Earlier this afternoon, I found out about the twitter war between the Estrada siblings and DJ Mo Twister, thanks to the show, The Buzz. Right then and there I knew I should have a say in this too, not because I’m someone important (though I know we all are important), but because I’m a citizen of this country too (where democracy and freedom of speech are both practiced) and I could say what I want because I know I pay my dues too (like all of those who voiced out their concerns as well). Also, I have been one of the most sensitive when it comes to the topic of corrupt and rotten politicians.
After seeing the whole thing on tv, I needed to see the actual exchange of cuss words and some significant points from the side of DJ Mo, supported with a rule from a Republic Act which I haven’t really looked up until today. I saw the photos of the said son of now imprisoned senator Jinggoy Estrada on an article, which I didn’t have a hard time finding as it is probably one of the breaking news as of three days ago.
In fairness to the disc jockey, he didn’t back down up to the last minute indicating a very strong conviction regarding the said issue, which is basically just some kid’s insensitively and luxuriously posing on social media amidst the pork barrel scam. The sad part is, this isn’t just anyone’s kid, but that of someone involved in the scam himself. Yes, the posts depicted the luxurious living of someone related to a government official and yes those were insensitive especially for the ones greatly affected by the scam, no less than the citizens of the Philippines.
So why has this small and supposedly normal routine of anyone who owns an Instagram account suddenly been blown out of proportion? What’s with the drama? Why has this act been considered inappropriate especially for a kid of a government official? Wouldn’t be the “people post these types of photos everyday” excuse of the said kid’s sister valid and reasonable? Well, these questions led me right back to that RA 6713 DJ Mo was talking about. So I looked it up and here’s what it says:
This Act shall be known as the “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.”
It is the policy of the State to promote a high standard of ethics in public service. Public officials and employees shall at all times be accountable to the people and shall discharge their duties with utmost responsibility, integrity, competence, and loyalty, act with patriotism and justice, lead modest lives, and uphold public interest over personal interest.
Norms of Conduct of Public Officials and Employees. – (A) Every public official and employee shall observe the following as standards of personal conduct in the discharge and execution of official duties:
- (h) Simple living. – Public officials and employees and their families shall lead modest lives appropriate to their positions and income. They shall not indulge in extravagant or ostentatious display of wealth in any form.
This was one of the things DJ Mo pointed out to the sister, who apparently aided in defending the “ostentatious” Estrada brother.
It’s no secret that it truly is a tough job to be in politics, not to mention a place in the Senate. It is a position so much assumed by the wrong people hence the lack of advancement of people they govern upon. This small issue right here caused a dispute not only among the said personalities but also among those who were witnesses to the posts and the argument on a social networking site, who mostly are not at all influential, but mere commoners in the society. As small as their positions in society, that didn’t stop them from voicing out their own opinions on what should have been done responsibly by those they have elected, their families included. Going back to their job being tough, it should have been their responsibility to be good fathers to their children first before taking over a much bigger responsibility. Truly, it is one heck of a job. It already is tough for those who have real good intentions for the country, what more to those who do not have even a drop of sincerity and empathy in their blood?
To add fuel to that fire, being in the position puts one in the limelight as well (yes like showbizz personalities but on way more different level), so obviously, they cannot escape the critical eyes of those who voted and even those who did not vote for them. One wrong move and off you go, at least nowadays when the people have gone berserk after the whole Napoles issue came to be. So really, lesson learned here must not only be for the Estrada children, but to all, knowing that society can be very watchful to those who commit the grimiest of all crimes, corruption, as it is callously done by lawful officials.
As unconscientious as it may sound, I hope those who were involved have learned their lesson and instead of vindicating their wrong actions, should’ve just admitted their mistakes so as to have avoided public humiliation. They have truly been served by some showbizz personality who might have lost his place in the limelight (as what the opposing councilor mentioned), but knows his rights well and his way through social media, instead of the other way around. I myself didn’t think that it was his way to reclaim his fame, because just like the rest of those who tweeted, he was just being assertive in his own way as a law-abiding citizen (or used to be) of the country. In the end, she was the one who deactivated her account, so go figure.