The article provided a widespread and clear canvass of the Philippine politics. It reflected our reality by tackling political issues such as corruption, distribution of the pork barrel, vote buying, and dependence of the poor citizens to politicians. These unlawful acts are being performed and propagated by our lawmakers themselves. It enlightened me on what kind of politics we are experiencing throughout the years. That such did not happen overnight but in every day and in every way when man’s own agenda overtakes the national interest.
One person’s personal intentions and greed has the capacity to drastically affect thousands. Worse, there is not just one who controls the country, but a two full-packed house with varied interests. These men and women in legitimate position control 94 million Filipinos and the 7,107 islands of the archipelago. Their power and authority gained through election, an exercise of democracy as most people know, now allows them to exercise their ‘democracy’ as well. And those “trapo” out there consume the pork barrel and gives some or a little bit to their respective provinces.
To blame or not to blame? But who’s to blame? I cannot say that there is no one to blame when THERE ARE A LOT! There is a need to root the causes for all these. It is for us to know where, how, what, and when to start doing the solutions intended for a progressive economy and REAL-LIFE democracy. Well, it’s not a mind-boggling question at all. We, the FILIPINO people are to blame for this kind of political turmoil. Obviously the government officials caused a great deal of damage in the country, its name, and the citizens. And we too have our specific roles and responsibilities to execute.
It is not just about waiting for the next mistake of the state and then putting it on newspaper for the citizens to be informed. It is not just about reading, critiquing, and being dismayed with the reality that we experience. And definitely, it is not about apathy. There are many apathetic people in the country because they have been paralyzed, but that is another discourse. The People’s Power WE have the power to ALTER the system. What this country needs is us – the Filipino people with a fixed eye on honor, integrity, honesty, development, equality, and democracy of all. I may sound idealistic and ambitious.
But I just can’t help but hope and dream for a more efficient political system for us and the generation to come. I agree with the author’s two-pronged long term approach. I think that it would be great to have the budget cut for the congresspersons for the bulk of it to be placed on the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and other helpful sectors in the government. There is a need to strengthen and empower our agencies for its plans and projects be materialized. Another is the changing of our mentality. There is no exemption whether you are poor, rich, or right there in the middle.
A changed mindset is integral to a person’s well-being and disposition in life. What more if the whole country would have a change of mind? Imagine the transformation that would happen! The author specifically points out the change from being a mendicant to becoming a benefactor or contributor. It is for us to help ourselves and the community as a whole. The power is in us. Where is Real Democracy? Given all the issues and problems that beset us, the question that lingers on my mind is: Where is real democracy? Do I really know what it means? Is it real to me?
It is one thing to think and describe what should be done. I can no longer continue this paper. These are what I realized: To use one’s capacity for the common good is to exercise true democracy. To unite as one whole country and use collective resources, intelligence, wisdom, and more for the betterment of our present society and political system . . . is to hold and live REAL DEMOCRACY. Then I can stop hoping and dreaming. For I know and see that democracy is not only or should be from above, below, or middle, but FROM, THROUGH, AND FOR ALL. With that, we need a revolutionized mind and a reformed state.