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Tratong alipin ba

The Lash., ca. 1863 (5574585348)ang talagang hinahanap ng Pilipino? Galing kay Sandra Cam (link), sa Kongresista (link), sa Senado (link), sa Presidente (link) o kaya kahit sa pampook na opisyal (link)? Sa huling nakalink, nakakatakot pa talaga ang konklusiyon ni Manolo Quezon: The most troubling about Arturo Lascañas is that he must surely be only one of many hitmen working for many local leaders with many more victims under their belts, applauded on the one hand by their constituents, and enjoying impunity because they are valuable allies for national leaders on the other. Meanwhile, anyone holding a contrary opinion is confronted with the possibility that expressing his mind could have lethal results. Sa madaling salita, kumontra ka sa isang meyor, baka patay ka. Sa bagay, baka malagay ka na rin sa drug list kung galit sa iyo ang barangay captain. Tama na siguro sa iilang mga may topak diyan na “nayayabangan” sila. Buti pang masigawan na lang ni Sandra Cam.

Pero kahit hindi ka matokhang, matroll o pakitaan ng pagkaastig ng mga iyan, puwede ka ring mabulok na lang kung saan-saan, tulad nitong iniistorya ni Joel Pablo Salud (link):  I and my wife once visited the resettlement houses built in Calauag, Laguna. Roughly 48,000 people were resettled there at the time from various parts of Metro Manila. Sure, they were given houses. But the promised living conditions, as well as opportunities for work, were denied them. These famillies, hard up as they were to put food on their tables, were forced to pay for their electricity bills (which came by way of generators), fetch supplies of water from miles away, and steal from neighbors if only to get by. Children as young as 12 took to prostituting their young bodies for cups of noodles and coffee. Husbands were also forced to make that trip back to Metro Manila for work, leaving their wives and children to fend for themselves. Gangs began their felonious job of controlling the villages. The houses were dilapidated structures, without ceilings, walls barely holding up the roofs, looking good on the outside but crumbling in the inside and infested by termites.. Crime allegedly rose in that part of Laguna as incidents of poverty and violence spiked.

Para na talagang mga favela ng Brazil o township ng South Africa ang mga lugar na ganyan. Hawak ng mga gang, pero para na ring mga gang leader ang kilos ng iilang mga local officials (ano pa nga ba iyong kung may mga hawak kang killer?) at halos ganoon na rin ang asta ng iilang mga mas mataas pang opisyales. Sa kanila ka dapat matakot – hindi sa batas o regulasyon. Dahil kung malakas ang kapit mo, marami sigurong paraan. Kung mahina ka naman sa matataas, maaring kawawa ka. Ibang mundo ito kaysa iyong mundo na nakabase sa batas na sinusundan ng mga tao.

Kapag nakikita ko ang Pilipinas ngayon, naiisip ko itong artikulo tungkol sa Sicily (link): being a Sicilian myself I have observed and thought about how power is articulated into the history of Sicily. If you notice, Sicilians look up to people and institutions that represent the power. The power is something to be feared, but also could allow you favours, and [those in power might share] some of the wealth. In a nutshell, I would say there is this kind of medieval relationship with power. Kapit, palakasan, dilihensiya. Kultura ng padriño at mga “inaanak”. At biktima.

Malay ko nga ba, baka naman iyong iilang mga “disente” diyan sa Pilipinas, mas suwabe lang kaysa iyong mga magagaspang na lumalabas ngayon. Iyong mga iilang disente diyan, baka katulad ng mga Corleone na may postura, samantalang iyong mga nasa poder ngayon, mas katulad ng medyo baduy at magaspang na Don na si Tony Soprano. Sabi ng maraming mga pabor sa gobyerno ngayon, ipokrito raw ang mga disente. Kung tama sila, sino pa ba diyan ang matino, magpakatiwalaan – at hindi lang ginagamit ng mga iba’t-ibang grupo diyan? Hindi ko pa ito masabi.

Irineo B. R. Salazar

München, ika-10 ng Marso 2017



15 comments to Tratong alipin ba

  • karlgarcia

    Tutal nabanggit si Sandra Cam at ang insidente sa paliparan.
    Ang tingin ni Drilon, ginugood time sya ng Fil-Am na customs/immigration personnel ng pinatanggal sa kanya ang kanyang sapatos.
    Tratong alipin , payuyukuin sya, sa laki ba nman ng tiyan nya baka di sya makahinga nyan, kaya ng nalaman nya na Pilipino ang taga airport,binanatan nya ng kilala mo ba ako ? etc, etc.

  • Mariano Renato Pacifico

    Lascanas said he is ready to testify in international court. The International Court wouldn’t waste their time on Filipino against a Filipino that is for sure. Because all they can show is a typewritten signed notarized affidavits. Even American Department of Justice are waffling if they need to investigate Donald Trump on his allegations that Barack Obama wiretapped him without evidence. Because there is none just plain dal-dal, pang-damay and his pronouncement are based on eng-get just like Filipinos.

    Anyways, a Republican and a Democrat will investigate to prove Donald Trump wrong so Donald Trump will not use his allegations when Donald Trump has his menstrual period.

    Let us remember, like what I predicted, Gloria Arroyo who was charged with Affidavits of dal-dal, tsismis, eng-get and pang-damays was acquitted and released with the pressure of International Court because they do not have evidence.

    In the U.S., practicing Filipino lawyers are now in competition with high-school drop-out with 3-months notarial community college training because Filipino lawyers are only good in notary of affidavits.

    I just do not get it why Filipinos are so addicted to affidavits. Duterte should look into this addiction. 2ndly, Duterte should de-fund, investigate University of the Philippines and order to stop operating until they learn the tricks of the trade in lawyering.

    • same story or even more with De Lima. Where is the alleged drug money she got? Where does she have big-time investments or an extravagant lifestyle of any sort?

      A modern court will look at the places involved as well, even if it is only via Google Earth, and check the plausibility of the statements and timelines. Newspaper reports of who died when, additional witnesses, maybe even looking at bank records of people like Lascañas and Duterte and yes De Lima. Otherwise, this looks more and more like drama – two opposing groups playing for the crowd, nothing more – and who knows who is really clean over there?

      The old Filipino game was never about the people, it was about is the surfeit in this country of political leaders “whose decisions, supposedly taken for the public good, are in truth motivated by a desire for private gain and result in policies and projects that impoverish rather than enrich our country.” The “buwaya problem” is compounded by even more greed, because these politicians find “public service” so lucrative that they decide to make a family enterprise out of it, creating dynasties. – with a few good people like Gina Lopez or De Lima just used by the old guard. The honest few are not a critical mass yet.


        Except for less than a handful of compradors who managed to survive due to their extremely low political profile at that time, most compradors, and almost all landlords, were deprived of their previous wealth.

        The few compradors whom Marcos entrusted with our national wealth mostly squandered it, taking after their master. Only two or three managed to build up the capital handed to them on a silver platter.

        So Marcos, in splitting the ruling class, almost totally erased the old Philippine compradors and landlords from the face of the earth, and put in its place pure bureaucrat capitalists who would continuously milk the national treasury and budget.

        EDSA, therefore, was a revolt of the disenfranchised sections of the ruling class, together with the broad masses who had been affected by the Marcoses’ greed and impunity.

        While it is true that some of these disenfranchised sections of the ruling class regained their properties, quite a few never did. Some bank owners, for example, are still bankless up to now. And neither did a a great number of landlords, for land reform either effectively did them in, or they had to sell off their lands to real estate developers who reaped the most benefits from the sale.

        As I pointed out earlier, “any thoroughgoing Marxist will tell you that when a person loses his property and almost loses his life besides, his class consciousness changes. He begins to see things he didn’t heretofore, and thereafter acts on it.”

        This is why you had attempts at reform in 1986, and in the years thereafter, most especially in the last six years. Feeble as those attempts were, neoliberal as they turned out to be, sorely lacking in socialist perspective as Docena says, they were attempts at establishing good government and political if not economic democracy.

        At the same time as the Marcos-disenfranchised elites tried to change the political and economic landscape of the nation, however, the bureaucrat capitalist class nurtured and grown by Marcos worked in the background, increasing their share of the commission pie up to a harrowing 60 percent in the time of Arroyo and getting rich off jueteng, smuggling, and the drug trade.

        • sonny

          Who are the compradors, then & now Irineo? I know the meaning of principalia, dunno the term comprador. Help.

          • Comprar means to buy in Spanish. Compradors used to mean the middlemen that got rich in all sorts of agricultural trades. In this context – Mila Aguilar is a known leftist and that is how they use the term – compradors are the “fat cats” in the provinces.

            The old compradors: landowners and agricultural merchants – tobacco, sugar, coconuts. New compradors also were partly in the monopolies, think Roberto Benedicto. Then of course there was Marcos land reform and CARP which Balkanized landholdings in the provinces. Many resulting small landholders sold to property developers, some not-small landholders did it as well to preempt land reform. Many former tenants or small landholders went OFW. Then of course the really new compradors / local politicians in hueteng, gambling, yes even drugs.

          • bureaucrat-capitalist is also a typical leftist term.

            Mao used it to denote those who use government influence for business – classic examples were the Mandarins who basically had tax collector concessions in the Imperial period.

            The term is a bit weird in the Philippine context, but the new left from the late 1960s onwards adopted the Maoist terminology and analysis of social strata wholesale. One must give credit to Mila Aguilar for having a fresh own look at changes in social structure.

          • sonny

            Thank you much, Irineo. One more description of term: rent and the rent-system in today’s Philippines. Thanks in advance.



      Do you know that if Matobato and Lascanas were in the United States of America, the bastion of democracy with a functional, efficient judicial system, they would be deemed as credible witnesses and their declarations or testimonies would be exempted from the hearsay rule (with corroborating evidence, of course)?

      It is actually logical to believe Matobato and Lascanas. Their declarations or testimonies put them in legal trouble. They do not benefit from what they have been saying. All they get are hatred, ridicule, threats, attacks, and insults. In declaring and testifying against themselves also, they are either honest or mentally ill.

      Well, if you have a mental illness, your main problem will be incoherence. You cannot reveal narratives or stories that are believable, possible, logical, and reasonable. The testimonies and declarations of Matobato and Lascanas make sense and are based on reality. The people and places they have mentioned exist.

      Evidence Code (California)

      Article 2. Declarations Against Interest


      Evidence of a statement by a declarant having sufficient knowledge of the subject is not made inadmissible by the hearsay rule if the declarant is unavailable as a witness and the statement, when made, was so far contrary to the declarant’s pecuniary or proprietary interest, or so far subjected him to the risk of civil or criminal liability, or so far tended to render invalid a claim by him against another, or created such a risk of making him an object of hatred, ridicule, or social disgrace in the community, that a reasonable man in his position would not have made the statement unless he believed it to be true.


      Federal Rules of Evidence

      Article VIII. Hearsay

      Rule 804. Hearsay Exceptions; Declarant Unavailable

      3) Statement Against Interest. A statement that:

      (A) a reasonable person in the declarant’s position would have made only if the person believed it to be true because, when made, it was so contrary to the declarant’s proprietary or pecuniary interest or had so great a tendency to invalidate the declarant’s claim against someone else or to expose the declarant to civil or criminal liability; and

      (B) is supported by corroborating circumstances that clearly indicate its trustworthiness, if it is offered in a criminal case as one that tends to expose the declarant to criminal liability.


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