An FB post talking about how President Duterte taught her the true meaning of independence and sovereignty gave me goosebumps while reading it.
Manila Bulletin writer and FB blogger Krizette Laureta Chu titled the piece “Birth of a Nation”.
In the FB post especially posted for the June 12 Independence Day celebration, Chu confessed that under Duterte, she learned to love the country even more, not just for its beauty, its food and beaches but for its imperfections, its pain and challenges. In other words, she loves the Philippines, warts and all.
Under Duterte, Chu realized the Filipino is freed from the shackles of our own self-imposed slavery to the oligarchs and other countries. Hi Uncle Sam!
Under Duterte, Chu’s eyes were opened that we were never truly free, our conquerors just changed faces, from colonizers to oligarchs to the run of the mill exploiters, sadly some of whom are fellow Filipinos.
Under Duterte, Chu finally appreciate the weight behind the word INDEPENDENCE, and sovereignty is asserting our rights.
But the deepest and painful realization Chu learned from Duterte was this, “We have been a country, but we have never been a nation.“
Chu declared that under Duterte, we are in good hands and finally we are on the way to go over that hump, that stops us as a country from here (3rd world status) to 1st world status? Chu never said it but if Filipinos unite, nothing is impossible.
To describe Duterte, Chu borrowed the pet line of his Manila Bulletin boss, Arnel Patawaran, “What we need is not a good leader as much as a leader who will want us to be good.”
You may read Krizette Laureta Chu’s full FB post.
THE BIRTH OF A NATION
Under this man, I learned the true meaning of independence and sovereignty.
Under him, I learned to love the country more. Loved the country not just for its beauty and its food and its beaches, but for its scars and pain and challenges. The Philippines, warts and all.
Under him, I realized the Filipino is freed from the shackles of our own self-imposed slavery to the oligarchy and to other countries.
Under him, I discovered we were never truly free, our conquerors just changed, from colonizers to oligarchs to your run of the mill exploiters, some of whom are our fellow Filipinos.
Under him, our men and women fighting in Sulu and in other places feel more valued, feel more loyal to the flag.
Under Duterte, I finally and truly appreciate the weight behind the word “INDEPENDENCE.” Sovereignty, asserting our rights.
We have been a country, but we have never been a nation.
But under this man, and with the support of the majority, we are finally on our way. Bumps and roadblocks ahead, but one day, we will be a nation of a proud race.
And above all–above 911 or free wifi or better education or a better military or a drug-free country–this is Duterte’s greatest legacy to us–FIRING UP OUR NATIONALISM like a real hero.
Arnel Patawaran said it best, “What we need is not a good leader as much as a leader who will want us to be good.”
True leadership is making very hard decisions to one day make life easy for the people.
Thanks to President Rodrigo Duterte, it is only under his time that I am able to say this with such fervor:
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY, PHILIPPINES!
(Originally written in 2017)