To @RapplerDotCom ‘thought leader’ @seclaudio: Apology accepted

You don’t need to be a perfect, sinless person to be a critic. You just need to be consistent and rational. More importantly, what you shouldn’t be is a shill like Rappler “thought leader” Sylvia Estrada Claudio who, in her latest “thought” piece I apologize for being a critic, issued this vow:

As a way of repentance I shall henceforth stop all criticism of this government until I am able to achieve moral perfection.

Or perhaps, I shall go in search of that perfect person who has denounced everything that needs to be denounced, worked on everything that needs to be solved. Someone who has never had a single misinformed opinion or shallow motivation in her or his life. I will start by looking among those who keep telling me how unworthy I am for criticizing. That is very likely where I will find this paragon of virtue.

When I find this person I shall tell each and every Filipino to just obey this person.

That would be my real contribution to the nation.

A moving piece indeed; if you are inclined that way, that is.

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To indulge my need to do a bit of mansplaining (as I am, after all, a man), Claudio wrote all that forked-tongue-in-cheek — much like the way a woman would typically say “Fine!” to fire a conversation-ender tipped with the poison of emotional blackmail. As a male reader of Claudio’s piece and (as a takeaway from that experience) finding myself on the receiving end of a finely-played Fine! card, I’d be hard-pressed to read Claudio’s girly mind to decide how to navigate the emotional minefield she had just laid on behalf of the womanocracy that is the Rappler “family”.

What else does one say to an apology such as Claudio’s?


Apology accepted.

That is in seeing that Claudio does not really get what sets a real thought leader apart from the hoi polloi who merely contribute to the din of social media chatter. Ordinary folk like us get to react. Real thought leaders, on the other hand, need to step back and apply coherent thought to what they say. Good leaders, after all, are expected to be the rock to which the rank-and-file seek to anchor themselves to steady their sensibilities in the midst of chaotic emotional reaction. Thus the term thought leader. Thought leaders contribute thoughtful sobriety to the discourse and lead their flock away from shrill emotionalism and back to stable rational grounding.

In this “thought leader” piece, Claudio, in contrast, seeks to contribute the emotional blackmail of that all-too-familiar silent treatment — the cruelest of emotional weaponry. That’s not thought leadership. That’s just being a shill.

19 Replies to “To @RapplerDotCom ‘thought leader’ @seclaudio: Apology accepted”

  1. It’s good to hear another comical display of arrogance by being saintly first to justify being a critic later. Since most of us know, this sainthood conversion is far-fetch anyway, and most honorable thing to do is to permanently be silent and enjoy the rest of this person’s life in solitude in the hope of leading to sainthood.

  2. So, as Claudio has stated : we must be “Saints”, to be eligible to criticize.

    I pay my taxes to the government. If my money is diverted to the pockets, of corrupt people; like Aquino, Mar Roxas, Porky Drilon, Andres Bautista; etc… I have the Full Right to Shout , that my taxpayer’s money is being stolen. I may not be a “Saint”, but i will surely holler and shout.

    The Claudio’s article is a way, to disarm critics of the Aquino Cojuangco political axis and the Liberal Party. It is a garbage statement…

    I urge all Filipino citizens to criticize any undeserving Filipino politician…this is our government; not theirs. We want improvements on all branches of the government; service improvements !

  3. Let’s go that we need Marcos apologia to be hip for its own good. Let’s glorify Marcos, benign0. I wish you would die a true Marcos loyalist if you have terminal illenss in natural cause of death.

    Rappler is bias! Claudio is a dilawan! Marcos Loyalists need to bring back 1973 Constitution without any amendment to glorify Ferdinand E. Marcos.

  4. @Propaganda Boy:

    Nice TROLLING, fam. Of course, you’re a troll so you always spent time SPAMMING on this page. And no, benig0 doesn’t even glorify Marcos per se. As expect from a Yellowtard in sheep’s clothing.

    1. @BrokenME,

      I don’t get it. Go tell Albert Anastasia of TheStagnantFilipino, the STF website about pro-marcos so benign0 can glorify Marcos per se.

  5. When dealing with critics always remember this: Critics judge things based on what is outside of their content of understanding.

  6. @DIO, @BrokenMe of GRP and @Albert Anastasia & @Lance of STF,

    If I accuse you of being pro-Marcos Loyalist THEN tag me as a Jew or LGBT gay or subversive whatsoever!

  7. @Propaganda Boy:

    Nope, the perfect tag for someone like you is a TROLL. Because TROLLS will LIE, EXAGGERATE, and OFFEND in order to get a response.

    Need I say more, TROLL?

    1. @BrokenME,

      I don’t get it.


      Admit it you are a terrorist but not a troll. Terrorists will spread terror, spread lies, exaggerate and offend, much worse than trolls. Devils can be as bad as terrorists but much worse than trolls.

  8. @PropagandaBoy,

    You are a terrorist worse than a troll, marked by a devil, being tagged as a dilawan, communist, drug pusher and/or Jew.

  9. YEAH, typical wise-a$$$ Flip- remark, then ***CRICKETS**** as if you murdered the bitches cat…then she will POP-UP again with some sarcasistic remark and be all Anti-Duterte again.

    IF FILIPINO’s have have yet to figure out that Duterte is a Puppet of the Oligarchs…is thar, just look at what has ttranspired in the past year. Duterte has addressed NONE of the issue’s that need addressing. Its just more of the same BS political theatre of the absurd while nothing ever improves the lot of the ‘MASSA’, which, BTW, is everyone besides’ the 1%, ya frikkin duhmee’s……

  10. Same old problem with “moral crusaders” or “social justice warriors” who believe they’re the only ones who are right. They believe that they’re the only ones with the right to have criticism. But when someone criticizes them or criticizes with a different opinion, they want that person to shut up. So here comes someone, apologizing, probably making herself look like a victim, when she’s actually far from one. Same old pretentiousness, nothing new.

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