Destiny and Freedom

President Aquino’s Independence Day message is clear as he raised the Flag in Kawit, Cavite, birthplace of the Filipino nation. He wants to inaugurate a chapter in our nation’s history where every Filipino can take destiny into their own hands. With national issues like the reproductive health bill, divorce, with the government’s efforts to fight corruption and improve efficiency, with the clear and present danger of Chinese intrusion, Destiny and Freedom seem zeitgeist. The wheel turned. Filipinos want to be unshackled. The Filipino wants to take destiny into his own hands.

The American President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared that there are four freedoms. The Freedom of Speech, and Expression, the Freedom of Worship, the Freedom from Want, the Freedom from Fear. United States Secretary of State Hilary Clinton added a fifth freedom: The Freedom to Connect.

Big words, certainly. Words wrapped around much philosophy. What is clear is this. I think it is best explained by the sentiment of these words which were written to express cautious optimism as the United Nations report declared Internet rights, a human right, as important as freedom of speech and expression, “It just goes to show that freedom of speech is a paper-thin construct that requires constant vigilance – not by governments, but by the people.” And so as we Filipinos struggle to grasp destiny in our hands, to run with Freedom wherever future she may take us, let us not forget that Freedom requires constant vigilance. Such is the never ending battle.

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Cocoy Dayao

Cocoy is the Chief Technology Officer of Lab Rats Technica, a Digital Consulting company that specialises in DevOps, iOS, and Web Apps, E-Commerce sites, Cybersecurity and Social Media consulting. He is a technology enthusiast, political junkie and social observer who enjoys a good cup of coffee, comic books, and tweets as @cocoy on twitter.

Cocoy is also the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of the ProPinoy Project.

Cocoy considers himself to be Liberal.

  • grace

    well,,thats life

  • J_ag

    Is the Philippines truly a self governing country in the true sense of the word?

    Is economic policy totally through the purview of the representatives of the State?

    Is fiscal and monetary policy totally self determined by Pinoys?

    Can the Philippines as a country ever suffer from a regular economic business cycle that can be manged by monetary and fiscal policy that is totally independent?

    The answer to all four questions in NO!!!!!!!

    • GabbyD

      is there any country that is free to do whatever it wants?

      any person, in fact?

      these are silly jag.

      • J_ag

        How do you put a person on the same level as a abstraction?

        A state is an incorporated abstraction that is supposed to represent the aspirations of contending forces all unified under the self interest of a collective community. When their economic and political freedoms are stymied you have no freedom.. One cannot be free simply because one is free to vote.

        The genetic make -up of the people of the Philippines lacks that important national identity.

        There was no national independence day of the Philippines June 12, 1898.

        One of the very first acts of the then Secretary of the Treasury of the U.S., Alexander Hamilton was to
        create their own currency and to guarantee the debts of the new found States. They even went to war internally to protect the union to insure a unified fiscal policy was followed. The Whiskey rebellion was quashed. Naturally the heavily strapped states all agreed since they were relieved of all their debts.

        During British colonial times the minting of gold and silver coins was banned in the U.S. colonies by the British.

        You control the fiscal and monetary system you control trade and thence you control the country.

        You can sing and dance around the flag all you want but you are not free economically and subsequently politically.

        The question on economic/monetary sovereignty is paramount as the political structure itself is the basis for the very existence of money/currency.

        The reserves kept in banks is no longer gold but government debt. That debt is another form of future taxes and that reality maintains a monetary and fiscal system.

        I guess we should not expect Congress solely to represent the interests of Filipinos first.