“Blaming the media and the religious sector just because of its critical comments will never resolve the issues plaguing our country.”
Before the film of instant notoriety, a series of strips showing the war on drugs were guarded and focused in this so-called “Trump of the East” for three long years. The most popular character of the Philippine government is well-known not only as the digger of invisible hideouts, but also as the persona of curses due to his expressed outrageous statements.
Never have we seen characters on motion pictures immediately begin a chapter regretting what has been done because everyone, including us in the real world, happen to encounter decisions we just took for granted. This is because we fail to realize we are being blinded for what’s trendy.
Ever since becoming the 16th president, Duterte has been said to take public service seriously. According to his supporters, he is the “best president” we ever had due to his facet exuding a strong sense of social justice.
Social justice, in essence, means ensuring that the country’s justice system is fair to all regardless of age, sex, race, and economic standing, and the guilty ones shall be sanctioned accordingly to the rule of law. But it seems what the president had in mind were innocent lives being turned as criminal prospects and threatened to admit the mistake they never did.
His idea of social justice may also mean releasing convicted rapist-murderer in the likes of Antonio Sanchez, who happened to be his former counsel and unsurprisingly supported by Senator Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa who defended the former convict. Bato even issued a statement pointing that people like him deserve to have a second chance in life. This only shows how the sequel of the movie continues. And that’s up for you to critic!
And here we are moving on to another chapter, forgetting the prequel as if nothing just happened.
Fast forward to the part where Digong attacked two institutions vital in holding the edifice of the Philippine government; the media and the religious sector. Since then, he gained the nation’s attention after accusing the church of hypocrisy and journalists being corrupt, blabbering out curses and willful lashes to both sectors.
The foul-mouthed leader has always been so firm with his platform to end the Philippine drug problem within 6 months with the intent of killing those accused and proven guilty. Looking through these issues, I could say that justice has never been served. Blaming the media and the religious sector just because of its critical comments will never resolve the issues plaguing our country. This issue of dichotomy has to stop!
Killing will never be a solution to a country that has no strong sense of social justice. We should not be blinded by the witchcraft of lies because the lead character we thought was a hero in our village actually turns out to be the well-hidden villain.