Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Of Faye, Ms. Evangelista, and the Others

WHERE ARE THESE PEOPLE?
I'm not taking any side regarding anybody's stance towards the issue surrounding Ms. Evangelista and her defenders and the others who are against her. I enjoyed reading the opinions of the "warring" (though, I know no one is at war with anybody. We don't have any weapons of mass destruction with us, right?) sides, it makes me wonder where are all of these people? Where are all these people now that the Mindoro and Bicol townsfolk are under the state of calamity? Where are all these people when the Cherry Hills tragedy struck? Where are all these people when Baguio was crushed by an earthquake? Where are all these people when Mt. Pinatubo erupted and buried the place once called the "Rice Granary of the Philippines"? Where are all these people when the Oakwood Mutiny happened? Where are all these people when the dreaded SARS and now Meningococcemia threatened several lives and killed almost all of its victims one by one? Where are all these people now that the textbooks being used by students in public schools are being questioned? Where are all these people now that another labor strike was stopped by bullets and left strikers either dead or injured? Where are all these people?

We kept on exchanging intellectual and smart "tirades" against each other, but is it helping anybody? Does the so-called attacks on Ms. Evangelista et.al. brought justice to the people who left the country to work and hope for a bright future for their family only to be abused and "packaged" back home in a casket? Does the defenses made in favor of Ms. Evangelista put the lives of those who criticized her in danger?

After reading so many posts from different bloggers around surrounding the story of Faye, her mother, BoL, Ms. Evangelista and the like I came into a conclusion that we must refer back to the time when Jesus defended Magdalene from those who want to stone her to death.

WHOEVER AMONG YOU WHO HAS NOT SINNED, MAY CAST THE FIRST STONE
We are not perfect, we are bound to make sins, to commit mistakes. What is important is that we acknowledged these sins, these mistakes, and do our best not to commit them anymore.

HATE THE SIN BUT LOVE THE SINNER
Almost all of the attacks point to Ms. Evangelista as the sinner. I'm just curious as to what her sin is? I agree with those who said that Ms. Evangelista should not be sorry because she hadn't done anything wrong. Did she lied to the public when she said that she read from a national daily about the story of this young girl? The only fault Ms. Evangelista has committed, I guess as a writer is that she has taken a side without presenting the other one.

A COIN HAS TWO FACES
"A coin has its two sides", as they say, and Ms. Evangelista failed to give the other face of the coin. She focused on the story of this young girl, how the mother and daughter team braved all odds and still came out a winner. I was hoping that on her second article about the story, she would present it in such a way that the readers will have to judge for themselves whether the claims made by mother and daughter were true or not after hearing both parties concerned (mother and daughter on one end, and the officials concerned at the other end).

IF YOU ARE NOT WITH ME, YOU ARE AGAINST ME
This may be true, but remember that when Jesus told this He was making reference to good versus evil. Who would choose evil against good? Ms. Evangelista, in my humble opinion, forgot that she is foremost a writer when she printed the story. If she only told such story to her circle of friends, then she is free to choose which side she is. But as a writer, you shouldn't decide for your readers. Lay out all the details of your story, present the two sides of the issue and then let your readers decide which side are they. As a writer, you should never choose one side and encourage your readers to follow you on that side. I guessed that's what happened when her second article came out, as what the other bloggers have said, Ms. Evangelista insisted that the story is true and that the readers should believe her. Just imagine what could have happened if Ms. Evangelista instead presented both sides on her second column. Saying something like, "now that i have proved that Faye is real and taking her word for it that the event indeed took place. However, the DoST, the BI and airport officials are saying otherwise. With all of this information I have gathered, I leave you the final judgment. I now rest my case." End of story. Plain and simple.

HEAR THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY
Take the case of the suppossed Fil-shams who were ordered deported by the DoJ. The players concerned are crying foul because they think the officials who made the investigation failed to seek their side. The investigators, they say, only focused on the claims made that there was an irregularity or something when they acquired for recognization as Filipino citizens. Just imagine what could have happened if we won the basketball competition during the last Asian Games wherein our men's basketball team was bannered by these so-called Fil-shams.

RESPECT FOR ONE'S OPINION
I may not agree with Ms. Evangelista, Rev. Bong, and the others totally but still i respect their stand about the issue, just like I also respect the opinions of those who are against them. Ms. Evangelista felt that she could make a difference by bringing to light the unsung heroes of our generation. What if the story was indeed true after all? She trusted every word the mother and daughter told her, she risked so many things just to prove that this young girl really existed and that this young girl is indeed one of those unsung heroes of our time.

FORGIVE & FORGET, LET'S ALL MOVE ON
For now, we all have to move on and stopped this bickering. Ms. Evangelista has done her share, she had found her cause. How about us? Have we done our share? Have we found our cause?

It's easy to say that I'm doing my share by attacking other people with insulting comments and below-the-belt tirades or that this is my cause. And then another will say I'm doing my share by defending those who were attacked by insulting comments and below-the-belt tirades or that this is my cause. It's easy to put the blame to another person, but what good will come out of it? We would just go through a cycle where one attacks and the other defends, one would blame another person and then the other would retaliate by pointing a finger to another person, who would benefit from this cycle? If only we can divert this very enlightening and intellectual attacks and defenses to a more notable cause, like the erroneous textbooks being used by students in public schools or the lobbying for more quality shows aired on TV, would it be much beneficial and helpful to everybody?

SPEAK NOW OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR PIECE
With this I rest my case.

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