Re: No primacy in any one language in the Philippines?
- Re: [DILA] No primacy in any one language in the Philippines?
I should have put together the two postings on no primacy in any language in the Philippines and the Sri Lanka civil war.
It took a civil war of 25 years in Sri Lanka. While the Tamils lost the war, they won the language issue. The Sri Lanka Constitution was amended to make Tamil a national language alongside Sinhalese with English as the link language between the two communities.
Must we have a civil war to have our non-Tagalog languages recognized as official languages? Are the Neo Nazi proponents of a single national language so stubborn that it will have to come to this? Spain and Belgium averted a civil war by recognizing the other ethnic languages as official languages. UK recognizes Welsh as an official language. South Africa has no national languages but ten oficial
languages. India has about 18 official languages.
Sent: Saturday, January 28, 2012 10:28 PM
Subject: [DILA] Re: No primacy in any one language in the Philippines?
Only 30% of Philippine residents today are Tagalogs if and only if we apply strict rules in a headcount like each subject is required to have at least one Tagalog parent counted as such in a census prior to birth. But what if rules are applied liberally as Tupas had famously asked of Enrile? I am convinced that 99% plus of Cebuanos who step foot in Manila functionally become Tagalogs. Someone whose thought processes change to Tagalog and whose dreams turn to Tagalog. If
counted that way, we are talking of something very close to 50% already so in terms of primacy they are almost there.
In the year 1900 only something like 12% of the population could be called Tagalog. Next to North Korea, where blind uniformity is the rule, we are the most overcentralized country in the world. To successfully cultivate a crop, you have to suppress its competitors in the farm, weeds like Ilocano and Capampangan have to be inhibited from growing and eventually exterminated. The Quezon constitution made sure about this and even more so the current Aquino constitution. There is a reason why the national language clause is coyly worded though, even if argued to death, it still automatically points to Tagalog.
I see a parallel with the Corona impeachment proceedings. Noynoy and minions orchestrate prosecution under flimsy charges but the major effort is external through their propaganda outlets ABS-CBN and Inquirer. They destroy the reputation of Corona and when the damage has been done they say that he is not fit for the high court. Who cares what the court of law rules when you can more easily manipulate trial by publicity? Same perpetrators, same thing that has been done to the non-Tagalog languages over the past 77 years. After Cebuano and
the rest are weakened beyond recovery, the victors claim the crown of national unity and proclaim that Tagalog is the only language of the Philippines.
Back in 2007 I predicted that Gloria will be replaced by a true blue Tagalista. All is not lost at this point. Corona could be the downfall of Noynoy. If he falls, there will have to be a reassessment of our institutions of governance. The right people may realize how badly designed and administered this republic is.