Here we go. The ol’ “if you haven’t gone to the mountains to fight…” card has been played by Inquirer.net “columnist” Conrado “Noynoy is Aragorn” de Quiros. Apparently de Quiros’s feathers were ruffled enough by Senator Joker Arroyo’s eloquent rub…
[Conrado de Quiros] has since stuck to Noynoy like a mollusk to a rock and never more tenaciously than when P-Noy is wrong. This may finally be a lifetime commitment, for mollusks live up to 150 years.
… enough for the venerable “columnist” to devote his recent Inquirer.net piece to rub back in a rather childish typically-Pinoy play on the Senator’s name…
Youâ€™re a maverick only to the principles you once held. Which has turned you now into:
The joke, however, seems to be in the way de Quiros called himself a proud commie, huffing and puffing “I did not come from the ranks of the Yellows, I came from the ranks of the Reds. For that I remain eminently proud.”
Well, ol’ gramps here may have come from the ranks of the Reds but why does that necessarily make him now exempt from being seen to be an equally proud part of the ranks of the Yellows? Is it an either-or proposition? By all indications, de Quiros is now both a Red and a Yellow. And if there is anything worse than being a Red or a Yellow, it is being both Red and Yellow.
Indeed, that de Quiros would highlight how his being a Red trumps his being a Yellow comes across as quite baffling. Conrado de Quiros is as Yellow as yellow gets — evident in the extent to which he would go to “defend” the rock to which he clings to mollusk-like — all the way to calling upon the magical realm for lack of anything more sensibly earthly…
Noynoy holds the key to it. If he discovers it, he will raise, like Aragorn who conscripted the dead kings and their legions in â€œLord of the Rings,â€ an army mightier than any of his enemies can muster.
…which makes it even more baffling that he’d claim that “the people are not dumb” in response to Joker’s dismissing him for routinely “being eloquent before the dumb”. The fact is, Conrado de Quiros is a man who appeals to his readers by citing the magical and continuously citing how the nebulous notion of “the people’s will” is what magically gives some nebulous form of “mandate” to a government. If there is any dumbing down of “the people” going on here, it looks quite certain that it is being perpetrated by de Quiros. Indeed, to be fair, de Quiros can be credited for handily applying his experience gained from being a “proud” Red — formulating catchy propaganda taglines — to his recent job as a Yellowist wordsmith.
It is easy to see here how Conrado de Quiros personifies the institutionalised insult to the already meagre intelligence of the Filipino that is the Philippine Mainstream Media.
Perhaps it is no coincidence that trashy flicks that showcased the supernatural and lionised heroic sorcerers dominated the recently-concluded Metro Manila Film Festival. “Award winning” fare like Shake Rattle and Roll 13 lay the supernatural context for the vacuous audience to get comfy with, while epic sagas in the form of Panday 2 hark to the Aragorn-esque knights in shining armour that de Quiros likes to liken his heroic “President” to. Films like these could be key instruments used to prep the collective national intelligence for the sort of drivel that people like de Quiros delivers via powerful media channels like the Inquirer.net.
It’s called “the Philippines”. And it is, indeed, not only a “fun” but magical place.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.