Principle a word so archaic and foreign long ago removed in Filipino “leaders” vocabulary; if they can have their way would probably outlaw the term. Just look at how they acted in a mob like fashion literally killing the impeachment using their sheer number like a rampaging street mob where reason or logic has no place but chaotic behavior and destruction along their path. How about the head honcho and their henchmen errr fellow commissioners of a constitutional body tasked to oversee an honest, fair, and credible election whose trust rating went down the the toilet? Instead of bowing their heads in shame they hang on shamelessly like leeches sucking the blood of the emaciated people till the last drop. I can go on and on and this blog will run out of digital space crashing the server and we probably will not have covered all of the shameless acts and attitudes of these “leaders” acting like a mob boss than servant leaders.
Looking at the grim scenario and pathetic electoral exercise in our poor abused country hope is nowhere in sight until Ang Kapatiran came along bringing with them Zosimo Jesus “Jess” Mendoza Paredes II a lawyer by profession and civil servant all his life. While his stand in the Subic Rape case is controversial that may go either way depending on how and where one’s outlook of the case perceives it, his action and demeanor says it all. Unlike other leeches errrr leaders who hang on desperately to their patronage position he opted to resign with his principle intact when his stand and that of her Lady boss collided. He’s got the cajones so to speak and sadly a rare breed in this day and age in a nation retrogressing while our neighbors continue to flourish. Here is a quote I lifted off his blog:
Paredes was invited by Ang Kapatiran together with Sison and Bautista who upon seeing the platform and principle of the party embraced it without any reservation. The Party’s strict adherence to its code of ethics and platform based campaign is a challenge they will have to hurdle in a system that favors personality and patronage type of politics.
Patronage and personality based politics thrives in a poor country and runaway corruption goes unchecked because the balance of power or rather power is exclusively owned and monopolized by a few ruling minority elite. Here is another quote from paredes:
Ang Kapatiran with Zosimo Paredes, Adrian Sison, and Martin Bautista are addressing these problems in their thrust towards renewing the Filipino political culture. Their goal is to empower the people and without the help and support of the "intelligentsia" and the middle class it will go nowhere. Their people funded campaign is another people empowerment initiative that is gaining ground and hopefully again with people who are "aware" of the problem will encourage and support.
The bigger dilemma here is do we want a peaceful or violent transition? Armed groups wanting to overthrow and rearrange Philippine society are organized while those who desires peaceful transition are organized in small ego pockets trying to outdo each other whining and lamenting the conditions but doing nothing about it .To top it all their ego gets in the way for an organized collective approach because a whole lot of them are more focused on inflating their ego over their cause or advocacy deluding and seeing themselves riding in their imaginary immaculate white horses in their shinning armour out to save the poor.
We can disagree with what they stood for or the party’s platform, but who among the crap errrr crop of political parties or politicians are in this contest based on principle, integrity and honesty? Whether we like it or not agree with them or not our only choice and hope for a better future will be dependent on how they are received by people who can make a difference. Stay in the sidelines and do nothing and we will forever whine and lament our pathetic condition. Encourage and help them now and we may see others of different political persuasion of any color to follow suit and only then, can we have a flourishing participatory democracy where people dictate the outcome and not the few ruling minority elites robbing the nation blind.