Let me start by thanking all of those who follow my blog and find it interesting. I appreciate it very much. I decided to start “blogging” not to self-promote or anything like that. I decided to blog just to post what I find promising or relevant and share it with a few people who may share similar interests. With that said, I do not blog to persuade anyone into believing in my advocacies. We are in a democratic country, are we not?
I respect your comments, and positions. I am fully aware that we all cannot agree on the same things. That rarely happens. I’m sure you agree with me on that one.
On the Duterte video, I stated, “the end does not justify the means.” I stand by my statement. It was probably insensitive for me to not expound on that statement and assuming that everyone understood it. I am in front of my laptop now for two reasons the first being I found the time to do so and second is give you my two cents on the matter.
Let me put a disclaimer here: no, I do not feel the need to explain myself, or my thoughts to other people as long as I am not hurting anyone by doing so. No pun intended. I am also not convincing my readers to drop their own set of values and embrace mine. I love that you fight (not physically) for what you believe in.
So, here goes…
I did not say Duterte is a bad person.
I did not say that she does not love her people.
I did not say she has not accomplished anything for her city.
I simply stated that the end does not justify the means.
The “end” is the “goal” or objective. The “means” is the method or strategy one uses to reach their end. As Aristotle puts it, happiness is the end of man. We all try to be truly “happy”. I am pretty sure that Duterte meant well. But this not give her the right to physically hurt someone be it in ethics or the laws of man. Never is it ok for one to physically hurt another human being. We are not savages even if we are the only species in the world that kill our own kind. Sad, but lets make it a better place, shall we?
Why is this specific incident controversial when people physically hurt other people everyday? Because she is a government official who should lead by example. Once a government official is sworn in he/she should know that her responsibilities go beyond outputs. Why do we give our president a tough time when he goes out for a drink or two in a bar, or when he shows interest in new women, or when he decides to buy a sports car? Because we are of a sensitive culture and these things matter to us. Did we not love it when President Noy Noy decided to lead by example when it came to the “wang-wang” escorts? I think this really is a no brainer.
But we commit mistakes, correct? We are not perfect. Duterte herself apologized for what she did. That is good that she recognizes it now that she has thought about it. I am pretty sure at that time she punched the officer her adrenaline rushed thru her veins and was not able to control her temper. It happens to the best of us.
Again, thank you for visiting my blog and respecting my opinion!