Corruption, boundaries, decentness

On issues this weekend that threaten to spoil Mother’s Day:

1. Testimony of CJ Corona: As Senator Santiago said, this will be the peak in the curve, and to add, it should afterward be a slide down the slope. In other words, the start of the end of the case. Among Filipino taxpayers, the case closure is what they’re praying for. They can’t be forever subsidizing mineral water bottles of Senators while many Filipino children are dying of diarrhea because they’re without potable water supply. On the side of the CJ, it will help him if he questions his prosecutors why he’s being tried twice for the same accusation/offense – that’s illegal.

2. Philippine-China territorial dispute: People ask why there’s a dispute. And how come the US is in the picture. Energy (oil) is getting scarcer and we know the significance of energy. I think, inevitably, the fight over energy sources will be the norm across the globe. The Philippine-China claims is interesting in that its resolution (or not) will set the standard for similar disputes in the future: How Philippines the economic underdog will end up in the fight with China the emerging economic power, with the US the established superpower as intermediary. And how these powers are able to rein themselves in. Juicy! But if I were a decision-maker for Philippines, I’d prefer to call on the ASEAN to intermediate. For one, it will test the cohesiveness of the regional bloc.

3. Controversy over the Time Cover: Let me put my thought on this as a question – if TIME were to feature in its cover same-sex marriage with each partner in intimate embrace, will it generate similar anti-feelings from audiences? I think it’s a yes. Why? Because these images are things human beings would prefer to push deep down into their beings, unacknowledged, imagining that these are not what decent people do. The root is decentness – what do decent mothers do? decent women do? decent men do? In defining decentness, a moralistic and psychological divide is formed: I’m decent, you’re not decent; I’m good, you’re bad. The issue goes beyond and deeper than breastfeeding or the breastfeeding mother, which is what audiences really perceive. Who defines decentness? I believe wars have been waged to safeguard and take back decentness, but did that make this generation more decent?

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