As a blogger and an active Facebook user who doesn’t have any qualms in sharing and defending my convictions, napapadalas na that I become a target of these online douches.
Ang nakaraang eleksyon, pati na ang mga sumunod na pangyayari, ay mas lalong nagpalala sa pamamayagpag ng mga taong ito, whose favorite pastime is to propagate ideas that are often false and without basis. Ang objective lang nila is to help their political candidates by spreading propaganda, and by ruining the image and reputation of their opponents, nang walang pakundangan sa mga masasaktan at masasagasaan nila along the way. At dahil wala pa tayong naririnig na kaso that any of them has been seriously penalized, their breed continues to thrive and proliferate. Parang kabute lang.
Pero, how does one qualify nga ba as an online douche? Ano ang MO nila? And how do we deal with them? Isa-isahin natin.
The Troll. This is someone who sows discord on the internet by starting arguments or upsetting people. They normally post inflammatory, extraneous or off-topic comments and messages with the sole intent of provoking an emotional response or of disrupting a normal, on-topic discussion. Sila ang mga accounts na walang profile pic at gumagamit ng kung anu-anong alias. Example? Abnoy Aquino. Or Leche. Or Kaaway Ng Dilawan. My advice for you when you encounter these people? Do not feed the trolls!
The rabid Cult Follower. Like a dog affected with rabies, this person could be extremely violent and vicious in expressing or pursuing his feeling, interest or opinion. Sila ang pinakanakakatakot of all the online douches because we have no way of knowing kung kaya ba nilang isakatuparan ang kanilang mga banta. Example: Lumayas ka na sa Pilipinas kundi papatayin kita! O, di ba, nakakatakot? The best thing to do when you stumble upon someone like this? Immediately file a report against him to Mark Zuckerberg. Or even with the NBI!
The Know-it-all. This is someone who acts as though he knows everything and tends to dismiss the ideas, comments, opinions and/or suggestions of others. It is an exercise in futility to argue with, much less convince, someone like him dahil close-minded at self-righteous siya at minsan pa nga ay may condescending attitude. Nakakairita talaga siya. As in. When there is a commenter who makes you feel like an errant child being lectured, siya na ‘yun. If you can’t handle engaging him in a discourse dahil masakit naman talaga sa ulo, just ignore him. He’ll have no choice but to stop eventually lest he looks like an idiot talking to himself.
The Ad Hominem Attacker. This is someone who attacks his opponent’s character or personal traits in an attempt to undermine the latter’s argument. Ang mga komento ng basher na ito ay karaniwang derogatory at demeaning because, usually, he knows next to nothing about the issue. A good example would be when I posted an article about the extrajudicial killings in the country under Duterte’s administration, and someone commented, “Malamang, protector o protektado ka ng sindikato ng droga! Loser!” Pwede mo rin siyang i-report kay Pareng Mark, or if you are the forgiving type, ipagpasa-Diyos mo na lang siya.
The Pack/Mob Member. This person cannot operate alone. When he finds a prospective victim, he immediately informs his cohorts, at ang kaawa-awang biktima finds herself attacked and swarmed by an army of commenters who seek to harass, silence and tame. “Mga ka-DDS!” Does this sound familiar to you? Sila ang classic example ng online mob at bullies dito sa Pilipinas. You stand no chance na manalo laban sa dami nila, so for your sanity, I suggest na iwan mo na ang thread na ‘yan. Pronto!
The Tu Quoque Critic. Pronounced too-kwo-kwee, this is someone who refutes a criticism with the same criticism. Isa pa ring magandang halimbawa is when people criticize the cases of EJKs in Duterte’s war against drugs. I once wrote that suspected drug addicts, drug pushers and drug lords should not be killed. Ang dagdag ko pa nga, dapat silang sampahan ng kaukulang kaso at kapag napatunayang may sala ay ikulong. Many douches argued na okay lang ‘yun because their victims were not given due process either. Pinatay lang din daw nang walang laban. Isa pang ready reply ng mga Duterte supporters is, “Bakit, sa administrasyon naman nina Cory, Ramos, Erap, GMA at PNoy, may EJKs din!” As if that makes everything alright. Mahirap ding makipag-engage sa ganitong klaseng commenter so, unless you are fully equipped in handling someone like him, just try to ignore him.
The Genetic-Fallacy Antagonist. This is someone who draws a conclusion based solely on someone’s or something’s history, origin, or source rather than addressing the valid argument. Sa blog ko, I always manage to attract a comment like this: “Hay, naku, isang basurang Aquino pala ang writer! Aquino, lahi ng salot, cancer ng Pilipinas, lahi ng mga *toot*, lahi ng mga abnoy!” Instead of arguing about the finer points of my articles, tinitirya nila ang pangalan that my husband shares with me. You’re better off without this kind of people in your online life so i-block or i-unfriend mo na lang sila and i-delete mo ang kanilang mga comments para hindi masakit sa mata.
The Pest. Extremely annoying, this commenter assails you persistently by bombarding you with questions, criticisms or information. Hindi mo pa man nasasagot ang una niyang comment, may apat hanggang lima na kaagad siyang follow-up. Does this line sound familiar to you: “Your Honor, the prosecutor is badgering the witness”? ‘Yan ang gusto mong isigaw when you encounter someone like him. Unless you have an arsenal of valid arguments, compelling pieces of evidence, solid claims, credible proofs, and reputable sources, do not engage him. Asar-talo ka lang.
The User of dubious sources. This person’s arguments are heavily dependent on not-so-admirable sources. Dito sa Pilipinas, sikat na ginagamit ang mga articles na galing sa mga propaganda websites na gaya ng Get Real Philippines, Global News, at ang walang kamatayang blog ni Mocha Uson. Madalas ding gawing sources and mga parody websites (like Adobo Chronicles), satirical news websites (like The Philippine Trend, Mosquito Press, The Philippine Chronicle, and The Professional Heckler), at fake news websites (like So, What’s News? and Eritas Times). Netizens are also fond of using memes without checking their sources. What you should do when you chance upon this kind of commenter? Type “Fake News Alert” on the comment box and advise others not to share whatever it is he just posted.
The Pervert. This is someone who posts lewd, sexually-charged or sexually-suggestive comments to shame, humiliate and stigmatize someone else –usually the female and the members of the LGBTQ community. The commenter can be misogynistic (hates or doesn’t trust women), homophobic (hates or fears homosexuals), chauvinistic (believes his/her gender is superior over the others), or all of the above. Kailan lang, si Anne Nicole De Castro, isang estudyante na sumali sa protest rally against the hero’s burial for the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, ay nakaranas ng sexual harassment online. Maging sina Sen. De Lima at VP Robredo ay hindi nakaligtas mula sa mga sexual predators na ito. These cases prompted Sen. Hontiveros to file “the ‘Tres Marias’ bills that seek to give women more protection against sexual harassment and violence, including attacks on social media.”
Social media used to be a safe and friendly place where we can freely share our ideas — without fear of being bullied, harassed, threatened, humiliated, bashed, mobbed, badgered or stigmatized. Together, let us try to retrieve that space. Let us all put a stop to the culture of hate and fear that pervades our online world. And let us start with ourselves. Ayon nga kay Gandhi, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
Today marks the Duterte administration’s 100th day since he assumed office on June 30. What’s the best way to observe this milestone, you ask? By reminding ourselves of the President’s trademark gutter mouth, that’s what!
The following is a list of Pres. Duterte’s statements that left the world in shock, and the Filipinos either cringing in shame or cheering shamelessly.
I can teach God about justice.
When a one-year-old baby, 18-month-old baby is taken from the mother’s arms, brought under a jeep and raped and killed, where is God? And in Syria, women and children, who don’t want to have sex with Isis [Islamic State], they are burned. So where’s God? My God, where are you?
On the Catholic Church:
There are things which the Catholic Church must change or else, it will — by the end of these three decades from now, it becomes irrelevant.
I once considered being a priest. It’s good (that) I didn’t join the priesthood or else, now, I would be a homosexual.
To/On US and/or Pres. Obama:
They say, the CIA is planning to kill me. Until now, I cannot believe that I am the [President]. Give me the chance to think [and realize that I am the] President.
Better think twice now because I would be asking you to leave the Philippines altogether.
The Americans, I don’t like them. They are reprimanding me in public. So I say: ‘Screw you, f*** you, everything else. You are stupid.
I do not want to quarrel with the most powerful country on the planet, but Washington has been so liberal about criticizing human rights, human rights and human rights. How about you? I have so many questions also about human rights to ask you. So … people who live in glass houses should not throw stones at others.
As you know, I’m fighting with (US Secretary of State John Kerry’s) ambassador. His gay ambassador, the son of a whore. He pissed me off.
You have a president, Netanyahu… he doesn’t care about America. Do they ever chastise Netanyahu? No. (on likening himself to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over how they both defy the influence of the United States on the two countries)
I would not cut our umbilical cord to countries we are allied with.
I do not want a rift with America, but they have to go. It’ll become more heated. If they (the ASG members) see an American, the latter will really be killed. Ransomed off, then killed.
Instead of helping us, the first who attacked (the anti-drug campaign) was the State Department. So, you can go to hell. Mr. Obama, you can go to hell.
I am a president of a sovereign state and we have long ceased to be a colony. I do not have any master except the Filipino people, nobody but nobody. You must be respectful. Do not just throw away questions and statements. (in Filipino) Son of a whore, I will curse you in that forum.
I purposely did not attend the bilateral talks between ASEAN countries and the president of the US. The reason is that I do not like the Americans. It’s simply a matter of principle for me.
Eventually in my time, I would break up with America. I would rather go to Russia or to China. Even though we don’t agree with the ideology, they have respect for the people.
We will be wallowing in the mud if you do that to me. (to US Pres. Obama)
Itong EDCA, it is an official document but it’s only signed by an aide and si Gazmin. It does not bear the signature of the President of the Republic of the Philippines, Aquino. Better think twice now because I would be asking you to leave the Philippines altogether.
United States failed as a friend to the Philippines.
There are others who have the mental capacity of dogs who lap at the ass of the Americans.
I got really angry about these threats over this human rights issue. This is the fault of the crazy people in the State Department.
If you think it’s high time for you guys to withdraw your assistance, go ahead. We will not beg for it. Go away. Bring your money to somewhere else. (addressed to the US, EU and UN)
To the European Union:
These stupid lawyers in the EU… well, screw you. I will kick you.
(You can go to hell, Mr. Obama.) The EU, better choose purgatory. Hell is filled up. (over criticisms of his deadly anti-drug war)
I have read the condemnation of the European Union against me. I’m telling them, ‘F**k you. You’re doing it in atonement for your sins.
To the United Nations:
I don’t give a sh*t. I am the president of the Philippines, not the republic of the international community.
I am inviting the United Nations’ Ban Ki … what’s the name of that devil? … Ban Ki-moon… to come to the Philippines.
(I encourage her to) come to the Philippines and count the numbers of deaths also incurred by government with [her] fingers to guide her how many deaths were cost. (to Agnes Callamard, UN special rapporteur for summary executions)
Pati ito si Ban Ki-moon, nakihalo. He also gave his statement before, several weeks ago, about the human rights violation. Sabi ko, isa ka pang tarantado (I said, you’re one more fool).
Maybe we’ll just have to decide to separate from the United Nations. (in Filipino) If you are that insulting, son of a bitch, we should just leave. Take us out of your organization. You have done nothing anyway.
To the International Critics:
Every time you insult the Philippines or you reprimand or castigate me in public, you are really crucifying the Filipino people.
Tomorrow, I will be friends with (Russian President Vladimir) Putin and (Chinese President) Xi Jinping.
The Chinese people this time might find a place in their hearts for the Filipinos. After all, I come from— there’s a Chinese blood in me, so I hope that you treat us your brothers, not your enemies and take note of the plight of our citizens. (to Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua)
On the War Against Drugs:
There are 6,000 barangay captains doing their own thing, manufacturing shabu. How am I supposed to deal with – sometimes I am tempted really to declare martial law.
Rehabilitation is no longer a viable option (for shabu addicts).
Do your duty, and if in the process, you kill 1,000 persons because you were doing your duty, I will protect you. (to police officers)
What I can assure you is, for as long as I’m president, you will have all equipment and weaponry necessary to win the war or at least to defeat them in every fight. (to Filipino soldiers)
I have started this; I will end this. I don’t mind landing in jail as long as you visit me in Muntinlupa. Bring drugs so I can be addicted to them. (on his war against illegal drugs)
You do not have to worry about the criminal liability. I will go to prison for you. Just do it according to the book. If you are pressed down, then do not worry. Just call my name and I will be there to protect you. (to the police and military officers)
If you know of any addicts, go ahead and kill them yourself as getting their parents to do it would be too painful. (to the crowd)
There will be no let-up in this campaign. We will not stop until the last drug lord, the last financier and the last pusher has surrendered or been put behind bars or below the ground if they so wish.
I ordered the validation. I am the one reading it and I am the sole person responsible for this one. (on the narco list)
I am telling you, do not go on the other side. Otherwise, you will be first in the [kill]list. (to the police and military officers)
Crime against humanity? In the first place, I’d like to be frank with you: are they humans? What is your definition of a human being? Human rights? Use it properly in the right context if you have the brains. You cannot wage a war without killing.
If you are involved in drugs, I will kill you. You son of a whore, I will really kill you.
I will pay, for a drug lord: 5M pesos if he is dead. If he is alive, only 4.999 million.
If they are there in your neighborhood, feel free to call us, the police or do it yourself if you have the gun. You have my support. If he fights and fights to the death, you can kill him. I will give you a medal.
We are 104M. You care about –how many—1,600 being killed.
It’s not the work of police to be wrapping people with plastic and (putting) him in the bag. That is not the job of the police. I just told (them) that one bullet will do. Why do you have to wrap it? I said, don’t waste your time.
I am ordering the sequestering of this property. Chua can never get it back again, I can assure you. Pag bumalik sya dito, sabi ko, sya nalang ang lutuin dyan sa loob. [If he goes back, he’ll be the one who’s going to be cooked there inside.] If you pour muriatic acid, you will never know where he is. (referring to a shabu laboratory in Pampanga)
I will not relent on this because they will do everything to make us, me, kneel down. ‘Di ako papayag. Alam nila ang problema. [I will never agree to it. They know the problem.]
On Extrajudicial Killings and Human Rights Violations:
My order is shoot to kill. I don’t care about human rights. Believe me, I don’t give a s**t about what they will say.
Do not listen to human rights’ [advocates] because [an advocate of the] human rights is antithesis of government.
You are all hypocrites! You cannot even protect the human rights in your own country, (of) the African-Americans and other minorities, not to mention your inutility in dealing with the genocide going on in Africa and other countries. (to New York-based Human Rights Watch)
Our justice system is dysfunctional. They have to shape up before we can really follow due process.
There is no law which says I cannot threaten criminals.
To Abu Sayyaf and other Terrorists:
I will really open up your body. Just give me vinegar and salt, and I will eat you.
Go ahead. Set off bombs. Time will come when I will eat you in front of the people. I will devour you. (after the Davao bombing)
There will be more, because of retaliation, reprisals, and there will be maybe more blasts. But, there will be a day of reckoning. Bantayan ninyo.
All of us want peace, not the peace of the dead, but the peace of the living. We express our willingness and readiness to go to the negotiating table, and yet we load our guns, fix our sights, pull the trigger. It is both ironic and tragic, and it is endless. (to our Muslim brothers)
To the CPP/NPA/NDF:
Let us end these decades of ambuscades and skirmishes. We are going nowhere and it is getting bloodier by the day.
I am announcing a unilateral ceasefire with the CPP-NPA-NDF effective immediately. I expect and call on our fellow Filipinos and the National Democratic Front and its forces to respond accordingly.
On Sen. Leila De Lima:
Every time I watch the video, I lose my appetite. Only people who will fall for her are … I am not a guard or a motorcycle cop or convict. (referring to Sen. De Lima’s alleged sexual escapades)
Akala niya, siya ang conscience of the country… P—– i– mo, hanggang ngayon naghihintay ako niyan… I kept quiet because you are a lady.
I have a special ano kay ano. She is a government official. One day soon I will – bitiwan ko yan (I will drop her) in public and I will have to destroy her in public.
If you remember, I was the only whipping boy niya. Human rights siya noon, she was starting to castigate, crucify me.
To Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno
Do not create a crisis because I will order everybody in the executive department not to honor you.
Would you rather I declare Martial Law?
To the Media:
I will not respond to questions anymore ever until the end of my term.
They said I am the most unpopular among the international press. I don’t care.
Stop threatening foreign and local media — even when they come up with unfavorable or critical write-ups. (to supporters)
I’m urging you; make this trip your last in Davao City. I do not care if no one is covering me. Do not threaten me. I said I’m ready to lose the presidency, my honor or my life. Just do not fuck with me.
You insult me internationally, fine, do it… You know, men judge best when they condemn. The translation of son of a b****, p**** ina mo… But they changed the nomenclature – ‘son of a whore,’ which is really not good to hear.
Nagpapapansin ka talaga sa akin (You’re really trying to catch my attention). (then made a wolf whistle to GMA-7 reporter Mariz Umali)
Corrupt journalists are legitimate targets of assassination.
If you are an upright journalist, nothing will happen to you. The example here is Pala. I do not want to diminish his memory but he was a rotten son of a bitch. He deserved it.
I have been portrayed to be a cousin of Hitler. He massacred three million Jews. Now there are 3 million drug addicts (in the Philippines). I’d be happy to slaughter them. At least, if Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have (me).
On the Issue of the PDAF Scam:
In between, far and wide in this controversy, I will now raise again the Napoles issue. It deserves a second look.
On the Paris Climate Agreement:
We have not reached the age of industrialization. We are going into it. But you (the industrialized countries) are trying to (cite) agreement that will impose limitations on us. We maintain the present emission. That’s stupid. I will not honor that. If you have qualms, pay us or give us time to catch up.
On Ferdinand Marcos:
My father was one of the Cabinet members of Marcos. That is why I cannot disassociate.
To the Jewish Community:
My wife is a Zimmerman. She is a descendant of an American Jew. Zimmerman. So why would I defile the memory of the Jews? What would I get if I insult the Jewish people when we have been friends and even in the matters of, I said, arms.
On Jane Veloso:
To beg for (Jane) Veloso’s life amid Philippine drug war leaves bad taste in the mouth.
I can commit today to the Republic of the Philippines that if you will hurry up the federal system of government and you can submit it to the Filipino people by the fourth or fifth year, you call for a referendum, and after that, call for a presidential election.
On Death Penalty:
Every president along the way didn’t impose it only because the Catholic Church and all the bleeding hearts would say that only God could kill. But what if there is no God?
Let me warn again. You guys in the business sector, I do not want to quarrel with you, I will protect you. I said there will be no more shake downs in the Customs and in the BIR. I’m warning you again, but with all the protection that this government is giving you, if you continue with contractualization, there will, indeed, be some misunderstanding between us.
On Corruption in Government:
On Monday, I will declare all positions in the government — because of the presidential appointments — I will declare all your positions all throughout the country, vacant. You know why? I still hear corruption being committed by people especially in the regulatory agencies.
On his apologies:
I would like to apologize to you publicly. And I would say now, I am very sorry. Somehow, we were negligent in counter-checking during the first report. (to Rep. Amado Espino)
I would like to make it clear, here and now, that there was never any intention on my part to derogate the memory of the six million Jews murdered by the Germans. (to the Jewish community)
Dito na lang kayo sa bago, Iglesia ni Duterte. Maganda dito, walang bawal.
I am a peaceful man now after the ASEAN.
I have learned a lot during my prosecution days. We planted evidence. We arrested persons but we released them, [then] telling him that it was this person who squealed on him. And then when he goes out for the killing, then we said that it was this fellow who really did it, who did you in.
When somebody called me [and told me about Sara’s miscarriage], I went to bathroom because I was at the lobby. I cried. These are the things in life that you cannot deal by just [ignoring it]. You have to heal yourself.
Election come and go, as we all know, and this would be my last fling with public service. I am old and, after this, I am going to retire.
In this quest, I will put at stake my honor, my life and the presidency itself.
On his Big Mouth:
The issue here is not my mouth. And they would say the ratings on business, on the economy, so be it, you get out of here. Then, we will start on our own. I can go to China, I can go to Russia. I had a talk with them, they are waiting for me, so what the hell. (when U.S.-based firm Standard & Poor warned that it may lower its investment-grade rating for the Phils. if reforms stall)
I can be foulmouthed but when I make a mistake, I can say I am very sorry.
For every profanity, there’s a story behind it. People should go beyond my cussing.
And you say that my mouth is not for a statesman, whoever told you I was applying for a statesman?
No, I will not stop, I will lose the momentum. And I cannot afford it because I am the President. The momentum has to be there and it will be there for six years until the last pusher is taken out of the streets. I cannot just play silent. (on Sen. Gordon’s suggestion to stop talking)
Never mind my mouth. I never aspired to be a statesman.
President Duterte might be a leader with big balls who will try anything in order to get the job done. Unfortunately, he has a bigger mouth that does not know how and when to shut up. As the man holding the highest position in the land, he is expected to adhere to some kind of proper decorum and presidential protocol. So for the country’s sake, let us all hope that our president will learn (asap!) how to wash his mouth —or how to zip it altogether!
With everything that’s happening in our country today, nalulungkot ako.
At minsan pa, napapailing ako at nasasabi ko sa aking sarili, “Wala na yata talagang pag-asa ang mga Pilipino. The country is doomed. Panahon na para isuko natin ang laban.”
As of the latest count, more than 6,200 people are dead since Pres. Duterte took office six months ago and waged an intense all-out war against drugs. Ang mga balita that we wake up to each morning hinggil sa mga patayan sa nakaraang gabi ay karaniwang ipinagkikibit-balikat na lang natin. We, as a nation, have been desensitized because of over-exposure to such regular occurrences. After all, bakit pa nga ba tayo magugulat sa mga patayang ito? Hindi ba’t binalaan na tayo ni Digong when he was still campaigning na kapag nanalo siya, “it will be bloody, really bloody”?
Ilang beses nang naglabas ng narco lists at drug matrix si Presidente Duterte kung saan he names and shames officials and personalities na hinihinalang sangkot sa drug trade. Tama, the operative word here is “hinihinala”. Nalalagay sa alanganin ang reputasyon at buhay ng mga taong ito, pati na rin ang kanilang mga pamilya, based sa listahan na hindi maituturing na fool-proof at posible pa ngang compromised ang integridad. Sa katunayan, the president once issued an apology to some Pangasinan officials who “were wrongly included in the list”. E paano na ung mga napatay na ng mga pulis o vigilante? Sorry na lang ba ‘yun, better luck next time? Hindi na rin ba applicable ang “save the user, jail the pusher” campaign? Sabagay, ang pinapatay nga lang pala ay ang mga mahihirap nating kababayan. But some people would still ask, “Nasaan kasi ang due process? Bakit hindi kasuhan ang mga suspects na ito and allow them their day in court? Bakit kailangan silang i-subject sa ganitong proseso?” But then, again, bakit pa ba tayo kailangang magtanong? Hindi ba’t minsan nang sinabi ng mahal nating president, “There is no due process in my mouth”?
Five months ago, former president GMA was released after a four-year hospital detention due to plunder charges filed against her. She then announced her “most profound thanks” to Pres. Duterte. May ilang napataas ang kilay. Pero, bakit ba? Hindi ba’t, also during the campaign, nangako si Dueterte sa mga Kapampangan electorate that, once elected, he would have GMA released? Tinupad nya lang ang kanyang pangako. May isang salita kasi ang Tatay Digong ko.
A month ago, after the clandestine burial of Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani last November 18, si Aimee Marcos naman ang nagpasalamat kay Pres. Duterte. Marami ang nag-react. May mga sumugod pa nga sa EDSA People Power Monument upang ipakita nila ang kanilang disgusto sa pangyayari. Again, bakit ba? Totoo nga na sa panahon ng Martial Law, 70,000 were incarcerated; 35,000 were tortured; 882 went missing; and 3,257 were murdered. Totoo rin na ang foreign debt natin ay lumobo mula sa US$7 billion in 1965 when Marcos was first elected president to US$25 billion in 1986, the year he was ousted. Totoo rin na, ayon sa PCGG, ang total amount ng ill-gotten wealth ng mga Marcoses ay nasa US$10 billion. Sa halagang ito, only US$4 billion had been confiscated and returned to the treasury. The remaining US$6 billion is yet to be recovered. Pero ang pinakaimporatanteng bagay dito ay ang hindi pagkilala ng pamilyang Marcos sa mga kasalanan nila –o maging ng kanilang yumaong patriarch– noong Martial Law. So, paanong magkakaroon ng closure, moving on at pagpapatawaran kung wala naman palang kasalanan in the first place, di ba? Pero, again, hindi na tayo dapat na nabigla sa desisyon ni Digong. Itinuturing nya si Macoy na “best president ever”. Hindi ba’t ipinangako nya rin sa mga Ilocano electorate ang libing na ito once mahalal siya sa puwesto? He is a man of his word nga kasi.
Since Digong was shoved into the limelight in late 2015 when he filed his Certificate of Candidacy, hanggang sa kampanya at, ngayon, bilang pangulo ng bansa, walang nakaligtas sa tinatawag na phenomenal “gutter language” ni Pres. Duterte. Ang Santo Papa, ang mga Obispo at kaparian, ang United Nations, ang mga human rights advocates, si Senador De Lima, si Chief Justice Sereno, ang media, si US Pres. Obama, ang European Union, pati na rin ang Mexico, Australia at Singapore – lahat sila ay naging biktima ng potty mouth ni Digong. He also managed to provoke the ire of the Jews all over the world nang ikinumpara nya ang kanyang giyera laban sa droga sa Holocaust ni Hitler. A few days before that naman, the fierce animosity of what he fondly refers to as the “bleeding hearts” of the Catholic Church was roused anew nang sinabi niya that he “can teach God about justice”. Pero, ayon nga sa kanya, “Do not complain about my mouth. It is not a problem. It cannot bring down the country.” Isa pa, hindi ba’t kandidato pa lang siya, alam na natin ang kalibre ng bibig nya? Magtiis tayo!
Lastly, we have all been witness to this whole brouhaha in the Lower House. Ang ating mga honorable congressmen seem to take perverse pleasure in bringing down one woman. Isang tinik sa tagiliran, isang sakit sa ulo na hindi kayang gamutin ng Biogesic, isang kating nakakairita, isang Dennis the Menace sa buhay-politika ni Pres. Duterte. Iyan si Senador Leila De Lima. Malalim ang ugat ng galit ng ating unifying president sa senadora. Nagsimula ang kanilang tunggalian noong CHR chief pa lamang si De Lima and she made the grave mistake of poking her nose into Duterte’s alleged involvement in the Davao Death Squad. Obviously, Duterte has the memory of an elephant. At ang mga kaalyado nya are just too eager to please their master. Pinag-usapan pa ng ating mga kagalang-galang na konggresista ang posibleng pagpapalabas during the congressional probe ng di-umano’y sex video ni De Lima. I am not a De Lima fanatic. She may or may not be guilty of the allegations against her. Kagaya ng mga Pilipinong may bukas pang pag-iisip sa panahong ito, nais ko ring malaman ang katotohanan sa mga bintang na ‘yan. But that? That’s disgusting and perverse and is, obviously, a cheap shot. Masyadong mababa ito even for our congressmen. Unang-una, si Sec. Aguirre na mismo ang umamin that the said video is not duly authenticated by the NBI. So bakit nila ‘yun gagamitin sa kanilang probe? Para lang talaga ipahiya si De Lima sa publiko, that’s why. If they have enough evidence against the senator, bakit hindi sila magsampa ng mga kaukulang kaso sa korte? Sabagay, bakit pa nga ba? Hindi ba’t ang presidente na mismo ang nagsabing “She’s finished. She will go to jail”?