On State of Emergency, Migration, and Sense of Nationality

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The Philippines has been under a state of emergency for a while now due to a recent coup attempt by military officials who thought they could use force to overthrow the government. PUTRAGIS! Who the heck will they put in place? Another freakin’ corrupt to the bone idiotic official? I’m tired of all these so called "people power" revolution. It saddens me because they disgrace the spirit of the original EDSA Revolution and EDSA II.

But I’m hopeful. People there say that the situation is actually not as worse as what we hear on the news. I’m also thankful and look at the bright side of things. Even with all the commotion, I can still proudly say we Filipinos are people with conscience. Yes, there are groups who continue to put the law in their own hands in the name of freedom, religion, nationalism, and whatnot. There are also those who resort to terrorism and stupid fucking ways to make a quick buck. Bastards. But never in our young history as a republic that we have nationwide bloody civil wars, rampant suicide bombings, or senseless killings of innocent people and children. Yes, there are sporadic fightings and bloodspills here and there, but what developing country doesn’t have one?

In general, in spite of our cultural identity crisis, we as a nation still uphold our values — values that we inherited from our ancestors, from our conquerors, and from other nations. That’s why even though we get scared once in a while, we don’t live in a perpetual state of fear and oppression as compared to other developing nations. And that is a lot to be thankful for, despite the mass poverty, supertitious mentality, antiquated religious beliefs, and stupid lemon-eating aggressor animal hungry-ghost-politicians.

We as a culture have every reason to complain and seek opportunities and personal growth elsewhere, but as Jim Paredes had exquisitely put it, "Life in the Philippines may be hell at times, but it remains our home."

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