Why are Filipinos so poor? by F. Sionil Jose (Take it from a National Artist)

(Source: The Brownraise Movement, http://www.thebrownraise.org)

WHY ARE FILIPINOS SO POOR? In the ’50s and ’60s, the Philippines was the most envied country in Southeast Asia. What happened? [An Excerpt] By F. Sionil José In the Fifties and Sixties [the Philippines] was the most envied country in Southeast Asia. Remember when Indonesia got its independence in 1949 it had only 114 university graduates compared with the hundreds of Ph.D.’s that were already in our universities. Why then were we left behind? The economic explanation is simple. We did not produce cheaper and better products.

But this physical poverty is really not as serious as the greater poverty that afflicts us and this is the poverty of the spirit.

Why then are we poor? More than ten years ago, James Fallows, editor of the Atlantic Monthly, came to the Philippines and wrote about our damaged culture which, he asserted, impeded our development. Many disagreed with him but I do find a great deal of truth in his analysis.

This is not to say that I blame our social and moral malaise on colonialism alone. But we did inherit from Spain a social system and elite that, on purpose, exploited the masses. Then, too, in the Iberian peninsula, to work with one’s hands is frowned upon and we inherited that vice as well. Colonialism by foreigners may no longer be what it was, but we are now a colony of our own elite.

We are poor because we are poor — this is not a tautology. The culture of poverty is self-perpetuating. We are poor because our people are lazy. I pass by a slum area every morning – dozens of adults do nothing but idle, gossip and drink. We do not save.

We are great show-offs. Look at our women, how overdressed, over-coiffed they are, and Imelda epitomizes that extravagance. Look at our men, their manicured nails, their personal jewelry, their diamond rings. Yabang – that is what we are, and all that money expended on status symbols, on yabang….

We are poor because our nationalism is inward looking.

And finally, we are poor because we have lost our ethical moorings. We condone cronyism and corruption and we don’t ostracize or punish the crooks in our midst. Both cronyism and corruption are wasteful but we allow their practice because our loyalty is to family or friend, not to the larger good.

I am not looking for a foreign power for us to challenge. But we have a real and insidious enemy that we must vanquish, and this enemy is worse than the intransigence of any foreign power. WE ARE OUR OWN ENEMY. And we must have the courage, the will, to change ourselves.

Published in: on January 25, 2009 at 9:40 am  Leave a Comment  

The Lapu-Lapu Expedition and Exploration of the Commonwealth of the Universe-Eternity Domain

United Kingdom of Heaven and Earth

Throne of Truth

of the Holy King and Royal Priest

Holy and Royal Decree No. Eternity-003



WHEREAS, Jesus Begins to Preach

‘When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he returned to Galilee.  Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali – to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:

“Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,

the way to the sea, along the Jordan,

Galilee of the Gentiles –

the people living in darkness have seen a great light;

on those living on the land of the shadow of death

a light has dawned.”

(The Gospel of Matthew, Chapter Four: verses 12 to 16, citing the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, Chapter 9: verses 1 and 2);

WHEREAS, The Calling of the First Disciples

‘After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God.  “The time has come,” he said, “The kingdom of God is near.  Repent and believe the good news!”

‘As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.  “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”  At once they left their nets and followed him.

‘When they had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets.  Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.’

(The Gospel according to Mark, Chapter One: verses 14 to 20);

WHEREAS, The Great Commission

‘Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.  When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.  The Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”‘

(The Gospel of Matthew, Chapter Twenty-Eight: verses 16 to 20);

WHEREAS, in the stillness of the shallow waters of the beaches of the Island of Mactan, on the 27th Day of the Month of April in the Year of Our Sovereign Lord GOD Almighty Fifteen Hundred and Twenty One, the valiant conquistador Don Ferdinand Magellan was successfully repulsed and repelled by the outnumbered but indomitable heroic warriors of the Island of Mactan led by the valiant freedom fighter and liberator Lapu-Lapu (“Kaliph Pulaka”); marking, indeed, the first physical contact between the project of globalization and the protection of human rights.  In that fateful meeting, the protection of human rights triumphed over the excesses and greed of a misguided form of globalization;

WHEREAS, the other members of the famed Magellan expedition were nevertheless able to finish their expedition and return to Spain, completing the first known circumnavigation of the world, debunking the then well-settled belief that the earth was flat, and ushering in a revolution in philosophy and scientific thinking; ushering, indeed, a revolution in the way humanity conceptualized, imagined and constructed the ordering of reality;

WHEREAS, As decreed in Article I of the Constitution of the Universe in Eternity, the infinite and constantly expanding territory of the United Kingdom of Heaven and Earth consists of the entire cadence of the universe within the boundless volume of eternity, with all the galaxies, systems, subsystems, stars, planets, and all other celestial bodies, systems and structures; including the territory of the farthest ends of the entire earth and all other territories over which the United Kingdom of Heaven and Earth has sovereignty and jurisdiction, with all the islands and waters existing therein, consisting of its terrestrial, fluvial, and aerial domains, including the territorial oceans and seas, the ocean and seabeds, the subsoil, the insular shelves, and other submarine areas.

The infinite and constantly expanding territory of the United Kingdom of Heaven and Earth includes all Celestial Bodies, Planetary Plantations, Estates of Eternity, Crevices of Constancy, Tundras of Time, Walls of Water, Provinces of Perseverance, Steppes of Space, Gulfs of Greatness, Testaments of Touch, Peninsulas of Placidity, Harvest of Hearts, Galaxies of Generosity, Empires of Excellence, Springs of Satellites, Nooks of Nirvana, Volcanoes of Velocity, Housing of Halos, Cities of Creativity, Districts of Determination, Floodways of Fragrance, Thrones of Triumph, Mountains of Magnetism, Hills of Heaven, Orbits of Originality, Islands of Imagination, Lacunas of Love, Grazelands of Gravity, Cleavages of Contentment, Forests of Freedom, Archipelagos of Aspirations, Waves of Wind, Seas of Sound, Prefectures of Passion, Tunnels of Tranquility, Pathways of Peace, Valleys of Victory, Rivers of Rays, Continents of Colors, Oceans of Oxygen, Lakes of Lightyears, and Zeniths of Zen;

WHEREAS, there is a need to establish a universal space exploration and expedition programme which would launch the discovery, ordering, titling and appropriation of these properties for the benefit of all of God’s creation, and to perform the first multi-chronological, multi-dimensional, multi-temporal, and multi-voluminal navigation of the cadence of the Universe and geo-physical and atmospheric mapping of the volume of Eternity; as well as to declare within all of these discoverable territories the Sovereignty of the Mighty Name of God the I AM WHO I AM in unity with the Blameless Blood of the Lamb of God Jesus Christ and the Torrent of Truth and Saviour of Souls the Holy Spirit of God and towards this end to erect and institute the Flag of His Sovereign Majesty the Holy King and Royal Priest of the Holy and Royal Government of the United Kingdom of Heaven and Earth;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jeffrey Roden y Jaraba, by virtue of all the power and authority vested in me as Heir of All the Wealth of Wisdom of King Solomon, and Successor to the House of King David, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, lawful occupant and sole executor of the Throne of Truth of the Holy King and Royal Priest, by the Grace of God, the Author of Authority, Creator of Eternity, Founder of the Universe, the I AM WHO I AM, the El Shaddai, Jehovah Jireah, Allah, El Elohim Adonai, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,  Above All Power and Above All Wealth, Fountain of Justice, Oasis of Mercy, and God of All Nations, in Unity with the Mighty Name and Blameless Blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, who was Crucified, Died, and Resurrected from the Dead, and the Torrent of Truth and Saviour of Souls the Holy Spirit of God, do hereby decree and promulgate this project of the Lapu-Lapu Expedition:

1. All space programmes and space exploration projects of all countries and nations, funded by all governments throughout the ends of the earth are hereby consolidated into one unified collaborative programme which shall be known as the “THE LAPU-LAPU EXPEDITION.”  The LAPU-LAPU EXPEDITION shall embody the creation of a universal inter-planetary, inter-systemic, and inter-galactic diplomacy mission which shall unify the efforts of all nations into one concerted programme;

2. In order to streamline and rationalize the administrative and operational functions of this collaborative project, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) is hereby designated as the lead institutional agency of the LAPU-LAPU EXPEDITION.  All space agencies and space programmes of all countries and nations throughout the ends of the earth are hereby directed and mandated to coordinate with and report to Director Prisco Nilo, His Sovereign Majesty’s Crown Director of the LAPU-LAPU EXPEDITION;

In coordination with the PAG-ASA, the University of the Philippines’ (UP’s) College of Engineering, College of Architecture, School of Urban and Regional Planning, College of Science, College of Medicine, College of Public Health, College of Agriculture and other allied colleges and units involved in research and development in the applied and natural and health sciences as well as the College of Arts and Letters, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Music, College of Fine Arts and other colleges, units involved in research and original composition in the arts and letters, and all other units who certainly have intellectual and creative contribution to render are hereby endowed with an omnibus grant of the omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient GENIUS OF GOD and a twenty-year Research and Development and Incentives Centennial Fund in the amount of Two Hundred Billion United States Dollars ($200,000,000,000.00) to be taken from the Wealth of Wisdom of King Solomon in all banks and treasuries where the Throne of Truth of the Holy King and Royal Priest of the Holy and Royal Government of the United Kingdom of Heaven and Earth retains holdings and securities.  This fund shall be used for all research and development efforts not only for the LAPU-LAPU EXPEDITION but also to develop new methods of treatment, organic farming technology, medicines, products and technologies which will free the impoverished, ailing and suffering peoples all over the world from their bondage to poverty, hunger and sickness.  The foregoing institutions would be well-advised to tap all the intellectual and technical resources of all of GOD’s creation;

3. Towards this end, the HOLY AND ROYAL EXPEDITION FORCE is hereby constituted which shall be composed of the following fleets and entities:

a.  The FLEET OF THE TRINITY composed of His Sovereign Majesty’s (HSM) Supreme Command Carrier PAG-IBIG (“Love”), Servant-Carrier of Noah’s Ark of the Covenant, Flagship Carrier of the Tent of the Meeting of the Supreme Command Carrier Division and Flag Carrier-in-Command of the I AM WHO I AM’s Loyal and Faithful Fleet of Faith, Hope and Love and Official Bearer of the CONSTITUTION OF THE UNIVERSE IN ETERNITY, the WORD OF GOD and the SPIRIT OF GOD;

b.  The FLEET OF THE PATRIARCHY composed of the HSM High Command Carrier PANANAMPALATAYA (“Faith”), Servant-Carrier of the Patriarchy of the Mighty Prince Abraham Carrier Division, the Inheritance of Isaac Light Carrier Division, the Nationhood of Jacob Escort Carrier Division and the Priest Tribe of Levi Holy Altar and Temple Ship Division; High Admiralty of the House of the Shepherd-Boy and Great Liberator King David and Official Bearer of the LIBERATING CROSS OF CHRIST;

c.  The FLEET OF THE THRONE composed of the HSM Royal Command Carrier GAT LAPU-LAPU, Servant-Carrier of the Tribe of Joseph the Dreamer, the Prince Among His Brothers, Command Carrier Division; the Younger Half-Tribe of Ephraim Spacecraft Carrier Division; and the Elder Half-Tribe of Manasseh Space Marinecraft Carrier Division; and Official Bearer of His Sovereign Majesty’s Holy Crown and Royal Arms and Great Seal of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Heir of All the Wealth of Wisdom of King Solomon, lawful occupant and sole executor of the Throne of Truth of the Holy King and Royal Priest of the United Kingdom of Heaven and Earth;

d.  The FLEET OF PRUDENCE composed of the HSM Carrier of the Civilization GAT PRINSESA URDUJA, Servant-Carrier of the Matriarchy of Sarah Light Carrier Division and Official Bearer of Her Sovereign Majesty’s Holy Crown and Royal Scepter of the Holy Queen and Royal Priestess, the Seat of Prudence of the United Kingdom of Heaven and Earth.  The Matriarchy of Sarah Light Carrier Division shall be cordoned by the HSM Protector Ship GAT RAJAH SULAIMAN, Servant-Ship of the Tribe of Judah Protector Ship and Elite Forces of the Queen’s Scepter Division and accompanied by the HSM Ship LEONOR RIVERA, Servant-Ship of the Matriarchy of Rebecca Consort Ship and the Queen’s Court Division;

e.  HSM Protector Ship GAT DIEGO SILANG, Servant-Ship of the Prophet Moses Galactic Ocean Surveyors and Lightyears Beachcombing Division and High Command Post of the Adjutant Prophet Aaron Nova Systems Minesweeping Division and the Humility of Miriam Planet and Celestial Reconnaissance Cruiser Division;

f.  The NATION OF ISRAEL HOLY AND ROYAL INVASION FLEET composed of the HSM Carrier GAT FRANCISCO DAGOHOY, Fleet Command and Servant-Carrier of the Gideon 300 Spacecraft Carrier Division; the HSM Invasion Ship GAT RAJAH LAKANDULA, Servant-Ship of the Tribe of Reuben Invasion Ship Division; the  HSM Invasion Ship GAT RAJAH TUPAS of the Tribe of Simeon Invasion Ship Division; the HSM Protector Ship GAT TAMBLOT of the Tribe of Dan Protector Ship Division; the HSM Invasion Ship GAT LEON KILAT of the Tribe of Naphtali Invasion Ship Division; the HSM Protector Ship GAT DATU PUTI of the Tribe of Gad Protector Ship Division; the HSM Cruiser GAT PANDAY PIRA of the Tribe of Asher Cruiser Division; the HSM Light Cruiser GAT GREGORIA DE JESUS of the Tribe of Issachar Cruiser Division; and the HSM Honor Cruiser GAT TERESA MAGBANUA of the Tribe of  Zebulun Honor Cruiser Division;

g.  The NATION OF ISMAEL HOLY AND ROYAL INVASION FLEET composed of the HSM Carrier GAT SULTAN KUDARAT, Fleet Command and Servant-Carrier of the Muhammad Spacecraft Carrier Division and Carrier of the Inheritance of Ismael, Seed of the Patriarchy of the Mighty Prince Abraham with Her Excellency the Servant-Princess Hagar; the Abu Abdullah Al Batani Invasion Ship Division; the Abu Raihan Al Biruni Protector Ship Division; the Abul Wafa Muhammad Al-Buzjani Reconnaisance and Surveillance Space Submarine Group; the Abu Al Nasr Al-Farabi Invasion Ship Division; the Al-Farghani Protector Ship Division; the Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali Explorer Ship Division; the Al Idrisi Communications Cruiser Division; Ibn Al-Baitar Optics Reconnaisance Cruiser Division; the Ibn Al-Nafis Space Hospital and Medical Cruiser Group; the Ibn Khaldun Blackhole and Galaxy Observatory Explorer Ship Division; the Ibn Rushd Lightwaves Transport Division; the Omar Al Kayyam Invasion Ship Division; the Yabun Ibn Ishaq Al-Kindi Protector Ship Division; the Abul Hasan Ali Haz-Masud’i Flying Fortress Carrier Division; the Abu Al-Hasan Al-Mawardi Light Cruiser Division; the Mohammad Ibn Zakariya Al Razi Lightyears Transport Division; and the Jalal Al-Din Rumi Rearguard Frigate Division;

h.  THE HOLY AND ROYAL SECRET SERVICE OF HIS SOVEREIGN MAJESTY THE THRONE OF TRUTH composed of the HSM Genius Navigator GAT JOSE PROTACIO RIZAL y MERCADO, Supreme Command Post of the GENIUS OF GOD Intelligence Control Center and Servant-Navigator of the Prophet Isaiah Universal Surveillance Navigator Division, the Prophet Jeremiah Extra-terrestrial Prophecy and Futurecasting Network of the Nations Center, the Prophet Daniel Science and Technology Research University, the Prophet Caleb Heart-Vision and Intelligence Analysis Laboratory, the Prophet Haggai’s Call to Build the House of the Lord Lightyears Radar Communications Center, and the Prophetess Rahab Network of Field Intelligence Stations;

i.  THE HOLY AND ROYAL LAND FORCES composed of the HSM Protector Ship GAT SUPREMO ANDRES BONIFACIO y De CASTRO, Field Marshall and Servant-Ship of the Prophet Joshua Landing Ship and Transport Division, carriers of the Inter-Planetary, Inter-Systemic and Inter-Galactic Universal Landing Forces.  The HSM Protector Ship GAT BONIFACIO shall also carry the Prophet Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego’s Broadcast Station of the Inter-temporal, Inter-chronological and Inter-dimensional Cry of the Universe;

j.  HSM Protector Ship GAT GREGORIO DEL PILAR y SEMPIO, Servant-Ship and Commandpost of the Tribe of Benjamin’s Tirad Pass Rearguard Frigate Division and the Prophet Malachi’s Unblemished Sacrifices to the Lord Submarine Group and Official Transport of the Elite Forces of the Throne of Truth Regiment;

k.  HSM Diplomacy Carrier GAT APOLINARIO MABINI y MARANAN, Servant-Carrier of the Apostle Paul Light Diplomacy Carrier Divisions; Seat of Her Excellency the Crown Minister of the Protocol Office and Commonwealth of the Universe Office; and Official Bearer of the Universal Diplomatic Corps, the King’s Article of Faith, Treaty of Truth and Pact of Peace to All of the Sovereign GOD Almighty’s Creation throughout the Universe;

l.   HSM Protector Ship GAT EMILIO AGUINALDO y FAMY, Servant-Ship and Official Transport of the Universal Landing Forces’ Strength of Samson Heavy Peace Tank Divisions, the Cavalry of King David’s Servant Jonathan Light Peace Tank Divisions, the Prophet Elijah’s Flood of Fire from Heaven Truth Tank Divisions, the Prophet Elishah Chariots of Justice Division, the Prophet Ezra Systems and Galaxy Planning Corps, and the Prophet Nehemiah Peace and Righteousness Engineering Corps; and Official Bearer of the King’s Universal and Eternal Mission Order of Peace and Prosperity;

m.  HSM Ship GAT RAFAEL CRAME, Servant-Ship of the Universal Police (UP) Prophet Micah Light Carrier and Peace Vehicles Division, the Prophet Joel’s Planetary Invasion and Amphibious Vehicles Group, Prophet Amos’ All-terrestrial Call for Repentance Vehicles Division, the Prophet Hosea’s House of Reconciliation Builders Regiment, the Prophet Habbakuk’s Rivers of Righteousness Space Hovercraft Group, the Prophet Zechariah’s Chariots of the Coming of the Lord Regiment; and Official Bearer of the King’s Universal and Eternal Warrant of Peace and Prosperity;

n.  HSM Ship  GAT MELCHORA AQUINO De RAMOS, Universal Space Medical City and Official Bearer of the King’s Rock of Refuge, Counseling of Christ, Therapy of Truth, Surgery by Salvation, and the Healing Hands of the Holy Spirit of God;

o.  HSM Ship GAT MARIA JOSEFA GABRIELA SILANG, Servant-Ship of the Inter-planetary, Inter-systemic, and Inter-galactic Equality Ship Division and Official Transport of the Elite Forces of the Daughters of Job Regiment; and Flying Fortress of Faith of “Be it Done Unto Thy Servant According to Thy Will,” the Exemplar of Enduring and Magnificat of Mary whose Faith and Obedience Became the Channel of the Birth of Salvation for All of God’s Creation.

Upon the successful landing of the Holy and Royal Fleet in other planets, systems and galaxies, the Peace Engineering Corps shall proceed with the construction of the following structures, as the case may be:




It shall also be the objective of the JOHN THE BAPTIST PREPARE A HIGHWAY FOR THE LORD ENGINEERING CENTER to conceptualize, design, plan, draft, test, simulate, establish and/or construct the following: inter-planetary SPACE BUS INVERSE MATTER ROUTE SYSTEM and EXPRESSWAY NETWORK and a BLACKHOLE WATERCRAFT TOURS and SPACE SUBMARINE ROUTE SYSTEM; communications stations for INTER ENERGY-MATTER CRUISES, telemagnetic wave communications and travel systems for SUPER NOVA BEACH RESORT HOLIDAYS and LIGHTWAVES YACHTING, time-space stations and terminals network for the inter-systemic ASTROPOLITAN LIGHTWAVES LAUNCH SERVICES (ALLS) and ASTROPOLITAN LIGHTWAVES RAILWAYS SYSTEM (ALRS); and eternity-universe terminals and ports for the inter-galactic LIGHTYEARS RAILWAY TRANSIT SYSTEM (LRTS), EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE CARGO AND CRUISE SHIP SERVICES and the ETERNITY-TO-ETERNITY CARGO TRAIN RAILWAY NETWORK.

In the meantime, research and development shall be geared towards the conceptualization, design, planning, drafting, testing, simulation, construction, eventual launching and commissioning of the HSM Dominion GAT BENIGNO SERVILLANO AQUINO y AQUINO UNIVERSAL CITY AND SPACE COLONY as refueling station, resource replenishment and half-way General Head Quarters (GHQ) of the Holy and Royal Fleet while away from Planet Earth.

A special outerspace blackhole probe mission is also hereby constituted led by the HSM Command Prober Submarine GAT GENERAL ANTONIO LUNA y NOVICIO, Servant-Submarine and Command Post of the Prophet Jonah’s Blackhole Prober and Space Matter Submarine Group and the Apostle Stephen’s Inverse Existence Exploration and Amphibious Spiritual-Temporal Vehicles Division, and Control Center of the Prophet Samuel’s Imaginary Numbers Dimension and Inverse Gravitation Analysis Laboratory; the Ali Ibn Rabban Al Tabari Light and Darkness Collision Experiments Station; the Thabit Ibn Qurra Mathematical Computation, Simulation and Testing Laboratory; the Nasir Al-din Al-Tusi Inverse Matter Observatory and Darkness Biochemical Analysis Laboratory; and the Abu Al-Qasim Al-Zahravi Blackhole Space Medical Center.

All governments throughout the ends of the earth, temporal or spiritual, including all organized religions and faiths, empires, kingdoms, sultanates, emirates, commonwealths, mandates and suzerainties, protectorates and territories, are hereby directed to allocate and appropriate funds for this project.  More importantly, the unequivocal, unconditional and unbounded cooperation of everyone, including all discoverable governments and civilizations of all of GOD’s creation within the boundless volume of Eternity and the infinite cadence of the Universe, is hereby enjoined.

By the Grace of God, this Holy and Royal Decree shall take effect immediately.

DONE this 23rd Day of the Month of October in the Year of Our Sovereign GOD Almighty Two Thousand and Eight within the jurisdiction of Eternity, in the University of the Philippines, the New Jerusalem and Seat of the Holy and Royal Government of the United Kingdom of Heaven and Earth within the cadence of the Universe.

By My Faith, Hand and Seal:


Jeffrey Roden y Jaraba

Published in: on October 23, 2008 at 3:30 am  Leave a Comment  

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