Mahirap yatang iwasan ang mainit na issue between Senyor Iskwater at ni Bianca Gonzalez and Co. dahil sa tweet na ito na isinulat ng latter-
“Ang dami nating nagtatrabaho para makaipon para sa prime lot at bahay plus buwis pa. Bakit nga ba bine-baby ang mga informal settlers?”
Matapos ang palitan ng mga kuru-kuro nauwi sa palitan ng pang-iinsulto. Nagdatingan ang mga tagapagtanggol ni Bianca, at heto pa ako ngayon, nakikisawsaw bilang isang echoserong froglet.
mag comment sa
blog ni Senyor Iskwater pero hindi yata kakayanin sa dalawang comment boxes.
And besides, sa nakita kong mga nag comment, siguro mas mainam na ditto na lang
ako sa aking corner, kung saan I’m safe. Hehehe! Sorry senyor, naduwag ako sa
Ang pangyayaring ito ay sobrang compelling. Nung nabanggit ito sa akin ng kapwa ko blogero at nasilip ko ang mga nakasulat, nahirapan akong matulog kagabi. I did some soul searching.
Dapat siguro natin himayin ang mga pangyayari at bigyan ng tamang sagot ang mga dapat na i-consider na tanong.
It’s hard to address the issue of poverty. I can’t make assumptions on how to alleviate it because I have no competence over it. But the dilemma is so apparent that it’s impossible for an average citizen not to have an opinion about it.
Unahin natin ang tweet ni Bianca.
Bianca argued that it’s not fair that THEY pay taxes and work hard while the poor are being pampered by allowing them to informally settle on areas they don’t own or are not supposed to be inhabited.
Let’s see how it’s unfair.
Bianca is working hard as a celebrity/journalist/some-perky-girl-in-showbiz-or-media-who-is-usually-worshipped-and-venerated-because-of-their-squeaky-clean-character-impressive-educational-background-and-being-a-probable-senatorial-candidate-in-the-future. With her looks and brain, she finds it hard to please people. That’s why she needs to work hard. Hindi siguro madali at masaya ang buhay celebrity. And take note- MAHIRAP PASAYAHIN ANG
And the government has the nerve to impose taxes on her because of her beauty, intelligence and sexiness, and her hard work?
In fairness, may utak si Bianca at kaya niyang makarating kahit saan.
At hindi siya nag-iisa. Sa bansang ito MARAMI ang
MAY TRABAHO na
Sa kabilang banda, ano ba ang ginagawa ng mga informal settlers?
We have always associated poverty with lack of initiative and laziness. Kaya nasa isip natin na ang mga ito ay walang ginagawa. Walang kabuhayan. Mga walang pinag-aralan. Walang pangarap sa buhay. Maraming nagiisip na sila’y mga hampas lupang nagkumpol-kumpol, barumbado at mga walang modo, kaya sila mahihirap.
Believe it or not, many of those pampered informal settlers have humble work and odd but decent jobs. May mga labandera, katulong, houseboy, janitor, at kung anu-anong MADADALING trabaho na hindi gagawin ng mga hard-working tulad ni Bianca Gonzales and Co.
Wala ba silang vision or pangarap sa kanilang buhay? Kung tutuusin, pinilit naman nila sa magkaroon ng katuparan ang kanilang mga munting pangarap, kaya marami sa kanila ay nangahas pumunta sa Maynila. Many of them are trying their best to buy a handful of rice and some noodles to feed their family, and still dream of having their own home. But for now, they can settle with those rusty and rotting sheds. Marami talaga sa kanila ang nagsusumikap.
Mayroon naman na mga sugarol, tambay, puta, at walang pangarap sa buhay- mga nilalang na mayroon din naman counterpart sa aking social order, at sa social order din ni Bianca.
So in Bianca’s point of view, compared to us, these people had it easy. To Bianca’s opinion, they’re not working hard. The labandera is not doing the laundry hard enough. The houseboy is not breaking his back enough. The tindera is not living an honest existence. Or those scavengers swarming on heaps of trashes are not doing anything to uplift their status in life.
To Bianca’s opinion, it is unfair that we who have the capacity to produce wealth and have the chances to reach higher places in the social hierarchy, are being obliged TO FULFIL OUR DUTY TO THE COUNTRY BY PAYING TAXES, while our fellow citizens in the slums are exempted and tolerated to do anything illegal, such as being a helpless poor parasites. Bine-baby pa ng government.
Hmmm…. It’s not fair.
Somebody commented that there should be the rule of the law. There’s a law that tells us all that informal settlements are illegal and those who practice this should be punished by the law. The provision is clear and has already been established. Even my faith compels me to adhere to what the law said. It is unfair that one citizen is burdened by his duties while others are living in a quasi-anarchic lifestyle.
Is it fair? The answer has been provided by the law, and no one and no opinion can overrule that.
I’d like to quote what Philippine Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales said in an interview- “Sometimes extra legal factors come in. It is inhuman of you not to consider the extra legal factors. But in weighing these extra legal factors, it should be the legal factors which should dominate. Because if you take into consideration the extra legal factors in arriving on your decision you would not be true to yourself.”
Bine-baby nga ba ang mga iskwaters na ito ng gobyerno?
Our government was born out of the union of democracy and the will of the people. Its purpose is to let the voice of the people be heard, embody the ideals and aspirations of the people, promote common good, and secure the regime of truth, justice, freedom, love, equality and peace.
The government has the duty to castigate social errors regardless of their status in life. However, it should not penalize the poorest because of their poverty. In fact, it must be there to help them and to uplift them from their poor state.
To say that the poor is being pampered is quite outrageous given that they are driven out of their shacks, transferred to another location with no guarantees of being employed, no insufficient institutions to educate their children or even guide the helpless settlers. They will be given Conditional Cash Transfers, though they haven’t got the capacity to pay back.
If for an average college graduate in our country finds it difficult to get a job, then difficult is not even the word to say for those who are poor.
One should not expect so much from them, since they have none. Yes, houses are given to them like they were for free, pero matapos ang ilang buwan, magugutom ang mga iyan o mangangailangan ng perang pang gastos sa iba pang pangangailangan. Ano ba ang immediate solution nila sa mga ganyang problema? Ibenta ang bahay na ipinagkaloob sa kanila at bumalik sa iskwater na libre, at least may pera na para mabuhay sila sa mga susunod na buwan. Oo mayroon mga gagamitin para sa bisyo at mga walang kwentang bagay, pero hindi ibig sabihin niyan na ang bawat iskwater ay ganan, the way hindi ko sinasabing ang lahat ng may pera, may kaya at may pinag-aralan ay katulad ng magiting na si Bianca.
Keep in mind also that this administration and even its predecessors committed themselves to solve the issue of poverty and to give them attention. Yes, they need more attention than you Bianca. You are from a prestigious school. You know better that these people are helpless, and for them to reach your level somebody must give them a push, a way to start again in life, something that would give them an advantageous situation for them to pursue a better life and a home they can buy from hard-earned cash. Your university was supposed to make your mind broader and more understanding and compassionate.
Now let’s see how the Defender of the Poor, Senyor Iskwater, reacted. Was it legit?
The law, human ethics, and Filipino delicadeza provided that no person of whatever socio-economic status, gender or sexual orientation, political affiliation or religion, or of any opinion deserve disrespectful remarks.
I wouldn’t say that he bullied Bianca. How can you bully somebody who seems to have the upper-hand (hard-working tax-payer, venerated super sexy celebrity, intellectual, lady with a large number of followers, and philanthropist)? From what I’ve seen, many readers, friends and anonymous, all ganged up against Senyor.
He posted a clamorous entry to rebuke Bianca. And many in the blogosphere expressed their fury and hatred for daring to insult Her Venerable Lady Untouchable Who Holds the Ultimate Truth and Opinion on Squatters.
It was quite under the belt. I would be a hypocrite if I say I didn’t like what he did. Ganyan din kasi minsan ang ginagawa ko dito sa blog.
Again, as provided by human and divine laws, writing something like that is not acceptable and we are guilty of such questionable behaviour in the blogosphere. And it shouldn’t be endorsed.
Knowing Senyor’s background, it’s quite hard not to reply in such manner.
It is true what Senyor’s haters say, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. EVERYONE. And if Bianca thinks that the informal settlers are a sting to the progress of the capital or to her eyes, she has the freedom to say so, but she’s not the average jerk who can get away with foul opinions.
Everyone is entitled to their opinions but it doesn’t mean that he has the license to belittle the helpless and the paupers.
She’s Bianca Gonzalez. The squatters look up to her thinking that she’s advocating their cause and that she’s compassionate enough to know how they will feel.
Naturingan pa man din UNICEF goodwill ambassador. As an ambassador, one must be very careful what word to use and be very considerate of the people he represents. Well, there you go.
Her tweet was a curse of treacherous words, revealing the hypocrisy of all that has been documented and photographed and televised. And everyone knows the sentiment of someone who was betrayed, someone like Senyor.
She maybe entitled to her opinion but no law has sanctioned her to belittle or categorize squatters as social parasites that are dragging down our society. What she’s saying is that such people of her own blood and flesh do not deserve any kind of help because it’s useless.
If that is the case, then why not create labour camps like that in
Auschwitz during the
Second World War and systematically eliminate the burden of HER society group?
Pero hindi natin gagawin iyon dahil alam natin that we have the moral and social responsibility to help these people.
Bianca, of all people, should know better that they who are in that immaculate caste of hers have this moral and social responsibility, and should be considerate and compassionate. Philanthropy, charity work, coddling the poor- call it whatever you want, but the ethics of man and of heaven compel us to reach out to the helpless.
You what, the thing with the poor is you can deprive them of food and water, shelter and employment, but never dare deprive them of their integrity and don’t even think of humiliating them by making them appear as the ultimate cancer. It crushes their soul. It will eventually prompt them to disregard any law from the king and from heaven, and that’s when you Bianca should fear for your life.
Haven’t we learned from the past? Have you seen whey there were rebellions? Why did the Filipino people fought against colonizers? Have you even considered why many historians, artists and patriotic writers despise your likes Bianca?
I’m not saying that Senyor’s action was right. It is wrong. But you really can’t expect us to react otherwise. I know how it feels to be treated like a social cancer. I am a foreigner in a different land at lahat ng kamalasan ng bansang ito ay ibinubuhos sa amin. We are constantly harassed and ridiculed.
Dito masasabi ko talaga that we were pampered. Maraming lahi ang bine-baby talaga dito. Maraming nagrereklamo. Pero whether it is the communist or fascist, both now that they need to help us, and even the poor. In fact, hindi nila pinapayagan ang mga katagang binitawan ni Bianca. Kung malalaman pa nga ng mga Italian authorities kung paano tulungan ng government natin ang mahihirap eh siguro they will be appalled, and yet kay Bianca eh bine-baby na agad yun.
It’s quite a shame that there are still many who are willing to defend Bianca’s side.
Maraming nakakaunawa kay Bianca. Maraming tatayo sa katuwiran ni Bianca.
Kami? Si Senyor?
Para marinig niyo pa
ang daing nila at ma-realize na nakakainsulto ang sinasabi niyo, he needed strike
her very person.
Bakit ba kailangan magalit si Bianca?
Oh I get it. Naiinggit pala siya sa mga tulad ni Senyor.
Huwag kayong mag-alala. Paninindigan nila ang kanilang mga binitiwang salita. Nangyari na yon sa ating nakaraan. Nangyari na din yan sa ibang bansa.
Sinisigurado ko sa inyo na mangyayari yan, hindi man ngayon, hindi man bukas, ngunit sinisigurado ko sa iyo Bianca, kakayanin nilang panindigan yan sa hinaharap.
Ngayon balikan niyo ang title. Maala-ala niyo pa kaya?