By Joseph Pedrajas
Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin urged Filipinos on Wednesday not to depend on other countries to resolve our own problems.
“‘Wag nating ugaliing umasa sa mga dayuhan sa paglutas sa ating mga hamon at pagsubok,” he told the crowd as he led the celebration of the 121st Philippine Independence Day at Andres Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan.
[Let us not develop the attitude of depending on foreign countries to resolve our own problems and challenges]
“Mahalagang tanggapin natin na tayo lang at walang iba ang makakagawa ng tunay na paraan upang abutin ang matagalang pag-unlad para sa bansa,” he added.
[It is important that we accept that it is only us who can make a way to put our country in long time progress]
In an interview with reporters, Bersamin said that, “if we depend on other countries, we cannot start resolving our own problems.”
“Kasi may mga pangsariling agenda ang mga taga ibang bansa. Tayo, bansa lang [natin] ang ating [dapat na] agenda,” he explained.
[Because other countries have their own agenda. Our country should just be our agenda]
However, Bersamin said that he still welcomes any assistance from any countries, but it should come without any condition.
“Kung may tumulong na ibang bansa, welcome. Pero [dapat] walang condition. Eh kung China, gustong tumulong, walang condition. Amerikano, walang condition,” he said.
[Any country which is willing to help is welcome. But it should come without any condition. If China wants to help, it should be unconditional. Also with the Americans]
Bersamin believed that the Philippines still has to deal with other countries because “everything has to be relative.”
This is the reason why he thinks the country has no “absolute independence.”
“It is impossible [for a country to have absolute independence]. I doubt if any nation can survive independent,” he added.
On the other hand, the chief justice also encouraged the country’s present leaders to continue what the former leaders started and to take advantage of the “opportunities” that they made.
“Malaki [ang napabayan]. Kagaya noong kapanahunan ng Marcos, siguradong mayroon ‘yang ginawa na pwedeng pag-umpisahan ng susunod na rehimen. Ngunit ang rehimen na sumunod ay nag-react, so binalewala lahat ‘yan, ganoon rin ang sumunod, binalewala din…Laging ganoon, parang cycle,” he said.
[We have lost many opportunities. One of them is from the time of Marcos. I’m sure that it did something good that the next government could continue. But they did not. They just reacted and disregarded what was done. It’s always the same, it’s a cycle]
“”Di tayo makamove on. Laging reaksyon sa mga nakaraan. Panahon na siguro na gamitin natin ang mga magagandang ginawa ng nakaraang administrasyon at doon tayo magsisimula,” he added.
[We have never learned to move on. We always have reactions from the past. I think, it’s already time that we start from and continue what the former administrations did]
He said that through teaching the youth early to have “positive attitude towards others” and “to reach out to each other and move on,” we will finally be able stop the blame game attitude in our culture.
Bersamin was joined by Caloocan Mayor Oca Malapitan and other high ranking local government officials in leading the flag-raising and the wreath-laying ceremonies during the commemoration of the country’s Independence Day.