War on drugs, corruption and terrorism are the front line wars the Philippines is currently experiencing. People have their own opinions and stands about these issues, but these two people who are a very close friends for almost six years are battling the war between their different stands about the currents issues and events of the Philippines.
Mark Ramos is a second year BS Education major in TLE student, politically and socially aware and surrounded by people who are actively participating art movements and charity events for the betterment of the nation.
Sean Michael Suzara is a third year BS Education major in Physical Science student, politically and socially aware about the current issues of Philippines and actively participating discussion and debates with these kind of topics.
Sean and Mark are very close friends since they were third year high school. Mark said their friendship started because they get along with most of the things they like. Until they entered college and took same bachelor but different major.
But not all close friends have the same opinions and ideas. Mark and Sean have different stands about the current issues the Philippines. Starting with the current administration, Mark said that the current administration is doing fine but we should not violate the rights of a person. Sean defended his stand and said “…masyado pang maaga para sabihin kung ano ang mga dapat palitan at gawin o ayusin sa pamamahala…” and being a 19 years old, he saw the 3 administration that has passed, Sean expressed his opinion about the current administration saying “…may puso ang gobyerno sa pagdating sa mga taong gustong mabuhay ng normal sa bansa mga tipikal na taong magiging proud na pilipino sila.”
War on drugs is one of the main talks about the current administration since this is the first promise by the president to eradicate. Sean said “…ngayon lang nagkaroon ng presidente na nagkaroon ng bayag na puksain ang korapsyon, droga at ang mga terorista sa lipunan …” since most of the enemies here are generals, chinese and mexican nationals where cartel of drugs in their country is big. Sean believes that it is right to end the line of drug trade and the use of it because it only not destroy the country but also the people in it. Mark explained his stand about the war on drugs saying “…wag natin kakalimutan yung karapatan ng tao ng bawat isa …” that it is not only us who are the victim but also the family they left. while Sean leaving an open question “…ano bang mas mahalaga ang buhay ng isang pulis na huhulihin ang isang adik o ang isang buhay ng kriminal na kayang kayang pumalag gamit ang kapangyarihan ng karapatang pantao…”
Marcos burial is also one of the most talked about that caught all the attention of the people and divided them basing on the side they’re choosing. Mark said that “…disagree ako dyan sa totoo lang di ko alam kung bakit pinupush ng presidente natin ilibing siya don unang una sa lahat sa hindi siya bayani.” he also added that Marcos is not a soldier and there is no solid proof why we should let Marcos be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Sean said that he is not yet born when Marcos is sitting in the power, he is not yet there to see if martial law is good or bad but in his views he said that “…pero sakin kung ililibing natin siya sa libingan ng mga bayani pwede pero di bilang isang bayani di bilang isang sundalo kundi bilang isang presidente ng pilipinas na nakasaad sa batas…” he also added that “…ganun naman tayo psychologically speaking when humans are bieng attacked they need to use their defense mechanism the ego is going to boost…”
These topics sometimes starts quarrel and arguments, especially in social media where it is more prone to experience this. Mark said “syempre di naman maiiwasan yun e pag may shinashare yung bawat isa about sa political views ganyan ganyan so meron naman magdidisagree hanggang sa magkaroon ng diskusyon. Sean said that these quarrels starts whenever we disagree to their stand and sometimes attack them personally.
John Carlo Santos is a former president of Central Student Council of University of the East Caloocan, and now studying Philippine Studies at University of the Philippines Diliman. He himself experienced the division of students by election parties when he was running for president for Central Student Council of UE.
Carlo said that quarrels like these starts because of our biases. “Nasa kultura ng mga Pilipino ang pagiging panatiko. Maraming mga Pilipino na naniniwala na ang idolo lang nila ang tama.” and with the setting of today status of the Philippines he said that “…nakikita na hindi nila pinaguusapan yung issue mismo. Kundi, ang pinagtatalunan nila ay iyong personalidad ng mga tao na may kaugnayan sa issue. Makikita rito na hindi sila loyal sa Pilipinas. Loyal sila sa mga idolo nila.“. He also added that Filipino’s are more active in these kind of discussions or arguments because they have more access and interaction to other people.
The wall that divides us may get even bigger. Carlo said that these kind of discussions in social media without formality may be the key to lose unity and can make the two rooms that divides us even bigger. He expressed his opinions on how to regain the losing unity of Filipinos by the power of education “Imbis na laitin ang mga nagkakamali sa mga issues, o mga biktima ng mga maling impormasyon…” by giving them enough and credible sources and avoid click bait hoax articles. He said that GMA7’s Think before you Click is a radical movement that can help the situation today.
Despite of Mark and Sean’s different views about these topics and issues they still maintain good and strong friendship. “Sakin ano di ko iniisip yon. Kung sakin kung ano yung away namen kunwari nagaaway man kami tungkol sa mga ganyang bagay ano hanggang dun lang yon.” Mark said. “…sanayan lang na pagnaisip mo pag natanggap mo sa sarili mo sa lipunan na may ibat iba tayong kultura may ibat iba tayong paniniwala kapag educated person ka di mo aaksayahin yung oras mo para limutin yung mga magagandang bagay napinagsamahan nyo ng isang tao dahil lang lang sa political views, religious views kasi samin magkakaibigan meron kaming ibat ibang paniniwala sa politika, sa siyensya, sa religion pero di yon dahilan para di ituloy yung paglalakbay namin bilang magkakaibigan sa mundo.” Sean said.
They both see this as a challenge to their life and others who can relate to them. Mark advice that “…dyan nasusubok kung gano kayo katibay sa kabila ng mga away nyo sa usaping ganyan…”. Sean also added that “…dyan din masusubukan kung gano ka katibay bilang isang tao para tanggapin ang mga ibat ibang paniniwala na galing sa ibang tao at irespeto kung pano mo nirerespeto yung mga bagay na yon dahil its a matter of appreciation and respect sa kultura sa paniniwala dyan masusubok yung pagkatao mo.”
We should not end the journey and the moments that made us laugh and smile just because they have different opinions that is not the same to us. We should not waste the time making the quarrel even bigger instead we should focus path we are taking. And we should learn to accept and respect other people’s opinion.
“…its a matter of appreciation and respect. Sa kultura, sa paniniwala, dyan masusubok yung pagkatao mo.”