internal colonialism.....

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  1. atmarcella

    atmarcella

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    LANGUAGE TRADITIONS & FEDERALISM
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    > By Dr. Jose Palu-ay Dacudao
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    > April 14, 2007
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    > Do Not Be Ashamed to Save Your People (the case in UP)
    >
    > Believing in the inviolability of the small set of rules that they
    have managed themselves to acquire, they condemn others from a
    different dialect background, or who have not had the same educational
    opportunities as themselves, for not following those same rules.
    Enthused by the Stalinesque policing metaphor, they advocate a policy
    of zero tolerance, to eradicate all traces of the aberrant behaviour.
    This extreme attitude would be condemned by most people if it were
    encountered in relation to such domains as gender or race, but for
    some reason it is tolerated in relation to language. Welcomed, even,
    judging by the phenomenal sales of Eats, Shoots and Leaves.
    >
    > David Crystal, British linguist
    >
    > The hypocrisy of so-called Filipino nationalists in the University
    of the Philippines system sickens and nauseates me. They define their
    nationalism as:
    >
    > 1.A belief in a strong national (or central) government, or strong
    central government supervision. Te, kun pro-Federal ka, indi ka na
    Pilipino?
    >
    > 2.A belief in imposing a uniform language on all Filipinos, in
    this case Tagalog. Te kun indi ka gali Tagalog, indi ka na Pilipino?
    >
    > 3.A belief in anti-Americanism. Ang Amerika may Republican kag
    Federal nga gobyerno. Te, kun pro-Republic kag pro-Federal ka, indi ka
    na Pilipino?
    >
    > What is really sickening is that many of these so-called
    `nationalists' fancy themselves as dissidents fighting against a
    monstrously oppressive system, when in fact they are the ones
    propagating the ideological basis for the monstrously oppressive
    internal colonialism to be found in Philippines.
    >
    > You must be bewildered by now. So I will try to explain by means
    of concrete examples.
    >
    > When I was a politically ignorant young Biology student in UP
    Diliman way back in 1980s, I became fascinated by UP teachers and
    students who went around proudly proclaiming their `nationalism' . It
    was so in vogue then, so radically chic. One day I attended a seminar
    by some of these self proclaimed nationalistic teachers. I cannot
    remember any of their lectures except one.
    >
    > This nationalist teacher, very much respected by the nationalist
    students, stood up and right away commenced his lecture on nationalism
    and anti-American imperialism with the statement (in Tagalog of course):
    >
    > "Please forgive my Tagalog. I am a Visayan and I cannot speak it
    well. I have a Visayan accent."
    >
    > The other listeners in the audience just nodded their assent as
    though it were the most natural thing in the world for him to say. I
    just stared in shock. I think my mouth had dropped open. It was the
    first time that I had encountered overt discrimination by UP
    nationalists against non-Tagalog Filipinos. To make things worse,
    being a Visayan, I felt the discrimination in my very core, that it
    was against my person.
    >
    > The honored teacher was apologizing for being a Visayan! What a
    dishonorable ethnic traitor he was!
    >
    > Yet it was so much in vogue in UP then. To be a left-leaning
    Filipino nationalist (which I soon decided was just the same as being
    a Tagalista centralist opposed to any form of Federalism or
    devolvement of state powers to the provinces, and totally devoted to
    the destruction of the non-Tagalog ethnolinguistic peoples of the
    Philipines) was the rage, the stylistic fad, the fashionable mode, the
    trendy craze.
    >
    > So I attended more seminars. The nationalists harped that American
    imperialism is bad, that American dominated multinational corporations
    were gobbling up the wealth of the Philippines and sending it straight
    to America.
    >
    > Being of an inquisitive mind, I did not just nod my assent like a
    tick-tock automaton. I started thinking about the companies and
    corporations that I encounter everyday in the Philippines.
    >
    > Eventually, I did a little research in the Securities and Exchange
    Commission, which lists down all the top Philippine companies. It
    turned out that more than 90% of the top Philippine companies and
    corporations were based in MetroManila. Most of the profits that they
    made in their provincial operations went straight to their executives
    and stockholders in MetroManila.
    >
    > I decided to call these companies Manila Based Companies or
    Corporations (MBCs). Like Multinational Companies (MNCs) that the
    nationalists so hate, they suck in profits from their operations in
    peripheral areas and spew them out in their center, which happens to
    be MetroManila.
    >
    > For years I waited for the nationalists to criticize MBC's the way
    they attack MNC's. Nothing. It was as though that there was nothing
    wrong with Manila plundering the rest of the Philippines, because such
    a thing never existed in the minds of the nationalists.
    >
    > In additional seminars by UP nationalists, I learned that
    `imperialism' is more or less synonymous with `neo-colonialism' , and
    that it is bad. In imperialism or neo-colonialism, one country
    controls another by indirect economic means. Even worse was
    colonialism, which was direct political control of a colony by a
    `mother country', which placed the colony under the direct supervision
    and control of a government apparatus whose upper echelons were
    located in and were loyal to the mother country. In such a case, the
    center in the mother country could legally direct events, implements
    its laws, and unilaterally tax the peoples in the colony.
    >
    > I was dumbfounded. Using this definition of colonialism, all
    Philippines provinces are colonies of MetroManila!
    >
    > As usual I did a little investigation. I learned to my amazement
    that an article in the Encyclopedia Britannica agreed with me,
    claiming that when Europeans withdrew direct political control of
    their African and Asian colonies in the late 1800s and early 1900s,
    control of the typical colony usually passed on to the city that
    functioned as the colonial capital. The ethnic group in control of
    this capital then often became the new colonizers. The Encyclopedia
    Britannica article called this system of exploitation `internal
    colonialism' .
    >
    > A bitter hostility to American imperialism coupled with a
    deliberate obliviousness to the internal colonialism going on in the
    Philippines was almost pathognomonic of the UP nationalists of the
    1980s, and perhaps even until now.
    >
    > Another characteristic of Tagalista UP nationalists is that they
    seem to pretend that the Philippines' non-Tagalog ethnolinguistic
    peoples do not exist. They go about bashing English, then advocating
    its replacement by Tagalog, deliberately ignoring the fact that
    Tagalog was forcibly first imposed by the Manila-based Japanese puppet
    government of World War II on non-Tagalog Filipinos. Executive Order
    No. 44 issued by collaborationist President Jose P. Laurel, ordered
    the integration of Tagalog into the core subjects of the University of
    the Philippines. As usual, in this deceitful act of internal
    colonialism UP led the way. Other schools followed suit. The above
    action of the Japanese and their colonial puppets was completely
    illegal in the sense that the framers of the 1935 Philippine
    Constitution specifically refused to recognize Tagalog as a national
    language in the Philippine Constitution, as it was and is clear that
    doing so would discriminate against non-Tagalog
    > Filipinos and turn them into second class citizens. In imposing and
    enforcing Tagalog, the Japanese also never held any plebiscite, or any
    democratic process.
    >
    > The main motive of the treasonous World War II Filipino
    `nationalists' (who were actually Tagalistas) then were the same as
    now: the replacement of English by Tagalog as the Philippine's lingua
    franca in the name of National Unity and anti-colonialism. Irony of
    ironies! The enforcement of Tagalog was actually not an anti-colonial
    action, but a weapon of colonialism itself, the better that a central
    Unitarian government from Manila could colonially control the whole
    Philippines.
    >
    > Unlike many UP students who swallowed all the nauseating
    nationalistic baloney like starving robotic morons, I started
    analyzing this `nationalism' that many `nationalist' UP teachers and
    students advocated. As stated above, it seemed to have three main
    components.
    >
    > 1.A belief in a strong national (or central) government, or strong
    central government supervision.
    >
    > 2.A belief in imposing a uniform language on all Filipinos, in
    this case Tagalog.
    >
    > 3.A belief in anti-Americanism.
    >
    > Blind force feeding of this rotting nationalistic baloney gave me
    severe indigestion. Where the heck lies the loyalty of the
    nationalistic UP educator, to Manila or to the rest of the Philippines?
    >
    > In my opinion, there is a real need to reform the UP system of
    education in the matter of ideological orientation with regards to the
    idea of what the Philippines was, is, and should be.
    >
    > The reader might ask, why am I attacking UP so much when I myself
    am one of its products? I graduated magna cum laude in Biology in UP
    Diliman, and finished Medicine in the UP College of Medicine Manila. I
    have spent more than 10 years of my life in UP. Naturally, I gain no
    pleasure in criticizing the school that trained me to be me. I
    naturally hope and pray that UP would get reformed sometime in the
    future so that it would cease being the instrument of internal
    colonialism that it has been since World War II.
    >
    > The reason is simple enough. This `nationalism' being advocated by
    many UP teachers and organizations will one day be the death of the
    non-Tagalog ethnolinguistic peoples of the Philippines. The UP type of
    nationalism is in essence Tagalista internal colonialism.
    >
    > In our case here in Iloilo, this type of `nationalism' , if
    unopposed, will cause the Ilonggo people to die out.
    >
    > History is rife with cases of colonialism. The colonizer normally
    tried to impose his language, and with it his ethnic identity, on the
    colonized. Colonized ethnic peoples (captive peoples, peripheral
    peoples) who could not or would not resist disappeared.
    >
    > What does this mean?
    >
    > If you want your people to survive, do not be ashamed to save your
    people. Speak out for them, however wrong it may seem by society's
    prevailing standards.
     
  2. revo

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    Yang talagang mga taga-UP, ang pipilyo !

    Kelangang pagkurut-kurutin !

    :supergrin:
     

  3. antediluvianist

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    It doesn't matter if we speak Tagalog or Cebuano or Ilocano or whatever . Nobody else in the world speaks these languages.

    I spent some years as a student in UP too. So much wasted time on so many "activist" (kuno) exertions over there. Bull****. UP alumni go on to be as corrupt as alumni from any other place.
     
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    you gotta admire the author of the article. he's actually a neuro-surgeon who chose to practice medicine in the province. he could have stayed in manila or gone abroad but he chose to stay put in order to serve his marginalized countrymen. i should know. he was my classmate in high school eons ago. :banana:
     
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    that is actually a great article.
     
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    'buti na lang sa gilid ng burol ako nagtapos! hehehehe!!!:banana: :banana: :banana: