September 3, 1910
Sandiko and Sanity
IN ALL this independence agitation with its tempestuous mutterings of revolution it is refreshing to hear above the discord one clear, clarion note summoning the leaders of the Filipino people to reason and a frank and fearless facing of the facts. The call issues from the lips of Teodoro Sandiko, formerly governor of Bulacan.
In a lengthy communication to La Vanguardia, the former governor discusses, with a clarity and dispassionateness beyond the ordinary politician, the situation as it presents itself. Taking exception, as we do, to some of the strictures he passes upon the administration and some of the imputations he lays against it, we nevertheless find ourselves in general sympathy with the broad policy he urges upon his people: cessation from any senseless and suicidal talk of revolution, concentration on Washington of the agitation for independence and at home a practical and persistent effort to initiate and effect administrative reforms.
To such extremists as Ricarte the program of Sandiko doubtless appears pale and anemic. But Sandiko’s feet are planted on the ground and he is carried away by no delirious visions and deluding dreams. There may be those who believe that Japan would go to war with the United States for the sake of the Philippines—there may be those who believe that in the event of war Japan would be victorious and that despite her recent annexation of Korea, she would turn over to the Filipinos, with a generosity unparalleled, the only prize she might hope to gain, the Philippines—there may be those who believe that Japan, almost bankrupt, stands ready to sacrifice the American market which consumes one-third of her exports —there may be those who believe such things but evidently Sandiko is not one of them.
It is time that the leaders of the Filipino people were urging more of the Sandiko sanity upon their people, that they were getting their feet on the solid ground and facing the facts, however unpleasant they may be. Only by a frank recognition of the things that are can there be any hope of a realization of the things that might. Ideals need to be mixed with brains or they will forever remain ideals, and mere sentiment in itself never yet accomplished anything. The man who agitates aimlessly is not a reformer; he is only a disturber.