Time didn’t allow itself “to be used”.
The rabid pro-Duterte supporters, just like your typical Filipino, thought that making Duterte win in a poll – commissioned by a reputable FOREIGN publication, especially one antagonistic to the president – would validate that they chose “the right person”. So sino nagpauto? Who are the mindless zombies who voted na di nag-iisip?
“Influential” doesn’t necessarily mean in a good way; that Time 100 poll also did feature Hitler and Stalin – 2 of the history’s most bloodthirsty authoritarians – after all. What’s worse, who got to write the articles on the featured persons was beyond anyone’s control but Time’s.
There’s no other nice way to say it, pero na-Duterte ang mga ‘tards. Pro-Duterte people don’t need to convince anybody that they’re fine, when it’s terribly obvious that they’ve been embarrassed YET AGAIN.
“Liberals and conservatives are equally required for a healthy USA. I’m a Liberal, but I recognize that the bleeding heart can lead to unintended consequences. I also know that excessive Conservatism can lead to heartless treatment of the less fortunate and huge inequalities. When we work together and are not afraid of compromise and consensus, we get the truly wonderful country that has been a beacon to the rest of the world. I hope bipartisanship and cooperation guide us now.”
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You can’t help but laugh at one of the arguments being made, that those who changed their mind about their manoks – Leni Robredo being the most talked about currently among those manoks – did so because they were paid.
It kind of shows you a glimpse that Filipinos can think of hardly any other motivation, other than money. Despite all that obsession with money, however, Filipino society remains bankrupt. Intellectually.
Seemingly inherent in the Filipino mindset, is the concept of paninindigan – roughly translated as things one believes in. However, as with a lot of things, the practice in reality of this value becomes distorted. In this case, it becomes like religion – my beliefs, right or wrong. The more Filipinos perceive their beliefs are “being attacked”, the stronger they cling to them – sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
Perhaps Filipinos were never meant to evolve to the next level, that of a more logical civilization. They like being too close to the trees. After all, that’s where the guava is, the one they’re waiting for to drop.
One, the silent majority is a pretentious name for a minority that wants to appear bigger and stronger than it actually is.
Two, a minority, whose political affiliations clearly spell out a desire to return to the unacceptable status quo, cannot presume to speak for the real silent majority, the rest of the people who just want better lives, and go on with theirs, regardless of who the president is.
Three, the term “silent majority”, as used by that noisy minority, indicates the most apt response to it – silence.
The Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) made me think of the Japanese word Kanpai, for some reason. In fact, the very title of this article kind of seems like an anime title, don’t you think?
In the Japanese language, depending on the Kanji characters used, the word kanpai can mean two very different things.
The first set of characters, 乾杯, is the Kanpai that Filipinos are more familiar with. It is the toast done before drinking sessions start. It is like, “Cheers!”, in English. It is a pretty good guess that those who wanted Marcos buried in LNMB, and got their wish, were busy clinking glasses and celebrating afterwards.
The second set of characters, 完敗, means total loss, complete defeat. I’m pretty sure, though, that those who oppose the burial of Marcos will simply not find it in themselves to have this word in their vocabulary.
The question I’m more interested in, however, concerns the future: what is going to happen from here on? Is this going to be the development that will get president Rodrigo Duterte ousted? Or is it simply yet another move in his seemingly grand game of Go?
If you think about it, the opposition is being forced to play its cards pretty early.
I guess I shouldn’t be shocked that discrimination and condescension still exist at the most unlikely places in the United States.