What “Iskolar ng Bayan” Means
Now is the time to comment on how some of our subsidized “iskolar ng bayan” amazingly displayed their unmatched analytical skills. Oh yes, nobody can ever beat these supremacist “iskolar ng bayan” when it comes to public debate, trash-talking, trolling, making threats, and everything. I just love how they brilliantly proved they deserve every penny they get from our dear taxpayers.
Who am I to criticize the patriotism and altruistic goal of our “intelligent young ones”, as one “iskolar ng bayan” posted on a Facebook note? Yes, they love the poor so it’s just amazingly fine for them to call on our nanny state to increase their education subsidy. Since I hate the poor, I wrote my anti-education polemic. Yeah, right! This is how they brilliantly analyzed this issue.
According to my brilliant, intelligent, insightful, talented, gifted (call it what you will) “iskolar ng bayan” commenters, I wrote my anti-public education blog because I didn’t pass their UPCAT and because I didn’t have the chance to study at UP. So it seems to me that anybody who’d attempt to criticize our public education system in the future must exclude the University of the Philippines from his/her analysis or argument. UP is untouchable since it’s the best school in the country! Yeah, right!
Perhaps that’s my greatest mistake- that I used UP as part of my blog material in criticizing our public education system. Well, let me tell you then that I was somehow blinded by the fact that your greatest alma mater represents “public education system” in our Banana Republic. Mea culpa! Mea culpa! Mea culpa!
I thought I stated my intention very clearly. I thought that the tenor of my controversial blog was so clear enough to some of my brilliant and highly talented blog readers- that I was so against the clamor of some of our public school students for higher education subsidy, and it so happened that I took on a Facebook video posted by some UP-Baguio “iskolar ng bayan.” Oh, yes… How inhuman, how cruel, how indifferent of me to attack these young students who simply wanted a brighter future… Mea culpa!
Perhaps they misunderstood my premise because I didn’t write a full-blown dissertation of my case against public education and against the concept of “right to education.” Perhaps they misunderstood my intention because I took on their greatest alma mater. Mea culpa!
Did I not state very clearly that there is no such a thing as “right to education”? Did I fail to enumerate the evils of the public education system? Did I ever fail to explain why “free-market or private education” is the most moral and most practical system because it is grounded in reality? Perhaps these issues aren’t that clear enough to these gifted and talented “iskolar ng bayan” simply because their greatest alma mater is an essential part of my anti-education polemic. And since UP is part of my pro-capitalist, pro-private education blog, everything I said must be dispensed with or regarded as biased against their greatest alma mater.
My honest advice to free-marketers and libertarians in the country: Please exclude UP from your anti-public education polemics or else you’d be accused of being biased against the greatest school in RP. Just forget the fact that UP represents RP’s public education. Just pretend that this greatest school occupies a very special, untouchable category. It’s untouchable! It’s beyond reproach since this greatest school produced the country’s “who’s who” in our great society. Just leave UP alone!
Now here let me reproduce a few of the brilliant comments by my intuitive and perceptive “iskolar ng bayan” commenters.
According to them, I wrote my controversial blog because I’m an UPCAT flunker! That the issue here is not whether “education is a right”, but whether or not the blogger is biased against UP. What a very insightful logic! This is how they develop analytical skills at UP!
Bago maging “rich ones”, nag-aral muna sa UP. Aminin mo, 10 years ago, UP is part of the top 10 Universities. Lahat ng mga nasa itaas ngayon, dumaan ng UPCAT. But it’s sad ‘coz you would have never understood that, because you never passed the UPCAT
From memew ako:
balik ka ng high school. tapos try mo mag-UPCAT. pag pumasa ka beri good. pag hindi ka pumasa, wag ka na magtaka. bili ka rin ng Maikling Kurso sa Lipunan at Rebolusyong Pilipino , tutal mukang madami kang pambili bilhan mo na din ang bunch of elite and very theoretical friends mo. pag wala ka pa ring naintindihan, iniimbitahan kita sa UPB, ako mismo magtuturo sayo for FREE. you know why?
From Eto lang tanong ko:
if you’ve never seen a up test other than the upcat, then dont ask why. UP students undergo a rigorous academic training and still divulge their time to think about their nation, and more importantly, it’s people. We don’t just excel for the sake of excelling, we excel for the sake of the nation. We are not marxists, we believe in democracy, EQUALITY!
In fact, about thirty percent of my very intelligent commenters focused on the UPCAT issue. It’s as if those who didn’t pass or take their great UPCAT don’t have any right to speak ill of UP. Yeah, right!
And here’s a great point from Pepe Smith whose real name is Bernardo Cielo (a future TRAPO):
my fellow UPians, please join me in the move of simply not replying anymore to this blog post. There is no point against such people so indoctrinated by the prevalent capitalistic perspective. It is only to be expected from non-UP students to worship a book (or a set of books) as if it is the ultimate truth as long as it fits his ideological standards. We’ve learned a long time ago that not everything can be learned in the classroom, and not everything written in books are accurate, that is why we’ve become critical of a lot of things. The more we reply to this blog, the more we seem to affirm his importance and relevance to the world, one thing which he obviously is not. Let him post what he wants to post because he is an attention-seeker, he just wants to make controversy for the sake of controversy. And the more we reply, the more we push him into thinking that what he says matters, even if it doesn’t. We seem to forget that he’s just one kid with too much time on his hands, a luxury that we do not have. So let him waste his time and let’s not let this prick waste ours. If he’s stupid enough to start fire and get angry when he gets burned, well then so be it, its not our problem. thanks, and peace out!
Yes, this “future TRAPO” had so much time trolling my blogsite.Very interesting!
One commenter claimed I wrote my blog because I’m a “CALL CENTER AGENT.” Well, I’d be very glad if I were a call center agent. It’s a very decent job, and I think there are a lot of UP students and graduates who work as “call center agents.” In fact I personally know a certain UP alumnus, a rabid communist, who works as a call center agent. Sad to say I’m not part of the call center industry and I don’t intend to because of my not-so-Americanized accent.
A commenter codenamed black shirt wrote:
“… at yun lang ang nakuha mo sa ilang taon mong pag-aaral… (kung nakapag-aral ka, which is I doubt) you are the threat to the existence of bayanihan dito sa bansa… kinain na talaga ng kapitalismo utak mo, ikaw na call center agent ka…”
To black shirt, what do you have against call center agents?
Another commenter from UP also tried to insist on my being a call center agent. What do these so brilliant people have against the call center industry. A commenter codenamed bitch slap wrote: “callcenter agant? or maybe that’s too difficult a job for you “ She’s referring to my supposed job as a call center. Great! This bitch slap also tried to intimidate those who agreed with me by calling them “call center agents.” Here’s what he wrote: “isa ka lang ploy ng BLOGGER na to para i-stir up ang argument… TOOL of the TROLL ka lang so wag ka nang mag-kunwari… call center agent ka lang tol if I know…”
What did he say? “Call center agent ka lang tol if I know…”
May I respectfully ask some of my sensible and clever critics: Don’t these “call center agents LANG” you so loathe and belittle contribute MUCH of the tax money that the government redistributes to your education?! Last time I checked the country’s call center companies saved our drowning economy. Last time I checked the previous administration had to borrow more than two trillion pesos just to support the country’s public education system and all state welfare services you’ve all been asking for! Last time I checked it’s these call center industries and their employees, young and old, that kept our bankrupted economy afloat. Yes, our economy was sapped by two types of corruption: one is corruption by the crocodiles in the government and the other is corruption by our freeloaders and free-askers who think that the government is a depository of infinite wealth and who believe that they have a right to education, health care, transportation, welfare, etc.
Are you trying to bite the hands that feed you? Is that what you thought about our HEROIC call center agents?! Yes, these call center agents “LANG” should be recognized as part of the pillar of our domestic economy. Passing a call center interview and training is NOT as easy as passing your great UPCAT! Can’t you see the irony here? UPCAT passers are deemed part of the budgetary statistics of our government, which means they are part of taxpayers’ skyrocketing liability. But every call center passer is deemed part of the wealth of our nation! That’s the difference!
I know a lot of people who work as call center agents and study in private universities in the metro at the same time. These people make money and contribute to the education of some freeloaders and free-askers in this country, while they pay for their tuition and school fees as well. These working students are NOT ON WELFARE!
Yes, it’s really interesting to see how they develop students’ analytical skills in our great public universities!
My question now is: ARE THERE NO CALL CENTER AGENTS FROM UP?
Now my personal observation is this: Their pathetic attitude toward the country’s call center industry exposes their anti-capitalistic and “elitist” mentality. Yes, we have a few pathetic “elites” from UP!
My controversial blog also reveals one thing: the “iskolar ng bayan’s” seemingly irreparable anti-capitalistic mentality. To me, it’s either-or. It’s either capitalism or socialism. It’s so amazing how they tried to display their brilliant knowledge of free-market capitalism.
From insult boy:
It’s not because your ‘opponents’ don’t have anything to say ‘academic’ to refute your case its just that some choose not to because there is no convincing a person like you who is so indoctrinated with the prevalent capitalistic culture. People insult you because you’re a prick and it’s fun to insult people like you. . It is true that people have freedom of speech (or at least, ideally, people should) but that doesn’t give you the right to attack another persons set of beliefs. By all means, make your dissertation, argue your case, but when you address a condescending blog post to hundreds of thousands of students and alumni, expect a flurry of responses. Everything has contradiction, so don’t assume your argument to be the only valid one, this is not a proper forum for an intelligent discussion, so don’t expect it. Further, you argue in your ivory tower and recluse built from theories alone.
From a brilliant blogger Margaritaqueen:
Stupid, moron, goddamn go to hell. You are just too stupid to appreciate or even comprehend the idea of thinking radically and critically. Go bathe in your own elitist, capitalist world you dumbass.
From a hardcore socialist projectdennio:
You gave us a challenge and I challenge you too: go to a squatters area or a far-away barrio in the countryside. Go there and preach your doctrines and principles if you are indeed serious about your so-called advocay for free market capitalism. Your blog is just full of non-sense theories and doctrines if you cannot apply it in the real world.
From Joanna Chua:
If you’re goddamn filthy rich then you could simply say that EDUCATION IS A RESPONSIBILITY NOT A RIGHT. With the capitalist economy, money is indeed everything. It can buy health, education, even life. And with the wage that those in the Class D and E socioeconomic strata are earning, they couldn’t simply choose to pay for their children’s tuition fees, no matter how small it is, in exchange of not having enough money to buy their food or even medicine. Pagiging praktikal lang. Hindi nila kasalanan na mababa ang sweldo nila. Pero kung hindi sila magtatrabaho, hindi sila mabubuhay…
From i don’t usually comment:
…capitalism, wow. fyi, social work aims to improve an individual’s social functioning which includes helping them live independently, make a living and, yes, working.
That’s it. What they want is “social work” or, perhaps, socialism.
Also, according to some, my anti-public education polemic is the result of my lack of education. Yes, this brings me to the claim of my brilliant, elitist “iskolar ng bayan” commenters that I don’t have any right to attack their alma mater since I didn’t pass or take the UPCAT. Very clever analysis.
Take, for example, this very intelligent comment from UP is love:
before saying anything contradicting the opinions of others, please do try to understand what they are stating first. I bet you are studying in a private University and i pity you for the lack of education your expensive tuition brings you.
We are not asking the government to ‘steal from Pedro to benefit Juan’. We are not asking the tax payers to double their taxes so we could study for ‘free’. What we are asking is for the government to INCREASE the subsidy on public education instead of imparting large fractions of the tax payer’s money to non-sense things such as the military or to their own pockets. Get it?
Ikaw ata Bobo eh.
From very intelligent iska with JEJEMON tendencies:
mahirap makiargumento sa taong NAKAKAHON ang utak,.:D
PLEASE LEARN TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX!
PS: hindi kmi nging UP students dhil pnasa nmin ang UPCAT, nging UP students kmi dhil s mga pnagdaanan, pnagda2anan at pgda2anan p nming HIRAP (exams, labreport, quizzes (n prang exam!), at mrami pang iba,..;D))
AND hindi lhat ng UP students ay activists!,.AT kung mga aktibista mn cla,..ngkataon lng na MAS MAY ALAM sila kesa sa atin,..:D
and PLEASE pagaralan mu muna ang LAHAT ng anggulo,..wag yung sulat ng sulat eh ahem,.hahhah,..syang mgaling kpa nmn snang mgsulat kya lng ang dmi mung ncommit n error such as hasty generalization,false analogy,etc. ;p
TRY mu munang mag aral sa UP ng malaman mu ang pagka2iba,.:)
From SALOT NG BAYAN! :)):
HAHAHA GRABE. WALA AKONG MASABI KUNDI ANG KITID NG UTAK MO SIR FROIVINBER and TIRED OF UP REDS *clap clap * UPians are stupid? ) Eh kung stupid ang mga ISKOLAR NG BAYAN, ANO KA PA? Nako I feel sorry for you
Ang tanga mo. ‘Yun lang ang masasabi ko. Gusto mo lang gumawa ng statement para sumikat ka. Pero sumikat ka sa katangahan ng mga sinabi mo. Hindi ko na ginusto pang basahin ang mga sumunod na stanza dahil nakakatanga.
These students are fighting not only for UP students’ education but for the government to allot more to the education sector at hindi kurakutin ang pera ng taumbayan. Ngano ma’t ang power ng mga Pilipino ay mauwi hindi lang sa bulsa ng iilan pero sa ikauunlad ng bawat Pilipino na direktong proporsyonal sa pag-unlad ng bayan.
From you filthy hypocrite:
The not-so-new arguments of this pathetic blog, re-stating that education is a privilege & not a right, has been trash-talked over & over again by nonsensical intellectuals just as himself – one who has never experienced the pangs of poverty. The arguments are idealistic, selfish, oh and yes – stupid. He attacked UPians & Leftists alike without any forethought of what his fate would be had he chosen to. But I would personally like to congratulate you, the author, of this one-sided blog. You’ve just earned the title of the “world’s greatest prat.”
Finally, most of my intelligent “iskolar ng bayan” commenters relied on the following argument to denounce my blog: That they are fighting for the future of the poor, of this country, and of everything that suits their agenda.
—ang punto naman kasi dito, proper allocation. hindi naman sinasabing taasan ang buwis na binabayaran. dahil kung ganun, ang masa din naman ang papasan ng mas mabugat na pasanin. to the author of “The Vinceton Post,” naaawa ka maxado sa mga taxpayers kasi parang gusto na sila alipinin ng mga UP students sa paghingi ng mas mataas ng budget. pero di mo man lang pala alam na sa bawat sigaw ng mga taga UP ng dagdag na budget sa edukasyon ay isinisigaw din nila ang pagtaas ng sahod ng mga trabahador, tunay na reporma sa lupa at dagdag na benepsiyo para sa iba’t ibang sektor. ibig sabihin (kung hindi niyo parin kuha), isinasama ng mga UP students at ng buong youth sector sa bawat panawagan nila ang kapakanan ang masa na siyang mayorya sa pagbabayad ng buwis. ang buwis na gusto nilang gamitin ng gobyerno para sa kapakanan nila at hindi para ibakasyon sa kung saan lupalop ng mundo, sa pagpanood ng boxing match ni pacquiao, sa pagbili ng bahay sa mamahaling subdibisyon sa amerika, sa pagbayad ng private armies, sa pagpapatayo ng mga mansyon at sa pagpaparetoke ng dibdib.
From Samuel Joshua C. De Leon:
“proper concept of rights”? did i read it right? your blog, in my opinion, is conceited and full of biases. perhaps you were inebriated when you were making this blog. first of all, you should look at this issue from the eyes of the whole student body and not just yourself. next, it is stated in the constitution that education should receive the highest budget, but it is evident that education is not the top priority of the government. also, why are you saying that the professors have been successful in indoctrinating the youth? don’t generalize the professors. if you will look at it from the eyes of the students (especially the people who really have financial problems), you will understand what i mean……and please, do not include the Oblation in your opinion. how dare you say that the oblation is a symbol of selfish heroism? you really have a lot of biases, and these opinions of yours just show how nonchalant you are. your mind is clouded and obscured. your philosophical premise regarding this matter is also flawed. the government must increase the budget. if you are complaining about how we react to these kinds of issues, i suggest you review your history. the student/faculty regent were not consulted during the time the TOFI was approved. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo also made a proclamation regarding financial autonomy of state universities and colleges. it means that UP will have to think of its own income-generating solution, which led to this whole issue at hand. BE CAREFUL ABOUT YOUR CRITICISMS PLEASE!
From just passing by:
First and foremost, do you really know what those students are shouting and fighting for? They are asking for a higher state subsidy. Do you know what’s the best solution to that? PROPER BUDGET ALLOCATION, I’m sure you’ve read that from previous comments. Now, where is the connection between ALLOCATION and TAX? Based on what I have read in your blog, you are saying that UP students have the right to ask the government to steal from taxpayers for their own needs (Pedro and Juan). If UP students have that RIGHT then what is the purpose of having rallies, walkouts, et cetera? Why rally if you know you can get what you want? It may seem individualistic but we should face the truth that humans have that kind of trait. Also, there are many forms of tax. One of those is VAT. Almost all (if not all) are paying ADDED TAX in every purchase they do here in the Philippines. That implies that we are ALSO taxpayers. Now, does it mean that UP students asks the government to steal from themselves? HOW PATHETIC.
Just check the comment section of my anti-public education blog to see more of how they desperately displayed their superior analytical skills. Speaking of analytical skills, I’m reminded of the following YouTube video: