• Election or revolution?


    “No faith is potent unless it is also
    faith in the future,
    unless it has a millennial component. So, too, an
    effective doctrine: as well as being a source of
    power, it must also claim to be a key to the
    book of the future.”
    —From The True Believer by Eric Hoffer

    Election is the new preoccupation of the multitude. The last minute rush for registration is suffocating. Lines span a kilometer in many malls throughout the country. It takes hours to complete the biometrics for everyone on the line. But the prospective voters seem to enjoy the exercise.

    Since I have no affection for voting in this country, I took the trouble of asking prospective voters of all sizes, ages and genders including the weird ones like PNoy and Chiz. Wonder of wonders, they came out with familiar answers – silence in a desperate effort to hide their ignorance or a hope that somewhere along the way, there may be changes for the better.

    They are both stupid and ignorant answers because there is no hope of meaningful changes in the lives of our people, if we use election as a mode of changing our lives. From 1949 up to this day; from birds and bees as well as the dead voting in Mindanao to the favorite Garci Tape of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo; from the computers of Corazon Aquino to the PCOS machines of Gloria and PNoy – nothing has effectively change for the better for the Filipinos.

    Nothing! And you think that your vote can change the lives of the poor and underprivileged and the alienated in this country? You must be joking! If you are not, then you are ready for an honored room in the National Center for Mental Health in Abalos’ City of Mandaluyong.

    Peaceful or violent revolution
    A fairly intelligent person knows that a revolution means systemic change. Systemic change cannot happen in an election. Why? First, election in this country is very expensive, especially for a national office. Being expensive, only the rich or their running dogs can afford to run in an election and win. Of course, there are many idiots in this country who run despite the fact that their chances of winning are virtually nonexistent; but they run anyway to give meaning to their hallucinations.

    Second, since the rich and their running dogs are creatures of the system and they wallow in the luxuries and the perquisites of the system, why should they opt for systemic change?

    So election cannot change the system. It is as clear as day in a cloudless sky,

    The only other way for changing the system, in a manner that is peaceful, is to invoke sections 1 and 3 of Article II of the Philippine Constitution. As I have repeatedly pointed out, these are the only constitutional provisions that can safely change the system. But our problem is the institutions that can change the system are all controlled by the governing oligarchy and its conspiratorial power elites – the presidency, the military and the people. They are all creatures of the system. PNoy is the personification of the oligarch – the cacique. Most of the military leaders have embraced the corruption of the system, including blindly following the man in Malacañang as shown in the Mamasapano incident. The people, as a rule, have become lickers of the asses of the oligarchy and their running dogs by years of control – economically, politically and psychologically.

    This is precisely the reason why I abandoned, after very serious and thorough re-examination, the idea of calling a dialogue to discuss the institution of a constitutional transition government (CTG). It would have been an exercise in idiocy, to the delight of the oligarchs and their running dogs.

    Revolution of the National Transformation Council (NTC)
    The main spokesmen of the NTC appear to be former Senator and Press Secretary Francisco “Kit” Tatad and former National Defense Secretary and National Security Adviser Norberto “Bert” Adviser Norberto “Bert” Gonzales. Both are perceived to have a good set of brains. Both of them are good writers.

    I have taken the trouble of reading the Lipa Declaration and their write ups on the need for a peaceful revolution – one writes about election as a mode of bringing about their concept of revolutionary change and the other talks of mass uprisings as the beginning of a meaningful revolution. As students of history, both ancient and contemporary, they seem to me to have missed some very important points. First, from as early as 1949 up to this day, elections have not resulted in meaningful changes in the lives of our people. Second, uprisings in this country only occur when a branch of the outsider oligarchs and power elite are the ones to trigger the so-called mass uprisings. These refer to the mislabeled Edsa I and Edsa II “revolutions.” They were not genuine mass uprisings; they were manipulated “mass uprisings” by the outsider oligarchs and their conspiratorial power elites..

    The Lipa Declaration, I am sad to say, is not an inspiring document. It is dull and uninspiring. It does not deal with specifics; it deals with grandmother-hood statements like those of weather-beaten traditional politicians.

    For a document to have revolutionary impact, it must shine with incandescent celestial fire. Without sounding presumptuous, I think this is where Bert and Kit should begin, if they want effective results.

    So what is the alternative?
    If a peaceful revolution as conceived by the NTC cannot be achieved, what is the viable alternative? Of course, what immediately comes to mind is a violent revolution. But in the Philippine experience, can such type of a revolution be an immediate alternative to the present system? It cannot be since the traditional Communist Party of the Philippines started its revolution in 1931 and that was 84 years ago; and it has not succeeded. The CPP-NPA started its revolution in 1959 and that was 55 years ago; and it has not succeeded. So that cannot be the alternative!

    Is there any other alternative? Of course there is; as the cliché goes, if there is a will, there is a way. It is as copyrighted as Sun Tzu’s Art of War, Grigor Ferguson’s Coup d’Etat, and Edward Luttwak’s Coup d’Etat. It is not for sale. It is not in print. But it can be found and negotiated. Is it mysterious? Yes!

    I can share two elements for free – a brilliant, charismatic leader and a vision that scintillates as an incandescent magical dream. Brilliant and charismatic leaders like Trotsky and Lenin, Fidel Castro and Che Guevarra and incandescent dreams like those of John F. and Robert Kennedy!

    They are difficult to find. But they can be found, if you try. May be you are temporarily blind because they may be staring at you, straight at your face.

    Fading Duterte option
    The followers of Mayor Rodrigo of Davao City never tire egging him to run for President. He is fanning the hopes of the Dutertistas by saying he may yet change his mind by December 2015 through the magic of substitution. Many people are tired of Duterte changing his mind – now he is running; now he is not. He is like a teenager holding a four leaf clover saying – I love you; I love you not. He is driving his follower nuts.

    Every time Duterte opens his mouth, he reveals himself as not ready for the big leagues, just like the rest of the current presidential candidates, he needs six years seminar in the art of national governance and the science of good behavior and decent language.

    The most revealing side of Duterte was shown in a recent interview as published in one of the Manila dailies. When asked whether he will decide to run for President by December of 2015, his immediate answer was – it would depend on what is good for him or what is good for his party. No mention was made by him on what is good for the country or the people. The statement reveals entirely the man – naked as the emperor with no clothes. I wish that the man were somebody else – with vision, intellectual depth, probably brilliant and committed, and disciplined – and maybe that man could make the difference for this country.

    Is the country hopeless?
    Is the country hopeless? Of course not! Are the majority of the people hopeless? Maybe! To detail the familiar refrain – Erap said weather weather lang yan. He was referring to the choice of the national leader as a matter of destiny. But as I have written before, in complete disagreement with that Erap observation, great leaders create their own weather. They create their own season. Will a great leader emerge in this country to rescue us from the slough of despond? Yes, yes, yes! Sooner than you think!


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    1. Agrees with Mr. Hernandez. By the way Norberto Gonzales of NTC was mentioned in this article.

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    3. You have been repeatedly hinting of a coming coup. I hope if one really happens, the generals will be happy limiting their objectives to only two, namely the holding of an honest to goodness election and charging before the courts all the corrupt, including their being sent to jail without bail. Anything more will only result in failure.

    4. victor m. hernandez on

      Revolution as systemic change
      No amount of revolution will change the system unless there is a deep seated change in the hearts of men, all men, but more importantly the ruling class in business, government and politics. This becasue the system is run by these ruling elites, they lord it over all of us, and they never have it so good. Vested interests will never give up their pelfs and perks without a fight. Their greatest enemy is themselves, their addictions to create more wealth for themselves.They are controlled by their addictions, greed, and avarice. Only a change of heart can unshackled them from this stranglehold. Only the many poor are meek and mild, and will inherit the earth. The few who are very rich will die with their wealth, but will inherit the wrath of poor and that of God, the One that showed us how to live, poor and free from the avarice of power and pelf; courageous but humble , and spoke the truth and of truth, of justice and love, and of community of caring men and women, and shared in the sufferings and joys of living simply but gloriously.
      Such men lived and died young , advocating a just and glorious life, and were killed for those causes. They were the great revolutionaries. No revolution will succeed unless it is this kind of revolution. The revolution to conquer oneself, for the service and love of others, and not just for oneself.Not to lord it over the others, but to serve and love them. The enemy is us, we need to conquer ourselves, then change can happen. As the cliche goes: Let me be the change I want to see. To serve and not to be served; the last shall be the first. This systemic change will take a lifetime. That is the revolution that will be long lasting.

    5. The last time the Philippines saw death and destruction on it’s people was in WW2. That was sixty nine years ago, I think the country needs another awakening that perhaps would open the eyes of it’s people, a “revolution” as being proposed by the National Transformation Council. The NTC, a sinister group of people have been going around the country proposing that revolution, not election is what the country needs right now.

      I agree that a tectonic change of a bigger proportion that will wipe out at least 40% of the country’s population would be a great contribution to the reduction of the worlds overpopulation and poverty. The country does not need useless bodies that simply occupy spaces. It needs productive bodies.

      • How dare you propose that this country needs a revolution . Are you out of your mind. This country only needs a good leader like what happen in Singapore.

    6. Dear Gov. Adaza,

      No matter how incandescent or charismatic or prescient, once the person is ensconced in the seat of power, he/she is lulled into the complacency of comfortable corruption. Easy money easy work. Unless we break down the concentration of power in Manila and devolve the power to the regions then we can have a dilution of power.

      Thank you Sir,


    7. i never heard Du30 said he is running :)

      – now he is running; now he is not. He is like a teenager holding a four leaf clover saying – I love you; I love you not. He is driving his follower nuts….

      your article drive me nuts (^^)

      • don’t agree with bono on his thoughts re Duterte, but I like the way he writes and his choice of quotes.

        I prefer that Duterte will run, at least someone from the south will have a crack on the presidency. Bono never came close.

    8. Daniel B.Laurente on

      I think it was laid out in some way by Dutere what he will do once he become President. If majority of the people ask him to run he can really be forced, he cannot decline the clamor of the majority. No other political party even his own affiliation has publicly voice out their support. Even Mr. Bono himself doesn’t support Duterte. I surmised the reason why he is reluctant to run for President it’s because of that absence of support from major politicians.

    9. Continue your art Mr. Adaza.

      I now understand you. Your past articles made me wonder really what are the things you want to achieved. You gave 360 angles but never tried suggesting solutions and or alternatives which made your reader frustrated. Now, I know why. Which is best with all the considerations. Kudos!

    10. During elections they will tell us that they are the best, the ones who knows how to make things work in the government. They will promise us impossible things like the moon the stars and even the meteorites once they are in power they will be the first to tell us it’s impossible!

    11. REVOLUTON ! Ano pa ? I don’t even need to read this article to have this conclusion.

      • You really do not know the implication , deaths of love ones destruction of properties like what is happening in Syria. I pray that this will not happen to my country.

    12. “Will a great leader emerge in this country to rescue us from the slough of despond? Yes, yes, yes! Sooner than you think!”

      Bono, sirit na! Bitin eh. Give us a hint. Is he a he or a she? Is he Cebuano speaking, Ilokano speaking, Waray speaking, or Hiligaynon speaking?
      Sirit na…