Kidapawan ‘massacre’: Aquino government falls victim to Victim Mentality Activism

There is an important lesson in the alleged “massacre” of hungry farmers in Kidapawan, North Cotabato during an allegedly “violent” dispersal of a protest rally there. The lesson is that it is easy for a sitting president to be blamed for “atrocities” allegedly committed by the police and the military. Why is this an important lesson? Because the Kidapawan incident has highlighted the fundamental flaw in the arguments coming from all political camps surrounding what constitutes an “evil” and “oppressive” regime.

The Kidapawan massacre was really just supposed to be all about rice.
The Kidapawan massacre was really just supposed to be all about rice.
Indeed, the same shrill voices of indignation being raised from a who’s-who of social media “activists” in the days following this so-called “massacre” echoes the same shrill voices of indignation that characterise the “Never Again” movement that demonises former President Ferdinand Marcos for alleged “atrocities” he supposedly masterminded during his supposedly “brutal” Martial Law “regime”.

It is quite ironic that we now find the Yellow mob of President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino pleading plausible deniability on behalf of the sitting president (presumably to save the dead-in-the-water candidacy of Liberal Party bet Mar Roxas). It is, one cannot emphasise enough, the very same argument that people in the Marcos camp, themselves, assert that Marcos, during his rule, had no way of exercising direct control over all armed state services and, therefore, cannot be held accountable for all of the alleged atrocities his so-called “victims” are shrieking about.

Funny, indeed, how minions’ perspectives change when one is in power.

As for those who are quick to cry bloody murder on behalf of the massacre victims, the mere existence of “outrage” is no excuse to be making shrill pronouncements on the back of unreliable information.

There are only two key sources of information on what happened in Kidapawan — the account of the police and the account of the organisers (or shall we say, incitors. Flawed (at best) and crooked (at alleged worst) the Philippine National Police (PNP) may be, there is, at least, some science in the methods they apply to investigating incidents the results of which are, in turn, subject to institutional checks-and-balances. Their competing source of “information” on Kidapawan are the accounts of the infiltrators of the 1st April farmers’ protest rally — the communist lackeys in the all-too-familiar cast of characters, Anakpawis, the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), and so-called “womens’ issues” advocate Gabriela. These groups, in contrast, do not apply a systematic method in the way they arrive at their conclusions, are not held accountable to the accuracy of their published communications, nor are their operations subject to scrutiny and inquiry by third parties. They are also known anarchists and apply a violent ideology to most of their social “causes”.

Nobody disagrees that there is a “high level of moral outrage” inherent in this incident. But (1) having a penchant for acting on feelings and (2) having the intellectual discipline and honesty to systematically think through an issue is what sets aside the men from the boys — or, in that regard, the men from the girlie “activists” who infest the fashionable chatter of the week.

Indeed, one account of the incident published by Business World Online relates the plight of a police officer critically injured by members of the protesting mob in Kidawan…

KIDAPAWAN CITY — Rosalie Ann Untalan sat in a corner outside the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Kidapawan Doctors, Inc., on Saturday afternoon, waiting for news on the condition of her husband, SPO2 Ricky Untalan of M’lang Police Station.

Ms. Untalan, a teacher who also works as secretary to the president of the Southern Baptist College here, told reporters on Saturday that every 20 minutes she goes inside the ICU to check on her husband, who had been fighting for his life since he was rushed to the hospital last Friday.

A video footage taken by a drone camera of the City Government of Kidapawan showed her husband was left behind when the police line was broken by angry protesters who returned after having been initially dispersed by water cannons. Alone amidst the protesters, he was beaten up.

Ms. Untalan said her husband’s head was “damaged” and he has not opened his eyes yet.

There is also evidence that gunfire was not a one-way affair in favour of the police on that fateful day…

According to a statement of Chief Supt. Wilben M. Mayor, spokesperson of the Philippine National Police, another police officer, PO2 Reynaldo Roque, sustained a gunshot wound in his left leg. Mr. Roque is currently confined at the Kidapawan Doctors’ Hospital.

Consistent with this account, a PNP Scene of Crime Operations (SOCO) report released earlier revealed evidence that some of the rallyists may, indeed, have discharged firearms in the heat of the melee.

Quite interesting then that the very same social media shills who expressed noisy outrage over the massacre of 44 PNP Special Action Force officers by elements of the terrorist Moro Islamic Liberation Front back in 2015 now paint the police as savage brutes who shoot to kill protesting “farmers”. Yet herein is proof that these “farmers” are not that innocent after all; evidently, themselves, all-too-capable of the very same brutality Filipino cops are routinely accused of.

Again, the lesson here needs to be highlighted: that the Philippines, as a society, needs to transform into a thinking society. This is important to ensure that the right questions are asked whenever crises like these erupt and, as an outcome, the right arguments prevail. The alternative is for Filipinos to remain the same intellectually bankrupt people that they are — which will be a monumental tragedy considering that the power to select leaders had long ago been thrust upon them.

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Thumbs up, mate!
This has been one of the most polarizing incidents under the yellow admin to date.
filipinos are very confused on which side is right and wrong, and i find it really annoying when kababayans “debate” it. The false dichotomy kicks in, and no one learns anything. They cant seem to wrap themselves in the idea that is no right, there is no wrong, and there may be more than 2 sides to this story.

Dark Kamote
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Calling the attention of the Ateneo Faculty here…

Please condemn these “atrocities” and ask for BS Aquino’s apology already.

Maloy Garcia
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It doesn’t matter whose side started it all. This fiasco could have been avoided had the government helped the farmers with what was needed long before they had to resort to this rally.

Ka Pedro Ni
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One may look at the violent dispersal this way or that, the main question remains why farmers had to beg for days to receive necessary aid from the government for which a budget had already been set aside. If all had been well, the distribution of rice subsidies to drought affected farmers would have been long underway and consequently no rally would ever have happened.

Juancho
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Quite interesting then that the very same social media shills who expressed noisy outrage over the massacre of 44 PNP Special Action Force officers by elements of the terrorist Moro Islamic Liberation Front back in 2015 now paint the police as savage brutes who shoot to kill protesting “farmers”.

Really loved reading this part. Stupidity, hypocrisy, and ignorance in social media is just so infuriating.

ChinoF
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Even I got corrected on my initial assumptions. At first, it seemed like the instigator involvement was remote, but now it should have been obvious from the start. And it could be traced to neglect by the government there. Some say it was deliberate neglect. Could be. But for sure, the reds found fuel for a new instigation, and it worked. For the PNP side, despite their valor, they were still ill-equipped for the purpose. But perhaps they were intending to run a firefight than an riot line, expecting to nab some reds in the process. I wonder if the… Read more »
zaxx
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Filipinos will apply their double-standard logic as long as it helps support their agenda. First they choose which side they want to be on; then they formulate the logic (no matter how twisted) to prove the other side is at fault. Tax payers will then pour in copious amounts to fund a senate hearing on the matter only to come to an expected conclusion: Justice is not served, and everyone goes back to their homes to watch their favorite crap shows. An endless meaningless cycle that produces nothing of value. Meanwhile Tesla just got billions in preorders for their new… Read more »
Toby
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The government already know about these “mapagsamantala” groups. And they had all the time in the world to prevent and even cripple these groups significantly in taking advantage of a crisis such as the drought due to El Niño.

But no. Still the same reactive shit we have seen for decades….

89Hyden007Toro88899.99
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89Hyden007Toro88899.99
The reason of the Kidapawan Peasants’ rally, was because: they are asking for food (rice) reliefs, to feed their families. Why did the Local government, not listened to their plea for food reliefs? There was also report, that the Governor, who is a member of the Liberal Party; refused to give food reliefs to the peasants. She was waiting to use this food reliefs, as a “carrot and stick”, in exchange for the starving peasants’ votes for Mar Roxas and the Liberal Party candidates. Maybe, Mar Roxas was waiting for a Photo Opportunities again. To let himself, be photographed (as… Read more »
zaxx
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What follows a dinosaur wherever it goes?

Ans: its tail

What follows Mar wherever he goes?

Ans: ….

gracie
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just a sideliner, there’s no more need to further the $81 million heist. the pilipinos already knew who these involved in the conspiracy. rcbc, philrem, amlc, pagcor, wong, and go. these are the main players.

97Toro007Hyden999.999
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97Toro007Hyden999.999

There is a “puppeteer” ,hiding behind the shadows, pulling the “strings” at the bank heist conspirators. This “puppeteer” is a high government official.

Sick_Amore
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Benign0, how do we segregate commies and real farmers with grievances? Surely there are real farmers here going for protest. Our farm capital is facing drought yet with lack of government support they needed. Commies wreaking havoc of course is a different thing.

marius
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>> how do we segregate commies and real farmers with grievances? Sick_Amore, I know that wasn’t directed at me, but the obstacles farmers face are twofold: commercial obstruction, and themselves. At least in my part of the Philippines, farmers can’t buy tools or seeds, can’t get good advice, can’t get their land properly surveyed (because the titles are all fake), and get hit up for bribes and taxes from the DENR. So if they have anything to protest about, they should be doing it outside the offices of the DENR, the BIR, and the DAR, all of which are a… Read more »
ChinoF
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I would believe the Department of Agriculture exists for this purpose of extending assistance to our farmers, in the form of survival aid from alternative farming methods and technology. And perhaps one can say the difference from Canada is, the farmers there could likely still afford what they need or have other jobs through the winter, while our farmers here though are at a level of poverty that severely limits those options. So they sometimes have no other option than to ask for assistance. And I doubt El Nino necessarily means, stop farming. There are likely ways to keep producing… Read more »
marius
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In my experience, the DoA does have several people with their hearts in the right place. Still, the farmers are their own worst enemy, and agricultural knowledge in the country is still stuck in the dark ages. I can buy nothing except N-P-K and pesticides at my local ag store because that’s what the DoA promotes. >> our farmers here though are at a level of poverty that severely limits those options. I realise this, and I do have some sympathy with their position, but they say that a problem shared is a problem halved. In the case of, say,… Read more »
Sick_Amore
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Thanks a lot, you two. That was clear, Benign0. Many Filipinos have grievances actually but no matter what those are, it would not justify the unlawful way one chooses to air it because we are in a Democracy. The lack of order in Kidapawan is one that has to do with doing things outside the rule of law and as such has to be dealt with according to what the law dictates. And as per the law, before anything they need a permit for something like this So if they have anything to protest about, they should be doing it… Read more »
marius
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>> given the fact that we really have poor farmers needing assistance and our government allotted a budget for agricultural projects, it follows that the farmers should get these. You would think so, wouldn’t you? However, we all know that government budgets and projects have only one purpose: to hide the fact that the whole lot is being plundered and/or wasted. The poor are quite right to stand up and accuse the government of failure: however, it is futile demanding action – that will never happen in our lifetimes. They should be taking action themselves. They have strength in numbers,… Read more »
ChinoF
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Marius, if I may comment on indigenous people, the issue is not managing the land, but their displacement and resulting homelessness, which brings about risks to their well-being and security. Perhaps one can say that if the new managers or landgrabbers cause these risks to the indigenous people, they would be bad managers already. I do agree with the sense of your last paragraph, that land is best put under those who manage properly. But the issue here is more of landgrabbing than land management. So the final analysis in the end, stop the landgrabbing.

marius
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>> So the final analysis in the end, stop the landgrabbing.

I think we can all agree on that. It’s why I suggested Filipinos are simply not ready for private land ownership. The tragedy is that the government isn’t ready to administer that land either. There is literally nobody who values the country’s natural resources. My comments come largely from despair, not a lack of sympathy with people who are being genuinely wronged.

Sick_Amore
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By giving away land to the ignorant and the indolent, the country has destroyed a huge slice of its economic base. Marius, aren’t the ones who are destroying a huge chunk of our economic base the ones who can get permit to mine and log however they want? I must say the bigger damage is being done by syndicates. Of course, it doesn’t mean that country folks won’t be responsible with their “kaingin” and illegal logging activities (aren’t these people also the ones planting in their nearby forest?). But with the existence of law against illegal logging and mining, if… Read more »
Sick_Amore
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@Marius, I can’t believe that Filipino farmers are mostly ignorant and indolent especially if all their lives they live on farming. In countryside, knowledge in country living is being pass on to their kins and these knowledge is acquired through experience learned through the years and from their farming elders. The thing is if the farmers were given their own land and they are poor to start with, their problem would be where to get their resources and how to manage it. Knowing these I agree with you in this The best solution I can see is for the government… Read more »
marius
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>> I must say the bigger damage is being done by syndicates. True enough, but it’s hard to say who’s “worse”. The syndicates and the political classes (the miners/loggers tend to be linked to the government) are indeed making an enormous mess. But they can’t do it all by themselves. Who are the guys wielding the chainsaws? It’s the local “farmers” and the tribespeople. Why do they think it’s OK? Because that’s what they’ve been doing all their lives anyway, and now they’re just doing more of the same. If these people were politically organised and already highly competent –… Read more »
Sick_Amore
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I’m gunna step back a little bit, Marius. Hope you can still bear with me. CARP includes empowering the small farmers, isn’t it? That means, supposed to be, together with the land distribution, they will see to it that the beneficiaries will learn how to be productive and competitive in distributing their yield in the market. Only if they fail in that one, the land given will go to waste. Indeed, in the future, leasing the land first would make the beneficiaries more responsible but the free market should not be like a dog eat dog competition for them. The… Read more »
d_forsaken
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There’s threats everywhere in a country called the Failippines that’s draped in camouflage. War is a country of will, there’s no room for sympathy. If you’re not willing to give up everything…You’ve already lost.