It is easy to watch a viral video of the most recent police “killing” then jump into a “conclusion” that the Philippine police are “evil” and then go off to launch a whole media circus around it and propagate the latest outrage fad. The incident that left Sonya Gregorio and her son Frank Anthony Gregorio dead is a tragedy, but not necessarily one that allows anyone to soundly arrive at the conclusion that the Philippine National Police is an “evil” institution. But that’s exactly what the Philippine Opposition are fooling the Filipino people into believing.
This common sense regard for the crime perpetrated by police officer Jonel Nuezca did not stop the Philippine Opposition from politicising this incident beyond recognition. For the Yellowtards (the leading bloc within the Opposition loyal to the Aquino-Cojuangco feudal clan) and the communists, any position that is short of broadly painting the Philippine police as “evil” constitutes a “downplaying” of the public outrage this issue is entitled to. According to their “thought leaders”, people who attempt to point out the logical unsoundness of the notion that a duly-elected Philippine president deserves to be “ousted” as a result of these crimes deserves to be ridiculed as someone who is walang pakisama — a person who refuses to conform to a sentiment that is regarded to be right on the dubious merit of popular opinion alone.
The trouble with the Yellowtards and the communists lies in their overused partisan tradition. Both camps are renowned primarily for their “ouster” rhetoric — a tradition of using “mass action” and dishonestly packaging these as “revolutions” to further political agendas. As such, they are now known for their utterly devalued political modus operandi, forever scrounging around for isolated incidents as fodder for the outrage fads they are always looking to spark. Complementing this tactic is their blanket campaign to demonise state forces — the police and military — who are, in actual fact, the only forces capable of thwarting violent terrorist acts (in the case of the communist intent) or swinging an ouster campaign towards or away from success (in the case of the Yellowtard intent). If the top “thought leaders” of the Opposition could only be bothered to reflect on their tired approach to “change”, they will find that their style is succumbing to the law of diminishing returns — more is delivering incrementally less and less.
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No surprise then that no critical gaps, dysfunctions, or opportunities in administration and governance are intelligently addressed in the Philippines in a sustainable manner. The problems that are at the centres of the Yellowtards’ and communists’ phony and pretentious rages are all problemns that transcend many governments. Police brutality, corruption, election cheating, nepotism, etcetera — all endemic with no one government addressing them at the systemic level. Yet here, yet again, we see the same tired old partisan camps armed with their obsolete ideologies and rhetoric packaging these as issues “unique” to the incumbent government they are railing against. One can only hope that these crooks can get away with this strategic insult to the intelligence of the Filipino people for only so long. Indeed, it is beginning to look like Filipinos have had enough of heated and re-heated inadobong Yellowtardism and communism year in and year out, president in and president out.
The brain-dead pattern is now quite readily recognisable. Crooked partisan groups like the Yellowtards and communists are always hovering around like vultures ready to feast on and regurgitate into their bankrupt political rhetoric any incident or idea that could be used as a tool for mass emotional blackmail. It leads one to question whether these people are genuinely looking for solutions, because it is quite evident that they only seek to escalate emotionalism at the expense of systematic thinking in order to cultivate fertile ground for “revolution”.
The sense in the killing of the Gregorios does not go beyond the criminal case and the hopeful resolution following due process via the criminal justice system ensrhined within the frame of the Consititution. If we are to mature as a society, this case-to-case address of acute incidents and their resolution within institutional measures should be made a habit — because measures that enforce systematic approaches to resolving issues are designed to ensure sound conclusions are reached upon which appropriate actions are taken. When deliberate action is always taken to escalate emotional responses around every incident, there will be no sound resolution and no incentive to focus on clear thinking. This is why, for example, the jeepney remains the social cancer that it is today in the Philippines. The contraption represents a triumph of haphazard emotion over engineered solutions. As long as Filipinos are encouraged by cancerous political blocs like the Yellowtards and communists to habitually apply emotional responses to problems that can routinely be solved by clear thinking (a discipline that any mature criminal justice system enforces), they will not progress.
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