Active and retired friends in news media couldn’t help but share their thoughts on Carlos Celdran’s rather uncouth behavior towards Henry Sy and his family — the owners of the SM malls and realty development companies.
Apparently, Celdran mouthed off on the Sys after mistakenly thinking that SM would be tearing down the Philamlife Building and the theater inside it.
In a status update about four days ago, Carlos unleashed rather unsavory language against the entire Sy family:
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SM will try to convince Olivier Ochanine of the PPO on Wednesday that they are committed to building a “state of the art venue” at the Philamlife Hall. CONFIRMED. They are tearing down Philamlife. And of course you know “State of the Art” means CHEAP, UGLY, BADUY architecture in place of a half century old classic. Seriously. FUCK you, Sy Family. FUCK YOU. #FuckYouOfTheDay
Posted by Carlos Celdran on March 18, 2013
And then, when people appealed to Celdran to stop using cuss words against the Sy Family, this is what he had to say:
For those who say leave the SY Family alone, I say “OF COURSE NOT!” It is a FAMILY business. THEY are directly connected to this cultural crime. AND THEY are not not only guility of destroying Philamlife Theater, their damage to Baguio, Tagaytay, and their demolition of Leandro Locsin’s Benguet Center in Ortigas does NOT let them off the hook at any time soon. All I’m saying that they’re fucking clueless, greedy, and baduy. And we’re just letting folks know that. It’s the LEAST that WE – the AFFECTED public deserve to do. Bilyonaryo na, kelangang bigyan pa sila ng awa? #fuckyouoftheday
Posted by Carlos Celdran on March 19, 2013
As if that weren’t enough (or perhaps thinking that not enough people gave him attention), Celdran posed for a picture in front of the Philamlife Building with a handwritten sign.
I don’t know if this has anything to do with his being an ambassador forÂ FRIEDRICH NAUMANN FOUNDATION FOR FREEDOM or if his being such gives him license for libelous behavior online, but a number of people who follow him on Facebook and Twitter found his antics disgusting. Â I checked the FNF website, nothing in there says uncouth behavior should be the default mode of fighting for the freedoms it articulated.
I think Friedrich Nauman Foundation should clarify their Terms of Reference with Celdran or come out with a statement if they actually sanction libelous behavior. Â With Philippine German relations being somewhat cold as it is, I don’t think a German organization should encourage Celdran in behavior that might strain relations further.
Some said that Celdran’s behavior is completely unnecessary and some thought that he was merely throwing a fit after being somewhat overshadowed by Chiz/Heart brouhaha or the Kris/James fight.
Anyway, on the profile of his Twitter account, Celdran claims to be a “cultural activist” and if so, one really wonders what kind of culture is active in him? Gutter trash culture?
Whatever it is, Celdran seems to be proud of it and even crowed that the picture above got around 800 shares in an hour. Â But that certainly didn’t impress everyone.
JP Fenix, who belongs to the same circle of people as Bart Guingona, Jim Paredes, Lory Tan, and others in P@P, had much to say about Celdran:
Perhaps Carlos Celdran should rethink his tactics.As the saying goes, “You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar”
In fact, even the Bible speaks of this better alternative in tackling causes and people relations. In Proverbs 16:24 it says “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
I’m sure Carlos will bring his cause to new heights.
The online provocateur, Atanacio Salvador had this to say about Celdran:
Who on earth does this Carlos Celdran think he is? Just because he has gained some celebrity status — through notoriety, mind you — he thinks it gives him license to be an asshole. If you think that his ranting and raving has helped in the democracy we live in and the freedoms we enjoy, think again. His brand of activism is exactly the reason why many people find the creation of those unjust libel provisions of the anti-cybercrime law necessary.
It’s like when Ferdinand Marcos declared matrial law in 1972, people actually loved the instant imposition of peace and order because of the widespread chaos prevailing in the streets. While the activists then had the best intentions in their minds and hearts, the hooliganism gave it a nasty face. Ordinary folk were, to say the least, inconvenienced by all the trouble and inconvenience of riots and street violence.
No matter how you look at it, capitalists like SMDC give the rest of the ordinary folk jobs, opportunities and lievlihoods. What have you done for them lately? Your bitchin — another word for your ART — gets all of us nowhere.
Remember, to this point SMDC has not revealed any plans on what to do with the property yet and has in fact expressed that it is open to suggestions.
Celdran, maybe you’re really courting more legal problems, considering you have already been convicted of a crime that carries jail time. Maybe you want more jail time? I’m not surprised — you wanting to have more shower time with the tattood boys in the barracks. I bet you’ll drop your soap every so often.
Maybe while you’re at it, you can take your blog buddy Ivan Henares with you. he’s so starved for attention he’s mimicking your moves. Perhaps it’s a result of his U.P. days when nobody would give him the time of day.
You two belong together.