For what it's worth, Celdran's Damaso incident ties with the Mideo Cruz "Polytheism" exhibit. A wave of anti-clericalism, heretofore covert, has risen overtly, and people are continuing to leave the fold of the Catholic Church in large numbers. We expect more of these things in the future, as the Philippines struggles with its philosophical and religious "foundations" - partly reminiscent of the French Revolution, without sharing its bloody aftermath.
But the rising intelligentsia, of which Celdran is a part, is also to blame. It has not provided a definitive vision of what it wants Philippine society to be, still taking comfort in the double-standards and hypocrisies of the past while proclaiming the advent of "secularism" and "freethinking". For all its shouting about "freedom of speech" it has entered into a war which is not tenable in the long run.
I feel that it's just one more rat that shit on the porridge.
Though I welcome the opening of Philippine society in toto, it's disheartening to look at the mavericks of this change: people who want freedom for only the affluent classes, and the rest be damned. This only makes the Philippines much more polarized culturally than at any time in the past. In substance, nothing has changed: there are just the ilustrados and the rest. Who are the ilustrados? The sons of rich men. Are we bent on creating two Philippine Archipelagos, with different cultures? You living on the one, and Mang Kanor and ilk living on the other? The one a beacon of democracy and enlightenment, and the other a dark world of statutory rape, robbery and exploitation?
Only one thing can solve this disjunct: EDUCATION. If more people are educated, more opinions can be generated, and "freethinking" in its truest sense will be a reality. The Philippines will win secularism and freethinking without bloodshed or polarization through this method. The intelligentsia must focus on this one goal, and leave the others it pursued heretofore. Education. We win the masses over, not by outlandish displays of "progressivism", but by opening their minds gradually.