March 7, 2006

Para kay Bong Austero

Ang ganda naman ng iyong sulat:

Spoken like somebody who pretends he loves his country but, in the end, only loves himself.

Hayaan mo, Mr. Austero. Sa susunod na may mandaya sa eleksyon, mangurakot ng kaban ng bayan, mang-violate ng karapatan ng mga mamamayan...wala na lang tayong gagawin. Patawarin na lang natin. Yun naman ang gusto mong mangyari, di ba? Hayaan na lang nating may lantarang gumagawa ng katiwalian sa harapan natin at manahimik na lang tayo at gawin ang sarili nating "contribution" sa ating bansa. For the sake of moving this country forward.

Or was it moving your career forward?

Ang hirap ng ginagawa niyo para sa tulad kong teacher. Sa totoo lang, napakahirap nang mag-explain sa mga estudyante kung bakit sila binabagsak pag nahuling nandaraya samantalang mandaraya yung nasa MalacaƱang ngayon.

Napakahirap magturo ng corporate governance at ethics sa aking mga estudyante kapag nakikita nila na yung nasa matataas na posisyon, napakaunethical tapos pinapalampas lang natin. Sabi nila sa akin "Sir, sa exam lang naman yan, theoretical lang, di ba?" Hindi naman daw kasi ina-apply sa totoong buhay.

Onga pala. Nagtatrabaho rin ako. Huwag mo namang sabihin na isipin ko naman kayong mga nagko-"contribute" sa national economy na para bang hindi ako nagko-contribute sa ating lipunan. Nagtuturo po ako ng accounting at finance sa isang kolehiyo na pang-middle class. Minsan, nagpopromote ng OPM sa aking mga sinusulat sa internet. Tumutugtog rin ng indigenous Philippine music para maipakalat ang yaman ng ating sinaunang kultura. Hindi sa nagbubuhat ako ng sariling bangko, pero gusto ko lang sabihin na hindi porke kritikal ako sa gobyerno ay wala na akong ginagawa para mag-contribute sa ating lipunan tulad "niyo."

At marami ring mga kasama kong tumatawag kay GMA na bumaba sa puwesto ay nagtatrabaho rin. Huwag mo namang palabasin na kayong mga nasa opisina lang na hindi lumalabas para magprotesta ang nagsusulong sa ating ekonomiya. Kasi kami, nagtatrabaho rin. Yun nga lang, nakakahanap pa rin kami ng panahon na makialam sa mga nangyayari sa ating lipunan kasi concerned kami sa klase ng lipunan na iiwan natin sa mga susunod na henerasyon. Ikaw, nakakahanap ng panahong mag-Starbuck's, manood ng Big Brother, mag-chat at magpalamig sa iyong airconditioned na kuwarto. Pero wala kang panahong makialam.

Kung ang kontribusyon mo sa ating demokrasya ay manatiling tahimik kahit na nakikita niyo nang may katiwalian na nangyayari, pasensiya na. Kayo na lang ang mag-contribute sa ganyang paraan. Akala ko naghahanap ka ng moral leadership? E bakit pag may ginawang imoral sa harap mo ang iyong "leader," wala kang ginagawa?

Meron nga pala. Ikaw pala ay nagte-take ng moral high ground. Kaya ikaw ay nagpapatawad.

Ang post na ito ay inedit nang ma-trace na ang sulat na ito ay galing pala kay Bong Austero at hindi kay Melvin Mangada.

14 comments:

muning said...

Pare, mahal na kita, hehe. Laking pasasalamat ko at naligaw ako sa blog mo. Ang tagal ko ng naghahanap ng tagalog posts kung saan malinaw na pinapaliwanag kung bakit tayo nagpoprotesta laban kay GMA at sa sangdamukal na kasalanan nya sa bayan.

Pwede ko bang i-quote yung ibang mga posts mo sa ibang mga forums? I swear I'll cite you as the original writer and provide a link to your blog. Kasi parang nananalo ang mga tulad nila Mr. Mangada sa "battle for the hearts and minds of the people" eh. Eh hindi ako kasing eloquent mo, hindi ko ma-defend ng puspusan kung bakit dapat pa din tayong mag-protesta, kung bakit dapat pa din punahin ang mga kamalian.

Jun Villanueva said...

Malaki ang papel na ginagampanan mo para sa pagusad ng ating bansa. Saludo ako sayo sa pagiging mulat at pag hubog mo sa mga kabataan. I'm 40 years old pero marami parin akong natututuhan sayo at ang katapangan mo mahirap maikumpara. Nagpapasalamat ako sa Diyos at may mga katulad mo dahil kung wala ano na lang ang mangyayari sa bansang Pilipinas. Ang concern mo sa Pilipinas ay di mapapantayan. Katulad din ako ng iba na nasa ibang bansa pero nangungulila sa Bayan natin, pinagpalit ko na ang birthright ko pero di nangangahulugan na di ko mahal ang Pilipinas. Nagpopromte din ako ng OPM, bumibili ng mga producto natin at minsan pag umuuwi dinadalaw ko ang Conspiracy cafe. Lalo ako marami pang ibang nabubuhayan dahil sa mga katulad mo. Wag ka sanang panghinaan ng loob o mawalan ng gana dahil sa mga di nakakaunawa at mga makasariling tao. Sinusoportahan kita at naniniwala akong marami pang tao ang sumusoporta sayo. Halos araw araw na binabasa ko ang mga Komento mo bukod kay Conrad de Quiros. Salamat sa sakripisyo mo dahil sa pagmamahal sa Pilipinas. Isa sa pinakamagandang gift ay ang pagkamulat at meron ka nun. Swerte ka at nakakakita ka. Mabuhay ka at mabuhay ang Pilipinas

darwin said...

pre sikat ka na sa mundo ng malawak na sapot. (world wide web)

Jon Limjap said...

Pare, ang orihinal na teksto (sa tingin ko'y orihinal) ay matatagpuan sa link na ito:

http://bongaustero.blogspot.com/2006/02/open-letter-to-our-leaders.html

floyd said...

Dearest Mr. Bong Austero,

I saw you last night on ANC you read your letter on cable television as is very much famous on the internet and blogging circles.
You were saying that we should give GMA a break and move the country forward.
You were saying that you have forgiven her.
And while people protests on the streets you say that it is not helping the economy.
You say that they are at connivance with these people that you ask to have protection from.
You say that they have not been able to offer any viable alternative.
You say that it is better to have a "Flawed leader than scheming power hungry fools who cannot even stand up for their convictions in the face of an impending arrest".
You say that many replied to your letter and congratulated you for it and even pasted it on their blogs and forwarded them their friends.
You have mentioned the threat of a Coup de’ tat within the ranks of the military and the Left.
All in all as in the way I understand, you mean “ENOUGH” and just live on with our lives as we watch the “FLAWED” President run the country. While saying that Cory et. Al are the bigger problem.

Your letter and its contents are what I’ve always heard with almost all the people I talked to about GMA.
They say that it’s better to keep the status quo than anarchy and let the country suffer an economic downfall.
They say that there’s no viable or a better alternative than GMA. And if there’s one they certainly won’t bet for another Erap or the likes of Noli de Castro. (or even FPJ for that matter on the last election)
Some say to wait for another election of congressmen and vote for the moral ones that would stand up against GMA.
Others would say that they will never trust a communist government or a state run by the military or a junta.
But the worse of them all is that they blame the Filipinos for voting corrupt officials thus having them deserve their plight.
Some reactions would state that even how many People Power that happens in the country there will never be a government that would listen to the people or be morally upright.
Each and everyone becomes as corrupt and hungry for power as everybody are as soon as they sit in office.
They become afraid that the current lifestyle that they are living now would be changed and more and more people will be affected because of the rampant destabilization plots as it would affect the economy.
Some would even compare different Philippine presidents and pinpoint each merits between them.
Yet all the more they are resigned to their conviction that there will never be a good Philippines much more an upright President.
So they decide to get out the country or live their lives and look for greener pastures.
That’s the part where I say “ENOUGH”.

I’ve never lived with my family.
My parents went out of the country with the same reasons.
They said that they want to have a better life for me and for their families.
They even planned on taking me with them.
In their time they saw that the only solution for a better life is outside.
They were poor to begin with.
They were squatters who came from their provinces and worked their way up the employment ladder through hard work and dedication.
As an end result they were able to have a better life.
They earned the merits of their actions and eventually became able to leave the country.
When they had me they thought that I deserve a better life than they had, thus they left me with my aunt and started another life oversees.
All their lives they worked and worked as many odd jobs as possible that they were able to send me to an exclusive school.
They told me to study and when I graduate to work hard as they are so I’d be able to do buy anything I want and when Id have my own family I’d be able to stay with them.
But for all the troubles that they went through they only have one request to make of me.

“Son if you choose to leave the country it is fine by us. But we ask of you not to do so and help our countrymen, we cannot afford to loose another generation of Filipinos at the expense of our country.”

So I did my best.
Though not that good in my academics I was able to graduate from my tertiary education. (In six years though)
In those years I tried searching for reasons and went all over the country to see the real Philippines.
I’ve mingled with criminals, the poorest of the poor the drug addicts the richest of the rich and the academics and mere street philosophers.
In all of them I saw the same bleak realization of a country that doesn’t deserve them or on the contrary made them who they were.
But in times of deep despair, in times of drunkenness and sober meanderings they’ve always hoped for a better life for the country and for their people.
That their children might never experience what they had.
They look at me with wondering eyes and asks me if there’s still hope.
I always tell them “When people stop making their lives better that is when there can never really be any hope.”

So now in these troubled times I read the news and I can’t stop myself from not doing anything.
A President apologized but never showed accountability.
GMA called who?
GMA did what?
I ask myself why we can’t put her to justice.
The point is she did something wrong and a simple sorry wont suffice it.
A simple sorry wont change a corrupted ballot.
A simple sorry wont change a cheated majority.
A simple sorry wont heal a wounded land.
And the more that she puts her back on accountability the more robust the criminals become.
The bolder the corrupt politicians become.
Because they see a society that bows down to a “Flawed leader by virtue of keeping the status-quo.”

Eventually her philandering continued.
By virtue of poverty and paranoia and sheer lack of viable alternatives she stepped on our civil liberties.
She issued E.O. 464
She decreed P.D. 1017
She puts to jail anyone who’s against her and asked them to be arrested without a warrant.
She puts media to a watch list and continues to harass its employees and supporters.
She silences the dissenters and brands them as communists and destabilizers.
And now she wants to change our system of government.

I say “ENOUGH”
Clearly there is no reason for me to stay silent and not do anything.
I don’t want another generation that is conditioned to learned helplessness.
I don’t want another wave of poverty that would throw the best and the brightest out of the country.
I don’t want us to not do anything.
I don’t want the next generation to blame me for another mistake that the older generation did—to remain complacent and just live their lives.
I also want to have a better life for all Filipinos but not like what you say Mr. Austero.

I see a justice system that is not friendly with the masses because of language gap.
I see an educational system that is flawed and backward because of lack of funds.
I see all the basic services like healthcare and access to food and water being eaten whole by graft and corruption.
And I see the taxes I pay going nowhere but to a “Flawed Presidents’ Government”

So let me remind you Mr. Austero that the President is not the Government, the people is the Government.
The President is not the economy, the people is the economy.
And I will never tire reminding you of that.

You have every right to protect your vote.
To not just let anyone take it from you.
You have every right to voice out your opinion and not agree with the governments’ policies and never be put to jail.
You have every right to question a leader’s credibility because you placed him/her in that position of power.
It is even a privilege that they are there.
Because they didn’t earn it, they asked us to give it to them.


So I find it justified to answer your letter.
And share my two cents of the matter.
That while you have presented your alternative of complacency I present my alternative of social responsibility.
That while your answer is “we are prepared to lose our freedoms and our rights just to move this country forward”
My answer is “I am always prepared to defend our freedoms and our rights that we so hardly fought for hundreds of years and move this country forward”
And if it needs be id fight nail and tooth for it.

Unfortunately Mr. Austero it is from the likes of you that we need protection from.

I am not loath to see a series of People Power just so we could bring about real and tangible change.
I am not loath to see hundreds of presidents impeached if they so rightly deserved so.
I am not loath to see this country go down just so to rise up and rebuild itself rightfully.

I’m sorry Mr. Austero but I am not the silent kind that would just watch the events on television.
I also want to earn a living and live a good life with my family and friends but not in this status quo.
Surely not in this status quo of corruption and un-accountability and clear malicious disregard for the law.

And like you I am sick and tired of self scheming agitators that only have regards to what is good for themselves and their economy.
Perhaps that’s the only part where we could agree.

But take note Mr. Austero that I am never afraid to stand up for my convictions furthermore for truth and justice even in the face of any impending arrest.

So I end this letter with a prayer that by doing so I’d give justice to peoples like my family and millions of Filipinos hoping for a better country.

That as faulty as human beings we may find forgiveness in the eyes of God and men, but pledge accountability for our sins.

That we may stand up high and proud that our generation will never fail the future generations…

Anonymous said...

Mr. Floyd, mag isip ka nga ng sinasabi mo..

sagutin mo ang mga simpleng tanong ko.

sino ipapalit mo sa presidente ngayon?
tumaas nga ang presyo pero lumakas ang presyo, sa tingin mo overnight ang epekto agad ng pag aios ng buhay ng pinoy?

kung hindi nag proclaim ng state of emergency si GMA, alam mo bang babagsak ang economy na naman naten for 3 years?

aba hoy, lahat ng tao sawa na sa gulo, ayusin na lang.

O baka naman may pinoprotektahan ka din tulad ng mga ibang ma opportunista?

nasa ibang bansa nga ako pero lahat ng kapamilya ko andyan pa din.

sha nga pala, naisipan mo na din bang umatras ng konte at tignan ang nangyayari. Baka kasi masyadong nakadikit ang mata mo sa salamin at di mo alam may dumi pala sayong pisngi.

Anonymous said...

mga gaya gaya naman kayo kay Bong Austero ... sige ipagkalat nyo rin ang position ninyo na wala namang katuturan ... sabi nga ni Bong, you guys just need to try HARDER to sell your ideas to kick GMA out ... sorry, try harder ...

Anonymous said...

ang kitid ng utak mo.. BOBO!!! kaya maraming naghihirap sa pilipinas dahil sa mga tanga/inutil/bobo na tulad mo!

Anonymous said...

This is what we deserve because we elected those corrupt officials.
Too much comment and response kayo puro blah blah pahusayan eh wala naman katuturan yang mga sinsabi ninyo.
What we must do is educate, educate our voting masses to vote wisely.
Alam ba ninyo na sa barangay level pa lang na programs and platforms of government do not count, it is money that counts. A candidate with good intention and programs cannot win an election.
Tapos ngawa kayo ng ngawa.
Let us stop all this bickering and start educating ourselves and others to vote for the right officials not based on who is moneyed but who have the best alternative programs for our betterment.
Palitan ninyo man ng palitan yan pag ang binoto ninyo ay corrupt din ay wala din mangyayari sa bansa natin.

El Caviteno 84 said...

Not too long ago back in 86, we kicked out a dictator. Hopes were high for a better Philippines. From that point, we've tried a widow in yellow, a West Pointer, a movie star, now a well-educated economist, heck if FPJ lived and won, then we could've added a high school dropout to the distinguished list of post People Power presidents. Do you think after Marcos, we have changed for the better? HELL NO! You know why? It's not just a leader's problem. It's the people and our addiction to politics that's keeping us down and renewing our annual membership to the Royal Order of Third World countries. We have never been able to gain political stability in years due to endless protests and coups, therefore, economic stability remains an unseen light at the end of the tunnel. They go hand in hand by the way, if you didn't know.
I did not vote for GMA but I say give her programs a chance. It's not like you have a better alternative anyway. Sinong ipapalit ninyo? Yang mga protest leaders na iyan? Sino bang matino sa mga iyan? They're just a bunch of power grabbers who are using the "masa" to push their own personal agendas. Try asking the "masa" to explain to you the real cause of their fight and how they think we can arrive at that ideal situation..... I doubt if you can get a meaningful answer because most of these people are out on the streets purely because of played emotions. They know what they want but they don't know what it takes to get there. They march on the streets screaming for jobs and better opportunities not knowing that the chaos that they bring are scaring away the potential investors that are going to create these jobs.
Galing din ako sa hirap but I never depended on anyone to save me from poverty, especially not from the government. It was pure hardwork on my part. I didn't care who my president, senator, congressmen, governor, mayor, brgy capt, tanod, etc were. NONE! of them played a role in my life's struggles and successes, I did it on my own and I'm doing pretty well right now. Sikap at pawis ang puhunan sa kaunlaran, hindi pagma-martsa sa lansangan.

Anonymous said...

paeng,
sa tingin ko di na uunlad ang pilipinas. wala ng pag-asa. buti pa siguro ibenta na lang ninyo ang inyong bansa. pare-pareho lang naman kayo lahat, mga reklamador. ako naman ay nandito na namumuhay sa ibang bansa. dito, meron din dayaan, meron din kurakot, pero alam niyo, dito walang reklamador. dito walang paki-alam ang mga tao basta lang meron silang trabaho. di na importante ang mga politiko dito. ang importante dito ay ang mag-trabaho at mag-sama2x lang buong mag-anak kapag holidays. di na ini-intindi ang gobyerno at wala ngang paki-alam. dito, talagang tama ang pag-babayad ng buwis at walang reklamo kahit 30% ng aming kinikita ay napupunta sa gobyerno. paminsan, naiisip din ng mga tao dito na wala rin naman masyadong ginagawa ang gobyerno, pero okay lang, walang protesta. kayo diyan? araw-araw yata may rally, di ba? anong nangyayari sa mga protesta niyo? wala rin. ganun pa rin ang buhay niyo, lalong naghihirap. kaya uulitin ko, wala na talagang pag-asa dyan sa bayan natin, dahil lahat reklamador.

Celia said...
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Anonymous said...

sir bong..palagi ako napupuyat sa pagbabasa ng blog mo. Pero okay lang, gusto ko kasi.

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