Posted in Philippine Politics

An Open Letter to Senator Tito Sotto

Mahal kong Tito Sen,

Kumusta po kayo? Namamanhid pa rin po ba?

Binulaga ako kanina ng balitang may nasabi na naman po kayong ang hirap hanapan ng linaw. Nakakainis naman eh. Tuwang-tuwa pa naman po ako noong isang araw dahil sa pinausad ninyong mga senador ang Mental Health bill. Tapos, ganito?

Mabalik po ako sa bumulagang balita tungkol sa inyo. Hindi pa rin po talaga kayo nadala eh, ‘no? Hindi ko na sasabihin kung ano ang sinabi ninyo. Kalat na po dito eh. Pero aaminin ko, napakamot po ako ng ulo doon. Matindi ka dun, Mr. Senator ha.

Ilang oras na ang nagdaan simula noong pumutok ang balitang ‘yan. Ilang oras na rin ang dumaan dahil sa pagbabasa ko ng mga artikulo tungkol sa nangyari na ‘yan. Hindi ko pa rin po lubos maisip kung pinag-aralan po ba ninyo nang mabuti ang mga binitawan ninyo.

Pabiro man o hindi, pero sige na nga, ibibigay ko po ang hiling ninyo. Sabihin na nating biro lang talaga iyon. May problema po ako dun eh. Actually, malaki. Hindi mo ‘ko napa-“acheche” dun eh. Seryoso.

Wala naman po sigurong masama kung magsiyasat ang komite ninyo tungkol sa personal na buhay ng isang tao lalo na’t nagsisilbi ito sa gobyerno at nag-a-apply sa bayan. Kayo, bilang interviewer at kinatawan namin, ay nabigyan ng pribilehiyo na maging maingat sa pagpili ng maglilingkod. Sinasang-ayunan ko ‘yan. Sabi nga po ng ilan sa inyo, “A public servant’s life should be an open book to his people.”

Pero Tito Sen naman. Para biruin ang isang babaeng naghanda upang sumagot sa mga tanong ng may dunong at dangal na walang ibang nais kundi ang maipagpatuloy ang nasimulan na programa ng sangay niya, nakakabastos naman po yata. Uulitin ko. Sobrang nakakabastos.

Yung pag-plagiarize mo nga, napalampas na po ng ilan sa amin eh. Tapos, ito na naman. Ganyan po ba talaga ang graduate ng Wanbol University?

Eh kung ‘yong anak po kaya ninyo na marangal at nagsisikap na nagtatrabaho para buhayin nang maayos ang apo ninyo ang sabihan na “na-ano” tapos biglang kakambiyo ng, “Joke lang ‘yon ha. Apir tayo. Suportado kita.” Baka kung ano po ang magawa mo. May history ka pa naman po.

Ang tanong ko ay ito lang naman talaga — hanggang dito na lang po ba tayo, Tito Sen? Ganitong uri ng diskurso na lang po ba talaga ang kaya nating ipakita? Ang babaw. Ang bastos. Ang sama. At take note, bago ko makalimutan, sa isang hearing sa senado ninyo pa sinabi ito. Hindi sa pelikula, lalong hindi sa Bulagaan. Sinabi po ninyo ito sa harap ng mahigit pa sa isang libo’t isang sumubaybay sa loob at labas ng venue. Walang tuwa. Walang nakakatuwa.

Hindi ako galing sa uri ng pamilya na tulad ng sa hiniya po ninyo, pero may malaking numero akong kilala at karamihan sa kanila ay kaibigan pa. Masarap silang pakinggan. Masarap makinig sa kwento nila. Makinig ka rin minsan, Tito Sen. Hindi puro patawa lang. Marami kang matututunan sa kanila. Isama mo na rin po sa maiging makinig ‘yong mga napanood kong tumawa sa joke mo.

Hindi mo naman mapapansin ito dahil mukhang hindi naman makakarating ‘to sa’yo. Pero susubok pa rin ako. May pahuling salita lang po akong gustong iwan dito.

Nakakahiya kami. Oo, Kami. ‘Wag ka na, kasi matagal ka na po dapat nabigyan ng ganoong pang-uri eh. Kami talaga ang nakakahiya dito — kaming nagluklok sa’yo bilang isang mambabatas. Wag mo naman kaming hiyain. Magpakitang-gilas ka naman po.

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Nirerespeto ko po kayo. Pansin niyo naman sa pangongopo ko, hindi ba? Inihalal ka namin eh. Pero Tito Sen, ayusin mo naman. Aanuhin po kita diyan eh.

Lubos na gumagalang,

Martin Kit J. Guzman

Mamamayan, Botante, at Kaibigan ng ilang single moms

Posted in Philippine Politics

A CALL TO EVERYONE

I’m tired. I’m too tired of reading and hearing news and opinions about the Pacquiao-LGBT issue. I am posting mine not to condemn or hurt anyone but to share with you that we might be missing a basic virtue – RESPECT.

Let me begin with the one that is making me sick right now. Supporters of Manny Pacquiao posted and shared the full version of his controversial interview as if it would change others’ thoughts about it. Question is, after watching the full clip of Manny’s interview, did it change the entire meaning of what he said? I don’t think so.

I don’t agree with Manny’s statements. Totally. I’m apologizing to Manny and his fans for this but he doesn’t own the truth. That was careless of him. He really hurt a lot of people from the LGBT group and maybe, even their family members who accept them for who they are got affected, too. I believe, though, that he didn’t mean to condemn these people. His command of the language made it even worse, I guess. It has been his weakness (for lack of a better word) for years.

But I don’t stop here. In my point of view, people criticizing him are getting out of hand. It’s like many want him to hit the lowest point of his life. That’s unfair. Again, my point of view. Criticize me, I respect it.

Why am I doing this?

I love the LGBT Community. I love a lot of people who are in this group. The community has contributed a lot of things for the Philippines. We were respected by other nations because of their effort. Believe me, it’s not just Manny who made us proud. The community and its people has received some of the greatest recognitions from the World. They don’t deserve to be told that they are worse than animals. A lot of them are intelligent and loving people.

On the other hand, I also love Manny as a boxer and helper. I love his humble beginnings. I love how he helps others. I love his courage. I love his sincerity. I love how he gave his everyrhing to make our country proud all the time. I will never forget his contributions. And forgive me if these are the only reasons I have why I don’t support anyone condemning him in a very disrespectful manner. My point is there is a proper venue for everything.

I disapprove of disrespecting people – Manny’s views about “acts” of LGBT and some of its members’ backlash against him. Both of these. I disapprove both because no one from these people deserves to be treated that way. I don’t want anyone especially my future children to suffer from these types of irresponsible behavior.

All I am promoting for is respect. Respect people’s choice and opinion. Choose a proper venue to deliver your sentiments and don’t just throw mud at someone. You’re intelligent than someone you hate? Show it. Show it properly. Can we, for God’s sake, sit down and discuss the issue with all the values that we have?

After all, we and our behaviors will only be accountable to one Supreme Being. God bless our beloved Philippines and its citizens.

PS

Magkape na lang tayo, pre. Dalhin mo na din mga Nike shoes mo ha.

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