Governance is our problem. Our leaders failed to govern the country. We have reached a point where we can’t even govern ourselves. We look forward to elections for relief even if experience tells us that such mode of changing leaders bring none, only false hopes. Nor does unconstitutional means as Edsa 1 & 2!

As correctly pointed out by federalists, the fault is in the system. It is too centralized. We place our stakes on the national leadership hoping that they would be as Captain Barbel or Darna for indeed the task is too much for ordinary mortals. And when they fall short of our expectations… when they go buddy-buddy for themselves rather than for us… all we can do is bash them to our hearts content, as though it would dent their thick skulls, until our cries of anguish are drowned by the loud thunders coming from our empty stomachs. A sense of hopelessness seals our doom.

Common sense and our bayanihan spirit tells us that a load is lighter when shared. Kayang-kaya kung sama-sama. Indeed, imperial Manila has more responsibility, power and wealth than it can judiciously handle. Why not unload some of it to our provinces and cities? This does not reflect our regard for and trust in local government officials. We don’t. But at least at that level the task is less than Herculean. It is something any Grace Padaca, Among Ed, and Jess Robledo can handle. At that level, NGO’s and civic minded individuals can more effectively participate for good governance, or for less corruption. At that level Ombudsman may rule, where now it is obviously ruled.

Simple as this may seem, it would need no less than a revolution to implement. Congress can do this through a simple legislative process but doesn’t. What can move our lawmakers to part with their control over our destinies? This is the challenge. It seems that we may have to resort to communal action to force them to do their job. Some would call it bayanihan or a revoplution.