“We, the sovereign Filipino people, imploring the aid of Almighty God, in order to build a just and humane society and establish a Government that shall embody our ideals and aspirations, promote the common good, conserve and develop our patrimony, and secure to ourselves and our posterity the blessings of independence and democracy under the rule of law and a regime of truth, justice, freedom, love, equality, and peace, do ordain and promulgate this Constitution.” – Preamble of the 1987 Philippine Constitution
In the light of the Preamble and the whole 1987 Philippine Constitution, we, the Filipino people, are the sovereign authority in the government. This democratic government is known to be of the people, by the people, and for the people. That is a significant fact that every single Filipino citizen should know and live with. If we want unity in the country, we have to realign our loyalty, decolorize our identity, untag our label, obey our law, and educate our people.
Realign Our Loyalty
We are in conflict because we give our loyalty to a single person or a group of people. We forget that we are the ones giving power to them. Bestowing our fidelity to a politician or a political party can blind our reasoning and national priorities. We have to give our loyalty back to our country and only support the ones who have a genuine heart for our motherland, not with the ones who have personal interest.
Decolorize Our Identity
Instead of identifying yourself as a red, yellow, blue, or white, embrace the four colors of our Philippine flag. Unity knows no color and boundaries whether by local ethnicity or political identity. We should hold on to the white triangle in our national flag that symbolizes liberty, equality, and fraternity. In this way, we will have an identical singularity as a nation but not to the extent of compromising our ideologies or encouraging fascism to reign over us.
Untag Our Label
Stop calling yourself or others as Yellowtard or Dutertard, because you are a Filipino. You are not retarded. You have the rich Indio-Malayan blood, flowing in your veins. You are bearing the beauty of the culture of the Pearl of the East, be proud of your Filipino ancestry. This ad hominem that we are committing with each other is hindering social understanding; and hence, it is affecting our national progress. We can maintain our left and right political ideologies while pursuing camaraderie.
Obey Our Law
We have to obey the law of the land, not the words of a single politician or a political party. The law will straighten our shortcomings in practicing basic rules and regulations. The law will make us knowledgeable of our responsibilities and limitations as citizens. The law will help us check the power of the ones we have elected to serve us, not to enslave us. The rule of law should be the rule, not the words of a single politician.
Educate Our People
Aside from the reading comprehension issue that has been a fiery debate on social media, we also have a glaring problem with common sense and critical thinking. The overwhelming number of unwarranted memes and copy-pasted content is adding to the problems of fake news propagation. Some people are clamoring for discipline while others are pleading for democracy. The fact of the matter is that we are lying on the bedrock of ignorance and illiteracy. Education is the cure. Idiot electorates will create idiot leaders.
For us to have an ideal unifying country under the provision of our Constitution, we have to check where is our loyalty, what is our label and identity, how are we obeying our law, and how to further educate our countrymen.
To strengthen the point back home, here is what the Iron Lady of Asia–the late Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, a woman with a strong Filipino virtue–has to say:
“Remember, you are the Filipino people, not the people who are in Malacañang… It is the Filipino voter who stands for the Filipino people.”
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