical solution as the “civil” western societies will gang up on us for human rights violation”…xxx.

    Anyway, nevermind what the western societies would say, as long as your motive is not tainted with bad faith and anger, and the intention is noble in getting rid of the government of its rascals and crocodiles…… there is nothing wrong in annihilating all of them… para deri na pag-irugan san mga masunod pa na mga lider, deri mao tabi?

    Actually, tama ka na hindi rin ito ang practical na solution para mai-eradicate ang ganitong katiwalian sa gobierno…. .at kung hindi nga lang kasalanan sa diyos, after executing the corrupt officials of the land; annihilate their families and descendants too who have the propensity to seek public office in the near future, so that nobody would emulate them”…..Though, the bishops and priests may get mad at you, but that is only temporary… the issue will just die down kapag tumatagal na ang usapin ….. I remember during the time of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, who was executed during a popular revolt in 1989. His wife, Elena, and children were also executed sans judicial proceedings….by the angry mob…. so that their blood would not contaminate or resurrect in the bloodlines of the future leaders of the country…….nakakahawa daw kasi ang corruption..…

    Joke Time muna para hindi mapagod ang mata sa pagbasa: Ano ang pagkakaiba ng snatcher sa isang politico? Ang snatcher pagkatapos magnakaw tsaka tumatakbo. Ang politico tumatakbo muna tsaka nagnanakaw. Eh ano naman ang tawag sa magnanakaw sa quiapo/baclaran at magnanakaw sa congreso/senado. Ang magnanakaw sa quiapo ay isang Criminal, ang magnanakaw sa congreso/senado ay tinatawag na Honorable.

    Going back to the Gulag type training camp, for future leaders, which you suggested -sometime, or even most of the time, the rigid training and debriefing of the trainees would not serve its purpose. …. consider the PMA in Baguio (similar to gulag-type training camp) as training ground for future military generals and admirals or even future leaders of the country….. the PMA mission is as follows:
    “To instruct, train and develop the cadets so that each graduate shall possess the character, the broad and basic military skills and essential to the successful pursuit of a progressive military career as a values-centered leader in the selfless services to the AFP and the nation.”
    “Today, the Academy strives to epitomize the finest traditions of the service. It bears the standards of character founded on honor and fortified by discipline. It is a school, which has trained men for a hundred years in the defense of the state and furtherance of peace and order. It has a proud heritage to cherish, a glorious tradition to uphold, a noble standard to maintain, and a vital mission to accomplish.”
    ……And, the PMA motto is as follows: COURAGE, INTEGRITY, AND LOYALTY.
    Despite the rigorous and rigid physical and mental training of the the cadets or cadettes in the academy, after their graduations, they easily put into oblivion the motto and mission of the academy…. meron bang colonels, commodores, admirals, or generals an galing sa acamedy na naghirap o mahirap after they retired from the service? WALA…… lahat sila ang yayaman po…..dahil kapag hindi ka yumaman o nagpakayaman, ikaw na yata ang pinakabubo o istupido na heneral sa buong republika…. Eh magkano lang ba ang sahod ng isang admiral o heneral? This is no offense to anybody, who has relatives in the AFP/PNP. ……..where is now the INTEGRITY or LOYALTY being the motto of the academy? Batu-bato sa langit…..

    The PMA may be compared to that of the “gulag” training camp, where the cadets or cadettres are being endoctrinized, tortured (physicallly or mentally) and taught to be faithful/loyal to the republic, and the constitution as well…. Pero bakit kapag heneral or admiral na sila, biglang yumayaman……hesusmaria y husep….

    Would you agree that sometimes its no longer the degree of education of a person or public official that counts in resisting corruption, educated or uneducated, degree holder or drop-outs (MA, PhD, DD, LLD, LLB, MD etc.), are all prone to commit the crime of corruption and to be corrupted?…..no doubt we have the so called “hoodlums in robes”, referring to judges and justices whose decision or resolution is for sale to the highest bidder, hindi naman lahat….

    …..now, Going back to the youth as prime mover of the country and catalyst of change…..perhaps, if Dr. JOSE RIZAL is alive today, he would probably be the most frustrated and disappointed person today as he expected too much from the youth to be the hope of the fatherland and the movers of the nation.

    Jose Rizal’s famous message for the youth was about the youth being the fair hope of the nation. What he exactly said was that the youth was “bella esperanza de la Patria mia”.

    RIZAL DEFINED THE YOUTH: >>> as hope of tomorrow (the future of bulan maybe)
    Under Spain, Filipinos did not have freedom and security for their lives and properties. They were forced to submit themselves and the fruits of their labor to the flag of Spain, the colonial government, and the Roman Catholic Church.

    Those who fought for their rights could be stripped of their belongings, arrested, tortured, exiled or executed. The government taxed them heavily, and the friars tazed them more. They were also obliged to render labor without pay in building roads, highways, bridges, government buildings, church edifices, galleons and other public works.

    Rizal saw the miseries of his people. He himself suffered cruelty one night when a Spanish lieutenant attacked him because he failed to give him the mandatory salute. Rizal did not see him because it was very dark. Despite the wound that he got, he was still imprisoned. Only 17, he appealed to the governor-general, but the highest official in the land only brushed him aside.

    Rizal wanted an end to the oppression of his people. He would like to get the help of senior Filipino citizens but could not do so because most of them were subservient to the government and the church. He saw that they would rather spend lavishly on fiestas that afterward impoverished them, and cast their fortunes into Masses and religious items like rosaries, scapulars, and statues.

    Seeing that the elder generations of his time were hopeless against tyranny and were submissive to the colonizers, Rizal turned to his fellow youth.
    Rizal was 25 when he published the Noli Me Tangere, a novel that asked for extreme repairs of and cures for the cancerous colonial society of his countrymen.

    He was 30 when he published El Filibusterismo, his second novel that urged the Filipinos to face a tragic revolution to finally end their sufferings.
    Andres Bonifacio was 28 when he founded the Katipunan. Emilio Jacinto was only 20 when he was made the Katipunan’s secretary-general and one of Bonifacio’s right-hand men.

    Emilio Aguinaldo was 26 when he became a revolutionary general and 28 when he was elected the country’s first president in 1897. He was 29 when he declared Philippine independence from Spanish rule on June 12, 1898. He was almost 30 when he began defending that independence and that infant republic against the Americans during the Filipino-American War.

    Rizal was in his early twenties when he gave his countrymen the sense of nationhood and independence. Bonifacio was in his twenties too when he envisioned a revolution. Aguinaldo was also in his twenties when he led the establishment of the Philippine Republic.

    Because of the youthful Rizal, Bonifacio and Aguinaldo, the Filipino people were able to acquire their independence, republic, national flag, and national anthem — their nationhood.
    Bonifacio’s fellow Katipuneros were also at the peak of their youth when they launched a bloody uprising against Spain in August 1896. They and other Filipinos who fought during the Filipino-American War were young and dedicated as well.

    Mamerto Natividad and Flaviano Yengko were the youngest Filipino generals to perish on the battlefields while fighting the Spaniards, dying at 26 and 22 respectively.

    Gregorio Del Pilar was 22 years old when an American bullet struck him in the face. He was the youngest Filipino general to die during the Filipino-American War.

    The youth of Rizal’s time was the first generation of patriotic and idealistic Filipino youth. They were the pioneer young generation that offered their talents, strength and lives for the motherland.

    Rizal’s call on the youth to become the fair hope of the motherland is still applicable today. Millions of today’s young people have the ability to build better generations, better future and better civilizations…

    >>>> BUT, WHAT IF THE YOUTH OF TODAY TURN OUT TO BE THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT JOSE RIZAL HAD ENVISIONED for AND DREAMT of, like for instance, the youth become delinquent, addicted to drugs, join violent and criminal gangs, suffer from unwanted pregnancies and abortion, or give in to smoking, drinking, gambling and other vices and in conflict with the law, uncared for, refused to go to school, etc…. In that case, I would say that the youth is now …… the hopeless of tomorrow…

    >>> IN THE LIGHTER SIDE of the comment, kindly allow me people to tell you a short anecdote between a “father and the son”….. plus the short story of the “golden eagle” vis a vis the moral lesson of said stories…… in particular the message to the youth…… as hope of tomorrow………….. the future of the country lies in their hands. HERE THEY ARE, as follows:

    Story of: “A BLIND FATHER & A SON”
    (Anonymous)

    One day a son wanted to test the acumen of his blind father, a wise man.

    Knowing fully well that his father could not see, the son challenged his father to a guessing game. A son queried: “Father, I know you are a wise man in the entire village but let me test your intelligence. Please tell me whether the sparrow bird in my hand is DEAD or ALIVE.”

    The father did not reply outright to the question propounded by his son. After few seconds had passed, he uttered: “My son, if I will say that the bird is alive, you will hold it hard and the bird will die, In that case, you win and I loss. Now, if on the other hand, I will say that the bird is dead, you will now let the bird to fly high alive. Again, I am a loser and you are still the winner.”

    “My son, the answer to your query as to whether the bird is dead or alive, lies in your hand.”

    Moral Lesson…Totoong nakasalalay ang kinabukasan ng bayang ito sa kamay ng mga susunod na henerasyon ka kung tawagin ay “Kabataan”. Dahil ang mga kasalukuyang nanunungkulan ay mga palaos na, at ang sisibol na mga bagong pinuno ng ating bayan ay manggagaling sa hanay ng mga kabataan… of which Jose Rizal alluded to as the “HOPE OF THE FATHER LAND”…

    Story of: “THE GOLDEN EAGLE”
    (Song of the Bird) by Anthony de Melo, SJ)

    A man found an eagle’s egg and put it in the nest of a backyard chicken hen. The Eaglet hatched with the brood of chicks and grew up with them.

    All his life the eagle did what the backyard chickens did, thinking he was a backyard chicken. He scratched the earth worms and insects. He clucked and cackled. And he would trash his wings and fly a few feet into the air like the chickens, After all, that is how the chicken is supposed to fly, isn’t it?

    Years passed and the eagle grew very old (uugud-ugod na). One day he saw a magnificent bird far above him in the cloudless sky. It floated in graceful majesty among the powerful wind currents, with scarcely a beat of its strong golden wings.

    The old eagle looked up in awe. “Who is that?” he said to his neighbor chicken.

    “Ah that’s the Eagle, the King of the birds,” said his neighbor. “But don’t give it another thought. You and I are different from him.”

    Then, the old eagle never gave it another thought. He died thinking he was a backyard chicken.”

    xxx This short story is a challenge …… the youth who would not dare the challenge to aspire for something can be likened to an old eagle. Others would just succumb to the trials and tribulations. Others are afraid to fail so they didn’t give a try….Robert Kennedy once said “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever hope to achieve greatly”. Likewise, Bill Clinton said that “there is no guarantee of success, but not to try is to guarantee failure”.

    After all, everyone has a potential to be great in his own right…… as future leader of the country, particularly an mga kabataan sa Bulan…

    Otherwise, like the above story, we would all die thinking we are a backyard chicken…. Instead of flying high like a golden eagle…

    MAY PAG-ASA ANG BAYAN (BULAN)…. Ito ang ating bayang sinilangan…

    Mabuhay ka rudyb and mr. jun a….. god bless you and your family always….

  5. rudyb

    to : jun a./atty. benji

    before i proceed to compose and write this reply i have some lingering thoughts in my mind if i had to necessarily respond to your write ups as a rejoinder to my observation on the Future of Bulan. but i had to continue anyway as i felt you might have misinterpreted me or did not get my point on my opinion of today’s youth. i have no doubt that the future indeed lies upon the youth of today. you’re right in saying that they are the tangible present entity that connects us in the future. that’s why, every time i open this site i can’t help myself pause for a while and focus on the picture, scrutinize and analyze the faces of the children. first, i am very eager that i might be able to recognize thru their faces, looking for the smallest semblance that i would be able to recognize and guess who their respective parents are – hoping they are the siblings of one my friends or a relative. second, looking at their faces i do recall my early childhood years in our town. flashbacks rushes in my brain – my grade school era, remembering my teachers’ (mrs. del monte, mrs. golpeo, ms. gloriane, mrs. francisco, mr. gojar, mr. zuniga, mr. otilano, etc.) supreme sacrifice in molding our personality. my parents greatest love and guidance (i love you and terribly misses you so much wherever you are…) third, would contemplate what is the future of these children? do we have an emerging leader amongst them? would they succeed given their current environment? what values do they learn? from whom? carefully studying their faces i’m particularly engrossed by the girl in between the one with notebook and with the handkerchief. her face, in my opinion, is so strong, determined and focused. it seems she is challenged by the event (photo session) that someday she’ll be successful and triumphant beating all odds against her. and i agree with her if she will just be guided accordingly and appropriately. but do we have the right leaders today to make it happen?

    going back to the PMA training camp, i will completely disagree with you that this is comparable with the Gulag type youth training camp. first, the institution is not totally isolated from the outside world, they are in constant contact with the corrupt military higher ups. second, their instructors are somewhat corrupt already and they’ll just pass on the legacy. third, the trainee/cadets themselves are the very example that i have mentioned – the aspiring police applicant (though some of them may be idealist). so what would you expect? let’s forget this thing, this is not an appropriate proposition.

    youth of yesteryears, of the past, of the colonial era is totally very different from today’s youth – because they the have the passion, a cause that they are fighting worthy of dying for, so in their veins runs the blood of heroism, the valor, bravery, intrepidness and fearlessness – all the adjectives that would fit and describe their love for our country. Dr. JP Rizal if he is still alive today surely would be very disappointed and a very frustrated person as he expected too much from the youth to be the hope of the fatherland and the movers of the nation – but he is partly to be blamed (pardon me for the word) for the result of his failed idealist aspiration. no matter how genius he is, he lacks the foresight and planning, he felled short of anticipating and preparing for the third, fourth till the execution of the mating move. but we can not blame him totally, he’s no Nostradamus. however, if he had not concentrated on his bla-bla alone and had he just laid down the groundwork and the solid foundation for a well trained, informed, attentive, concerned and responsive youth – presumably there will be less youths that are delinquent, addicted to drugs, joining violent and criminal gangs, suffering from unwanted pregnancies and abortion, or giving up to smoking, drinking, gambling and other vices and in conflict with the law, uncared for, school dropouts, etc…. today.

    the consequences of his failure continued to reverberate up to Pres. M. Quezon with his “I would rather see my county run like hell by the Filipinos”, so the hell is with us today – we are the one suffering, again for lack of foresight and planning. i would say that there was a revival of patriotism during our generation – the Martial Law era, i can still recall, this is my third and fourth high school years before the ML was declared, the happy go lucky and who cares attitude of the youth during that time. we’re not fully aware that the left is already slowly creeping up and preparing for a mass recruitment and resistance right in the heart of our very own town. i can still remember when our barkadas were invited by classmates Ka Pepe and the other guy i already forgot his name, for a mountain hiking/trekking in San Ramon (they’re from that place). they showed us the highest and a very strategic point where you can see the dam and all the vehicles going in and out of Bulan leading to the divided hill with a curved road. with a binocular you can identify a civilian from military vehicle. not knowing that these places would be the site of the most bloodiest encounters and ambucscades during the ML days. after the trekking, drinking spree followed and introduction to the leftist propaganda. so many of my 4th year classmates (almost half) joined and almost all of them perished. with today’s rice crisis, again it reminds me of the same crisis during those years, while we are waiting for the rice delivery trucks someone has shouted “yaadi na” and off we ran to the old municipal building to queue up only to find out it was not rice but truckloads of stacked lifeless NPA bodies and there lies one of my classmates – Norma Fruto with a gaping wound in her back. there are lucky “returnees” like Jun del Monte (my childhood playmate), Francis Burgos (a friend) who later became a doctor and others and those who continued, the most prominent of which is the lady from Iraya (forgot her name) who rose from the ranks to became the 3rd most powerful and only woman Politburo member of the CPP. she was later captured somewhere in CAMANAVA area (i think in Malabon). these youths has something in common with the revolutionary youths which is the belief that there’s something worthy fighting and dying for – maybe the love for the country. but today’s youth there’s none, and are only exposed to anomalies, corruption, bribery, dishonesty and so forth.

    to go on, the blunder was later on solidified by the Aquino administration, she totally missed all the opportunities to start up with a clean slate governance. maybe not her but again her relatives did it all just like what Marcos did. with Baby Lopa and Mokong or Komong Rodriguez i should say and “baba” Cojuangco around, they plundered the wealth of the country. to top it all they messed up the economy and mismanaged the energy sector that plunged the country into one of our darkest times. so we can not blame Greg and his cohorts (most of whom are bicolanos) if they have launched several coup attempts. but what about if Greg has succeeded in his cause to overthrow her? i would like to believe that probably we would be more stable and progressive as i believe he would implement reforms as a namesake of his group – RAM. correspondingly Estrada did it and Arroyo did it also. that’s why we are all here in this pit right now.

    so where do the youth’s role fits in – again same as you guys, i also believe they are our future but they need someone, a leader or a group of leaders who can and will guide them through, help them out and reinforce them with the good moral values, the right attitudes etc., challenge and motivate them to be the good leaders that we idealized them to become someday. the leaders must have the foresight, good planning skills and has to be worthy and respectable role model.

    but we are different, so we will fly like the king eagle do.

    so i’m through with this and will be just happy to read your respective responses if there will be and i’m sure there will be. habo na ako masurat pa, mapagalon mag-isip saka magsurat baga lalo na kun makurolog na an daliri (sorry forgot the bicol word). no more response from me.

    so until then God bless and regards.

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