14 October 2015

“#Boycott SMC” is Gaining Steam

If the sparse crowd that watched the San Miguel Corporation (SMC)-back event last 9 October was any indication, then it appears that the movement to boycott SMC-products is actually moving forward.

The movement started online after what appears to be a concerted effort by the SMC group to prevent their players in three teams, Barangay Ginebra, Purefoods Star Hotshots and San Miguel Beermen, from donning the national colors and represent the country in FIBA-sanctioned games.

Different manner of excuses were allegedly used just to ensure that players such as Junemar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, Greg Slaughter, LA Tenorio and Marcio Lassiter are not included in the line-up that finished runner-up in the just-concluded FIBA Asia Championship.

Worse, the public saw these same players working and playing hard during exhibition matches and pre-season games, which is unnatural given the injuries that were announced previously. Only Marc Pingris was allowed to play for the national team, after the Hotshot’s defensive player made his intention to play for the country known regardless of the consequences.

Online clamor started slow and weak, but after a few weeks, it grew dangerously loud, which could have led to various damage control measures by the SMC group. Unfortunately, it backfired grievously.

The sparse crowd that watched the charity game between Barangay Ginebra and Team Grand Slam at the Astrodome showed that the public will not be fooled anymore.

The 12,000-seat venue in Pasay was hardly crowded, with only the patron and lower box seats mostly occupied and the general admission section almost empty - unusual for a game featuring past and present stars of familiar teams Ginebra, Purefoods, and Alaska.

It even led some online bashers to suggest that the next time SMC organize something like this again in the future, the company should just dispense with all the drama and just provide assistance to help ex PBA player Roehl Gomez’s daughter Rizzini, who’s in a bout with lung cancer.

Why burden the public and made them guilty for not doing anything for the for Gomez’s daughter when SMC is earning billions of pesos? Can’t they spare a few millions to help a former PBA player? Do they really have to stage the charity game just to show everyone that they have a heart and that they care?

Let us stop all these shenanigans. The public is not a fool and can see through all the veil of deception. The fact remains and the public will not forget it.

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