POST-SABBATICAL NOTES. 18 AUGUST 2014. N1.
Ethnic cleansing and then some: Or, why August has become the month of linguicide courtesy of the state and its apparatuses.
I LOOK AT ALL THE posts starting August 1 and now, towards the third week of August, these posts saying alleluia to the national language with its dubious name have peaked to a proportion that can only be termed as tactics of ethnic cleansing.
The fact that some academics of the University of the Philippines--academics whose salaries are being paid for by the peoples of the Philippines, peoples that include non-Tagalogs--are evangelizing everyone on television that the time has come for all peoples to the Philippines to bow to the altar of their own brand of nationalism is making this spectacle of glorifying a national language that intends to homogenize all of us is a gruesome spectacle.
A screen grab of one national language ideologue, Mark John M. Isidoro, by Al Mandane, and posted on Plurilingual Philippines (retrieved 18 Aug 2014), talks of an ethnic cleansing that can only come from people who cannot tolerate other voices--the othered voices--of the non-Tagalog peoples.
Below is Isidoro's inelegant Tagalog of his rant: "Sana yung mga ayaw sa Filipino Umalis nlng sa Pilipinas hindi nmin kayo kailangan dito kung ganyan kayo.."
Now, if this is the kind of an intellect we are faced with, we who are advocating for a multilingual Philippines, we should now begin to run away.
We will have a run for our money. For sure.
Let us rewrite his uneducated schizophrenic Tagalog post: 'Sana, yung mga ayaw sa Filipino (ay) umalis na lang (sila) sa (Filipinas). Hindi namin kayo kailangan dito kung ganyan kayo.'
Ah ha: the occupiers! Real internal colonizers.