Monday, February 06, 2006

Breeding Apathy: Cha-Cha and its Implications on Young Filipinos

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"The youth is the hope of the motherland," as an old saying goes.

But this may no longer be true should our so-called Constitutionalists and the opportunists behind them succeed in changing the present Philippine Constitution.

So many criticisms have already been said about Malacañang's grand scheme to amend the Constitution, but one particular concern, among other equally-important matters in this proposal, should make every young Filipino and the unborn generation's blood boil.

Among the progressive provisions appallingly deleted in the proposed Charter is the State's policy which recognizes the vital role of the youth in nation-building. Section 13 of Article II or the Declaration of Principles and State Policies states that:

The State recognizes the vital role of the youth in nation-building and shall promote and protect their physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual, and social well-being. It shall inculcate in the youth patriotism and nationalism, and encourage their involvement in public and civic affairs.

Looking closer, the said provision could not have been removed without any special reason. The last sentence of the State policy mentions the duty of the State to teach its youth patriotism and nationalism and promote involvement in public and civic affairs. This corresponds with Section 3, no. 2, Article XIV on Education, which states that:

They (education institutions) shall inculcate patriotism and nationalism, foster lover of humanity, respect for human rights, appreciation of the role of national heroes in the historical development of the country, teach the rights and duties of citizenship, strengthen ethical and spiritual values, develop moral character and personal discipline, encourage critical and creative thinking, broaden scientific and technological knowledge, and promote vocational efficiency.

This too was deleted in the proposed Charter.

By deleting these provisions, the proposed Charter virtually discounts the important role that the youth played in the nation's history - from the young Katipuneros who had waged war against the Spaniards for independence, the young guerillas who had fought U.S. occupation and Japanese invasion, to the student movement of the 70s and the past two EDSA uprisings which were composed mainly of students and youths from different schools and from all walks of life.

It effectively detaches and discourages the present and next generation of young Filipinos from being involved in matters concerning the welfare of the country and its people in the long term. This will remove critical thinking and the core values of social responsibility and involvement and consequently breed a culture of apathy and individualism or selfishness among the youth.

And while the proposed Charter has included human rights education as part of the curricula, it will only serve as an indoctrination course of limiting and twisted concepts of civil liberties and other Constitutional rights. Under this proposal, the Constitution only guarantees the protection of human rights if it is exercised responsibly. The criteria of being responsible, of course, rest on the 'credible' judgment of the State.

Cha-cha proponents want to create a new generation of docile young Filipinos who will not dare challenge the existing order. Obviously, the Arroyo ruling clique recognizes the potential threat of an active and critical youth population, together with the other sectors of society, on its interests. By reorienting the youth of its twisted responsibility and role in society, the State is trying to free itself from accountability and all possible opposition to any of its actions in the future.

It is therefore the responsibility of every patriotic and freedom-loving young Filipinos to oppose the proposed Cha-Cha. Our future and the plight of the nation as a whole depend on it.

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At 9:55 AM, Blogger vencer said...

We should add this as one of the major references on cha-cha.

Galing. :)

At 11:21 PM, Blogger karlmarx said...

salamat. :) sana lumabas din siya as LTTE sa mga papers, pinadala ko kaninang umaga. wrongbee, may post din ako sa blog ko on wawa-wee.


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