Is consistency and asking for courtesy a bad thing? To some, it’s yes.
It all started when they all went down to the new press office and I opted to stay at the old one even if the aircon has been removed. Why did I do that? Because I am being consistent with the group’s original position which was to fight for our old press office for its proximity to the Office of the Secretary and a good view of the Supreme Court.
The Department of Justice (DoJ) wants us away from the executive offices for several reasons:
1. The media is a security threat as reported by the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA).
2. The executive officers cannot work well. Communication is hard with media entities occupying two rooms where only executive officials are supposed to stay.
3. One official needs a bigger office while the other wants an extra storage room.
The media occupied those spaces for decades. Justice secretary after justice secretary welcomes working closely with the media.
After the dialogue with the media, articles were written, published and reported over the media about us, being branded as security threat. My colleagues (who now are ignoring me) even had luncheon meeting with a former mediaman, now a lawmaker asking for help. I was designated to write statements, letter of appeal and more.
But things changed, when the shiny press office was almost ready, position has shifted. From demanding that a copy of the NICA report be given to us to simply just going down and be happy. Now, we will never know why we are a security threat.
The manner of evicting us was also foul. Airconditioning was removed without our knowledge. Lockers were transferred without informing the members about it. The Information Office said they informed our President. But the information never went down to the lowly members of the organization (or was it just me because I am part of the minority). The locker was removed from our old press office with my laptop still inside.
I told our President that I am part of the minority. BUT if majority wants to go down, I will too, as a respect to the majority.
Not informing me when the transfer would be, especially the transfer of our things from the old press office at the second floor to the other building is, well, I cannot classify as courtesy at all. Not one even asked if i had valuables inside the locker before it was removed. Even if i belong to the minority, i have the right to be informed of the goings on at the organization since I am still a part of it. I still deserve to be respected and still damn deserve courtesy.
The other organization, they asked the utility people not to immediately transfer their locker to the other building. Why? Because they believed that one of their member who was out of town that time left his laptop inside the locker. It might get lost or might get damaged in the process. When their member returned, only then that they allowed the transfer of the locker. Now, that’s courtesy and respect to a colleague. Don’t i deserve that? Instead of apologizing, they all hate me for being consistent and for getting angry at the uninformed transfer of the locker. Even the “not so gadget loving people” would understand me.
Good thing my laptop was not damaged. They can hate me all they want, one of them (or is that the stand of their group) even wished me dead after physically insulting me online.
Anyway, I know me. I am consistent, I know what respect is, I may not be as HOT as you but am not the type who would resort to name calling or insults or wish ill will of others.
Still, I wish them well in all their endeavors and good health. Sana lang, if your wish came true, don’t forget magpakain ka sa juror