I happened upon this piece of commentary when I scoured the Inquirer website for anything useful happening right about now or at least within the week; this was on the 31st of May, and while the incident it has taken as its subject might taste a little stale to everyone involved, the sting this opinion made me feel was as fresh as newly baked pre-war pan de sal.
While it drew an interesting picture of our foreign relations within our immediate region, I disagreed with it in principle. This is mainly because all it had was principle–not intelligence. While I don’t know who Rodel Rodis is, as this is the first opinion of his I have ever read, I don’t really care if my dissent should ring resentful or disrespectful. Hell, I’m an anarchist. Respect is not my currency; utterly valueless in the bigger scheme of things once you’ve evolved past sentiment. So let’s be pragmatic; Rodel, how much do you earn per word writing for the Inquirer? Why? Because you hide your groveling behind insight. And I will be fair, there is insight in your opinion, but neither does it deny the fact that you are groveling.
You are a slave of the old god: Nationalism. You grovel because you appear to dissect a significant incident to feed a niche readership yet carefully evade the very few and jarringly obvious facts that face us now:
NO ONE RESPECTS THE PHILIPPINES;
The only reason why Taiwan is being such an asshole in using us to assert its territoriality within the region is because it does not respect us, and the reason why it does not respect us because Taiwan has us by the appendix: the OFWs. The only reason why I didn’t metaphor with testicles is because the Oligarchs are our testicles. But the appendix! The appendix is something else. The appendix represents an obsolete vestige to our cultural evolution from a time when society used to survive on slave labor (OFWs, why’d you think Enrile insists our greatest export is human labor?). Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever. And the appendix, true to form, has evolved into a ticking time bomb. Human, physical labor is steadily being replaced by a different demand, one that values creativity, imagination, and intelligence over zombie cotton-picking. While the rest of the world is replacing human labor with robots (they started manufacturing automated vacuum cleaners, lawnmowers, and etc. over about a decade ago) we are stuck on a dying industry. When our OFWs run out of jobs where will they go?
When these OFWs come back home, what happens to our growth index?
Taiwan has us by the appendix because it knows it can accelerate the process of a blown vestigial organ. We all know what happens when it blows, right?
Taiwan has us by the appendix because it knows that we are not prepared.
Taiwan knows that we have not evolved from slave labor.
China is just looking to get laid and is waiting for the first prostitute to suck it’s balls.
And we are left to look fucking out of our element, fish out of water, a dude who lost his car, because we are fucked!
BECAUSE THE US IS STAGING THE WAR WITH CHINA
…and we are still a fucking piece in it! We cannot appease Taiwan or China because China is the fucking asshole that made an enemy out of every other fucktard in the world and Taiwan will never be our friend! Taiwan is not ASEAN!
I mean come on, only an Oligarch would want to suck either of these assholes’ balls; that’s what Oligarchs do, they seek balls and swallow it for spare change–opportunists that they are. China has been activating leftist cells left and right, who cares if they’re Maoist so as long as they have guns. Taiwan is scared shitless that it’s not in the ASEAN, all of those cash rich industries of theirs’ll get nuked sooner than Kris Aquino’s next indiscretion. They’re pushing us around because they know we’re the fucking weakest link in the ASEAN.
We cannot push the envelop and have P-Noy prematurely ejaculate all over the war strategy because we do not call the shots. We’re benchwarmers, waterboys, towelboys, and mopboys of the entire fucking game–swallow it.
And we’re so goddamn touchy about it because of…
Teddy Boy Locsin is insane, and you were enabling him, Rodel.
The solution is not to save face. The solution is to abandon dignity because we have no dignity left to lose! We are the fucking maid and butler of the entire fucking planet–get real.
The solution is to face the facts. The OFWs are damned and we damned them for depriving them of the livelihood needed to survive in their own country. We fucked up. The sooner we admit that, the sooner we stop painting these poor souls the martyrs for the great nationalist cause and accept them for what they really are: lambs for the altar of the Oligarchy, the sooner we get realistic about getting these people the hell out of dodge. Now they are stuck in Taiwan, the integrity of their very lives threatened by our country’s apparent weakness!
The solution, for the short term, is to gnash our teeth because we created this hell and we should pay for it. The nationalist god being our first penance because pinoy pride is keeping us from admitting and accepting the fact that we fucked up and our brethren paid for it.
In the short term, cry to the UN for help, get some Human Rights watchdogs over there, and engineer a plan to smuggle these people out of the cross fire. The last thing we want is for 47,000 Filipino hostages stuck in concentration camps in Taiwan when WWIII starts.
All while P-Noy walks the fine tightrope of teasing Little China and Big China that he’s more than willing to suck one or the other’s three-incher at the expense of the other without actually doing any fellatio while Uncle Sam’s missile platform is snug up his ass. The US is a jealous rapist.