By Ado Paglinawan
My fearless forecast of an emergent “Bongbong-Bong” leadership and first post-Edsa majority president is becoming a near reality.
The Publicus survey, conducted from October 11 to 18, shows Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos garnering 49.3 percent of respondents.
It was a 31.5-percent increase for Marcos from the results of the Publicus survey last July.
Trailing Marcos were Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo with 21 percent, Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso (9 percent), Senators Panfilo “Ping” Lacson and Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao (3 percent each), and Sen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa (1.9 percent).
The preference for Robredo rose by 7.8 percent from 13.3 percent in July, while that for Domagoso dropped by 2.5 percent from 11.3 percent.
Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go topped the vice presidential survey with 23.6 percent, followed by Dr. Willie Ong (19 percent), Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto 3rd (17.3 percent), and Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan (12.3 percent).
About 17% percent of respondents indicated that they have yet to decide on their VP pick,” Publicus said.
The survey had 1,500 respondents drawn from a market research panel of over 20,000 Filipinos, it said.
It was an independent and noncommissioned poll, Publicus added.
This is a fulfillment of one of the prophesies written between 1941-44 by Pascual Malanao to the Rizalistas of Nueva Ecija – “Matapos makibaka ang sambayanan sa isang kaaway na hindi nakikita, isang emmanuel ang darating para iligtas ang bansa sa kanyang pagkakalugmok sa isang mahigpit na pagsubok.”
(After fighting an unseen enemy, one emmanuel is coming to save the nation from perdition.)
In biblical context, Emmanuel was the foretold name of the Messiah or Savior in the Old Testament. Etymologically, it comes from the Hebrew name עִמָּנוּאֵל meaning “God is with us”.
At first, the emmanuel was thought to be Emmanuel Pacquiao, the “Pambansang Kamao” who was the earliest to announce his intentions to run for president in this elections. Pacquiao, however, appeared to be more of a literal attribution rather that a prophetic applicability.
God prepares he whom he sends. In Romans 8:30, St. Paul testifies, “those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”
Pacquiao is fond of attributing to himself some manifest destiny. In the field of boxing that has already been fulfilled. The matter of leading a people out of perdition is something far greater and more serious a responsibility.
If the issue here is leading a people out of perdition, there is hardly a manifestation in Pacquiao of any serious preparation by a supreme being that the Rizalistas call “Bathala”.
Besides Pacquiao seems to be in the company of opportunists out to just milk him dry of his billions or use him as a cannon-fodder against other candidates, prominently Bongbong Marcos Jr. Curiously, many gay people are seen in his company.
THE RIZALISTAS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY began their public prayers with a procession from Rizal Park to Liwasang Bonifacio to Malacanang during the 2019 National Heroes Day. President Rodrigo Duterte opened the gates at the Mendiola Bridge at the Chino Roces Park up to Jose P. Laurel, to welcome the multitude.
So from the ranks of the Rizalistas, their acknowledged bishop, Maximo Villoronte, one Salome “Jing” Mable and a certain Diego “Jigz” Recto began a “Metalogue” after the first lockdown was announced last March 2020.
A metalogue is a conversation about some problematic subject. This conversation should be such that not only do the participants discuss the problem but the structure of the conversation as a whole is also relevant to the same subject.
After a year of weekly prayers and discernment and meetings, the dynamic analysis of the Rizalistas, whose ranks have now mushroomed into a movement called La Liga Filipina de Rizal, took a very radical insight.
Last March, its dominant discernment, heavily influenced by historiography and cultural inputs, indicated that the prophecy is a mere continuation of earlier prophecies that had already installed the “emmanuel” earlier in time, as “Amang Bathala” is timeless.
The Rizalistas observe a faith that is heavily influenced by our indigenous roots. They are not a single “church” but many churches or communities of believers, united by our faith as a people and a nation.
Rizalist movements have differing views on the divinity. Some believe that Rizal is God himself, some believe that Rizal was the second son of God. Some see him as the reincarnation of Christ. Some of these groups also identify Rizal as the god of the pre-Spanish Malay religion.
But as a people declaring him to be our national hero, there is universal acceptance, outside of granting him deity, that his life and works have greatly affected the consciousness of our people, that at the very least, he can be a spiritual guide.
Thus, regardless of one’s religion, as a Filipino, anyone can be a Rizalista.
In our history therefore, the first “emmanuel” was Rizal. It could be interpreted that during his time, the unseen enemy was the colonialism that one Magellan brought to our shores in 1521.
In fact, the Rizalistas see that the implantation of the cross upon his landing was not a genuine gesture of Christian evangelization, but conquest not just of our territory, but worse an adulteration of our eastern ways to conform to western standards.
The cross has become a curse to our indigenous roots.
This is not a condemnation of Christians, nor an invitation to religious polemics, but a declaration in truth and in fact of how Spain used Christianity to mislead our once great nation to serve as a vassal of a foreign political power, a subjugation of our sovereignty that lasted 377 years.
Out of the teachings of Rizal as the first emmanuel, we declared on June 18, 1898 our freedom from Spain. The curse, however, would continue under another colonial power, the United States and until onto after it granted us independence in July 4, 1946.
From Manuel Roxas to Diosdado Macapagal, the fate of the Philippines under colonial influence never waned, as the foreigner continued to rule our country in cahoots with oligarchs and the ruling class.
It was until January 1966, when Ferdinand Edralin Marcos Sr. began his first term promising to make the Philippines great again and starting to build a New Society based on egalitarian principles – believing that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities.
The emancipation of the Filipino farmer, for instance, began with the Green Revolution, enabling the country to export rice for the first time. Infrastructure grew at a fast pace in road and bridges, telecommunication and manufacturing.
It took him seven years, however, to finally succeed in wresting power when a non-profit foundation bought Meralco from the Lopez interests making its consumers and subscribers the owners of the public utility.
It was asserted, as the first step in the “democratization of wealth” that Mr. Marcos had promised.
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True Indigenous Ideology
But it was not until May 12, 1982 that the transformation of Philippine society that former President Marcos was trying to achieve came to a synthesis.
Summarized in an essay entitled “The True Filipino Ideology, it went on to say:
“And so we arrived at equality as the ideological basis of the New Society as we came to the reconciliation of liberty and equality in the New Republic. The society and the republic emerged as the inevitable response to the rebellion of the poor and government was enlisted to initiate the ‘revolution from the center.’
“So what is (to be) your singular weapon? The true Filipino ideology! which is emergent from our historical experience and national dream.
“In its two phases, the ideology presents itself, first, as political liberation, and, in the second, as social and economic liberation. These, in turn, arc fueled by our cultural re-awakening which presents to us the task of cultural reconstruction.
“Our culture, rediscovered in its richness and vitality, is the spiritual architecture, the intellectual and moral masonry, of our political and socio-economic edifice.
“Historical experience, no less than our forebears, is quite clear: no one can help us. Only we can help ourselves. And this truth applies to all that is foreign to us, whether it be ideologies or institutions.
“Our destiny is rooted in our soil, our future determined by our particular time and circumstance; our ideology is thus our self-definition.”
This is how Marcos took on the challenge of redeeming a nation.
Four years thereafter, he would face a regime change with the direct participation of a foreign power, the United States. Together with his family he was unceremoniously exiled in Hawaii.
The revolution he began would close to an inauspicious halt. The following thirty years would bring his inspired transformation of Philippine society almost to the cinders that today, the very oligarchs that he removed from power have returned and with unmitigated greed at that.
The timing is of utmost significance to this discourse.
The Rizalistas remind us of the prophetic writings of Jose Rizal in El Filibusterismo – “Aagawin kita sa kamay ng dalubhasang pananalig at maputing kalapati, magiging Fenix kang muling sisipot (mula) sa mainit na abo.”
(I will take you by force from the hands of your colonial master and white dove, and you will once again become a Phoenix rising out of the burning ashes.)
In ancient Egypt, a sacred bird by that name reappears every 500 years.
Symbolically applied to the Philippines, the perfectly apropos application is the year 2021, exactly 500 years from when Magellan began the colonial curse on our land.
This year, a Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr. filed his candidacy for presidency of the Philippines in the scheduled elections this coming month of May. What everyone took notice of was that he was the son of former President Marcos.
But hardly did anyone notice that the complete name of that President was Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralin Marcos Sr.
Today’s leader of Banal ng Iglesia ng Bathalang Buhay, Maximo Villoronte, interprets the occasion of an “unseen enemy” as the pandemic caused by the Sar-Cov2 virus and the Covid-19 disease.
There is no doubt nor equivocation therefore that
The Rizalistas acknowledge that the Phoenix referred to in Rizal’s El Filibusterismo, with the symbols of the sacred bird rising only every 500 years, the occasion of the “unseen enemy” and the nation’s need to continue President Marcos’ unfinished revolution, converge in one destination.
As it his destiny to lead the nation in these crucial times, the same Bathala will guide his victory to incontestable heights, and humble any obstruction.
Added that the anointing of Bathala could only flow from the bloodline of an emmanuel – that Phoenix could not be anybody else but Bongbong Marcos Jr.