Taxpayer funds shouldn’t be spent on a UP course on “Martial Law”!

What is the whole point of a course on “Martial Law”? That “era” after all is just a quaint mention in most history subjects already taught at most universities worth their salt. Yet here we see a bunch of chi chi “academics” implementing a brainwave they have and expecting Filipino taxpayers to fork over the funds to sustain it…

The last thing UP students need is yet another Mickey Mouse course. Seriously, learning about “Martial Law” will not get you that hot shot job at Shell or Citibank.

All this course will be is yet another channel through which the already bad communist infestation in university campuses will indoctrinate their next generation of party grunts and recruit the jungle fodder for their terrorist force, the New People’s Army.

Filipino taxpayers should put their foot down and REFUSE to have any more of this Martial Law Crybabyism being institutionalised into an already underfunded public sector.

@TonyoCruz DECLARES that the Marcoses are BANNED from UP campuses!

A bit rich coming from an avowed thought leader of the Philippines’ community of communist “activists”. Here is Tonto Cruz presuming to be an authority on who has the right to be in and engage in activities within the campuses of the University of the Philippines.

Rich, because communists are, themselves, renowned for being an unwanted infestation in the very same campuses. They are intellectually dishonest and continue to harp on their famously baffling “US-[insert current president here] Dictatorship”.

Communist ‘activists’ are notorious for their vandalism.

Taxpayers’ funds are definitely being wasted on UP students who walk out of their classes to join protest rallies organised by a group that espouse an obsolete ideology and is associated with a known terrorist group.

Tonyo Cruz is in bad need of a reality check and, more importantly, a lesson in intellectual honesty.

Communist “activists” are quick to condemn the Philippine Army and police but are SILENT on NPA terrorism!

Communist “activists” that infest the Philippines’ university campuses are a bunch of hypocrites. Going by downright misleading names like “Anakbayan” and “League of Filipino Students”, they try to convince everyone that Filipino soldiers and police officers are evil and crooked. They make it sound like a police patrol car entering the premises of a school is an outrage to be condemned to kingdom come.

The question is, if not the police and if not the Army, who should Filipinos rely on when their safety and security are threatened? The New People’s Army? It seems these communists are suggesting either that or Filipinos take up arms and take matters into their own hands!

See, the Communist Party of the Philippines contribute no skin in the game when it comes to protecting Philippine democracy. Their goal is to destroy it in a “people’s revolution” that aims to install a “dictatorship of the proletariat”. That’s not such a nice thing to be aspiring for, isn’t it?

When will commie activists say something about the murderous and anarchic ways of their terrorist arm, the New People’s Army? Don’t hold your breath. They are a dishonest bunch of people who will move heaven and earth to hide their true colours and continue their mission to LIE to Filipinos.

Why is there an Anakbayan presence at De La Salle University but none at the Ateneo?

It’s hard to rest easy when you know communist front organisations are on the prowl for fresh blood in the Philippines’ school campuses. According to testimonies in a recent Senate hearing, much of this recruitment happens outside of that tony circle of elite chi chi schools like the Ateneo de Manila and the De La Salle schools. It seems, these two schools have somehow remained relatively immune to the communist infestation ravaging other institutions of learning. One wonders if there is something about security guidelines in those two schools that sets them apart from all the rest.

Why, for example, is there no Anakbayan chapter at the Ateneo? Interestingly, enough, there is one operating at the De La Salle University. Does this mean the Ateneo, on account of not having an Anakbayan infestation, is even more chi chi than DLSU? On Facebook, Anakbayan DLSU calls itself Anakbayan Vito Cruz — perhaps to assert coverage of its operatives over both DLSU and St Scholastica’s College (a school known, not surprisingly, for its militant student body) on the other side of Taft Avenue.

Could it be that parents of Ateneans exert more pressure on school administrators to ensure their kids are safe from communist recruitment? Note this chilling excerpt from the About page of Anakbayan Vito Cruz describing their organisation as being “open to all Filipino youths (ages 13-35 yrs. old) as long as they are willing to actively uphold the Program of the Organization.”

From thirteen years old. It seems Anakbayan include minors in their recruitment operations. These are then expected to “uphold the Program of the Organization”. Nowhere in its About page (as of this writing) does it require parental consent when it comes to its regard for minors. Chilling indeed. Kudos to the exceptional foresight of the administration of the Ateneo for locating its campus far away from the epicentre of militantism at Manila’s “University Belt” and, seemingly, applying strict guidelines around the types of organisations allowed to operate within it.

According to @TeddyCasino front organisations like Anakbayan don’t recruit for the New People’s Army

Teddy Casino reportedly clarified that communist front organisations like Anakbayan recruit members to involve them in their activist campaigns supposedly related to student and national “issues”.

“Malinaw sa mga charters ng mga ‘yan ay ang nire-recruit nila ay mga kasapian nila para ipaglaban ang iba’t ibang isyung pang-estudyante at pambayan. Ngayon, if it so happens na ‘yung ilang kasapian nila ay nagdesisyon na magrebelde at mamundok, ibang usapin ‘yun,” he said.

…which leads one to wonder what exactly that “ibang usapan” means.

It is important to note that in nowhere in his statements does Casino categorically assert that (1) Anakbayan is not affiliated with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) or that (2) he denounces the activities of its terrorist arm, the New People’s Army (NPA).

Indeed, the key insight in this report on Casino’s statement is not what he said but what he didn’t say.

This, it seems is a communication trick he consistently applied not just in his press releases but also on social media…

At some point, a truly switched on journalist should ask Casino all the right and all the confronting questions — and expect categorical answers.

League of Filipino Students (@LFSPhilippines) issues an “open letter” to the parents of their recruits

The communist front organisation League of Filipino Students (LFS) recently posted a statement on Facebook that presumes to speak for the youths it recruits into its so-called “activism”. Calling them the “Anak Ng Bayan” (children of the commune), the LFS statement is fashioned in the form of a collective “open letter” from these youths to their parents.

The statement calls on Filipino parents to “leave us to be good children of the commune”…

Kaya’t sa pagkakataong ito, hayaan ninyo kaming maging mabubuting anak ng bayan. Dahil kung mayroon man kaming natutunan mula sa inyo, ito ay ang kahandaang hamakin ang kahit anong kahirapan para sa kabutihan, ang magmahal at mag-aruga labas sa sariling kapakanan. Sa inyo kami humuhugot ng lakas at inspirasyon para piliing lumaban.

As can be observed in the tone of their rhetoric, organisations like the LFS are the stuff of parents’ nightmares. Knowing that predatory organisations like these infest the Philippines’ university and high school campuses is enough to send chills up parents’ spines knowing that their kids are left to their devices.

It is time we talked about communist fronts like the LFS and Anakbayan. When will enough be enough??

WTF?! Convicted mutineer Antonio Tillanes teaching at the Ateneo??

So let us get this straight. After endangering the lives of thousands of Filipinos and destroying private property using military resources he was entrusted with, the two chi-chiest universities of Katipunan Road are now rewarding former “senator” Antonio Trillanes with a plum teaching job. That’s according to recent news reports

Trillanes said that he would be teaching public policy at the University of the Philippines-Diliman, and a yet to be determined class at the Ateneo de Manila University.

The senator said he would be living a “more relaxed life” as an academic, compared to being a senator who was a stanch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Gee whiz.

“Public policy” no less.

Trillanes doesn’t even know what being a democrat even means, as BBC journalist Stephen Sackur reveals! So what kind of public policy will he be espousing before the elite set of today’s youth?

One wonders what sort of stuff Trillanes will be teaching at the Ateneo. Rabid Yellowtardism 101? I don’t think Ateneans need to be lectured on an ideology they already live and breathe — more so considering just one unit at the Ateneo attracts enough fees to feed a small Filipino family for one month. But then that’s pretty much the key subject Trillanes is qualified to teach!

Chalk one up for perverse selective credentialism on exhibit today in the academe of the Katipunan. Hiring a convicted felon into the faculty of these esteemed institutions of learning would have been funny if it weren’t so disturbingly ironic.

Ateneo de Manila implicated by “Bikoy” in Duterte ouster plot!!

Star whistleblower Peter Joemel Advincula, a.k.a. “Bikoy” flagged officials of chi chi Jesuit school Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) as possible accomplices in alleged ouster plots against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

In his sworn statement to the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), Advincula reportedly related how he had access to key ADMU facilities presumably at the time the plot was being hatched…

The 30-year-old ex-convict said he still had the keys to Bahay Dagani in Ateneo de Manila Residence and a house in Dela Costa Homes in Marikina City, and the access card to a unit in The Grove Residences in Pasig City where he was given sanctuary by the Jesuit priests and opposition supporters.

Advincula also cited as evidence text messages with a certain “Fr. Albert Alejo of Ateneo de Manila University.” A statement released by Alejo on the website Philippine Jesuits was rich in citing his academic credentials but was utterly lacking in any information or arguments to support his supposed denial of any involvement in said ouster plot. Indeed, scratch that last one, Alejo’s statement did not mention any explicit denial of involvement at all!

Advincula, as part of his sworn statement also mentioned the use of the Jesuit Residence at the Loyola Heights campus of the ADMU as venue for a meeting where he “claimed that [Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan and former head of the CBCP] was present”.

At what level of the ADMU management hierarchy does the endorsement of an illegal change in leadership begin? The fact of Advincula’s attest to such astounding access to ADMU facilities begs a deeper investigation into the matter.

Taxpayer-funded Martial Law Crybaby memorial to be erected on prime UP Diliman campus land!

It seems another taxpayer-funded monument to “the heroism of human rights violations victims during martial rule in the Philippines from 1972 to 1986” will be built. Haven’t Filipinos had enough of “memorials” that divide rather than unite? It seems certain little cliques in Philippine society are bent on keeping Filipinos imprisoned in Martial Law Crybabyism.

The blurb on the website of The Freedom Memorial Museum, a flagship project of the Human Rights Violations Victims’ Memorial Commission mandated by Republic Act 10368, carries on thus…

It shall revisit a period of tyranny that bred reformists, revolutionaries and freedom-fighters from among farmers and professionals, workers and academics, students and religious activists. It aims to build an experiential tapestry of lives, ideals, courage and determination of the victims and, in the end, the heroes of freedom.

Blah blah blah. Cutting to the main punchline…

It shall be a lasting symbol of the long-fought battle against authoritarian rule that culminated in the globally-acclaimed EDSA People Power revolt in 1986.

A design competition for the The Freedom Memorial Museum is underway.

But of course. Another Yellowtard memorial. The trouble with Yellowtard memorials is that what these seek to immortalise all remain not only hopelessly debatable but acute partisan sore points that are epicentres of deep divisions in Philippine society. If a monument funded by taxpayers is put up on the most prestigious campus of the Philippines’ premiere state university, it raises the question around whether it will be representative of the broad public’s sentiment.

Quite predictably, members of the Yellowtards’ brains trust are ecstatic.

This latest Yellowtard edifice erected on the grounds of an educational institution further adds to a vast portfolio of Yellowtard propaganda already infesting the system miseducating future generations of Filipinos.

According to a VERA Files report published by ABS-CBN News, the memorial was “launched on April 28, 2016, just before the presidential elections of that year.” Convenient, right? Just a little project snuck into the budget just before the collapse of all Yellowtardom just a month later that year.

Listening to “haters” can be your best learning experience

It’s hard to comprehend why one would want to block people who beg to differ to your world views. While it is nice to be surrounded by people who always agree with what you say, there is a whole much more to learn from people who disagree with you.

Indeed, being hated was one of my biggest motivations for writing. In the early days of writing online content I was challenged to get better at my persuasion skills after copping a lot of feedback over what were, at the time, controversial views about Filipino culture.

As our community of “GetRealists” grew, we focused more on honing our craft by closely observing our detractors rather than shutting them out and creating little closed echo chambers for ourselves. Indeed, even today, there are very few explicit high fives exchanged amongst ourselves in public.

What we do, instead, is listen.

By listening to detractors one learns to make one’s theses more resilient — even anti-fragile — in a way that allows one’s conceptual frameworks to progressively become richer and deeper by incorporating what is useful from critics’ responses.