Pilipinas – Saan Patungo?

Philippine FoodQuo Vadis Philippines ang una kong artikulo dito sa blog na ito. Latin ang titulo, Ingles ang nilalaman. Magmula sa Latin at Ingles, Pilipino naman ngayon.

Limang modelo ng pamumuno ang nakikita ko sa limang kandidato sa pagka-Presidente. Tignan natin sila:

  • Si Binay parang isang katutubong datu, iyong kanyang mga sister cities parang mga alyansa ng mga datu noong araw – Raiding, Trading, Feasting
  • Si Duterte tila parang si Raja Mangubat sa teleseryeng Amaya, pero ang kanyang Federalism parang Kahimunan ng mga Lumad
  • Si Santiago naman, awtoritaryo at tradisyonal, ang kanyang pag-iisip mana yata sa mga batas na galing pa sa mga Kastila
  • Si Roxas naman, technocratic, tila gusto niyang tapusin iyong sinimulan ng mga Amerikano noong panahon nila
  • Si Poe, visionary – kaya lang para siyang prophet na kulang pa ang exact definition ng kanyang nais para sa bayan

Mukhang confused ang bayang Pilipino, hindi alam ang patutunguan. Apo ng Espanya, Anak ng Amerika, pamangkin ng Mexico at pinsan ng Cuba at Puerto Rico. Dalawang tanong:

  • Paano ang magiging pagsasama ng mga bahagi ng sambayanan? Sentralista ba (Santiago), Decentralized (Roxas) o kaya Federalism (Duterte)?
  • Paano itutugma ang panahon na moderno sa lumang kulturang Pilipino? Kung baga sa Lambanog at Coke, gaanong karami ang ihahalo sa baso?

Ewan ko ba. Desisyon ng mga nasa Luzviminda iyan. Ano sa palagay ninyo ang maganda?

Irineo B. R. Salazar, München, 13. February 2016

 

7 thoughts on “Pilipinas – Saan Patungo?

    • BUB is not vote buying because it is NOT based on favors, it is a subsidy to help development which is budgeted based on needs. Of course the federalists want every region (?) or maybe even every LGU (?) to keep the money they earn based on economic growth. That is of course nice for places like boomtown Davao but awful for the poorer places, so you need some kind of help to boost them.

      What I once suggested instead of the internal revenue allotment by population was a mixed model to which one could add BUB which is a kind of centralized development aid for LGUs:

      1) a certain percentage goes to Manila and comes back via IRA

      2) a certain percentage (30% maybe) can be kept by the LGU or the province – it is an incentive like a salesman or consultant bonus for those who attract business/jobs

      LGUs were as we know given substantial autonomy by Cory’s Local Government Code, but they were not all responsible in using it – before they did not have that latitude.

    • Karl, good article. The problems are staring at us in the face just as the solutions are also doing the same thing. We must throw the solutions in gear and hope that multiplier effects are found so we can catch up on lost ground. The billions we are losing to graft and corruption are begging for solutions.

    • Manong Sonny, thanks for mentioning Lambanog and orange juice at Joe’s. It has occured to me that the Lambanog and Coke mixture does not work – Coke is good for dark stuff like Whiskey or rum while juices are better for the clear stuff.

      That must be the reason why we are having problems mixing Filipino culture and modernity – we are just mixing the wrong aspects most of the time. 🙂

    • Irineo, in Feb 2014, I stared at what looked like a 10-gal clear glass container of lambanog in a grocery store in San Juan, Batangas. I stepped up to smell it and sure enough the smell was unmistakeable ethanol (ethyl alcohol). We used to take a 100 ml beaker of ethyl alcohol from the lab and just poured orange juice to taste. I didn’t know then this was how screwdrivers were mixed. Alcohol content-wise 40 proof is defined legally as vodka, hence an export brand lambanog is VUCO. My cousi is a vucomonger. 🙂

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