With the Supreme Court’s 9-5 favorable ruling towards former president and dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ eligibility for a burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Filipinos took to social media to express their opinions on the matter. While some rejoiced over the decisions, others cried for what they deemed as a decision turning the blind eye towards the suffering of the Martial Law victims and their loved ones.
Many social media posts have been shared and reacted to a thousand times over, especially if they express the exact sentiment that Filipinos could relate to.
One such post would be a tweet from @_justinelacson, who took note of the confusing, contradicting switch in the mentality of the Filipinos toward the current war against drugs and to issue of Marcos’ burial at the Libingan.
On November 8, @_justinelacson tweeted: “Gustong gusto ko talaga yung transition ng tao sa ‘mamatay na kayong mga drug adik’ papunta sa ‘matuto naman kayo magforgive.’”
Gustong gusto ko talaga yung transition ng tao sa “mamatay na kayong mga drug adik” papunta sa “matuto naman kayo mag forgive”
— Pending (@_justinelacson) November 8, 2016
The said tweet has been liked for almost 2,000 times and retweeted over 1,100 times, as of posting.
This was in reference to the common social media comments from people who carelessly wish death upon drug addicts, instead of the opportunity for them to reform after undergoing rehab. But when it concerns Marcos’ burial at the heroes’ cemetery, many were also quick to call for everybody to learn the virtue of forgiveness, to stop dwelling from the past, and to move on.
The said tweet was screen captured and shared on Facebook by a certain Rhadon Mendoza, all while remarking that it perfectly summed up everything.
When one of the commenters objected to the conclusion that people wanted drug addicts killed, another commenter explained just why the Twitter user arrived at this observation, saying that this is the reaction of some Filipinos on social media when it comes to the campaign against drugs.
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