Prominent DLSU Prof: Paredes and his band of bullies have damaged the cause they are fighting for
Professor and writer Antonio Contreras in Manila Times criticized Jim Paredes and his cohorts for showing “an inability to respect a fundamental human right” which is “the right to speak and to peacefully assemble” in reference to the recent issue of their bullying of the Duterte Youth members.
It appears that Paredes and his allies have contradicted themselves for joining in an EDSA People Power celebration that recognizes the “power of we” and yet “showed an utter disrespect towards democracy, and exhibited their authoritarian streak, when they denied voices of dissent a space to be articulated.”
Contreras goes as far as commenting that the “we” Paredes acknowledges is “a privileged, elite, exclusive “we.” It is “we” as “kami” and not as “tayo”” as exemplified by his assault on Dutere supporters.
The anti-Duterte protesters during EDSA celebration decried the abuses and horrors of human right abuses during the Martial Law and remembered the oppressive and authoritarian rule during those times, however they extended the same silencing oppression and authoritarian censorship to those whom they deem as lobbying for interests contrary to theirs.
In addition, Paredes further portrayed a hypocrite in those instances especially since days before “he posted in social media a shout-out insinuating that anyone regardless of political color would be welcome to join them” as Contreras reported.
Despite the efforts of the anti-Dutertes they were only able to come up with 2,000 supporters, while the crowd at Rizal Park in support of President Duterte reached 215,000.
Contreras puts it well for saying that “In the end, Paredes and his band of bullies have damaged the cause they are fighting for,” as they were incensed by their only their own interests and concerns without looking at the side of dissent.
“In their desperation, they [Paredes and allies] became careless. They were angry and frustrated. Leila de Lima is in jail. Ferdinand Marcos is now buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, while the Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal took cognizance of Bongbong’s electoral protest,” Contreras added.
Prominent DLSU Prof: Paredes and his band of bullies have damaged the cause they are fighting for Reviewed by Newsinfo Learn on February 28, 2017 Rating: