Friday ∗ 14 May 2010

anti-activism, anti-freedom of assembly: who survives?

Ces Drilon is who. And the policeman she featured on I Survived on May 13 (early morning May 14, 1t’s 12:56 am on my clock). It is also GMA who survives in this, even the next president, or every other person who says that rallies are mob rules and should be dispersed or else, forgetting that the freedom of assembly IS A RIGHT.

In the end it is all just lazy research and documentation, and irresponsible journalism.

So in the course of the show, you are made to find out that this policeman was victimized by the crowd during EDSA Tres. You find out that he was injured and all that, that he risked life and limb to fulfil his duty as policeman. Sige na nga.

But. This doesn’t excuse the fact that anti-riot policemen are alwaysthe ones on the offensive. They’re the ones with truncheons and shields. They’re the ones who are pasugod at any given point. Even this policeman Ces was interviewing and who survived said that he was victimized by the tear gas that they threw into the crowd because the wind went in the policemen’s direction. He also said that in the end, what was used against him were the things that he and his team had used against the rallyists. What does that really say about who is oppressed in a rally situation?

Obviously Ces hasn’t been part of a rally in a long time, the kind that’s about rallyists riskinglife and limb to fight for their rights? Obviously she hasn’t been on the receiving end of the police’s/military’s unjust anger.

Obviously Ces and whoever her writers are for this show, were so intent on showing the violence of EDSA Tres that they just decided to interweave videos with no dates, no indication of when and where things happened.  In fact, footage of the police’s preparations for EDSA Dos and EDSA Tres were exactly the same. Footage of rallyists were messed up. When Ces and the policeman were talking about EDSA Dos and EDSA Tres, footage showed the PMP (partido ng masang pilipino) flags that went to EDSA after Erap was impeached, yes, but this was interwoven with an organized rally that had flags of legal and valid leftist groups that are now partylist organizations, including Anakpawis and Bayan Muna.

So these leftist partylist organizations are now considered part of the mob rule, Ces Drilon? You actually are saying that these organizations, which were in fact in EDSA Dos, even on stage in those days, are a mere minority, the kind that was out to kill policemen?

How horrible this portrayal to begin with of rallies and rallyists across the board. How horrid that given the kind of military and police power that GMA has used against the people during her term, here’s a show that says, these policemen/military officers are oppressed by the people, too.  AS IF the dynamics of power between the military/police and the people, rallyists and otherwise, have ever changed.

I wonder if they realize that in the process of featuring this policeman injured during EDSA Tres, and showing undated/unverified footage that cuts across rallies by both valid leftist groups and the political organizations like PMP, that it LOOKS VERY PRO-PRES-ELECT-NOYNOY (and Kris, I dare say given the money she brings into the network). How can ABS-CBN 2′s news and public affairs even begin to say they are responsible and not for any candidate? Come on, this episode of I Survived in fact reeked of the whole Aquino discourse of the left as a noisy minority. So lump them together with the mass mob rule of EDSA Tres, and tadah! you prepare the nation for no rallies, no assemblies, don’t do that because kawawa naman ang pulis.

WTF Ces Drilon. WTF ABS-CBN’s news and public affairs. for people who insist on responsibility and being worthy of our attention, talaga naman, sometimes you just failus. In this case, you fail the freedom(s) you should be fighting for. The freedom(s) in fact upon which you stand. Ang galing. Congratulations.

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9 Comments/Pingbacks

  1. Ginnie
    May 14, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    ABS-CBN’s news staff are stupid. Every single one of them. From the anchors to the PAs. ALL OF THEM.

  2. fjordz
    May 14, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    I wasn’t able to catch this particular episode so I can’t really say something about it. But, given your data here saying that the footage used for EDSA Dos and Tres were interchangeably used, looks like the news department of ABS-CBN failed on this. Considering that this is a news program, what they should show on TV should be credible and verified.

  3. Pats
    May 14, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Yes, i agree with the fact that ABS had always been BIAS. Niyayakap na sila ata ng kung ‘sino’ mang makapangyarihang pamilya.

  4. ina
    May 14, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    hi ginnie! hmmmm… I have yet to actually deal see all of them as stupid, though there are those who are just … uh … lacking? and yes, i’m being kind. and even i don’t know why.

  5. ina
    May 14, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    hi fjordz! actually, more than interspersed video? no documentation on the videos, no dates, no proof that those vidoes of rallies, mob and otherwise, actually happened when Ces Drilon says they did. all it takes is a little more patience to do that diba?

  6. ina
    May 14, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    hi pats! maybe what’s so offensive is that the biases are denied pa, and they sell themselves as the best in news and public affairs given all the money that they have diba? maybe that’s why they’ve become complacent, too.

  7. Noel Sales Barcelona
    May 15, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Makikisabat na nga po. I haven’t watch this episode. Pero kung ganoon ang delivery ng documentary, there’s something TERRIBLY wrong. Sabagay marami na talagang sablay ngayon ang ABS-CBN. Parang Wowowee! lang yan. Parang showbiz news nila. At parang ang mismong monopolyo nila.

  8. riot
    July 31, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Burn ABS-CBN to the ground.

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