I have always admired the Chinese’s philosophical and religious way of looking at things and events in a wider and proper perspective. Daoism in particular, teaches the wisdom of compassion, moderation and humility. And what an exceptional display of such enlightenment as when HK star Jackie Chan tweeted his discerning opinion regarding the bloody hostage incident in Manila Monday afternoon that killed nine Hong Kong citizens by a lone deranged Filipino. The mayhem lit up an inter-racial hatred across the China Sea with a population of the Chinese sending disturbing signals to the Filipinos.
Amid the storm, Jackie Chan elevated himself and braved the furor by posting some “unpopular” lines: that the Filipinos are not to blame; urged his countrymen not to direct their anger against Filipinos in Hong Kong; touched upon the issue of unity and love between the two nations and, even surmised about the common fact that there is no way you can please everybody when he tweeted: “If they killed the guy sooner, they will say why not negotiate first? If they negotiate first, they ask why not kill the guy sooner? So sad“
As expected, irate Chinese vent their anger on their famous celebrity.
I was never quite a fan of Jackie Chan and never said one good thing about his movie flicks. But today I would like to rise with his reasoning just so we could all calm ourselves down a bit and make it clear that, inasmuch as the Chinese wants to break themselves off from Chan’s own opinion, we the Filipinos wouldn’t want to have it any other way than to detach ourselves from the foolery of our own police force.
And while we do believe no words or apologies are enough to console the victim’s relatives and countrymen, at least I could labor the point that we the Filipinos have damned that fateful night’s monstrous idiocy to the high heavens that we have come to accept our share of one dark moment in history and that we are left with no face to show to the world.
Monday night’s assault team does not represent the entire Filipinos. We are also victims.