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  • 🔁 Repost from Maoi Arroyo:

    [Martial Law]

    In 1969, Marcos instructed Executive Secretary Alejandro Melchor and Jose Almonte to study how Martial Law was implemented in different parts of the world. Marcos also wanted to know the consequences of declaring Martial Law. The result of their study stated that, “while Martial Law may accelerate development, in the end the Philippines would become a political archipelago, with debilitating, factionalized politics.” Almonte recalled that their findings led to the conclusion that “the nation would be destroyed because, apart from the divisiveness it would cause, Martial Law would offer Marcos absolute power which would corrupt absolutely.”

    Source: Jose T. Almonte and Marites Dañguilan Vitug, Endless Journey: A Memoir (Quezon City: Cleverheads Publishing, 2015), p. 77.

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    The attitude "That country should not instruct us on human rights because look at what they have done / are doing" is stupid. That's like saying "why should I follow the rules when no one else does?" Or "it's easier for me to go to mass instead of not being an asshole to other people". This is exactly what is wrong with the entire country.

    44 years ago on September 23, 1972, President Ferdinand Marcos declared Proclamation 1081, placing the Philippines under Martial Law. My father was the very first lawyer to challenge the act before the Supreme Court and questioned its legality under the 1935 Philippine Constitution.

    Today, the 1987 Constitution safeguards our institutions from a repeat of Marcos’ Martial Law regime. The Supreme Court is empowered to review all official acts to determine if there has been grave abuse of discretion. Congress cannot be padlocked. Martial Law is limited in duration and effects, even if contemplated by a president. (Source: Section 18 of Article VII)

    If you really love our country, regardless of political beliefs, invest in it. Give it your love, your forgiveness, your righteous and civil dissent. Obey it's laws even if you feel stupid doing so because no one else will. Hold your head high when people tell you "masyado ka kasing honest". Do good work, fall in love, live with honor. Be the best Filipino you can be. And above all, cherish the freedoms that were bought so dearly by so many. Do not abuse them. The Filipino is worth living for, and worth living here for. We are worth changing for, worth loving despite our many frailties. We are worth it all.

    The many will someday stand bravely with the few, though we may have to re-learn our lessons because we always had aborted, personal, and unfinished revolutions.

    We are impatient as a people and as a culture, perhaps we need an evolution - the slow quiet unsung work of true development - more than a revolution. Maybe that's what change means.

    Hope, prayer, vigilance, strength, and honor. This is our challenge and our overwhelming responsibility.

2013 November

  • 🔁 Repost from Maoi Arroyo:

    If you have helped someone or donated money it is unbecoming to declare the amount or % of your income. Just donate and ask friends to do the same. This is not about you.

    If you do not believe in God, it is unbecoming to mock the prayers of those who do. Isn't it logical that if you don't believe in prayer, a better use of your time would be to volunteer? This is not about you.

    If you do not believe in government or relief agencies or the military, it is unbecoming to mock the documented service of others. If you think everyone has an agenda, shouldn't you demonstrate yours by working to make sure relief is deployed properly? This is not about you.

    This is about the survivors. This is about coming together regardless of faith or politics. Don't tell me what you're doing, don't tell me what other people may or may not be doing.

    Facta non verba. Deeds, not words.

    If you have helped someone or donated money it is unbecoming to declare the amount or % of your income. Just donate and ask friends to do the same. This is not about you.

    If you do not believe in God, it is unbecoming to mock the prayers of those who do. Isn't it logical that if you don't believe in prayer, a better use of your time would be to volunteer? This is not about you.

    If you do not believe in government or relief agencies or the military, it is unbecoming to mock the documented service of others. If you think everyone has an agenda, shouldn't you demonstrate yours by working to make sure relief is deployed properly? This is not about you.

    This is about the survivors. This is about coming together regardless of faith or politics. Don't tell me what you're doing, don't tell me what other people may or may not be doing.

    Facta non verba. Deeds, not words.

2013 May

  • 🔁 Repost from Maoi Arroyo:

    Hi Philippines! Stop watching the electoral results.

    Go to bed. Play with your children. See a late night movie. Drink with your friends. Catch up on work.

    Tomorrow will be exactly the same as yesterday: IT'S UP TO YOU AND ME. Who got investment grade? We did. Who keeps the country going? We do. Let's build a future worthy of our dreams!

2012 August

  • 🔁 Repost from Maoi Arroyo:

    I'm slightly irritated by some people's self-righteousness on FB especially when they share things about "how to fix the Phliippines" but do nothing of the kind...

    HOW TO FIX THE PHILIPPINES

    (1) Don't jaywalk. Find the nearest pedestrian crossing or overpass.

    (2) Pay your taxes on time and in full REGARDLESS of whether it will go to crooks because if you don't pay your taxes you are a crook. BTW, this is why you should have registered and voted.

    (3) Donate to the charity of your choice, or even better volunteer and lead projects.

    (4) Don't knowingly plagiarize anything yourself. Be sure to mention you heard about it from a friend or saw it on the internet.

    (5) When discussing sensitive issues such as politics or religion, respect the other person's view point and disagree with them intelligently.

    (6) Never be rude to people who are not "important". Everyone is important to someone.

    (7) Be grateful we live in a country where we have civil liberties, we do not cane our children in public, we have never had a major famine, and women have a right to education and to vote.

    (8) Never complain about the Philippines without doing something about it.

    (9) Be a good ambassador for the country, whether at home or abroad. Acknowledge that our country has problems but don't ever tell them it's hopeless or how much you hate it or how glad you are that you left. If that's the way you feel, please feel free to call yourself an American. A Filipino is someone who cares about the Philippines. (10) Make a difference by being the difference. In the end, it's all up to us. We can't count on "them" to make a better country. We can only count on each other.

    If you don't actually practice what you preach or what you post, then please spare me your beautiful tumblr photo or infographic. Put up or shut up.

    /end polemic