Two days ago as I was strapping Raviv to his carseat in our garage, I heard a motorcycle and voices from beyond our gate. Voices of kids and grown-ups who were obviously targeting the mango fruits of our Indian mango tree that’s thriving beside our garage. There are fruits kasi on branches that have crossed over—that is, nasa labas na ng bakod namin. I have no problem with their getting these fruits because legally speaking, it’s no longer ours and it’s free for all (and those who ask from us whether they could get, we say yes). But what first caught my attention was their conversation:
Child 1: Kunin natin ‘yung mangga!
Child 2: E ang liit naman!
Grown-up 1: Eh masarap nga ‘yung bubot!
Child 1: Malalaki ang mga aso ng mga ‘yan!
Child 2: Eh ano naman? Aso lang eh.
At that point things have already been thrown, and a slipper fell into our lot beside the car. The child who probably said, “Eh ano naman?” was propping himself up our fence. The slipper fell into our lot near the car, and when the child’s head popped up, the first thing he saw was my face.
I: Bakit kayo nambabato basta-basta? May bata at sasakyan dito, eh kung natamaan ‘yung sasakyan at ‘yung bata?
No apology whatsoever. Then a pre-teen girl peeked from the railings of our gate.
Pre-Teen Girl: Ate, Ate, pakisoli naman ng tsinelas ko.
I ignored her, but she kept on asking. So I picked it up and threw it out. I repeated my sentiments: Why were they throwing things and climbing our fence? At that point Randy heard me and got out.
Randy: Uy bakit kayo nambabato? At may kasama naman palang matanda. Bakit naman hinahayaan mo na mambato at umakyat sa gate ‘yang mga bata?
Randy said the teenage “grown-up” who was driving the motorcycle pretended not to know things, but wasn’t shy in picking-up the dozen mangoes they felled.
After less than a minute while I was putting our things in our trunk, I heard the sound of a speeding motorcycle, laughter and then…
A rock was thrown to our direction, and fell into our garage. I screamed and stormed out. Unfortunately for me, they were nowhere to be seen already. I was raving mad. While in the car, Randy was telling me to calm down, pabayaan ko na raw. These were kids who did not receive proper guidance from their parents, so stretch my understanding na lang daw. OK fine. I had planned to review the CCTV camera footage and find the delinquents, but for now, let go na nga lang muna. But I instructed Dodong to cut off the branches that were outside our gate so as to not tempt anyone with mango fruits. And I plan to hang a Halloween mask from a tree branch to scare intruders away, hehe.
Pro-Duterte but passionately Anti-Dutertards
And then yesterday morning, I saw this again on Rappler:
In case you haven’t heard of this, here’s a summary: a UPLB alumnus, Renee Julienne Karunungan, was campaigning against Duterte, stating that he’s a “lazy man’s” choice. Up to a certain degree, I agree, actually. Many of his supporters believe he’s a Messiah and his leadership is the panacea of our ailing country. Yun lang ang sinabi. And then all of a sudden, she started receiving hate messages, some even wishing her to be raped. Nakakaloka!
For the record, I am for Duterte. But I am passionately against Dutertards—you know, like these people (Renee screenshot the message of her bashers and posted them on Facebook):
Nakakaloka! Kinikilabutan ako habang binabasa. How ironic: we Duterte supporters are FOR him because we believe he will instill discipline and not tolerate thuggish behaviour. So it really makes me wonder why these people—people who so brazenly insult and wish harm upon a lady whose only fault was to have a different opinion—are actually supporting Duterte! (Uhm, don’t you guys realise that your kind—THUGS and BULLIES—are why we want Duterte to win?)
I’ve heard all criticisms about him, and some could be attributed to the media’s bias, to taking some of what he says tongue-in-cheek, etc. But the most piercing and VALID criticism of all–one that I don’t know how to justify–is how come the passionate supporters of the “Rape and Crime Buster” would wish someone to be raped? How come his supporters, even one who described himself as “I am the son of God, I trust Him in every way…” so easily messaged a total stranger “Tang ina tanga mo!” (Hello Angel Soldivillo Torranza!)
Actually, this isn’t the fist time I’m speaking out against thuggish Dutertards. I’m a member of a Pro-Duterte group on Facebook, and when they started attacking the UPLB student (who was my former student) who merely said she wasn’t satisfied with Duterte’s answers in the UPLB forum (Rappler edited out the nice things she said about Duterte), I started my pangaral to the ‘tards, hindi ko na natiis! I was replying to every stup*d comment (there was even one wishing she was the one who got raped! Hel-llloooo?!?) Through a post, I was requesting the Admin of the page to ban/disapprove the hate comments. Unfortunately that post was never published (I wonder why?) Though some agreed with me and liked my replies to bashers, of course I was also attacked: ako raw ‘yung plastic na Duterte supporter. And get this: sumakit daw ang ulo n’ya sa wrong grammar ko. HAHAHA!!! I know I commit grammatical errors [especially here on my blog because I hate proofreading (sometimes I’d read an old post after a year, see the lapse and then edit it), and sometimes kasi mali lang talaga ako], but my goodness—if only you’d seen the way that person was abusing the English language. And then there was another one who said, “PAKI MO BA?!” and I replied, “KASI GUSTO KO MANALO SI DUTERTE, ‘YAN ANG PAKI KO! AND TARDS LIKE YOU WILL BE HIS DOWNFALL! KAYA MARAMING NATU-TURN OFF SA KANYA DAHIL SA INYO!”#BeastModeOn. Hindi na nag-reply si Koya. Totoo naman—these tards are the best campaigners of Duterte’s rivals. I don’t get it why tards have to resort to, “Ma-rape ka sana”, “Antayin mong mamatayan ka”, and even, “Magkano ang ibinayad sa ‘yo?” If a Dutertard is reading this, let me ask you: Why do you bash? Because if your goal is to convert a non-supporter to a supporter, then you’re doing it all wrong. Itanong n’yo pa kay Olivia Pope.
Thank God positive na ngayon. Today is a happy day, because Manny won! Woohoo!!!! And what a great win it was!