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Monday, October 7, 2013
THERE is concern -- no, not concern, not really -- but alarm over the behavior of one of our colleagues, who doesn't seem to know if he is a journalist or a barangay tanod.
He just can't make up his mind about his chosen "profession". Others may think he is somewhat "confused", but what many think is that he's just plain selfish.
He has this rather irritating proclivity of being at the right place at the right time, even when his presence is not needed. He is, after all, something other than a journalist. It's a pity I can't say what his other, more important occupation is, because it would defeat the purpose of this piece, which is supposed to be -- you guessed it right -- a blind item.
Anyway, back to the barangay tanod-something-or-the-other journalist... he has this knack of annoying the hell out of people just by his mere presence.
Notice how eyebrows would go up the roof when he arrives in an event -- whether as a journalist or a barangay tanod, who knows.
"What the...?!," would be the usual reaction, because well, he's just not supposed to be there. If he's just being a journalist, well and good. But see, he's not just a journalist, as I keep saying. There is a humongous conflict of interest, which he does not seem to realize, or is just too hard-headed to see.
There is no indication that his attention has been called about his "dual personality". If anyone did tell him about this dilemma , I don't think he cares all that much about how his credibility is being questioned. Well, that's just sad, isn't it?
What do I care, right, that I have to put this into writing? Well, I care about what other people think about our profession, that's why. I care about how people gauge our respective credibilities. The subject of this piece, however, does not give a damn. He has no sense of purpose anymore, other than making us all look bad.
In this job, sacrifices have to be made. Our friend, sad to say, can't seem to make one. I don't know what his deal is, but I am hoping against hope that one day, he would wake up and realize that he'd rather be a tanod than a journalist.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 08, 2013.