Stifling the truth is retrogressive
Of course, the same problems plaguing the country today are the very same hitches that Filipinos have been bearing since decades ago. The perennial poverty, peace and order, pervasive corruption, the secessionist groups, patronage political culture and many more stud the litany of the sorrowful fate that the country seems to have been condemned into.
The perceived election manipulation aside, Filipinos have been seemingly hoodwinked into voting candidates to the highest office of the land believing they were the messiahs, or so they are promised during electoral campaigns, that could transform the Philippines into that relative greatness before the 14 years of Martial Law plundered both its resources and dignity. The country has been retrogressing and its citizens salivating at the progress that has become of their Asian neighbors that, forty or so years ago, were looking up to the Philippines.
Even more painful than the empty stomach of millions of Filipinos is the growing problem of disinformation and the government’s seeming intolerance critical dissent. These being the stuff that totalitarian governments are made of, makes it even more worrisome. Totalitarian governments are centered and subservient to their leaders not to their citizens, and, therefore, progress, if ever it happens, is vertical, not horizontal. History is replete with despots who ruled with greed and fleeced their subjects. The first thing that totalitarian leaders do is spread disinformation or propaganda then stifle opposition or critical dissent.
Disputable as it may seem, but there are streaks of indicators that the Philippines is heading to a near future that is not so democratic. Filing charges of inciting sedition to people who are telling the truth and critical to the present dispensation but upholding instead liars and con artists does not augur for a better Philippines.