Rant #9

I just got off the phone with my boss, from one of my English-writing jobs here in Mexico.

She called to condole with me for the impending landslide win of Bongbong Marcos as next president of the Philippines, and added that if I didn’t feel like turning in my write-up for this week, it’s okay; she’d understand. She said she couldn’t believe that, in our lifetime, there’d be two Marcoses sitting in Malacañang. Before her call, I’d already been receiving messages of sympathy from my other colleagues as well.

These are newspeople, legit journalists. They know the score. I’ve read the coverage of our elections from other foreign media outlets as well, and they’ve been painting a gloomy picture about the outlook of the Philippines—which is perfectly understandable, no matter how optimistic we want to be.

It’s just sad that foreign journalists—outsiders—seem to have a better understanding of what’s about to unfold, given the present circumstances, than 30 million plus Filipinos who actually had the power in their hands on election day.

It is what it is. I guess all we can do now is batten down the hatches.

 
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