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May 30th
JGL, my friend... Let me thank you f PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 17 May 2009 21:07
JGL, my friend... Let me thank you first for reading my column and for your comments. My friend, I write a column NOT to make an impression, but to opine on things, events and people ... and to express myself and to have fun in expressing myself. If my opinion on Pakyaw is contrary to yours, well, it's your prerogative to differ. And I am not going to take that as a personal affront. It's your opinion and you're entitled to it. Just like I am entitled to mine, right? And I am NOT going to apologize for my opinion either. I am not in the business of apologizing for my opinions each time it offends you or anybody else. I think it's kind of idiotic of you to ask me that! Also, what "mistake" are you talking about that I need to apologize for? My opinion on Pakyaw? How can an opinion be a mistake? Perhaps in your mind, it's a mistaken opinion. But in my mind, it is not. So, who's to say you're right and I am wrong? You? Don't make me laugh in your face, please. And who are you to tell me that in order for me to be more "credible as a journalist," I have to "apologize for my mistakes"? My friend, I don't worry about my credibility as a journalist. I've already earned my spurs as a journalist twice over and in MAINSTREAM JOURNALISM, at that. Hindi sa sampay-bakod na journalism lang! In the world of true journalism, nakalibot na ako at pauwi na, papunta ka pa lang. The kind of journalism I delve in now is only for fun, my friend. I am not that kind of a journalist anymore, who is HUNGRY in seeking fame and recognition and his place in the sun. I've had my fame and my recognition ... and I've seen a lot of sun when I was then a hungry journalist. As to your statement in the pre-fight straw DOM votings of the De La Hoya/Pakyaw and Hatton/Pakyaw fights, I "strongly favored De La Hoya and Hatton," I don't want to nitpick what you said there. But there were no pre-fight straw votings among the DOMs in the De La Hoya/Pakyaw fight. There was a pre-fight straw votings in the Hatton/Pakyaw fight only. And the reason, I picked Hatton to win and to knock out Pakyaw in the first round was because most of you (DOMs) were for Pakyaw, and I was acting merely as the Devil's Advocate, in jest! Couldn't you tell what I did was merely a joke? You took my "vote" seriously? Are you that naive, my friend? And you're wrong when you said I am a "terror" to our kababayans. I write the way I see things. Not the way that you and others would like me to see things. If a kababayan deserves kudos, I never hesitate to give them the kudos that they deserve. If you don't know that, then you haven't read many of my writings. On the other hand, if I see a "HEROIC" kababayan as merely a figment of our imagination or a hyped-up hero, then I would write my story the way I see him or her ... and I won't spare the rod. And you're totally wrong again ... and judgmental and out of place to tell me: "Stop fighting yourself! Stop lying to yourself...." Hey, let me say this: Don't be too self-righteous, my friend! Don't be a fundamentalist in your belief on people! And don't ever pronounce your narrow-minded judgment on people ... because that would come back to haunt you and bite you in the ass! Also, when you said: Try to be more charitable with "PHRASE," you're wrong again! You mean "PRAISE," right? There's a lot of difference beween "PHRASE" and "PRAISE," my friend.... This e-mail is getting long now, so I better end it here. Talk to you later and take care. JJ

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