So it is presidential elections season again in the Philippines and cultish partisan bashing has started to get heated up once more. We know that exciting things are ahead as the country seems to be in a bar fight populated by a bunch of drunken basketball fans watching the Philippine team Gilas duking it out against Australia’s Boomers in a FIBA World Cup Qualifier. So why are a bunch of loons who, in all likelihood, are not even personally acquainted with the candidates, even fighting? This is exactly what identity politics give! It gives emotionally charged and bitter sentiments propelled by anger and retribution.
Perhaps one of the biggest culprits out there that stirs the pot of boiling hatred is the jaundiced news site Rappler. Now that the son of whom the Yellows consider to be the Pinoy version of Hitler, is leading in the polls, Rappler seems to be going on overdrive in discrediting anything and everything positive being attributed to Bongbong Marcos (BBM). Take for instance, the Bangui Windmills in Ilocos Norte, in which the establishment BBM has been praised for, is now being “cancelled” as a BBM project. Rappler contends that:
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Hey, if it is from the organization of her yellow Holiness herself, Nobel Laureate Ma. Ressa, then it must be true! Afterall, Rappler is the bastion of integrity and truth, right? This is what the decent and the inteligencia of Philippine society affirms! Questioning that would make you a purveyor of fake news and a dreg of society. Subscribing to something outside of the yellow groupthink would make one a pariah. Eeewww! Gross! Definitely not worthy to even kiss the ground Megastar Sharon Cuneta’s Figlia shoes touches.
Anyway, what is interesting is that looking at the history of the Bangui Windmills, a Philstar article back in 2005 tells that work on the project started after a Danish engineer, who headed the project, met with then Ilocos Norte Governor BBM. The article states that:
“Jacobsen started work on the 24.75-megawatt project in 1999 after meeting Ilocos Norte Gov. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who was intent on fixing the patchy and low-voltage power supply to his region which lies on the northern tip of the country’s electricity grid.
Marcos was well aware of the potential of wind because his father and former president, Ferdinand Marcos, ordered a study into alternative energy in the 1970s amid the first global oil crisis.”
Okay so maybe technically speaking, Rappler is correct. In all likelihood, BBM’s name will not appear as one of the authors of the 1996 NREL study by the Americans. BBM was not identified as the project head in NorthWind Power Development Corporation’s study plan! Never mind that BBM was already intent on looking for ways to resolve the energy cost problem in Ilocos Norte (and never mind that alternative energy explorations were also one of his dad’s plans going back to the 70s), the fact is BBM’s name is not identified as an author of the 1996 NREL study nor as project head in the NorthWind Power Development Corporation’s study plan. So it is like this – a research study is conducted by lab ABC to see whether test article X has any use or is effective in addressing problem Y (which BBM is trying to look for answers to). The lab comes out with a study report (complete with the scientists’ or engineers’ names as authors in the study report). BBM gets approached about this study and BBM finds the utility of test article X to address problem Y that his province is experiencing. BBM gives the go-ahead on the execution of the project in his province but no credit should be attributed to him. His role, simply, is ministerial – at least this is what Yellows seem to be trying to convey.
Heaven forbid giving credit to BBM’s involvement in the realization of the project! No! If his name is not identified as an author in the study or if he isn’t identified as the head of the project in the project plan, then BBM being credited for the Bangui Windfarm project is “fake news”. One thing I am just curious about is – I wonder what would have happened to the project proposal or project plan document if the then Ilocos Norte Governor’s thinking was:
“Magtatayo ka ng windmill, paano kung walang hangin?”
It seems that any positive achievements or even effort, once attached to an identity (in this case, a Marcos), would trigger a rabid response that would give the green light (a color which, incidentally, an opposition candidate for VP is suggested to be owned by) to keyboard warriors to start their hunt and destroy mode. The Marcos Derangement Syndrome is quite amusing! It seems to invoke so much hatred from a bunch angry jaundiced partisans that can be likened to a pack of hyenas with hemorrhoids! Of course, we also do have calm heads from the Yellow side appealing for decency and a respectful exchange of ideas – right after appearing to insinuate that the people on the opposing side are indecent. Some of these self-proclaimed “learned” and “decent” appear to even be using the victim card just right after discriminating against people who don’t share their political beliefs, supported by people who advocate for the “decent” act of spitting on the food of BBM supporters.
Aren’t the Yellows supposed to be the paragon of decency, in which tolerance is a virtue? It seems that the reality for these folks is that preaching about decency is nothing but a practice of mere virtue signaling. Shouldn’t the “Tolerrati” be confident in their beliefs and not be so insecure about opposing views? Shouldn’t they actually embrace opposing views if they are so decent and tolerant? Well, it appears that they are insecure, and it appears that until the elections are over, at least – they won’t be embracing opposing views any time soon. The virtuous inteligencia of Philippine society must be so irked with us mere mortals for being in a fancy restaurant and asking for ketchup instead of Grey Poupon.
Calling a spade, a spade…