MAY PAG-ASA ANG BULAN – by 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….

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2 responses to “MAY PAG-ASA ANG BULAN – by attybenji

  1. attybenji

    Mr. Jun Asuncion

    Greetings!

    Thank you very much for giving me such privilege and right to post and send articles to your Bulan Observer blog. I hope I can humbly contribute in one way or the other way around as inspiring, rousing, educational, enlightening and informative articles/commentaries to this blog for the consumption of all the tagaBulan readers and, to reach unto the rest of the world where there are Filipinos or tagaBulans, na nagmamakulog san saato sadiri na bungto para sa progreso nan padagos na pag-asenso.

    Again, my sincerest thanks and appreciations to you.

    Sincerely,

    Atty Benji

  2. junasun

    To attybenji + rudyb

    Thank you for your readiness to write articles for Bulan Observer for our kabungtos to read. TagaBulans are scattered everywhere around the globe and we hope to reach them and encourage them to come together for a homecoming at least here in Bulan Observer, a platform for all of us to share things about Bulan, our hometown.

    When you write just activate the Leave a Reply area and I will post it as an article, not as a comment, if your purpose is to write one as such. For convenience, write by using Microsoft Word, copy and paste the whole thing in the said area. Don’t forget to put the title also. You could use the same area when you write a private message to me only that they will not be published. So there’s no need for an e-mail address.

    Thanks again!

    jun asuncion

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