The phenomenon of how an issue morphs from one subject to another - with nothing being actually resolved (because it is more fun in the Philippines when we are talking about a topic we can all agree and agree to disagree on as well as violently disagree on) - is nothing new because we all do it in the comfort of our own homes. And since the Philippines is one big dysfunctional family anyway, it is unnatural if the discussion does not extend over for public consumption.
But first the facts:
everyone in their right minds digress.
For instance, you're scolding yaya for making an advance in her salary and though you do give in to her request, you also hate her for having a Bisaya accent and how you wish you hired that Ilokano househelp instead of this one from Iloilo. It has nothing to do with her request for a salary advance but you make the connection anyway because you think Bisayas are not as thrifty as Ilokanos. And you are Ilokano.
Our habit of digression usually happens when we take certain things personally or when we make something unrelated to us seemingly about ourself.
Arnold Clavio talks about the sexual harassment case filed by Cristy Ramos against 2 Azkals members but generalizes the whole team and rebukes all of them for their good looks and arrogance. He makes the rational connection that because of their good looks, they have therefore become arrogant enough to think there is nothing wrong about insulting/offending a woman.
If he stopped right there, there would be no need for him to apologize because it is difficult to dispute that the Azkals are not good-looking, plus the detailed account of how someone from Azkals stood before a former Phil. Olympic Committee president while only wearing an underwear and how someone guessed her bra size strongly suggests male hubris.
These are certainties, albeit somewhat relative, which Clavio states spot-on.
Unfortunately, Clavio went further and blamed the Azkals' British accents, their non- fluency in any FIlipino dialect, their patrician noses and non-kayumanggi skin as grave misdemeanors as these to him suggests that they aren't really Filipinos - a detail which could be easily disputed in any local or international court of law. Also, not all Azkals are foreign-born and bred. Plus, these issues arent even relevant to sexual harassment. He also sarcastically makes a swipe at the team for being or feeling as if they are "God's gift to women."
These are therefore Clavio's opinion. Of course, Arnold Clavio is not...a foreigner/Azkal/feeling as if he is God's gift to women.
And since the door has been opened to free-wheeling opinions, everyone added on theirs.
Us: Arnold Clavio is speaking the truth, hooray for Arn-Arn!
Them: Arnold Clavio, as based on his remark that the Azkals are non-Filipinos, is a racist.
Cheezmiss: Arnold Clavio is a brown supremacist.
Angel Locsin: Arnold Clavio is insensitive.
Cheezmiss: Why is Angel Locsin fighting / defending Phil Younghusband? Phil Younghusband isn't even involved in the sexual harassment case. She doesnt even know what Phil Younghusband thinks of Clavio's statement. They dont even talk about this. Therefore, does he even care? If he doesnt care, why should she? Even if he does care, why should she also?
Angel Locsin: "Actually, hindi ko siya kinakausap tungkol dito. Ako lang [ito]...May mga bali-balita siya, pero ngayon kasi ang focus niya talaga ay sa laban."
Yun naman pala e!
This is not your battle girl! You're not even boyfriend-girlfriend.
"Magulo nga, e. Kapag tinanong na kasi ako... pero... gano'n na rin 'yon."
Paliwanag ni Angel, hindi kasi nila napag-uusapan ni Phil ang tungkol sa estado ng relasyon nila ngayon.
"At least, walang away, walang mga expectations, walang mga demands. Mas nagwo-work siya sa amin, di ba?"
Why are you taking responsibility for something your pseudo-boyfriend is not even responsible for?
Girl, stop lifting your man. He is heavy, it is unnecessary and he has teammates to lift him up so you dont have to.
This isnt even your fight. Your "man" isnt even fighting, why are you the one with the gloves?
Are you doing an Ate Shawie?
You know, the one where Sharon Cuneta takes on the role as Kiko Sen's extension
and dislikes the person her husband dislikes,
hates the person her husband hates,
loathes the stuff her husband loathes, etc.
You do know this is not love. This is simply juvenile.
"..nag-request sina Sharon at Kiko na bumoto si Tito kay Kiko. But Tito couldn’t do that because of his commitment to those who helped him during the campaign. He explained that to Sharon. I thought that Sharon understood the whole thing; I thought that there was a closure already."
“Imagine how surprised I was when I saw Sharon on TV saying na masama ang loob niya sa Uncle Tito niya dahil hindi nya sinuportahan si Kiko."
Or is this Angel Locin's and Sharon Cuneta's way of getting their man's attention onto them?
The way Ate Shawie says on her Twitter account she has her laptop by her bed because her husband is holding and pressing the keys of his phone instead of her.
Angel Locsin claims: "Pero mas okay ang ganito, especially sa trabaho namin...Lalo na siya, one month siyang nawawala."
And - this is another opinion and is therefore not a fact -
I wonder if Ate Shawie is going through what Elizabeth Taylor went through when she was married to a US Senator?
In the late 1970s, Elizabeth Taylor was married to Senator John Warner (R-VA) and living a staid life in Washington, D.C. Her days were not all happy ones—she put on weight, lounged in bed..
Elizabeth Taylor: “being a senator’s wife is thoroughly debilitating” and that after sharing the campaign with her husband she was consigned to “a kind of domestic Siberia once he was elected. . . . I don’t think I’ve ever been so alone in my life as when I was Mrs. Senator.”
Eventually, Elizabeth Taylor had to go to a fat farm to shed off all the weight she gained during the relationship.
Liz Taylor and her Senator husband divorced after 5 years of marriage.