A Pathetic Excuse

While it is right and just to protect the rights and privileges of the Filipinos, it is a different story when the same are being used to justify a wrongful act or a form protection from lawful scrutiny.

Filipinos are passionate when it comes to their rights and privileges. They are going to do everything, even up to the point of risking their own lives, to defend and assert them. Even the country's laws guarantee the protection of an individual's rights and privileges.

While it is right and just to protect the rights and privileges of the Filipinos, it is a different story when the same are being used to justify a wrongful act or a form protection from lawful scrutiny.

Let us start from the most common and often ignored ways of using rights and privileges to for the wrongest of reasons. Vendors intentionally blocking roads and sidewalks often invoke "human rights" and the statement "kahit kami ay mahihirap ay hindi kami nagnanakaw kaya naghahanapbuhay kami nang marangal" to justify when law enforcers and local government officials implement national laws and local ordinances despite the fact that they are denying others the right to safely pass through the same roads and sidewalks. Bus and jeepney drivers who deliberately block roads to get ahead of the competition and corner the larger number of passengers in order to meet their daily commission or "boundary" also invoke "human rights" and the statement "kahit kami ay mahihirap ay hindi kami nagnanakaw kaya naghahanapbuhay kami nang marangal" whenever they are being apprehended by traffic enforcers or the PNP Highway Patrol Group officers for a traffic violation as their way of evading responsibility.

Even big corporations and media outlets resort to the same tactic as their way of shielding themselves from lawful scrutiny and evading responsibility for their actions.

Rappler and ABS-CBN both invoked the "freedom of the press" and "political harassment" instead of answering questions raised by the government about their alleged violations of the laws of the land. In the case of Rappler, questions regarding its ownership, allegedly by foreign nationals, and non-payment of correct taxes by its officials. In the case of ABS-CBN, questions regarding violations of its State-granted franchise due to the launching of a pay-per-view (PPV) channel without the consent of government and also questions regarding its ownership, also allegedly by foreign nationals, both of which are among the subjects of the quo warranto petition filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida before the Supreme Court, while it also has to deal with its an expiring franchise by March of this year (2020). Both corporate media outlets Rappler and ABS-CBN even allied themselves with Marxist organizations and launched a massive public relations drive in an attempt to justify such a pathetic excuse and obtain public sympathy for their "plight."

Even the academe is guilty of abusing its "academic freedom" with no sense of regard for its limitations and personal responsibility and accountability. Professors in schools, colleges and universities who espouse the Marxist ideology invoke "academic freedom" to justify their use of the classroom as a pulpit to manipulate idealistic and gullible young minds into indoctrinating and illicitly recruiting them into the joining groups that seek to overthrow the duly elected government of the Republic of the Philippines and undermine the sovereign will of the majority of Filipinos. Marxist-Leninist-Maoist student leaders and "campus journalists" also invoke "academic freedom", "freedom of speech" and "freedom of assembly" whenever they use the schools, colleges and universities as a staging ground for activities that also seek to overthrow the duly elected government of the Republic of the Philippines and undermine the sovereign will of the majority of Filipinos just as how their Marxist professor mentors and higher cadres wanted and designed them to do.

Some constructively pointed out this fact repeatedly to Filipinos in the past. Instead of responding positively to constructive criticism and "reality check," they condemned those who seek a change of ways. This seems to be confirmation that using rights and privileges to get ahead of others, and protect themselves from scrutiny and from being held responsible for their actions have become a notorious habit in the same way as corruption and dishonesty have become a way of life for many in all social classes. Perhaps this could be the reason why hoping for change in a seemingly corrupted country, society, culture and people is already an exercise in futility.

The Filipino's use of rights and privilege to evade scrutiny and personal responsibility, and get ahead of others is both pathetic and a disgrace. It shows how unruly and immature Filipinos are as a nation, society, culture and people. It is also proof of Western-style liberal democracy and democratic principles not being suitable to the Philippines and Filipinos.

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Benedict is an agricultural economist, academician and writer. He has gained experience and expertise in various fields of economics, business, political science and public relations after through professional ventures in the academe, and in the public and private sectors. He has authored or co-authored key publications on topics ranging from agriculture and food security to global affairs and politics.
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