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Frenemy: Is the Philippine government really fighting the Communist bandits?

Saturday, 8th March 2008

This is something I noticed. Do you ever feel that the government is your worst friend or most closest enemy? They actually have a term for that now… frenemy.

“Frenemy” (alternately spelled “frienemy”) is a portmanteau of “friend” and “enemy” which can refer to either an enemy disguised as a friend or to a partner who is simultaneously a competitor and rival. The term is used to describe personal, geopolitical, and commercial relationships both among individuals and groups or institutions. The word has appeared in print as early as 1953.

Let’s take a closer look at the policies of CPP-NPA (the enemy) and the Philippine government (our friend ?)…


10 Planks of the Communist Party*

Policies of the Philippine Government

1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes. Traditional property rights are curtailed.
  • Municipal property taxes
  • Various zoning laws
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Lina law
  • Eminent domain law, etc.
2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax. Income tax liability is dependent on citizenship no location.
  • Personal income tax
  • Withholding tax.
  • Corporate tax
  • Registration procedures (hidden tax, loss of time and money)
3. Abolition of all right of inheritance. Transfer of wealth and property between generations is hampered.
  • Death taxes:
  • estate and gift taxes
4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels. The State arbitrates how much you can own.
  • Foreigners not allowed to own land
  • Confiscation of property under guise of agrarian reform.
  • Ethnic ‘tribal lands’ ruling.
5. Centralisation of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
  • Keynesian economics
  • interest manipulation
  • devaluation of the Philippine peso
  • SSS
6. Centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State. Ownership of transportation is subject to all sorts of laws.
  • Land Transportation Office
  • Department of Communication
  • MMDA vehicle-coding scheme
7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan. Government owned businesses and state-subsidized industries.
  • Native industries are protected by high tarrifs against “unfair competition”
  • Limits on importation of goods.
  • Bailouts for friends
  • Job creation using public taxes to win votes
8. Equal liability of all to labour. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.  Law of contract is curtailed by government third party.
  • Department of Labor
  • Trade unions
  • Mandatory retirement
  • Coco Levy Fund
  • Special Economic Zones to allocate government resources into promoting certain industries.
9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equable distribution of the population over the country. Where you choose to live is no longer your own choice.
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Housing
  • Squatter relocation programs
10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labour in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, &c., &c. Government control over all education public and private, either through direct management or regulatory interference.
  • Philippine public school system
  • Control of private schools through directives
  • Destruction of languages (Spanish, English, Tagalog) as a means of thought-control
  • Defective textbooks
  • Education cartels
    Anti child labor laws that force the poor to choose between education of each child or starvation for the family as a whole.

If we cannot even come up with a government policy which is the exact opposite of what the Communists want, why should we bother asking why things are so bad?

The Philippine government and the NPA rebels both share the goal of ruling our lives and turning our loyalties away from God and our families to the worship of the State with them in charge.

They are not fighting because they oppose each other, they are fighting because they don’t agree who will rule us!

* The “10 Planks of the Communist Party” are taken from the Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, 1848.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Sunday, 2nd January 2011 06.06 pm +08

    Good posting. With 47 different business taxes and fees every year for medium to large corporations, supposedly capitalist Philippines is more socialistic than socialist China and Vietnam which have much fewer business taxes.

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