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15 September 2010 @ 07:20 pm
Because yesterday's senatorial hearing on the Manila hostage crisis was so idiotic, I can't even come up with a title.

In the said hearing, media executives were probed by some of the senators, and I must say, I was disappointed at how it turned out. If I remember correctly, it was Sen. Vicente "Tito" Sotto III who said that the whole point of the hearing was to help the senators in legislating a law (or laws) that would regulate the media in matters, which I assumed, of emeregenices, or when human lives are at stake. I was actually open to the idea, though I have yet to decide on my stand on the issue. If it would help save lives, then, why not?

At the end of the hearing, though, I changed my mind. Some of the arguments posed by the senators were utterly ridiculous, not to mention going round in circles. I can't believe one of them even had the nerve to blame media for the success of the September 11th terrorist attacks! That it's the media's fault why the Philippines has such a bad image on the international front! Why? Should the image they should present to foreigners only be a positive one? (For a moment there, I was reminded of North Korea.) If we Filipinos have a right to know about other nations' dirty laundry, then why couldn't they know about ours? Honestly, it's beginning to sound like censorship, and I don't like it one bit. I'd rather have the media regulate themselves, than for our senators and congressmen to create laws, which can possibly be manipulated by government officials to curtail press freedom. I've never experienced growing up during the martial-law years, nor would I want to. But it sounded like that's where this country's heading for, with matters regarding press freedom at least. No, thank you.

What's even more annoying is that some of these senators are actually lawyers, who should be proficient in the art of proper reasoning. But no, they just really failed. Utterly. Your appeals to emotion have totally backfired—in my eyes, at least. How I'm glad I was too young to vote for you back in the 2007 senatorial elections.

My own line of reasoning may be wrong, but, at least, I know better than to pin the blame entirely on the media.

And I'm just so pissed off that I'm going to make this post public. It would probably never be read by most people, but I would be missing my point if I impose censorship on myself, wouldn't it? I already self-censor enough as it is.
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M.O.N.A.: Fakir's Fic - PTran_mouri82 on September 29th, 2010 02:59 pm (UTC)
First comment! (I feel so special.)

That's what gets me about the games many politicians play: it's not about the common good, it's about making them look good. It's about power.

LOL, your government's argument is ironic, since the US media persuaded some of us to think President Bush caused 9/11. (Everyone loves a conspiracy theory, and you don't even have to prove it's true! After all, if we don't believe it, as the saying goes, "that's just what they want you to think.")

For all the damage that the media can cause, however, you're absolutely right. Censorship is not the answer. If their ideas are stupid, they can be dismantled with logic; if folks buy into the ideas by not thinking critically, they'll reap what they sow. But the minute government throws its weight around and suppresses this free exchange of ideas, it disregards human dignity and becomes tyrannical.

Thanks for not censoring yourself. Behold the joys of blogging!

P.S. Chose my icon on purpose, yes.
Ran-dezvous: annoyedran_dezvous on September 30th, 2010 10:54 am (UTC)
Yay! (But of course you are! I find it really awesome that you cared to comment on this politcal rant, and even more so since you're neither a Filipino nor live in the Philippines.)

I know, right? This is why politics has such a negative image—to the point where even some people consider not caring about politics to be a good thing. This is why a lot of highly qualified people, who are filled with good intentions, refuse to work in government. I can't help but sigh at the sorry state of our bureaucracy; I feel my idealism slowly dying because of these politicians. What's worse is that family dynasties are very much prevalent in my country. It's a sick, vicious cycle. . . .

Really? I didn't know that. The argument used by one senator (Sen. Joker Arroyo) was that terrorism wouldn't succeed if the media didn't cover it, citing 9/11 as an example. I thought, What?! Whatever he said afterward all started to become a joke to me—what a way to live up to his name, indeed.

As for Bush causing 9/11, I don't think it's completely farfetched—in a non-conspiracy theory, I mean. ^^* His war in Iraq doesn't exactly promote friendly relations with the Iraquis. . . .

What saddens me the most is that my country has already gone through that during the martial-law years. A lot of media men were detained and became political prisoners, subjected to various forms of torture. My fellow countrymen have fought a long fight to regain their (since I wasn't born yet, much less conceived) rights, especially that of press freedom. If the law(s) that these politicians were considering legislating had something to do with delayed broadcasting, then I would be perfectly fine with that. Maybe even censorship to a certain extent. But the way they seemed to blame the media for the bad reputation of the Philippines really irked me; I don't think I would like to entrust the control of media to them.

You're very welcome. Maybe if I had the audacity to talk about politics more, I might create a separate journal for it. I'm not sure if anyone would care for it, though. Granted, I could create an account at the "bloggier" websites such as Blogger or Wordpress, but I like how LJ is more conducive to discussion. Either way, that pretty much opens the "obligation" to update frequently, and I don't think I'm up for that.

P.S. Don't worry, I'm not going to flame you! Even if you do have a different opinion, I'm always open to a discussion of the matter, as long as it's done in a calm and rational manner.

LOL. XD So that the Fakir insaneladybug talks about a lot on her LJ! *has yet to check out Princess Tutu*
M.O.N.A.: Ran/Conan Fall - DCran_mouri82 on September 30th, 2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
It's always intriguing to learn more about your country. ♥

And it's admittedly an uphill climb for politicians who sincerely care about the common good. There's so much pressure to conform to the status quo, and if they don't, their fellow politicians and media destroy them. At least that's how it often works in the U.S.

Joker is the right name for him. So if Eyewitness News didn't cover 9/11, thousands of New Yorkers wouldn't have noticed? Or folks in Pennsylvania wouldn't have noticed a plane crash? Or the Pentagon? Maybe he didn't realize this, but that smoldering gap in the NYC skyline was visible for miles. The terrorists didn't just want attention, they wanted people dead.

Well, the accusation that President Bush engineered 9/11--planned an attack on his own country--is quite farfetched. The U.S. President is the Commander in Chief of the armed forces; to plan a terrorist attack on his own country is like shooting himself in the leg. It's also a grave accusation, not one to be made lightly, as the U.S. entertainment industry is fond of doing. Even now, after a new President took office, no formal charges of this have been brought. If there were grounds for it, now would be the perfect time. Besides, the war is highly unpopular with many Americans and foreigners alike; it's also been called a waste of money. In that sense, Bush gained nothing from it.

If your government makes honest citizens like you frustrated and worried about their antics, no wonder the Philippines is seen in a bad light! As they say, "Word gets around". No matter what your government does to silence the media, if they're oppressive and corrupt, people will find out about it. Our world is getting smaller and smaller. But like you said, I hope they don't revert back to torture. Not only are such tactics cruel and evil, they're also pointless. I'll keep this situation in my prayers.

I love how lackadaisical LJ can be. We can post whenever the heck we feel like it! Feel free to post on anything you want, whenever you want. It may help to poke me when you post, though, since I rarely check my friends page anymore. ^^* (Bad, I know.)

P.S. Oh! No, no, the icon meant for your government not to flame him! LOL

Oooh, if you check out Princess Tutu, you will not be sorry. It's one of my all-time favorites. The Japanese voice for Ahiru (a.k.a. Duck), the main character, is so cute! It's got an adorable, raspy quality, like a quacking duck~ Quaa~!