The Filipino: Worth dying for? 22% of Filipinos disagree

Last Sunday, the 21st of August was the death anniversary of National “Hero” Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. That date is significant to me because I remember back in 1983, how his brother Agapito — what’s-up-with-the-nickname — Aquino in a stroke of marketing genius began to fly a flag bearing the acronym ATOM (August Twenty One Movement) that was to go on to become indelibly associated with the Edsa “Revolution” of 1986. The ATOM flag firmly secured the Aquino clan’s claim to the official in-retrospect narrative of how an Aquino death created a “destiny” for us — that “miracle” of “people power” that briefly touched our sad bunch of volcanic islands.

It is no surprise that the modern-day proponent of this official narrative is none other than an esteemed employee of one of the biggest beneficiaries of this “revolution” — the According to that man, Conrado de Quiros, in his latest blurb, Filipinos clearly are “capable of acting and thinking for themselves” and “[made] their own history” in the recent elections — the third “Edsa” according to de Quiros — when President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III ascended to power in an election that was an Edsa in disguise daw.

Poor old man.

Perhaps it is because he struggles painfully and heroically to give the breath of life to the concept of dying for Da Pinoy, a quaint idea that has been circling the crapper of Filipino “thinking” in a progressively rapid and smaller spiral for some time now since the assassination of Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr in 1983. That de Quiros now pins “responsibility” for heroic deeds on the increasingly abstract is a sign of sad desperation…

The luminous examples of the people’s capacity to become their own heroes are plentifully there, like the beating heart of our history.

In essence, from pinning “hope” on heroic individuals, de Quiros now proposes that we pin our “hopes” on the nebulous concept of “The Filipino” — a term that to this day defies all intelligent attempts at objective definition.

I seriously doubt if “The Filipino” is inclined to play along with such lofty titles as “hero” of our sad Republic that poetic bozos like de Quiros create for them. One other hack, Jose Ma. Montelibano, failed epically to make a similar case when he presumed to ascribe the $8 billion in routine annual remittances of Filipino Americans to the Philippines to a sign of “love of country”. The essence of the failure of such a quaint attempt to heighten our stunted stature as a people can be gleaned by considering the simple questions I was begged to ask:

Do Filipino Americans push the money to the Philippines motivated by real “generosity”? Or do impoverished Filipinos in the Islands through their victim-esquely irresistible appeals to familial sentiments pull the money from their “more fortunate” kin overseas?

The only motivating force at work in the Philippines is none other than that oldest underpinning concept of the dubious field of “economics” — poverty. As I mentioned in that same article, the poverty of Pinoy society in all aspects (financial, ethical, and intellectual) is…

[…] the very fundamental reason why the most talented Filipinos live overseas and why this humungous amount of money gets routinely sucked out of the economies of their host societies.

The point highlighted by that failed interpretation of overseas Filipinos’ intentions when batting a few hard-earned dollars towards the homeland is further sharpened by the findings of a recent Gallup study that showed that…

[…] the Philippines’ population would fall by around one-fifth if migrants were allowed to leave. The Philippines had -22% Potential Net Migration Index or PNMI.

The Philippines is lumped with poor countries, such as Iran (-22%), Yemen (-23%), that have many citizens who want to migrate.

Nice to know we are in such classy company.

The Potential Net Migration Index or PNMI estimates the net change in the adult population of each country, given hypothetical unhindered human migration over the face of the planet.

Singapore had a score of 219 percent. Which means that if all migration restrictions worldwide were relaxed, migration into the tiny state would effectively triple its population from the current 4.8 million.

Here’s how selected countries fared in this study:

– Singapore (219%)
– New Zealand (184%)
– Saudi Arabia (176%)
– United States (60%)
– Botswana (39%)
– South Africa (13%)
– Zambia (13%)
– Namibia (13%)
– Philippines (-22%)
– Iran (-22%)
– Yemen (-23%)
– Dominican Republic (-43%)
– El Salvador (-45%)
– Nigeria (-46%)
– Ethiopia (-46%)
– Zimbabwe (-47%)
– Haiti (-51%)
– Sierra Leone (-56%)

Still wanna “die for your country”?

For many Filipinos, the options seems to be more around the prospect of dying in their country as I doubt that most of the 22 percent of surveyed Filipino adults who want to leave will ever get to where they really want to go.

It’s hard to wrap one’s head around the concept of dying for one’s country — at least one such as the Philippines — considering (in modern-day contexts) that some of those who did had the option not to and those who don’t want to do not have any options at all. Perhaps we do need people like de Quiros and Montelibano — to serve as the continuous empty hope drip-feeds that Filipinos subsist on nowadays.


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19 Responses to The Filipino: Worth dying for? 22% of Filipinos disagree

  1. J.B. says:

    Based on Ninoy’s interviews and speeches prior to his fateful arrival, it’s obvious that dying was only a possibility, not the main intention of coming home. Though it’s also obvious that he was right the effects would be positive in some way.

    And based on Joe Almonte’s confession, his public assassination was the single biggest act of brazenness that military starts to entertain the thought that “to remove the one’s in power, if necessary”.

    At that time, dying to free the country from one single headache at least makes sense.

  2. kid dynamo says:

    ..Guess who’s being appointed as SSS Chair?…..Emil de Quiros……

    oh well…..buhay nga naman full of surprises…:-)

    • Nes says:

      ah! so this explains it then! 🙂

      the blooming words that de quiros uses. tsk! 
      KAYA PALA!

      nakow! dami pa naman pera ng SSS! 🙂 hahahaha! 🙂

    • UP nn grad says:

      President Noynoy insists that Conrado de Quiros did not affect his choice. Emil deQuiros with his four-years 🙄 work-experience is very qualified to be SSS executive.

      De Quiros, Martin named to SSS, SRA
      August 18, 2010, 9:13pm

      President Aquino on Wednesday bared his new appointees which include Emil de Quiros as president of the Social Security System (SSS) and Regina Bautista-Martin as administrator of the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA).

      De Quiros is a brother of newspaper columnist Conrado de Quiros who had supported Aquino during the May 10 polls.

      “I signed Emil De Quiros’ appointment, if I’m not mistaken, yesterday (Tuesday) and his being the brother of Conrado de Quiros is not relevant to his appointment at SSS. Conrad de Quiros, he’s not a business columnist — I wouldn’t ask his advice with regards to this. But he has so many other attributes,” Aquino said in defending his choice for the SSS portfolio previously occupied by Romulo Neri.


    • UP nn grad says:

      actually, Emil deQuiros has more years work experience, including exec-vice-president for the Ayalas (Bank Phil Islands) (and of course, being Conrado’s brother 😉 ).

  3. Ryunken says:

    In the past… Dying for one’s country is the most heroic thing you can do… Especially in war times.

    Now, here in the Philippines. Dying for one’s country is just… Dying!

    I’d love to move to another country. I’d still be a true Filipino… But the government and mindsets of “OTHER” Filipinos back in their country is something I can’t stand on.

  4. ako ang simula ng pagkabobo says:

    kumusta na sa amerika? Puro mga negative yung nababasa ko tungkol sa US.

    Does Manuel Quezon’s moronic statement still apply today?

  5. L says:

    We’re so fucked up and yet, life still progresses, in a rather fucked up way. There’s one thing that’s constant with all of this though, and that’s the oligarchy and the games they play, for the most of us, we simply have to adapt, move out, or die 😛 Unfortunately, we’ve been adapting too much to a sick way of national life that has been poisoned by our cancers in society 😛

  6. Renato Pacifico says:

    HA!HA!HA!  Filipinos are not worth dying for!  benign0 Aquino Senor’s return was pure miscalculation.  benign0 Aquino Dayonyor’s media just labeled it as “Aquino return for the Filipinos”!  HA!HA!HA!HA!  And idiot Filipinos fell for it!!!!  HA!HA!HA!HA!

    Filipinos can easily be fooled because Filipinos has geneticaly inferior brain to understand.!!!!  HA!HA!HA!HA!

    • HareBurger says:

      not really part of discussion, correction lang. i think u meant benigno aquino senor as aquino jr (ninoy), and benigno aquino dayonyor as aquino III (abnoynoy). binayaran ko na tsimay namin na magnovena para walang nang benigno aquino daport…
      tanong ko lang, magkano ba worth for dying si benigno aquino III? :mrgreen:

  7. ChinoF says:

    Hmmm, sometimes it’s dangerous to leave a word processor (or even pen and paper) in the hands of senile men. It makes their senility contagious.

  8. Aegis-Judex says:

    Worth dying for? Look what happened to the hostage scenario! Now, in the eyes of the world, we’re done for!

    • UP nn grad says:

      HongKong Bureau of Security says : Pilipinas? Do not go there.

      And United Kingdom has these:
      # There is a high threat from ➡ terrorism throughout the Philippines. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.

      # There is a threat from kidnapping 👿 in the Philippines. A Swiss national was kidnapped in Zamboanga City, Mindanao, on 5 April 2010 and was rescued by security forces on 16 July 2010.

      # The European Commission announced an operating ban on all air carriers certified in the Philippines from 1 April 2010. This follows an audit of the Philippines carried out by ICAO in October 2009. The EU ban has been imposed because the Philippine regulatory authority is unable to verify that these airlines comply with international safety standards. More information can be obtained on the following website: http://ec.europa/transport.

  9. boombox says:

    Teh Irony!

  10. Hyden Toro says:

    History is written by the victors; not the vanquished. Same as political history. I still believe that Ninoy Aquino was an Accidental Hero. He had an Unholy Alliance with the New People’s Army insurgents. Ninoy Aquino was desperate to grab the Power of Presidency from Marcos. With the support of the Oligarchs; headed by the Lopez family. Some Opportunists in the Marcos inner circle; were also looking for the opportunity, to grab Power from their Master.
    History was made; not of our own making. But, from the weaknesses and self aggrandizements of these opportunists. The Filipino people are: deluded; disinformed. EDSA myth penetrated their subconcious minds; and are still in trance, since then.
    The point of contention here, and still now is the Control of Ownership of the Hacienda Luisita. So long as the Aquino-Cojuangco controls these vast tracts of lands. Delusions and myths will always be fed to the Filipinos. And; they will be in politiics. 😯

  11. ako ang simula ng pagkabobo says:

    sinong nakapanuod sa interview nung abnoy?

    Insensitive daw siya.

  12. mel says:

    Ninoy Aquino committed suicide! Prior to his departure to MNL, he said that he was “expecting the worst”. He knew that Ferdinand Marcos was at that time bedridden, I bet he was afraid that somebody other than him could grab the power so he decided to come home.
    Ninoy Aquino was also sick at that time (heart disease) and stress will be his No.1 killer. Facing Marcos will cause him a lot of stress so why did he come back?

    It was all for personal desire, for his family’s wealth, never for the Filipinos. If Ninoy Aquino really had a vision for this country to prosper, Cory Aquino and his political party, could have had easily implemented his political agenda.

    The Aquino sisters said that for them, the Aquino assassination is now a closed book. They knew who did or have made up their minds who masterminded it. How about the Filipino people? Don’t they deserve to know the truth after all those extensive media attention?

  13. Paolo says:

    Worth killing for. 

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