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These are exciting and wild times, the kind I had been anticipating. For years, I had written about great shifts that will challenge our nation, frustrations that would bring about catharsis, aspirations that would find fresh expressions among our younger generations. I wrote consistently about these times of great change because the signs were clear to me. What kept me wondering was when it would happen in the obvious, and in what ways would change manifest itself.

It was the youth that first alerted me about the imminence of change, the youth of the Philippines and the youth elsewhere. Evolution always places idealism in the younger generations, but the tempo of evolution itself sometimes intensifies in specific generations. That is very true for the youth now, for the tempo today. In the Philippines, there is a quiet passion among our youth, a surprising determination to be more involved in making a better world. This spirit of positivism tempers the anger that defines most moments of great change.

There is anger, of course, but mostly from the older generations. If anyone should be angry, it should be the innocent. The most innocent, though, are the least angry today. They are the youth, and they are the poor. Oh, I see militant youth groups under the umbrella of the traditionally angry, so their anger does not surprise. If they were not angry, that would be the surprise.

The most angry, though not that young and not that poor, have also found their way to social media, not in the streets, not in the school. They are the ones who are first hit by the catharsis. Many must be realizing that they had prophesied all these years what would happen yet are shocked when it does. And it begins with media, naturally, as it has been media that has so consistently made it a major mandate to roll out the bad news, drum beat the dominance of corruption, and condemn public servants and government institutions.

The preponderance of the ugly and negative in the news and media commentaries necessarily is lapped up by enough of the audience, enough to motivate more bad or sensationalized news. Readership or audience influence advertisers the most, and advertisements keep media alive more than the need for public information. Guess who, then, comprises the most audience for bad news but precisely those to whom bad news resonate. Negativity is easy to sell, much easier than good news.

I wonder if the virulence of the criticisms and condemnations is in direct proportion to either embarrassment or guilt? Why then would those who called government and politicians as corrupt, and allegedly have been so for decades, be so shocked that the accusation of decades is now being affirmed? When we said that government was corrupt, did we even know what that meant? Or were our criticisms more to vent than to really confront corruption? Why were we not in rage all this time when the same issues of the pork barrel and patronage politics have been around since America handed over political control to Filipinos in 1946?

It is embarrassing to talk about corruption for so long but had little idea of how corruption is done. That means most of it was talk and little realism. It is embarrassing to have been pointing to the pork barrel and patronage politics yet tolerated it by not confronting it. Worst is the Left, the first to produce noise and protest, and also the first to get and use their PDAF.  The reality of “no salves, no tyrants” characterizes Philippine society – except for the innocent majority poor and youth. The rest, including the most noisy today, agreed to be slaves inviting tyrants – and the tyrants accepted the invitation.

But things are the way they should be. The desire for change had been building up steadily, thanks largely to twelve years of two presidents connected with plunder, one convicted and the other hopefully soon. Noynoy Aquino’s candidacy itself was propelled by that hunger for change by the people. Funny, too, is how his early haters scoffed at Noy’s “kung walang kurap, walang mahirap”, yet can do nothing today except rant and rave against the corruption they so took for granted under Gloria’s presidency. In hindsight, as one famous columnist put it, 2010 was Edsa masquerading as an election. He was right then, and he is more even correct today. Edsa is upon us, no doubt.

Edsa People Power was never over. Most just thought so. Four days in the streets with no bloodshed cannot overturn the worst of a culture developed by martial law and a corrupt dictatorship. If it needed only four days to cure, then martial law was a mild aberration. It was not. It was power absolute that corrupted absolutely.

There are a few who would like people power to remove P-Noy. That is wishful thinking, although people and resources are now at play to make this happen. That is the problem of non-revolutionaries – they do not know much about revolutions and the ingredients that can make them successful in the Philippines. Look at the Left and the Communists. Look at the coup de etat players of RAM. The most committed, the Muslim secessionists, look at them. All tried, some keep trying, but none succeed.

Read the hearts of the people. Read the character of culture. Read history, read the times. Read the poor, what they want, what they are prepared to do. Most of all, read the young. They will bring us to the future by playing bigger roles today.

Change is marching but not yet mainstream. Change is creating a stir but not a revolution. Tradition has much to surrender but much more to keep. Two Edsas brought changes in leadership but little change in the people. The third Edsa must be ours, what we want, what we are willing to do, what we are willing to be.

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  • tadasolo

    Just as much as I want to share your sentiments and believe we finally shed the legacies of the past and look to a bright future, there is a deep seated fear and reservation that the privilege few will not give up so easily and will conspire to hijack again the spirit of EDSA and our continuing struggle to break free and pursue a concerted effort in nation building. I believe that our efforts are being manipulated by a corrupted class represented by congress, the senate, the courts,the executive and their paid followers unwilling to take the leap forward and used the opportunities in the pork barrel scam and destroy this menace of entitlement mentally deeply rooted in our culture. I do not trust the investigation by congress, the senate, the courts and the executive and their self interest will prevent an impartial investigation and whitewash the whole affair and kill our dreams. What we need is an independent body with prosecutorial function and punish the criminals without any possibility of pardon for any future arrogant president.

  • sabalidaytoy

    We have yet to see someone among our top leaders today who is willing to forego friendship and togetherness among his/her colleagues and instead become an outsider among the powerful and influential in our society in order to denounce corruption happening right before his/her eyes. We almost had that someone during the Marcos dictatorship who denounced and confronted the evil looking right in front of his eyes but he was taken away from us by a bullet pumped into his head when he arrived from a connecting flight from Boston, Ma.

    Today we have leaders in Congress, in the Executive and lastly in the Judiciary who look the other way in exchange for fame and fortune, power and dominion over the weak, monopoly on the wealth and resources of this country, as if this country will not exist or survive without them. HYPOCRITES!

    We quote from the saying of Thomas More :

    “[how can anyone] be silly enough to think himself better than other people, because his clothes are made of finer woolen thread than theirs. After all, those fine clothes were once worn by a sheep, and they never turned it into anything better than a sheep.”
    ― Thomas More, Utopia

  • jus_sayinagain

    Look back at your own history Mr. Montelibano….who your ancestors associated with. Remember Planters Products Inc. (for one) and how it was used as a tool for corruption by Marcos. Look back at how your family benefited from political affiliations. Look back at how your family tried to lord it over in Negros for decades.

    Your own wife Maria, is a Malacanang propagandist like you. Your words ring hollow, though your voice booms loudly.

    Look at your own history you hypocrite.

  • David_vs_G10

    Although I like your analyses, posing as the genuine revolutionary of today and denigrating those who have fought relentlessly even when the anti-corruption struggle was not popular, during our country’s darkest moments when the corrupt have been killing off the creme de la creme of our nation’s youth and intellectuals – is pushing yourself too far Mr. Montelibano.

    You are trying to fit your oh so small feet in the footsteps of the giants who have walked our land – killed off so that this corrupt parody of a ruling class, this plutocratic kleptocracy can rob our people of their birth right. While being demeaned by your cohorts – and now by you.

  • 33Sam

    THE YOUTH WERE DUMBED DOWN, THROUGH BIO-ENGINEERED MILK FORMULA, BPA LACED BABY BOTTLES, NUMEROUS VACCINES, THEN CARTOONS, VIDEO GAMES TO BE LESS THAN INTELLIGENT OR CONCERNED.

    ALL BY GLOBALIST DESIGN!!!

    YOU MUST TAKE A FAR STEP BACK AND REALIZE SOCIAL ENGINEERING BY GLOBALISTS, THE SUPER RICH LIKE ROCKEFELLER, THE BRITISH EMPIRE AND ALL OF THAT ILK, EVEN CENTURIES AGO TO PURPOSELY DUMB DOWN THE PUBLIC AND KEEP THEIR BRAINS SMALL, STUNTED AND AFFECTED.

    IF YOU DO NOT FACTOR THE ABOVE INTO YOUR EQUATION YOU ARE MISSING A DIMENSION YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE PONDERED.

    YOUR CULTURE WAS SCREWED WITH SINCE DAY ONE. IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE. YOUR GOVERNMENTS WERE SCREWED WITH ALL THE TIME, YOUR LEADERS WERE SCREWED WITH AND INTERFERED WITH BY FOREIGN INTERESTS. A C.I.A. AGENT EVEN INSTALLED ONE OF YOUR PRESIDENTS. AND EDSA WAS A C.I.A. ORCHESTRATED PHENOMENON.

    WHEN YOU STEP BACK AND REALIZE THAT THE PHILIPPINES AS AN INFANT NATION WAS A VICTIM OF ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, ALWAYS NEVER AWARE ENOUGH OF THE GLOBAL SITUATION, AND ALWAYS BEING PRODDED AND “MENTORED” BY GLOBALISTS WHO WERE WISER WITH MORE CUNNING TO DIRECT FILIPINO HISTORY IN A WAY THAT BENEFITED THEM, THE GLOBALISTS, NOT THE FILIPINO RACE, THEN YOU MIGHT UNDERSTAND PART OF THE PROBLEM. YOUR LEADERS WERE CHOSEN NOT TO LEAD, BUT TO FOLLOW. AND THAT HAS NOT CHANGED TO THIS DAY IN 2013.

    UNLESS YOU LIFT THE YOKE OF GLOBALIST CONCERNS, THE PHILIPPINES WILL NEVER BE ITS OWN PEOPLE AND WILL BE MOVED ACROSS THE GLOBAL CHESS BOARD LIKE THE PAWNS YOU’VE BEEN RAISED TO BE.

    YOU ARE SADDLED WITH GLOBALISTS IN THE GUISE OF GOLDMAN SACHS, J.P. MORGAN WHO FOR ALL THEIR HIGH AND MIGHTY MONEY ARE HERE TO LEECH ONTO THE NATIONAL TREASURY AND PULL OUT MONEY FROM THE COUNTRY, CREATE BANKRUPTING REGULATIONS LIKE THE 12% VAT THAT GOES INTO THEIR POCKETS, NOT UNLIKE THE $80 BILLION OF AMERICAN TAXPAYERS’ MONEY PER MONTH GOING INTO THESE SAME GLOBALISTS’ POCKETS, IN EXCHANGE FOR THESE GLOBALISTS NOT TURNING OFF THE SPIGOT OF PHILIPPINE PRODUCTS INTO THE AMERICAN MARKET AMONG OTHER THREATS OF CLOSURE AND ECONOMIC COLLAPSE.

    ONLY BRAZIL WAS WISE TO THIS AND TOLD THESE GLOBALISTS TO TAKE A HIKE!!! THEY KNEW THESE CROOKS WANTED TO LEECH INTO THEIR TREASURY’S BANK VAULTS AND PULL THE MONEY OUT!!!

    BUT THE FILIPINO..TSK TSK TSK…

    YOUR COUNTRY TODAY IS A VASSAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS BECAUSE YOUR OWN PRESIDENT FIDEL RAMOS SIGNED EXECUTIVE ORDER PA 21 AKA AGENDA 21, IN 1997 AFTER HE WAS WINED AND DINED BY THE QUEEN OF THE UK IN 1995 RECEIVING THAT ALMIGHTY SHAFT KNOWN AS “KNIGHTHOOD!!!”

    AGENDA 21 ALTHOUGH DESCRIBED AS A GREEN MOVEMENT OF “SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT” A MAGIC SPELL OF A WORD THAT TODAY IS WORKING ITS MAGIC IN ANNEXING AS MUCH LAND AS IT CAN UNTO THE HANDS OF THE GLOBALISTS CALLING THEM “CARBON SINKS” RENOUNCES A NATIONS SOVEREIGNTY UNTO THE UNITED NATIONS, UNBEKNOWNST TO MANY, THAT WAS CREATED BY DAVID ROCKEFELLER AS WELL AS AGENDA 21 BEING A ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION INVENTION, TO TURN THAT SOVEREIGNTY INTO A SUZERAINTY, ERGO A VASSAL, WHEREIN THE U.N. NOW CONTROLS THE MILITARY OF THE NATION THAT SIGNED ON TO IT AS WELL AS THE GOVERNMENT’S DIRECTION.

    THE GINGERBREAD HOUSE EFFECT IS IN PLAY AND YOU SWALLOWED A LARGE LOAF OF IT. AGENDA 21’S REAL PLAN IS TO DISSECT THE PLANET INTO ZONES, USING ELEMENTS THEY’VE LEARNED FROM THE CLUB OF ROME DOCUMENTS, TO BLAME HUMANITY ON GLOBAL WARMING, OVERPOPULATION, ALL SCAMS INVENTED BY THE COR TO BILK MONEY AND CONTROL PEOPLE’S THOUGHTS AND MOVEMENTS, BUT WITH THE HIDDEN AGENDA TO CONFISCATE ALL LANDS AND NATURAL RESOURCES ON THE PLANET AND THEN KILL OFF 90% OR MORE OF THE HUMAN POPULATION PLANET WIDE.

    YOU CAN SEE THE WORKINGS OF AGENDA 21 ON YOUR NATION. CHECK OUT THIS INQUIRER NEWS ARTICLE AND THE MAGIC WORDS “SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT” ARE THERE WITH THE ADDED COMPONENT OF MENTIONING THAT A “SMALL CONTRIBUTING COMPONENTS (I.E.FARMERS)” WITH ITS TELL TALE PLOT OF MOVING PEOPLE AWAY FROM VAST TRACKS OF LAND SO THE GLOBALISTS CAN PUT IT UNDER THEIR CONTROL AND OWNERSHIP UNDER THE GUISE OF GLOBAL WARMING AND “GREEN MOVEMENT” REASONS, WHILE KEEPING PEOPLE FROM SETTLING ON THE LAND, BUT PREFERRING THEM PACKED INTO MEGACITIES TO WHERE THEY CAN BE EASILY CONTROLLED AND EXTERMINATED:

    http://business.inquirerDOTnet/141691/central-luzons-one-million-trees-project

    THE YOUTH NEEDS TO BE AWAKENED IF THAT CAN HAPPEN AS THEY’VE BEEN GENETICALLY MANIPULATED TO HAVE AN UNDERDEVELOPED BRAIN.

    THAT IS THE OLDER GENERATIONS FAULT FOR NOT RESEARCHING AND KNOWING WHAT THESE SO CALLED MULTI-NATIONAL CORPORATIONS HAVE BEEN UP TO SELLING THE FILIPINO THROUGH HIGH BUCK ADVERTISING, GENOCIDE AND GROWTH RESTRICTIVE ADDITIVES IN THEIR “HIGHLY ACCLAIMED” AND LAUDED BY DUMB FILIPINOS THESE PRODUCTS, BE IT FOOD, TOILETRIES LIKE TOOTHPASTE, SHAMPOOS, SOAPS, COOKIES CHOCOLATES, CHEWING GUM, PLASTIC BABY BOTTLES, TO PURPOSELY DUMB THEM DOWN, CREATE DISEASES AND ORGAN DISORDERS, AUTISM THROUGH VACCINES BEING PUSHED BY GLOBALIST CONTROLLED MEDICAL SOCIETIES, THAT COLLUDED WITH PHARMACEUTICAL CORPORATIONS TO CREATE THESE GENOCIDE DEVICES ON PURPOSE TO REDUCE THE POPULATIONS OF THE PLANET, MORE SO THOSE IN THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES. ITS NO WONDER HENRY KISSINGER’S NSSM 200 BECAME FOREIGN POLICY IN 1975 AIMED AT THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES LIKE THE PHILIPPINES TO USE WAR AND FAMINE TO REDUCE THE POPULATIONS.

    NOW IN 2009 THE UNITED NATIONS AND YOUR LAUDED WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION HAVE IMPLEMENTED AND PASSED CODEX ALIMENTARIUS DESIGNED IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS TO KILL 3 BILLION PEOPLE THROUGH NUTRITION-LESS AND VIRUS TAINTED FOODS AND GMO.

    THE FILIPINO IS AN INSECT SET FOR EXTINCTION.

    UNLESS YOU HAVE A SPINE AND RAISE YOUR HEADS OUT OF THE PRIMORDIAL MUD YOU ARE DESTINED TO MEET YOUR DOOM!!!

    ANYONE WHO WANTS TO WRITE A COMMENTARY BENT ON SAVING THEIR RACE, BETTER GET WITH THE PROGRAM BECAUSE THE ONE YOU’RE TUNED INTO IS TELLING YOU LIES WITH THE ENDGAME OF EXTERMINATION WHILE YOUR LAND IS PULLED OUT FROM UNDERNEATH YOU.

    EVEN VLADIMIR PUTIN IS TELLING HIS PEOPLE TO NOT TAKE THE VACCINES, DON’T WATCH TELEVISION, GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY, DON’T EAT THE GMO.

    WHAT ARE FILIPINOS TELLING THEIR PEOPLE???

    ALL THE JUDASES WHO ARE ON BOARD WITH SELLING OUT THEIR OWN RACE, ALL WE CAN SAY IS FCUK YOU!!!

  • farmerpo

    All of the above will die down and be relegated to the archives of history when the father of all scams is put to rest. He is still, at this very moment cooling his heels in anticipation of where or what he will finally end up. At the Libingan, hero, or anywhere else, villain. The dice is still rolling. The younger generations does not even have an idea who he was or who he will be. Pinoys have a very myopic view of their political life,else we will not be served a cacophony of corruptions and scandals permeating the very fiber of our government. We put those people there, we deserve them, 1002%. It is up to us to clean up, now or forever shut our mouths up.

    • GMGUERRERO

      RIGHT YOU ARE!

  • http://jaoromero.com/ Jao Romero

    the 3rd edsa must not be on the streets but must be on the ballot. the desire for change must start from within. if we cannot discipline ourselves, we cannot expect others to be disciplined themselves.

  • rex

    wala me maintindihan. hehehe nosebleed akech

  • GMGUERRERO

    From the time the PH gained independence its the same old story. Read Doronilla’s recent chronicle of the Stonehill scandal. When was it ever any different from now? Thieves abound in all government offices and commercial enterprises. Read your history books and read news headlines today. Wake up, Mr. Montelibano!

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