“If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.”
— President John Fitzgerald Kennedy
I quote Kennedy not only for admiration of a man of wisdom. This is also warning for the rich, the oligarchs, the caciques and traditional politicians in this country that they better participate in the revolutionary efforts for change. If they do not bring themselves to the realization of what is fair and just for our people, one day the political the political and social volcano will just erupt – more powerful than Mt. Hibok-Hibok or Mount Pinatubo. When it comes – because it will, if the system does not change soon– it will blow them to kingdom come and they will join the dustbin of history, totally forgotten.
Except for a few, nobody remembers the richest man in the Philippines in 1898. But almost everyone remembers Andres Bonifacio – my hero, your hero, our hero. That’s how rewarding is the fight for noble causes, even if you lose in the course of the struggle.
But I have neither the taste nor the desire to fight for lost causes. As I have said before, I have lost many battles but I have also won a number because, as I keep on saying over and over again, the only one who has not lost a battle is he who has never fought one. And I have fought many battles! But I have never lost a war.
In it is in this light that I am waging a struggle for building the road to save our country and our people – the Constitutional Transition Government. (CTG) As an initial guide, I have come up with the CITIZEN’S CREED.
The Citizen’s Creed
1. I believe in the inviolable character of the human person as a creation of the Divine Providence.
2. I believe in the government of the people, for the people and by the people.
3. I believe in the inalienable rights of men – to life, liberty, equality, justice and the pursuit of happiness.
4. I believe that when a government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter and abolish it and institute new government to protect these rights.
5. I believe that sovereignty resides in the people and all government authority emanates from them.
8. I believe that the Armed Forces of the Philippines is the protector of the people and of the State.
9. I believe that the present system cannot achieve the defined goals and objectives of the people for a meaningful, fruitful, progressive, and just life as well as equal opportunities for all.
10. I believe that elections cannot, for now, be instruments to choose the right leaders – the best, the brightest, the bravest, the competent, the clean and the committed.
11, I believe that the present system must change to give way to a new one – that is just and committed, competent and disciplined, determined and unrelenting in the pursuit of defined goals and objectives.
12. I believe that six years of transition is necessary to re-educate and re-orient the Filipino; to introduce the proper values for all; to get rid immediately of the problems of our country like graft and corruption, illegal drugs and smuggling, criminality in all forms, insurgency and separatism, poverty and inequality, oppression and injustice so peace and freedom will prevail in our land.
13. I believe that the Filipino must define his national destiny, free from foreign and colonial influence and dictation; write the correct history of our country and our people.
14. I believe that we must organize and implement immediately a CONSTITUTIONAL TRANSITION GOVERNMENT, based on the provisions of our Constitution , so that these statements of beliefs, objectives and principles will be realized in the soonest opportunity.
If you are convinced and persuaded that these statements of beliefs, principles and goals can save the country from catastrophic results due to distorted values; dysfunctional political, social and economic institutions; the grafters and corrupt in all levels of our political institutions; unbridled criminality down to the barangay level; unrelenting manufacturing, distribution and use of illegal drugs in all corners of the country; and total lack of discipline, then it is time for you to join hands with us to convince any of the three institutions to create a Constitutional Transition Government.
Let’s build a country! Let’s build it together! Think Maharlika! Why Maharlika? – Because that should be the new name of the Philippines which means free men and women. Why should we use the name that came from the syphilitic king of Spain – Philip II? Why not use the name that symbolizes the strength and courage of our people as free men and women to eradicate the figurative syphilis that grips our minds and our hearts? It is a name that comes from the roots of the land, like Thailand for Siam, Myanmar for Burma, Kampuchea for Cambodia and many more countries in Africa which have, for political and historical reasons, successfully changed their names to the delight and benefit of their citizens.
The local objections to Maharlika are due to its association with President Marcos. Well, Marcos did not invent the word. Maharlika came from a time –long, long ago – when the Philippines was a kingdom under King Luisong. Many of its inhabitants called these islands Maharlika. Why the association with President Marcos? – It is due to the fact that Ferdinand E. Marcos was one of the lawyers of the heirs of King Luisong, the owners of the whole country, since there is overwhelming evidence to prove it – OCT 01-4 and its derivative titles, TCT T-498 and 408; a decision based on a compromise agreement between the government and the heirs of King Luisong decided by Regional Trial Court, Branch 111 of Pasay City (before in Manila) as early as 1972; the partial implementation of the decision in many places in the country from the finality of the decision.
Why do I know this story? Well, I took over the case when, after the burning of Pasay City Hall, with the intention of eradicating all the documents on the said case, the case for the reconstitution of the burned documents was ongoing before the same regional trial court.
The other objection to Maharlika is due to the meaning of the word in India, so I was informed. It means big balls. What’s wrong with that? Big balls signify an extra ounce of courage which we desperately need, in these days of cowardice, when Filipinos refuse to fight a system that oppresses them which has become a permanent instrument of continuing inequality and injustice in this land!
I am not the sole advocate for the change of name of the country. Senator Eddie Ilarde of Kahapon Lamang, a keeper of some of Ninoy Aquino’s deepest secrets, is an intense advocate of Maharlika.
So, as concerned citizens, we should break the bonds of our colonial past. Let us think Maharlika – clean our minds of colonial cobwebs which have imprisoned us through the years; intensify our desires to help the less favored in life among our brothers and sisters; cleanse the country from all kinds of sins of the past and of the present; internalize all our humanist values in our hearts and our minds; and build a new Filipino and a new country from there.
As my usual invocation when I write of our country and our people -This is the only life we’ve got. Let’s live it to the hilt as God wants us to live it! Let us make something out of it for the present generation and many more generations to come. And after doing all of these, we can claim to ourselves, in the silences of our hearts and minds, that we have, indeed, lived.
In my next column on September 19, 2015, Saturday, I will reveal, in very specific terms, the goals and objectives, of a Constitutional Transition Government. Watch it!