With the Philippine national elections coming in, social media is fast becoming a circus of self-proclaimed political analysts and self-righteous. If you’re a Filipino, you’ll agree with me that Facebook has become a repository of political warfare, debates, and whatnots. Add to that the stories from various media outlets that may or may not be biased towards a certain candidate.
Pro-Duterte Vs. Anti-Duterte
Just this morning, I woke up to a loud Facebook feed (and to think it was only six in the morning). The issue at hand: Presidentiable Mayor Duterte allegedly cursed the Pope for bringing suffering to the Filipino people during his recent visit in the country. This, of course, added fire to the on-going debate between Pro-Duterte and Anti-Duterte. It’s a mess, to be quite honest.
I am a Duterte supporter and a Catholic. I’ve read the story from different sources. Yes, what he said was unpleasant, but it was clearly taken out of context and has immaculately blown out of proportion.
Filtering Out the Negative
I’ve shared my opinion about this on Facebook and was immediately attacked by a Duterte hater. I take no offense on that. You have your opinions, I’ve got mine. But if you’re going to pollute my feed with your harsh comments, I’m filtering you out. You say you hate his deeds, but here you are mouthing words of insults. Hypocrisy at its finest! There’s no room for such negativity in my account.
Here’s what I suggest: Instead of bashing our candidate, why not focus on campaigning for your bet? Why not try to convince everybody that your candidate is worthy? Make your candidate’s name trend in a good light. Promote his works and advocacy. Who knows? You might just influence people to join you in supporting your candidate.
Like I said, Duterte is not a saint. I am not going to convince you to vote for him because you obviously have a strong opinion against the man. But I will not waste my time insulting your candidate for the simple fact that I my time is too precious for people I don’t care about.
Your vote is your call. My vote is my call. Magrespetuhan na lang po tayo.