Wednesday, March 15, 2006

In Search of Closure

One wizard who has a very strong influence in my life, a man who goes by the name Max Edralin, texted me this week to alert me about a column someone wrote about me and that letter in BusinessWorld. Perhaps to caution me from possible disappointment, he advised me to always take comments - good or bad - with a grain of salt.

I actually got to read a photocopy of that BW column posted at the De La Salle RCBC Graduate School of Business Bulletin Board. I read it with a bunch of grad students who did not know they were standing next to the very person who was the subject of the tirade (anonymity certainly has its advantages). We had a good laugh together.

The column tried to trash my letter by asking questions that were mostly rhetorical. I couldn't make sense of some of the questions. For example, he asked: since I am President of a Foundation, then I must be influential and that my office must be near the Senate - why didn't I just personally convey to the Senators the diatribe contained in that letter? I couldnt fathom the logic in this and other sentences. The columnist revealed that he got his copy of the letter through another columnist "who is a Malacanang factotum" (presumably Jojo Robles of the Manila Standard). On this basis, he said my letter was suspicious; as if I have control over who makes copies of that letter and then spreads it around.

But Max, who is a father figure to me, did make a profound observation. He told me "the operative word is closure." And I agree with him totally.

If we sift through everything that has been said in the last three weeks, one of the inescapable conclusions would be this: everyone wants a resolution to these issues. We need to put a closure to this whole mess.

Trouble is we can not agree on what comprises an acceptable form of closure. There are those who advocate nothing less than removing GMA from office as the only acceptable form of closure. And then there are those who advocate other possible forms of closure - from a graceful exit scenario, to maintaining the status quo until a win-win solution (i.e., a viable alternative) is reached, to accepting an apology and a commitment to making amends.

It is very, very sad that it seems we know where we want to go but can't agree on what's the best way to get there.

Anyway, it has been a very exhausting week and I am looking forward to a relaxing weekend (I wish). I have been dying to write about where I am coming from as a member of the working class. I think that the label middle class is grossly inaccurate - it denotes an elitist class orientation which is simply not there. I feel that there is a need to articulate a particular perspective that is glossed over in the din and dynamics of the name-calling and the sudden rush to judgment.

It is very disappointing that many dismiss the working class simply as a bunch of unpatriotic Filipinos who are unable to see beyond their noses. The criticism that we are only concerned about not being stuck in monstrous traffic jams caused by demonstrations and rallies is a major disservice and is truly undeserved. Hindi naman ganun kababaw ang mga empleyado ng bansang ito!

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

bong,
thanks for mentioning the working class. we are the backbone of this country and we hardly ever squeak. there's nothing wrong if we want to keep on working to better our little lives. there's nothing wrong if we don't like being stuck in traffic...and no, that's not how shallow we are. our little dreams for ourselves and our family shapes the country's future. nobody ever thinks about that.
darn, we are taxed even before we have a chance to see our meager earnings at the end of the month.
so thank you for mentioning us.

gabriel allon said...

http://news.inq7.net/opinion/index.php?index=2&story_id=69668&col=79

Ah, yes. They attack you again but hide behind the cloak of saying, " We received emails from other people"..Oh give me a break. We know exactly where the media stands, the Inquirer in particular. Go for broke to remove GMA and go after anyone else who says otherwise. I don't really think this Jimenez-David person is really your friend.

They should remember the old adage, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words(your continued printing of lies and speculation) will never hurt me"

:-)

cvj said...

Bong, take heart, this is not about you as a person. This is about GMA's legitimacy and its consequences, and how what you have said wittingly or not plays into those who want cover up an injustice. Everything else is just noise. Let's keep our focus.

Anonymous said...

The criticism that we are only concerned about not being stuck in monstrous traffic jams caused by demonstrations and rallies is a major disservice and is truly undeserved.

Ive read comments on other blogs from members of that 'class' offering a slew of reasons why they feel as they do (like what you did with your letter) and sometimes the letter ends with something like "C'mon, youre rallies are causing traffic jams and I'm late". And the replies from the opposite camp go, "See? You're only concerned the traffic caused by us patriots who're fighting for your rights!" ignoring all the other points brought up.

Anonymous said...

So, which is which now, Bong? Are you middle class (which you say sounds elitist) or working class, or just plain empleyado? Were you just angry when you wrote the "angry" letter and just wanted to let steam-off on what you see as "immoral" leaders, or you just want a closure and a win-win or whatever type of solution? Ano na nga ba talaga Kuya Bong?
By the way, the comment about the inconvenience caused by the traffic jam is not addressed to the "empleyado." It is addressed to you. So, huwag mo nang isama kaming mga empleyado. And please, don't classify yourself as any of these: working class, middle class, silent majority, or empleyado. You are in a class all by yourself.

Tony de Vera said...

Re: Dismissal of the working class

I think that only the uninformed and those who have not learned the lessons of history would dismiss the working class as unpatriotic - at least not after EDSA I and II. It cannot be gainsaid that the working class was the essential component of both EDSAs. Without us, there would be no revolution. Witness the recent attempts to promote another EDSA. Without the working class taking an active part, all attempts were just that - attempts.

Anonymous said...

From Concern citizen:

Subject: Open Letter to Our Leaders: Why We Are Not Out In The Streets

YOUR LEADERS? THEY CANNOT BE WHEN YOU ARE NOT THEIR FOLLOWERS. YOU HAVE OTHER LEADERS.

Dear Tita Cory, Senators, Congressmen, Businessmen, Media people,
Leftists, and all Bleeding Hearts Out There:

I am angry. And I know that there are many out there who are angrier
than I am for the same reason. And that reason is simple. I am sick and
tired of all you guys claiming to speak for me and many Filipinos. I
feel like screaming every time you mouth words about fighting for my
freedom and my rights, when you obviously are just thinking about
yours.

YOU MISUNDERSTAND, WE DON’T SPEAK FOR YOUR KIND.
WE ARE NOT FIGHTING FOR YOUR RIGHT TO CHEAT, TO
LIE AND PLUNDER OR LIVE IN SHAMELESS DISHONOR OF
OUR COUNTRY. YOU ARE NOT WORTH
FIGHTING FOR, OR DYING FOR. IN OTHER COUNTRIES
YOU MAY BE WORTH KILLING FOR. WE ARE
FIGHTING FOR THE NINETY-FIVE PERCENT POOR OF OUR
COUNTRY, NOT FOR THE CONTENTED SLAVES OF
THE GOOD LIFE THAT COMES FROM DIRTY MONEY.
SAVE YOUR ALTA PRESYON, FOR US YOU ARE NOTHING.

You tell me that the essence of democracy is providing every citizen
The right to speak his or her mind and make his or her own informed
judgments, but you yourselves do not respect my silence and the choices
I and many others have made. In other words, your concept of democracy
is limited to having your rights and your freedoms respected, at the
expense of ours.

WE RESPECT YOUR SILENCE, EVEN IF YOUR SILENCE MEANS A BIG YES AND ACCEPTANCE OF THE IMPOVERISHMENT OF YOUR COUNTRY. IN A DEMOCRACY EVERYONE HAS A GOD GIVEN RIGHT TO HIS IGNORANCE OR HIS CHAINS. IF YOU ARE SILENT OKAY, IF YOU SPEAK THE WRONG THINGS WE TRY TO CORRECT YOU. IF YOU ARE ILLOGICAL OR UNREASONABLE WE EXPOSE YOU FOR WHAT YOU ARE.

I am utterly flabbergasted that you still do not get it: we already
responded to your calls, and our response has been very clear - we
chose not to heed your calls to go to EDSA or to Fort Bonifacio not because
we do not love our country or our freedoms or our rights, but precisely
because we love our country even more.

FLABBERGASTED? STOP, DON’T. YOU CAN DIE OF A HEART
ATTACK FOR THE WRONG REASON. WE DON’T CALL YOU
THROUGH PRESS RELEASES OR ADEVERTS PAID BY DIRTY
MONEY. WE DON’T WANT YOU IN OUR RANKS, TRAITORS
TO OUR COUNTRY. IT’S YOU WHO DON’T GET IT WE
DON’T WANT YOUR KIND AND YOUR DESCENDANTS. KMU CALLING FOR YOU? GABRIELA CALLING FOR YOU? THAT’S PIGMENT OF YOUR IMAGINATION? MAKATI BUSINESS CLUB CALLING FOR YOU? THE ELITE CALLING FOR YOU?
THE NGOS CALLING FOR YOU? YEAH, MAY BE, MAY BE.
YOU CAN CALL THEM TOO. EMAIL TO THEM TOO.
BUT WE DO RESPECT YOUR LOVE FOR YOUR COUNTRY IN YOUR PASSION FOR GREED, AND POWER.

Because quite frankly, we are prepared to lose our freedoms
and our rights just to move this country forward.

ANYBODY WHO IS PREPARED TO LOSE HIS FREEDOM
FOR ANYTHING IS NOT WORTH A TINKER’S DAMN.
HE WHO PREPARES TO LOSE HIS FREEDOM IN EXCHANGE
FOR A PAJERO AND THE GOOD LIFE, IS WILLING TO SELL
HIS SOUL TO THE DEVIL. ALL WHO BELIEVES IN
EXCHANGING FREEDOM FOR ANYTHING KNOWS NOT
THE ESSENCE OF DEMOCRACY WHICH STANDS FOURSQUARE FOR PRESS FREEDOM, FREEDOM OF RELIGION, FREEDOM FROM FEAR, FREEDOM FROM WANT. THAT MEANS FREEDOM TO YAKKING AND YAKKING, FREEDOM TO WORSHIP MANALO OR VELARDE, OR EDDIE GIL, TO BE FREE FROM POVERTY AND CHEAP NOODLES,
AND TO SLEEP SOUNDLY AT NIGHT UNAFRAID OF
THIEVES AND THE POLICE AND ISAFP AGENTS
KNOCKING DOORS AT YOUR DOORS OR RAIDING
THE HOVELS OF THE SQUATTERS.

YOU THINK ENJOYING THE LAST TWO:
SUMPTUOUS FOOD AND THE COMRADERIE
OF THE PNF AND ISAFT WILL LAST FOREVER?
FOR YOUR CHILDREN? YOU GOT A THINK COMING.

You may counter with your ideological propaganda and give me
all the dire warnings about the evils of Martial Law, authoritarian
rule, suppression of freedom, etc., but quite frankly all we see is
your pathetic efforts to defend your right to continue fulminating,
filibustering, and sabotaging this country until you wrestle power for
yourselves. You tell me that you are simply protecting my freedoms and
my rights, but who told you to do that? I assure you that when I feel
that my rights and my freedoms are at a peril, I will stand up and
fight for them myself. I have done that in the past, and I will do it again when I SEE THE NEED FOR IT, not when you tell me to do it.

GREAT! BECAUSE YOU WILL NOT SEE THE NEED TO
FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS AND FREEDOM, WHICH
YOU LOVINGLY GAVE UP TO MOVE THIS COUNTRY
FORWARD. THE IDIOCY OF IT ALL IS WHY IS THERE
A NEED TO MOVE THIS COUNTRY FORWARD. WHY
IS THERE A NEED FOR YOU TO CHEAPLY BARTER
YOUR RIGHTS?. TOO DEEP TO FATHOM? NOT AT ALL.

You tell us that GMA is not the right person to lead this country
because she has done immoral acts. As someone who sees immorality being committed wantonly in many ways every day and by everyone (yes, including the ones you do), I may have become jaded. I may have lowered my standards about what a leader should be. Guess what, Tita Cory, you lowered it yourself. When I accepted your incompetence and fought for you during the many attempts against your government, I already lowered the standards to ridiculous levels. Guess what, Senators and Congressmen, you lowered it yourselves when you ran for office and won and now make fools of yourselves in the august halls of congress.

THIS IS A BROKEN RECORD DISCOURSE BUT INTERESTING.
IMMORAL ACTS? A WIFE WHO COMMITS ADULTERY, A
HUSBAND WHO COMMITS CONCUBINAGE, HARMS DIRECTLY THEIR OWN FAMILY. THAT’S LIBIDO OF THE DOGS. IF LEADERS OF THE NATION AND THEIR SPOUSES VIOLATES THOSE GOD’S COMMANDMENTS, THEY MAKE THEIR COUNTRY NOT MARLBORO BUT DOG’S COUNTRY OF A FEW PEOPLE OF A PACK OF DOGS. DO YOU KNOW
A SECTOR OF OUR SOCIETY POPULATED BY LUST CHILDS
AND BASTARDS? LEADERSHIP BY EXAMPLE IT IS.

YOU FOUGHT FOR CORY AND YOU FIGHT FOR GLORIA YOU ARE A FIGHTER OF THE ESTABLISHMENT WHICH IS NOT THE SAME AS FIGHTING FOR YOUR COUNTRY. WHY SAY A BAD WORD ABOUT CONGRESSMEN AND SENATORS, YOUR OWN KIND, WHEN AS ONE WITHOUT A WHIMPER OR A WHISPER THEY PROCLAIMED A CHEAT, A LIAR AND A GRAND THIEF AS PRESIDENT OF THIS COUNTRY?

But the simple truth that you try to obfuscate is this: you have not
been able to offer me any viable alternative! On the other hand, GMA
has bent over backwards many times to accommodate you while continuing to work hard despite all the obstacles and the brickbats you have thrown her way. From where I sit, she is the one who has been working really hard to move this country forward while all of you have been so busy with one and only one thing: to make sure she does not succeed. So forgive me if I do not want to join you in your moral pissing contest.

WE ARE NOT PISSING MAN. PISSING IS THE WORD OF THE
INFANTILE. MAN, WE ARE VOMITING LIKE ADULTS WHO
CAN NOT STOMACH SEEING BLOODY MURDERS AROUND US. ALTERNATIVE TO GLORIA? THEY ARE MANY BUT THE
DOGS WON’T HAVE IT.

DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH MONEY OF POOR TAXPAYERS
AND THOSE LOANS TO BE PAID BY THEIR GRAND CHILDREN ARE NOW BEING SPENT TO PROTECT GLORIA AND HER CABALS? AN ANNUAL BUDGET OF A TRILLION PESOS (MALAPIT NA FORTHCOIMING PA). IF YOU HAVE ONE THOUSAND MILLION THAT’S A BILLION. IF YOU HAVE ONE MILLION, MILLIONS, THAT’S A TRILLION.

IN THE LAST ELECTION GLORIA HAD AVAILABLE TO SPEND FOR ELECTION FRAUD 1.14 TRILLION PESOS. BUT IF YOU ADD ALL THOSE MENTIONED IN THE NEWSPAPERS SHE MANIPULATED FROM PHILHEALTH, FROM GSIS, FROM PAGCOR, ETC. SHE SPENT MORE THAN 80 BILLION PESOS, THAT’S EIGHTY THOUSAND MILLION PESOS. NOW LOOK AT OUR PUBLIC WORKS, EDUCATION, HEALTH, JUSTICE, THE PNP AND THE A F P, ONLY THE CROOKS HAVE THE MONEY, NOT THE DEPARTMENTS FOR MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT. NO MONEY TO BUY STRETCHERS FOR THE DEAD OF THE STAMPEDE AND THE MUDSLIDES OF GUINSAGUN.

THINK OF THE BILLIONS PESOS STOLEN BY MARCOS,
RECOVERED THEN STOLEN BY GLORIA TO CHEAT IN
THE LAST ELECTION. BETTER HAVE COFFEE WITH
JOC JOC TO ARM YOURSELF WITH DENIALS.

Forgive me if I have chosen to see things from another perspective.
You say she is the problem. I say, we are - all of us is the problem;
more to the point, I think you are a bigger problem than she is.
Taking her out may solve part of the problem, but that leaves us
with a bigger problem: you. That is right, YOU!

OF COURSE, YOU ARE FORGIVEN FOR YOU KNOW NOT
WHAT YOU ARE SAYING. GOD WE DIDN’T KNOW WE
ARE THE BIGGER PROBLEM OF THE LIARS, THE CHEATS
THE THIEVES AND PLUNDERERS. GOD FORGIVE US TOO.

While I felt outraged that she called a Comelec official during the
elections and that she may have rigged the elections, I have since then
taken the higher moral ground and forgiven her.

GOOD CHRISTIAN, BUT THAT’S NOT MORAL HIGH GROUND,
THAT MORALS DOWN DEEP THE BOWELS OF THE EARTH.
UNSPEAKABLY VERY LOW MORAL GROUND. MORALS
OF THE IMMORALS IF MAY SAY SO.

Yes my dear bishops, I have done what you have told me
to do since I was a child, which you say is the Christian and
moral thing to do: forgive. Especially since she
has asked for forgiveness and has tried to make amends for it. Erap
certainly has not apologized and continues to be defiant, continuing to
insult us everyday with his protestations - and he is part of your
cause now! Cory has not apologized for her incompetence but we have forgiven her just the same because like GMA, she has worked hard after all.

YOU MISUNDERSTAND THE BISHOPS, YOU CONFESS, YOU DO PENANCE (AND GIVE DONATION) AND YOU ARE FORGIVEN. GLORIA CONFESSED, SHE MUST DO PENANCE IN JAIL OR GIVEN LETHAL INJECTIONN, SHE CAN BE FORGIVEN. IN GOD’S WAY. NOTHING IS NOT FORGIVEN.
IF YOU FORGIVE FOR NOTHING, THEN THAT;S NOT
GOD’S WAY.

I know you do not think that GMA’s apology was not enough, or that she was insincere, or that that apology should not be the end of it, but
please spare me the hypocrisy of telling me that you do so for the sake
of protecting the moral fibre of society. The real reason is because
you smell blood and wants to go for the kill.

SHE RAPED YOUR BOY. SHE APOLOGIZED, YOU ACCEPT IT
AND MOVE ON BECAUSE TO DO OTHERWISE WILL BE FOR
THE SAKE OF PROTECTING THE MORAL FIBER OF SOCIETY.
IF YOU DO CARE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR BOY IT IS BECAUSE YOU SMELL BLOOD AND WANTS TO GO FOR THE KILL. YOU MUST BE A WOLF OR A VAMPIRE.

Well, I have news for you. I do not like her too. I did not even vote
for her. I voted for Raul Roco. But as much as I do not like her, I do
not like you even more. I may not trust her, but you know what, I do
not trust you even more.

GREAT PERSONALITY YOU ARE B U T FAULTY JUDGMENT. GLORIA AND ROCO ARE TWO FACES OF THE SAME COIN. ANYWAY, WHY THE HELL SHOULD I LIKE,
A STRANGER LIKE YOU TO TRUST ME? TRUST ME SO I CAN STEAL FROM YOU. I DETEST THAT KIND OF TRUST,
THE TRUST OF SUCKERS.

You know why I do not trust you? Because all you do is whine and
sabotage this country.

WHO ARE THE SABATEURS? WHO SQUANDERED THE MONEY TO PAY FOR ADS OF STRONG REPUBLIC, OF TWO MILLION PAPER JOBS, OF MANIPULATED STATISTICS ON GNP AND POVERTY THRESHOLD? CAN YOU IMAGINED FIVE YEARS AT 800 BILLION PESOS SQUANDERED, ABOUT FORTY PERCENT STOLEN: THAT’S 800 BNPESOS X 5 EQUALS MORE THAN 4 TRILLION PESOS. EVEN LUCIFER WILL DIE FOR THAT AMOUNT.

You belittle every little progress we make, conveniently forgetting that it is not just GMA who has been working so hard to achieve them. Every single day, we keep the faith burning in our hearts that this country will finally pull itself out of the mess and we work so hard to do that. Every little progress is the result of our collective effort, we who toil hard everyday in our jobs. Yet, you persist in one and only thing: making GMA look bad in the eyes of the world and making sure that this country continues to suffer to prove your sorry point

G M A’S GREAT SUCCESS WAS FOR THE COUNTRY TO LOOK BAD IN THE EYES OF THE WORLD. SHE BEATS ALL PRESIDENT IN THAT FIELD OF HARD SELL. SHE REALLY WORKS HARD ALL RIGHT. DIDN’T YOU KNOW SHE EVEN WORKED HARD ABROAD. SHE TRAVELED IN STYLE EIGHT TIMES IN TWO MONTHS, REPEAT EIGHT TIMES IN TWO MONTHS (THAT’S FOUR TIMES A MONTH) DURING HER FIRST YEAR IN OFFICE. CHECK OUT HER WEBSITE. THE
LAST THREE MONTHS OF 2001.

In the process, you continue to destroy what we
painstakinly try to build.

SORRY WE DIDN’T KNOW YOU ARE PAINTAKINGLY BUILDING YOUR CASTLES.

So please do not be surprised that I do not share your cause.
Do not be surprised that we have become contemptuous
of your antics.

WE ARE NOT SURPRISED, NOW THAT WE KNOW
YOU ARE BUILDING YOUR CASTLES

You have moved heaven and earth to destroy her
credibility,

THAT’S BEING POETIC, EPHIMERAL, EVEN CRAZY
MOVING HEAVEN AND EARTH TO DESTROY SOMETHING
THAT DOES NOT EXIST.

you have convened all kinds of fora and hearings and all
you have done is test our patience to the core. For all your efforts,
you have only succeeded in dragging us further down. I say enough.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not asking that we take immorality lying down, or that we let the President get away with anything illegal.

YOU ARE TALKING TO THE OPPOSITION HERE, NOT TO
THE PEOPLE, THE OPPOSITION IS YOUR KIND. WHATEVER
YOU TELL THEM YOU ARE TELLING YOURSELF. SO LISTEN
AND PONDER AS YOU TALK TO DRILON, PIMENTEL, JINGGOY, GUINGONA, TATAD, ESCUDERO, BIAZON.
BUT BE CAREFUL, THE OTHERS MIGHT THINK YOU ARE
ALSO TALKING TO THEM LIKE JOKE ARROYO, VILLAR,
FLAVIER, ANGARA, LAPID, GORDON, REVILLA, RECTO,
PANGILINAN, ETC. YOU COULD LOSE THEIR PISOT ERR
SUPPORT PALA.

But you have tried to prove your accusations all these time and you have not succeeded, so it is time to let things be. Besides, you are doing something immoral as well if not utterly unforgivable.

The Magdalo soldiers are consorting with the communists - the same
people who have been trying to kill democracy for years.

WELL SAID OF THE MAGDALOS, SOME EVEN SLEEPS WITH THEIR ENEMY THEY ARE NOW TRANSFERRED TO DIFFERENT BARRACKS. BUT I DOUBT SOME ARE CONSORTING WITH THE COMMUNISTS, IT READS LIKE NOVEL OF A PORNO WRITER – LOTS OF SUSPENSE AND FAKE COMES. SOME AUTHORS DO COME WITH A SHOUT WHEN THEY WRITE THESE DRAMAS.

Cory has been consorting with Erap and the Marcoses.
ARE YOU SURPRISED AS IF YOU LIVE IN
ANOTHER WORLD?

So please wake up and take a reality check. In the absence of true and
genuine moral leadership, many of us have decided to cast our lot with
the President, even if we do not like her.

REMEMBER YOU HAVE FORGIVEN HER MORAL STRENGTH
TO DO WRONG. IS THAT WHAT YOU MEAN BY GENUINE
MORAL LEADERSHIP? AND YOU DON’T LIKE HER?
WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE ARE YOU? A PROSTITUTE WILL
SPIT ON THE FACE OF THE PERVERT. BUT MAY SMILE
AT THE SIGHT OF GREENBACKS. THESE PROSTIES
ARE FEW AND RARE ABOUT ONE PER CENT OF THEIR
POPULATION.

A flawed leader is better than scheming power hungry fools who can not even stand up for their convictions in the face of an impending arrest.

MAN THAT’S THICK, THICK, THICK SLIME ONE CAN GET.
SCHEMING POWER HUNGRY FOOLS WHO CANNOT EVEN
STAND UP FOR THEIR CONVICTIONS IN THE FACE OF
IMPENDING ARREST. HELLO? HELLO? YOU MUST BE
TALKING TO NINEZ OR BELTRAN OR OCAMPO, OR
MAZA, OR MARIANO. NOT BEING IN HAITI THAT’S NOT THE WAY TO TALK TO YOUR VOODOO DOLLS PRICKING THEM TO COVER UP SOME MISDEEDS.

Your coup attempts and the denials that you have consequently made only underscore what we think is true: you are spineless and unreliable
people who only want power but not the consequences and the sacrifices that go with the quest.

WHO IS COOKING THE COUP? WHO’S DENYING THE COUP
BUT THE COOKS? CAREFUL THESE COOKS CAN GET
ANGRY AND PUT YOU IN THE BOILING CAULDRON.

Your one and only defense is to cry suppression when your ruse does not work. You are nothing but BULLIES who taunt and provoke, but cry oppression when taken to task for your cruelty.

DON’T USE THE WORD BULLIES, THAT’S GLORIA’S
WORD. LOOK WHAT HAPPENED TO DINKY.

You call for the rule of law and respect for authority, but so brazenly display your defiance and disrespect for the same things you claim to be fighting for.

WHO’S CALLING FOR THE RULE OF LAW? WE ARE ONLY
ASKING FOR A RALLY PERMIT. YOU INVOKE THE
RULE OF LAW TO DENY RALLY PERMITS. YOU MUST BE
MASTERS OF DEAD LAWS.

I would have respected you if you took the consequences of your actions like real heroes: calmly and responsibly instead of kicking and
screaming and making all kinds of lame excuses.

YEAH, SHEEP AS HEROES, LEAD TO JAIL CALMLY
AND RESPONSIBLY. SAW LT. SAN JUAN ON TV WHEN HE
WAS CAUGHT. NOT YOUR KIND OF HERO SCREAMING
TO HIS CAPTORS.

You say you are willing to die for us, that you do all these things for the country and the Filipino, but you are not even willing to go to jail for us.

WE SAID THAT? YOU MUST BE HEARING VOICES. THANKS
GOD, IT’S NOT GOD YOU’RE HEARING. WE COULD BE
PROMISING PARADISE.

Come on, you really think we believe that you did not want to bring
Down the government when THAT IS THE ONE AND ONLY ONE THING THAT YOU HAVE BEEN DESPERATELY TRYING TO DO in the last many months?

DON’T FORGET TO TELL YOURSELF GLORIA IS NOT THE GOVERNMENT. GLORIA IS NOT THE GOVERNMENT. GLORIA IS NOT THE GOVERNMENT. THAT SHE IS NOT THE CONSTITUTION. THAT SHE IS NOT THE CONSTITUTION. IF YOU DO IT REPEATEDLY YOU MIGHT BELIEVE IT – THE TRUTH.

We love this country and we want peace and progress.

THAT’S MICROLOVE, IT’S LIKE SPENDING,
UNWINDING A FEW HOURS WITH THE QUERIDA
SO LITTLE IT DOES NOT INCLUDE DIGNITY,
INTEGRITY, ETHNICITY, LIBERTY, ETC. MORE NOBLE
LOVE IT’S LIKE LOVING A PEACFUL HOME
AND A PAJERO, OH OKAY EVEN A LAND CRUISER OR PRADO, IN A GATED VILLAGE, AND PROGRESS MEANS
MORE OF THE SAME.

Many among us do not give a **** who sits at
Malacanang because we will work hard and do
our share to make things work. We the people will and can make it work, if only you get out of the way and let us do it. If you only do your jobs, the ones you are supposed to be doing, things would be a lot
simpler and easier for all of us.

YEAH. DO YOUR JOBS LIKE THE POLICE CATCHING THE CRIMINALS INSTEAD OF HARASSING RALLYISTS BECAUSE RALLYISTS ARE HARDENED CRIMINALS BECAUSE THEY KIDNAP AND PUSH DRUGS, THEY SMUGGLE GOODS AND BRIBE POLICEMEN. LET THE TRUE CRIMINALS ROAM AND
KILL, STEAL AND PLUNDER AT WILL, THEY CAN PROVIDE THE EXTRAS. LET GLORIA DO HER JOB MERRILY POSING FOR NEWS PHOTOS AND DISTRIBUTING NOODLES.

The events during the weekend only proved one thing. You are more
dangerous and a serious threat to this country than GMA is.

THE EVENTS DURING THE LAST WEEK END PROVED ONE THING THAT FOR FOUR YEARS NOW , THAT GLORIA POSES THE DANGER AND MOST SERIOUS THREAT TO THIS COUNTRY. WITHOUT GLORIA THERE IS NO DANGER AND THREAT. WITHOUT US AND THERE IS GLORIA WITH GLORIA THERE, EVEN IF YOU ARRREST US ALL OR KILL US
ALL THE DANGER AND SERIOUS THREAT REMAIN NOT TO US ANYMORE BUT TO YOU PROTECTORS OF GLORIA. IN DUE TIME GLORIA WILL TERMINATE YOUR BLIND OBEISANCE. LET YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN FIND THAT OUT.

We have seen what you are capable of doing - you are ready to burn this country and reduce everything to ashes just to prove your point. If there is something that we need protection from, IT IS PROTECTION FROM YOU.

ARE YOU SEEING COMMUNISTS? YOU ARE EVEN WRONG ABOUT WHAT THEY CAN DO. TAKE NORTH KOREA, RUSSIA, CHINA, AND CUBA. THEY ARE THE WORST OF THE WORST, BUT DID THEY BURN THEIR COUNTRY TO THE GROUND? STOP LISTENING TO YOUR PAID IDIOTS.
IN MEDIA. YOUR PARANOIA MIGHT GET WORSE. ASK BISHOP CRUZ WHERE IT COULD LEAD YOU. AS YOU SAID CORRECTLY WE BLAH BLAH BLAH TOO MUCH ABOUT DEMOCRACY. NO WAY CAN WE ACCEPT COMMUNISM. NO WAY MAN. SO DON’T USE THE COMMIES AS YOUR GOD DAMN BOGEY.

TELL YOU MAN, THE DEVIL SPEAKS IN MANY TONGUES.
IN THE BLOGGERS WORLD, HE WAS OFW ONCE, A MIDDLE CLASS LATER, NOW A CONCERNED CITIZEN. WHAT WILL BE THE DEVIL’S NEXT TONGUE, MAN?

Wiko Kabiling said...

On closure: Yes that is perhaps where all can find some common ground. We all want to find closure, to this situation at least. However, I would also like to posit the paradox that true closure for Filipinos can only be attained when we realize that there must be no closure. The only way to break this cycle is when the outrage, the criticisms, the madness and the dissent never stop, even after this crisis is resolved.

Anonymous said...

bong...

the reason why you are receiving nasty letters (although konti laang) is that you hit a nerve dead center and they (rally boys, moral boys, 'saints', patriotic as souls, 'patriotic commentator' and followers ng disorganized opposition) are afraid that its so sensible that their argument is always based on 'morals' to discredit your views...but I assure you man, that majority of the people out there identifies with your sentiments...and true to your description, remains silent but happy that their feelings were written by an 'unknown'.

Francis Egenias said...

Here's another open letter from the various associations comprising the BPO industry in the Philippines.

found at
http://www.kalakalan.info/philippines-outsourcing/122.html

It is worth circulating as a follow up to Bong's open letter. Preserving and sustaining the gains of the BPO industry should be a higher priority than removing GMA:

The Philippine IT Services industry consists of companies in the business of animation, call center and contact center operations, business process outsourcing, medical transcription and software development. Collectively, these companies generated over $2 billion in export revenue in 2005. In total, the industry currently provides employment to 160,000 professionals. Our target is to reach $12 billion in annual revenue by 2010, providing employment to over 1 million Filipinos.

We are proud to say the Philippines is now mentioned as one of the preferred sources of IT services world-wide. While our entry-point into the global market has been our low costs, we are increasingly gaining attention for our quality, reliability and expertise.

It is easy to understand why. The Philippines has a pool of qualified professionals, cited frequently as among the best in the world. Local companies are investing in aligning their processes with international standards. Our telecommunications infrastructure is among the most competitive in the region. Our business incentives, grown over several administrations, are designed to attract foreign investment. Our list of high-profile international clients continues to expand.

The industry’s impact on the economy can be further multiplied if we consider the trickle-down effect on other local industries. The IT Services companies and their employees have emerged as prime consumers for other goods and services

We are confident in our industry’s abilities to reach its targets and to further increase its contribution to the economy.

However, we cannot do it alone. A concerted effort among all stakeholders is required. We have to make sure that our schools produce enough graduates for us to hire. We have to make sure that government policies are in place to attract and retain investors. We have to make sure that we maintain an environment where Filipino professionals are given progressive opportunities to enhance their skills, careers & standards of living without the need to leaving
our country.

We also have to make sure that our foreign customers and partners have the assurance that our ability to fulfill their requirements is not compromised or disrupted because of an unstable external environment.

We know that our business fundamentals as an industry remain strong . We have withstood all kinds of crises in the past. But, in our business, the perception of continuity and reliability is a key consideration. The global market is sensitive to isolated local incidents and can interpret these out of proportion.

We respect every party’s right to voice an opinion. Our industry has been, and will continue to be, an active participant in promoting transparency and good governance in our society.

However, while there are national issues that cannot be ignored and need to be resolved, our call is for everyone to proceed with rationality, sobriety, responsibility and consideration. We have processes in place, let us use them and improve on them where necessary.

The Philippine IT Services industry provides an opportunity for the country to achieve long-term economic growth and stability. Let us not waste the opportunity. No less than 1,000,000 jobs depend on it.

Signed:

Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc. (ACPI)
Business Process Outsourcing Association of the Philippines (BPA/P)
Medical Transcription Industry Association of the Philippines
(MTIAPI)
Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA)