Kung Tuyo Na Ang Luha Mo, Aking Bayan ni Amado V. Hernadez
Lumuha ka, aking Bayan; buong lungkot mong iluha Ang kawawang kapalaran ng lupain mong kawawa: Ang bandilang sagisag mo’y lukob ng dayong bandila, Pati wikang minana mo’y busabos ng ibang wika, Ganito ring araw nang agawan ka ng laya, Labintatlo ng Agosto nang saklutin ang Maynila,
Lumuha ka, habang sila ay palalong nagdiriwang, Sa libingan ng maliit, ang malaki’y may libangan; Katulad mo ay si Huli, naaliping bayad-utang, Katulad mo ay si Sisa, binaliw ng kahirapan;
Walang lakas na magtanggol, walang tapang na lumaban, Tumataghoy, kung paslangin; tumatangis, kung nakawan!
Iluha mo ang sambuntong kasawiang nagtalakop Na sa iyo’y pampahirap, sa banyaga’y pampalusog: Ang lahat mong kayamana’y kamal-kamal na naubos, Ang lahat mong kalayaa’y sabay-sabay na natapos; Masdan mo ang iyong lupa, dayong hukbo’y nakatanod, Masdan mo ang iyong dagat, dayong bapor, nasa laot!
Lumuha ka kung sa puso ay nagmaliw na ang layon, Kung ang araw sa langit mo ay lagi nang dapithapon, Kung ang alon sa dagat mo ay ayaw nang magdaluyong, Kung ang bulkan sa dibdib mo ay hindi man umuungol, Kung wala nang maglalamay sa gabi ng pagbabangon, Lumuha ka nang lumuha’t ang laya mo’y nakaburol.
May araw ding ang luha mo’y masasaid, matutuyo, May araw ding di na luha sa mata mong namumugto Ang dadaloy, kundi apoy, at apoy na kulay dugo, Samantalang ang dugo mo ay aserong kumukulo; Sisigaw kang buong giting sa liyab ng libong sulo At ang lumang tanikala’y lalagutin mo ng punglo!
Kung gaano kainit ang mga militante sa isinagawa nilang rally kontra sa Charter change sa Batasan na nauwi pa sa pukpukan, ganito rin kaalab ang damdamin ng mga sumali sa No-to Con-ass Facebook group. Nagpapatrol, Michelle Orosa. TV Patrol Sabado, Hunyo 6, 2009
The news fails to mention that this is part of the Advocacy for Good Governance of the Partidong Pandaigdigang Pilipino (PPP). And that Mr. Noli Benavent is a full pledge member and officer of PPP Central Chapter.
Filipino can participate in EU 09 Election?
Written by Administrator
Thursday, 14 May 2009 23:55
Did you know that Filipinos can participate in upcoming EU election?
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Archbishop Lagdameo's Message at Good Governance Summit
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Tuesday, 05 May 2009 00:46
GOOD GOVERNANCE SUMMIT Ateneo Professional Schools, Veritas Hall, Rockwell, Makati City
April 29, 2006, 1:30-5:30 PM
GOOD GOVERNANCE AND FAITHFUL CITIZENSHIP By: Archbishop Angel Lagdameo
My fellow citizens and co-agents for change,
The organizers and participants in this Good Governance Summit hold a singularly unique position of being part of a brain trust that would help chart how to reshape Philippine society in a manner that would promote the common good. We are all on the same page. Getting leaders of different persuasions into one assembly is a major challenge. That you are all here today is a tribute to your openness and capacity for change. We -- you and I -- all share the strategic and exciting role of being change agents.
The use of the term good governance in our country is of recent vintage. It was only about three years ago that global Filipinos, in collaboration with onshore Filipinos with a homogeneous global mindset, started introducing the concept of good governance. Today, civic-minded groups rally around good governance. Even politicians pay lip service to it. Some profess the desire for a “Saul to Paul” conversion and transformation.
The concept is widely encompassing. In the Philippine context, united, just and peaceful governance should establish a strong and prosperous nation -- anchored on grassroots economic empowerment, strengthened by an effective political system where accountability and the rule of law prevail, and nourished by a system where Filipinos proactively and responsibly participate in the mainstream political life.
Freeing the political markets to eliminate or neutralize political monopolies and cartels would encourage gifted, pro-society and upright aspirants to emerge in the political landscape. And what is the role of the general citizenry in bringing about this envisioned change? The answer lies in encouraging faithful citizenship in key modalities for change.
The activities of organizations represented in this Summit cover key areas of involvement by the citizenry, including, among others: 1) voter registration, especially among the youth and global Filipinos; 2) country governance values, principles, policies and programs; 3) leadership qualities, vetting of candidates and enhancement of the clout of the politically marginalized parts of society; 4) public fora and debates; and 5) promoting competition in the political markets to bring the best, brightest and most honest to public service.
One can take comfort in the fact that most elements in civil society have attained a sense of unity of purpose. That element of unity focuses on the common goal of promoting good governance as a means of reaching out for the greatest good of the greatest number.
We encourage all the Summit participants, as well as those outside the Summit – laity and clergy alike -- to be involved in the activity modes that would help bring about change. Only then can we collectively hope to see our country join the community of progressive nations of the world.