n the land of Maria Clara
and the supposedly chaste, and virtuous Filipina, why do we have young
women performing lewd dance numbers in front of the general public?
Case in point is the
recent Liberal Party meeting and birthday party for Congressman Benjamin
Agarao where a group of scantily-clad "exotic dancers" performed lewd
dance numbers "for the boys." Unfortunately, aside from the
mentally-stunted adult Filipino males present, there were also underage
boys and girls in the audience ... who witnessed the revolting episode from
start to finish.
For us, the real issue
is not so much why this was allowed to happen. Because it happens all
the time in the Philippines as Filipinos never seem to have matured enough to refine their
tastes as to what is acceptable and what is crude. Watch any noontime
television show and you will eventually see scantily-clad dancers
seductively gyrating for absolutely no reason other than to appear
"cheap" to foreigners—and to some Filipinos as well—who are not used to
the level of banality that passes for "normal" in the Philippines.
heavyweights like ABS-CBN, TV5, and GMA are all guilty in this regard,
and likely see nothing wrong with it; such acts are actually "the norm"
as far as Pinoys are concerned. Sadly, this situation has also tarnished
the country's image internationally, with more than a few male tourists
jokingly commenting that "the only thing 'easy' in the Philippines are
Here's the real issue
as far as we're concerned. The Liberal Party (LP) is now pretending to
be dumbfounded and at a loss as to who invited the dancers to perform.
Initially, it was rumored that Metropolitan Manila Development Authority
(MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino—who plans to run for the Senate,
paid for the bawdy performance as a surprise birthday gift to his
party-mate Agarao. But after this hullabaloo, everyone is quickly
distancing themselves from it. Well, before the advent of social media,
they would have likely gotten away with it. All they had to do was feign
ignorance and the short attention span of their constituents would take
care of the rest.
But this is the age of
the internet, Facebook, Twitter, photo and video sharing, and global
exposure, that will keep these politicians feet to the fire for a very
long time. And they must also keep in mind that the repercussions of a
cover-up are oftentimes graver than the repercussions of the initial act
So we take this bold,
assertive stand and say to all our readers: do not vote for any Liberal
Party candidate unless the party comes clean, gets to the bottom of this
incident, and punishes all those involved—including all
those caught lying or trying to cover it up. This country already has
enough dishonest politicos in office ... the last thing it needs is more
crooks and liars joining their ranks.
So Mar Roxas, President
Aquino and all Liberal Party stalwarts, if you want our vote as well as
our endorsement, come clean on this issue and punish whoever needs to be
punished, no matter who they are or how high up the party hierarchy they
may be. Absent that, we should all do our best to boycott the Liberal
Party's entire slate of candidates.