Independence Day 2009
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
The Philippines celebrates today the 111th anniversary of its independence from foreign domination that our forefathers had declared after going through years and years of virtual slavery. Our people will mark the day with reminders of those times and the heroic persons who struggled and even gave their lives to attain this status.
It is saddening to note, however, that on this anniversary, June 12, 2009, our people are again going through some experiences that are making them doubt if we have, indeed, truly attained real freedom and are being led by people we thought we had chosen through the democratic process called election.
This is because we have just seen, to our dismay and apprehension, how the ones we have picked as our supposed representatives who will give voice to our needs and wishes in Congress, are now ignoring us and just dancing to the tune of another force that can give them more perks and authority, without thinking that all those are also backed by the hard-earned money that we, their constituents, pay in the form of taxes.
Do our representatives now feel that they are still independent, do we also feel that way? Do our people now have justification for celebrating an “independence day”?
But there is still hope, with our people, especially the young ones, now reacting to what our solons have lately done to betray our trust. No wonder the protestors on July 10 felt they had to display an oversized Traitors Gallery when they gathered to protest the shameful Resolution 1109 that was shamelessly crafted by our faithless representatives. Maybe this observance of the anniversary of the day we declared independence will prod us all to condemn that wicked act, and demand that the people we placed in office give us our due.
Then we can truly celebrate, not only independence day, but also ensure that we are indeed living in a democracy.*