Thursday, 17 April 2014



Or all after hearing Aquino's holy week message 
and seeing the real sacrifice of those 
really yearned for Justice

It was yesterday, April 16 when President Aquino reminded Filipinos to reflect on the "supreme sacrifice" of Jesus Christ who had "offering his life to save mankind" by encouraging Filipinos, as Christians, also to make sacrifices for the greater good of the nation. The message seemed to be factual that everyone should endure the hardship, sacrifice all for the sake of righteousness the Philippines should lean towards to.

However, to most, if not all people, those words seemed to be far different from the reality, such as a system that had failed to uplift the people, if not a President who seemed lazy or just intentionally aloof to heed the voice of those who yearned for justice. The supreme sacrifice had somehow realized by long queues at the LRT, MRT stations, of increasing prices yet low wages, of farmers still facing age old feudal relations and the rising ranks of unemployed difficultly seeking employment. The system whom presented as righteous is all but a rhetoric fell mostly in the intentionally aloof populace who thinks that the system did nothing except false pride and nonsense.

True to say about sacrifice, frugality, simplicity, and devotion to the people so as to serve God. But in reality, despite the message what President Aquino and his clique stated, people had sacrificed much just to see the system rather enjoying in the hardships of the common man. Issues such as the Pork Barrel Scam exposed how taxes being paid by everyone had end up used by those who self gratify while seeing unpaved roads, incomplete projects, a slow mass transport system, and even insufficient air conditioning in the summer that compels Aquino and Petilla to apologise! Sacrifice as according to the system, but why apologise?

And how about the rich whom should paying taxes greater than those who are being ordered to pay in the orders of Henares? Had the Ayalas, Sys, Tans, and other compradores and oligarchs still pay less yet benefiting more from the hardships of those who had worked in their establishments? How come the latter remained repressed regardless of the so-called development being presented? Is it also meant sacrifice for the greater good? Or the "greater good" of the Oligarchs controlling the system?

Right was the statement of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, as it says:

"The Lord grieves over the rich, because they find their consolation in the abundance of goods." Let the proud seek and love earthly kingdoms, but blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven." Abandonment to the providence of the Father in heaven frees us from anxiety about tomorrow. Trust in God is a preparation for the blessedness of the poor. They shall see God."

But that blessing will realize with the actions of the people yearning for real social Justice. As the inconvenient reality lies in this, according to James 5:4, said:

"Behold, the wages you withheld from the workers who harvested your fields are crying aloud, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts."

As 90% of Filipinos, "hunger" and "thirst" had been their daily bread and wine, that repression is just and being oppressed, bled dry or screaming in pain is a blessing, but how about the system who had afford to say about sacrifice yet seeing them gorging in wine, eating flesh squandering the hardships of the people day by day? Yes, behold anything the system witheld from the disposessed, repressed masses who for centuries who are also being fooled! So much for religious statements the system had afford to use in their propaganda alongside posters of various politicians calling for "forgiveness and reconciliation", not knowing that the Christ they had worshipped is a rebel who stood against the prevailing order whom tolerates oppression, discrimination, injustice, anything what the lord see as filth. He is the same Christ whom had forcibly evicted the vendors from the temple, of healing and forgiving those who had been abhorred, of feeding those who are hungry, and even urging everyone to fraternize with the oppressed. These examples are contrary to what the system whose leader had afford to say about sacrifice and Jesus Christ himself.

And since the President had afford to say sacrifice like those of Jesus, is it directly being told to the victims of Yolanda wherein being treated like waste and given spoiled rice from the Social Welfare Department? To the People enduring the long crowded lines in every LRT and MRT stations? The unemployed and those at the picketlines like Pentagon steel? To the victims of forced evacuations at Mindanao? To the homeless after being forced evicted at Sitio San Roque months ago? These people had sacrificed for days, weeks, months yet despite their hardships imposed, these people had rather gone tired, rather than contented, of what this writer think of as forced contentment. Marx would been right to say that the establishment had treated religion as a holy water that consecrates the eucharist yet at the same time having bloody, if not soiled hands of repression and injustice.

When will people, particularly those on high realize that they had failed to do righteousness and justice? Again, as is writer said earlier, people had remained hungry, thirsty, dispossessed, ill for days, weeks all regardless of the statements and pseudo-actions primarily made to save face in midst of controversy and currying attention. And these same people had still demanding the impossible, a realization of an aspiration that is left in paper and nearly lost for generations.

Yes. They're still carrying their crosses, enduring the wind, scorching heat and sudden rain, but that road they're traversing isn't the road what the system had promoted as "righteous", but a path that somehow really leads them to freedom and justice.