A sampling of the public’s reaction to Napoles ill-gotten wealth: a curse with a smiley face

The following are online reactions of Filipinos to Manila Bulletin’s news article, Napoles’ daughter delete Instagram account over social media backlash.  An excerpt of the report goes

Jeane’s Instagram showcased photos of Porsche sports cars, designer bags, expensive shoes, and jewelry given by her parents on her debut and college graduation.

Her personal Tumblr account and blog which shows her taste on fashion and her passion for travel has not been deleted.

Jeane also uploaded a video clip of her lavish 21st birthday party at Beverly Hills on video sharing site Vimeo, that has since been restricted to private viewing. A duplicate video of the party has been uploaded in YouTube.

Some of the submitted reactions to this are:

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From my assessment of the sample, it appears to confirm the literature written on Filipino personality which is that it is generally tolerant (which others call ‘resilient’) even of great evil or suffering. The Filipino, given his or her deep affinity of the spiritual believes and therefore has faith in karma as the natural “punishment” for evil doers.  Think of the gross massacres that have remained in the back burner of courts, the massacre of journalists in Maguindanao with a public official implicated in their murder as the most recent.  No locals (folks in Maguindanao) have staged a protest to call for the speedy delivery of justice to the victims and their families.  But this doesn’t mean these folks haven’t wished karma on the murderers.  But the thing with karma is, it could be centuries before it will “visit” the bloodline of the evil doer.  By then, generations of abused people would’ve gone to their graves without knowing what a society of true democracy and freedom is like.
And who puts a smiley after what is supposed to be a serious statement against the Napoles?  Apparently someone did:
Rechie Daza

grabe! dami nilang pera!!! :)
· July 31 at 7:48am
Philippine Inquirer columnist, Jose Ma. Montelibano, writes
…there is more than enough reported wrongdoing to justify public outrage. What I find amusing is that the justification for public outrage has been there for a long time, except that the public was not outraged.  After all, the whistle-blowers’ story starts from the late 90’s and established the scam formula throughout the whole Gloria and Mike Arroyo regime…
Perhaps what we who have transcended our traditional selves fail to recognize is that many Filipinos despite their propensity toward technology (e.g. computer gaming, inventions, social media) remain traditional in their views and attitudes.  Nonchalant use of social media reincarnates the traditional portrayal of the Filipino as Juan Tamad.
The desire to know and learn should compel one into an active search for information and knowledge — truth — hence it is not anymore acceptable or forgivable for, say, Barangay Captains who completed Grade Four to cite lack of knowledge of national and local policies, laws, and standards as reason in failing to deliver on their responsibilities; if they are doing their job, they will seek to know what they ought to know. If public teachers are compelled to use their own pocket money to pay for travel and accommodation and fees related to trainings and seminars they need to attend, Barangay Captains should also be motivated to do it if only to upgrade their current stock of knowledge. Information and knowledge in turn compels one toward well-thought action.
But as long as the Juan Tamad aspect of the Filipino personality is coddled, public outrage will only go as far as a curse delivered with a smiley face.

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