Week 23: (Late musings) on the removal of Sec. Gina Lopez

Additionally, this reveals the fragmentation of the ruling class (and its aggravation) under the current Duterte regime: between the few genuinely and consistently pro-people, and those who can be progressive on some issues and to some extent on the one hand; and the rabidly and thoroughly anti-people trapos on the other. The ones who allowed/enabled the appointment of Gina in the first place, and the ones who had pushed for her ultimate removal.

We are again reminded that these trapos, representatives of anti-poor hacienderos and big businessmen, still characterize the State.

The little space for progressive politics provided in the Duterte cabinet (made possible by the current regime’s [populist] recognition of the national democratic movement’s undeniable strength, as the case has always been), is now under serious threat (as in the beginning). Good thing, the National Democratic (ND) movement has never really put all its hope on the ruling class government. It has always been among the Filipino people: agitating, organizing, mobilizing.

Relations, however limited and temporary, with the ruling class and their government are always unstable. But that no longer surprises the ND activist, since he/she knows that amidst the Left-tinged populism, the State under Duterte is still dominated by trapos: rightists representatives of anti-poor hacienderos and big businessmen. Hence it is clear to him/her that the organized strength of the Filipino people themselves will be our unshakeable base for the more decisive battles to come — for it has always been.