Tolerance with insults

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By Ging-ging Avellanosa Valle

Bahin sang Bubay

Saturday, August 23, 2014


EVERY day we may not show it but we are aware that we are being insulted in many ways as a people or as an individual. We tend to ignore most of this slur against our person or as a people, not because we do not care, but because we really do not have time to think about it.

Some people think that they are better than others, and so they tend to do away with the boredom of having to deal with what they consider ‘second rate’ characters by making fun of them. Others still may have thought that people are so uninteresting and gullible that they could not see their views and understand it accordingly such that they would heap all unkind words on them, and dismiss their simplicity as nothing but ‘idiocy’.

One thing though stands out among these kinds of character, and that is they have over bloated ‘superiority’ complex that blinded them to the truth that they are really the trash that they thought real people are.

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I could not help but think about the kind of insult to the Mindanao people’s intelligence that ‘imperial’ government officials heap on us every time, especially when we assert our rights as a people. When our ‘beloved’ president declared a truce with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) it proudly hailed itself aloft, as it claim to be kind and peace-loving. Much later though, the government of Benigno Simeon Aquino fall flat on its face when its much touted peace agreement with the Bangsamoro started to lose its façade or face value and showed its true intent.

The way that government think tanks handle the peace process with the Moro people leaves much to be desired, the way it has bungled and makes a mockery with the stalled peace talks with the National Democratic Front. The Filipino people are growing weary with the flimsy excuses being dished out by government negotiators from pursuing the peace negotiations convincingly, seemingly taking the people for a ride.

Clearly, ‘our’ government officials are making a mockery of the Filipinos’ intelligence, by doing acts that demean their avowed duty to serve and protect the interests of their ultimate masters, such as the wholesale corruption and robbing of the national coffers empty without even feeling the pinch of conscience.

It is the height of hypocrisy therefore for government servants to insist that their good deeds are not front acts as these are easily undermined by the real motivation that naturally comes out without much prodding.

As to why these shenanigans and jesters are still in power is not because the Filipinos have voted for them over again, but because they used their positions and manipulated the results of elections through means that money can buy. ‘Power corrupts and corrupts absolutely’, it has been said. The insulted poor majority may have been unwittingly convinced that they have charted the wicked course of the evil among men, but then, the truth will always set people free.

It has been done during Martial law. “Whatever will be, will be…”

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 23, 2014.

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