screw the status quo. we need change and we need it now. we need not a leader who plays with words and public funds. we need not a leader whose years of service fall under the 'fiction' category. we definitely need not a leader who knows nothing. we require a leader who has conviction, who has the guts to change the seemingly unchangeable. we need... to prepare for 2007. Now.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

About "VAT 2"

Nahh I'm not suggesting anarchism here... I just wish we could just get rid of those politicians once we've felt these people aren't doing their jobs well anymore. Like we don't have to wait for four years before we could try and kick 'em out of their seats. Have a legitimate and fool-proof survey running every month on how people perceive our leaders- if they suck, then they're out (or send them to exile if they reaaaaally really suck). Of course, these surveys should be administered and decided on by people who really think and are aware of the country's situation- for instance, carefully selected students from universities and colleges in the country. (But then again, there's another question: who selects the students? Hay naku... it's not "who", but "how" we select them. Think about it.)

Why not let the common people decide? Because I do think the common people needs to be educated first. We, in general, still lack national consciousness. The common people still needs to be educated. It's like doing business, the harvest may not come today, but it's still a very good investment if our goal is a nicely governed and stable country. But where's the budget for education?

But I still believe there will come a time when we'll all have a great country. Education for all is a good start. In the first place, we won't end up with bad governance and being the 1st in the list of the most corrupt countries in the world if the people knows how to vote wisely. That's why I do think it's a viscious cycle- the corrupt needs to maintain the people's ignorance, for ignorance is a great tool for manipulation. So for them, why educate the people? Keep em stupid.

6 Comments:

Blogger AKILEZ said...

I think the majority of Filipino people especially in the Provinces don't care about what is going on in Manila. Remember EDSA 1 and 2, the majority of people that went there were from Manila. Anarchy is totally out of the ball game. The majority of Filipinos just go with the flow with dirty Politics. They rather concentrate with their daily life and find food to feed their families. I am telling the truth my fellow bloggers.

Education is the most important issue that the GMA government should be addressing. The Philippine public school system should be overhaul and issue new text books.

Katie try going to a Public school. You will notice that kids are sharing one text book for every 10 students or text books that were published 35 years ago are still being use by public school students.

Remember Knoweldge is power but we can't get knowledge if we used obsolete text books.

1:52 AM

 
Blogger GeeDot said...

Despite the basic necessities of food and shelter, education must also be part of that which needs to be dispensed to the people. Ignorance can be cured with education (pero there is no cure for stupidity mind you). Not simply being taught how to read and right, but how to think.

I wonder, too, if it helps to change the electoral process. Maybe something beyond the popular vote. Maybe like in the US when they have electoral votes - certain states have different weights on their votes. Would it help to value the votes of certain provinces where there are more educated people? How would that be determined anyway? Number of degrees, advanced degrees, profession, industry, productions kaya? Wouldn't the constituents of those provinces strive to thrive so that the weight of their votes increase? I dunno...just speculating...popularity votes breed vote buying it appears...popularity votes do not really reflect informed and conscious decision...oh well, what do I know? Not a politician - m just a computer geek and a manga-artist wanna-be on the side.

11:40 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

all that i see in your blog are rehashed complaints & unrealistic "solutions" (if you can call them that). seems that you are getting an overdose of those radio commentaries that are nothing but air - full of hearsays & assumptions.

YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND DEEPER THE PROBLEM THAT PLAGUES OUR SOCIETY. IT IS NOT ONLY THE OUR GOVERNMENT THAT HAS A PROBLEM, THE FILIPINO IS THE PROBLEM!

while you keep on alienating the government & the people, they are in fact intertwined with each other. it seems that all the blame goes to the government and the "people" are all goody two shoes. wake up! it is those same people that bribes a traffic officer when apprehended for a traffic violation. it is the same people that bribes a BIR auditor to lower a company's taxes. it is the same people who bribe gov't purchasers to favor their bids. it is the same people that bribes senators / congressmen to pass laws favorable to their interests.

yes, it is so easy to blame the government, multinationals, rich-people, policitians, etc. but WHAT DO YOU DO ABOUT IT?

question for you. have you ever tried working? real work perhaps aside from "trend setting"? working side by side with the "common" people that you so often praise?

john_luther(at)yahoo(dot)com

11:11 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey John Luther, I suggest you read back before attacking the writer. Half of what you said are not true.

Ahmad

1:03 PM

 
Blogger GeeDot said...

I agree with Ahmad. Attacking a supposedly faulty generalization with another generalization does not make sense - especially when JL said, "The problem is the Filipino". Simplistic generalization. I would have bought it if JL said that "the problem may be due to some of the notorious Filipino attitude" like manana habit and crab-mentality. Simply blaming it on being Filipino simply ridiculous. What's next? The problem being male, female, asian, even human?!?!? Retract and revise, I propose.

9:14 PM

 
Blogger Shelly said...

Qualifications for presidential and government positions should be changed because any moron can be elected into office just as long as he can read and write. Have a good ad campaign with a catchy jingle thrown in then you have a high chance of winning. Majority of the congressmen and government officials do not even really know the law, I'm told.

Of course, much also has to be said about people who vote morons into office, which then boils down to education. And I don't mean the kind of education where you just mindlessly memorize facts and figures. People should be taught to be analytical and critical thinkers.

Food for thought:
each senator's budget (pork barrel) amounts to P120 million every year. There are 24 senators all in all. You do the math and see just exactly how much money our government has to "serve its people"

12:22 AM

 

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