Perhaps this is really how “human rights” lawyers work. They make victims of people who never saw themselves as victims to begin with. These parasitical members of the legal profession make people believe they are “victims” all for the purpose of turning them into “clients” who fit their nebulous “human rights” narrative.
Chel Diokno fits the bill perfectly. He presumed to represent the “victimhood” of the Filipino fishermen whose boat was allegedly rammed by a Chinese vessel in Reed Bank in mid June. The trouble is he made an equally nebulous case that was crushed under the intense grilling of the Philippines’ Supreme Court justices. Asked in a variety of words by these justices, What is it exactly you are asking of the Court? all Diokno’s legal team could respond with was a shrug and a scratch in the head.
Even more laughable, the fishermen themselves eventually disavowed themselves of Diokno’s quaint legal stunt.
All Diokno has left is a face to save. But it seems he is too late to save even that.
What the heck has happened to Filipino “activism”? It’s become so schizophrenic and confused that it is now beyond all recognition. The country’s foremost “activists” are now rabidly and desperately calling for foreign intervention. Even top Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) honcho Joma Sison is calling for no less than the United States to come to the rescue of their hapless “proletariat”. ABS-CBN News reports that “Sison says US could order arrest of ‘traitor’ Duterte”…
“Without firing a single shot, the US can easily instruct its following within the military and police forces under Duterte to take him into custody as a traitor and to install vice president Robredo as the constitutional successor,” Sison said in a statement.
This position of the Philippines’ top commie runs counter to the sloganeering infrastructure of the vast community of university campus “cause oriented groups” infested by his own comrades.
This is the reason why Filipino “activists” — specially the communist variety amongst them — have lost all credibility. Indeed it is quite dishonest of them to be blaming everything that they think is “wrong” in the Philippines on anything or anyone other than themselves.
Sison has joined his pal Rappler CEO Maria Ressa in what had become the prevalent intellectually-dishonest “activist” approach of the 21st Century: Mentally-colonial “activism”.
Some people are incapable of looking at the bigger picture. A simple act of enforcing the law can benefit the majority in Philippine society. As usual, “pro-poor” bleeding hearts like Inquirer columnist Gideon Lasco are up in arms over new Manila Mayor Isko Moreno’s drive to rid his city’s streets of illegal occupants…
To the middle and upper class they may be eyesores, but many of our urban poor resort to informal jobs like street vending because they have little choice.
To “clean them up” without providing alternatives is to deprive them of their right to the city.
See, the vendors shouldn’t have been allowed to sell their wares illegally to begin with. Their business is at the expense of many. It is WRONG.
It is not the government’s job to find work for individuals. The govt can generate jobs by inviting investors to set up businesses and stimulate the manufacturing industry in the country to give people job opportunities, but it is up to each person to take the initiative to seek and act on opportunities.
Those bleeding hearts who spew out emo sentiments like Lasco are the reason the Philippines cannot progress. They cry for jeepney drivers, squatters and illegal vendors who cause pollution, steal from hard workers and wreak havoc in public. They keep the country backward. No hope at all.
Wow! Richard Heydarian is basically saying that only those with a college degree can criticise public officials like vice president Leni Robredo. This is wrong. We should be promoting egalitarianism where everyone has a voice, even ordinary people. The problem with Philippine society it that it is very credentialist.
Nonetheless, Leni may have a law degree, but you wouldn’t think so seeing the way she talks and analyses things. She’s more like a pabebe. It’s all subjective, of course. What you think is an insult is the truth to some people. And this is why one shouldn’t dismiss other people’s opinion.
All Filipinos have a RIGHT to express their views, regardless of gender, religion or socio economic background. But to say our VP is empty headed? How on Earth is that NOT insult? Are you blind or playing a fool? Slander, libel, calumny — not exercise of freedom but abuse if it!
We should respect Nieto’s opinion. If he thinks Leni has an empty head, don’t dismiss it simply because you disagree. Perhaps ask him to explain why he thinks Leni has an empty head. Nieto would likely have pretty sound bases for saying Leni is dumb and should not simply be shut down just because you disagree with what he points out.
The kind that makes you look around your diverse locality, the quiet tolerance of the majority and think that all is well. Not the kind of liberalism that is borne out by polls showing that there is increased acceptance of immigration or LGBT people. Or the liberalism of technical democracy, where we still elect leaders in free and fair(ish) elections. This is corporate campaign liberalism, new Arsenal kit launch, urban fist-bumping liberalism.
Even the Yellowtards themselves whine about their own constitution’s products. It was, after all, a colossal overcompensation to assuage a hysterical fear of a “repeat” of those “awful” years of the “Martial Law Era” that the powers that be of the time harboured.
Because of the 1987 Yellowtard Constitution, presidents can only serve one term — dooming an entire people to imprisonment in a six-year death cycle of unproductive, costly, and intelligence-insulting popularity contests. Worst of all, Presidents have to put up with idiot “vice presidents” who they had no hand in selecting as their partner in government.
A democracy is not a religion. As such, there is no reason why Filipinos need to put up with a piece of scripture written by hysterical pseudo academics indoctrinated in the rabid Yellowtardism that blanketed Philippine society under dark intellectual clouds in 1987. They can ditch the Constitution if they decide that it no longer serves a purpose other than to prop up discredited thinking.
It’s time Filipinos put their foot down and pull the rug from under a Yellowtard clique that brainwashed an entire people into believing that the 1987 Constitution is holy scripture. Time for a change. Time to get back on the road to building a strong nation and not the snowflake society Yellowtards prefer.
Unfortunately for this little snowflake, Marcos’s kid Imee Marcos actually won an election. With her and a bunch of politicians who are friendly with the Marcoses in power, the Yellowtard mob can only sit back and eat their hearts out. That’s a lot more that could be said about the Marcos camp than any of the Yellowtard candidates in the Otso Diretso bloc who all suffered catastrophic defeat in this year’s elections.
Throwing a quaint tantrum about not seeing the world going about things the way one wants it to go may be therapeutic, perhaps. But it goes nowhere towards actually influencing the way things will go henceforth. The way the world works does not bow to anyone’s view of how things ought to be. That is an important lesson Mr. Punongbayan ought to learn.
To get things done in a democracy, one needs to win an election. And that involves getting Filipinos on board with one’s vision of how things ought to be. That’s just the way democracy works. The Yellowtards should, instead, make productive use of all the free time they enjoy nowadays and consider enrolling in a How To Win A National Election class.
How did Leni Robredo become “vice president” of the Philippines? Not because of any demonstrated ability to lead an entire nation. All it took was the same emo campaign that her Yellowtard followers had become famous (and now infamous) for. That same emo campaign, specifically the emotionally rich but intellectually hollow narrative that serves as its foundation, is what doomed an entire political Opposition this year.
Imagine the Philippines ruled by a President Leni Robredo. What would be her vision for the Philippines? How would she describe a Philippines, say, in six years after she finishes her term? What will she have achieved?
When she ran for vice president in the 2016 elections, Robredo’s primary pitch to voters was that she is the polite choice. For that matter, the Liberal Party, as they’ve in the couple of years previous to that election branded themselves around the now-discredited Yellow political persona that characterised the last 30 years, was regarded as the only polite political choice. As such, the LP and Robredo were the easy choices for those who were too lazy to think. And, as is evident now, academic intelligence does not make one immune to the strong temptation to succumb to lazy thinking.
Proof of the power of lazy thinking and, its cousin, the notion of voting for the “lesser evil” is in how many voters who voted current President Rodrigo Duterte president in 2016 bizarrely chose Robredo to be his vice president. Many may had since realised the error in their choice but, unfortunately, not the underlying error in the thinking that led to that choice.
Robredo therefore serves as Filipino Stupidity Embodied. A tragic caricature that illustrates the worst of the products of the 1987 Yellowtard Constitution — a national charter that was crafted by eminent paranoid delusional personalities that passed off as normal at the time.
Filipinos need Robredo today. They need to behold the “vice president” their lazy thinking had created. One can only hope that in beholding this poignant political abomination, future generations of Filipinos would be reminded of the perils of the cancerous victim mentality and hero addiction that afflicts their national psyche.
Citing a slow news day to excuse routinely shallow and slanted reporting gives too much credit to the Rapplerettes of Philippine “social news network” Rappler. This time, the object of their giggles is a split-second difficulty getting hands together in the handshake photo-op that traditionally marks every ASEAN meet.
True to form they zero in on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte not considering for a moment that a handshake involves two people, in this case Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The anonymous Rapplerette (the report was indicated as having been authored by “Rappler”) “reports” how “Lee, who was standing beside Duterte, took a few steps away from the Philippine leader” perhaps suggesting something that they leave to their loyal halfwit readers to fill in.
It is interesting the way many observers of Philippine politics wonder out loud why no intelligent discourse prevails around noteworthy events and raging issues. They need look no further than the primary news outlet of the Philippines’ Yellowtard-led Opposition for answers.
As demonstrated by Chief Yellowtard Economist JC Punongbayan in this tweet, the imagination and creativity applied by the Yellowtards to their “activism” does not amount to much.
Him and a few others (look through the thread that that the above tweet links to) are having a go and it seems to be a the latest “woke” thing amongst the fashionistas of the Philippines’ chattering classes. Is this the limit of the extent to which the Yellowtards can apply themselves to their “cause”?
Perhaps therein lies the whole problem with today’s “opposition”. They continue to fail to offer alternatives and, instead, seek to simply undermine to no productive ends.