Central Anarchy

Another stinking cadaver has been dragged out from the closet of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. The massacre of 46 innocent civilians by the monsters she created clearly shows how Arroyo truly sold the soul of our country to the devil by exchanging sovereignty for power and control. The Ampatuans apparently have been given free reign over Maguindanao in exchange for the overwhelming support given to her

Philippine Massacre

Philippine Gestapo's Artwork

through vote rigging and strong-arming during past elections.

The vicious crime perpetrated last Monday made the Abu Sayaff look like frat boy tweeners. It has brought our country international shame and stigma as the worse country for journalists. It’s even being labeled as the worse mass killing of journalists in history. Hitler, Pol Pot and Stalin must be growling in envy down at their 666 Hades St corner Beelzebub condominium. As it is written in Mark 3:27 of the King James Version of the good ol’ Christian Bible: “No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house”. How soooo true and relevant is this verse to our case! Just makes you wonder who really is the strongman now huh? Ever wondered what happened to GMA’s slogan “Strong Republic”? Isn’t it the same statement proudly molded on your plate number and on every plate number of the vehicles of the lawyers, media men and pregnant women who were slaughtered and raped by Gloria’s Ampatuan Gestapo? As worthless a slogan it is, Its seducing a thought enough to gather all these plate numbers and melt them then mold them into bullets then use them on all concerned.

 

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Rags and Mud

Last Thursday, mudslinging returned big time to Philippine politics as the Nacionalista Party unraveled an accusation Trapothat the Aquino family illegaly earned P170-M  from the private road interchange built for Hacienda Luisita on top of P80-M payment for right of way. Cavite Rep. Crispin Remulla said that the SCTEX project overshot by almost P12 billion from its original cost of P21.39 billion to P32.8 billion with alterations and realignment from the original master plan, including the Hacienda Luisita road interchange.

According to the accusers, the alleged road scandal is said to explain why Senator Aquino refuses to dip into the P200-million double insertion allegation against his colleague Sen. Manuel “Manny” Villar on the C-5 road project which Villar’s accusers alleged benefited his real estate firm.

Mudslinging is as ancient as the birds chirping in the air. It is how TRAPOs normally communicate especially during the election season. TRAPO, for those new to the term is a blend word or fusion combining the first syllables of TRA-ditional PO-litician. In the beginning, Philippine journalists and “street parliamentarians” (that is, activists) used “tradpol” to refer to traditional politicians. At some point, someone (in a magical moment of intellectual bliss) must have noticed that “trapo” was a better combination because it’s also the Spanish-derived Tagalog word for rag. They are your seasonal smiling faces hanging on electric lines, They are the names in waiting sheds following “Donated by:, They are the names hastily printed on the donation food packets during Ondoy and They are the ones inside giant Trapo2SUVs with sirens honking on for you to keep to the other side of the road.

Eons ago TRAPOS were headed and bred by no other than former President Marcos under the lab of cronyism. unfortunately remnants survived the attempted purge after the 1986 EDSA Revolution. But due to lack of activism, collective apathy and because of our inherent short-term memory, the infestation grew though the years and peaked during the current regime spawning scandals such as ZTE, Fertilizer Scam, Hello Garci, C-5 Dead End to name a few.  If you look hard enough, you will understand  that the *EDSA revolution was actually a revolt against the effects  of TRAPOism more than dictatorship.

In today’s age of modern individualism, we should already have developed a revulsion against TRAPOs. A kind of vile churn in the stomach you may feel when glancing a roadkill. We should be wiser now…we should be tired of the political crap they try to feed us every now and then. Mudslinging is a caveman tactic used by Neanderthal politicians. It has no place in this day and age.

1991 Henry F. Carey Christian Science Monitor (Boston, Mass.) (Aug. 19) “Aquino’s Challenge: Electoral Reform” p. 18: In the 1987 legislative elections, the National Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL)—which exposed President Ferdinand Marcos’s attempts to rig the 1986 elections—did not contest the election of many traditional politicians, derogatorily called trapos (Tagalog for “dirty rag”) *Comment by Jose F. Lacaba 21 Feb 06 http://www.doubletongued.org/index.php/dictionary/trapo/

Patron Saint of Philippine Politics

I ran into post about a little known Philippine incorruptible and unrecognized local Saint named Sta. Filomena (Check out the interesting post at FILIPNO eSCRIBBLES on my blogroll) A prayerful young lady who died in her 20’s, she was buried and was found totally preserved when exhumed. Apparently more interesting is the claim that even her eyes

incorruptible

An Incorruptible

were found untouched by decay. Sta. Filomena, already considered an unofficial Saint by many in Binan Laguna and is highly revered due to the many claimed miracles already attributed to her intercession. Unfortunately though the Catholic church has not progressed on canonization many believe to be due to the fact that she is now under the auspices of the Iglesia Filipina Indipendiente or the Aglipayans. The IFI, if you’ve read our history separated from Vatican control to pursue a more nationalistic approach to religion.

It’s sad enough how politics sometimes gets mingled with religion but  it’s even sadder when crime becomes part of it. Case in point: Jesus Malverde aka the Mexican Patron Saint of Narcotics. Yep you’ve got it

Jesus Malverde

Santo Jesus Malverde

right, our cultural cousins in South America have their own Patron Saint for selling mind poppers. Apparently Santo Jesus Malverde in one form or another can be found in the possesion of most South American drug pedlers from the mansion of  Don Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman  in Sinaloa to the little twig hut of Uncle Hector down in Tijuana. St. Malverde is said to protect and bless not only drug barons and pushers but narco-politicians as well (Check out the funny resemblance to a former president…mustache and cowboy hat and all). He is also said to be floating out there keeping an ever-watchful eye out for the poor and the oppressed. 

Mexico and the Philippines are married by vitue of religion, culture, trade and some would even argue in terms of psychology. Raised by Mother Spain, both countries inherited the Latin machismo attitude and the short fuse that comes with it. Tutored by the Catholic faith, Mexicans and Filipinos enjoy similar religious practices and dabble  and enjoy in familiar customs and superstitions. Similar economic situations force populations to immigrate or work abroad to survive. Mahathir of Malaysia was once quoted saying that Filipinos are actually not Asians but rather misplaced South Americans. I must confess that I tend to subscribe to this point of view. Now with a tequila in my right hand and a burrito on my left, I can’t help but wonder if our local politicians deserve to have their own Saint to call out to…or maybe they already have. Some say the sacred name to mutter would be Santo Mike de la Malacanang others claim to petition directly to Santa Gloria de Lubao. Although I highly doubt if they would make it as incorruptibles 🙂