I am far away. Yet I smell it. The chauvinists and the egotists, many of them actually play a part in influencing the present of Philippine society, continue to spread its plague.
Raul Gonzalez, the Philippine Secretary of Justice, has opened his venomous mouth again. Well, that is his right. But I specifically do not agree with Ramon Tulfo‘s likening him to the late Claro M. Recto. Raul Gonzalez is just a male chauvinist in my book. In the interviews that I have caught on television where he had to speak supposedly as an honorable representative of the Justice Department, instead he made these biased comments regarding an alleged rape victim on attracting this horrible incident upon herself. Well, not in those exact words really, he insinuated that a good woman should not have been in a place that’s not for her. But this is another story. And there is that incident about him calling the United Nations Special Rapporteur Phillip Alston a muchacho (which has a twisted meaning in the Philippine language), when the latter suggested the release of Crispin Beltran, who was arrested on charges of rebellion by this administration. His arrest is more politically motivated than anything else. Mr. Beltran claims he was arrested in his home without warrant. While the rest of the world evolved and on to 2.0s, all this government did was to hound its supposed enemies and lock them up — not to mention reduce the education budget down to oblivion. Again, this is another story.
Here is Patricia Evagelista’s Payback in Rebel Without A Clue. This is the very reason for today’s post. This time, Raul Gonzalez mentions that U.P. graduates are “destabilizers” and that of course he is not from UP. Well, I am so glad he is not. Because this esteemed institution could not possibly be breeding minds who are so trapped in their own bias and humongous egos. People can in fact think. And they do. And you ought to start doing so too. For you have serious issues , Mr. Gonzalez. Especially with your views on the rights of the people you are supposed to serve.
Ms. Evangelista’s article says it all.