Stupidity before malice

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    ‘Earlier in the week, President Duterte rejected reopening schools and holding face-to-face classes for as long as there was no available COVID-19 vaccine – which sounds nice at first pass, until you figure out that he actually wants people to stop their schooling altogether.’

    I HAVE this personal rule, “Stupidity before Malice.” This means that when someone does something objectively wrong, rather than assume that the person is malicious in doing it, I just assume that they are plain stupid.

    Never has that rule been challenged more than in the past few days.

    In a House of Representatives hearing over the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN, SAGIP Rep. and pomada model Rodante Marcoleta made various allegations against the network, allegations that were in fact openly and definitively addressed by ABS-CBN executives in the prior House committee hearing and before a Senate hearing earlier this year. Marcoleta even had the gall to use Kim Chiu’s instant classic video rant/pop song “Bawal Lumabas (The School Song)” to start his blithering speech.

    And for extra fark, ACT-CIS Rep. Eric Yap insisted that it had to be done to put ABS-CBN’s responses on their legislative record – never mind that they were addressed in the same committee, and never mind that Senate records are public records they can easily access. I mean I get it, it’s a long drive from Batasan to GSIS Building, but haven’t you ever heard of – gasp – email?

    Stupidity? Or malice?

    In a Senate session, Sen. Pia Cayetano said: “I welcome – I do say it – this unfortunate event known as COVID-19 because it opens our eyes and gives us that window of opportunity to provide necessary funding, attention and efforts that our healthcare deserves.”

    That makes as much sense as welcoming an akyat-bahay gang into your home because it gives you a window of opportunity to provide necessary funding and efforts that your home security deserves.

    In the same Senate session, Sen. Ronald dela Rosa was overheard saying, “Sarap ng buhay, sarap ng buhay, ganito na lang tayo palagi ha?”

    In the middle of a pandemic. Where the economy has ground to a halt and government has struggled to keep now-jobless citizens afloat. Where our health care system teeters on the edge. Where over 14,000 have been found infected and nearly 900 have died so far, with no cure or vaccine in sight for at least another six months.

     Stupidity? Or malice?

    Earlier in the week, President Duterte rejected reopening schools and holding face-to-face classes for as long as there was no available COVID-19 vaccine – which sounds nice at first pass, until you figure out that he actually wants people to stop their schooling altogether.

    Following that line, Malacanang plays footsie, saying that classes will reopen in August as scheduled, and that face-to-face classes will only be allowed in areas where community quarantines are lifted totally by the start of the school year. Meanwhile, areas under community quarantine will have mixed modes of learning, including radio, television, and internet. Now, not everyone had internet, but thank goodness television and radio are still accessible, especially in far-flung areas thanks, to ABS-CB-

    …whoops.

    Stupidity? Or malice?

    On Tuesday the Metro Manila Council wants to downgrade Metro Manila’s quarantine status to “general community quarantine” or GCQ. This means that more business establishments would be allowed to open, and more classes of people would be allowed to leave their homes.

     The Metro Manila Council also recommended that buses and jeeps remain banned from operation.

    Just so we’re clear: the Metro Manila Council wants to allow people to go back to their work, without the public transportation they need to get there.

    Stupidity? Or malice?

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