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War Against Radicals

War Against Radicals

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Short essay on the Cybercrime Act of 2012 and the K to 12 Program
Short essay on the Cybercrime Act of 2012 and the K to 12 Program

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Published by: David Michael San Juan on Oct 08, 2012
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The Philippine Government’sWar Against Radicals (Part 1):Cybercrime Actand theK to 12 Program
While this may sound idiotic to Europeans and most Asians, in the Philippines, it is reallynecessary to define the term “radical” in any article, lest you be labelled “enemy of the state,”even a “terrorist,” right away. Hence, this article clearly states that “radical” is the exact oppositeof “conservative.” If a “conservative” does everything to preserve the unjust status quo, the“radical” does everything to change or transform the status quo for the better. For example, aconservative thinks it is ok for capitalist firms in the Philippines to pay only a 30-percentcorporate tax rate and still receive lots of tax exemptions thru bogus donations to equally boguscharitable institutions, not to mention tax holidays (tax-free status for a number of years) while atypical university instructors/lecturers and professors pay AT LEAST a 30-percent income taxrate WITHOUT ANY SIGNIFICANT TAX EXEMPTIONS. Meanwhile, a radical thinks it isnecessary to increase the tax rates for the richest corporations and individuals so that thegovernment could have more money for public/social services such as education, health care,housing, and transportation. To further contextualize the meaning of “conservative” and “radical”in the Philippine setting, here’s a preliminary dichotomy of the two groups’ main perspectives:
ISSUE/STATEMENTConservativePerspectiveRadical Perspective
Distribution of land to farmersNoYesNationalization (subjecting togovernment control) of public utilitiessuch as telecommunications, and masstransportation, and basic industriessuch as petroleumNoYes At least increasing the minimum wageso that workers could have more shareof the wealth that they have createdNoYesStricter government control of banksNoYesFree education at all levelsNoYesFree comprehensive health care for everyoneNoYesExpulsion of all foreign soldiers in thecountry and total ban on foreign troops(a constitutional provision exists but itNoYes
 
is nevertheless shunned)Prioritization of education in thenational budget (a constitutionalrequirement which is neverthelessroutinely violated with few voices of dissent)NoYesNear-absolute freedom of expression(constitutionally-guaranteed)NoYes Automatic adoption of foreigneducational frameworks/systemsYesNoPraise for the Marcos dictatorshipYesNoBelief that communists have no humanrights and thus deserved to be killed bygovernment soldiersYesNoSupport for English as the mainmedium of instruction to the detrimentof the national languageYesNoSupport for bogus free trade(Philippines exports raw materials andsemi-processed goods as it importscostly finished goods, luxury items,machineries etc.)YesNo All-out support for private sector-dominated miningYesNoRallies are unnecessaryYesNoThe masses/common folks are stupid;they should not be allowed to voteYesNoWe must emulate Singapore so that wewill prosper YesNoPolitical dynasties must be banned (theban is actually in the Constitution butan enabling law is yet to be passed)NoYesGloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Noynoy Aquino have similar economicprogramsNoYesThe Philippines would be better off if we develop our own industries insteadof merely exporting our raw materialsNoYesThe Philippines is now a fast-YesNo
 
developing countryThe stock market exploits the workersof listed firmsNoYesWe need another Marcos/another dictator YesNoTo end the communist insurgency, anall-out war is necessary (e.g. kill allcommunists and their sympathizers)YesNoRebellion is the main cause of povertyYesNoPoverty is the main cause of rebellionNoYesIt’s fair for a few to become billionaireswhile the majority of the people starveYesNoThe IMF and the World Bank helpedthe Philippines beat povertyYesNoThe American government is most of the times pro-FilipinoYesNoThe Philippines must declare war against China with the support of the American governmentYesNoGreed is a good thingYesNo Academic freedom is badYesNoContractualization is a bad thingNoYesIncome gaps between CEOs andordinary workers should be bridged if not eliminatedNoYesThe status quo is basically good andhence it must be preservedYesNoThe status quo is basically bad andhence it must be changed/transformedNoYesSimply put, at least in the Philippine context, radicals are good people whileconservatives are mostly evil, or at the very least, stupid people (if you still require anexplanation, you are definitely a conservative).One wonders now why the Philippine government has waged a war against radicals, andhow it is implementing a variety of seemingly diverse and unrelated schemes to win this big war.The Philippine government hates radicals so much because they are a threat to theunjust status quo. As conservatives have dominated the Philippine government since the 1900s

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