MANILA, Philippines – A number of users of social networking site Facebook are now being criticized for allegedly betting on the death of the late Comedy King Dolphy.
|Orteza shows a print-out of the "upsetting" Facebook exchange
Some netizens on Wednesday allegedly rejoiced after they correctly guessed the film icon's date of death, which supposedly won them P200 from fellow Facebook users.
Screenwriter Bibeth Orteza, the writer of Dolphy's biographical novel "Hindi Ko Ito Mararating Mag-Isa," slammed a certain Donna Gutierrez for posting a status update on Facebook, boasting that she correctly guessed the actor's death.
"Itong Donna Gutierrez nakipag-pustahan siya, sabi niya, 'Hahaha. Sabi ko sa inyo eh, matetegi 'yang Dolphy na 'yan within July. 'Yung mga kapustahan ko, kumusta 'yung 200 ko? Hahaha,'" Orteza quoted the Facebook user as saying, showing a print-out of the page.
Orteza, a long-time friend of the actor, said she was upset over the online exchange, which even sees Gutierrez allegedly showing no remorse despite being criticized online.
"Pinrint-out ko 'to kasi I got so upset. At one point, somebody scolds her in the exchange, and then she justifies herself. She says, 'Hindi ako nagyaya ng pustahan, sila 'yun, nag-agree lang ako sa kapustahan ako. Bad na kung bad.' And she doesn't care," Orteza said on ANC's "Headstart" on Thursday.
The screenwriter also called Gutierrez and her fellow gamblers "idiots," saying the Facebook user is an unfortunate "product" of the country.
"So this idiot, meaning, also has idiot friends, who made the bet with her. But then again, you win some, you lose some. Your country makes a Dolphy, it also makes a gaga and a half like this woman," Orteza said.
'Against Filipino mores'
A professor of psychology from Miriam College also criticized using the film icon's death for online gambling.
Professor Al Leonidas brought up the issue of Filipinos' "mores" and values, as he lamented the disrespect of the memory of a national treasure such as Dolphy.
"'Yung mga ganitong usapan ay nagtuturo sa atin tungkol sa pagtatanong sa ating mga values," he said.
"Unang-una, 'yung pagkamatay ni Dolphy dapat respetuhin. Hindi dapat ito pinag-pupustahan. Hindi ko maisip kung sa'n nila nakuha 'yung ideya na 'yan," Leonidas said.
He also said the same online gamblers could have simply made bets in more acceptable outlets, such as the regular lotto.
"Pwede naman silang tumaya sa mga regular outlet ng lotto, eh bakit pa 'yung kamatayan ni Dolphy 'yung gagamiting batayan ng pustahan?"
"Napakawalang respeto 'yan sa isang taong nagbigay ng kasayahan sa'tin. Tapos nung namatay siya, pinagpustahan pa, kung anong date siya mamamatay," Leonidas said.
The psychology professor added that he is "saddened" by the supposed "misguided" actions amid the Filipinos' established mores.
"Ito ay mga misguided na mga tao. Sa ating mores ng mga Pilipino, alam natin kung ano ang tama o mali, hindi natin ito ginagawa sa isang tao.
"Nakita naman natin na si Dolphy, malaki ang ibinigay sa ating bayan, ngunit merong ganitong mga tao na nagpipista sa kanyang kamatayan. Nakakalungkot talaga," Leonidas said.
Since he was rushed to the intensive care unit of the Makati Medical Center on June 9, the film icon's fluctuating health condition has been the subject of news headlines.
On Tuesday evening, July 10, Dolphy passed away due to multiple organ failure. -- with a report from Zyann Ambrosio, ABS-CBN News