“Ipakulong si Robert Blair Carabuena! ” (This guy should be thrown in jail!) That was the sentiment of the majority of Filipinos when the video went viral yesterday. The video shows this motorist (Mr. Carabuena) mauling the hapless MMDA Traffic Enforcer.
Little background was given why this guy sort of imposed himself on the man who was supposedly on official duty. The video was just a perfect recipe to win sympathies for the poor guy in uniform.
Within minutes, videos, photos of the aggressor, vindictive, damaging posts, comments and tweets went viral – and pinoys were quick to condemn the man without even finding out the complete story. I, myself, was even guilty as charged here as I write this piece. But my only comment was the guy should have given respect to authority. So I’m not excusing myself. I hastily gave my judgement without even hearing the other side of the story.
Not that I am siding with the abusive motorist. I gathered that the traffic enforcer slammed the guy’s Volvo car thus incurring his ire. But instead of taking matters into his own hands, he should have done the right thing if he had reason to complain by reporting the incident to authorities. But because he had to do what he did, he was cast outright as the villain. Typical culture. We, Pinoys, are quick to condemn or judge without even checking the facts. What’s worse is that Pinoys post hate comments as if they were the ones involved or directly affected by the incident. Hence, this kind of reaction instantly creates a mob culture.
And mind you, this was not the first time it happened (I’m referring to the mob-like reaction of the Pinoys). This mob culture resurfaces every time a mere act of wrongdoing was posted against the victim, a supposedly underdog. And guess what? Pinoys just love underdogs. When that happens, expect anything related to a certain underdog-got-victimized incident to go viral within minutes and the world will be full again of all those negative or even self-righteous comments.
Obviously, this could have been avoided if cooler heads intervened or if both parties proceeded instead to the authorities to settle their differences.
It doesn’t help when Pinoys are quick to condemn. Is a mob culture justified when a wrongdoing was committed? Last time I checked, the famous mob of all that happened in this country was when Marcos fled to the US. Thereafter, when news broke out that Marcos was gone, the people covering Malacanang ransacked the Palace and rampant looting took place.
The other famous mob I can think of was the Jews who condemned and crucified Jesus. The Jewish mob were one in saying, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”. You would think that their actions were justified when they asked Jesus to be crucified. But here lies the difference. What wrongdoing were done to them by Jesus to necessitate a mob?
Clearly, a mob culture does not bring about any goodwill. A mob is judgemental, full of ill-will. Obvious ba? Alas, the sign of the times even gave birth to “Cyberbullying”. This is mob culture for you when it goes viral in cyberspace.
If only Pinoys and other peoples of the world will follow Jesus when he said, “Let him who has no sin cast the first stone.” (John 8:7), then a mob will never be born at all.
Certainly, a mob culture has no place in a civil society.