A FEW years ago there was this quarrel among some people in the media stemming from the pursuit of ethical standards. Somebody naturally zeroed in on those covering the Bureau of Customs (BOC) beat. The BOC, after all, is a magnet for the corrupt practitioners and the so-called “haoshiao” media people or “komedya” and the so-called “Friday Club” of old.
Again, that was years ago and I don’t know how the BOC is being covered now by the media. That “somebody” who criticized the coverage of the BOC did take it upon himself to do the covering himself.
As an old hand in the coverage of the BOC would later tell me, the critic naturally got stumped when he went to the BOC because he was clueless of the procedure and where the possible sources of corruption were. He didn’t know where to start his sleuthing. He eventually let go and never went back to the BOC again.
I remember that story when President Duterte deployed the military to watch over the running of the BOC. The military personnel can be at the BOC premises all they want, but as long as they are clueless about how the agency is being run, all that they can do is intimidate the BOC personnel and hope they will change ways by intimidation. Aside from that, they could not do anything much.
Corruption in the bureaucracy, like the illegal drugs trade, are complex problems. That is precisely why both have survived through the years. Intimidation alone can’t solve these problems. As they say, complicated problems can only be solved using intricate solutions. Deploying the military is too simplistic an approach and may not work by its lonesome.
Everything has been silent so far at the BOC front. It would be interesting to find out what is happening there days after the military deployment.
The trolls are intact, or their presence may even have been strengthened with the 2019 midterm elections just around the bend. Or at least that is what I could glean from the report about the killing of Charie Mae Mancia, who was found inside her room with multiple stab wounds in the neck and other parts of her body Sunday (Nov. 4) dawn. The report posted on Facebook immediately attracted trolls.
The spin was naturally directed at priests and human rights advocates. Even if the suspect was not identified yet, the trolls immediately concluded he (or she?) must be a drug addict and blamed priests and human rights advocates for what the suspect did.
The woman would not have died had drug addicts already been eradicated, so goes the trolls’ line.
It actually took me a while to block the trolls from my account. It’s actually good that reports like this are posted on Facebook because it allows me to see who the trolls are among my Facebook friends or even those who merely post their comment on it. Because of that, I am able to block more trolls.
The trolls won’t go away despite the recent moves by Facebook, like the purging of the accounts of trolls. We should do the purging on our own. Trolls can only wreak havoc on our existence if they are read. For our peace of mind, let those trolls be the voice in the wilderness.