Apparently, it’s become somewhat of a fashion statement nowadays in the chi chi “activist” communities to be parroting “woke” sentiments about the “evils” of the police and the military. What is interesting about this fashion trend is that its fashionista “thought leaders” offer no alternatives to legitimate state security forces and law enforcement agencies that they demonise in the quaint and unoriginal slogans they mouth in their “protest rallies”. Who does one run to then when one is in trouble if one can’t trust the police? The New People’s Army?
That last one is an interesting concept. The NPA is a terrorist band being put up as some sort of “people’s hero” by wokedom. Strange. On one hand, commies and “ativists” decry the police for being an “ill-trained” bunch. On the other hand they would put up as a public messiah a ragtag terrorist “army” made up of youths armed with AK-47s that had been suckered out of their university studies. Even more baffling, “activists” who are actually brave enough to categorically deny they are communists and condemn the atrocities of the NPA seem to discourage people from respecting their men and women in uniform but offer no alternative to who one might run to when threatened by criminals.
It gets even more idiotic when one considers how commies and “activists” seem to suggest, when encouraging Filipinos to reject the authority of the police, that this is license to engage in illegal activities. As such they wear with with pride the righteousness with which, for example, they destroy or deface public property. While they might think their “cause” justifies this, the law is quite clear on the criminal nature of these activities. More importantly, they should consider how the broader public feel about having the funds they fork over in the form of taxes spent cleaning up the mess and repairing the destruction left by these “activists”.
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Worse, they take up arms illegally then cry foul when said armed elements are met with similar firepower delivered by officers or personnel of legitimate state forces. The goal of these terrorists is to kill police officers and soldiers yet they waste no time playing the Victim Card when one of their own gets plugged in a police or military operation. In reality, they stay true to the tradition of Filipino necropolitics in the way they routinely use the stiffs they pile up as collateral for their campaigns and “activist” circuses.
If one really comes down to thinking about first principles here, the real outrage is in why the police continue to handle these crooks with kids’ gloves. Terrorism should be regarded with zero tolerance. Groups that hide behind a thin veneer of legality using front organisations should not be spared proper investigation and appropriate consequences if and when found to be aiding and abetting terrorism. They have insulted Filipinos’ intelligence for so long pretending to be unaware of the reality of communist-sponsored terrorism or, even more bizarre, outright denying any linkage or alliance with communist organisations.
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