Ang Caviteno Newsweekly January 01-07, 2018 Issue - Page 5

OPINYON Enero 01-07, 2018 Pasko ng mga Filipino ay araw ng pagmamahal at kapatawaran LIKAS sa ating mga Filipino ang pagi¬ging mapagmahal at mapagpatawad. Pero iba pa rin ang pakiramdam na dala ng Kapaskuhan sa ating mga puso. Taon-taon,¬ ipinagdiriwang ng mga Filipino ang pagsilang sa ating tagapagsalba na si Bad new times by Luis Teodoro THE year 2017 isn’t exactly auld lang syne, or good old times, and 2018 is not only likely to be a repeat of it. It could even be worse. As 2016 ended a year ago, the new year of 2017 was welcomed with optimism by most Filipinos, in the probable belief that thinking so will make it so. The feng shui and other creatures spawned by the Philippine culture of confusion, who claim to have the power to foretell the future, weren’t helping any. Neither were the survey firms, which as usual regaled the citizenry with their cheery polls on the average man-on-the-street’s fact-defying optimism. Those who make predicting what will happen in the coming year their business proclaim every New Year that things will be better despite their and the rest of the country’s experience, which for decades has argued against such upbeat expectations. But whether it’s employment opportunities or the prospects for peace, development and an end to corruption, their predictions have been, and are still likely to be, uniformly the same. Their optimism is curious, considering how often the rest of us have been disappointed with the way things turn out every year. Philippine society has after all been in crisis for centuries due to the rapaciousness and incompetence of a political class nurtured by colonial rule and sustained by imperialist intervention. Unless the power structure is democratized, things will remain the same, and any change that does happen is likely to be for the worse. But why the belief persists that things will always be better as the old year passes into history is understandable. So used have Filipinos been to political instability, violence, impunity, uncertainty, and fear that they think these anomalies to be normal. Any change no matter how small is thus regarded as significant. Change being the one certainty in existence, it’s easy enough to predict, and even believe, that every change is for the better. Political upheavals, foreign invasion, wars and the social unrest driven by poverty, hunger and injustice have at various times sharpened the seething contradictions in Philippine society. These have led to attempts to understand how the divisions rooted in the political, economic, and social disempowerment of vast numbers of Filipinos on the one hand, and the monopoly over wealth and power of a handful of families and political dynasties on the other, sustain a society of vast inequality. The reality is that 2017 is ending with the most telling indications yet that 2018 may be another acute stage in the Philippine crisis of political, economic, and social underdevelopment. Eighteen months after Rodrigo Duterte assumed the presidency, the Philippines is even more acutely in the grip of that crisis because )!խɥѼ)Mͅ))) 儁Ёͅͅ)ͅͅա)9 Օ ݅Ё̈́)䁵䁑ɕɄ)̈́̈́)ա($9ѽ))-ͭա)ձ)Ё݄ )儁ͅх) )ͤMI) I٥)ȸ̈́)̈́ ٥єͅɅ)Ʌ܁Aͭ($)QѱAͭɥ)) )ѡѥЁͥѡ)ѡɕɵ́ѡչ䁡́)ȁ́٥مݥٕ)х%ѕѡɔ́ѡ)ѥեѡɕЁɕɸѼ)хѽ́͡ѡ́ͅ)ɕٕѥѡЁɑ)5ɍ͕́ȸ($)%ӊéЁѡq݅ˊt)՝̰ݡ́ͼȁЁѡ)ٕ́ѥѕа)ݽɕѡӊé)ɕѼѥ䁅ѡɥхɥ)ձQɽɥʹɝ)ٔͼɝٕ́)͕́ȁѥݥ)Ʌѥѥܰȁٕ)ѡͥѥɥٽͱ)͹+qɕٽѥ)ٕɹӊtѡЁݥѡ)Ёɕٽѥ($)QЁ܁ѡ)ݥѕѕ)Ѽɕͽٔɥͥ́ѡЁЁ)͡Ѽєхѡ)ѕєɕݡɱ)Ʌѕ܁)ѵЁѼѡ́ѡ)݅ѡ䁡ٔ݅́ݥ)ɥЁѼٕɔɽ)ٕ́ѡɽ՝ѡɥхɥ)ձ%Ё̰Ёݥչ)ѡչ䁥Ѽɽ)٥չх䁽䁄)Ʌ͡ЁѥݕȃP)ɽ́䁉ѡ܁Ѽ)́Ʌѥѥѡ)ѡ䃊Pɕ($)5ȸ)ѕїe)ɔ)ѥɽ͕́)ݥɅՕ̃Pɽ)ѥѡ՜ɽ)Ѽɕɕѥ́х)ݥѠѡ9ѥɅѥ)ɽЁѡÀ9@+Pɕͽѕ)Ʌєȁ Ё)ѡ͔ɽ͕́ٔɕ)չձ5ȸѕє)ѕɵѕѡх̰ѡ)Ս́ݡ݅́ɕѕ()̈́)儁̈́ Ʌ($)9չа 役)х 兝ͥ兹)́Ʌ́Ʌ)Ʉ䁵ͅ($Qձ)))ɑ役)兹) ݅)Aͭ̈́݅́)ձյѼ)AɄ )ͅ=\х)݅̈́)ձ)̈́хɅ($)Qձ)Aͭѡ䰁ɅՅѥ)兜Ё Q)յͥ)ͅ)%ͅ儁ձЁ)܁M ̈́)-ѕ役ф)ͥ儁Ёͅա)9݅ )Ѽͥ兡 )Ʌ M ($)9))ͥՉ)))-ѕ弁ձ)))̈́)ݥ($)5)ձ܁)M ̈́)ձѽ䁹)Ёѥ݅)хх䁵)ɥͥ儸($)1Չ́)ͅͅЁ̈́Ё)̈́)չ̈́儸($)-儁̈́)ͤ)5ȁ15ɍ)I٥))ѥ)Ё)-ѕ役)̈́) ͅЁ̈́弄($)9݅)ͅѥ)ЁѼЁձ )ѥ)M ($)Aձ䁅)݅̈́)典))݅)ѥɅͅɄ)̈́)ձ 兹)) )̈́)9--%M9) Y%Q)]19)%5A=M% 1($)%ͅ兹)Aͭ))ͅ) Q̈́役)Є)ѡѥͥɕɵ̸)5ȸѕїéɕɕɽ)Ѽѡ՜ɽݡ)Ѽչɕѕյ)̰ѱ䁉䁄)ɍ́ݕɕ́Ց)䁅ᕍѥȰ́ѥ)9Ё䁥́ѡ́)չɵѡ I)Ё́ͼɽѥѡ͔)չչхMхє٥)Ёѡȁ́ѡ)́ɕͥѡչe)ɽ̸ Ё́ѡ啅ȁ)ѡ́ѡѼ)ͽѕݥѠѡ՜+q݅ˊtɔɕѼՑ)ѥѥ٥̰ɵȁ)ݽɭȁх̰յɥ)́1յ̸($)Q啅ȁ́ͼ)ݥѠ)хɽѡٕ́ѡ͔)ݥѠᕐ̰ɥɥѡ)ȸQՍѽѕP)͹́䁽ѡȁ)͕ѡ幅ѥɽ)ݸ́ ɕ̃PQIɴ)Ʌѥ%ͥ(IՉЀ̤ݥ)ȁյѥх́ȁѡ)ɕЁ͕ѽ́ѡձѥ)ݡɕѱ䁹х)Qݥ͡ձɥѡ)͡љٕɹЁɕٕՕ)ѡЁȁхᕵѥ́ȁѡ)ݕѡȁ͕́ݥɥи)Qݥ䁡ȁɥ́)ͥѡȁѥ́)ݕ́Ʌхѥ́Օ)ɥ̰ɥٕ䁡ȁ፥͔)х̰ɥ͔Iѡȁѡ)ͥ䁅аÍ)Յ䁕፱ͥ丁%Ёͥ)Ёѡɕ䁉ɑȁ)ɕЁхѥݡ)ѡ͔ݡɕ䁡ٔՍѼ)ٕٔɔ($)Q)ͥѥ))ѥݥѥձ)ٕɔ䁥ѡ́)ѕаٕѡɽ䁽ɝͽѥչɕи) Ёѡɔ́չ䁅́ݕ)ѡɕɝ)ѡѡɕЁѡѥʹѡ)́݅́ѡձїe)ٽɕɕ͔Ѽѡ)ȁ($)%Ёѡ͕ѽɅ)́ɝѥ́Ѽ)ٕɔɕمЁѡ)ѡ䁅ɕ䁅ɔѼѡٕ́ѡ)ɥ(%Qɽ՝)ѡ)Ёѡȁɽ)յ́ȁѡѕ)ɝ饹ѡ)ȁѡѼɽѡ)݅ɕ́ѵЁѼ)ѡɅѥٔɅѥ饹)ѥݕȁ́ѡՔ)ѠѼѡѥٕа)ѡ䁍ЁѼѡ)ѥ́ѡЁȁ́ٔ)ѡѥȁѡ)ɥ䁥ѡ͔ͱ́ȁ)չх(%5ݡ)ѡ)չݙհɕ́ɥ)ɝ́Ёѥѥ٥̰)չ䁱́յ)ɥ̰́ѡ)́ѡЁɔ ɥݥѠ)ɕͥɕՕ䁥5)ѡȁɕ̰ݥٕ䁱)ɥٔɔɔչ)ݽѼ)ѡ͕ٕ̰ѡȁ́)ѡȁչѥ́ݥѠݡѕٕ)́ͅ($)Qչхͽ)ѡѽ䁅ɥѡ)ѡȁչɥ́ѕ́́ѡ)ɕɕͥѡɥхɥձ)ٕٔȁՍѽ)͕аɽѕаɝ镐)ɕͥхݡɔQ䁡ٔ)ѕɅѕѡ)ѡٕ䁍́ѡeɔЁѼ)ɕٕи ѥ́ٔ)х́Ѽѕ)ѥѡѥ́䁡ٔ)и