First of all, my best wishes to all Filipino patriots out there who do not want to lose hope with our nation and country. From where I sit, there is absolutely no basis for pessimism–as the saying goes, “a few good men…”
I think we stand now at a crossroad–not only with regards the fate of the nation’s current leaders in the light of the coming 2010 elections but also as a nation changing an entire generation of both Marcos and post-Marcos leaders. Relentlessly, the march of time creates the political vacuum that few in the young generations have the acumen, the skills, and the patience to fill up.
I speak of leaders across the whole Philippine spectrum–whether Left, Right or Center. Many of the old ones have not yet left and their successors are only starting to develop their own political visions and positions. In the next few years, an opportunity to decisively change the course of Philippine politics–and history–emerges as the generational change-of-guard inevitably happens.
Of course, we may have more of the same stew of traditional politics, “revolutionary” flirtations, and actual rebellion challenges. This is as much a part of the coming times as the much more fulfilling possibility of deep reforms, broadened participative democracy, and a modernizing country.
More and more, the burden on what path to take will rest on the shoulders of the new generation of leaders, irrespective of their political genesis and dynastic markers. The hope is that they will have the sufficient acumen, skills, and patience to serve the interests of the whole nation and the Filipino people amid the global challenges that will increasingly impinge on political and governance decisions of the future.
Here’s to the hope for that future. As a caveat, I am not speaking of the next year.