‘Dili tanang corrupt politiko’-A A +A
Thursday, October 24, 2013
THE SONG "Dili Tanan" (Not All) is plain and unpretentious: simple theme and lyrics and catchy tune pushing the message not to generalize, not to cast people in a pre-set mold.
"Dili Tanan" says that not all men are good-looking and not all the good-looking are men.
Some may turn out to be gays.
Not all women are pretty and not all pretty ones are women. Some may be men who underwent surgical make-over.
And so on: the song harping on pitfalls of rash judgment based on what one merely sees or hears.
Politicians, who hadn't been bashed as ferociously before as they've been bashed since the pork barrel scandal erupted, may find some comfort from the song.
Not all politicians are corrupt, "Dili Tanan" says, and not all the corrupt are politicians.
Few will quarrel with flaws and unfairness of stereotyping. For example, in the bogus NGOs controversy:
l Not all NGOs that funneled billions of pesos in state funds were set up by Janet Napoles. But Janet has been depicted as if she were the sole villain;
l Not all legislators who released "pork" money to the bogus NGOs and not all bureaucrats who helped pull the swindle got cuts from the proceeds.
There are still honest lawmakers and department officials; there are still scrupulous NGOs. Not all of them are crooks.
"Dili tanan." But with all the noise and fury of the controversy, it's increasingly difficult for the public to recognize the good guys from the hoods.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 24, 2013.