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Fed up with Imperial Manila? Go fed and change the power dynamics…
Many Filipino politicians are scampering to join the federal bandwagon, or shall we call it the Fed Xpress train? From the Liberal party to the Nacionalista party members, we hear the buzz words” Change is coming!”
I am a citizen . I do want change for the better. But I wont rush into charter change simply because the old constitution does not serve the needs of the current citizenry.
What is this federal system that PDP and Pres. Digong are advocating as part of the change we need?
Jose P. Rizal was the first to suggest federalism in the struggle against Spanish colonial reign. It was not clear why the Katipuneros did not elaborate it but Aguinaldo was known to support it. The Americans opposed it and during its colonial rule, the US established the presidential form of government.
There are three nations from where we can gain insights on how government systems evolved: United Kingdom, France and Germany.
The UK has a devolved system of government, but this is categorically not a system of federal government such as in the United States or Australia , partly because less than a fifth of the citizens of the UK are covered the three bodies in question and partly because the three bodies themselves have different powers from one another namely : The Scottish Parliament, The Welsh Assembly and The Northern Ireland Assembly. Furthermore,the British judicial branch is extremely complex. Unlike most countries which operate a single system of law, the UK operates three separate legal systems: one for England and Wales, one for Scotland, and one for Northern Ireland. Although bound by similar principles, these systems differ in form and the manner of operation.
France has been the laboratory of political experiments of federalism . It formed twelve (12) governments and had thirteen (13) constitutions.Since the French Revolution in 1789, France has had five different republican systems. All of them have been the results of violent crises. The fifth and current one was an outcome of the Algerian crisis in the 1950’s. It withstood several assassinations attempts and rebellions, proving to be one the longest lasting and most stable political systems France has seen so far. Quoted from Håkon Tranvåg.
What about Germany? Germany has a system of proportional representation for the election of its lower house, no one party wins an absolute majority of the seats and all German governments are therefore coalitions. Following the last Federal election in 2013, it took almost three months to form a new government. Unusually this is a coalition of the two major parties, the Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats – what the Germans call “Gross Koalition” or simply “GoKo”. The head of the government is the Chancellor (equivalent to the British Prime Minister). The current Chancellor is Angela Merkel of the CDU.
There are more lessons from these three nations but let me wind up at this conjuncture to study the cultural issues in the devolution of power .
Today, I welcomed the gifts of this life . Enjoying 64 suns, moons, stars makes me grateful. I received many blessings without asking for it. How ? In Pinoy culture,I practice tunganga. This state of bodymind is simply breathing and cleaning one’s horizon of any issues .
How ? Focus on relaxing. Look at a beautiful bouquet.
Categories: Babaylan, health, Love and marriage
Everybody has 24 hours. What you do with each hour is your choice. Devote first 10 minutes when you wake up to gratitude rites : give thanks to the Spirit that wakes up your conscious mind. Roll all over the bed and gently snuggle up to your partner. Then flex your muscles, raise your knees and bend up to your chest. Look at your feet, wiggle all your toes up to the fingers. Rise slowly from the bed and take a pee, then drink slowly one glass of water. This will let energies flow. Devote the first hour of the morning enjoying plants, smell the leaves and their healing scents and colors. Move around a garden, water the plants and listen to birds sing. Then take your place in the kitchen and make breakfast. Give thanks to the food you have and smell the aroma of morning tea ,coffee, chocolate or drink you prefer. Invite your family to share the meal and start the first conversation of the day. Tell the good news and a brief hug after the breakfast. Start your day of work with a smile and an attitude that everything that can be done in an hour will be finished well. If you commute to work, simply focus on being good : good thoughts, good words, good deeds. Dont get caught up with stress, create, be productive : small things like walking to your office with a smile at workmates,cleaning the clutter on your desk and putting a vase with aromatic herbs will lighten up the space. Call up or text friends and greet them Happy New Year . Hug your loved ones if they are around or send those loving stickers via social media. Set a lunch date with a friend who needs you. Then open up the afternoon for something joyful. Be present, the day is still in progress.You will be surprised that the universe has something good for you. Welcome the sunset. Be at peace. The home you love will stay safe and secure. Call up loved ones and ask what dinner they wish for the evening. Give thanks when they join you.Share the day’s good thoughts and deeds. Raise your head to the stars and sense trillions of galaxies. Be thankful you are on earth and gifted with 24 hours each day. Go sleep and wish for another 24 hours. Dream on. The galaxies are constantly giving birth to stars.
November is a love month for me, more than valentine season. The remembering rites of people we love are held in November 1st and 2nd .This soul month, Ed and I prayed for our parents : Romualda Gan and Vivencio dela Torre, Cesar Villariba and Flotilda Collantes. Then we went to bond with two friend couples whose loved ones crossed over. Cha and Chuchi Cala flew from Calgary to bid goodbye to mother Mama Charing Cala . Maria Almazan and Aziz flew from Mumbai to take care of the final rites of her only brother Alec Almazan. We also paid tribute to Doc Juan Flavier in UP and remembered his parables. Why are all these rites important? Because as humans,we all share is death. Death spares no one and we need to learn why and how to face death.
I have witnessed many crossing over and marvelled how the spiritual energies soar over the human body. I cannot explain how I sense these energies but social rites and stories weave into the process of dying. When friends started requesting assistance in coping with grief and mourning during the final crossing, I would receive “messages” from the dying parent or sibling even when I was not present in the room. As I interpret the messages and send them to the family, I felt a sense that I can only describe as a loving” bilin”. When the “bilin” has been received well,there is a serenity that envelops the space where grief and mourning reside. As a witness to these rites of crossing over to afterlife, I am filled with love and respect.The main emotions humans relate well are love and respect. I think social rites of grief and mourning are precious paths to understanding this life and the after life. The mourning rites can link deep respect for the pain of the living and gratitude for the departing person. Prayers can provide the spine to weave energies into a tapestry of tributes. Yes, we all need to see death as the reason to love life and each other. For if we have never loved fully in this life, death will unveil the profound waste we made of this life.