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the "Coup-de-etat"?

i'll be sharing some inputs on what others have said about the "coup"... what's your views? post lang po...

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  • A 21-hour drama ends with a Philippine audience
    largely dazed by the
    event. 296 officers and enlisted personnel of the AFP
    walked into a plush apartment
    hotel in the heart of business Makati, set up
    temporary headquarters
    there, and protected themselves with a fence of wired
    explosives.


    It was not a coup de etat. There was no attack on
    any military camp or
    Malaca?ang Palace, unlike the 1987 and 1989 failed
    coup attempts against
    Corazon Aquino..

    The manner was dramatic, even radical, but
    definitely not violent. That was why government propaganda had to work
    very quickly by using the
    terms "coup de etat", the "way of violence", and
    'military adventurism"
    when
    referring to both the act and the actors. It could
    not simply afford to
    have
    public opinion predominantly in sympathy with the
    rebels and their cause
    when a little subliminal dis-information could go
    a long way.

    Yet, what government feared still happened to a
    large extent. Although
    many adult Filipinos commented on the loss of business
    revenue for the day and the emergence again of a negative Filipino image
    to foreigners, the
    Filipino
    youth definitely felt sympathy for the young
    military officers. Somehow,
    the
    sincerity and nobility of their cause and
    subsequent action must have
    struck
    a familiar chord in the hearts of young men and
    women.


    Massive poverty and rampant corruption are
    defining landmarks of the
    Philippines today. These are terribly debilitating
    and violent, not only
    to
    economy, but to politics and culture as well -
    more so than any coup de
    etat. Yet, we tolerate these conditions as normal
    in our society and are
    shocked by a non-violent mutiny or withdrawal of
    support. We would rather
    experience ugly compromise in our daily lives than
    go for an adventure of
    change.



    That is why I felt such profound sorrow when
    important personages in
    Philippine society intervened with the military
    mutiny by encouraging
    Filipinos to stay calm, to stay faithful to duly
    constituted government,
    by
    calling young military officers as enemies of
    peace and misguided. I felt
    shaken to my soul when these same personages do
    not ask government
    leaders
    to step down for being inutile against poverty and
    corruption, or even
    for
    causing them.



    Young military officers, even if they really
    allowed themselves to be
    influenced by sympathizers or sponsors who are not
    as purely motivated,
    still stand heads taller than political and
    business leaders who have
    ushered the Philippines to becoming one of the
    most corrupt nations in
    the
    world. They deserve even death by musketry, not
    just desperate actions
    from
    rebellious AFP officers, for mangling our national
    soul beyond
    recognition.



    Survey after survey have affirmed that the
    Filipino youth today reject
    politics, politicians and government institutions,
    looking at them with
    fading respect and growing disdain. Last year,
    even the US Ambassador had
    to
    articulate that American businessmen were most
    upset with our justice
    system, implying that the very mechanism that was
    meant to assure
    fairness
    was itself corrupt. A generation of Filipinos and
    a host of foreign
    investors are aghast at the corruption that reigns
    in the Philippines,
    yet
    we quietly tolerate the same as it becomes the
    very standard we live by.



    We deserve desperate military mutineers to awaken
    us to the hypocrisy of
    our
    lives. We deserve even more when we sleep soundly
    and guiltlessly every
    night as thirty million Filipinos live on less
    than P38.00 a day, day in
    and
    day out in lifetimes that approximate hell on
    earth. And yet we,
    including
    the best among us, dare to judge those who
    struggle to maintain their
    idealism and have become our accusers?



    Adult Filipino society owes its younger
    generations a debt that it cannot
    possibly pay for except possibly by mass harakiri,
    and only after a
    lengthy
    public apology. The legacy we are forcing our
    young to inherit are making
    many of our adolescents think of committing
    suicide, with more than 40%
    of
    them, according to a recent study, turning to
    drugs, alcohol, pre-marital
    sex and smoking out of a sense of hopelessness.



    Can we blame desperate young military officers for
    the continuing massive
    poverty and the deepening corruption? Can we blame
    impatient young
    military
    officers for the hopelessness that has gripped the
    Filipino people, the
    poor
    and even the richer ones who opt to leave the
    Philippines for a better
    future for their children? Can we blame radical
    young military officers
    for
    choking the dreams of our young, driving them to
    immoral behavior, and
    making them think of suicide as an option of
    escape?



    The quality of courage, nobility and discipline
    that were displayed by
    rebellious young officers for 21 hours on July 27
    is a kind of courage,
    nobility and discipline that Filipinos have not
    witnessed from their
    political leaders and public officials for a long,
    long time. If at all,
    exceptions emerged through outstanding individual
    efforts, not from
    collective responsibility, not from collective
    leadership. How else could
    Malaca?ang earn the nickname "snake pit?" How else
    could politicians earn
    the additional title of "trapo?"



    We have no right to call desperate young warriors
    who took extraordinary
    steps to stay non-violent despite the high-powered
    weapons of mass
    destructions they had at their disposal as enemies
    of peace;

    we have no right when we have not taken extraordinary steps
    to condemn wrongdoing
    that
    is demoralizing them.



    We have no right to call their idealism as
    misguided when we stay silent in
    the face of the very corruption they refuse to
    succumb to.



    We only have the opportunity to relearn from the
    glean in their eyes and the
    passion in their hearts about a purity we have
    lost, about values we have
    dishonored, and about a Utopia we don't believe in
    anymore. ***
  • Before i start, Patrick Salamat is an alumni of DLSU-Manila... he is now part of the party Aksyon Demokratiko, and one of the most respected alumni of DLSU-Manila's "Alyansang Tapat sa La Sallista".....


    Idealism
    Patrick Salamat
    29 July 2003


    "Circuses make animals sad."
    -- PETA Placard

    * * * * *

    I don't know if the quote above is real. I just found it on
    someone's email signature. PETA is People for the Ethical Treatment
    of Animals, an animal rights group that protests everything from
    product testing to cockfights to circuses. But assuming that the
    placard is real and that it was written by someone who is not a five-
    year-old, we can't help chuckling at the sheer naivete of the
    statement. Naivete that reminds us of the Oakwood incident.

    Some idiot was talking about the Magdalo group and calling
    them idealistic, which is fine. What's idiotic is his dismissal of
    them as people who have yet to lose their idealism. As if idealism
    was something that had to be lost.

    It isn't.

    I wonder why they keep blaming "idealism" for the Oakwood
    fiasco. Sure the officers wanted a less corrupt government but
    shouldn't we all be wishing for the same thing? I'd rather see a
    nation of idealists than a nation of cynics, which is what we are
    fast becoming.

    Idealism, as opposed to what many may think, is not a case of
    people lazily dreaming up things that cannot be. It is not peyote-
    smoking hippies urging everyone to just chill out and hug each other.
    Nor is it Valentine Smith, Manuel Conde's Juan Tamad, or Elle Woods
    marching to the capital demanding people be nice to each other.

    Idealism is simply striving to reach a certain ideal, like a
    corruption-free military and a government that doesn't sacrifice its
    citizens' lives for foreign aid. Cynics just accept the givens and
    try to make the most out of it (for themselves, usually), idealists
    ask why things are so and try to make things better.

    But there are idealists and there are idealists.

    The better ones know exactly what they want and exactly what
    to do. These idealists are fueled by hope yet tempered by pragmatism
    making their incursions effective. Like Kennedy or Clinton or Ninoy
    or Roco, effective idealists know which buttons to push to get
    everyone moving towards the ideal. They also have enough charisma and
    infectious optimism to make the majority believe.

    And then we have the Magdalo group.

    Their problem is not idealism, it's naivete. There's nothing
    wrong with wanting a corruption-free military the problem is in being
    naive enough to think that the president will resign on the eve of
    her SONA 10 months before elections just because you held up a hotel.

    It's not even a full-fledged coup attempt, just a desperate
    cry for attention that turned into a media circus.

    Which makes animals sad.
  • how about you benildeans, what do you think?
  • drama, pakulo, porma, papansin lang coup na yan! politics/government in the philippines will never be corrupt free.....in our dreams, maybe!! :D i don't mind having another marcos tho'
  • Originally posted by 3cylinder
    Agree ako having another marcos and our country will never be corruption free cause its impossible.... I think what the junior officers just wanted to express their grivances from the Arroyo government....

    But what about us, the "KABATAAN"? Aren't we the future of the philippine government? aren't we the future of our society? sinasabi mo ba na pag dumating na ang ating panahon na mamuno ay magiging corrupt din tau?
  • may tatanung lang ako....bakit yun spokes person...sinabi niya na lilipat na siya ng career after this incident tanung lang....afterr maging military gusto niyang maging teacher hows that?! this is very big questionmy head!!! until now!!!!
  • AltarBoy^_^AltarBoy^_^ PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Originally posted by ooddiicckk
    may tatanung lang ako....bakit yun spokes person...sinabi niya na lilipat na siya ng career after this incident tanung lang....afterr maging military gusto niyang maging teacher hows that?! this is very big questionmy head!!! until now!!!!

    Because Lt Trillantes knows his career-ending action in Oakwood will spell "forced retirement" or "hard time" in the service. Idealistic as he is, now he realizes that he is truly outspoken, and now he can do more of that by molding young minds through the profession that is called teaching. :D
  • AltarBoy^_^ pare welcome back!!!long time no pex ka na ah!ganun ba yun?!hmm....oo nga nuh sa palagay ko tama!
  • Ano ba yan, kulang mga pinopost niyo... What can you say about the coup? Tama ba na ginawa nila yun or hindi.. yun yung gusto ko mabasa.... pls....
  • CollegeKidCollegeKid PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    oo nga noh. tagal na niyan ah bat nandto pa yan. Sana sa ibang forum mo nalang ipinost!

    Guess what. On August 22 dapat wala tayong pasok.
    Pero magkakaroon kasi sabi ng REGISTRAR's OFFICE na kailangan i make up yung July 27 na KUDETA! :worm:
  • i admire idealists. i admire the fact that they can see the world with so much hope and energy. but there is the sheer line between idealism and foolishness... as illustrated by patrick in his article.

    we work in a world where politics is a world on its own... where idealists are chucked in year in and year out. a world wherein idealists are turned into trapos in the flicking signature that approves the fiscal budget (and presumedly the approval of a hefty load of pork on the trapo's menu).

    we need idealists who can believe that this system still has hope... that joining the system doesn't mean that one has to bend over bearingly towards mindless bootlicking and anticipation for self-gratification.

    it's a challenge for the youth to look forward with hope that they can truly empower themselve to make that change.

    as for what happened in oakwood...

    i think it was the attempt of the idealist mind to achieve change. but in the end, their idealism became their own downfall. i would suppose that in their wish and in their haste to achieve change, they allowed themselves to become pawns in the elaborate moro-moro that we call our political landscape.

    sabi ko nga kanina... there is a thin line between idealism and foolishness. but i wouldn't go as far as saying that it was all for naught. deviant behavior has the function of stimulating social change as well. nagkataon na sila ang kontrabida kasi sila ang talo.


    Lamina et Sagitta,
    goonie :goon:
  • AltarBoy^_^AltarBoy^_^ PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Originally posted by ooddiicckk
    AltarBoy^_^ pare welcome back!!!long time no pex ka na ah!ganun ba yun?!hmm....oo nga nuh sa palagay ko tama!

    Ikaw yata long time no pex eh nasa NCAA Tourney mo lang ako matatagpuan palagi. :glee:

    With regards to the coup, I suggest we watch the Feliciano Fact Finding Commission investigation na lang. :D
  • AltarBoy^_^ pare lam mo naman na dito lang ako nagpopost sa csb eh!heheh mag post ka na lang sa ibang csb thread!
  • the coup d'etat will no doubt be glamourized by the philippine societal sharks. it's so funny how the political scene is concentrating so much on findng out who is really behind the oakwood crisis. we keep asking each other if these junior officers have been backed up by the influence of government officials or if these soldiers were used as pawns for someone else's demented vested interest. but whatever the answers to these questions are, what of it?? i personally doubt that these smart, idealistic young men would succumb so early to the dirty yearnings of political hotheads. the real point of the matter is, what should be done to alleviate such desperate attempts? what move should be taken to quelch the problem of dissillusionment with the philippine administration?
    nakakatawa na matapos mangyari ang mga nangyari, eto na naman ang mga pilipino, ranging from the most lowly vendor to the highest positions of power, nagsisisihan at nagtuturuan.
    it's just so pathetic..:fume: :shakehead:
  • :o
    kahit pa totoo talaga ang grievances ng mga rebel soldiers, that doesn't give them the right to take the law into their own hands.

    the end does not justify the means...

    :rpflag:
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