screw the status quo. we need change and we need it now. we need not a leader who plays with words and public funds. we need not a leader whose years of service fall under the 'fiction' category. we definitely need not a leader who knows nothing. we require a leader who has conviction, who has the guts to change the seemingly unchangeable. we need... to prepare for 2007. Now.

Sunday, August 29, 2004

Someone get her a life, please!

The whole idea of a society of winners -- a place known above all for its best -- leads with surprising speed to a narrow pyramidal social structure. And then to division and widespread passivity. That in turn leads to false populism and mediocrity; to a world obssessed by bread and circuses, Heroes, and the need for leadership." -John Ralston Saul, in his book "On Equilibrium", as quoted in Benign0's website.

Whenever I go online, top in my list of activities is checking my mails for reactions to whatever is posted in this blog. Good or bad reviews, I read them all word by word. I love hearing responses from people, specially if they appreciate what I am talking about here. I get a lot of responses from Filipinos from all over- from Manhattan to Australia. It makes me think may pag-asa pa pala sa Pilipinas... that at least, there are still a lot of silent people here who actually think. I think most people who lurk or become mainstays of this blog are mostly people who become tired of seing things as they are now in our country. Frustrated and disappointed. Who wouldn't be? Being at work, in the malls, on the streets, while riding the MRT, or being just outside the house never fails to give a small portion of disgust about what's happening around us no matter if the day is good or totally bad. I once thought of getting out, but fact is: A Filipino can never really escape being a Filipino. If you're born brown, you'll be brown forever (yes, no matter how deep your makeup can get, you'll still be brown, sistah!). And I love being brown. I just hate how this brown country is being run and slowly consumed by evil forces in the society: The government, the filthy rich and uncaring ones, the goons, the pirates and media.

"I would rather have a Philippines run like hell by Filipinos than a Philippines run like heaven by the Americans," says Manuel L. Quezon. Apparently, the president of the commonwealth had no idea what he was talking about.

I don't watch TV. I'm beginning to notice Philippine TV is making a mockery out of my intelligence. Has the Filipino lost her common sense? I believe media today operate by this principle: Filipinos are stupid, they'd buy anything. If you'd watch the local television channels, it's either you'll get tired of whining why the hell these stupid things get airtime anyway if you're the smart one, or get really curious who the hell came up with these stories if you're just totally clueless. Blame the telenovelas for transforming most of us into dramaqueens and people who cannot distinguish what's obvious from what's not. Love will find a way. Bah! How about common sense? How about logical thinking? How about using that part of our heads called "brain". How about being practical in this time of crisis? How about educating people? God knows I tried watching primetime TV once. I got tired of saying "Hallerrrrr...."

Fame nowadays has a crooked definition. I remember the days when people become popular because of what good or smart things they have done, or how good they are being real persons. How unfortunate I am to have lived in the days when one becomes popular because of notoriety, dishonor, uselessness and stupidity. Again, media plays a vital role in shaping the minds of the people. In our case, it seems that the minds of the Filipinos are being molded by media into filth. Sad thing is no one seems to care. They just buy whatever these attention-hungry mongrels offer them.

Enter Keana Reeves. I see a totally wasted woman in her. Disgusting. Dumb. Corrupted. Evil. A woman like Ms. Reeves will definitely use anything to get what she wants no matter what. Too bad attention comes first in her list. Now, she's enjoying the rewards of being notoriously famous in the Philippines- thus claiming the crown that was once held by traffic-jammer Diana Zubiri. And lucky for her, she has stuff that media would buy at first glance of it. Imagine- finally, some brainless starlet (who has no idea what she's up against, for sure) has the guts to destroy her miserable life completely, perhaps in the final attempt to save it, by exposing a practice which has been crawling silently in the system for years! The likes of Boy Abunda would definitely not care if she ends up dead before establishing a complete public rendering of her linkage with this known smut in our society, which is prostitution. She is news. She is gold, she loves attention, Filipinos love seing things like this on TV and she looks good making herself look stupid on TV with her empty remarks. Perfect!

Anyway, here's what Ahmad would have to say about prostitution, Keana and Gabriela's Liza Masa...

"I happen to have a close friend who happened to work on congress about two years ago. According to him the pay is not that good, but the benefits is more than what anybody can handle. Imagine being lent a 4x4 vehicle, a hundred thousand peso playing chips from the casino, accommodation in a five star hotel, and not to mention being in a company of high class (or should I say first class) prostitutes errr.... OK escorts... I think escort sounds better. All of these courtesy of the honorable Congressmen that he worked for (he obviously didn't want to name names, but can I blame him?). Working inside congress he also saw how rotten the system is, it is so rotten that it can corrupt even a saint. Aside from the luxury vehicles, hotel accommodation etc. he also saw how the system corrupts the other congressmen he didn't work for. Every now and then he sees a congressman arguing with the security officers of the session hall because they wouldn't allow him to bring his fire arm inside. Every now and then he hears rumors that there is are some congressmen who shoot up shabu or cocaine inside the parking lot. After a year of working, he just had to resign, because he realized that if he worked there for another year, the system will also corrupt him and he would be no different from these other people. My mother said during her time when you hear something like "Si Congressman! asikasuhin nyo mabuti!", the scenario is in a feast or celebration, and the congressman arrives here as a VIP guest. He is honorable, because of his reputation as a statesman, and someone everyone looks up to. Now a days, when you hear something like that, the congressman is still a VIP.... In a first class night clubs that offer more services than simple bump and grind. Damn! shouldn't our Honorable" congressmen be bothered by this. This attitude of some of our congressmen is becoming a part of the culture of congress itself.

Now, we have heard the testimony of this "starlet", about her side business other than doing "sexy" movies (is it even right to use thewordd "sexy"? help please!). She also told us stories, pretty much similar to the stories that we have been hearing about, but now its so controversial that congress appeared to be in a little shock here. My friend told me that it made him sick seeing some congressmen being bothered by the controversy, when this thing has been going on inside congress and they actually know it. Now of course congress wants to do an investigation on this and they want the starlet to give a testimony, but of course she refuses to give the names of her former clients. Sen. Juan Flavier, is one of the few statesmen that I have high respect for, and I agree on what he said that if the starlet will not name names, then the investigation will be pointless. It all makes makes sense, what do these congressmen want to know from this investigation? If what the starlet is saying is actually true? that statesmen are regular costumers of high class prostitutes? That escort services are merely fronts for prostitution? They do not need to do an investigation at all because everybody knows that these things exist, it is not like an urban legend. All you have to do is read your morning paper (leading newspapers! not tabloids), flip to the classified add section and look on the adds that say something like; "Escort/Massage Service" "Young beautiful seductive Women", "24 hours" and of course "For Hotel Motel, and Home Services". Notice that the add does not have a businesss address, only phone numbers. Common sense will of course tell you that if you are someone who simply wants a good massage, what does, young and seductive, got to do with it? Besides we have the local spas duh! I have been seeing these adds every time I read the daily Newspaper, long before the testimony of this starlet, and our law makers only paid attention to it only now? Aren't they the first person to be expected to read the newspaper daily?

Many feminist will hate me for saying this...but here it goes..... Liza Masa,I'm not Impressed! There I just may have ridiculed Gabriella's pioneer. Fact of the matter here is that the existence of high class prostitutes is not an urban legend. It is not even being that discreet now a days, why? because the laws on prostitution is not being implemented properly. Sure additional laws will help, but in the end, if we cannot implement the simple laws that we have against prostitution, what more now that we are trying to make it more complex. Go to the intersection of Aurora blvd. and Edsa in cubao, any time of the day, and you will see a lot of sex workers who are mostly likely to be minors. Here is the catch, not too far from it is a police post, where there is a police man sitting his @ass down for God knows how long. I have been there for only about 5 minutes, yet it didn't really take me long to realize what was going on on that place. Hmmmmm does he in some way empathize with them? (oh please you know what I meant by that).

I do not know why it seems that Liza Masa is acting so naive on the issue to the point that she wants to conduct an congress investigation? If she wants to get to the inner sanctum she should do a little field work, the way documentarists on TV. Make a trip around the night clubs in Quezon ave. and pay attention to the plate numbers of the 4x4 vehicles parked within the area. Better yet make a trip in the dark alleys of cubao, and for God's sake look at the classified add section of the newspaper that she reads. Just so you know I do support her cause, and I do support her proposed bills that will make the laws on prostitution more comprehensive.

As for the starlet, well... I don't buy her bullsh!t that easily. I mean she admitted that she has been doing this kind of business even when she already got the shot at showbusiness. OK so maybe the pay of a starlet sucks, but the thing is she has been given an opportunity not to women in her business enjoyed. She also admitted that her fee for escorting becomes higher when sex is involved, and it is in her prerogative to accept or decline. The thing is, how can she convince us that she wants to stop this kind of trade, when she herself made a choice to participate in this kind of trade, in spite of the other options she could have taken? According also to my friend, Prostitutes of this kind are not exactly cheap, because you really have to butter them up to maximize the satisfaction of their clients. Aside from the regular fees, you also have to give a handsome amount of tip, and other gifts such as jewelries, condominium and a rav 4 maybe. There is a difference between a prostitute who does it out of poverty, and certainly there is a difference between a prostitute who do it out of vanity. Liza Masa has to realize this.

Nonetheless prostitution is prostitution, at the end of the day, prostitution is wrong, we should penalize everyone who participates on the trade, the pimps, and clients included. "Kung walang bumibili wala rin namang magbebenta" as Pol Medina said. Ergo what we really need is more implementation not more laws. Then again also I can be wrong about all the things I said about Liza Masa, if so accept my apologies and forget my previous statements." -Ahmad


Blogger skye said...

Keana is a perfect model of the sorry state of Philippine society.

She's a willing victim in all these hullabaloo and loving it. Besides, there's no such thing as bad or good publicity, ryt? So why should a woman like her - desperate and dumb - care what people think of her?

Hmmm...are we perhaps seeing much of our Filipino selves in her that's why we hate her guts? We say its ok to go abroad and prostitute ourselves or swallow the idea of being slaves to americans as long as we earn the dollars and survive.Who cares? In the Philippines, as long as u have the bucks, u rule. No money, no dignity.

Hey can't u see? We are so much like Keana!

11:31 PM

Blogger ethnic pinoy said...

I have to fucking disagree with the above post. Ordinary hard working Filipinos are nothing like that fuckwit Keana. First of all nobody (except for very rare circumstances) is a slave anymore. Slavery is dead. Working in Hong Kong or Singapore or the States, say for example, as a housekeeper (one of the hardest jobs in the world) is not tantamount to prostituting yourself. This job is not lowly either: it is honourable work. This is no different to being a miner or a canal digger or a being a doctor. You know the world needs to be cleaned, to be mined, to have its canals dug, and to have people cured. The only difference between these jobs is that some are more physically taxing than others.

It's not slavery either for chrissakes. People working these hard manual jobs in the first world countries get holidays, meal breaks, leave days, sick days, occupational health and safety training, etc. etc.

9:43 PM

Blogger ethnic pinoy said...

Also people working these jobs get a friggin minimum wage which is fairly reasonable and would amount to a lot when converted to local currency. So all I'm saying is you got the wrong analogy ms. poster.

About Keana though, I think the above article is a clash of values between Luzon women and Visayan women, especially the Cebuanos. I surmise that this Keana Reeves lady is a bisaya. Historically, bisayan women are more adept to prostituting themselves than the women here in luzon, especially the tagalogs and the kapampangans. It is written in history that when Miguel Lopez de Legazpi went to Cebu to convert Tupas, "the women prostituted themselves freely (to the spaniards-E.K.), throughout the camp, an Evil which Legazpi, although he posted sentinels, was unable to stamp out" (Blair and Robertson, History of the Philippine Islands, volume 2 page 138). In Luzon, "scarcely will one find a Tagalog or Pampango Indian woman who will put her person to trade; and they are not so abandoned as we see in the women in the other regions. They are very averse toward the Spaniard...They rarely have any love for a Spaniard" (ibid page 53-54 volume 40).

So you see you it's ingained in their culture to be loose (your perspective), or, to put it in another light, be liberated (their perspective). So don't impose your values on them. If they want to prosititute themselves, let it be. Just as long as Kapampangans keep their modest lady like values i'm happy.

Now some of you ladies may think that all this liberated (or loose depending on whose perspective) attitude may be giving other Filipinas a bad rap in the eyes of foreigners. My reply to this is for women to explain to whoever foreigner is asking them about the prevalence of Filipina prostitutes the world over that most of these women come from the Visayan region, and that some ethnicities of the Visayas are more inclined to prostitute themselves than some ethnicities here in Luzon or Mindanao. That's it.

10:06 PM

Blogger CRISCUS said...

When I was younger, I used to believe the notion that "filipinos are diligent, clean smart, hardworking, have pride" and so forth. Well, now that I'm older, damn! this notion is obviously a myth. The Philippines and Filipinos are stupid. Period!

Thank God I'm out of that hellhole.

4:26 PM


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