Hostilities began on April 12, 1861, when Confederate forces fired upon Fort Sumter, a key fort held by Union troops in South Carolina. Lincoln called for each state to provide troops to retake the fort; consequently, four more slave states joined the Confederacy, bringing their total to eleven. The Union soon controlled the border states and established a naval blockade that crippled the southern economy.
The above actions marked the beginning of a war that would last 4 years, 3 weeks and 6 days. In the end it cost the lives of nearly 750,000 American lives. Military and civilian, Fathers and sons. Brothers and sisters. From all walks of life, and in many cases, direct relatives to one another.
The current state of affairs within the Philippine political arena suggest the above could very well occur. Maybe not on the level of total war. But recent issues show that the Aquino administration and the ruling Liberal Party are sitting on a powder keg they may end up igniting themselves.
On July 1st, 2014. The nations Supreme Court in a unanimous vote of 13-0, had declared the President’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) unconstitutional in a number of key areas regarding its creation and implementation.
Almost immediately the Aquino administration went into high gear. The following week, the President went on nationwide television in an effort to justify his brainchild. And in the process, made direct/indirect threats against the Supreme Court itself. The next day he called upon the people to wear a yellow ribbon (something he has worn instead of his nation’s flag, since he took office in 2010) to show their support.
This was met with enormous negative response. So-much-so that the palace was forced to downplay it, by claiming they weren’t really serious about wearing it.
The next move in their little “bag of dirty tricks” was to play hardball with the Supreme Court again. This time by making public their individual monthly salaries, in the hopes of publicly embarrassing them. Making comparisons to that of the underpaid average workers around the country. Well Mr Aquino. I guess if you had truly built a better economy the way you claim you have (although one hasn’t existed since you took over), the average Juan would be doing better now. Wouldn’t he?
And let’s not forget the ever-popular Bangsamoro deal. That little disaster-in-the-making is about as unconstitutional a deal, as one could get. First, under the initial agreement, the proposed Bangsamoro government would have its own law enforcers, which already violates the constitutional provision of one national police.
On wealth distribution, the two sides agreed on a 50-50 sharing on fossil fuels, which refer to mineral deposits like coal, uranium, petroleum and natural gas; and 75-25, in favor of the MILF, on the sharing on metallic minerals, among others.
The simple truth is this. For over 4 years now, the Aquino administration. His Liberal Party. And an enormous amount of Senators, Congressmen, business associates, some minions, a moon-calf, and God knows who else, have systematically raped and pillaged the nation, so as to further their own agendas. And it seems evident the people themselves have finally grown sick and tired of it. All-in-all, for nearly 30 years the people have idly stood by and allowed it to happen.
The 1986 EDSA1, or People Power Revolution had stood for something the people seemingly longed for. Democracy and freedom. Sadly, what they were supposed to be delivered from (Ferdinand Marcos’ Dictatorship), has only gotten worse. Most of the same corrupt individuals are still in office today. Privatization of key companies during the Marcos years were simply transferred to the Aquino/Cojuangco clans. Failed land reforms. Promises of a greater economy and a better life for all, have all proven to be more false promises.
For a fleeting moment, the people believed they had finally been delivered from the clutches of a singular, evil Dictator. They were. Only to discover they had given the whole show away to multiple Dictators. Dictators disguised as politicians. Businessmen. Even their Presidents.
So Mr Aquino. Let’s pretend that Manila Bay is Charleston Harbor. And the Presidential Palace is Fort Sumter. Do you want to take the first shot?
Or should the people have that honor?