On “Respect My Opinion,” “Nasa Atin Pa Rin ang Gawa,” and Toxic Supporters

I posted this on my other Facebook account (Peach Xvision) and would just like to share here din hehe. Haba pala kasi. Hahaha! Puwedeng blog. Gulat ako, ang dami kong thoughts na naipon na naka-draft na nakumpleto lang today. Hindi na lang basta two cents, limang piso na ganern.

On “respect my opinion”

It’s no longer merely an opinion. It’s already a choice, a choice that will affect the whole country.

Sorry, I cannot understand your decision of voting for Marcos. I believe that respect is earned too. So hindi ko fully masabi na I respect your decision. More like . . . I acknowledge that you are voting for the other candidate, no matter how I think VP Leni is more capable of leading.

Ganito po kasi iyan. May mga prinsipyo kami tulad ng pagbabayad ng tax at ang pag-file sa tamang panahon nito, ang huwag magmanipula para lang mapaniwala na isa kang graduate ng Oxford kahit hindi naman pala, ang hindi na pag-uulit ng kasaysayan ng isang diktador, ang hindi pagsanib-puwersa sa mga taong may reputasyon na sa corruption. We don’t really see these values and principles in your candidate. And we really do not get why you will vote for him. Pero May 6 na kasi. Ilang tulog na lang at eleksiyon na. Alam namin, o at least ako, na maliit na ang chance na makakumbinse.

I understand this is a public space; of course, you are free to speak of your sentiments. Pero sabi ko nga, ‘yung mga opinion about interests ang kaya kong palagpasin. But when we ask “why are you voting for him,” it’s really a genuine question because we do not understand and we want to.

Is it because you are from Ilocos and you’ve seen how their family made Ilocos prosperous and you want the same for the Philippines? Then tell that to me.

Is it because of your religion? Tell that to me.

Is it just because napapaligiran ka ng toxic supporters of the other side at napipikon ka lang sa kanila so hindi mo na lang titingnan ‘yung plataporma ni VP so do’n ka na lang sa kanya? Then tell that to me as well kahit na parang ang sakit-sakit pakinggan n’on.

Is it because you’re okay to set aside his issues kasi mas nananaig ‘yung kagustuhan mo of an authoritarian leadership na mukhang pinapangako niya? Then tell that to me.

Siguro, siguro lang kasi hindi ko mailagay ang paa ko sa sapatos ninyo, you want the kind of leadership of the Marcoses—authoritarianism, or “enforcement of strict obedience at the expense of personal freedom”—during the times they ruled the country. And you don’t see this kind of leadership sa ibang mga kandidato. That you might dismiss ‘yung issues sa tax, ‘yung sa cases nila before, ‘yung about sa schooling niya . . . pero, kumbaga, nonnegotiable n’yo ito. Ito ‘yung gusto n’yong uri ng leadership. Na hindi n’yo rin maintindihan bakit hindi ‘to maintindihan ng ibang tao.

I can respect your opinion na mas gusto mo ang TWICE kaysa Red Velvet, o na mas gusto mo ang Spiderman ni Tobey Maguire kaysa kay Tom Holland—ayan, ayan ang mga opinion na oks lang. But your opinion that there are more superior lives (i.e., the statement “Tama lang na namatay ang drug adik kasi pumatay sila ng inosente” or “Kritiko sila ng gobyerno at mga salot sila kaya dapat naman talaga sila mamatay”), I cannot, but I will acknowledge that we have differences in philosophies . . . that yours is “a tooth for a tooth” and mine is an idea of a justice system employed with knowledgeable lawyers giving the rightful judgment to the criminal.

Sa mga INC contacts ko, I share the same sentiment that I will never understand the concept of bloc voting whereas no one will really see your ballot (and I think it’s a greater sin to your god if you vote for plunderers and allow the country to suffer longer). Pero paano ba . . . it’s not really respecting your decision, e. Kasi maaapektuhan ako as a taxpayer sa mga ganitong decision. 😞 It’s more of acknowledgment; acknowledgment na it is a practice in your religion. Same as how I will never understand how Catholics would wipe their handkerchiefs to statues and then keep them for blessing/luck. I don’t understand these traditions (so I can’t say I respect them), but I acknowledge that they are a part of your religion.

At dahil naulit-ulit ko na, ang point ko is . . . acknowledged, not respected. “Acknowledge” to me is more like “okay, ayan na, wala na akong magagawa.” But when I say “respect,” it means I admire your decision, pero hindi nga iyon ang case.

I hope that’s clear and more, uhm, not hurtful. Parang sa inyo ring voters of Marcos siguro. Hindi ninyo maintindihan kung bakit iboboto namin si Leni, but maybe you have acknowledged it already.

On “at the end of the day, nasa atin pa rin ang gawa”

Of course nasa atin ang gawa, but the decisions of our government affect our day-to-day living. Pagod na ako sa tolerance.

We are paying our taxes, and ideally, we MUST feel where these taxes are going to. Oo, nasa atin ang disiplina—tayo ang tatawid sa daan, tayo ang pipila, tayo pa rin ang tatanggap ng sahod at magpaplano kung saan gagastusin ang pera. Pero kahit anong sipag mo, kahit anong disiplina mo, kung walang pake ang gobyerno at sa corruption napupunta ang pera, the efforts are futile.

Sabihin nating 25,000 pesos ang sahod mo tapos may inflation rate, e di tataas ang mga bilihin. ‘Yung 25,000 pesos mo na pambayad ng renta + tubig + kuryente + pagkain at nakakapagrelax ka pa ng kaunti siguro, biglang magiging pambayad ng renta + tubig + kuryente + pagkain na tinipid at wala ng pang-relax. Single pa ‘yan, ha. Paano pa kaya ‘yung may mga anak? Kung dati kaya mong bigyan ng gatas araw-araw ‘yung anak mo, naging twice a week na lang (paano ang sustansiya na natatanggap ng anak mo?) O, sa mga nagpapaaral, dahil sapat na lang ang sinasahod mo sa necessities, iisipin mong patitigilin na sa pag-aaral ang anak mo. Pero kung ayaw mo n’on, anong iisipin mo? Siyempre maghanap ng ibang raket. Maghanap ng ibang trabaho para may pagkakitaan. Nakakapagod. Tapos malalaman mo na ‘yung binabayad mong tax e napupunta sa mga corrupt na opisyal. Ikaw na nagtatrabaho nang matiwasay . . . tapos sila ninanakaw lang ‘yung pinaghirapan mo.

Sa commuting. Ito, real situation. Taga-Cainta, Rizal, ako and ang work ko dati, sa Makati. During first days ko na wala pa akong WFH, gigising ako ng 4 a.m., aalis ng 5 a.m. para makarating sa opisina ng 6 a.m. (tapos doon na lang ako matutulog hanggang 8 a.m. or mag-uumpisa na ng work para makauwi nang maaga kasi nga traffic ulit pag-uwi). Kasi kapag umalis ako ng 5:30 a.m., saktong 8:00 a.m. na ako makakarating (traffic, walang masakyan). Minsan mas late pa. Ang layo ng agwat, di ba? ‘Yung mga desisyon ng government natin noon e nakakaapekto ngayon. Hindi ko alam kung reversible pa ba ‘to o tatanggapin na lang natin na ganito ang traffic system sa Pinas. Pero may hope ako na through good leaders, baka . . . baka lang kaya. Na sana, bumabalik din ang tax na kinakaltas sa akin through laws that think of us commuters. Kaso hindi, e.

I just want to feel the taxes that I am paying. And I want them to be handled by good and well-reputed leaders.

On toxic supporters

I’ve seen here destructive posts of different camps. Gusto ko lang sabihin na there are toxic supporters at ito ang mga hindi natin gustong i-tolerate.

For example, sa aming supporters of TRoPa, we see how BBM supporters ridicule her. Like 2016 pa. May nanalangin na sana ma-rape siya. Na sana mahulog din ‘yung eroplanong sinasakyan niya. She has been called lugaw and lutang. Her pictures have been edited everywhere—her face in a coffin, her face in trash cans, the faces of her daughters as sexy dancers, etc.—her videos spliced. They say na nandaya siya sa election, pero nagpa-recount si Marcos for how many times already, and he even chose the provinces—thus the joke “baka magbrownout.” Do you know how insulting that is, knowing that it was the same election that the president and senators who are seated now had won?

For BBM supporters, are these familiar? Of course. You’ve seen how his pictures were glued to coffins and trash cans as well, the pictures of his sons glued to different people. You’ve seen how spliced videos tarnished his reputation. You’ve heard how a lot wished for his death when he had COVID. And I can empathize how these must have insulted you . . . kasi ganyan din sa amin pero the other way around lang.

Ang point ko, when you fight sana for these issues, sana for all of humanity, hindi lang dahil apektado ang kandidato mo. I mean, okay, minsan natatawa tayo sa ibang mga post, pero sana at the end of the day, alam nating mali ang mga ito at na sana ay nando’n pa rin tayo sa mas respectful na paraan ng paglatag ng arguments.

Ayun lang. Alas dos na grabe hahahaha. Kain muna tayo ng lunch (or baka ako na lang pala haha), pahinga at detoxify para hindi ma-drain sa election anxiety, at ipanalangin na tunay ngang may malasakit lahat ng kandidatong tumatakbo. 🍑

Siraan Everywhere

So may sakit ako these past few days, at sabi ko I will be actively posting why VP Leni is my president pero di ko na nagawa. Minsan, napapabukas ako ng FB pero dahil sa memes na sinesend, not actually for the news.

Pero ang lungkot na ‘yung mga ibang kampong nagsabing “walang siraan,” “respect my decision,” etc., sila rin naman ang may caption ng “Leni inodoro,” “Leni lugaw,” “ina niyo, basta ampon ako,” at iba’t iba pang paninirang puri. Anyare sa sinabi ninyong “walang siraan?” Hindi ko man maintindihan kung bakit n’yo iboboto ang isang kandidato, karapatan n’yo ‘yon iboto . . . demokrasya, e. Pero siyempre, not without posting something like this para puwede pang pag-isipan.

Hindi rin naman shielded doon ang supporters ni VP Leni. Alam ko rin naman na may ibang nagpupush sa kanila na ‘wag na tumakbo si Ka Leody, Isko, and others, na hindi rin maganda ang tunog sa ‘kin.

Pero grabe, ano? O, ako lang ba ‘to? Parang lahat nakatuon sa kanya. May ibabalita tapos may mga blog na magko-compute na kesyo hindi totoo na 4,000 vehicles ang sumama. And I mean, if this computation were true, nada-drag nang nada-drag ang name niya.

Gusto ko siyang manalo. Bukod sa mga accomplishments niya, parang ang sarap na mag-“in your face” sa lahat ng kritisismo sa kanya pero hindi siya tumitigil sa pagtulong. Hindi ba iyon naman talaga ang gusto nating pangulo? ‘Yung nakikinig. ‘Yung kahit anong batikos, nakatuon sa trabaho. I mean, last I’ve heard, active ang team niya sa pagtulong sa mga nasalanta sa Ilocos. Personally, kapag ako ginanito, baka mag-mental breakdown na ako. Di ko ma-imagine ang pagtitiis ng mga anak niya t’wing sinisiraan ang kanilang ina, ano? They look so genuine, so concerned.

But to all fair, di ko rin gusto ang nanay narrative. Share ko lang. Ayoko ng tatay narrative kay Digong, e. Minsan, sa isang office setup, weird din ang “we are family here.” Haha, ewan. Kumbaga, may abused families kasi? May families that are still very authoritarian (and as an Aquarius, ayoko n’on, lol, Di ko alam kung may sense pa ‘yung sinasabi ko). I mean, gets? I want a transformative leader that will not only inspire their people but move them to move, kumbaga. Pero gets ko rin naman na metaphor ‘yon. Hahaha. Preference ko lang.

Haba ng sinabi ko. 10:00 a.m. pa lang, ghorl. Good morning.

Still Frustrated Over Matters I Cannot Control

Some establishments are beginning to remove hazard pays from their employees’ salaries, as if the battle with COVID in the Philippines is already done.

Note that some employees are still not allowed to use public transportation due to safety reasons (e.g., in some food establishments). I heard that some even have an alternate schedule, meaning an employee could only go to work for two weeks in one month (one-week work, two-week rest). I understand why this is necessary, but I hope owners would not take away the pay that serves as a minimal “pampalubag-loob” to our frontliners who are risking their lives for their families.

And then there are people who prioritize dumping white sand into Manila Bay, allowing hundreds of people to gather the area as if there were no fucking health risks. Yes, I am questioning the gatherers’ decision to visit, but more importantly, the event wouldn’t even happen if DENR and other concerned authorities did not use “tourism” as an answer to the country’s problems.

Ano ba, ano ba, ano ba? Where are their priorities? Sigh.