You looking at me?
Now that the marines have started to behave themselves, perhaps it is time to reflect on Sunday’s rather farcical events at Fort Bonifacio.
Relentless. That’s the only word to describe crowd of a hundred or so journalists who jostled the supposed actors in the drama. Any of the marines who so much as twitched got 20 cell phones rammed in his face. I have no idea why so many media people were allowed into the Fort; there is no doubt in my mind they were active participants in the performance.
I thought the ANC coverage was exemplary though. Pia Hontiveros is an excellent anchor—she is unflappable, she cuts through the crap “but what does that really mean?”, and she asks acute questions in a reasonable way. Ces had a good night too, as did the reporter inside the Fort—all in all, ANC covered a fast moving story in a calm and objective way, without any grandstanding.
Restive. That was the word the Inquirer coined for the marines on display on Sunday and a pretty good word it was too. They weren’t rebellious or revolutionary or even mutinous, they were just fidgety and disgruntled (the Reuters word for them). None more so than the bull necked and agitated guy who paced the parade ground (pursued by the media pack) muttering darkly about free elections. He was apparently in the officer in command in Lanao del Sur during the election, which perhaps tells us something. He was terrific and gets my vote for best supporting actor in this week’s awards.