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.
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.
Hi all! May bagong museum na itatayo sa loob ng @Official_UPD (katapat ng CHED) to memorialize the martial law era. Ang tawag ay Freedom Memorial Museum.
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.
It’s the predictable outcome following an athletically “underdog” university going up against a school with the resources and priorities to breed championship basketball teams. Alumni of the University of the Philippines (UP) go to the games to cheer their Maroons then watch as they get routed by the Blue Eagles. Then alumni of the Ateneo de Manila congratulate themselves and suddenly they are derided as “elitists”.
Well, when you go up against the Coños de Manille, expect to be whispered about when they retreat back into their gated subdivisions outside of earshot of the Political Correctness Police. At the end of the day, these are members of a tiny ultra-elite clique of people and families very few Filipinos can even begin to understand.
While the Filipino public at large shaped their perceptions of the rich on a diet of telenovelas and Star Cinema romcoms where the chi chi classes are almost always portrayed as the villains, these true elites grew up knowing exactly who they are and what their place in society is. And, really, there is nothing wrong with that.
As much as that noble puso (heart) went into the “fight” the UP Maroons threw into their game, the Ateneans won because, well, they were raised to believe in an entitlement to and to aspire for nothing less than the top of the social pyramid. This is a community where one’s only real important choice growing up is to take or leave the Great Parental Expectation.
Many did and many left. But most made their choice after the education up The Hill. That is an upbringing that many would like to casually slap the “elitist” label upon. But to those who live and breathe it, it just simply is what it is.
Yellowtards are now claiming that they were “misinterpreted” in their ill-thought-out initiative to get fans to wear black when they watch the UAAP basketball match between the University of the Philippines (UP) and the Ateneo de Manila. According to these “activists”, they were merely “urging” and not commanding basketball enthusiasts to wear black during the game.
So now they are on a rampage, ganging up on everyone who begs to differ to their “urge” that fans wear black rather than their school colours. That’s just quite typical of the sorts of spoilt brats that constitute this shrill clique of monomanic partisans. It seems the Yellowtards are desperate. They are out on a mission (from God, no less) to politicise beyond all recognition everything that is within their reach.
“What’s wrong po with being united against misogyny, violence and impunity?”, one of these “activists” asks. The question itself misses the point. It comes from the presumption that the position held by the Yellowtards is the absolute right one and that all that is good subscribes to what they believe in. And this is why they fail as a political “movement”. They fail to apply a bit of empathy and acknowledge that people have minds of their own and are capable of holding an opinion that does not necessarily agree with theirs.
Trust millennial “social justice warriors” to take the edge off a basketball game between two top institutions of learning vying for domination of the Tall Man’s Sport. I mean, who goes to a basketball game expecting a love-in, right?
Unfortunately, with a political discourse dominated by SJW snowflakes, even the erstwhile cutthroat sport of Pinoy-style basketball has succumbed to Starbucks-themed gentrification as this call for all fans to “wear black” issued by The Diliman Files (and this by the ADMU Sanggunian) demonstrates…
Recently, the University of the Philippines Law Student Government (UP LSG) had sprung into action to sanction its own community. This is in the aftermath of the devastating group chat leak that possibly revealed a deeply-disturbing dark toxic culture at the heart of the UP’s most prestigious fraternity, Upsilon Sigma Phi (Upsilon).
The ultimatum given to LSG members who are Upsilon “brods” is clear…
3.) Treas Lustre, BGC Day Rep Cruz, BGC Eve Rep Masiglat, & 1BR Nuñez will be required to submit a statement of condemnation regarding the frat-related incidents last Nov. 13 & 14, and identify those who were involved in said incidents.
…and that, further to this, “Failure to submit such within 2 weeks may subject them to other disciplinary sanctions.”
But what of that other high profile “brod” sitting at the top of that other lofty university institution, the University Student Council (USC)? All that its chair and Upsilon “brod” Yael Toribio, had said is that he is taking a “leave of absence” from what he describes is a fraternity that “is not the fraternity I joined”.
That’s too few words that falls short of the categorical condemnation these revelations demand. It’s time Toribio step up and do the right thing. Mr. Toribio, please DON’T us.
University of the Philippines College of Engineering Dean Rizalinda De Leon issued a statement today and posted on the UPD College of Engineering Facebook page to “clarify” the statement published by militant organisation UPRISE. In this statement, De Leon essentially retracts her supposed call to “Engineer the Downfall of the Tyrant and Dictator Duterte!”.
While I believe that the engineering community must take upon itself the challenge to defend human rights and civil liberties, and that we ought to speak out against any system of tyranny and dictatorship whether current or future, I do not and will not instigate the downfall of any person or leader, including Pres. Duterte.
The original statement was brought to the public attention by Twitter user Euler Rules on the 15th September.
This serves as a hard lesson to a high-profile official of the State University. Getting involved with with so-called “activists” who espouse dubious but nonetheless militant agendas can only lead to big trouble.