Father Reuters says “Let's not just abandon the Philippines ” because since 40-years ago our nation has been heading “towards an irreversible path of economic decline and moral decadence.” He says further, “We have tried people power twice; in both cases, it fell short. Maybe it's time to try prayer power.”
We tried though prayers a lot esp. in EDSA I that led the evil forces of Marcos dictatorship not to defy with viciousness and ruthlessness, the 300 strong military rebels backed by the critical mass of people. But prayer power seemed not enough.
The military was too fast to hand over to Cory and GMA political forces the reins of the govt. They failed to educate them and get their real commitment to sacrifice and if need be, die for our country and people, not only done by the soldiers being abused and corrupted by them.
They were the same old dogs with different collars only, afflicted with the decades old culture of corruption. When the military revolutionaries realized such grave error in our nation’s history, they did pockets of rebellion against Cory and GMA but didn’t know the evil forces of corruption grew much bigger than their pangs. They learned the techniques of suppressing people power – the choke point strategy of the RAM then was met also with the same approach pouring loyalist forces to strategic choke points to counter the people’s movements to the seat of power. People power has become a PUFF, no longer an effective means.
The political forces entrenched more themselves bribing and corrupting the military whose leaderships couldn’t just reject. They were easily brained washed that according to the Constitution, political authority is supreme over the military and must be protected and safeguarded at all times, no matter what the prevailing corrupt practices they used in getting and keeping themselves into power. They are in effect illegitimate in the throne of power that the military keeps on putting them entrenched on the pedestal. This runs counter to the very essence of the Constitution.
Yes, prayers could be. This had always been resorted to by the people, esp. the poor ones. But nothing significant changed the tide of the sad history of the nation. Prayer power fell short??? The political leaders and their corrupt values being exorcised by prayers??? No way will they ever reform!!!
For the military revolutionaries and the well meaning leaders in the noble profession of arms, prayers or no prayers, this has been their much much long wish for our great mass of people: the entire AFP be unified so they have the solid will to free the people from the decades old of vicious, ruthless, corrupt political bondage. They learned so much about the lessons of our nation’s political history at the national and local level: sa kaparangan, kabundukan, kanayunan, lungsod man o hindi – pare-parehong mga ganid ang mga nasa poder pampulitika. Kasama na rito ang mga sumusuporta sa NPA at Muslim extortionist-terrorists, ninanakaw nila ang kaban ng bayan para mabihisan sila (like uniforms being tailored even by military tailors outside camps) at maarmasan sila.
So, the reformed military with genuine revolutionary program is the only hope. Mao did it as he knew political power emanates from the barrel of the gun.