Facebook user Bernard Ong’s post about the Philippines being in an “alternate universe” has gone viral, getting 1,850 shares and 3,200 reactions, as of writing.
In his Facebook post on February 16, he lamented just what has become of the Philippines, which he called “Fentanilia,” in reference to Fentanyl, the strong pain reliever that President Rodrigo Duterte used to be prescribed with for his spinal pain. He also said that he accidentally used a whole patch, which made him feel like he went to paradise, adding that his doctor warned him to stop abusing the drug before he loses his cognitive ability.
Ong addressed a lot of things that would seem fake news at first, but are actually happening today, starting off with how PDAF-scandal queen Janet Lim-Napoles is now said to be innocent as Solicitor General Jose Calida; how former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is now free; how the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos was buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani; how suspected big time drug lord Peter Lim and Chinese gambling tycoon Jack Lam are still free, and how high-profile Bilibid inmates who testified against Senator Leila De Lima got privileges.
Ong accused the President of taking Marcos’ ill-gotten wealth, despite assurances of giving the Filipinos a clean government. He pointed out how Duterte’s fraternity brothers are now being probed for accepting a P50-million bribe from Lam, which they denied, saying the money was for “safekeeping.” Ong also brought up just how the traditional politicians won’t be able to get their hands on Duterte administration’s P8 trillion infrastructure plan.
Duterte’s drug war and huge leap in the increase of the Office of the President’s “intelligence funds” to billions were also mocked in Ong’s post. Even the confusion over Duterte’s promise to donate P2 billion, either to the Surigao City earthquake victims or the displaced mine workers were also noted in the now viral post.
As for Dutere’s Cabinet members, Ong pointed at Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. who denied being a US citizen, when US government documents showed that he used to be one; at Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, who Ong said behaved like a “troll,” and at many other Duterte loyalists, friends, classmates, “province-mates” and celebs who made it to the government’s payroll.
Ong has more to say about the Philippine’s current “alternative universe” that you can learn from his Facebook post.