A response to the disgraceful reaction from Rappler and a UP student |
By John Gabriel Pabico-Lalu, Editor-at-Large |
IF YOU GOT IT, then you have a big responsibility.
“Why can’t Jeane Napoles take pictures of the stuffs she owns?” I’ll answer the question of Mr. Chad Osorio, author of the commentary posted of the online resource site Rappler, entitled “In defense of Jean Napoles”.
A lot of people are not offended just because they cannot afford what is on her hands. After all, a lot them value the intangibles rather than the ones concrete: people cherish family and affinity over money and jewelry; love for brethren and faith in God instead of lavish footwear and millions of dollars’ worth of residences.
Heck, I’d even trade what Napoles has to watch Gilas Pilipinas live.
It was really done in bad taste. Sure it was never a crime to be proud of what you have, but delicadeza states that you do not assert your wealth while a lot of your countrymen are deep-sixed in poverty.
The idea that “Social media networks are specifically designed so that people can connect” is basically true, but the use of these social networking sites in order to increase one’s social value is essentially a personal choice. It is an option: you may use the internet for advocacies, or on the other side of the fence, non-sense matters.
Wait, is increasing one person’s social value and social climbing different?
A lot of the masses may have been deprived of quality education, but they do not lack the wisdom. In fact, the wisdom resides with the masses.
And I tell you, they would never respect a person like Napoles.
Modesty aside, I am respected by my fellow students and writers, being the editor-at-large of this particular online site. Sometimes, I am feared, as much as I regret being so. But I never needed a picture with Justin Bieber in order to be respected. I never needed an 80 million property in Los Angeles, California to be loved. I never needed a military man-father in order to be feared.
Napoles’ arrogance shows with the fact that she is more likely to talk with the A community alone. Yes, we have never heard of her until this scandal blew up –– and we are in many ways thankful that the scandal blew up. This is a wake-up call to all other Filipinos who have the same lifestyle.
For God’s sake, if you do not want communism, then shun that selfish attitude.
Osorio mentioned that “I (Osorio) doubt she intended poor people to read it in the first place… they don’t even know who Lacroix or St. Laurent is, and they do not understand the social value of a $3,000 designer bag one uses for everyday wear.”
That is an understatement: the poor are belittled because they cannot live up to the standards of quality that Napoles has. Remember that communism existed because of the abusive intentions of the capitalists.
I-have-this-you-don’t? It is such a pity why people show off a worldly life; is it impossible for her to show pictures of her conducting outreach programs? Even for the sake of publicity? In Tagalog, “kahit pakitang tao o pampalubag-loob man lang”?
There is no shade of doubt
It is not even a question of guilt in regards to the allegations of graft and corruption pitched at her family. Filipinos, especially those who can feed thousands of mouths and fill thousands of stomachs, have a responsibility to shoulder his or her fellow Filipino who struggles with his or her everyday life.
Having gold bars in one’s pocket is not wrong: however, it becomes incorrect when what other people have in their pockets are stones and sand. It is a devious act of greediness.
Everyone is free to form their own ideas. Be it a student from the University belt, a journalist inside the walls of Intramuros, or a University of the Philippines student, we are allowed to express what we want.
Here’s the twist though: Osorio is a former iskolar ng bayan: a UP Diliman College of Law student. His first loyalty is expected to be with the public. Can he bear the truth, that while he is out there taking shots of fashion statements and trends and seemingly sympathizing with Napoles, a lot of Filipino children are dying from hunger and curable diseases?
I’m pretty sure Osorio will have a hard time coping with all the criticisms, especially because he hails from a university where activism is widespread and leftist movements are proliferating.
Is it freedom of speech? Yes. Are these expected actions from a UP Student?
No, never. Not in a million years.
A society filled with stereotypes would tell us that it expects these things from a De La Salle University student. UP students are expected to be cynical regarding issues –– a double-edged sword, actually.
The brilliance and cynical nature did not show up though: half of Osorio’s arguments are invalid. What a shame for Rappler and Diliman.