In light of the National Day of Protest in my country, the beautiful Philippines! Let me post a photo which would represent my protest contribution. This photo is not mine and neither have I sought authorization from the owner. I just hope that the owner (musicorspaceshuttle.com) would be generous and kind to permit me in using this photo.
Look at the photo and imagine them lifeless. This is iWire Center in Moline Illinois in its full capacity at 9,200 people during a Pearl Jam rock concert in 2014.
The full capacity of iWire Center is actually even lesser by a couple of thousands as compared to the number of extra-judicial killings and summary executions that has occurred since the day President Duterte has run and governed my country. At present, human rights groups’ count stands at 13,000 casualties.
No to Extra-Judicial Killings. And i pray that it ends soon.
Our word for the day is ‘Kafkaesque’. Meriam-Webster defines this adjective as “having a nightmarishly complex, bizarre or illogical quality”. And still according to Meriam-Webster, this word is “often applied to bizarre and impersonal administrative situations where the individual feels powerless to understand or control what is happening”.
The feeling of being Kafkaesque is what I believe is what majority of the Filipinos are at in the present time. This is most specifically exact with regards to the socio-political environment of the Philippines now that Rodrigo “The Punisher” Duterte, the president-elect, is about to head the country. The Pinoy populace has gone Kafkaesque despite the fact that the incoming head of state has:
cursed and condemned the United Nations during his most recent press conference
called the Pope a son of a whore during its 2015 visit in the country
ridiculed Mexicans in front of the Mexican Ambassador
uttered misogynistic comments and called himself a womanizer
talked about his libido and sexual prowess during his campaign trails
pronounced that he could not live without Viagra
admitted to have permitted vigilante justice
joked about wanting to be the first to rape a brutally murdered Australian missionary
threatens to abolish the Congress if it plans to impeach him
voiced out that he is to pardon himself to mass murders
admitted his involvement with death squads
catcalled on a respectable lady journalist during a press conference
so used to using the Filipino-Tagalog term for “son of a bitch” as if it is one conventional and tolerable expression
I don’t want to analyze and justify why he won the country’s presidential election and continues to be so loved and be so popular in this country despite all those atrocious and despicable rhetoric. And I know that my not trying to analyze and justify does not make things better. Maybe it is because like the majority of the Filipinos, I myself has gone Kafkaesque.
Mind you, the use of the word Kafkaesque is not the first time in this blog. I have utilized this word in one of my blog posts some three and a half years ago. Click this LINK (kafkaesque) to find out…
But seriously – as if the enumerated speechifying by Duterte are nothing but light, easy and cheery – the reason why I chose the word Kafkaesque is because of a recent video posted by New York Magazine in its Facebook page.
Watch this and be amazed by this stunning piece of art which commemorates Franz Kafka, the dude whose surname was the origin of the word of the day…
A fanatic is someone who is enthusiastically devoted to something or somebody. They are the type whose supposed reasoning and realistic views are often clouded by their strong affection, uncritical adoration or excessive enthusiasm towards the object or person of their devotion.
I for one is a fan. Lots of friends and relatives know that the person of my fanaticism is the Queen of Pop Madonna. I have done senseless things in the past on my being a fan of Madonna. That is, from hanging huge posters or framed photos in my room to cutting and collecting clippings of articles written about her to buying all her records.
I am a fan because whatever Madonna does, I still admire her. My reasoning, logic and judgement tends to get murky when it comes to Madonna. Whatever she does, whatever she says and whatever she thinks, no matter how bad, evil or crazy it is, such will just be fine, tolerable and acceptable with me.
I can always reason out or justify why she utter a thought or does things no matter how stupid it may be. I can even think of meanings behind what seem to be symbols in her wardrobe, in her songs or in her music videos. That is how fanatic I am about Madonna.
This is the very idea that led me to think about the new fandoms that has emerged in two countries where the presidential election campaigns are ongoing. I am talking about USA and the Philippines.
In US, it can no longer be denied the existence of hardcore devotion towards the Republican front runner Donald Trump. And here in the Philippines, we have the presidential front runner and likely victor Rodrigo Duterte, whose despicable utterances and vile conducts make Donald Trump look like a polite and obedient boy.
And since I live here in the Philippines, let me focus the fanaticism towards Duterte. Otherwise known as “The Digong Phenomenon”, this fandom is something new here in the Philippines. According to social analysts, this new fanbase crisscrosses the social status spectrum, i.e. from class A to E.
And despite the fact that he has gone fickle in admitting to have hidden wealth, he disrespect the elders, challenge the foreign allies, admitted to have killed thousands of people, joked about rape and death of a slashed neck woman, call the Pope a son of a b, and does not seem to have concrete plans about the Philippines, his fans still would not mind. The fanatics still profess to vote for him in the coming election. They would even threaten to fight and stage a revolution in case he loses.
Yeah, I am the same of a fan-tard of Madonna as what multitude of Filipinos to being fan-tards of Duterte. But what’s the disturbing difference? I can think of only one answer.
The big difference would be the effect of such fanaticism. My devotion or Madonna fans’ adoration would not shape or influence the future of a nation. While the Duterte fanaticism could actually affect everyone in the Philippines may a citizen be a fan or not. Madonna’s utterances, actions, triumphs and failures would basically affect her and her alone. But Duterte’s actions, decisions, would-be-achievements and most-likely-transgressions would obviously affect every Filipino may they be based here or abroad.
And since I am not a fan, the thought of Duterte being my President makes me so anxious and nervous. The result of the upcoming Philippine election definitely is a very critical event. Whether I like it or not, it will be part of my life in the next six years. The future of the overall situation of the nation where I breathe is at stake. And the thought of Duterte being my President makes me shiver! That is why in my humble effort, I would try to dissuade people from voting for Duterte.
I know that (like my unbending illogical adoration towards Madonna) the Duterte fanatics will never, in any way reverse or even bend their fanaticism towards Mr. Duterte. And in case Duterte is proclaimed the President, I would just have to accept and assent to the impending menacing circumstances.
I will most probably lynched or will have to shower offensive slurs in the next couple of days because of this piece of writing – because Duterte diehards can somewhat be rude, insulting and odious – but I truly hope and pray that Duterte fans are outnumbered by voters who chose a different candidate.
Aside from being the same on being illogical, unbending and absurd. I just hope that Duterte fanatics are outnumbered, the same way that I being a Madonna fan is outnumbered.
Living in the Philippines today has been very interesting. In May 2016, the Philippine populace will exercise its right to suffrage so as to elect the next Chief Executive of the land. As of this writing, there are two hot contenders who already expressed their interest, Mr. Jejomar Binay and Mr. Mar Roxas. No other hot and interesting contender yet except for this two has stepped forward to express their intention of running.
Since Senator Alan Peter Cayetano seem not running, and if the election will be held at this very point in time, I would have to choose of course the “lesser evil”. Honestly, I would vote anyone running for President except for Mr. Binay. Mr. Binay’s character, reputation and even temperament has gone so interestingly shady. And I would not lay my country’s chance, future and interest on those points and attributes.
Therefore, I would have to choose Mr. Mar Roxas at this point in time. For me Mr. Roxas seem sincere yet misunderstood. Unfortunately though, his deep sincerity and gentlemanly manners has twistedly been perceived by public as being a feeble, a limp and an inadequate. Mr. Roxas for what I know has gone the rounds of various government posts. So it can therefore be assumed that he knows the job. In the eyes of a human resource practitioner (like me), he simply has gone through a lot of ‘cross-trainings’.
Mar Roxas actually gained lots of my respect when he forgo of his desire to become the President five years ago when he instead endorsed Pnoy Aquino to run. And the rest of the last five years has been an interesting history.
Now, there are other contenders that the vehement public is still waiting to know if they would be running or not. Two well-liked and interesting contenders are Senator Grace Poe Llamanzares and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
I personally believe in lots of political science personalities’ analyses that the more candidates there are, the more chances that Mr. Binay will win. This is because the supposed solid anti-Binay vote from among all these camps of candidates will be dispersed. But if there will only be one candidate going against Binay, the anti-Binay vote will remain robust, solid and sturdy.
This then will test the authenticity of Poe’s and Duterte’s desires for the country. Besides, both admit that Mar Roxas is indeed qualified. Would they be willing to forgo their personal cravings of becoming the President and let Roxas be their candidate so as to collapse an impending fraud, corruption and dynasty? Would they be inclined to sacrifice their aspiration of heading the whole country like what Mar Roxas did five years ago?
The interesting answers to these interesting question will soon be answered. At present and at this very interesting hour of interesting Philippines, for me, the interesting slogan is “Oras Na, Roxas Na!”
I often suffer from high levels of laziness. And when I do, I would simply lie down on my bed and do nothing but surf the net. Usually, my surfing the net would lead me to either watch an indie short film or watch the circus-like hearings and privilege speeches done at the Philippine Senate as downloaded on YouTube.
I am glad to note that out from watching those giddy senate hearings and speeches I am able to contemplate and deduce who shall be the candidate whom I will vote for in the upcoming Philippine presidential election. Thus, if the election will be held tomorrow, I would vote for Senator Alan Peter Cayetano.
The Philippines as a government already has a lot of development strategies and economic plans. Some of which will be left fragmentary and incomplete while some will be left untouched/un-started by the present administration. And for these developments to continue, another individual who is held beyond suspicion of wicked wrongdoings and malicious agenda is needed. Thankfully, there is one candidate that exists, thus, the present President need not contemplate whether to stay in power or not beyond 2016.
Cayetano as I observed has consistently pays respect when respect is due yet attacks when attack calls for it. What is so impressive about his style of attacking is that it is never below the belt and is conveyed in a very calm yet precise manner. The guy is simply an exemplification of buckets-full of wit!
His cerebral reasoning, critical debates, imaginative conjectures and significant inferences are usually freakin’ impressive. Though he confessed in one of the senate hearings that he is hikain (asthmatic), he is a no non-sense guy.
Cayetano is always extremely prepared, thus an impeccable professionalism. He speaks good Filipino and English languages. He is fairly aesthetically presentable dude (but I think he needs to hit the gym like his siblings). He loves the Philippines. And the most important of all he looks and sounds sincere.
Unlike my (thankfully) level of sluggishness and indolence that is very variable and erratic, Alan’s level of integrity and moral ascendancy (thankfully too) seems unswerving. I know that my candidate for the highest post of this nation is still subject to change. But may it be in 2016 or not, I can see the future of the Philippines in this guy’s hand.
Today is July 12, 2010. It’s been 12 days that I have a new president – Benigno S. Aquino III. However, as far as the global system of interconnected computer networks that serves billions of users worldwide, the Office of the Philippine President’s website is still closed.
Is this a sign of poor public service ahead? I hope I’m wrong, mistaken and incorrect. At least his youngest freakin’ loud sister had Twitter and Facebook when she was still active in the showbiz limelight…
With all the techies breathing the same polluted air of the country, the officials of the office of the highest post in the land doesn’t seem to tap even a single computer guru to update or at least open it. I’m bitching because I want to be informed and it’s my right to be updated on what has been done, being done and planned to be done straight from the Commander in Chief.