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‘Proud to be Yellow’ trending

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By Leandro DD Coronel

Leandro DD Coronel

Leandro DD Coronel

It used to be that people protested being called “Yellow” or “dilawan.” This is a word associated with the Aquino family, first with the late President Cory Aquino and later her son, President Noynoy Aquino.

  President Duterte, his drumbeaters, and his fans like to assail a target called “the Yellows.” The Yellows are supposed to be current followers of Noynoy Aquino and remnants of those who supported Cory Aquino during her time.

When Duterte attacks those who don’t like him and whom he accuses of plotting against him, he calls them “Yellows.” Which earlier made me ask in this column: “Is there a ‘Yellow’ army out there?” (MB, Oct. 24, 2016).

I wrote then: “Is there really a ‘Yellow’ force, an ‘army’ of followers of the Aquino family. I doubt it…. [But] every side of a conflict needs an enemy, a bogeyman, a target, an object of hatred, in order to justify its accusations.

“President Duterte, for example, cannot just complain to the wind. He needs something or someone to blame. In this particular battle, it has to be the ‘Yellows.’ But labeling every critic a ‘Yellow’ is off target…. There are many citizens who disagree with Mr. Duterte’s policies or strategic approaches. They’re not all ‘yellow.’ Many are just plain citizens who have legitimate grievances.”

The point of citizens who are critics of Duterte but not necessarily associated with the Aquinos is that their grievances have nothing to do with the Aquinos but, rather, are complaints of plain citizens with no partisan affiliation.

“Can we not complain without getting labeled as ‘Yellows’”? they used to decry.

But the labeling of all anti-Duterte (and anti-Marcos) elements as “Yellows” has continued. Whether it’s Duterte himself or his spokespeople and unofficial but vocal defenders speaking, they’ve continued to assail a “Yellow Army” out there.

My good friend, the social media warrior Philip Lustre, has a more expansive definition of “Yellow.” I quote from Lustre’s writings: “‘Dilawan’ or ‘Yellow Force’ refers to the sea of humanity that went to EDSA and toppled the Marcos dictatorship in the bloodless 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution. What started as a mere rebellion of a handful of soldiers blossomed into a full-blown revolution that prompted the Marcoses and their main supporters to run like defeated dogs with their tails behind their backs….

“The sea of humanity [in 1986]…had only one color  – yellow. Hence, the yellow forces initiated the downfall of the Marcos dictatorship…. The yellow forces are associated with our restored democracy.

“When the Marcoses, their ignorant influencers and trolls, and other fanatical supporters call the critics ‘yellow’ or ‘dilawan,’ it is their tacit recognition that these forces are the pro-democracy forces.

“One does not have to be ‘yellow’ to adhere to the principles of democracy. To be called ‘dilawan’ should be viewed as a badge of honor because a ‘yellow’ always favors democracy over authoritarianism.”

Many anti-Duterte activists are starting to embrace this definition of “Yellow,” with its association with being pro-democracy. So, with that thought in mind, anti-Duterte activists are now willing to be called “Yellow” and proud of it.

“Proud to be Yellow” is turning out to be the new battle cry. The rationale is, if you continue to label us “Yellow” despite not being officially yellow, then so be it.

A lot of this new pride and exhortation of being “Yellow” is trending in social media. Pro-democracy activists are no longer going to quibble about being “Yellow” or not. They’re now willing to be called that: “Yellow.”

***

Tantrum Ergo. The resurgent proliferation of drugs and other contraband at the Bilibid prisons bolsters Sen. Leila de Lima’s contention that the drug trade there is unstoppable, whoever is in charge. De Lima has adamantly cried persecution, that she was connected to the rampant Bilibid drug activity because she had crossed then Mayor Rodrigo Duterte when she was the head of the Commission on Human Rights.

Now that the drug trade is flourishing again at Bilibid, does that mean that current Justice Secretary Vit Aguirre is now the head of the cartel there, or at least he’s guilty of negligence of duty? Just asking, following the logic behind De Lima’s incarceration.

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  • tarikan

    Sec. Vital Aguirre is the new NBP drug lord! Alternative fact, false news, Mocha blog or what? Wiggy can you expound on this?

  • VeryDisgusted2

    Yellow is associated to neglect and apathy, extreme corruption, and drugs. It is a stigma the country will never forget. It is shameful if someone says he is proud to be yellow.

  • Bobby Angle

    One you forgot about being a Yellow is that they just couldn’t accept the LP lost in 2016 and all the “pro-democracy” things they do are actually blind hatred for Du30. Just like your articles, the Yellows never see the good in Du30 administration.
    In addition, these people are still stuck with their 1986 mentality without realizing that while they have succeeded in overthrowing a dictator, they never realized that they haven’t done much for the past 30 years and the people got fed up.

    • Nailed!

      • DUTERTE PAID TROLL.

        • Either you are an illegal drugs addict or you have loved ones who are addicts or your are just really a pathetic SORE LOSER! Embrace change before its too late for you!!

    • PWEH. WHAT AN UTTERLY DISGUSTING IGNORANT REMARK. YOU ENTIRELY MISS CORONEL’S POINT. YOU SHOULD READ THE ARTICLE, INSTEAD OF SPOUTING MALICIOUS CONTEMPT-FILLED BULLSH`T THAT ATTACKS ORDINARY CITIZENS.

      • Bobby Angle

        Yes, I have read Mr. Coronel’s article like I always do. But I find it lacking in in-depth research. For one thing, how did he come up with the conclusion that the Yellows are pro-democracy? It appear that he is the only one writing it.
        So please, don’t be stupid and stop idolizing this columnist.

        • NO. YOU DID NOT. YOU GLANCED AT IT AND GAVE IN TO YOUR INNER DUTERTE-PAID-TROLL INSTINCTS, AND LAMBASTED THE YELLOWS WITHOUT KNOWING WHO YOU ARE TRULY MALIGNING.

          HIS MAIN POINT IS THAT DUTERTE AND HIS TROLLS ARE ATTACKING EVERYONE WHO CRITICIZES HIS ACTIONS AS YELLOWS. THOSE WHO WERE FED-UP WITH BEING LABELED AS “YELLOWS”, TOOK IT UPON THEMSELVES TO ASSOCIATE BEING CALLED A “YELLOW” AS BEING PRO-DEMOCRACY, AND NOT BEING NECESSARILY ASSOCIATED WITH AQUINOS, SO THAT THEY WOULD FEEL JUSTIFIED IN THEIR STANCE AND NOT FEEL LIKE THEY’RE BEING DEGRADED AND INSULTED BY DUTERTE AND HIS ARMY OF TROLLS.

          ANYONE WITH ENOUGH COMMON SENSE CAN UNDERSTAND CORONEL’S POINT. IT SEEMS TO ME THAT ONLY YOU WOULD IGNORE IT, THUS, I CALLED YOU WHAT YOU TRULY ARE: DISGUSTINGLY IGNORANT.

          CORONEL IS ENTITLED TO HIS OPINION. YOU CAN’T RESPECT IT, SO YOU BLABBER MALICIOUS BULLSH`T THAT AIMS TO HUMILIATE AND EMBARRASS HIM. YOU THINK YOU’RE ATTACKING THE AQUINO-SUPPORTERS BUT IN TRUTH, YOU’RE TRYING TO HUMILIATE EVERYONE WHO EVER DISAGREED WITH DUTERTE’S POLICIES AS AQUINO SUPPORTERS.

          • Bobby Angle

            Again: How did Coronel come up with the conclusion that the Yellows are pro-democracy, specially at this time? For that matter, are all Du30 supporters anti-democracy? That’s another reason why this article is myopic.
            The attacks on Du30 didn’t start after he won the elections, it started when he was leading the surveys before the election. He was minding his own business, barely attacking the other candidates. But here comes the “pro-democracy” people attacking him before, during, and after the elections. ERGO: The yellows threw the first punch.

          • CORONEL SIMPLY SAYS THAT THOSE WHO CALL THEMSELVES YELLOWS ASSOCIATED THEMSELVES WITH PRO-DEMOCRACY. IT’S NOT LIKE THEY MADE IT LIKE SUPPORTING DEMOCRACY IS EXCLUSIVE TO THEM.

            YOU ARE THE ONE WHO IS BEING MYOPIC AND CAN’T SEE PAST YOUR OWN PREJUDICE. IT’S NOT ABOUT WHO THREW THE FIRST PUNCH, IT’S ABOUT WELL-MEANINGED CITIZENS BEING TAGGED AS “YELLOWS” MALICIOUSLY BY PEOPLE LIKE YOU. THE VICTIMS OWNED UP TO THAT LABEL INSTEAD AND TREATED IT AS A BADGE OF HONOR OF BEING “PRO-DEMOCRACY”, INSTEAD OF FEELING AS IF THEY HAVE SOMETHING TO BE ASHAMED ABOUT FOR VOICING OUT THEIR CRITICISM OF DUTERTE.

            THE ATTACKS ON DU30 STARTED WAY, WAY BACK. AND EVEN JUN PALA WAS MURDERED BECAUSE OF IT. THIS ISN’T ABOUT ATTACKING DUTERTE. THIS IS ABOUT PEOPLE BEING MALICIOUSLY LABELED AS YELLOWS TO INTIMIDATE THEM INTO NOT SPEAKING ABOUT THEIR DISCONTENT AGAINST THE DUTERTE REGIME.

          • Jp Imperial

            “CORONEL IS ENTITLED TO HIS OPINION. YOU CAN’T RESPECT IT, SO YOU BLABBER MALICIOUS BULLSH`T THAT AIMS TO HUMILIATE AND EMBARRASS HIM” —

            bobby angle is also entitled to his own opinion. :)

            just a thought… no sense getting all hyped and typing all caps just to call out someone voicing out “their own opinion” :)

          • Bobbt Angle’s opinion is born from intentionally misconstruing the author’s opinion.
            What’s more, it’s malicious, mean-spirited and ill-willed, so it only deserves an equally repugnant response.

          • Jp Imperial

            ” it’s malicious, mean-spirited and ill-willed, so it only deserves an equally repugnant response.” — is your opinion and your right. whether its is a fact or just “MALICIOUS BULLSH`T THAT AIMS TO HUMILIATE AND EMBARRASS” mr coronel, he is still entitled to what he wants to say. isn’t that what “democracy” means? :)

          • Bobby Angle

            What is “democracy” to a person is actually “whining” to another person.

          • Yes, and I’m entitled to type in all caps just to point out his stupidity. =)

          • Jp Imperial

            “As much as I’m entitled to say that you created a troll account just to defend your original account. =)” —

            this coming from someone who changes handles / names in posting? from “Ikatay Si Duterte” now “Slaughtering the Duterte Pig”. sino kaya ang troll? you are attacking the president personally and not what he is doing. again, sino kaya ang troll?

            and btw, was not defending bobby angle, was pointing out facts, which you cannot accept is right so you attack the person again. my only point was everybody including bobby angle is entitled to their own opinion.

            again, sino kaya ang troll? :) :) :)

          • what do you care about my username. haha. is your life too miserable that you’d nitpick over other people’s usernames?
            oh, you were clearly defending him by stepping in and acting like a wiseass quoting me, and such.
            well, like you said, i’m entitled to my opinion, and my opinion is bob’s stupid and both of you are disgusting duterte-paid trolls.
            oh right, thanks for proving me you’re a troll. only trolls like you can act so shameless to use triple smileys. hahahaha

        • Du30 was my biggest mistake

          Yes Bobby, dilawans fight to maintain democracy while your president and his fanatics are destroying it. The basic foundations of democracy– human rights, equal protection of the law, due process, freedom of expression, right to education. Lahat binabalahura niyo mga bobo kayo.

          How many times have I read duterte supporters saying due process is not important.. Di alam ng mga obobs na dut fanatics na due process is their insurance against illegal arrest.

          Human rights. Di ba galit kayo sa commision on human rights dahil sabi niyo it protects kriminals.. tapos sabi pa ng mga bobong kasama mo na “bat ang kriminal pinoprotektahan nila while ang victims hindi. Malaking kabobohan. Dahil ang crimen na citizen against fellow citizen ay under the jurisdiction of the authorities while CHR handles crimes committed by the authorities against its people.

          Freedom of speech. Eh di ba gusto niyong patahimikin ang mga nagrereklamo? Di ba you mass report anti duterte activists. Tapos you drown the truth with massive fake news. Calling legitimate news fake.

          RIght to education– di ba gustong tangalin ni duterte ang budget for SUCs?

          Yes, you are destroying democracy and we try to keep it alive

          • Bobby Angle

            Yan ang hirap sa CHR. Kapag may napatay na drug pusher, ang ingay. Pero pag may na-rape na babae, walang paki. Palibhasa hindi ikababagsak ni Du30.
            One more thing. Binasa ko yung Constitution. Wala naman dun ang nagsasabing limited ang CHR sa crimes committed by government.

          • Du30 was my biggest mistake

            Bobby alam mo naman siguro na rape and similar violatiobs of the law, unless done by a person of authority , falls under the jurisdiction of the police. kasi violations committed by a citizen to his equal is called crime and is apolice matter.

            On the other hand, violations commited by the authority against its citizen is the jurisdiction of the CHR. SUS college topic yan eh.. para ka namang di nakapag aral ng college kung di mop alam yan.. Tapos naghilig hiligan ka sa poltika, simpleng bagay di mo alam? Pweeee!!!!

    • the_one_who_isnt_named

      I AM YELLOW OF 1986 VINTAGE. Do not accuse me of not accepting the loss in 2016.

      • Bobby Angle

        Wait! I have the right to utter my opinions and if I say the Yellows didn’t accept the loss, then I’m just observing what Coronel’s call pro-democracy.

      • Mike_Realism

        You came out open and admited about accepting your loss so therefore no is accusing you! Stop insinuating stupidity here!

    • Pro Filipino

      I agree. I supported 1986.
      I got fed up of them thinking they can just overthrow any President and they own DEMOCRACY. It is just a battle cry.

    • Vids P Debulgado

      May I ask who is protesting the results of the 2016 Election? Also, in the 30 yrs of “democracy” how many years were administered by LP? or “Yellow” as you say? Who were the Presidents that were charged with Plunder?

    • Bong Custodio

      I never supported LP in their campaign, in fact during the early days of the campaign period I am an avid supporter of Duterte, believing that he could change the worsening crime for the better, hoping he could deliver what he promised … but Kidapawan tragedy is a turning point for me … he practically used the whole incident to his advantage, and some even said he had masterminded the whole thing, together with his communist buddies, i doubt about the last one, but he was obviously there in an instant, trying to be the hero of the day, but the worse thing is after he got elected. Instead of ridding the country of crime and drugs, it has becoming worse … whether the figures of 12K from opposition is right or the PNP figures of 6K plus is right, the country has become a freaking killing fields, worse the criminals got more bolder and bolder, with people being killed left and right by riding in tandem, either shooting their victims because they thought they are drug pushers or addicts, or the victims had tried to resist being robbed … a lot of us also thought Duterte would stand up against China, but instead, he freaking handed our territory in a silver platter … so yeah, you can call me “Dilawan”

      • Bobby Angle

        And your sorce for these would be, what? Rappler?

        • Clint Henry Espiritu

          So what if the source is rappler. The point is not who but rather if it can be proven. Sabi niyo bias ang media pero ang totoo ang mga dutertardiots ang biased against media.

          Dahil ba nabaa niya sa rappler false agad? Arent you judging based on the name? Isnt that called prejudice

  • YES. IT’S THE DUTERTE ADMIN AND BBM PROPAGANDA NETWORK THAT POPULARIZES THE TERM YELLOW AS A PEJORATIVE. THEY ASSOCIATE EVERYTHING CONCEIVABLY WRONG WITH THE PAST ADMINISTRATIONS WITH THE TERM, WHILE IGNORING THE FACT THAT DUTERTE’S ADMIN IS EVERYTHING WRONG WHETHER IT COMES TO SIMPLE MORALITY, SOCIAL WELFARE OR HUMAN RIGHTS. YOU CAN ACTUALLY TELL THAT THE UPBRINGING, LEVEL OF EDUCATION OR MATURITY OF A PERSON IS LACKING WHEN THEY SCREAM ANTI-YELLOW DRIVEL.

    • Bobby Angle

      Gasp! A stupid yellow troll.

  • Jp Imperial

    “Now that the drug trade is flourishing again at Bilibid, does that mean that current Justice Secretary Vit Aguirre is now the head of the cartel there, or at least he’s guilty of negligence of duty? Just asking, following the logic behind De Lima’s incarceration.” —

    mr coronel, i don’t see pictures of sec aguirre with drug personalities. i also don’t see pictures of sec aguirre partying with drug personalities inside bilibid. don’t get me wrong, don’t like the guy also. but for you to compare the senator to sec aguirre and use that logic is just plain stupid.

    • Maria Teresa Tumbali

      You need to validate the truth about the pictures of the senator that you saw. Don’t be a victim of fake news and malicious memes.

  • Mike_Realism

    Usual yellow spin to justify their stupid idol Penoy! They can’t stand the fact that PRRD called the later GAGO! Burn in hell yellow scumbags!

  • Du30 was my biggest mistake

    I campaigned for duterte during the campaigns, but lost my faith pretty quickly. He gives his fanatic supporters superficial changes while slowly destroying the very foundation of democracy and social order and slowly giving our country away to the chinks. I have never been a fan of the Aquino’s but when I share my discontent and complains on facebook, they call me dilawan. Then I saw this being shared around by a few people so let me share this here what I agree is the new meaning of dilawan.

    Defining a Dilawan

    1. Knows how to distinguish real news from fake news.

    2. Resists being influenced by lies

    3. Difficult to manipulate

    4. Uses logic instead of emotions

    5. Knows stuff like, constitution provisions and rights

    6. Hates unnecesarry killings and violence

    7. Stands up not only for their rights but also for the rights of duterte supporters

    8. Believes in Godly ideals such as mercy, forgiveness, patience, love, turning the other cheek. etc.

    9. Knows how to analyze current events and shape their own opinion, unlike others who just parrot what their overlords are saying.

    10. Maintains his or her humanity while the rest turn into dogs

    11. Dilawan Loyalty belongs to the country, to the rule of law, to the constitution and to fellow Filipinos, never to any particular politician.

    Copy and paste if you are a Dilawan

    • Mike_Realism

      Proud to be OGAG!!!

      • mabyrik

        Oh, you’re proud to be ogag? At least you’re honest. Congratz.

        • Mike_Realism

          Likewise

      • Du30 was my biggest mistake

        Mike justify your statement bat mo sinabing Ogag… hahaha hanggang ganyan lang naman mga dutertards eh… mang mang, puro lang kabastosan mga walang alam

    • Bobby Angle

      Another trait of a Dilawan:
      Official news media: Inquirer and Rappler

      • Du30 was my biggest mistake

        At sa inyo naman mga fake news and satire news sites, mocha uson blog, facebook article written by who knows who.

        Now gamitan natin ang utak ang usaping ito. Sino nga ba dapat mas paniwalaam

        People tend to tell the truth when their names are at stake.. Writers in rappler and Inquirer put their name in every article in full dislay. May mali silang masulat maaring ikamatay ng career nila. So less likely sila na mag lie.

        How about yoru sources na fake news? Do they put their name or tinatagio sa alias or wala talagang nilagay. WHat are they risking? Nothing. kaya palaging fake news sinusulat because they cant be held accountable.

        So now sinong dapat mas paniwalaan aber? gamitin niyo kasi utak niyo duterte fanatics. Kinakalawang na yan dahil puro lang kayo parrot kay mocha uson.

        Yellow– matalino

        Duterte fans– bobo

  • arch_duke_mcville

    What?! “I splurted blood” the heck? You call those so called yellow people on Edsa Democracy? Color of democracy? Proud to be yellow or dilawan?
    I’m sorry but.. I can’t sympathize with you guys.. First the people out there at that time were people who is fueled by rage and contempt. They wouldn’t be that way if it isn’t for a certain someone to fuel anarchy in the Country, to only corner the President with Martial Law. Who abuses the people? Is it the president Marcos? Is it his families? NO!! It’s the people that so called heroes and active politicians today are to blame.

    • arch_duke_mcville

      People are to get blinded easily with this crap. But not us fully awakened Filipinos. We will never no more be people, who let the government lie to is and control our lives and decisions. The so called “yellow ones” are those… Steal the rights of poor people, farmers, workers and every low wager citizens. What did yhe Aquinos done? Please do enlighten me. Aside burying us with international debts, seizing government properties to make it their own, selling government rights, creating anarchy (bombs or kidnapping) whenever there’s an issue with them, very long lasting rebels in the country, untraceable tax moneys that politicians candidly spending as if it’s theirs, living the life of God. Please do tell me.. please..

      • arch_duke_mcville

        What? You guys are gonna rebut about the constitution, laws and government system? Please do take a step back to where it was copied. You will be shocked. One thing is for sure, (I’m not a fan of Marcus’s but for one I agree with a brilliant mund and a political genius. One can’t run a country if one is surrounded by narrow minded people. Like for example Marcus’s dreams for the country, it is so amazing on what ine man can do yet only to fall because of the people can’t take digest the fast pace of a growing country. Again, take a step nack and look what would happen. If there’s no anarchy that was incited by the dilawans, no dark hand behind the curtains of our Government system. What would happen? For me, in all honesty… We would meet Eye to Eye with Japan and Korea in these times.. what a wishful thinking indeed. BUT THEN AGAIN.. A miracle of misery the “Yellow Ones are there to ruin it”. So please don’t preach and spout non sense. You don’t know or maybe you just paid to this crap. Good luck with this crappy page of yours. Nuf said. (-.-)