“Then turning to the disciples He said privately, ‘Blessed are the eyes which see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it’.” Luke 10:23-24

the circus that is Philippine politics begins as the filing of certificates of candidacy (COC) ends today.  the Filipino public will again be entertained by an amazing display of campaign theatrics and daring stunts that candidates will try their darn best to pull off, if only to outdo each other.  there will be magic everywhere, even Hogwarts would pale in comparison, such that the audience will be completely stunned, yet never realize what hit them.

fierce animals masked with angelic eyes and adorned with virtual halos, will prance and dance, play dead even, just to win the crowd’s heart, but tear it apart at any opportunity they would chance upon, just to satisfy their insatiable hunger for power and might.  clowns will soon be a permanent showcase on tv, and if one is more than lucky, he will even get the chance to personally shake their hands. although without the slightest hint, these clowns would shake him down in return.

masters of illusion will leave everyone hanging at the edge of his seat with the expectation that all this is for real, only to find out in the end that they were duped again…and again…and again.

the election in 2010 is expected to be the same circus that our generation have already watched and grown used to.  whether national or local, the elections offer a buffet of colorful personalities whose tastes leave not much to be desired.  some would even make our stomachs churn and make us want to throw up.  no matter how many presidents have already been ousted by as many people power revolutions, still the hunger for change (for the best) is never satisfied.  the political deja vu just leaves the Pinoy citizenry dazed and tired from the roller coaster of cultural highs and political lows.

some say the fate of the Filipino people is of their own doing, because they are the ones who choose their leaders who, more often than not, take advantage of their trust.  still others say, it is the leaders who are to blame, for they rule in favor of power and money per se, and not for the people they swore to serve.

i believe that the Philippines, where i was born and raised, is a great nation. its people are, by nature, simple, pleasant, dignified, honorable and above all, God-fearing.  so how does this culture of greed, corruption and violence emanate from a Filipino?

perhaps, it is when that Filipino totally disregards his faith and see himself as his own god.  or when that Filipino cuts the moral fibre that our ancestors had carefully woven so that his character would grow strong and his spirit free yet pure. it is when that Filipino is absolutely overwhelmed by the deepest desire for control and wealth, over and above what is truly essential…

it is when that Filipino stops being Filipino, and rather, becomes selfishness incarnate to the highest level.

it is terrifying to imagine this scenario. what if that Filipino is you? or me? or both of us? our neighbor maybe?  how much more terrifying, if that Filipino is going to run for public office? or if that Filipino could be our next president? or probably our next congresswoman?  the more we should be scared.  for then, we would never know where the circus stops, and real life begins. for then, our dignity as Filipinos will forever be reduced to nothing but comic relief.

but there is still HOPE


sunset at manila bay

the election in 2010 is not a spectacle where we just sit down and watch.  we are part of the circus that we made, and it is up to us to decide when it should end.  GOD HELP US!

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