So Alec Baldwin gave a corny joke about mail-order Filipinos. It’s not like we didn’t have troops of willing mail-order brides nor that no other famous person had ever said a disparaging remark about the Philippines, so maybe Bong Revilla should keep his claws trimmed. He cannot eradicate prostitution or make the rest of the world see us favorably through macho posturings. And pray, tell, why is the esteemed senator getting vocal about such very public issues only when the country is soon to re-elect the same gang of plunderers…er, politicos?
“Here we go again, some inconsequential columnist in Hong Kong takes a cheap shot at our unhappy country, calls us “a nation of servants” and immediately an uproar, and magma feelings of hurt are unleashed. Editorials, columnists, politicians are outraged — they demand apology as if one would really salve the bone-deep insult. It was the same sometime back when an English publisher defined “Filipina” as a housemaid. Such insults hurt profoundly but the pain fades quickly and soon after all that enraged outburst, we settle down to the same complacency, we continue sending more of our women abroad to be raped by Arabs, demeaned by Malaysians and Chinese, heckled by the Brits. What has our sense of outrage brought us?…What happened to us, a very talented and heroic people with a revolutionary tradition?
“Once we have answered this question, then we should no longer wonder why there is a continuing diaspora of our brightest people, of our women. It is then the time for us to be truly enraged — not at that Hong Kong columnist — but at the creators of this dismal miasma we call Filipinas. Do not kill the messenger who comes to us to tell the horrid truth about us. Ingest his message, then turn all that outrage, that vehemence, to the Filipinos who turned this beautiful country into the garbage dump of the region: the oligarchs, the Spanish mestizos, the Chinese Filipinos and the treasonous Indios who sent their money abroad instead of investing it here in industries to create jobs for our people. Then it is time for us to rail and condemn the crooked politicians who are the allies of these wretched rich who permitted the relentless hemorrhage of this nation’s capital.
“Revolutionary tradition? Ask those rebels why, after 40 years, these leeches are still feasting on our blood!”
–F. Sionil Jose, Why we are a ‘nation of servants’? on the Philippine Star
I still don’t like Chip Tsao’s article, though.