Young Blood

In defense of Jeane

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If you’ve got it, flaunt it.

I start with a question: Why can’t Jeane Napoles take pictures of the stuff she owns? Just because some people are offended that they can’t afford it? It’s not her fault that poor people are poor. It may have been done in bad taste, but it’s not a crime to be proud of what you have.

Social media networks are specifically designed for people to connect, and, yes, “sell” themselves to others so that their social value increases. And how do we do that? By asserting the social influence, high level of attractiveness, and material wealth that we have. That way, people will either love us, respect us, or fear us. It’s a tool for attaining social power, and Jeane did precisely that.

I initially address the issue of her social networking audience. The readers of Jeane’s blog are her friends in the A community. I’ve never heard of her and her luxurious ways (and I’m pretty sure neither have you) until this scandal blew up. I doubt that she intended poor people to read it, in the first place. They don’t even know who Lacroix or St. Laurent is, and do not understand the social value of a $3,000 designer bag one uses for everyday wear. These posts were specifically targeted toward her own clique, which she intends to rule over as Queen Bee. It’s not an in-your-face, I-have-this-you-don’t statement to the rest of the Filipinos.

I agree with the point that it would have been all right for her to do what she did had the Napoleses not stolen government money, as they are accused of. My question would then be: Has their guilt been proven by the courts?

If yes, then by all means take away all their money and their privileges. Put the responsible party in jail. The shame would be enough to kill them all. I know it would my family and me. But until then, we should stop judging them just because they’re proud of what they have.

If we continue doing so, then why don’t we just save time, money and effort for the judicial system and stone them to death ourselves? We’ve already labeled them as guilty. Why not go the extra mile and punish them as well?

We have a judicial system, however slow and flawed it is, for a reason. Let’s leave our judiciary to do the judging.

Dear everyone, let’s not get into the hype of hate. Let’s understand where both sides are coming from. We have to be critical, but being critical doesn’t always mean thinking negatively. The media give information, and yes, some opinions, but that doesn’t mean we’re not free to form our own.

Let’s do so with a fair and open mind.

Chad Patrick Osorio, 22, is on academic leave from the University of the Philippines College of Law. A former United Nations legal intern in Cambodia, he is now honing his skills as a fashion photographer.

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  • calgary2526

    not to generalize, but this fellow Chad is a perfect poster boy as to why 22 year old’s should never be left alone at home with a matchstick.

  • ruben_bush

    he is an envelopmental journalist too????

  • Don Dee

    To be poor in a rich country is a shame. In a corrupt poor country, WEALTH is the SHAME! Taena, kahit pa sa legal nakuha yung perang yun, ano ginawa nyang kawanggawa? Sa dami ng nagugutom, mas pinili nyang makipag rub elbows with Justin Bieber. And compound this situation by the strong probability that this wealth was ILL GOTTEN and what do we have? Jeane is equally guilty as the mother. Either that or she is a complete moron to not know what her mother did for a living.

  • MiguelLorenzo

    from Pope Francis..”a culture of waste is despicable when many suffer from hunger”..and it is more appalling because the money that she squandered was stolen from us..

  • Guest


    “”Give a man internet access and he thinks he has a brain.”

    And this is one of his friend’s comment:
    “ahahaha. dami ka nang haters Chad! tsk. hahahaha

    and Chad’s replies to that comment:
    “The more the merrier! :))”
    “Of course people will love it. Thought of it myself. Haha. :))

    Chad, do your readers looks like all stupid and don’t have no brains? Just asking…

    • RoadRash

      “”Give a man internet access and he thinks he has a brain.”

      Applicable to kay CHADDING!!! UTAK-Miley C…Idol cguro. Long live twerking!!!

    • labcu


  • Oscuro

    I guess PDI ran out of writers. Jeez. I could write something better.

    • labcu

      ur right YB column must be for inspiring writers!

  • manangjuana

    Chad Osorio should stick it out with photography. He doesn’t know what he is saying.

  • TinimbangNgunitKulang

    Utak fashion photographer ka nga. Huwag ka ng bumalik sa UP College of Law. Ikakahiya ka lang doon after what you wrote here.

  • Guest

    I agree with @labcu na dapat sana ay para lang sa mga inspiring writers ang Young Blood. @Oscuro is right too ng sabihin niyang mas magaling pa siya kesa kay Chad magsulat. I agree with both of them.

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