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Thanks go to CZ_Guy of the PinoyExchange forums for a post that served as inspiration for the first part of this episode.

September 2007, Balay Kapatiran.

This hasn’t been told yet, but ever since the Nueva Liga Filipina was established, Matthew Luke and Hyacinth maintain a blog wherein they write not just their accomplishments, but also their opinions and inner thoughts on several topics. Other Stars of Destiny also contribute to the blog as guest authors.

But now, as the childhood friends prepare to update their blog, they notice several flame-worthy comments on their several entries. They are prepared to mark those comments as spam, but…

Reverie: Matthew Luke, Hyacinth, sa tingin ko… yung mga gumawa ng mga libelous posts na iyon… ay galing sa iisang IP address…
Matthew Luke: Ba’t mo nasabi iyon, Reverie?
Reverie: Base sa mga natutunan ko mula sa mga experts on Internet culture mula sa PinoyExchange forums, merong tinatawag na mga alternicks (alternate nicknames) o mga sockpuppets. Ang isang tao ay may abilidad na gumawa ng mga multiple user accounts para iparating sa iba na marami ang boses na sang-ayon o kontra sa isang isyu. Gamit ang aking internal IP tracking application, napag-alaman ko na karamihan sa mga libelous comments sa blog ninyo ay galing sa iisang tao at IP address, ngunit gumagamit siya ng mga multiple accounts, proxies, firewalls, at iba pang techniques upang itago ang kanyang pagkakakilanlan.
Hyacinth: Kung gayon, alam mo na ba kung sino yung source?
Reverie: Oo! Ang source… ay si “Vincenzo B. Arellano” ng Magdalo Group.
Matthew Luke: Grr! Kahit sa cyberspace, they really are fighting dirty! Sige, we’ll mark those comments as spam and delete them!

As Reverie takes her leave, Matthew Luke and Hyacinth start their mass purge of insensitive, senseless comments. But as the hours pass, they notice that the comments gradually increase in number, coupled with randomized handle names.

Not ignoring basic necessities, the childhood friends continue their purge of flame comments day and night, implementing things like IP blocking as recommended by Reverie. Here’s a summary of the flame posts and the childhood friends’ reactions to them.

Morning shift, flame comments:

Yadda yadda yadda… Hello Garci, NBN-ZTE, fertilizer scam, Euro generals… Gloria… blah blah… Resign! Raissa Robles, CNN, Yay! Blah blah… Survey, survey… blah blah (frothing at the mouth)… Ampalaya… Blah blah… I am not a tool… blah blah… Now more than ever… Live and let die.

Matthew Luke and Hyacinth’s reactions:

Rule of law, logic, decency… blah blah… doing the right things… Blah blah… doing things right. Sana ma-gets mo.

Night shift, flame comments:

No! no! no! Technicalities! Judas Priest… damning evidence, physical evidence… kahon-kahong ebidensiya… convicting Gloria… damn keyboard…

Miscellaneous friendly comments by Pritong Kandule:

Tsonggo sa palasyo… Cosplay Mania… aso ni Raffy Tulfo, nakaladkad ng PNR…

Matthew Luke and Hyacinth’s reaction:

Ahaha… pwede kang maging komedyante when you’re not on the battlefield, Ninong.

Morning shift, flame comments:

Survey… survey… Ampalaya much? Knorr copy-paste… Sabaw… copy-paste… ng sinigang… copy-paste… blah blah… live and let die.

Matthew Luke and Hyacinth’s reactions:

Hay, buhay… SPIN, SPIN, SPIN. Rinse, repeat.

But as they continue deleting flame posts that still keep on multiplying, the childhood friends hear an explosion. Alarms flood the entire headquarters shortly afterwards.

Matthew Luke and Hyacinth: Alam na natin kung ano ang nagyayari ngayon: Balay Kapatiran is under siege!

After immediately organizing defense measures, including a physical contingent consisting of five teams, a voice belonging to a cocky man greets the childhood frinds once they arrive outside the Balay Kapatiran’s premises.

“Hello, mga morally bankrupt na talangka!”

No doubt, that voice belongs to Lt. Trillanes. Accompanying him are the combined Lopez loyalist forces, an Aquino-backed militia group, and a contingent of the Magdalo Group that he leads.

Matthew Luke: Sabi ko na nga ba’t babalik ka upang makag-troll uli sa amin… Antonio Troll-anes.
Trillanes: Ang lahat ng mga kabalbalan sa bansang ito… pati na ang samahan ninyong walang kuwenta… ay nagsimula sa masamang damo na si Gloria Arroyo. Salot talaga siya ng bayan. Dapat talaga diyan sa kanya… silya elektrika!
Hyacinth: Si Gloria rito, si Gloria roon. Must you trace everything bad to her? No wonder ikaw ay isang certified war freak. Sinasabi mo na ipinaglalaban mo ang mga inaaping Pilipino, but your actions prove otherwise!
Trillanes: No, you! Punung-puno kayo ng PAIT at CYNICISM at talagang wala nang maganda o mabuti sa mga mata ninyo! Kaawa-awa….
Matthew Luke: Pessimists we are not. Bilang isang neutral organization, we think things thoroughly before taking a stand on something. Hindi tulad ng mga Aquinong mga tunay na masters ninyo — basta anumang hindi paborable sa kanila, pinagtatakpan nila agad using the power of mass media. Isang example diyan ang mga online trolls na todo-kayod sa pag-post sa mga flame comments sa website namin!
Trillanes: Ang ginagawa ninyo sa mga Aquino ay painfully finding something wrong where there is none. L. M. A. O.
Matthew Luke: Pero alam na namin kung sinong nagpasimuno ng mga online trolls na iyan. Once we eliminate you, bistado na ang lantarang panloloko ninyo sa sambayanan!
Trillanes: Hinding-hindi ako magagapi… dahil marami ang nagmamahal sa akin. Tingnan niyo ang mga kababaihang nagtitili kapag naaninag nila ang mukha ko sa telebisyon!
Hyacinth: Hmph. Ang tawag diyan sa mga babaeng ganyan kung umasta… ay mga CHEAP PINAY. Ang mga hindi cheap, hinding-hindi titili sa mga katulad mong piyukin, duwag, mahinang klase, inferior, at bobo!
Trillanes: Grr! You all piss me off! Sige, mga kampon ko! Patayin silang lahat!

Strategy Battle 5: Base Is Under Attack

Victory Condition: Defeat Lt. Trillanes’s unit.

Loss Condition: All friendly units are defeated.

STRATEGY BATTLE START!

The Nueva Liga Filipina successfully defends its home base via a simple strategy: a swift surgical strike towards Lt. Trillanes’s unit. Strong magic users guarded by tank units played a major role in this surgical strike.

STRATEGY BATTLE ENDS IN A MAJOR VICTORY!

Trillanes: Mga hinayupak talaga kayo! Pero panghimagas pa lang ito… ang main course na ihahanda namin ang siguradong gigimbala sa inyong lahat nang tuluyan — at papatay sa pekeng pangulo dulot ng matinding sindak! Ako pa rin ang sasalba sa Pilipinas mula sa mga gunggong na talangkang tulad n’yo! Viva el Partido Liberal de los Amarillos de Familia Cojuangco-Aquino!

His forces then withdraw quickly.

Some minutes later, at the control center…

Mr. Tulfo: Even without my directive, nakuha ninyo pa ring i-repel ang mga intruders sa base natin. That is to be commended.
Matthew Luke: Ehehe… that’s nothing.
Hyacinth: Pero sigurado tayo that Trillanes will be a major major pain in our butts as long as he exists. Tingnan ninyo… siya yung pasimuno ng pagtanggal ng mga anime sa TV, ng panggugulo sa Davao, at ngayon…
Matthew Luke: He allied himself with Sir Gabby. As much as I hate Sir Gabby now for backstabbing us, I still have some respect for him.
Beatriz: Oo. Respeto. Dapat huwag nating dalhin ang ating poot at galit sa sinuman hanggang sa huling hantungan.

On the next episode… the N3 Collective has something more sinister in its sleeves, knowing that its members are being slain one by one by the silver vigilante.

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