Indeed, as my colleague Ilda quipped the other day, Philippine President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III’s apologists are desperately defending the notorious Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). The Old Celebrity Guard have come out again in droves. Leading them is noted 1970’s-era singer Jim Paredes who shouted out on Twitter the Official Apologists’ Mantra…
Can the SC be wrong? The SC legalized martial law. While they may be final arbiter i dont hold them infallible.
I’m sure Paredes is well aware that nobody truly is “infallible”. Not even him, considering that he has, on many cccasions demonstrated an astounding yawning inconsistency when it comes to matching his personal philosophies and his political leanings.
Unfortunately, in a star-struck society like the Philippines, celebrities are regarded as infallible. And that is the sort of environment where Paredes thrives.
Nowhere is this sad reality about Philippine society more evident than in the way the nation’s “thought leaders” (and Jim, being the celeb that he is could arguably be counted as one of such) parse information and derive their conclusions. One such conclusion is around what makes GetRealPhippines.COM itself tick.
We were fortunate to be afforded a peek into how Paredes thinks with regard to that when he paid us the honour of a visit to our humble Facebook Page last night. It so happens we had shared a screenshot of the above seminal tweet where he delivered his personal two-cents on the matter of how wrong the SC was about declaring the DAP unconsitutional. Apparently, that little gesture of ours was enough to hook in the man himself. Suffice to say, Paredes quickly got down to business accusing us of — what else? — being “paid hacks” of the family of former President Ferdinand Marcos.
That’s par for the course for GRP, of course. After all, you can’t really expect much of a coherent argument from people like Jim Paredes, for one, considering that people like him have spent pretty much of their entire life being pandered to by their fans. To be fair, an ability to step outside of one’s self and evaluate one’s own ideas from an outsider’s perspective tends to atrophy after prolonged exposure to such comfy environments.
But the more revealing thing we found out about Jim Paredes is far more disturbing. Jim Paredes is a liar. Not content with accusing GRP of banning him from commenting on the page (which we did not do), he went on to rally his fans around him on his own profile to assure him that he is in good company.
Sure, Jim. Whatever works for you. But of course one would be in good company in their own Facebook profile. When you are always in the company of like-minded people who assure you that your ideas are always right, guess what: you start believing it! Worse, you start believing your own lies. Sound familiar? Of course it does. Because that is exactly the even more disturbing revelation the Filipino public was treated to last night following President BS Aquino’s address to the public on the matter of this whole DAP fiasco. No less than the President of the Philippines himself has come to believe his own lies.
Showbiz does, indeed, reflect Filipino society. And we only have Jim Paredes to thank for further reenforcing that little lesson.
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