Popular blogger and “reporter” Ellen Tordesillas is at it again, drumming up support for her fallen “hero” mutineers which she lumped together into the category of mga sundalong lumaban kay Gloria Arroyo (“soldiers who battled [former President] Gloria Arroyo”). That phrase alone which she used in the title of her recent blog article reveals the true nature of her “appeal” — how its political aspect trumps any set of principles that her sort would like us to believe is behind this call for clemency to be applied to these disgraced soldiers.
The appeal comes at a time when another incident involving a person to whom the state had entrusted the privilege to bear firearms — high powered ones, in fact — also took matters into his own hands to the tune of eight foreign tourists needlessly dead today. As such I find this appeal coming from the matron of Jolog Central for “pardon” or “amnesty” for Senator Antonio Trillanes as one that is made in bad taste — more so considering how Media’s involvement in Trillianes’s little “adventures” in the last decade pointedly illustrates the sorts of behaviour and attitudes that made them a key factor that contributed to the degeneration of negotiations with retired cop Rolando Mendoza as he held those Hong Kong tourists at gunpoint in August 23.
We will recall that bozos like Trillanes on the basis of their actions being seen (or drummed up) to be motivated by strongly-held “principles” were given the celebrity treatment by the Philippine Media at the height of their nine-year (read President Arroyo’s term) reign of self-righteousness.
Let’s put the Media-engineered “celebrity” that Trillanes enjoyed in the first decade of the 21st Century in its proper perspective, shall we, by asking this question:
How different is (1) the way Trillianes and his band of now-disgraced soldiers endangered the lives of civilians by engaging in a forced and armed takeover of a civilian establishment from (2) the way Rolando Mendoza mounted a forced and armed takeover of a busload of Hong Kong tourists?
Normally, I wouldn’t have to answer a question such as the one above for people to get the message, but considering these are famously metaphorically-challenged Filipinos we are trying to get a point across to, I shall accede:
Only one thing is different between Trillanes’s mutiny and Mendoza’s rampage: the Mendoza incident ended in tragedy.
This makes for a good context against which we evaluate the intent of idiots who, in applying all the sorts of normal bizarreness that characterises Filipino society, can even consider cutting Trillanes and his posse a bit of slack on the matter of their alleged rebellion…
This appeal is not to encourage impunity for their actions in the Oakwood incident of 2003, the Marine standoff of 2006, nor for those in The Peninsula Manila siege of November 2007 and several other related incidents […]
… that is, according to some kind of “manifesto” supposedly signed by no less than 90 misguided souls.
Sure thing morons. It is your intent that your “manifesto” not “encourage impunity” for the actions of certain numbskulls. But just like Trillanes and Mendoza had their own personal intentions too when they did what they did, intentions tend to fall by the wayside when the results of the actions motivated by these intentions come to be regarded.
One simple call needs to be reiterated many, many, MANY times to Filipinos:
And in this case, I make this simple call to the following Messrs and Madames:
– Ramon Magsaysay Jr.
– Leticia Ramos-Shahani
– Victor Ziga
– Artemio Tuquero
– Bro. Eddie Villanueva
– Fr. Joaquin Bernas
– Bishop Broderick Pabillo
– Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz
– Gen. Ramon Farolan at Commodore Rex Robles (ret)
Haven’t you people got better things to do and better causes to advocate?