Friends, whistle for the whistleblower.
(picture from http://www.inquirer.net)
After a slew of compromised “heroes” — most recently a former Speaker fallen from grace denouncing Malacanang in a fire-and-brimstone speech where, for all the bombast, the word that comes to mind is “laglagan” — we now have in our midst a person of extraordinary courage and integrity. He’s not disgruntled about being eased out of power (JDV) or complaining about not getting enough of the spoils (Chavit), Jun Lozada simply is an ordinary Filipino who saw evil and called it what it is.
Of everything, however, that has been revealed during that hours-long testimony (and there have been many revelations), what hurt the most was when Lozada quoted an emissary of the powers-that-be as having taunted him, “Akala mo ba may pakialam ang bayan sa iyo?”
And in that one simple line, a stinging indictment. They know, then. They know that they have succeeded in maiming us. They have built an entire empire with our apathy and indifference as their cornerstones.
Today we call from wherever we are, at the top of our voices, from our rooftops, from the streets, from that part of our hearts that still believe that a better world is possible: Nagkakamali sila, Jun Lozada. May pakialam ang bayan sa iyo. We will not allow them to hurt you, we will not allow them to silence you, we will fight for the truth that blinds with its glorious light.
Mabuhay po kayo, Ser.
* mobilization call of the Freedom from Debt Coalition.