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The Hypocrisy of Filipinos

Updated on April 2, 2019
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As a Filipino I feel like it's my duty to educate my fellow Filipinos the harsh reality of our community and culture.

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Hypocrisy and Filipinos

Hypocrisy and Filipinos are not two terms usually mashed up together in one sentence. Filipinos are tend to be known for their first class hospitality, and for their outgoing and pleasing personalities. That however, could not be further from the truth. Fellow Filipinos, such as I, believe that the persona Filipinos are believed to have, are nothing more but a facade. Filipinos usually scorn their fellow Filipino, belittle their success and achievements, drag them down so that no other Filipino can win. This is now being called out in social media such as Twitter and Facebook where netizens are fed up with their own countrymen's hypocrisy. Racist, sexist, zealots, and xenophobics are just some terms used to describe Filipinos. Is it true? Are there any light to this at all?

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The Death Penalty and Sex Scandals

On March 11, 2019 Filipinos would be horrified with the news that plagued the entire country. Christine Silawan, a 16 year old church collector was found skinned alive in a vacant lot in Lapu-Lapu City. After a thorough inspection, she was found with no underwear, was raped, and mutilated with some of her body parts missing. This incident has everyone going for their pitch forks and demanding that the death penalty be reimposed. Everyone demanded that the first victims of the death penalty, be the three criminals behind Christine's disfigurement.

The movement was spiked with Senatorial candidate Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa insinuating that the criminals must have been under the influence of drugs. He further on explained why drug traffickers should be bestowed the death penalty. Fellow HNP candidate Francis Tolentino, agreed with him and cited that they should be hanged.

Not long after this incident, we were visited with a celebrity's sex video. On March 23, Loisa Andalio's sex video somehow made its way through the public's timeline. I, personally, don't see anything wrong with a sex video. Sex is just sex. Women should get to feel every inch of their body as long as it doesn't invalidate their consent; however, not many people have the same opinion as I do.

Loisa's video has started been spreading all around Facebook, and what's worse is some of these men who has copies of her video are the same people supporting the death penalty. How can these men preach that other people respect women when they themselves are guilty of hypocrisy such as this?

Jim Paredes as of April 2, 2019 also got called out for his sex video, despite not doing anything wrong.

Do you know someone who has a copy of Loisa's video?

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Philippines as a "Gay Friendly Country" and Homophobia

A survey titled "The Global Divide on Homosexuality" conducted by the US-based Pew Research Center concluded that the Philippines is a gay friendly country. For years, Filipinos have started getting the reputation of being more accepting to the members of LGBT community. This "branding" was later unraveled when the SOGIE bill was introduced to the Senate.

The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Equality Bill or the Anti-Discrimination Bill has garnered the interest of everyone in the country. It is first introduced in the 2000s by late senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, but a counterpart bill filed by Senator Risa Hontiveros was the one getting the spotlight. It was supposed to be a law/bill dedicated to the oppressed minorities in the country, yet it garnered a lot of flak from conservative senators such as Tito Sotto, Manny Pacquiao, and Joel Villanueva. Conservative groups such as the Jesus is Lord movement claimed that the bill was an "abomination" and would introduce "discrimination" for heterosexuals. President Duterte, remains silent in the whole debacle despite claiming his support for the LGBT community in his electoral campaign in 2016.

The difficulty in passing this bill is extremely worrisome for many, especially since the increasing number of being discriminated, teased, and harmed at home, in school, in the workplace, or in the public is increasing. Many are forced to remain 'in the closet' and act discreet as this would invite humiliation or possibly unemployment to members of the LGBT community.

What worries you most coming out?

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Duterte and China

President Rodrigo Duterte won the 2016 election in a landslide. His minimalist living, honest attitude, and nationalistic approach won the hearts of many. Among his many promises was to reinstate the country's sovereignty in the West Philippine Sea, even if this angers the Chinese. Right after his election, the country also won the case against China in Hague, and it was cited in the verdict that China is terrorizing the Philippines economic zone. Many believed that President Duterte would be able to be firm in our country's stand in the West Philippine and rightfully take back the Scarborough Shoal and the Spratlys Islands, however that couldn't be further from the case.

As his term started as the president, his stern stand against China suddenly became soft. The administration was distancing itself from established allies such as Japan, the US, and ASEAN, and was more keen into becoming a friend with China and Russia. This proves worrisome as China is exhausting Philippine's resources, and has several key Build Build Build projects under their One Road and One Belt Program.

The Build Build Build Program is also proving to be problematic in nature, as the acquired loans uses the country's natural resources as collateral, and they employ Chinese workers rather than Filipino workers.

The Palace has defended their actions claiming this is the right decision, nevertheless they are now draining the support of the Filipino people even those that supported the president and his administration.

President Duterte has also been garnering a lot attention and controversy in other regards such as his 'jetski' speech back in 2016, using government funding for electoral campaigns for his party members, racism, misogyny, admitting to killing people, and raping her maid.

How do you think we should approach this issue with China?

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The Catholic Church and Everything

The list wouldn't be complete without one of the country's biggest influence: the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church has always remained as one of the biggest source of controversy, hypocrisy, and outcries. From the novels of Rizal, the stories from the Martial Law, and to the stories till now, they have always been getting a bad reputation, and that doesn't stop today.

One of the biggest critics of President Rodrigo Duterte was the Catholic Church. President Duterte's campaign was seen him throwing constant slurs and derogatory terms for the Catholic church. Some of these insults are dumbfounded, nevertheless some of this are a reason to worry.

The Catholic Church was quick to call out President Duterte when he openly admitted that he molested his maid when he was 16 years old. Many were angered by President Duterte's violation of human rights, yet they also reminded that the Catholic Church that they have a long history of constantly molesting underage girls and boys. As of December 6, 2018 an American priest was found guilty molesting underage Filipino boys.

There are several more tirades against the institution and the current administration, despite of that, Filipinos are no longer taking it seriously due to the hypocrisy of both sides.

What hypocrisy irks you more?

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© 2019 Angelo Samonte

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