Thieves in the night…
As most of the world knows by now, Manny Pacquiao was robbed of a clear victory this past weekend in Vegas against Tim Bradley. Everybody was pissed about it, but especially Filipinos!! Admittedly, I was one of those dudes who got on Twitter and Facebook going on angry rants about what a bunch of bulls**t it was.
Now that a few days have passed and the frustration has subsided, I finally got a chance to reflect on the situation, leaving me with one resounding thought:
I wish that the same anger, frustration, and outrage by Filipinos worldwide on Saturday over the Pacquiao robbery would be just as intense (if not more) about the increased U.S. military presence in the Asia-Pacific region.
Let’s keep it real: the viewing public, among many other people, got robbed on Saturday night at the Pacquiao fight. There’s definitely something fishy going on with that final decision, but the fact of the matter is that it was a blatant slap in the face and an insult to our intelligence to arrogantly pull off something like that in front of our very own eyes. But in light of all that, it pales in comparison to what the U.S. has been doing to the Philippines since the late 1800s.
Alright Filipinos: we know where you stand on Manny Pacquiao and Jessica Sanchez. But now that it comes down to stuff that really matters, like one country imposing its will on another (allegedly) sovereign/independent country, what’s your take? Where you at?!