Nicanor Perlas and Our Battle for New Politics and Inner Change
Immediately upon the disqualification of Nicanor Perlas, this blog had removed him from the poll and perhaps some smiled and said, “I told you so…” But is it something to be happy about or is it something that we have to take a deeper meaning into account?
Conrado De Quiros, a known opinion maker and columnist of the inquirer gives us a glimpse of the reality about Nicanor Perlas in his article, “Nuisance“
Perlas’ credentials are unassailable. He is easily the most brilliant mind to have joined the presidential race. I know what you’re thinking: “If he’s brilliant, why did he join the race?” Precisely because he is—in ways that defy conventional wisdom. Whether he personally wins or not, he gives this country a chance to win. Not least by listening to his views on the environment, a thing that holds life-and-death consequences for us today.
What most of us fail to see is that although Perlas is not as eloquent as others in terms of public speaking he had already done so much for our country and even contributed to the change in the world politics. He was the one which convinced then President Ramos and then APEC to adapt sustainable development principles in 1992 which stopped the APEC rich nations into overrunning the economies of poor countries including the Philippines, not to mention of course his contribution in stopping the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, banning of 32 pesticide formulation, fighting against corruption in government, microfinance, bio-dynamic agriculture and more.
In an online petition, “Let Nick Run” which was spearheaded by International supporters of Nicanor Perlas you can’t deny how he was respected by people from around the world.
Rebekah Rice, New York says,
“I have deep respect for Nicanor Perlas as a serious candidate for president of the Philippines. His international contacts in the United States are superb– here we recognize him as a past and future world leader.”
Nicanor Perlas is a serious candidate for political office, not a nuisance. Humanity has undergone an enormous change in numbers, technological prowess, consumer demand and a global economy. We have become so powerful that we are undermining the very life support systems of the planet. But we cling to our political and economic priorities, that we are blinded to the reality that it is nature that sets limits that we have to respect or else our survival is put at risk. The Philippines illustrates the problems afflicting all of humanity – unsustainable population growth, pollution, deforestation, ocean depletion and pollution, and so on. The challenge we face is to shift our perspective from one in which we and our political and economic institutions set the priorities to one in which we recognize that our health, well being and survival are utterly dependent on the state of nature and the natural world must be respected as setting the limits and parameters for human activity. As we saw at Copenhagen, the meetings failed because we cling to our political borders and raise economic issues and fail to acknowledge the supremacy of nature’s limits. I believe it’s people like Nicanor Perlas, who is internationally recognized for his work, who are providing the perspective we need to find truly sustainable solutions. You are fortunate in the Philippines to have a candidate like Perlas to raise these issues. I wish we had such prominent people in my country and I urge you to approve of his candidacy so that serious issues can be faced in public discourse.
Anatoli Cepeda, Sweden shares his views and says,
It is clear why I want Nicanor to be the next president of the Philippines; the reason is that he has always done what has been the best for the people, even when he had to put his own life at stake. He is giving hope to millions and made, and is still making a contribution to the worlds nature, spirit and morality. He is not keeping a secret what he stands for and he always tries to live up to his word. I had the pleasure to meet him once during a weeks workshop together with him, but he made a strong impact on me beyond of what I had read about and of him. To have Nicanor Perlas as the president of the Philippines will not only be a great victory for the people of the Philippines, but for the whole world. He has made the impossible possible before, its time again.
The petition was at present signed by 1,865 individuals representing more than 50 countries. It is remarkably the first ever petition and protest of the disqualification of a presidential candidate that involved people from around the world.
Will we, his own kababayan and fellow Filipinos not realize the chance Nicanor Perlas offers us? Will we just let it past and again vote for candidates who offers us much of the same?
This is not more about Nicanor Perlas but about our resolve to finally rise from the ashes and be reborn as a Phoenix in a process of inner change and new politics.
Are we ready for our full potential as a nation and as a people? I hope we are for the time is now and tomorrow might be too late.