ANGELO DE LA CRUZ AND THE POLITICS OF VICTIMS

Rainier A. Ibana

Abstract


Ibana’s paper proposes an articulation of the noble aspirations of traditional cultures against the horizon of the monolithic grids of Western globalization. The case of Mr. Angelo de la Cruz, the truck driver whose life was saved by the Philippine government by withdrawing its troops from Iraq has shown that the intrusive powers of the global geopolitics can be thwarted by local cultures as long as the latter can justify their values within the broader context of the community of human persons. The withdrawal by the weaker party from the game of power can succeed only to the extent that such a withdrawal is premised on the affirmation of higher values.


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