Filipinos, especially the 31 million Pinoys who voted PBBM in the last election are gnashing their teeth in social media after Greta Thunberg, the controversial international climate activist, was quoted saying there can be no climate justice under Marcos. Link here to read news article re Greta Thunberg statement on Marcos and climate justice.
As predicted, the anti-Marcos netizens welcomed Thunberg’s jab at PBBM and the Marcoses with, I imagined, celebratory dances.
Meanwhile, foreigner from the United Kingdom went out of his way to write an open letter addressed to Greta Thunberg expressing his disappointment at his fellow European.
Malcolm Conlan, a Brits married to a Filipina and a pro-Duterte and now Marcos supporter clarified in the open letter he has no issue whatsoever Thunberg trying to support the Philippines and her people regarding the issues of climate change, as he is very sure that this is within her expertise.
But as for Greta Thunberg having a lot to say about the PBBM and his government’s climate policy and the issue on Martial Law, Conlan was apparently disappointed at the Swede international climate activist for speaking out without an iota of idea of what she was talking, like Martial law and the Marcoses.
Conlan ended the open letter by leaving Thunberg with some words of wisdom – continue to campaign for your own advocacy and do not speak about anything that you know absolutely nothing about. Ouch!
You may now read Malcolm Conlan’s open letter below.
AN OPEN LETTER TO GRETA FROM A CONCERNED NETIZEN
FAO: Greta Thunberg
Dear Ma’am Greta Thunberg,
I hope you don’t mind me writing to you like this ma’am, but from what I have read on various news sites, you have been quoted as saying the following:
‘There can be no climate Justice under Marcos.
We stand with solidarity with the Martial Law victims seeking justice and the human rights defenders pursuing democratic rights of people and climate justice’.
With the greatest respect, how old are you?
These events which you have completely misunderstood happened long before you were even born!!! You say there could be no climate justice under Marcos?
Maybe you were asleep or blinded by ignorance during the UNGA where President Bongbong Marcos specifically addressed the issue of climate change in his recent speech? The President actually shares your concerns over the effects of climate change to the Philippines and her people.
I didn’t hear him mention you and call out the name ‘Thunberg’ at all anywhere in the speech. What gives you the right to not even address him by his proper title, the President of the Republic of the Philippines. Please have some respect for the Office of the President ma’am.
Also do you have any Filipino relatives or does anything that happens in the Philippines concern or affect you in anyway?
I, on the other hand do have Filipino relatives both here in the UK and the Philippines and of course I am therefore concerned, like you over the effects of climate change. However the difference between you and me is that I am always polite and respectful to all I address and meet, unlike the manner in which you have chosen to speak about President BBM and his family.
I have absolutely no problem whatsoever with you trying to support the Philippines and her people regarding the issues of climate change, as I am very sure that this is within your expertise.
However, I am not sure that you have any understanding whatsoever regarding the Marcos family or the Martial law era or reasons behind the declaration of Martial law?
So with only the greatest respect, I would ask that you continue to campaign for your own advocacy and do not speak about anything that you know absolutely nothing about.
Thanks so much and kind regards,
Social media advocate and supporter of the Philippines and her people.
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Source: Malcolm Conlan