Sunday, November 06, 2005

Raping Filipinos

"Fatherland raped motherhood and told her it was for the global good.." - Frentè

What better reason to wake from a self-imposed hiatus from any kind of reflex writing/ranting (aside from the usual daily press release, another reason actually for my so-called mental block) than to hear of a Filipina gang-raped by AT LEAST five US Marines?

What better way to react than how anamorayta did when I broke the news to her, "Mummy, it's so eighties!" (with appropriate expletives).

Straight from the Twilight Zone, that is. I was too young to notice, much less be angry about anything during the eighties but I've seen enough of stuff like these in Minsan may isang gamu-gamo ("My brother is not a pig!") to conclude that this country is going to the pigs. Or rather, has already gone and so far off towards achieving self-destruction.

It is also so sixties, seventies, nineties, American colonial/neo-colonial era, period. Rape as one of the most gruesome crimes is as ageless as imperialist dominance. Last I checked, rape is STILL a universal crime worthy of a quick and impartial trial in any court of law. What makes this case unique (but not isolated; numerous similar cases against US troops worldwide remain unsolved to this day) is that it underlines rape?s definition of being a test of superiority, the rapist overpowering the victim.

All other arguments -- that the 22-year-old was a prostitute, that she drunk herself to oblivion, that she had it coming, that she is merely coming out now because she wants to extract more money from the GIs -- are immaterial and, if I may say so, downright dim. These do not even figure anywhere in the equation.

Pig-huggers (for lack of a better name to call them) bring these on to prevent the real issue from emanating. The real score: the nationalities of the rapists and the victim and their status on Philippine soil cannot be discounted. This case has finally brought to the core atrocities that should have been first priority in the government's calibrated pre-emptive measures. It has given proper limelight to the likes of VP Teofisto Guingona who has long expressed apprehension over one-sided US-Philippines military treaties. If anyone is entitled to their I-told-you-sos it would be him and others who played a part in kicking out US bases in 1991 and against the ratification of the VFA in 1999.

Now, while the DFA chooses to keep mum over the matter and Malacanang is scrambling to clarify its (lack of) criminal jurisdiction, the "sextet" are safely locked from the public's scorn. Same thing, while the case is clearly more than a criminal one but involves a test of national sovereignty, pig-huggers in the palace are advising Filipinos to "stay calm" and dangling repercussions of a diplomatic downer in front of our outrage.

And why not? US hand has figured in every dismal nook of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's so-called strong republic. Heck, it is even now responsible for Mrs. Arroyo's political survival for no other cost than outright subservience to US dictates on political and economic policies.

To enumerate:
It was not Ramos who was the real knight-in-shining-armor when he responded to Mrs. Arroyo's distress call last June. It was Ramos' long and sustaining agenda for a Cha-Cha and a federal form of government that the US strongly supports.

Payback time was when the government secretly signed the controversial Venable LLP contract to administer the lobbying of the Cha-Cha to US officials. This, however, caused much furor when exposed that it had to take backseat lest the growing anti-Arroyo movement erupt into a full-fledged anti-imperialist front.

After a "sorry" performance during the wake of the "Hello Garci" scandal, Mrs. Arroyo seemed to have mustered needed bravado to unleash her fascist retribution after presiding over the UN Security Council Meet in New York. End result: the CPR, omnipotent EOs, cold-blooded political killings, and an overbroad anti-terror bill being railroaded in Congress patterned after the post-9/11 US Patriot Act.

More payback. Mrs. Arroyo has finally taken it into herself to implement the long-overdue EVAT Law -- a thing that the IMF-WB has pestered her with for the longest time. The EVAT Law, as part of her so-called '8-revenue measures,' will generate enough income to pay up a substantial amount of foreign debt acquired through years of heavy borrowing. Biggest burden: taxpayers. Biggest debtor: the US.

Come to think of it, the gang-rape case against the 22-year-old Filipina and similar other atrocities have only served to illustrate how Filipinos have been ravished by imperialist dominance over the years. And how past and present governments (especially Mrs. Am-Girl Arroyo's) seem to thrive on making the Filipino people unsuspecting victims.

Come to think of it, the sextet is Mrs. Arroyo's very own Twilight Zone. Her worst nightmare. Worse than, say, the risk she had to take when she had no choice but to pullout Filipino troops to rescue Angelo Reyes' hide.

This time, she pulls out the troops, she loses everything. And if does, she still has to try them in Philippine courts -- an even worse nightmare.

Either way, she would wish she never wakes up. ###


At 11:03 AM, Blogger vencer said...

bwakanang shet yang mga yan. tignan nyo pala analysis artik ng bulatlat on the gang rape sa

At 3:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All are presumed innocent until proven guilty. di ba may ganon ding klaseng karapatan ang mga dayuhan? tulad natin, nagiging dayuhan din tyo sa ibang bansa, syempre gus2 rin nating ipatupad ang ganyang klaseng karapatan.

At 6:32 PM, Blogger kumanderalex said...

mabuhay kayong lahat mga kabataang makabayaan na siyang tunay na pag-asa ng ating nalulugmok nang bansa.

Hanggat patuloy na nakaupo sa kanyang trono ang pekeng pangulong si Arroyo ay walang patutunguhan ang ating bayan kundi bilang isang pinakahamak na lipunan sa ibabaw ng mapag-api at mapang-busabos na daigdig na ito.

Sapagkat si arroyo ay wala nang ginawa kundi magpayaman ng magpayaman at busugin ang kanyang mga alipores at ihandog ang yaman ng Pilipinas sa mga ganid na dayuhang mangangalakal.

Tingnan nyo na lamang ang kanyang kalokohan, bago pa lamam ginahasa ang isang dalagan pilipina ng mga amerikanong marino ay nakipagkasundo na naman siyang ipahintulot na makapasok ang mga sundalong ng ilang asyanong bansa sa ating kalupaan. Para ano, para ipagahasa na naman ang iba pa nating kababaihan.

Wala ring naitulong ang vfa na iyan sa ating bayan, gumagastos ng milyon-milyong salapi ang ating pamahalan mula sa kaban ng taong Bayan upang bigyan ng daan ang pangbubusabos ng ating lipunan ng mga dambuhalang sundalong dayuhan na walang ring maitutulong sa pagtatanggol ng mahal nating Pilipinas.

Tandaan, walang tutulong sa Pilipino kundi tayong mga anak ng Inang - Bayang Pilipinas

Alex Argote

At 6:21 PM, Blogger Insti said...

Cry & moan as much as you want - GMA is here to stay. FAKE PRESIDENT? That is so comical. Realize that part of country's economy subsists on everything that is fake or knock offs. We send workers to other countries as doctors - it turns out they are truly nurses. We send them as nurses, CPA's, pharmacists etc - they turn out to be domestic helpers. How ironic. Blame it on GMA too.

Grin & bear it - you voted Arroyo in - by hook or by crook she became president for six years - you're stuck with her. Enjoy her - it could be worse.

At 4:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maraming kaso iyang mga sundalong marino, di lang sa pinas, ngunit sa buong mundo. Kung tutuosin, mas marami ring rapist na di sundalo. Ang kaibahan lang sa kasong ito e may US ang uniporme ng sundalo kayo laking dagok ang dating.

Pero naman, let's face it guys, sang daang katutak ang mang gagahasang pulitiko sa buong bayan. Harap harapan ang pangluluko sa kongreso at senado ng mga kampon ni napoleonita na promotor ng dayaan.

Eto pang kasong ito na putatsing at lasengera pa babae - walang kalalabasan iyan. Dahil ba markano sundalo, buong pamahalaan na ng Amerika na may kasalanan?

Tangap tayo ng tangap ng aid sa kano tapos galit pa tayo. Sa katutuhanan, iyang bugaw sa palacio ang dapat maalis, hinde yang tulong ng markano.


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