Subtle realities in Sen. Bong’s speech

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By Nef Luczon


Thursday, June 12, 2014

LET’S make this short, Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.’s privilege speech-cum-theatrical-cum-music video fest last Monday obviously means one thing: Garbage.

Another precious time wasted but as they say, everyone has the rights to express his or her sentiments in the august body. However, there is a silver lining in Revilla’s speech and other speeches made by the other senators implicated in the pork barrel scam – that is not the very content of his speech but the very reason such kind of “privilege speech” existed and its testament to our Filipino society as a whole.

Revilla’s speech and all its fanfare wraps up what is disheartening in our country that we, the majority of Filipino people never learned. And it is a manifestation that through our votes people like Revilla and his kind rule our government because we let it happen.


In fact, this is not about Revilla alone, it is that within our social and cultural constructs that we love the drama and emotional attachment that the writers and production staff behind Revilla’s speech thought that a grave issue such as a pork barrel scam can easily get away with through songs and music videos, and we as people ought to buy the whole idea.

This notion is right. Revilla really thinks that majority of the “masa” can be easily swept away with his dramatic antics, the “thinking” netizens or people who use the Internet and social media thought it was but rubbish; however the majority of those living in the rural areas think it’s real.

That’s another subtle reality.

Remember that 2010 presidential candidate Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro? He was so popular in the social media that we thought he’s going to be our next president, but then who are these netizens but a few compared to the land tillers and workers who have no access to the Internet, that is why we have another Aquino sitting now.

Revilla’s speech did not even give answers to the doubts and questions about the grand design of all this pork barrel mess. It only gets more complicated as he and the others implicated have “sung” new tunes in an attempt to turn the tables.


It is already one year since Mayor Oscar Moreno took the seat in Cagayan de Oro as well as Governor Yevgeny Emano in Misamis Oriental province. We notice that there are still criticisms and “politicking” hounding at every step they make, but the most pressing question will be is – what have they done so far?


It’s another school year to all the students both young and old for 2014-2015, and it’s always exciting to meet students old and new.

For two years now, I find teaching as a way to pass on what you have learned on the field of mass media especially those who majors communication based degree programs. There are rough roads and uneasy setbacks but the overall experience is always rewarding.


Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on June 12, 2014.


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