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Wang-Wangs and Land Reforms

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(Wang)-Wang Inang Yan

“Kayo ba ay minsan ring nalimutan ng pamahalaang inyong iniluklok sa puwesto? Ako rin. Kayo ba ay nagtiis na sa trapiko para lamang masingitan ng isang naghahari-hariang de-wangwang sa kalsada? Ako rin. Kayo ba ay sawang-sawa na sa pamahalaang sa halip na magsilbi sa taumbayan ay kailangan pa nila itong pagpasensiyahan at tiisin? Ako rin.

“Walang lamangan, walang padrino, walang magnanakaw. Walang wang-wang, walang counterflow at walang tong!”

Those are just some of the words that sinked into the minds of the Filipino people after P-Noy’s inaugural address last week. It has been well accepted by the majority of the people who managed to spend time watching him talk for 23 minutes straight. It was a very simple and a very humble move indeed for a President to say that he’ll be having no special treatments while travelling. After all, on the way to the Malacanang and Quirino Grandstand, he did observe the traffic rules by stopping when the light is red, u-turning in the proper direction instead of just going left and yeah, he didn’t use any sirens.

It was deemed as symbolic, inspiring and a “new start” by the media people and ordinary citizens alike (More on the “new start” part later) I guess that’s what happens when you just spent 9 years dealing with a President whose face can be compared to those Michelin tires or those college books that you used to have, masyadong makapal kasi e.

What’s funny is, a day after the inaugural address, the driver of the jeepney that I was riding on the way to school almost got into a fight because of guess what? Traffic issues. Yeah, such an inspiring speech e?

Anyway, to cut the shit short, I am one of the people who weren’t really impressed with how Mr. Aquino addressed the Filipino people in his big day. His rhetoric professor back in Ateneo must be so proud of him though as through his 23 minutes of speech the we were drowned in a pool of rhetoric. And oh God, the Filipino people loves it. Can’t blame them though, as the emotions of the Filipino people were naturally high at that very moment.

Once again, we were plastered with band-aids and pain killers, heck.. put in some morphine and heroin in there too. Because for a day, through Mr.Aquino’s speech, we were able to forget the present problems. And much like painkillers and narcotics, Mr Aquino’s speech delivered also no effects for the long run.

He gave us what we wanted to hear, much like how a drug addict feels each and everytime he injects a syringe of heroin into his veins. But at the end of the day when the effects are over, he’s still his old miserable self.. waiting for another moment where in he’ll have his chance of injecting a new one into his blood, much like how we’re still the same, 27 million Filipinos are still starving, millions are still jobless and homeless.

While we heard what we wanted to hear, some of the things that we needed to hear went AWOL. Concrete solutions on how to end unemployment, a concrete plan on how to reduce those 27 million Filipinos who are starving and uhm, land reforms. Amidst the beautiful things that Mr.Aquino said, amidst all the rhetorics and the simplicity and the humility in the 23 minutes of his address, he failed to deliver the right words that will make me feel realistically hopeful for this country. It’s basically the same shit.. from a different politician. Don’t tell me you haven’t heard all those things from a certain guy named Joseph Ejercito Estrada before?

To conclude this one, the country’s problems roots more than it meets the eye. While it’s nice to see a President leading by example, it’s not like we haven’t heard all of the things that he said before. I’m quite disappointed that I didn’t hear anything on the things that matters more than traffic problems and sirens. It’s time to face the music Mr.President, and I hope it won’t be all about “Wang Wangs” and asshole drivers.

Same shit, different leader.

Yesterday, about 40 farmers were violently arrested by the Manila Police while doing a peaceful demonstration regarding land reforms, something that President Aquino missed out on his inaugural address. Some of the farmers that were included in the demonstration were farmers from Hacienda Luisita, a hacienda owned by none other than the Cojuangco family. Now you know.

Which brings me to this, I thought things are going to be different now? This is how Gloria Macapal-Arroyo handled things back then, now here we are, with Noynoy Aquino promising to be CWGMA’s anti-thesis, doing the same old things that Mrs Arroyo’s government used to do to her critics. That doesn’t sound good.

It is also interesting to note that 23 years ago, 13 protesters were killed also in Mendiola. Ironically it was under the regime of the late President Corazon Aquino, who happened to be Noynoy’s mom. The issue at hand? Land reform.

If Noynoy truly wants us to believe that things are going to be different right now, well facing the issue at hand and not hiding behind the brutal force of the police would be a good start.


Written by bassman500

July 5, 2010 at 1:52 AM

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Dear Angelo,
    I enjoin you as you condemn the violent arrest of our beloved 40 farmers but, I don’t think blaming the president for this mess is a good start.
    These are, in my perspective, is at the concern of local government of Manila. Lim however, should take full responsibility over his cops unacceptable demeanor.
    P-Noy may have more other important issues to worry upon though, am not saying these weren’t important. Bureaucracy can take blame over this.
    Pls remember, new DAR secretary, secretly came to the Hacienda farmer’s hub, consulting them of what he can do to be of help. On the hindsight, there should have been a mutual understanding between the stakeholders.
    Let us open our hearts and minds to whatever he may reply.
    But, will call P-Noy’s attention regarding this ASAP.
    Keep on blogging to give your readers a square thoughts on issues facing us.
    More power and best regards!

    ken D.

    July 5, 2010 at 2:34 AM

  2. Dude come on.

    I think we should be lucky if he rubs years of government disbelief.

    when was the last time we had a good administration?

    Oh yeah… 1997… before the economic crisis that swept southeast asia.

    up to this time, noynoy still thinks that he is fighting the administration – that is how bad the previous administration was to its people.

    while i’m beginning to wonder if he’ll be another transition president just like his mom, i hope and pray that his administration could reclaim the people’s trust.


    July 5, 2010 at 7:48 PM

  3. and yeah it’s too early to see any progress in his system.

    are you still pissed gordon lost? 🙂


    July 5, 2010 at 7:49 PM

  4. If you’ve actually read what I’ve said above, you would see that what I basically said above is based on what Noynoy said or what he didn’t say in his inaugural address. Up to now, I’m still amazed at how he still keeps his mouth shut regarding the issues that haunted him and his family before. Is that a sign of good leadership? One week done, and I’m not impressed. I know a lot of people aren’t too.

    And oh, under Mr.Democracy, 40 people were violently dispersed while doing a peaceful demonstration, is that what you call a good sign?

    Open your eyes man, this is more than what it seem it is. Don’t let it bite you in the ass afterwards.


    July 5, 2010 at 9:48 PM

  5. […] one of my previous entries, I pointed that I wasn’t really impressed with how President Aquino delivered his inaugural […]

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