Time supposedly heals wounds. Maybe it also brings wisdom or not at all. The biggest irony of it all is to see naivete write about the naiveness of Aquino’s speech –
“there was only a handful left when P-Noy spoke at the United Nations, Barack Obama and other global luminaries having already appeared on stage before him. I’m not altogether unhappy about it. P-Noy’s speech was quite frankly a little naive.”
What exactly was the cause of CdQ’s disappointment? Here’s the guilty piece –
The crux of the matter lies in the opening statement –
““For so many times in our history, my people have shown that, united, nothing is impossible. We called it People Power. It is my earnest hope, and in the greatest interest of humanity, that we harness the energies of dialogue, solidarity and communal responsibility, so that a global People Power toward equitable progress may be achieved.”.
Have the results of harnessing these energies resulted in social transformation for the better or for the worse??
Take a cue – Philippine people power aka “the mobocracy” has not yielded change. It has instead given birth to a personality of “self-appointed keepers of the EDSA Flame”, positioning itself as having the monopoly of truth about EDSA.
The truth is – the Philippines is far worse divided today than it was before EDSA – no thanks to People Power. As each political aggrupation takes ownership of the mobocracy franchise – the temptation to go to the streets to effect “change” has millions of Filipinos taking the path of least resistance – take up a slogan without thinking – and vive la revolucion.
People power to remove Erap, people power to restore Erap, people power if Aquino does not get elected. And that’s how we Filipinos elect buffoons – with the thinking of a baboon – no offense to the babboon’s embarassment being related to Filipinos.
Just like the 7 minute meeting with Obama that Aquino trivialized – the UN speech was another botched date with Aquino’s “destiny”. As former National Treasurer Leonor Briones puts it – the speech was wanting.
“In terms of content, it was bland, non-controversial. Walang politically wrong pero kulang in details. Halimbawa, nag-focus siya on private-public partnership, cooperation pero sana ma-remind yung rich countries na we are not asking anything from them. We are just asking them to fulfill their promises. May commitment sila na 0.7% of their gross national income should go to developing countries to help them. So, it’s not as if nanghihingi tayo. And that should’ve been emphasized when he asked for cooperation,” Briones said.
In an interview on ANC, Briones said President Aquino could have made a stronger speech before the UN by urging rich nations to deliver on their promise to help their poor neighbors.
“Kung ang maliliit na bansa hindi maka-fulfill dahil sila dapat ang nagbibigay ng resources, hindi nila ginagawa. We should make a greater emphasis on that. Pangako ‘yan, hindi hingi. It’s a commitment which they made in all UN declarations,” Briones said.
While I agree with Briones that the speech was wanting – what I don’t agree with, are the specifics. While we task the developed countries to meet their part of the MDG agreements of providing resources – are we doing ours?
Our ability to meet the MDG is not the lack of resources – but the lack of our ability to think and use the available resources smartly and parlay this into the next level of performance – a diversified, resilient, and prosperous economy.
My two cents worth – Comments in Blue
Allow me then to throw in my 2 cents worth of comments on this Aquino speech
“In a world that has become increasingly globalized, the challenges that we face have become globalized as well.” – DUH… That’s like saying – we have sunshine because the sun rises.
“Climate change; pandemics; terrorism and weapons of mass destruction; transnational organized crime such as human trafficking and the illicit drug trade; the continuing vulnerability of migrants, women, persons with disabilities, and the poor;” has been there even BEFORE globalization.
What Filipinos have is parochial thinking in the face of global challenges. Cathlic morality will not solve the poverty generated by protectionism. The solution is not to use taxpayers to legislate Catholic morality but to free the market and open up the economy so more investors can get to the job of rebuilding the econmy.
“The central revelation here is that for humanity to progress, all nations must progress as one” is downright stupid.
Humanity’s progress did not happen when all nations progressed together. On the contrary, individuals had to take the cudgel of questioning the norms, mores, and established thinking of the nations of the day. It had to take Copernicus, Galileo, Darwin and all thinking individuals to bring humanity to where it is today. Global progress means each individual stepping up to the challenge of living this world a better place than before we stepped into it.
“The industrialized nations of the world can look with pride on the living standards their peoples enjoy. But, as one of my distinguished predecessors once said, “Those who have less in life should have more in law” is downright wrong. Those who have less in life should strive to make their lives better – and the law should provide equally. Nobody gets a free pass just because they have less.
“The message is clear: there are those who need help, and acting with compassion toward those who need help is a response that is both humane and necessary.” – but who wants to help someone who doesn’t want to help himself?
“The chasm between the powerful and powerless, the haves and the have-nots, remains to be bridged.” Thus you need charter change because the protectionist constitution of the Philippines cements the chasm between the oligarchy and those not of the oligarchy.
“Many of you may say you have already given mightily of your resources. But surely we do not need flood and famine to remind ourselves that there is so much more that must be given, because there are so many more who deserve the hope of a better life.”. – This is a damning smoking gun of the Philippines’ culture of mendicancy. Stop bending on your knees like beggars. Use your brain and stand up, think, be proactive, plan, mitigate – solve the next disaster before it happens.
“Rising to the challenges of our era requires, within each of our countries, a strengthened regulatory system. This does not mean a cumbersome, intrusive government, but rather a government that allows private enterprise to thrive, while ensuring that they remain cognizant of their social responsibilities, and empowers them, in turn, toward fulfilling these responsibilities” – But when the private enterprises which thrive are only those that belong to the oligarchy – there is a need to change the investment policies inherent in the system. It is time to level the playing field and provide Filpinos equal access to foreign equity – no more 60/40 limits – remove the caps and let the market decide what structure works best.
“This is what our people put us in power for. This is what the world expects of us as leaders—to be exemplars of what it is to be compassionate human beings, and vanguards of hope for our common humanity” – No we didn’t, we put you there to govern, not as a “vanguard of hope” you bloody DOOFUS. And speaking of hope – your endless stream of gaffes and botched governance don’t give much hope.
But then that’s just a postcript to our national naivete of electing an incompetent candidate on the basis of winnability – Mr CdQ it does not get any more naive than that – an irony that is lost to you and all the 15 million Filipino retards who voted for Aquino.
Tough luck – you are stuck with a lemon – for the next six years. 😆