2016 polls dividing Filipinos violently PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 September 2015 12:01




LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all…” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in Mark 10:43-44, the Holy Bible).

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2016 POLLS DIVIDING FILIPINOS VIOLENTLY: If posts in social networking sites like Facebook are to be any gauge, it is clear that even at this point where candidates for the presidential elections in 2016 are just preparing their certificates of candidacy for filing in October, Filipino voters are already greatly polarized, and sorely divided, and are even raring to be violent against their candidates’ detractors.

Let me cite you an example of these posts. On Monday, September 14, 2015, Rynjoy Rivera Mondidz, a member of the Facebook group “Rody Duterte for President Movement International” posted a comment, complaining about the badmouthing that journalist Philip Lustre Jr. allegedly gave Duterte in his wall.

After citing that Davao City under Duterte had been chosen as one of the only four safe cities in the world, Mondidz said: “Kung makagago kayo sa Mayor namin, wagas… Matuto kayong igalang ang Mayor namin, dahil iginagalang yan sa amin. Huwag kang bastos. Nakakaasar na yung mga taong ganyan…”

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THREATS OF DEATH AND VIOLENCE VS. JOURNALISTS: Loosely, what Mondidz said in English was, “you are badmouthing our mayor too much… Learn to respect our Mayor, because we respect him. Don’t be rude. People like you are irritating…”

Veronico Capoy, apparently another Duterte fan and member of the Duterte for President Movement, gave a public threat to Lustre and those who agreed with him in his attacks against the mayor. Capoy said, in Filipino, “I will write your names in my pocket diary, Mr. Philip Lustre and Mr. No Saludo. If Duterte wins as president, we will look for you, and throw you down the river.”

I am sure Lustre will simply laugh this threat off and consider it as just another one of those threats in his profession as a journalist, but the point is, when one writes about a candidate who has avid supporters, the candidate need not even say anything against his detractors. His supporters would just be too willing to do things on their own.

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JOURNALISTS SHOULD NOT SIDE WITH ANY CANDIDATE: But, if we seriously think about it, all of these threats and counter-threats are a mere waste of time and energy. They will never contribute to a healthy discussion about who should, or who should not, become president of this country. They will not even cause a presidential candidate to win or lose.

What we must all aspire for is to instruct our people whom to vote for, on the basis of some worthy guideline or standard, principal of which would be a guideline or a standard dealing with spirituality or fear and love of God among the candidates.

It cannot be denied that a candidate who has been reared in spirituality, and who fears and loves God, would become a good official. It is therefore the responsibility of a journalist, insofar as the 2016 (or any other) elections are concerned, to strive to educate voters to become more discerning in choosing  their next leaders. Journalists, or the real ones, at least, should not to promote or denigrate anyone candidate.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 September 2015 14:44