The Meat of the Matter
COUNTERINSURGENCY IMPOSES TERROR AS A STRATEGY. Counterinsurgency implements terror tactics and strategies in its campaign of pacification.
Even before the imposition of martial law, and during the period when Elpidio Quirino was Philippine president, counterinsurgency operations had been hallmark of the government’s pacification campaign and it eventually succeeded in quelling the Partido ng Komunista-Hukbong Mapagpalaya sa Bayan (HUKBALAHAP), rebellion.
The basis of the revolution then as it is now and then is its anti-feudal content and essence.
The dictator Marcos in order to get US support and because the anti-communism bogey was at its height, used it to propel the pacification campaign onwards, this, as if the rebellion or revolution had no basis at all.
FROM THE MARCOS REGIME PERIOD. Negros Island, specifically, our province, Negros Occidental has been the focal point of human rights violations since the Marcos regime, imposed authoritarian rule by declaring martial rule in September 21, 1972.
The worse was, of course, during the period, the late Philippine dictator, imposed his authoritarian rule, citing supposed communist and NPA threats of rebellion as his major reason.
Thus, when he declared martial rule years after, soon after grave, serious human rights excesses were committed by the regime.
COMMITTED LAWYERS POSITIVE FOR NATION’S INTERESTS. The commitment and determination of committed nationalist lawyers to now ensure that human rights be upheld and promoted several steps higher, will move the nation towards nationhood and several steps higher in their commitment for human rights along several aspects.
This was what we gleaned and what had transpired during the third National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) Congress in Bacolod City which took place, from November 29–December 2, last week.
The commitment of hundreds of lawyers all over the country combined with the approval of laws related to human rights under the administration of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III would promote the observance of all aspects of human rights and the observance of International Humanitarian Laws (IHL), which many developed societies the world over are implementing for their countries and nations.
ASIDE FROM PROVIDING PEOPLE’S BASIC NEEDS. Through the years, one thing has clearly emerged; that aside from providing millions of Filipinos their basic needs, one abstract need: justice for one and for all, which is something which is sorely lacking in this nation of 100 million people, justice for one and all.
One can cite many things under which justice should be categorized. And this is that, Filipino leaders must ensure not only liberation from criminal fiends but economic equality, economic justice and social justice which at the moment in the country’s pre-colonial, colonial and modern-day history has been elusive for the people.
The prosecution services, law enforcement agencies, judiciary must deliver government officials, including all functionaries must deliver on all kinds of justice we have cited.
And we mean national government officials, who have to ensure that the institutions of justice work to benefit the Filipino people, as promised.
WHEN MISTAKES ARE MADE, APOLOGIES SHOULD BE GIVEN. Last Monday, at past 2 p.m. we were startled by a voice at the other end of the line, which demanded we apologize to her for an inadvertence which we had made in our opinion/column which she said named her by mistake as the director of a government water firm.
Since we had just wakened up we could not discern heads and tails who was it demanding apology for the faux pas, we had supposedly committed.
The voice was stern and demanding but we somehow learned who she was because she had identified herself, soon after.
As a newsman, we learned she was also a public figure. Now, who would not know Mrs. Pamela Henares, who, in fact, was at the other end of the line calling our mobile phone. From hindsight later, and from her explanation, she said we must apologize for our having identified her as a director of BACIWA and we had written unflattering issues about her. But I reasoned out I was merely fiscalizing officials in a government firm not clearly having discerned yet that she was stridently complaining because we had made a mistake in naming her.
HISTORY ATTESTS TO THIS. The country’s human rights organization, Karapatan-Philippines Chair, Marie Hilao Enriquez, who in fact declares that the Philippine government symbolizes the habitual, nay, historical already practice of the Philippine government’s continuing grave human rights abuses, dares to say and offers proof that the administration of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, has continued the nation colonial and neo-colonial masters’ exploitative and oppressive rule with pacification campaigns as the hallmark of his administration.
This, regardless of the fact and the stark reality that the Aquino family alternately produced heroes and fiends as shown in Philippine history’s unfolding.
The President’s great grandfather was a revolutionary hero of old as the people then fought against the Spanish colonial rulers. His grandfather, Benigno Aquino Jr. father, the martyred Ninoy dastardly murdered by Marcos, according to historians, was a collaborator with the Japanese colonizers, nay, invaders.
The Aquino family, true-to-form, like many Philippine elite families, produced fiends and heroes. The late Manuel Roxas Sr., Mar Roxas’ grandfather, according to historian Renato Constantino was also a Japanese collaborator.
THUS, DESERVE RESPONSES FROM THE PEOPLE. As equal response from the people specifically from various sectors is necessary insofar as cases and incidence of corruption, abuse, oppression and various anti-people’s acts are concerned.
This is probably the reason why in the case of the pork barrel scammer, Janet Lim-Napoles, the magnitude of the graft and corruption has earned widespread disgust from Filipinos, the reason for the equal widespread response from the people spanning the whole country from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
The response from the people is thoroughly justified because the people have been suffering from decades, but it’s being widespread and anger-raising has only now been bared because of whistleblowers who were inside the Lim-Napoles network of corrupt NGOs.
BEING OPERATED AS A CORRUPT-RIDDEN CORPORATION. The Bacolod City Water District is now being operated like a graft and corrupt-ridden corporation, much like the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of Congress. Why did we say this?
The supposedly government-owned water firm has been funded and sustained with government funds, meaning, taxes paid by the people and when it incurs loans, is guaranteed by government such as when it took out a more than P500-M loan from a Japanese lending institution through the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA), which committed so many irregularities during the period the then Gloria Macapagal Arroyo administration held sway. Its Chairman, president and the whole board of directors, were and have been slapped by graft and corruption charges led by its chair, former Congressman even Prospero Pichay.
TOTAL DEVASTATION. The glaring, nay, concrete example of the total devastation inflicted without mercy by Typhoon Yolanda on Eastern Visayas is a lesson in kind, other cities and provinces must prepare for.
And for the first time, people the world over saw that it would not be only strong winds and heavy rains but strong sea surges much like the deleterious effects brought by tsunamis because of earthquakes and which we have seen in the past in the cases of Japan, Thailand, India, Indonesia, and other countries in the Asia region bordered by the Pacific Ocean.
The catastrophe suffered by the Philippines had not been one seen in the world’s history since asteroids purportedly destroyed land masses which later emerged into continents and caused the demise of huge animals which were dinosaur-like.
In the recent past, we have seen that true, the Philippines is vulnerable to earthquakes as shown by the Bohol and Mountain Province incidents, as well as it is in the typhoon belt.
HISTORICAL EVENTS REINFORCE THESE. That imperialism means wars, global warming, death and destruction has been proven in the continuing historical events taking place in the world and having taken place, that it is the cause of destructive global warming as what typhoon Yolanda had wrought in the Philippines triggering a lot of human sufferings and that it cannot now in the future be unstoppable.
The first and second world wars were wars between the imperialist countries fighting for control of raw materials for use in industrial production, that it is control of markets where it would dump its finished products, where it would put in finance investment and where it would carry out exploitation, more than several levels, is and has been now a reality.
That it is the cause of global warming which has also been the cause recently of massive natural destruction through typhoons, tsunamis, surges and floods is in fact, and in effect, a stark reality staring us now in the face.
Typhoon is proof of this.