Singing along to “I’m easy, easy as Sunday morning,” I spot my name in a comment made by poet/author Susan Lara. Artist Aba Lluch Dalena had complained that a group called “We Support Chief Justice Corona and the Rule of Law” included her as member without permission. Susan checked, saw the profiles of many friends, and decided to inform us.
A few minutes later, I spot the post of brother, Nonoy Espina. It was a screenshot, with my meowing scarredcat image on the upper left side, with friends and Facebook acquaintances all around. His intro note to the screenshot:
“…ng pinindot ko ang ‘About’ ito ang lumantad, kasama na si Marco Valbuena na kilala sa media na tagapagsalita ng CPP at ang kapatid ko na alam ko’ng hinding-hindi sasali dito. Di ko na sinilip kung nandyan din ako. At andyan din ang mga umano’y admin ng grupo. ‘Langya, wala naman sanang ganyanan.”
In the “About” section are a host of people — 14, 020 as of this writing. Many of them are my friends, many of them definitely opposed to the Chief Justice. Of course, I also saw other friends who support the beleaguered magistrate. I won’t give the Who’s Who of contending sides here. Those of you who read news and blogs probably know who they are.
Here’s the screen shot showing my Facebook profile photo.
And here are the administrators of the Group. Though, frankly, I think these are false identities. If you’re real, give me a call, girls!
I love my brother for saying, “at ang kapatid ko na alam kong hinding-hindi sasali dito.” I can imagine Nonoy muttering into a cup of coffee: yeah, over her dead body. I don’t know if Aba’s complaint had anything to do with her position on the Chief Justice. It’s probably a matter of principle. It’s never nice to be tagged to any part of social, political or religious divides without your say so.
True, the group is an “open” group — anyone can join. And I do know that many pro-Corona folk join anti-Corona groups (and vice versa) and start flaming each other.
As Philippines Graphic editor-in chief, Joel Pablo Salud, notes:
“…apparently, in FB, any group can include you into their little huddle even without your consent. Yesterday i found out I was a member of the same group. There’s an icon on the left you can tap to leave the group. Watch out for groups that include you without prior permission. Check your list from time to time.”
And so I did, with some idea of what lay in wait. And now, it’s official. I can compete for the “Groupie of the Year” award. Over a hundred, closer to 2oo hundred groups.
I see my profile included in pro-Corona and anti-Corona groups, pro-Pinoy and anti-Pinoy groups.
There’s the 2M Yellow NoyPis, an offshoot of the election-season BSAIII fan-page that saw its huge membership “stolen” by certain communications officials of the Aquino administration. But they’re still pro-PNOY.
There’s Pinoys watching Pnoy, critical but open-minded. And there’s the Aquino Resign Movement.
There are pro and anti-RH bill groups, media support groups and media-bashing groups, half a dozen environmental groups, a dozen music groups, all kinds of groups involving overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their issues, around ten different groups with different Mindanao-based causes. There are groups opposing and promoting mining, and even cooking groups — though I hardly cook.
And there’s one that really gives me pause: SUPPORT THE ROYAL HASHEMITE SULTANATE OF SULU AND SABAH, a group whose website sports a lot of “royal crests”, including one belonging reportedly to “Royal Datu” Antonio C. Leviste — yes, of Bilibid living-out infamy.