February 8, 2017

On Sass Rogando Sasot, Pia Ranada Robles, And Bloggers

A group of bloggers and social media personalities known for their impassioned support for President Duterte were recently welcomed by the President himself at the Malacanang Palace. They talked. They dined. The President showed them around. It's well and good as it just portrays a president being "very welcoming" to his constituents. But it also raises the question: Will he extend the same courtesy to bloggers and social media personalities who are impassioned critics of him and his style of government? Will he dine with them? Will he show them around the palace?

In light of the meeting and the events that led to it, Pia Ranada Robles wrote a piece for Rappler titled Should Bloggers Be Accredited To Cover The Palace? It's a well-written and well-thought-out piece about the roles of mainstream media and fringe bloggers. You may not agree with the points she asserted but she backed them up with real arguments. Unfortunately, there are those who feel like there's a need to shame and belittle Pia for what she wrote. One of these people is Sass Rogando Sasot. In a reply to Pia's article, Sasot posted the following on Facebook:
Last na ito, Pia Ranada Robles, hija. Ultimately, it is the people that will determine if a media organization or blog would continue to live. You know why? We are all subject to the the process, Schumpeter called, "creative destruction." Don't get bitter, just get better. Insulting bloggers, Pia, won't make Rappler's candle shine brighter. Burikat ka! 
“Situations emerge in the process of creative destruction in which many firms may have to perish that nevertheless would be able to live on vigorously and usefully if they could weather a particular storm.” ―Joseph Schumpeter
See how condescending this post is? It's just utterly disrespectful. Why can't Sasot and her ilk address their critics with level-headedness? Why resort to calling their critics "hija", "child", and "tanga"? Did she even read Pia's article? Because by her post, she seemed to have simply taken the headline and gravely assumed that it's a targeted attack against her and her group. It's quite comedic that she thinks Pia is insulting bloggers. I'm a blogger myself, I've read Pia's article, and I wasn't insulted. Because I know my boundaries as a blogger. Pia made a lot of points in her article but did Sasot address these? No, she didn't. She just went out there on Facebook and ranted about Pia being insulting to her and bloggers. The great 'ol persecution complex.

She even called Pia a "burikat", a prostitute. But then again, this is rather tame compared to her doxxing of an innocent person on Facebook.

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