Preamble of the 1987 Philippine Constitution:
We, the sovereign Filipino people, imploring the aid of Almighty God, in order to build a just and humane society and establish a Government that shall embody our ideals and aspirations, promote the common good, conserve and develop our patrimony, and secure to ourselves and our posterity the blessings of independence and democracy under the rule of law and a regime of truth, justice, freedom, love, equality, and peace, do ordain and promulgate this Constitution.
Over two decades since then.
Where are those blessings of independence and democracy? Then again, when did we stop being under the rule of law and a regime of truth, justice, freedom, love, equality, and peace?
Never mind when we stopped, was there really ever a time of such a regime?
Were we really ever able to establish a Government that exists for the people, by the people, and of the people?
They might as well have simply written:
We, the sovereign Filipino people, do ordain and promulgate this Constitution.
Yes, I did remove the part about imploring the aid of Almighty God. Because it doesn’t seem like it anymore.
When did we stop imploring the aid of Almighty God?
The Founding Fathers of the United States of America built their country on a solid foundation of strong faith in God. They were blessed, they prospered, their country grew into a superpower capable of policing the entire world.
But that stopped. America’s dominance in the world is no longer a certainty. That long-held position, taken after the Great Britain fell, is now slowly being stripped away from them.
The Philippines was never a dominant country but, at some point back, we didn’t have this much debt and the country was growing. It stopped, too.
We might say that the Philippines is now growing again but by how little? And how soon will that end?
I think, what we all need to remember is that we wanted to be ruled under a regime of truth, justice, freedom, love, equality, and peace.