Times have changed and tables have turned. We are now at the time when we believe the deceivers and falsifiers and reject the authentic truth-tellers. The truth has failed to satisfy us, thus the instinctive move to accept as true what will make us more renowned in our own rights and in social media.
I thought that after the campaign and the elections, decency will once more be upheld. It was a given that we all became barbaric in our mission to help and protect our presidential and vice presidential candidates. We did everything we can to help them get votes: liking their posts, sharing their stories, posting personal moments with them, commenting on their official pages, spreading lies against their opponents, sharing funny memes favoring them… name it, I believe we all have done it. It died down after the elections. However, for some, especially those who received a lot of attention and gained a following, there is the urge to continue to spread lies and blow a single photo or headline out of proportion.
This seems to be the case of Dr. Antonio Contreras. I knew of him when I was in college. He already had a reputation for liking to be at the forefront of issues, being the center of attention and playing god to his students. I knew he had an axe to grind with Vice President Leni Robredo that’s why he never stopped bashing her on his social media accounts during the elections. Until now however, he has not ceased this divisive action.
Why? Probably because he has not yet moved on from his grudges against the Robredos and Leni is an easy target now being the Vice President; possibly because he gained a lot of attention (interviews & followers) during the election and he cannot resist the urge to post comments or photos that will make him and his statements ‘viral’; or just because ‘he can’ and some people believe him, lies or not.
As I said in my earlier post, equally important to the message is the messenger. Why then should I believe Contreras when he is a known PLAGIARIST himself. He was suspended from UP for it. He claims it is an honest mistake on the part of his research assistant but he plagiarized his RA’s plagiarized work by not citing the RA. Plagiarism was committed in two levels. Moreover, the ‘honest mistake’ excuse is never viable, if that is so, no one would ever be guilty of plagiarism.
He became very outspoken against plagiarism even going after Sen. Tito Sotto when he embarrassingly committed his. I believe this was because one, he wanted the fame that came with it; second, by going against Sen. Sotto, Contreras is trying to show that he himself will not commit plagiarism – a complete hogwash; and third, he was washing his hands of plagiarism he himself committed.
Why should I believe someone who is just out on revenge? Remember, he is lashing out on the Robredos. His version of the truth is without impartiality. Contreras’ cousin RTC Judge Jaime Contreras raped his own daughter. The girl turned to Leni for help, who was then already a Congresswoman. She could not represent the girl in court, thus she referred her to a lawyer friend. The story gets more complicated but to keep it short, the Contreras family kept badgering Leni regarding the whereabouts of the girl but Leni chose to protect the victim. This issue is what is behind Contreras’ attacks. He chose to make what is a moral and legal issue, a family feud. And now, he is taking it out on Leni who is susceptible to attacks given her political stature.
Again, I ask you, why should you believe a PLAGIARIST and an ANGRY MAD MAN who will say anything on social media for fame? There is just no credibility. His command of English may be good, his knowledge of social media may be infallible but his effective use of Facebook and political jargon does not dignify him as someone truthful. His may points may seem valid at times but validity does not equate to truth.
A note to you Tonton Contreras, stop it already. You are the laughing stock of your department and of DLSU. You are bringing shame to the university as you are digging a hole for yourself.
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