Courage the cowardly Filipino

I find it amusing, and yet not surprising at all, that the cases of the Filipino peacekeepers assigned to the United Nations and of the Gilas Pilipinas Basketball team going to play in the FIBA tournament in Spain are being held up in social media as indicators of Filipino “courage”, and consequently, Filipino pride.

The Filipino peacekeepers in the UN were engaged in a firefight with hostile militants in the Golan Heights. As certain analysts pointed out, the Filipino soldiers could have simply laid down their arms and surrendered, then they probably would have been beheaded by their captors. But the soldiers did not surrender, and they fought the hostiles until help arrived which enabled them to escape. And now, that they didn’t surrender and defended their position is being held up as an example of “Filipino courage as a whole”.

The Gilas Pilipinas Basketball team certainly appears to be outmatched in height and skill by their opponents in the FIBA tournament in Spain. Both the fans and the team members themselves like to argue, however, that they more than make up for it with laban (fighting spirit), and puso (heart). The result of their first game against Croatia, however, was an overtime loss. And once again, Filipinos love to play up the underdog card, the “courage in the face of overwhelming odds” thing, and the “if only the referees didn’t miss a few calls” excuse.

I guess some things don’t change. Hindi makamove-on sa pagkatalo. But I digress.dc9bcde999174f5e5318adb1ba8ab537

We certainly don’t want to take away from the efforts of both the peacekeepers and the Gilas team, but I would have to consider showing courage as part of the job, and to be expected. Leave it to the Filipinos to make a mountain out of a molehill with their kababayans who simply do things properly, and those who simply do the right thing even in the face of very unfavorable – terrifying even – circumstances.

In fact, that is an often used quote about courage: “Courage isn’t just a matter of not being frightened. It’s being afraid and doing what you have to do anyway.

The real point I want to make, however, is this: if Filipinos are so proud of their so-called “courage”, then where’s the display and demonstration of it back home, where it matters the most?

The cases of the peacekeepers and the Gilas team appear to be extraordinary to Filipinos especially since both of them happened on foreign soil. But location does not really matter; Filipinos have a need to be courageous in their own backyard as well. They are currently facing a government that has not delivered on its promises to its people and is much too absorbed with perpetuating its power and position. They are up against a government which does not care about the deteriorating basic needs and services that they have failed to provide. They are up against the old system of patronage and pakitang-tao politics that have characterized the Philippines landscape for decades. They are up against their own inability to adapt to change and to take criticism and critical analysis. Worst of all, they are facing their own cultural dysfunction, apathy, indifference, and their lack of follow-through in fixing the overall sorry state of their society.

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Taken from: http://izquotes.com/quote/262164

It has long been said that more than cowardice, conformity is the enemy of courage. Filipinos have long been afraid to speak up because of their fear of ostracism. They have long been unable to handle criticism to their benefit due to their hypersensitive character. They have long been conditioned to conform because of their deference to tradition and “the old-guard” even in the face of overwhelming evidence that the old ways don’t necessarily work anymore.

Filipinos must find in themselves the courage to speak up against what does not work in their society. They must find in themselves the courage to stop treating their public servants as kings and queens who cannot be admonished and are infallible. They need to find the courage to stop being lazy both physically and intellectually. They need to find the courage to promote the right type of thinking and the right type of discussion and debate in their society.

All of these will be a big step forward for Filipinos simply because they cannot find it in themselves to do the unpopular but right thing.

Is it as easy as I make it sound? I thought Filipinos were proud of being courageous. Isn’t it high time that they do show that collective strength of character that they boast of?

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Jim DiGriz
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It’s nothing but sweet talking the fact that Filipinos are actually cowards. The most courageous act is to think for yourself, which is something that basically does not exist in the Philippines.

Gogs
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Noynoy would be courageous if he did one of two things : 1) campaign on the fact he has no accomplishments that set him apart from his opponents . 2) come out of the closet . But we all know there has never been a brave man anywhere who kept pointing to his mommy,

Johnny Derp
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Sending paid idiots and trolls to protect him from criticisms definitely doesn’t count as being “Courageous”.
Coming up with a blatantly fake clamour for another term for him counts as being desperate.

Jerry Lynch
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Ha Ha, and to think that every time some relatively attractive woman gets within a hundred meters of (a)Noy(ing)every media source immediately tabs that female as his new GF. Everyone who keeps their eyes open knows that the only gays in town are not barbers. Just think how much better of the country would be if Mommy Cory had waited a few months to pass away so her kid would not have been drafted to continue her inept ways.

Sea Bee
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Is that the worse thing you can say about the president; that he is gay and a mediocre politician? No wonder he remains popular. I am gay and proud of it. I walk down the street arm and arm with my lover. Does that make me brave or foolish? Neither one…actually. Would we prefer that our leaders be absolutely honest? Especially if they ran on a platform espousing transparency? Of course we would. However, given the conservative nature of this society and the entrenched homophobic sentiment that many of the commentators on GRP continue to express; it is understandable why… Read more »
Toro Hyden
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Courage? What courage? There was no real firefight between the Islamic miltants and the Filipino peacekeepers. In actual firefights;there would be casualties: death or wounded.
To magnify such “pusturahan”, as courage is riduculous. So, they ESCAPED…that means they did not really fight.

It is like the Courage of Aquino, during the Hostage Crissis in Luneta….he jumped into his Hole…and that means courage to him.

Filipinos cannot take defeat…so they rationalize their defeat…we just say: they did not play well…so, they were defeated…

Dave
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Hasn’t the Filipino language warped ‘bold’ to mean ‘nude?’ It follows that they don’t understand the meaning of courage either.

tomas
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actually it’s worse: ‘bold’ means xxx-rated porno.

kaloy
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If indeed, we- the Filipinos, are truly courageous, how come we are still chained to our colonial past, and not excelling in all aspects of nation building?

We lack courage in redefining our place in the global arena.

Courage is doing what is sound, brilliant and right, even confronted by fear and the outcome could be tragic,yet carry on just the same.

We are just breathing, going to a direction that we don‘t know.

Proud to be Pinoy? What for?

Jetlag807
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ANC is now calling it “the great escape” like its some kind of heroic effort in the face of impossible odds while, at the same time, belittling the Fijian Troops for getting captured.People should understand a few things… 1) The UN AFP troops were captured and held captive twice at the same location by Libyan Rebels before this incident. 2) This time, the AFP retreated “undercover of darkness” and with foreign assistance. In short, they abandoned their posts. 3) The Fijians did NOT retreat. They stayed at their posts. The news media and Filipinos in general chastise the Fijians for… Read more »
OnesimusUnbound
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Another 2015 MMFF entry: “The Great Escape” :-S

Pallacertus
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Would you rather have our soldiers share the same fate as the Fijians by handing over their arms and trusting on the magnanimity of ISIS insurgents to let them walk free as they promised, because honor and chivalry and what else?

My knowledge of military matters is as spotty as yours, but at least 1) I admit that, and 2) pending further information, their refusing their superior’s orders to hand over their arms to ISIS is fully justifiable, as was their retreat, while you’d rather have them waste their lives re-enacting Lord Tennyson’s “Charge of the Light Brigade”.

Jmac
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Pallacertus,
Do you realize that ISIS and al-Nusra Front are two different organizations? And that it is actually the latter, al-Nusra, and not ISIS that the UN peacekeepers fought against? Are you too daft to recognize the difference or just plain ignorant?

Pallacertus
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I’m going to go with “just plain ignorant”, if that sates you — but in my defense, I don’t see why I should’ve doubted what channels 2, 5, 7, 9, and 11 trumpeted at the time, that ISIS and only ISIS controlled portions of Syria and Iraq. (I haven’t heard about this al-Nusra Front either before now, but I’ll check on it later.) I don’t see how my ignorance of which terrorist group (or mujahedin, or Syrian rebel forces, or whatever) attacked UN positions at Golan Heights is supposed to be anything other than splitting hairs, but then I like… Read more »
Jmac
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Pallacertus, The ISIS controlled portion of Syria (northeast Syria) is far away from the Golan Heights (southwest). Moreover, Al-Nusra Front is an Al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, and therefore has enmity with the IS and has exchanged fire with them on several occasions (Al-Qaeda and IS are contesting each other for leadership of the global Islamist jihad). I’d rather trust foreign policy publications and think tanks, articles by foreign policy experts, security analyses, statements by foreign ministries, and the US state department to inform me of the Mideast geopolitical situation than some cheap local news channels in the Philippines. Hell, I’d… Read more »
Jmac
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Jetlag, I don’t know about the previous incidents when the Filipino troops got captured, nor do I find their overall relevance in this discussion. So the point you’re making is that it was wrong for them to surrender and get captured before, and it is still wrong of them now with this latest incident to fight back and stand their ground against the rebels for 7 hours until they were rescued? To you it seems they simply can do no right can they? They might as well perform hara-kiri while they’re at it since no course of action they can… Read more »
Jett Rink
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Libyan rebels in the Golan Heights ??

Thomas Jefferson
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I beg to disagree… 1. Our military peacekeepers in the Golan heights area held the line for a while. These men are just combat infantry without armor or air support. 2. Military expediency called for a retrograde operation to keep the unit intact to fight another day. The enemy rebel soldiers would have certainly surrounded them and once captured they would be all ransomed or murdered on the spot. 3. You can call it a tactical withdrawal, retreat or retrograde operation. They left the area for a reason. The orders were not to hold. They were not considered as expendable… Read more »
Thomas Jefferson
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It was Irish troops that helped the Filipino infantry withdraw from the area. Are the fighting Irish to be considered cowardly in doing so? No ladies and gentlemen! Orders are orders and both units followed it to the letter!

Jetlag807
Guest

The Irish Troops, the Regiment they come from, their Government and News Media are NOT celebrating it as a victory… THAT is the point! What part of this don’t you understand?

Jetlag807
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I’m am not saying that they are “cowards”. Absolutely NOT. My point is the manner in which the Philippine News Media has been glamorizing the incident and, at the same time, demeaning the Fijian Peacekeepers who were captured. In my opinion, the AFP and the local news media should just mention the incident, give statements of “thanks” that their men are safe and at least give some mention of regret or dismay that there are still UN Personnel being held. A situation the AFP should know all to well since it was not that long ago when they were held… Read more »
Thomas Jefferson
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I researched the news. For their lack of military skill the Fijians got captured. The Filipino Infantry are better warriors. They also follow orders.

Jetlag807
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OK genius! If the “Filipino Infantry are better warriors”; then how do you explain the 2 (TWO) previous incidents where AFP/UN Peacekeepers were TAKEN HOSTAGE? Better warriors? As for the Fijians lacking in skills; compared to who? The AFP? You’re probably right. But… The Fijians held their post! See, you may have to “research the news” to get points. All I have to do is remember. And I remember when a Fijian PSD Team working in Basra was ambushed. One KIA. The remaining Team Members went back into Basra that very night, raided the building in which the attack originated,… Read more »
VLAD
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@ Thomas Jefferson, OH Horse-shit ! “They are better warrioirs’, what a bunch of shit. The UN peace-keepers, all of them, are in hostile territory facing superior weaponry that was captured when the USA Army just left the weapons there. The Filipino troops were willing to fight and they did for a while and then they were given re-enforcements and that is what enabled their escape. It doesn’t matter that the re-enforcements were Irish (they could have been Martians !) it just doesn’t. Motars and missiles and bullets do not give a shit what nationality the soldier is. IDK what… Read more »
Jerry Lynch`
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It is not “courage” to fight to avoid death by beheading. Fear did that and to say otherwise is disingenuous at best and more accurately, a lie.

Sacre-Bleu
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@ Jerry, it is ‘Courageous’ to stand and fight when you are scared (in fear), yes it is. To be in ‘Fear’ (scared) and run away is not ‘Courageous’ nor is it cowardice (when the attacker has overwhelming superiority) but simply intelligent to live to fight/die another day.

Jerry Lynch
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There is no courage involved when a person, or group of people defend themselves out fear of death by beheading. Are you high? you must be to make such an inane remark.

superlucky20
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I guess, Jerry Lynch, that includes ALL people that work under threat. They ALL have no courage at all.

Thanks for your incisive analysis, Jerry Lynch.

VLAD
Guest

U R ACTING LIKE A FLIP JERRY,read it again, it is what the guy says it is !

Thomas Jefferson
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@ Jetlag

You must be tired not to get the point. Orders are orders… the Philippine infantry was withdrawn to fight another day. They suffered no defeat and they certainly are not cowards! You have to be in the military to understand that there is victory when a unit lives to fight another day. Yes I was with the military in the 70’s and 80’s. I repeat OUR TROOPS ARE NOT COWARDS!

Jetlag807
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What part of “I’m am not saying that they are “cowards”” did you not understand? WTF? Can you read English? I “have to be in the military to understand”? Try Former US Navy and worked for three Private Military Contractors in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, etc… Its obvious that your definition of “defeat” is vastly different from those of my Country…

Thomas Jefferson
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@Jetlag/Jerry

Did you understand the title of the article and its implications of cowardice? How about the honor of the men who fought in the Golan Heights area of operations? So what if you were US Navy? I was a Scout Ranger in the Philippine Army. There is “victory” when a unit survives intact without casualties to fight another day.

Jerry Lynch
Guest

It was a defeat by an overwhelming force no matter how you spin it. It is not embarrassing to be defeated by a much larger force, but it is extremely embarrassing to claim a victory when you were rescued and managed to not die.

Jetlag807
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@TJ These are your own words: “You have to be in the military to understand that there is victory when a unit lives to fight another day. Yes I was with the military in the 70′s and 80′s.” “So what if you were US Navy? I was a Scout Ranger in the Philippine Army.” I find it hard to believe that you served any time at all in the Military. In fact, I find it hard to believe that you even posses the basic knowledge of Military Engagement/s. Go back to playing Battlefront on your PC. Adults are having a… Read more »
Jerry Lynch`
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It is no “victory” to survive and be rescued by some other force. Get real why don’t you. The men fought because they were afraid of being killed by having their heads lopped off.

VLAD
Guest

@ Jerry, if you read what this guy Thomas Jefferson,writes here in this blog for a few days you will no doubt see that the guy is a FLIPin IDIOT ! get it? F-L-I-P ,as in flip the story ! He thinks he is good at it but is really just a FLIPin idiot. He really is ! OMG !

Toro Hyden
Guest

Okay…we just call it: “tactical withdrawal with the help of the Irish Forces”. Not to drum it up as: “courage”, “heroism”, “victory”…etc…as
as reported by the YellowTard Propaganda Machine…

We thank the Filipino U.N. Peacekeepers for their sacrifices, to keep the peace…

VLAD
Guest

STOOPID DOG !

Thomas Jefferson
Guest
SNIPPETS FROM THE PHILIPPINE STAR You are all wrong read the Philippine Star today Sept. 2, 2014 page 8 headlines. “Pinoys defied UN commander’s order to surrender.” Pahiya kayo ano? “By defying orders from their Indian commander, the 40 Filipino peacekeepers belonging to the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF)managed to hold their ground and avoid being overpowered by attacking al-Qaeda-linked Syrian rebels last Saturday.” Our troops did not surrender their weapons. “Catapang said the Filipino troops’ decision to hold their ground AND FIGHT THE REBELS FOR MORE THAN SEVEN HOURS LAST SATURDAY was well within the self-security protection mandate… Read more »
Hyden Toro
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Seven hours of battle and no casualties? Dead or wounded…
What a waste of bullets…and it defies the imagination…Philippine Star is a YellowTard Propaganda Machine…

Jetlag807
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So, they not only RETREATED but they DISOBEYED ORDERS in the process… You may want to find sources of information OUTSIDE the Philippines to get an alternate point of view… The Philippine news media is just repeating what they were told from the AFP as per usual. “Relocated”? Dude! How many different terms are you going to use. Just call it what it was. The RETREATED (period). That’s like GMA referring to the removal of AFP Troops from Iraq as “standing up to the USA.” No! It was not standing up to the USA, it was BOWING DOWN TO TERRORISTS!… Read more »
Thomas Jefferson
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@Jetlag If you were US Navy before you should know that when a ship takes evasive action it does so for a reason. If the ship successfully survives a surface action and runs for it… This does not mean that the second in command disobeyed orders since they have the command option to resume or break off a surface engagement. When and if the ship survives without losses there is no defeat just a victory of sorts at having survived immense odds. In the same manner a Filipino infantry unit commander under the UN can countermand an order from a… Read more »
Thomas Jefferson
Guest

You want us to surrender and bow to the terrorists? No way!

Jetlag807
Guest

You’re a special kind of “stupid” aren’t you.

VLAD
Guest

@ Jetlag, he sure is !!! him and his buddy Jon Saint !!! The Dynamic Dunces!!

Hyden Toro
Guest

Oh…maybe both sides do not know how to shoot…you can shoot easily with automatic weapons…it still defies imagination..

superlucky20
Guest

“We certainly don’t want to take away from the efforts of both the peacekeepers and the Gilas team,”

You just did. By saying that what they did should not be noteworthy at all.

kaloy
Guest

The article doesn‘t belittle or mock the courage shown by AFP Troops in Golan Heights and by that of Gilas.

What is being questioned is the kind (or lack) of courage the Filipinos have here back home.

Just look at our way of life here, are we demonstrating courage to make things better for country?

Thomas Jefferson
Guest
Jetlag807
Guest

The truth “Thomas Jefferson”, is that you have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about and even less of an idea of what me and others are trying to point out to you… One more thing regarding your surface action scenario. There are times when it is prudent to break contact and withdraw but, and this is the point you keep missing, we DON’T glorify it or try to pass it off as a freaking victory!

We’re done here!

Thomas Jefferson
Guest

@Jetlag

Thank you for validating the kind of persons you are. I am entitled to freedom of speech, expression and my own opinion. You called me names. That just makes me laugh! LOL! I was with the best of the best.I still say it is a victory of sorts when our infantry withdrew to fight another day intact, with firearms and gear… without casualties. The Daily Tribune link was truthful and it is an opposition newspaper. I am betting you will call me names again.

Kemeo
Guest

Honestly? I think if those Fijians got away unscathed, the Fiji news media and the country would have made a big thing out of it too.

Same with the FIBA tournament, remember USA during the FIFA?

Its human nature to empathize to something even remotely connected to one’s race or country. That is just the way how things work.

superlucky20
Guest

These people want us to analyze every aspect about it and THEN decide if we should be happy or not. Hahahahahahahaha!

domo
Guest

Escapist much positive pushing pinoy praydist?

Sea Bee
Guest

Kemeo: That is not how things work. That is stupidity. One’s race and country are accidents of birth. Why feel proud of the coincidence that you share some of the same features with a person or group of people who accomplished something due to their own hard work and diligence.

That is like a fan in a football stadium screaming, “We won!” An example of heroism to me are the Doctors Without Borders and other health workers who are tending to the sick in ebola infested Africa. Now that takes guts!

superlucky20
Guest

See my comment above. Sea Bee is a fine example.

Kemeo
Guest
@Sea Bee Then are those US fans stupid then, or any other sports fan for that matter? Should the country not be glad that the soldiers came home unscathed? I mean we did send them into a war after all. As much as you hate or call them stupid, that is how human nature work, cry all you want it won’t change a thing. That is how having a country works. (I know it sucks) If you want to change it go create a revolution. If we think about it, I wonder how would all those people who were cheered… Read more »
Sea Bee
Guest

Kemeo: I love to watch sports and I am continually amazed at the incredible performances of these special people. However, to claim that filipinos are a courageous people because of Manny Pacquiao’s championship, is ridiculous.

It takes courage to think for yourself and not follow the herd.

Sea Bee
Guest

superlucky 20: Our reason is what elevates us above the Animal Kingdom. Being ruled exclusively by our emotions makes us susceptible to priests and politicians who use the “us against them” fiction to gain personal power; at our expense.

See: definitions of: “critical thinking” and “demagoguery”

superlucky20
Guest

Yeah sure, being happy that the peacekeepers survived and Gilas did what they did (lose in style haha) makes me an uncritical thinker and a political pawn! I’m so stupid! I should have predicted the implications of being happy that Filipinos survived and not be tambak in a basketball game! Help me, o Enlightened One! 🙂

Sea Bee
Guest

superlucky 20: You don’t seem to understand what I have written. Let me see if I can express it in a way that you can comprehend. FILIPINOS ARE NO BETTER AND NO WORSE THAN ANY OTHER PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. THEY ARE SIMPLY DOING THE BEST THEY CAN GIVEN THE CIRCUMSTANCES THEY FIND THEMSELVES IN.

Sea Bee
Guest

To say that filipinos have special qualities that other people do not have, like courage and dignity smacks of being a nazi.
Be happy and proud of your individual achievements. If you must identify with a group; try HUMANITY.

Pallacertus
Guest

Proud lang sa nagawa ng bansa (o sa nagawa ng ilan sa atin, if that clicks with you), Nazi agad?

Yes, a lot of the nationalistic sentiment is hype and emotion, but some of it is sentiment over achievements molded by and/or wedded to our national identity. While it’s true that we don’t have much that we as a nation could be proud of, that’s not to say we can’t use it for good.

superlucky20
Guest

Of course not, Filipinos are not superior. But why do you have to imply that to every event? The peacekeepers and Gilas DO NOT IMPLY that we are superior to anyone. Remember, GILAS LOST. You people are so paranoid that SOMEONE will proclaim that Filipinos are superior, which is wrong, that EVERY event that happens to Pinoys anywhere is something to be suspicious about. That’s nuts.

superlucky20
Guest

Why are you complaining of dissenting opinions? You have a grand time bashing all things Filipino like it was going out of style and then complain that someone is bashing you and your ilk? Stop making me laugh with your onion skin. Benign0 should have a word with you. You are not practicing what you preach.

As this site says: I BEG TO DIFFER. 🙂

domo
Guest

So you prefer to live in mediocrity while this country is becoming a shithole? And cite specifics about this site being anti-Filipino plez because obviously you’re just another emotard bitching GRP that you always jump to conclusions. Ang pinoy nga naman oo ginagamit palagi ang puso hindi ang utak.

domo
Guest

And btw, you’re just another example of what benign0 wrote in his article: a palamunin.

superlucky20
Guest

You people are so self-important and self-righteous, it’s laughable. It’s kind of fun to poke you and see how you’ll react. I find it hypocritical how thin-skinned and paranoid you people are; exactly the type of people you are supposedly superior to. But that’s to be expected because you’re still a Filipino no matter how much you try to believe you’re Scandinavian. 🙂 So emotional. Benign0 will not be pleased.

domo
Guest
“You people are so self-important and self-righteous, it’s laughable.” Implying that being a critical thinker is a sin. Are you watching too much sensationalized shows you drama queen? “I find it hypocritical how thin-skinned and paranoid you people are” You may call it paranoid. We call it progressive thinking. Just admit the fact that you hate progress because you love mediocrity and very proud of it since you’re a sperm cell. “But that’s to be expected because you’re still a Filipino no matter how much you try to believe you’re Scandinavian.” Yeah we are Filipinos indeed while you are a… Read more »
superlucky20
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For future reference, since it seems that important to you all, I am not a paid hack by Noynoy or anyone related to Noynoy. I am not a paid anything is what I’m saying. I’m just a part-time naysayer.

This essay is just mean-spirited and the patrons here are as paranoid as hell.

domo
Guest

Ah too emo to handle the truth for you emotard? pinoy nga naman oo ginagamit palagi ang puso hindi ang utak. Btw you’re just making pnoy very proud thanks to your dysfunctional mindset.

Pallacertus
Guest
Hello, fellow poster. Nice seeing a contrairy voice here, although one more articulate than I am. This essay is mean-spirited and pedantic in its efforts to clamp down on even reasonable and universal expressions of joy and relief, and the usual suspects here have a lot of issues, but then this is GRP for you: the line between the criticism of sociocultural norms and sheer exultant negativity can and will be blurred. A society as fractured as ours, a nation-in-spurts if you will, will tend to do wonders to those who are too impressed by that fact. (Yes, wonders. Think… Read more »
Jmac
Guest

So lies, exaggerations, and sensationalism are acceptable to you as long as they raise collective spirits (or warp them into something racist, ignorant and xenophobic as Pinoy Pride) and that any attempt calling people on their BS is mean-spirited and pedantic?

Pallacertus
Guest
Nationalism is not only a bunch of lies, exaggerations, and sensationalism, though there is a bit of all in there, or else silver-tongued politicians through the ages wouldn’t have used it for whatever purposes they had in mind. To be honest, I don’t know what else there is to see with nationalism (a lifetime soaked in negativity, for lack of a better word, will do that to you), but I do know that it can be used for good as well as bad, as Jose Rizal has shown. (At the very least, no one will claim that his brains are… Read more »
Jmac
Guest
If Rizal were living today, his views would probably be too negative for you too. I believe GRP and like-minded folks are realists, who have far sharper critical thinking faculties than most Filipinos. We just sort of like to call a spade, a spade, and it would do Filipinos a whole lot of service if they’d avoid sugarcoating things for some warped sense of positivity and feel-good vibes, and become mature enough to admit their faults and limitations and do something real to surpass those limitations, just like what they have people do in rehabilitation seminars for alcoholics or drug… Read more »
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