Road to revolution

17

All I say is by way of discourse, and nothing by by way of advice.”
• Montaigne, the brilliant French essayist, as quoted in the preface of “The True Believer”
by Eric Hoffer

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This is what I’m exactly saying in my columns. For now, it is just discourse and analysis. It is not advice or advocacy. Discourse and analysis are in exercise of freedom of expression or free speech which is protected by the Constitution. Advice or advocacy. Discourse and analysis are in exercise of freedom of expression or free speech which is protected by the Constitution. Advice or advocacy skirts the fringes of inciting to sedition under our criminal laws. Unless one is prepared to lead a revolution or be an integral part of the leadership of the revolution, it may not be safe to advocate it unless one is prepared and ready to launch it.

I am not intending to lead a revolution, for now, except on the level of words – meaning an analysis and discourse on the legitimacy and probable need of the Constitutional Transition Government. I do not discount, however, becoming one of the integral leaders in a revolutionary movement. It depends on the time and the circumstance. Most of all, it depends on my readiness to participate in the revolutionary struggle.

Kinds of political revolutions
There are many kinds of political revolutions – revolution from the left, revolution from the center, revolution from the right and a separatist revolution. Some of them could be peaceful; some violent. Many a time, it is better to have a peaceful revolution; most of time, it is best that it is violent. Whether it is peaceful or violent depends on the circumstances and the temperament of the leadership of the revolution.

THE LEFT: The revolution from the left is that of the poor and the deprived. It is composed of the outsiders from government and those who do not wield economic power, who are oppressed and unjustly deprived of their rights as citizens and as human beings. But the leadership usually does not come from the poor as the poor are, as a rule, uneducated and unenlightened – busy in their preoccupation with day to day survival. The leadership comes from the educated revolutionary rich. There are concrete examples of that in this country – the Lavas of Bulacan, Jose Maria Sison of the Ilocos, and Edgar Jopson of Manila.

In the current context, the revolution of the left is the continuing revolution of the CPP-NPA. It is a revolt of the poor against domestic colonizers – the oligarchs, the hacenderos and caciques, the lords of all kinds and the vested interests who constitute the elites of our land. But it is a revolution that has not captured the imagination of the poor. In a limited extent, it has captured the imagination of the young in the colleges and universities but with declining attraction with the passing of the years. In some areas of the country it has deteriorated to banditry without any legitimate purpose.

THE RIGHT: The revolution of the right is the revolt of the upper classes which the existing government keeps at bay. These are members of the privileged classes who are out of power – meaning outside the circle of power. An interesting example in this country was the so-called “Edsa Revolution.” To begin with, the people were not involved in the plan to mount the so-called revolution. In truth, it was a coup d’etat –stroke of state, an accident of history by the error of judgment of President Ferdinand E. Marcos. (FM)

Why error of Marcos? After knowledge of the plot when some of the plotters were arrested in Malacañang, Marcos should have arrested all the plotters and terminated all of them as a lesson for everyone. Failing to do that, he should have authorized his air force and army to pulverize Enrile, Ramos, and the rest of their gang into dust.

After all Ramos and Enrile did not do it for the country. They had no announced dreams for the country. They were out to save their skin. They became the willing tool of the elites operating out of government – the Aquinos and their band of manipulators and pretenders succeeded to manipulate the people.

Thus, a country in shambles today and the credit should go to Ramos and Enrile. Thanks but no thanks.

THE CENTER: This is the revolution mounted from the center of power with the view to reforming the system or preventing itself from being deposed. This is the revolution of President Marcos with the view to installing a New Society – creating a society where Filipinos control the economy in their own country; where infrastructure and agricultural programs were designed to suit the demands of the country and the masses; where Filipinos should undergo the desired re-orientation to become a true Filipino.

This is a footnote to history. In my last one and one with President Marcos in a wooden and rattan sofa on a passage way at the back of his office, this conversation took place:

President Marcos: “You know Pañero, you should join me for several reasons. First, we both graduated from the UP College of Law. Second, we both dream dreams for our country, Third, you are an ideologue and so am I.” Then, he paused after what seemed to be an eternity, and he continued, “And on top of that we are two of a kind.”

My reply was direct to the point: “I cannot join you, Mr. President, for two reasons. If I join you now what will people think of me – that you bought me. And if they think of me in those terms, I might as well resign as governor because then I no longer deserve my people. Besides, what will happen to your propaganda that democracy exists in the Philippines because of people like me? It will go down the drain. Moreover, there is no royal road to the Promised Land. You travel yours and I travel mind. One day we will meet there.”

Reviewing the programs of Marcos and their implementation, I feel very deeply today that I should have joined President Ferdinand Marcos in his terminal years. I should have sacrificed my erroneous perception of the smudge in my honor and integrity if I joined him. I should have thought of the country first – even if in the interim some people would have thought ill of me by joining President Marcos.

But I am not God. Like any human being, no matter how brilliant and talented, I also commit mistakes. At least I am honest to admit my mistakes because I hate pretenses and pretenders of all kinds.

Maybe, if I joined him, the history of the country would have changed. But of course that’s a lot of speculations and speculations do not make history.

SEPARATIST REVOLUTION: In our country, there are four separatist revolutions – the Mindanao Independence Movement (MIM), the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).

All these groups want Mindanao to be an independent Republic. In the case of the MNLF, MILF and the BIFF, they want to establish an Islamic Republic in Mindanao.

Ways of mounting a revolution
In the current context, there are four established ways of mounting an armed revolution – the Mao Zedong formula of surrounding the cities from the countryside; the Leninist formula of insurrection in the cities; a coup within a revolution; and a fight in the areas of conflict.

The Mao formula of surrounding the cities from the countryside does not work in an archipelago like the Philippines; it works in one body of land like China and Vietnam. Fighting a revolution from the mountains is as stupid as anything could be. The enemies are in the cities – they are in the places where the revolution should be mounted. In the case of the Philippines, you only capture Metro Manila to capture the whole country. Examples – EDSA 1 and EDSA II!

In the mountains, your enemies are bad weather, lack of food and shelter, snakes, leeches, mosquitoes and lack of proper medicines and medical attendance. You need an example of failure – the CPP-NPA Revolution which was started in 1959 and that was 54 years ago. If that is not failure, I’d like to see one. Besides, you cannot mount a revolution with leaders outside the country or by not using your head. The methodology is simple. It does not need any intelligence to realize that.

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  1. “Reviewing the programs of Marcos and their implementation, I feel very deeply today that I should have joined President Ferdinand Marcos in his terminal years. I should have sacrificed my erroneous perception of the smudge in my honor and integrity if I joined him. I should have thought of the country first – even if in the interim some people would have thought ill of me by joining President Marcos.

    But I am not God. Like any human being, no matter how brilliant and talented, I also commit mistakes. At least I am honest to admit my mistakes because I hate pretenses and pretenders of all kinds.

    Maybe, if I joined him, the history of the country would have changed.”

    Thank you for enlightening people. I hope one day we would get to see you and others who witnessed the Marcos leadership talk about the many points and programs that had truly benefitted the Filipinos so that generations now would know what genuine governance and public service really mean. The country has not seen it in decades, and wouldnt it be another tragedy if folks of your generation and caliber who have seen them firsthand and live them still, are not be able to impart it to future Filipino and Filipini leaders? It will, i believe, somehow would be righting a wrong in ways because lessons need to be learned. God bless po. more internet discussions po sana pls, i watched you on egyolk on youtube-they are very educational

  2. Well said Mr. Adaza. The only problem why there’s no revolution today even if this president is bastardizing the constitution and the taxpayers money is because everybody who is being well paid by malacanag.

  3. There are true, honest and conscious people ready to step up. The true history of hero’s like General Carlos Mallana could be part of this article. Left wing and right wing aside, it is time for conscious leadership to step up.

  4. The much needed revolution against PNoy is already long overdue. Too much damage have been done and keeps our country deteriorating by the minute

    The so called “heroes” that fought for our “freedom” and “democracy” are now seems to be nowhere to be found among us. There are some that mutated into the same “monster” that they once fought. The only difference is that they turned “yellow”

    These events just confirmed the greatest error committed by the people of the Philippines as well, when they joined the “EDSA 1 revolution”

    Yet, until today, many people continue to commit the same mistake: they still hate Marcos

    BTW, the rally executed by the INC was also a supposed to be a big opportunity that we have lost. Too many mocked them and got enraged because of the traffic they’ve cause.

    Now that they were long gone, we are still suffering on much worse traffic. If we only have supported them, we could at least score against PNoy. We could at least demand things that should be fixed and force some of PNoy’s minions out, especially, to regain the peoples’ control of COMELEC. We are his “bosses”, right?

  5. Amnata Pundit on

    All the ingredients for a revolution are present here today, except for one: an effective propaganda movement that shows the people all the ways that they are being screwed and by whom. Thats where all the genius should be applied.

  6. Last month, you have heralded that you will convening, at your own expense, a group that will discuss the formation of a transitional government. Sir, it’s now October.

  7. To start a revolution in the Philippines, first, you need to educate the zero and low-information voters who tend to vote based on name-recognition. Without this education, all idealistic and high-sounding plans will come to nothing. Through the electoral process, the revolution should aim at taking one city at a time, such as Manila. With modern technology and widespread use of social media, it should be possible to form volunteer committees that can disseminate information about corrupt candidates and the oligarchs behind them who are only concerned at maintaining wealth, power and influence. Maybe some sort of Edsa can take place through the ballot box. But the people have to be informed, turned on and energized. In the absence of leaders who are “clean” or “untainted” and inspirational, the people will just remain apathetic and indifferent. As they say, “same old,” “same old”. Maybe someone like the late EdgarJepson from Ateneo University, a hero in the fight against the Marcos dictatorship, will come out from nowhere and lead the people to victory – one city at a time.

  8. Its a historical article that every Filipinos should care to know especially the younger generation who has the least idea of what had really transpired those years.

  9. Bono Adaza says, “Reviewing the programs of Marcos and their implementation, I feel very deeply today that I should have joined President Ferdinand Marcos in his terminal years.”

    Bono is one of the critics of Marcos who now realized, that all along, the program of government of Marcos is right. Even columnist Rod Kapunan who was jailed during the Marcos administration, also admitted now that the programs of Marcos are correct.

  10. Thank you for the wisdom. May your tribe increase to tell the truth about our country. Please elaborate more on the Marcos ideology and paradigm for the country which was so demonized. Also please if it is possible to tell the veracity of the Tallano Story of which Marcos story is so much woven to and to our history as a nation

    • The book titled “Marcos Dynasty” written by top investigative author Sterling Seagrave details how Ferdinand Marcos was able to get his hands on the 720,000 metric tons “Tallano gold bullion” estimated in today’s economy at 250 trillion USD. Marcos was also successful in recovering the bulk of the Yamashita treasures.

      Find out that Marcos was never into governance. He spent most of his time consolidating his power to fully recover the Tallano and Yamashita treasures which made him a real major player in global politics.

      Very interesting read particularly the character of a certain priest named Fr. Severino Diaz.

    • Homo and Bono are latin words. Homo means human and bono means good. In English, Homobono means goodman. How about you, Canuto? Are you a Canu or an Uto?

  11. Lenin was out of Russia when the Bolshevic revolution was gearing up. He came in the picture when he Bolshevic & Melshevic are in power. It does not matter where the head (leader) is, as long he is in contact regularly. Yes, it would be better if in the land of revolution. Success of revolution depends in the condition, time, place, needs and suffering….

    • Pls, do not compare our home grown revolutionary leaders to Lenin, they are worlds apart. Lenin predicted that there will be no revolution in Russia because it was a peasant country. Trotzky proved Lenin wrong by starting the revolution in the streets of Petrograd. That is why Lenin had to be smuggled to the Finland Station. Lenin’s exile in Zurich was only for months. Our types, Joma and Misuari had been hiding for ages abroad. If they are brilliant and courageous, they should be here. Are they waiting for a Trotzky? Well the Trotzky that i know will not even allow them to return here..