A Bridge for Political Power
Not all of these friars had brought their good inten-tions when they preach. Most are allies of thosewho seat on a higher rank, giving them the oppor-tunity either to give orders being all-knowing entities or to follow commandsas the government trusts them much.Aside from his priestly duties (if thesereally are duties) the friar has thesecapabilities: inspect internal revenuesthrough academic and governmentinstitutions, manage local elections andpublic works, repress publications and allkinds of media including theatre, andabove all, act as a sentinel of peace andorder. Can you imagine these being done
by just a priest? We don’t limit one to
function inside the four corners of the
Church, but we’re more concerned with
the taxes and irregularities being prac-ticed in his supervisions.
A Wider Dominion via Haciendas
Who are behind the Calamba land prob-lem Rizal and his family had undergoneanyway? Do I have to reiterate that friarsare involved even in these income-generating activities for the Filipinos? Nowonder these land properties became breedinggrounds of agrarian revolts, thanks to these Godlypeople. Even our provinces had the best planta-
tions, how come we haven’t seen progress? It’s for
the best areas are named after the friars.For real, the dominance of the friars in the Spanishera is a clear manifestation of the main objective of Spain in hitting our country.So, how do we put a greater emphasis on the darkside of the country when the arrival of the Span-iards is a mere fact and truth that the Filipinos have
witnessed total darkness? Let’s have these friars.
Power in the Educated and His Name
Using religion and education, they were able to usetheir civil government for our late fellows to follow
them and in effect, to rule. Though we can’t deny
that many a Filipino gained anadvantage upon introducingChristianity and Europeancivilization to our culture, weare obliged an eternal debt of gratitude, for without theirservice through preaching,the Indios may not be able toemerge from history as oneof the many Christian nations.But then again, not all Spanishfriars carry the same purposeupon stepping our land:regardless of the order a friarbelongs to, many just simplyused His name and the wordsof the educated for Filipinosto be fascinated (or to scareus?) upon being an all-knowing being and thus,
survive world’s struggles,
which would be thenachieved upon receiving theircustoms. Some were obviously interpreted in
Rizal’s two great novels by Padre Damaso and
Padre Salvi while Jaena used Fray Botod. Withthese, these writers were able to destruct the goodimage these friars had in their poker faces as thesewriters construct a degrading yet near-truth icon
that destroyed the Filipinos’ good impression to
the friars, that in return, opened their awarenesson other evils Spain had gifted us.
Fade to Black
The darkest age in Philippine history is the Spanishrule, wherein, back then, everyday life was not just
a struggle; it’s a fight for survival. Since it was not a
free country in those times, Filipinos, mainly the
“common tao” didn’t have the slightest chance
against this torture that they cherish every second
of their live, not knowing if they’ll die today or
maybe sooner. And what symbol sprung uponthese merciless killings?
Halt, Who Goes There!
Even though the Philippines were under Spanishrule, the upper class were not in constant interac-tion with the Filipinos. It was the guardia civil whowas the most abusive and had the luxury of pun-ishing and doing the dirty work for Though thesemen assert for the maintenance of peace andorder as they suppress bandits, hidden acts were
made as women and children didn’t stand a
chance against these treatment. People could bekilled in an instant or be tortured just for the fun of it. These scenarios are better portrayed by the livesof Crispin whose death was done by the sacristanmayor, and Elias whose clan has been ruthlesslyviolated subjected to persecution. Name it: mal-treating the innocent, raping women, lootingparaphernalia, these could be compared in myopinion being under Martial Law, but much worse.
That Disparate Treatment
Unfair treatment to the Filipinos who suffered wasnot news to everyone, but the fatal blow against usFilipinos was the unequal treatment before thelaw. So first we had to endure the torture that wasupon us, but not having the privilege to defendourselves was just too much. We were treated liketheir dogs moving around not just anywhere, but inour very own Motherland! So people Rizal thathave risen up against Spain was the best blessingthe Filipinos could ask for.I cannot quite see what the Philippines would be
like without Rizal, I’m just thankful that it isn’t so.
The Predicaments of the Friars’ Government
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For this issue:On Frailocracy -
The Predicaments of
the Friar’s Govern-
ment: Revealing thePangs and Tangs of Frailocracy
by Mark Angelo Ordonio
On Human Rights
-Puso ng Saging: Pagsa-salarawan sa HindiMakataong Pagtrato saPanahon ni Rizal
byCris Angelo Vispo
On the Guardia Civil
- Peace and Order by the (Dis)RespectedGuardia Civil
by GlennIan Quimbo
-Mga Kastila saKolonyal na Pamaha-laan
by Mary Cliedy Angelie Bersola
- We are Superior andThat Does It
by Wini- fredo Jr., Yaon
andEqual Treatment of theUnequals
Revealing the Pangs and Tangs of Frailocracy
By Mark Angelo Ordonio
Puso ng Saging
By Cris Angelo Vispo
A newsletter presenting the evils of the Philippines of Rizal’s times
October 15, 2009
Pagsasalarawan sa Hindi MakataongPagtrato sa Panahon ni Rizal
Saging Lang ang May Puso!
“Buti pa ang saging, may puso. Kayo, wala!” Napak-
inggan ko ito minsan habang ako ay nanonood ngtelebisyon. Nakatatawa, pero kung susuriin, maylaman itong mensahe. Sa drama ng buhay ni Rizalat sa mga hindi makataong karanasan niya at ngpamilya niya sa kamay ng mga Kastila, isa anglinyang ito sa mga pinaka-saktong linya na maaariniyang sambitin.
Hindi Saging ang mga Kastila
Ginamit ni Rizal ang literatura upang magsilbingsalamin ng kanyang buhay. Maihahalintulad natinang mga ito sa kanyang talaarawan. Hindi man siyamabuhay nang matagal upang maibahagi sa ibaang kanyang makulay ngunit masalimuot na bu-hay, maaaring dumungaw ang isang nilalang sakanyang mga nobela upang sariwain ang kagana-pan sa panahon na namuhay si Rizal.Ang isa sa mga pinakakilalang pagsasalarawan ngbuhay ni Rizal sa kanyang mga nobela ay kwento niKabesang Tales sa El Filibustrismo kung saan angkanyang lupang pinaghirapan ay inangkin ng mgaprayle. Sino ba naman ang matutuwa kung ang-kinin ang iyong lupain at pagkatapos ay pagbayarinka ng buwis sa pagtira o paggamit ng nasabinglupa? May limitasyon ang tao: hindi sa lahat ngpagkakataon ay pagtitimpi ang mamamayani, atpinatunayan ito noong nagdesisyon si KabesangTales nang umanib siya sa mga tulisan. Maaaringito na lamang ang naiisip niyang paraan kungpaano makagaganti sa mga taong nang-alipusta sakanya at kanyang pamilya.Isa pang halimbawa ay ang paghihirap na dinanasng magkapatid na si Crispin at Basilio. Pinagbintan-gang magnanakaw si Crispin ng sakristan mayor,ngunit sa halip na kausapin, mga hagupit at bugbogang sumalubong sa murang katawan ng bata. Isangpagbibintang na hindi naman dumaan sa masusingimbestigasyon ang nagdudulot ng hindi makataongpagtrato kay Crispin. Ganito rin ang nangyari sa inang ating bayani, si Doña Teodora. Pinagbintangansiya nang nagtangkang lasunin ang kanyang hipag.Ang parusa: pinag-lakad siya ng limampung kilo-metro patungo sa kanyang kulungan sa Sta. Cruz.Kahit ngayon, sasabihing hindi makatao ang gani-tong pagtrato.
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Peace and Order by the (Dis)Respected Guardia Civil
By Glenn Ian Quimbo
is presented to you by
PI 100 - G Quadrant 2 First RowFirst Semester, AY 2009-2010
An image of a Spanish friar:angel from the outside, evilfrom the inside