Sunday, November 14, 2010

EIGHT IS ENOUGH

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No one deserves this


TODAY, AS THE ENTIRE COUNTRY AND CERTAINLY A COUPLE MILLION OTHER FOREIGN NATIONALITIES OGLED THE PACQUIAO-MARGARITO BOUT, I HARDLY GLANCED AT THE TV. I’VE NEVER BEEN A FAN OF BOXING. I’VE NEVER IDENTIFIED MYSELF WITH PACQUIAO. I DON’T SEE ANY SYMBOLISM OF PATRIOTISM IN HIM AT ALL. I HAVE NO TASTE FOR REAL BLOODY FACES AND MILLIONS OF NEURONS SNAPPING SOMEWHERE IN THE BRAINS OF COMBATANTS. WHY ANYONE WOULD OPEN HIMSELF UP TO PARKINSON’S DISEASE AND OTHER POSSIBLY FATAL AILMENTS DISGUSTS ME.

WHAT DISGUSTS ME EVEN MORE IS AN ENTIRE COUNTRY HOLDING ON TO PACQUIAO’S SHORTS. HE’S A GIFTED, HARDWORKING, CHARISMATIC ATHLETE. THAT’S ALL. I DON’T UNDERSTAND THE EUPHORIA. THE SUCKING UP. IT’S TOO MUCH, FIGHT AFTER FIGHT, BELT AFTER BELT. FILIPINOS HAVE GOT TO WAKE UP TO THE FACT THAT PACQUIAO AIN’T GONNA ERASE THE FIASCO THAT WAS QUIRINO GRANDSTAND. THE MAGUINDANAO MASSACRE. FILIPINOS HAVE GOT TO LOOK ELSEWHERE AND DIG DEEPER FOR HEROES—UNDERPAID SCIENTISTS, NURSES AND TEACHERS. ARTISTS AND MUSICIANS. ATHLETES THAT DON’T BEAT UP THEIR OPPONENTS. FOR ALL OF PACQUIAO’S RELIGIOSITY (SEE ALL THOSE TELEVISED MASSES HE ATTENDS), HIS SPORT OF CHOICE—HIS MULTIMILLION BREAD AND BUTTER IS BARBARIC AND INHUMAN. WHAT WAS HE PRAYING FOR? VICTORY, RIGHT? BUT AT WHAT COST? IT’S NOT THE SAME AS WHEN CHRISTIANS OR MUSLIMS SOUGHT DIVINE PROVIDENCE BEFORE GOING OFF TO WAR. THERE IS NO WAR ON THAT RING. JUST TWO HUMAN BEINGS BEATING EACH OTHER UP FOR PRIZE MONEY, WITH A 40,000+ LIVE CROWD CHEERING THEM ON LIKE BLOODTHIRSTY ROMANS.

WHAT EXAMPLE IS PACQUIAO SETTING? WHAT MESSAGE IS HE SENDING? WHEN EFREN “BATA” REYES WAS WEAVING HIS MAGIC IN THE BILLIARDS CIRCUIT, THE COUNTRY’S YOUTH WERE HANGING OUT WITH CUESTICKS. BILYARANS WERE EVERYWHERE. WHERE ARE THEY NOW? HOW IS EFREN REYES? AGE HAS CAUGHT UP WITH HIM, I HEAR, AND THE MAGIC ISN’T WHAT IT USED TO BE. YOUNG PEOPLE DON’T ALWAYS ASSOCIATE PACMAN WITH NATIONALISM. THEY ASSOCIATE HIM WITH MONEY, AND ALL THE MEXICANS HE HAS DEMOLISHED. “IT’S COOL TO BEAT UP A GUY. YOU GET PAID. YOU GET CHEERS. YOU GET ADVERTISING DEALS. YOU GET ELECTED.” MESSAGE SENT.

BUT I HAVE THIS TO SAY TO MANNY PACQUIAO: CONGRATULATIONS. NOW DO AS YOUR MAMA DIONISIA SAYS-RETIRE FROM BOXING. YOU ARE A CONGRESSMAN NOW, AFTER ALL. GO SLAY THOSE CORRUPT COLLEAGUES OF YOURS IN CONGRESS. MAYBE THEN I’LL THINK OF YOU AS A TRUE HERO.
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