Taking the Names of Philippine Heroes in Vain
In our LA Filam community there are many people, nay, heroes, working for the benefit of their kababayans- people who are involved in worthy endeavors, from organizations like SIPA, FilamARTS, FASO, etc. As a result our community has made many strides in different fields, and the future looks quite bright for our 2nd and 3rd generation progeny.
But there are also many, many scoundrels, scalawags and Posers who routinely victimize the community. They have wreaked havoc- some by promoting self-serving, self-enriching events, and some by spreading their ill will online, without revealing their true identities. In Facebook, particularly, there has been a disturbing trend of late: some joker (or a group of them) has resorted to creating accounts using fake names- and worse, using and besmirching the names of Philippine heroes. Of particular notoriety is a person (or maybe persons) hiding behind the noble names of Diego & Gabriela Silang, and possibly, Andres Bonifacio as well.
This Faker has made numerous postings challenging PWD’s writers, including yours truly. Said character had the nerve to ridicule and insult people, spread erroneous information, and had been getting away with it without any consequence on his sorry person, because he elected to take the ignoble route and remaining anonymous. In my opinion he is a coward in every sense of the word; he even has the temerity to compare himself to Jose Rizal and Marcelo H. Del Pilar, who in their time used nom de plumes, or pen names, to hide their identities for fear of Spanish reprisal. Rizal used Dimasalang, May Pagasa and Laong Laan, while Del Pilar used Plaridel.
But these are different times, and this Faker is no Hero. Nowadays transparency is the key to conducting business, and trust is built on maintaining relationships based on integrity, accountability and reliability. These people who have resorted to fakery and hit-and-run online tactics have practiced character assassination with impunity. Such egregious behavior should not be tolerated.
This person (or persons) hiding in ignominy is truly no hero- he is a worm, a snake in the grass, a disgrace to the memory of our Philippine heroes. He is a dyed-in-the-wool coward who will not fight openly, who resorts to skullduggery and underhanded tactics. He has shown deplorable behavior and showed himself to be an unprincipled, worthless, spineless fool who lives a pathetic, miserable life devoid of integrity and honor.
By hiding behind the names of Philippine heroes, these birdbrains diminish the luster of Filipino heroism, and tarnish the sheen of our heroes’ shining examples of bravery, selflessness, honor and service. By the reckless, irresponsible use of our heroes’ names, these jokers effectively insult our Filipino national identity in their misguided quest for self-promotion and possibly, self-gratification.
The community deserves better than this. There are kabayans online who have no idea of the facts, but due to the arrogant flag-waving, shallow “I am Proud to be Pinoy” propaganda these anonymous clowns are purporting to embody, some Pinoys get fooled into supporting them, even defending their deplorable antics. Instead of trying to understand the principles of fair play and due diligence, some feeble-minded denizens of several Pinoy groups get swayed by and subscribe to the foolish dogma of these fast-talking, rabble-rousing fakes.
Part of being a writer is the responsibility to serve. Yet people have misconceptions about my being a contributing writer for Pinoy Watchdog. They have to understand that as a wordsmith I am happy to see my work published, thus it is an honor to have my articles accepted by any publication worth its salt. I am a freelance writer and I contribute articles- that’s all there is to it; I do not subscribe to nor endorse any other article PWD writers offer, only those I submit. I also write for Tribune USA, Kapitbahay SFV News and BakitWhy.com. If some people would just bother to read my articles, they would know that I write pieces which try to uplift the Fil-Am community and provide insight to important issues. Therefore, I ask our Kababayans to keep an open mind and to take some time to check the facts, so that they will know that I strive to write for the benefit of the Fil-Am community- nothing more, nothing less.