Fecal humor and Marshals

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By Jun Ledesma

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014


WHAT can we expect from a cheap comedian? A brainer of an act? Nah! What we get is fecal humor because this nitwit is really nothing but a foul-mouthed fluke whose best asset is a funny face and… a funny face.

Actually he need not apologize because the truth of the matter is that he is pitiable. Sick in the mind he can only spew out gutter jokes. If Ramon Bautista thinks he insults our women by comparing them to “hipon” (shrimp) he is entirely wrong because the joke he dishes out is on him. With his brand of cheap humor he exposes his own deficiencies and his inability to improve his craft and in employing rubbish humor he reveals that the demeaning attributes he ascribes to our women are more fitted for him.

But let us not allow the Cro-Magnon to spoil the success of our Kadayawan Festival. I think that the festivities this year drew the largest crowd of spectators ever since the birth of this celebration. That the city and festival organizers were able to assemble an unprecedented number of participants is a celebration itself. There will of course be spoilers in such a huge spectacle as this one. Aside from Bautista some marshals assigned to manage the crowd acted like robots, which seemed preprogrammed to shoo away photo journalists who want to have good shooting angles for their respective media establishments and for the social media. The only difference between Bautista and these field marshals is that they can be tutored to do the right thing next time while no amount of help can educate a cheapskate comedian.

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I am not kidding when I say that maybe even our Chief of Police and station commanders should undergo some kind of seminar on the values of the craft of photojournalism especially in the area of tourism promotions. I can write to describe the awesome spectacles that my eyes can see and register in my aging brain, but pictures speak a thousand words as vivid as the high definition camera lens can absorb. Now of what value will the pictures and videos be if the faded uniforms of unkempt marshals are in the foreground or background of the shots photo journalists take?

No wonder our peace-keeping forces are losing in the propaganda war versus the New People’s Army.

If we go by what and how our policemen treated photojournalists, force and brawn are used to shoo cameramen away. The NPAs would welcome any a journalist and allow them to take pictures of their training in the jungles. They would use people like an ordinary farmer to speak for them in alleging military or police atrocities. The military sends their own spokesmen to TV or radio stations to promote or defend themselves instead of the more effective means of say beneficiaries of their outreach program to speak for them.

In events like Kadayawan, the primordial objective of organizers, including our peacekeeping forces, is to show the world the richness of our varied cultures and not to display the overly-eager marshals who overdo their task. Of what good are the ID stickers given to photojournalists if you deprive them access in the first place?

Anyway, what is done is done and we should absorb lessons from these seemingly inconsequential and yet disconcerting issues. We should now put closure to this issue and then look forward to a more colorful and yet another spectacular Kadayawan festivities next year.

Furthermore, let us not lose track of the success of the festivities this year. It was a grandiose event. There was bonanza of various fruits that sell so unprecedentedly cheap. But the more significant matter here is that Davao City was able to stage such an event without any untoward incident on life and property. Forget the ruffled feelings.

Congratulations therefore to our police force, Task Force Davao, the NPAs, the MNLF and to our city officialdom led by our City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for keeping us secure.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 21, 2014.

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