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Unformatted text preview: gered their polymorphous prestiges (Tadiar 1993). Flor Contemplacion's agony-twenty-two months in detention before execution on 17 March 1995-was neither metaphor nor trope; her confession was forced under torture by prison officials of that police state. No one advised her of her rights. Apart from the ineptitude of lawyers assigned to her and the apathy of Philippine diplomatic officials, she was, even if guilty, "not given the protection necessarily afforded by law to an accused as a basic human right" (Beltran and Rodriguez 1996: 69). She was not allowed to take the defense of "diminished responsibility." According to medical testimony, Contemplacion was suffering from epileptic symptoms (dismissed as "slight migraine" by court doctors) when she supposedly killed a child and fellow co-worker. Her history of illness was absent from the court records. From the age of twelve to twenty-five, she was subject to high fevers, headaches, nausea, shivering and shaking of the body. When she was twenty-five, "after the birth of her first child, she woke up one morning with a severe headache, shivering and nauseated. She opened her eyes and saw lightning pass by. At the same time, she felt strangely strong, saw people floating in the air, who were shrinking in size. She also felt rage and anger" (Beltran and Rodriguez 1996: 56). The Gancayco Commission that reviewed her case concluded that Flor Contemplacion was the victim of an affluent society that had ceased to be humane and caring, concerned more with economic than human rights. In the age of the refugee, displaced person, masses of uprooted people, Flor Contemplacion exposes the subliminal aesthetic distancing of the nomadic hybrid as a gratuitous cover for elite indifference. Capitalism created the concept of the nation-state and thus fascism E. San Juan, Jr., "Beyond Postcolonial Theory," '98, pg. 206 While the bourgeoisie cannot be accused of inventing nationalism to delude the workers, the ideology of nationalism arose with mercantilism in eighteenth-century Europe and the formation of nat...
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