‘The urban-scape that is the National Capital Region is shattered, banjaxed, battered by a recession caused by parasites in the bureaucracy, aggravated by technocratic Shylocks.’
IT was nearly nine o’clock when Squealer made his appearance, walking slowly and dejectedly, his eyes dull, his tail hanging limply behind him, and with every appearance of being seriously ill. He called the animals together and told them that he had a terrible piece of news to impart. Comrade Napoleon was dying! A cry of lamentation went up. Straw was laid down outside the doors of the farmhouse, and the animals walked on tiptoe. With tears in their eyes they asked one another what they should do if their Leader were taken away from them.” [Animal Farm by George Orwell]
Sick, politically impotent, skiver your leader is, always. Thus, the Virus rules his constituency. Fainéant, scrimshanker, truant – still Your Excellency. Meanwhile, the flaxen sea-serpent tosses the Pearl of the Orient willy-nilly, a plaything.
A far cry from the situation 75 years ago. Yes, Manila was Warsaw’s counterpart in Asia, wrecked not by American atom bombs but ravaged by the imperialist Japanese. Yet there was cause for thanksgiving, as the Chief Executive of the Philippine Commonwealth explained: “Whereas, with the unconditional surrender of Japan as demanded by the United Nations, the war has come to an end; Whereas, the people of the Philippines have received this announcement of Japan’s defeat with deep gratification, because it represents not only the complete victory of the forces of Democracy over fascism, feudalism and aggression, but also the beginning of a new era of world peace…”
“Whereas, so that we may give the full measure of our gratitude for this blessing bestowed on the peace-loving people of the earth, it is fitting that we unite in giving joyful thanks to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe…I call upon the people of the Philippines of all faiths to pray in eternal gratitude to God for preserving the moral strength of our people through the years of our suffering and for giving us the victory which will bring about a new world order of peace, security and righteousness.” [www.offcialgazette.gov.ph/1945/08/21/proclamation-no-13-s-1945/]
What happened to that new world order of security and righteousness? The devastation today is no less palpable than the desolation of seven decades prior. The urban-scape that is the National Capital Region is shattered, banjaxed, battered by a recession caused by parasites in the bureaucracy, aggravated by technocratic Shylocks. The slaughter of innocents in Manila at the hands of Hirohito’s hordes in 1945 is paralleled by the massacre of SMEs in Metro Manila in 2020, victims of SARS-CoV-2 (which was first reported in China). The mayor of the capital city was helpless in preventing the Japanese Rape of Manila in 1945; but the incumbent City Chief of the Warehouse of the Faith today is striking back at the intriguers who branded his fair city as a mere province of an alien palatinate.
In the eighth month of 1945, the Chief Executive of the Philippine Commonwealth could afford to pray with honesty: “We have come through with flying colors. Today we stand on the threshold of the realization of our most cherished dream. An unequalled experiment in political altruism has culminated in the establishment in the Far East of a genuine democracy.” [www.offcialgazette.gov.ph/1945/08/29/statement-president-osmena-on-the-occasion-of-the-twenty-ninth-anniversary-of-the-passage-of-the-jones-act-august-29-1945/]
Even the puppets of the Nipponese war machine in the Philippines knew of the day of reckoning: “Domei reports by radio the following statement by Laurel: ‘In view of the reoccupation of the Philippine Islands by the United States and the reestablishment therein of the government of the Commonwealth of the Philippines, the acceptance by Japan of the terms of the Potsdam Declaration of July 26, 1945 and the consequent termination of the Greater East Asia War, the Republic of the Philippines has ceased to exist.’ Gen. MacArthur on August 24, 1945 issued the following statement: ‘On the 29th of December 1944, when I ordered the interment by the Army of the United States of citizens of the Philippines who voluntarily gave aid, comfort and sustenance to the enemy, I stated that the military would relinquish control of such persons to civil authorities at the conclusion of hostilities. On V. J. Day, or shortly thereafter, in keeping with that statement I have directed this transfer of jurisdiction from military to civil authority. This step is taken in the firm conviction that the Philippine Commonwealth Government is prepared to deal justly with those persons accused of collaboration, the crime of treason. I am sure that the democratic principles of which the Philippine Commonwealth Government is based will guarantee swift punishment for the guilty and equally swift exoneration for the innocent’.” [August 27, 1945, Monday, Diary Of Antonio De Las Alas, The Philippine Diary Project]
Only the dopey collaborates with Oriental Hitlerites. True then, true now. Anti-American? Homegrown Fascist? Pragmatist-opportunist? Whatever the motives, there were losers on Victory Over Japan Day and its aftermath. Crystal then, clear now. And as a matter of public record, we share the positions of the Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin N. Lorenzana:
(1) On the 75th Anniversary of the end of WW2, 05 August 2020. “Today, we mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War 2 – the bloodiest conflict in the history of humankind wherein tens of millions lost their lives and countless more suffered. We also remember those who fought in defense of our freedom and pay homage to their sacrifice and heroism. Through our Philippine Veterans Affairs Office, we will continue to take care of the welfare of our living World War 2 veterans and the widows of those who have departed. Let us honor the memories of those who are no longer with us by emulating their spirit of patriotism in our daily lives. May this day also be a reminder to all nations to continue to work for peace, settle differences amicably and reject war as an instrument to further their national interests.”
(2) On the US Position on Maritime Claims in the South China Sea, 14 July 2020. “We strongly agree with the position of the international community that there should be a rules-based order in the South China Sea. We urge China to comply with the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling, and abide by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seas (UNCLOS) to which it is a signatory. It is in the best interest of regional stability that China heed the call of the community of nations to follow international law and honor existing international agreements. Moving forward, we continue to push for the finalization of a substantive Code of Conduct in the South China Sea to settle disputes and prevent the escalation of tensions in the region.”
George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” was published in London on the same day when the republicans of Vietnam and Indonesia sparked their push for independence. Fairy tales came true.