So it may come as a shock to Nicole that the situation she is in may actually be the fault of President William MacKinley in the 19th Century, according to Rina:
Thanks to the policy of benevolent assimilation, Filipinos of this and previous generations have always related to Americans and the American government in much the same way that Nicole and her family dealt with the American servicemen frequenting their canteen. We assumed they could be trusted. We believed that they had our interests in mind when they asked us to be their allies. And even when we were led into dangerous ventures—such as sending troops to Korea, Vietnam and Iraq—we justified the risk by saying we would at least be amply compensated by our wealthier friends. And when they abused our hospitality—by locking Filipinos out of our own territory, as they did with the bases they maintained; and aiding, abetting and even financing the growth of sex industry centers clustered around the bases—we still looked the other way and said that in the long term, we benefited economically from the bases.Long after the US bases departed, it seems that Filipinos are doing just fine all by themselves "aiding, abetting and even financing the growth of sex industry." Over 2,000 Filipino-on-Filipina rapes yearly, (over seven a day) , according to NSCB statistics, is nothing to be proud of either. And we know how to lock each other out of our own territories, what with NPA insurgents ruling the countrysides through extortion and revolutionary taxes. (Whom of course Rina never denounces because they are allies in the everlasting united front against the foreigners!) But why Korea, Vietnam and Iraq have anything substantial to do with her troubles, I am sure Nicole will be puzzled about.
I just hope others in the world don't think we are all nutmegs like Rina Jimenez David. It is people like her and the rest of the ravenous media that poor Nicole will remember in the long run as having made her ordeal infinitely worse. She's been raped and used by a Lynch Mob but may not yet know it.
By the way, Rina's title, "We Are All Nicole" reminds me of a very similar situation that arose, not in a rape case but in the movie Geisha by the Chinese movie star, Zhang Ziyi. For playing the role of a Japanese geisha, she was widely pilloried by Chinese "patriotic" writers like one Shi Changqing, who wrote
She is not being screwed by just one Japanese person, for she is being screwed by every Japanese person! She is not the only person to be screwed by the Japanese people, for every Chinese person is being screwed by the Japanese people! She let shame fall on the Chinese people! How could such a person deserve to be a Chinese? (EastWestNorthSouth: Zhang Ziyi's Butt)I guess Rina matches this with her conclusion, which I think is not properly argued and doesn't belong in the broadsheet's Op/Ed--
But even that resounding victory for the nationalist cause would ultimately be eroded by the VFA and the continuing presence of the American military on our soil. Which just goes to show that when Americans want to f—k with you, they’ll f—k you any which way.The newspaper daily publishes a Code of Ethics and even has Reader's Ombudsman who never enforces it--only defends and makes excuses for their daily mental rape of the Filipinos' intelligence, especially when it comes to Leftist causes. Some people like Rina try mighty hard to make it seem like there had been a Rape of Nanking going on around the former US bases for half a century. They are not at all shy about exploiting Nicole by turning her into an icon, and her tragedy into a banner of jihad against the Visiting Forces Agreement. That bilateral program of national security and mutual defense against terrorists and other common enemies of the Philippines and the United States is really what the hand-wringing, tear-jerking first half of Rina's essay was intended to attack.
From a writer's standpoint, let me just say that Rina Jimenez David may yet rue the choice of title for her piece: "We are all Nicole." Rina should hope nothing unsavory whatsoever comes out about Nicole. But in making that identification, Rina and the Lynch Mob have already denied the presumption of innocence for the accused, and have an investment in the outcome being "guilty"--no matter what the facts turn out to be.
No one deserves to be raped or exploited. Not by US marines. Nor by a Lynch Mob and its ideological supporters in the media.