Mainstreamed Erapsyon

Erap deserves more.

For the first after a long time, I like what I read about him in the paper today. I have long been complaining why the media can’t keep away from giving him the publicity he has always lavishly enjoyed but I think he deserves more these days if only to peeve him for being asked questions like- exactly like this: “was it not hypocritical of him to presume to lead the fight against corruption, accusing President Macapagal-Arroyo of such crimes when he himself was convicted of plunder?” 

I applaud, and I thank Agence France Presse (AFP) reporter Mynardo Macaraig for the straightforward question.

One can say that his argument is commonplace but why is it that, as Estrada lamented- as if we have forgotten his bastardisation of the presidential office and insult to the gullibility of the people- “nobody had ever asked him such a question in media interviews, not since he walked out of ‘rest house’ detention following his pardon.” My sentiments, exactly. And I think that it is more of a big slap to the media’s face.

It is blatant, he still lives like some god who is invulnerable even to an arrow shot right into his Achilles’ heel. He has a badly calloused shame. Or that he has deceived himself into thinking that everyone in this country, just like him, has lost his moral imperatives, anyway, so it’s okay to keep up with his fooling around.  

“I believe I am innocent. I explained it to him that people have already acquitted me and not the Sandiganbayan justices,” he said.   

I will never have baby Yana read the dictionary that he uses- the one that says acquittal is synonymous to pardon. I am also inclined to believe that somewhere a dictionary says innocence is synonymous to arrogance. 

In the event that “the opposition fails to come to an agreement (on a common candidate),” then he will run, again, for President in 2010.  

Before, being critical of what he says or do was more like wrestling with a ghost. With his most recent annoyance, however, I think that the media can do us a huge favor. It should either be we annoy him to death with the seriousness of our intention to question his credibility (or to validate his incredibility) or we boycott him.    

If the reason why television networks still the cover the affairs of Estrada is because of public clamor, then we rightfully deserve the mockery that we are faced with. But the news I watched on TV last Christmas Day showing Erap playing with his grandchildren and his son, for example, was a deliberate one casted by the media upon the public.  

It is a sad fact that part of the populace still worships Estrada but his messianic movie roles are not really the ones to blame. He deserves a boycott but what the papers and the television tell us is something else- as if nothing happened.   

I was frustrated with the footage as much as I was sometime in November when he was in Sunday Inquirer’s banner being the guest honor in the opening of a Greenhills mall just about a week or two after he was released from prison- if I remember it correctly.  

In the off-chance that the media sees our plight in the context of forgiving and forgetting, then, indeed, it has become instrumental in idiotising the masses.  

This is not to say that the mainstream media is useless. While I think that Web logs are excellent alternatives to searing commentaries and critical thought, I believe that the press remains indispensable and relevant to our times.  

We need to beat the crap out of Erap- exorcise the demon that causes his ego to bloat and scrape off that metaphorical calluse that makes him act like a god.    

It takes two to tango, people always say. Erap can’t dance alone. Let’s stop playing the music that makes him groove.    

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5 Comments

  1. March 17, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    I hate to disapoint you but “mainstream” media in the Philippines is afflicted with a disease we call ATM Journalism, that or they are just too lame and too shallow to realize how the values of the politicians are so perverted or they are perverted themselves. There are really just a few out there that practices and adheres to the ethics and principles of journalism.

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  2. wenggat said,

    March 23, 2008 at 5:49 am

    hey, thanks. so there’s such a thing called ATM Journalism- napa search ako.

    well, i’ve long been disappointed, and disillusioned, by how things in the government are going so don’t worry.

    we need to pressure the media and be very demanding readers and watchers. we can’t just sit back and criticize- most of them might simply be accidental “heroes” but after all, they are still the ones who go to the field and gamble-consciously or unconsciously- life for stories we ought to know.

    i took the liberty of linking you/your group up 😉

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  3. Musidora said,

    April 27, 2008 at 7:40 am

    Erap ang pambansang hangalets.

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  4. Candie said,

    May 18, 2017 at 5:13 am

    I’d vetnrue that this article has saved me more time than any other.

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  5. June 1, 2017 at 1:43 am

    Niedawno przeszłam na emeryturę i wyliczyłam, że święta będą naprawdę skromne. I wtedy znalazłam kredyt dla emerytów, który udziela jedyna taka pożyczka. W mojej opinii to świetne rozwiązanie, płacę małe raty, a prezenty dla całej rodziny już mam kupione. Ktoś jeszcze uważa, że to najlepszy kredyt?

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