Pork shoved the Chinese to the sidelines

DID anybody ever wonder whether Ben Luy, the whistleblower, was a Chinese running dog? Being obviously a Chinese, he must also have some interests parallel to what is being pursued by China in the West Philippine Sea. So, didn’t it ever occur to anyone that what he did was mostly intended overshadow the controversy surrounding this crucial issue about territory and ownership.

Just look at the newspapers, watch news on television and listen to the radio. The Philippine Development Assistance Fund scam is all over, with Janette Lim Napoles, together with some Philippine senators and congressmen as the villain and Filipino people the victim.

Now, the public is enraged, calling for the abolition of PDAF or pork barrel. And interest in the islands on the West Philippine Sea suddenly got lost in this national outrage. Was that what Ben Luy was after, afterall?

It could be, by any measure. Just look at the possibility of him being paid to spin public interest away from the West Philippine Sea aggression. He could have been paid to do so.

Also, if he has an ax to grind against Napoles, he would have hit two birds with one spiel: the PDAF scam!

Further, this kind of spinning stories to overshadow controversial issues has somehow become the trademark of this administration’s media handlers and spin masters.

Do you remember the Atimonan Massacre? How about the escape of Mancao from the NBI detention cell? The unusual way how former NBI Director Magtanggol B. Gatdula. The institutionalized corruption at the Bureau of Customs, etc. etc.

Clearly, administration spin masters have taken a penchant for using one controversy to overshadow another controversy. Just look at the pattern of spinning. Once the administration reaches a point where an investigation is already being conducted, wham!, another big issue hogs the headline. So, there is no more need to come up with the results of the investigations.

So, who benefits from all these?

I believe, your guess is as good as mine.


Been away, but not away

The last post more than six months ago only shows the true nature of the culture of what a deluge of information could do to an aging writer like me. Used to newspapers, magazines, books and other reading materials as primary sources of information, I am now drowned, literally, by a sea of information made available through technology, particularly via the Internet.

So, when I created this blog, I was just intent on writing about things that interest me, in light of the Filipino character of complaining. Making initial research, I soon got lost in a sea of information. In the process, my priorities got tossed and turned by wave after wave of new discoveries and information that I cannot ignore. The result: I got it all juggled and mixed up that I started to rethink and rethink, meaning, I got into a point of indecision, I can’t decide where to start.

While compiling materials for one of the major sources of complaints, the relation of Filipinos with migrant Chinese, I also tried Google. So, what came up is the conflict on Spratlys, which I may say is a current issue and one of the hottest issues that make Filipinos gripe and whine against China. They even see their Chinese (Tsinoys, if you like) as an embodiment, on some personal and business levels, of the Chinese claim on the group islands on the Philippine West Sea, formerly China sea.

This is where I got snagged. The materials keep on piling up, I can no longer cope, i.e. classifying the materials according to my initial plan.

I thought it was information paralysis. But later, while watering my plants, I realized that this kind of research, which had been with us for almost two decades already, defies my traditional view of compiling data. In short, resistance.

However, if I don’t push myself into addressing the sudden challenge, it would take me nowhere. So, I rolled I finished watering my small garden and rolled my sleeves to tackle the information I have so far gathered. As most of which were printed, I started putting related topics together.

I tell you, it was not easy. It took really hard time. But, here I am ready to push through with my original plan.