Tough guys beat up on nuns and bend over for pandas.
An excellent and insightful opinion piece in Rappler nailed the “Duterte Way” of governance, which I’ll gently paraphrase here:
Step 1 is to throw a tantrum.
Step 2 is to spout paranoid delusions.
Step 3 is to overreact like a drama queen.
Step 4 is to put on a silly show of macho nonsense.
Step 5 is to sell out to crooks and cronies.
The piece is by Teddy Casino, and it’s refreshing to see him make clear and logical observations sans the usual dogmatic leftist claptrap that usually makes Bayan Muna types look like ridiculous cartoon caricatures of 1970s Communists.
The Boracay Scam is over-the-top in so many ways, especially the ridiculous show of police and military force.
There’s still no real plan to address the planning, management, and environmental problems on Boracay.
And, sadly and predictably, most news media are quickly losing interest, failing to probe below the surface, and will soon move on to the next round of outrage or dumbfuckery.
So nobody’s asking the obvious questions about how the abrupt closure can possibly be legal, why there’s any need for a stupid swimming ban, or what, exactly, the plan is for improved wastewater treatment.
And speaking of the ridiculous swimming ban — ridiculous because swimmers aren’t the ones polluting the water — some of the coverage we do see is lightweight and racist garbage like this stupid shit in PDI.
“Filipino tourists were not allowed to enter this island for six months, but some foreigners were seen swimming and frolicking on the beach,” PDI frets. “Why is this happening?”
“INQUIRER.net spotted foreigners at the resident-only swimming area,” PDI continues.
News flash: It’s not only “Filipino tourists” who have been barred from Boracay.
And how can anyone “spot foreigners” — gasp — “swimming and frolicking” and determine that they are not only “foreigners,” but also not Boracay residents.
You can’t. Unless you’re making stupid assumptions based on uninformed preconceptions.
Because plenty of “foreigners” are residents of Boracay and have been for many years.
But some people seem to assume that closing Boracay to non-residents is the same thing as closing Boracay to non-Filipinos.
Because they’re shallow racists who are poorly supervised by a very shitty “newspaper.”
And they haven’t gotten around to asking more pertinent questions, such as “what’s the point of banning swimming except in one small area?” and “will any untreated wastewater still be dumped in the waters off Boracay after the island reopens?”
And, “how on earth can the abrupt closure of an entire island without a real plan in place possibly be constitutional?”