Amalayer, Amaladygard, at Amangatao

…Amangatao — who are now being motivated to become citizen journalists — are not just given the power to move our nation but also given the responsibility to move on a positive direction, one that moves towards progress.

A pissed off lady. A lady guard. A “kuya” trying to calm her down. A person who took a video and uploaded it to the Internet for the world to see. And a lot of people dipping themselves into this event. That’s all it would take to make a worldwide trend on Twitter.

Why Amalayer? A play of word on the most pronounced phrase, “I’m a liar?”, throughout the video, where a lady passenger is seen pissed off with a lady security guard on a train station. According to the official statement of the transit’s management, the lady passenger did not go through the standard procedure of having bags checked prior entry for security reasons.

The passenger, insisted however, that the security personnel, whom netizens tagged as ‘Amaladygard’, Amalayer’s nemesis and a wordplay of “I’m a lady guard,” was the first one to be rude when she tried to catch Amalayer’s attention.

This resulted to a whole bunch of online ridicule casted against Amalayer. From grammar, to pronunciation, and up to the point where she invoked her status being an educated person — nothing was spared. The video went viral, along with video spoofs, which I find funny, but looking into Amalayer’s side, has become very demeaning.

Is Amalayer a victim? Definitely. The video does not present the other side — which puts into question: what did Amaladygard do to piss Amalayer in such manner that she had led herself into public humiliation?

We all have our own share of bad days or even blown out of proportion reactions. Lucky for most of us, no man has caught it on video and uploaded it on the web. However, this is a precaution that Amangatao — who are now being motivated to become citizen journalists — are not just given the power to move our nation but also given the responsibility to move on a positive direction, one that moves towards progress.

The ultimate lesson from this Amalayer incident? Simple. Conduct yourself properly in public. I agree she is yet another victim of cyberbullying, yet I see it as a wake up call to all of us — politicians, celebrities, public personalities AND EVEN PRIVATE CITIZENS — we are accountable for our actions, and in this case our reactions, in public.

This is Xy, #breakingthesilence.

P.S. Author intentionally opted not to mention the real name of Amalayer not to make fun of her, but to at least not to make her name more public than it is now. Amangatao is a wordplay of “Ang mga Tao”, or “The People.”