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Iskolar ng Bayan na Nagtapos, Pinagdiinan na Taumbayan ang dapat niyang Pasalamatan


Isang Iskolar ng bayan ang nag-viral matapos nitong bigyan diin na ang dapat pasalamatan ng mga katulad nyang iskolar ng bayan ay ang mga taong nagbabayad ng buwis dahil dito umano kinukuha ang ginagastos sa mga katulad nila.

Nag-Viral ang Iskolar ng Bayan na si Jejomar Contawe matapos nitong ipagdiinan na taumbayan ang kailangan pasalamatan dahil sa mga taxes na binabayaran nila at ito ang ginagamit para makapag-aral ang katulad niyang skolar ng bayan.

"what do we proudly call ourselves instead?

iskolar ng bayan.

because it is our bayan, and the taumbayan, to whom we are generously indebted to. their hard-earned taxes pay our free tuition fee, not the government. and our families and bayan's welfare were what kept us inspired, not the legislative 'hardwork' of a killing, human rights-heckling regime."- saad ni Jejomar.

Ayon pa kay Jejomar ay binoto lang umano ng mga taong bayan ang ma elected officials at hindi dapat ito ang pasalamatan ng mga iskolar ng bayan na nakapagtapos ng pag-aaral kundi ang mga taong bayan na nagbabayad na kanilang tax para magamit sa mga katulad nilang kapos sa pinansyal sa pag-aaral.

The taumbayan elected them, remember? the taumbayan’s taxes compensate them with a six-digit salary, remember? we confidently believed in their [false] promises of economic progress, and crimeless and corruption-free regime. but now, all they do is feed us with their arrogance and sickening incompetence, called god stupid, and killed our loved ones in the name of a fake drug war and a vaguely interpreted terrorist insurgency." - dagdag ni Jejomar.

Ito ang kabuuang post ni Jejomar Contawe,

dear parents, relatives, families, the president’s defenders:

we heard this from you in defense of the current administration, but let us formally tell you: no, we owe nothing to, and are not scholars of, the duterte government.

what do we proudly call ourselves instead ?

iskolar ng bayan.

because it is our bayan, and the taumbayan, to whom we are generously indebted to. their hard-earned taxes pay our free tuition fee, not the government. and our families and bayan's welfare were what kept us inspired, not the legislative 'hardwork' of a killing, human rights-heckling regime.

and so i unashamedly repeat: we owe nothing to the government. it is the government who owes something to us.


the taumbayan elected them, remember ? the taumbayan’s taxes compensate them with a six-digit salary, remember ? we confidently believed in their [false] promises of economic progress, and crimeless and corruption-free regime. but now, all they do is feed us with their arrogance and sickening incompetence, called god stupid, and killed our loved ones in the name of a fake drug war and a vaguely interpreted terrorist insurgency.

call me arrogant, but don’t you think as if the government, to whom my arrogance and rage are directed and unmitigated, doesn’t deserve all the criticisms it is continuously getting for its well-documented evils.

what and who must we defend ?

the philippine constitution.

the god that president duterte unapologetically blasphemed.

human rights.

our country.

but why must we defend and respect a government, as we so eagerly quote romans 13 from the bible, if it is one that kills ordinary citizens, exempts its allies from their law-breaking deeds, one that punishes only its critics, and seriously joked about our country being a province of another country? what does that make of us as a heavily religious state that preaches on morality and social justice?

it is therefore social injustice and government incompetence that made my generation ‘woke,’ and i am proud of this. no battalion of anti-wokes, no implementation of terror laws, and definitely no millions of both paid and unpaid trolls could discourage us from this outspokenness against injustices.

respectfully yours,
a iskolar ng bayan
aktibista, hindi terorista

contawe, jejomar baldonado
bachelor of arts in communication
former editor of luzon’s best-performing student publication, the work (luzonwide higher education press conference, 2020)
1st place, editorial writing, 1st regional ‘commvention’ 2018
1st place, poetry writing, lathala v, the work, 2015
1st place, poetry and short story writing, parirala, the oracle, 2016
2nd place, opinion writing, regional ‘ugnayan’ 2018
4th place, editorial writing – english, regional presscon 2020
4th place, opinion writing – english, regional presscon 2020
published essays, philippine daily inquirer, 2016 and 2019
published article about activism and campus journalism, rappler, 2020 (https://rappler.com/…/opinion-pens-placards-campus-journali…)
scholar, yokohama tires philippines inc. (2019-2020)

tarlac state university

Source: Facebook/JejomarContawe

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