You already know this. We are the same, I grew up poor. They don’t want us to be united. They don’t want me to lead the fight against poverty and joblessness in our country,” Binay said in Filipino.
The president is being criticized by certain quarters for not going to Jennifer Laude’s wake and for his explanation of why he did not.
This is what he said:
“You know, in general, I don’t attend wakes of people I don’t know. I find it—and I’m speaking for myself—I’m uncomfortable in trying to condole with people who don’t know me and… Parang how can I say that I really sympathize with their loss and have some relevant discussion with them on trying to assuage, ‘di ba, their loss at that point in time? If I know the person somehow or the person is close to me… As a general rule, I attend wakes wherein there are some connections, so that ‘yung I don’t want to be a burden but rather I want to help them at their time of grief.”
What the president said was he had no personal reason to go to Jennfer’s wake. If Jennifer’s murder was not played up in media, if the VFA and LGBT angles did not bury the tragedy that befell Jennifer as a person, then no one would be calling for the president to visit her wake just like no one is calling for the president to visit the wake of the transgender who was killed in a flower shop and the other who was just walking down the street.
Those who want the president to show up at Jennifer’s wake want the president to make a political statement i.e. to show solidarity with LGBTs and with those opposed to VFA and EDCA.
Furthermore, his not showing up the wake does not mean he has no sympathy for Jennifer or her family. It simply means he does not want to turn it into a political circus, something that certain individuals and groups seem to have no problem doing whenever an opportunity presents itself, even if it means standing on the coffin of Jennifer and using it as a political soapbox.
The Senate blue ribbon subcom had better deliver a knockout punch soon. The worst thing that can happen is for the hearings to end with a badly beaten up Binay who is still on his feet and throwing punches.
“Binay, remains BSP president. He is the longest-serving president of the 2-million-strong BSP (Boy Souts of the Philippines.) He was first elected in 1994 and served up to 1996 and he was elected again in 1999. The organization’s past presidents held only two- to three-year terms.”
That despite the results of an SWS poll conducted September 26 to 29 showing that 8 out of 10 Filipinos want Binay to appear before the Senate panel investigating corruption allegations against him.
A better understanding of the statement of Binay’s spokesman, Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla, comes with this imaginary dialogue between Binay and an adviser.
- “Boss, yung mga dating kakosa mo isinumbong ka sa Senado.”
“Ganun ba? Hayaan mo sasagutin ko ang mga paratang nila.”
“Haharapin mo sila sa Senado?”
“Tatapatan ko sila ng press con.”
It’s nice that Binay condoled with Jennifer’s family. It’s even nicer that there was a reporter/photographer from the Philippine Daily Inquirer to record the event.
Interesting column in the “Young Blood” (youth voices) section of the Inquirer.
All I can say to the young man is “Hijo, ang problema ay dun sa nanliligaw at hindi dun sa liniligawan.”
“Kung hindi mo mapasagot ang liniligawan mo sa style mong pagligaw siguro ang tamang gawain ay tignan kung saan ka nagkukulang. Huwag mo nang ipagpilitan ang style na bulok at lalo nang huwag kang magpamukhang martyr kasi talagang mababusted ka.”
Here’s the drift of the op-ed:
By Jayson Arvene T. Mondragon
“We don’t go out in the streets under the blistering sun or the pouring rain, get hosed down or clapped in jail, just to see and hear the people we are fighting for looking down on us like we’re nothing more than a nuisance. And truth be told, that’s exactly how most people see activists: just another nuisance in their life. For most, activists are just the people who caused the traffic that made them get to school or the office late, just a noisy bunch of know-it-alls who “waste” their time shouting in the streets instead of “doing something good in their life.
“Yes, like most people, we can choose to put the placards down and live a life like everyone else. Instead of shouting in the streets, we can be part of the growing commercialization of the country, and, judging from how artistic and creative most mobilizations are, we’ll probably be good at it. Instead of getting hosed down with dirty water after a day of walking in the sun fighting for a cause, we can actually get a job and clock out after five and go home to a luxurious hot shower. (Most real activists actually have jobs because we also know that fighting for a cause costs a lot.)”
Wow, woe is me, sincere and only trying to do what I think is best for you. Anong gusto mong mangayri? Sabihin ng liniligawan mo, “Nakakaawa naman siya sagutin ko na lang”, yun ba? Crying in the rain. Pweh!