Have Gordon Created Gapo’s Culture of Fear?

hidingWhen I came to Olongapo, I was very hopeful. I just had a daughter, her mom is a native Olongapena, and I decided to go there to start a new life.

It’s a bustling city yet with a small town feel. The night life is not as good as Manila but having been a fan of live bands, I almost immediately fell in love with it. The city is host to a few rock bands that became famous.

On a regular morning, you’ll be woken up by an easy to remember child-like music coming from a moving vehicle. At first, I thought it was some music coming from a rolling candy store, but really it was coming from the garbage trucks.

The whole city is good to the eyes, with color-coded public transportation driven by uniformed drivers with the identification cards dangling up front where the hanging rosary usually is.

At the main gate where most people go through to get to work inside the Freeport, you’ll be welcomed by the always smiling face of Daddy Daddy, a little old fellow who would want your spare change for a little fun. On the other side of the road, you can see Tyson doing his dance routine, dancing his best to the tune of Macarena.

Come night time, Magsaysay Avenue was like your “strip” of live venues, cafes and bars. The cork room was an instant hit mainly because of their regular folk singer named Art. There we could just eat, relax, drink, laid back and just listen to the soothing mellow sounds of Art’s voice and his small karaoke-like gadget.

One time I saw Dick Gordon hanging outside in front of the movie theater smoking or was he just chewing a tobacco, much like FVR.

Olongapo was all fun. That’s all it would be until your apathy wears out. Once you started to care about taxes, policies, politics, you better be on the right side. And that would be the way of the ruling clan.

I got my first Olongapo experience when along with John, an old comrade who’s a native of Olongapo and the Social Action Center, we helped save a small community in Barangay Kalalake from demolition.

And then it just naturally went from there. We started doing what we do best, organizing communities and people’s organizations, educating them on their rights, and tapping resources from available NGOs.

But then I also started to question. Why, with all the people we come across with, they complain about issues but when asked them to report it to the proper authorities, they wouldn’t?

After a while, I figured it all out. They were afraid to come forward. They just won’t. They were hoping and waiting for somebody else to do it. I smelled something.

And so I asked, is there a culture of fear?

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  1. rob

    Wow this is a great resource.. I’m enjoying it.. good article

  2. we visited Subic and Clark recently… pinadala kami ng office.. while I was there, I felt that it would be nice living in that area… Commercialized na din kasi sya and dami pang beaches at activities you can do with nature.. Saka parang tahimik yung lugar.. As I was reading your post, I was trying to imagine myself living in Olangapo.. sabi kasi sa amin nung sa CDC most of the workers inside Clark and Subic are living in Olangpo… Pero tingin ko tama ka kuya, maiiba ang perspective mo sa buhay pag pinasukan na policies, taxes ang politics…

    mukhang iba na din direction na tinatahak ng Subic at Clark kuya.. they are trying to sell the place indi lang for shipping and logistics industry… isa lng yung na observe namin.. manipis ang manpower resource dun, saka parang wala syado support nakukuha yung mga colleges that offers computer related courses…

  3. BURAOT (Author)

    maganda naman sa subic at clark. i have come to love olongapo kasi small town feel pero city na rin. nagsawa na kasi ako sa manila sa sobrang traffic. manipis nga ang human resource kahit na lahat ng surrounding municipalities ay dun umaasa for employment. di kasi masyado natuunan yung integration ng education sa subic noon. ngayon lang humahabol. yung mga colleges ngayon, ini-integrate na alam ko. sempre, hindrance dyan yung local politics kasi yung pro-gordons at mga local oppositions nag-aagawan lagi ng pwesto.

  4. very revealing mga post mo about Gapo and the Gordons Kuya. I really admire your audacity and intelligence. Grabe, sana naging prof kita nung college haha.. And I also admire those who posted comments on your “controversial” posts, for sharing their thoughts and insights, though some are out of context (peace po tyu, i’m just trying to share my opinions lang din) eh pananaw nila yun at dapat irespesto. Ingat ka lang din kuya ha.
    .-= reyapot´s last blog ..March 2010 Top EntreCard Droppers =-.

  5. BURAOT (Author)

    wehehe. kelangan i-reveal eh. wala kasing masyadong naririnig sa media kundi puro mga PR. people need to find the truth and after marinig nila if they really wanted for the man, then it’s their right and choice.

    oks lang naman me. sanay na ko sa bugbog. wahahahah!

  6. sa office namin, may online poll kami, and nangunguna si gordon..
    like me, they are probably unaware of all these “revelations”..
    i am thinking of sharing your posts to them.. and pati buong blog na siguro..
    .-= reyapot´s last blog ..Allergy Bedding =-.

  7. 2ne

    di mo aaalala yung STAR city? hehehe

  8. Salin_lahi

    Culture of fears? I don’t feel it that way. I dunno about the issue ng demoliton sa Kalalake. Pero ang masasabi ko lang eh ang mga ilang Gordon ay hindi nman masama pero lalong hindi nman mabuti. Hindi lahat ng bagaya ay perpekto meron din nman talagang kulang pero mas maganda na rin kasi tignan kong ano ang nagawa kesa sa ilang mali. Okay lang na pumuna sa pagkakamali pero mas tignan ang magandang nagawa para sa nakakarami.

    Olongapo talaga is a city na may pagka-barriotic ang setting. Tama ka dun mr. buraot, you will love the city kung laki ka ng manila at mai-enjoy mo talga ang medyo laid back setting nito. Kung laki ka nman ng province, hindi ka rin nman macu-culture shock kasi maliit lang difference ng isang first class municipality sa gapo.

    As for the blog… buhay pa ang corkroom? tingin ko matagal na itong experience na ito kasi as far as a i know may ten years na atang sunog corkroom. iba na situation ngayon… mas open na ang city at marami na ring mga opposition. pero ang cost of living… particularly sa housing… NAKNAMPOTA…. mas mahal pa sa manila ang rent ng isang 2 bedroom apartment dito.

  9. BURAOT (Author)

    reyapots, yep. pa-share ha? para malaman din nila.

  10. BURAOT (Author)

    2ne, alin yung star city? nalimutan ko na ata…

  11. BURAOT (Author)


    yep. lahat naman me masama at mabuti. hehhe. in fact marami ding mahuhusay dun sa grupo nina Gordon to be honest. yung corkroom sinara na nung masunog pero lately binuhay daw ulit. di ko lang alam kung doon pa rin sa dating lugar.

    at yes, matagal na ito. this was in reference dun sa continuing articles ko noon pang late 90’s. pero would you believe, the more things change, the more they stays the same.

    may isang nag-comment dito sa blog ko, positive comment, ipinatawag ng mga city officials for doing so. tsk tsk. walang pagbabago.

    musta po jan sa city hall ng olongapo, salamat po sa pagbabasa ng blog ko.

  12. abu

    Hello kuyang buraot! nice one and again.. i hope this will shed some truth behind the city..
    Corkroom is once again open pero dito sa loob ng Freeport.. It’s along Dewey Avenue yun dati Alethea…

  13. BURAOT (Author)

    wah. nasa loob pala ang corkroom. andun pa rin si art?

  14. In all due respect, I think that it’s too farfetched a conclusion to arrive at. (I myself am an Olongapeño.) With no other given facts, to say that Gordon has instilled a culture of fear in Olongapo is too farfetched a conclusion to arrive at. With everything you have stated being quite vague on what the issues actually are, it would be more sensible to say that they are not complaining to the authorities because doing so would do greater harm than the issue itself.

    Your logic is quite funny. Let’s say for a fact that in Manila, people are always complaining to the authorities, which is because something is wrong. Such has been the case in the EDSA’s that have passed, throughout PGMA’s reign, and in many other instances. In Olongapo, you assumed that people don’t complain to the authorities. Judging by this, without citing an adequate amount of information to arrive at such a conclusion, you stated that something is wrong as well.

  15. graceier

    hindi perpekto ang mga gordon pero mas marami silang ginawang mabuti para sa mas nakakarami kaya mas mabuti na tignan nalang natin yun. wag nman na porke nagkamali ng minsan e buburahin natin sa alaala lahat ng kaayusan ng olongapo na sa gordon nagmula. nakaukit na yan sa kasaysayan ng olongapo. at hindi ang isang munting blog mo buraot ang bubura dito. ikaw ano ba ang nagawa mo sa olongapo?ano bang na i contribute mo sa bansa?ito bang blog na ito ang contribution mo?naninira ka ng tao dahil sa personal mkong galit?mali ata yun buraot.mahirap ding ipagkatiwala ang olongapo sa iba ksi nakakatakot na bka babaguhin nila ang pattern.ang hirap sayo pilit mong hinahanapan ng butas ng pafkakamali ang mga gordon,sympre kahit papaano may makikita ka kasi wala nmang taong perpekto e.kagaya mo…ano ba ang ginagawa mo?bakakatulong ka ba?o baka nakakasira ka lang..anyway opinyon mo yan at ito ang opinyon ko kya pasnsya ka na.

  16. BURAOT (Author)

    gracier, wala naman talagang perpekto, mapa-tao man o bagay. wala rin naman akong sinasabi, saan mo man hanapin sa blog na ito, na kailangang burahin ang mga magagandang nagawa ng mga Gordon. at wala rin naman akong sinasabing wala silang nagawang maganda.

    ang sinasabi ko po ay yung mga mali na hindi dapat maulit, mga mali na dapat itama at mga mali na dapat pagbayaran.

    sana lang po ang mga ganyang mga line of reasoning ay itama din natin. halimbawa, porke ba napaganda ni Imelda ang Maynila dahil sa mga ipinatayo nyang CCP complex at kung anu anu pa ay dahilan para natin kalimutan ang corruption at human rights violation ng mga Marcoses?

    kung may pagkakamali, pagbayaran. di po ba yun ang sinasabi ng batas?

    hindi po ako naninira. at hindi rin po rason na “mahirap ipagkatiwala” ang olongapo sa iba. wala pong monopoly ng kagalingan ang isang pamilya sa isang lugar. kung ganyan po ang rason eh wag na tayong mag eleksyon, monarchy na lang.

    hindi po ako mahilig magbuhat ng bangko pero kahit papaano po ay marami rami na rin akong natulungan sa aking sariling paraan, kung yun ang itinatanong ninyo at batayan niyo para ang isang mamamayan ay magkaroon ng karapatan ng mamuna ng mga opisyal na sinuswelduhan ng perang galing sa aking buwis.
    .-= BURAOT´s last blog ..Homeless in Venice II =-.

  17. Chairman Bravo1gapo

    maybe for the better nmn yung gingwa ng mga gordon.
    and almost sa mga ibang city rin sa Pilipinas ay may kinakatakutan,
    Like Duterte in Davao, Binay sa Makati and Hagedorn in Palawan.

    Pero i respect your opinion. 🙂

  18. fz

    haha. pumapapel si DICK kay noynoy. what a dick

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