Posted by: Mer Pints | October 7, 2008

Respect the Filipina Maid (Sila’y mga tao ring katulad ninyo, hindi hayup at laruan)

First they defined Filipina in a British dictionary as a maid. Not contented they made that Filipina dressed as a maid as “sex entertainer for a depressed and aging British man.” Somebody may ask, what’s wrong it? It is just for entertainment. And why don’t Filipino Televisions do the same with the Brits? Why don’t you feature them too as prostitutes and porn stars and performing actual sex in front of the camera? What will the Brits think about it? 

But this is not the point, we want to be entertained but not at the expense of capitalizing on people’s miserable life and distinct cultural traits. This should not be taken lightly by the Filipinos and any other Nationalities who may fall victim on racist discrimination. It is not a matter of being sour with reality that we are a source of domestic helpers for many countries in the world, but don’t we deserve a little respect and to be treated as humans? 

As reported by ABS-CBN on-line: “Indignation over a “racist”  and “anti-Filipina” comedy sketch aired over British Broadcasting Company United Kingdom’s (BBC UK) “Harry and Paul” are increasing with the launch of an online campaign and petition.” This serves them right but again who cares? This is racist mentality and with the so called “white man’s pride” in them, they can’t be compelled to apologize. Oh no, not at all, she is just a lowly Filipina maid what’s the big fuss about it. Nevertheless there is a need to teach these modern-day barbarians some lessons in good manners and right conduct to respect all people regardless of colors, creed, religion and nationalities. Without it you have no place in this civilized world. 

I am glad that some concrete actions are being initiated by people all over the world to address this blatant case of racial and economic discrimination. Not because she is employed as a maid, for she has no better economic opportunities than this at home, that you can treat her this way more than an animal. This is sending a wrong signal to other nationals to treat Filipina maids this way. This is further aggravates the situation where most of the Filipina maids are in—sexual and physical abuses from their employers. 

Right now the Philippine Foundation has launched an online petition “to show BBC UK that the behavior illustrated in their show would not go unnoticed.”

Called Dignity and Respect for the Filipino Worker Campaign, the online petition stated that “the Filipino community in the United Kingdom hereby condemns the BBC and the Harry and Paul Show for their tactless and insensitive behavior and for inciting stereo-typed racial discrimination, vulgarity and violation of the maid’s human rights. The show demeaned the dignity of honest labor while promoting the sex industry, domestic abuse and maltreatment of the blue-collar worker that effectively sustains this economy.” 

On her part, Akbayan Rep. Riza Hontiveros “urged the DFA to file a complaint before the British government and demand for an apology from BBC.”

“This has to be corrected. Otherwise, it would become easy for other media outfits to use Filipina workers abroad as an object of sexual ridicule. We are not asking for BBC to be politically correct. What we want them to recognize instead is that the exploitation of women should not be used as an object of ridicule,” she said. “The media should be a partner against human trafficking, and not an unwitting promoter of abuse because of insensitive and racist portrayals of women in trafficking.”

“We hope that the UK government would likewise look into this issue and correct this sickening joke. UK has laws on equality and respect for diversity, and it has repeatedly made statements against human trafficking.”

Representing the sentiment of the entire country and the people, “the Department of Foreign Affairs on Monday condemned a BBC skit in a segment of a popular comedy show aired in the United Kingdom that portrayed Filipino women as sex objects.”

Sila’y mga tao ring katulad ninyo

Sila ay mga tao ring katulad ninyo, huwag hamakin at gawing isang hayup o laruan. Masyado na ninyong inaapakan pagkatao ng mga katulong na Pilipina. Sana ito na ang huling panlalait ninyo sa mga kababaihang Pilipino na kung ituring ninyo ay parang mga busabos lamang.

At sana naman ay laging handa lagi ang ating pamahalaan na pangalagaan ang kapakanan ng mga kababaihang pinagsasamantalahan  sa ibang bansa. Kahirapan ang nagbunsod sa ating mga kababayan para mangibang-bansa at magtrabaho. Dahil ditto marami sa kanila ang napahamak. Marami din sa kanila ang hindi man lang nadamayan ng ating mga opisyales at embahada lalo na sa Middle East.

Sa halip na pulitika, sana serbisyong kabuhayan at kaunlaran ang inaatupag ng ating pamahalaan nang hindi na aalis pa ang mga kababayan natin para makipagsapalaran sa ibang bansa kung saan sila ay laging napapahamak.


Responses

  1. Sarap sipain sa bayag ang mga hinayupak na iyan.

  2. haay ewan… thou becuz Filipino ako kaya i dont like what had happened pero kung tutuusin we cannot blame this people. they juz portray wat they see…

    yun bang kung may usok may apoy…

  3. Ikaw kaya ang abusuhin ng iyong amo ano ang mararamdaman mo?

  4. So accepted ka na na basta lait-laitin na lang ang iyong pagkatao? Ang babaw naman niyan

  5. Kaya maraming Pilipina ang pinagsasamantalahan dahil hindi kumikilos ang ating gobierno para protektahan sila. Iyang ginagawa nila sa maid ay nagbibigay ng wrong signal hindi mo ba iyan naisip. What do you mean by where there is smoke there is fire? Na mga pokpok ang mga maids. Ako may kapatid akong maid sa HongKong kaya huwag kang ganyan. Ikaw kaya ang ma-rape. Sasabihin mo okey lang kasi maraming maid ang nare-rape. Pasalamat ka at nandito ka sa Pilipinas. Alam mo ba na ang kapatid ko ay minaltrado sa Dubai?

  6. Nakakawa naman iyong Filipina maid. Para bang sinabi mo na na it serves you right kasi maid ka lang. I don’t think we just let this thing pass away without doing something about it. Aba dito nakataya ang karangalan ng ating bansa. Dito nakataya ang iyong karangalan bilang isang babae. I don’t understand why some people are so passive about it things. It is disturbing for a Filipina like you to say, okay lang iyan kasi kung ano ang nakikita sa mga Filipina maids, these jerks will just portray what they see. Where is your sense of nationalism. What if you have you been in the shoes of these people what will you say? Thank you na lang? Kahit nilapastangan ka na thank you? I feel so disturbed with your sense of thinking.

  7. Namamasyal lang dahil hindi pa ako dinadalaw ng antok. Nakakalungkot talaga naman itong ginawa nila. Tama kayo diyan. There is nothing wrong with making people laugh because laugher is a good medicine. It has a side effect anyway when your fun steps on other people’s feet. Maraming temang katatawanan, huwag namang sexist and racist. Aping-api na nga ang ating mga domestic helpers sa kanilang mga amo sa abroad, dadagdagan mo pa with this kind of show that really shames our OFWs specially the domestic helpers or Maid to put it straight. Dito dapat magkaisa tayong mga Pilipino at kahit sino pa na maaring maging biktima ng racial descrimination. Nevertheless huwag na huwag nating sisisihin ang ating mga domestic helpers sa mga ganitong trahedya na sinapit nila.

  8. Banong nagkasundo na ba kayo ni Kap? Balik ka na raw sa Barangay Hall, hahaha.

  9. Doc.
    Dito lang muna tayo, magpapalamig lang for a while. Bahala muna si Kap sa kanyang Barangay Hall. Pagiisipan ko doc.

  10. Kaya naaabuso ang kababayan natin ng mga ibang lahi ay iyun sa kadahilanan ng kapabayaan na rin ng gobyerno.Ibinubigaw sila ng pamahalaan.They are being sold to a modern slavery.

  11. Tito Cocoy,
    All in the name of remittances to enable the Philippine economy to survive. Tsk tsk.

  12. It’s a joke. As was the northerner, and the polish coffee girls, and the smart-arse builders, and the communist styled opening piece. Have you bothered to look at the rest of the misadventures of ‘Clive’, or have you simply jumped on a chance to cry racism, or sexism, or whatever the bloody ism is popular this week.

    Nobody is special, no race is better than any other, and this massive overreaction is only going to worsen the opinion that people may already hold. Life is dealt with in generalisations, as nobody’s brain can cope with the idea of sixty million individuals, so don’t let people generalise you as grumpy bastards who can’t take a joke.

  13. Dahil sa kahilingan ni Colegiala, kutsara, at mga iba pa na kinikilig at kinakati nang mabasa pa ang concluding chapter ng one of the “love stories” ni Manong Cocoy muli kung ibinabalik sa front page itong unang poste ko. Susunod na lang ang mga bago. This is to accomodate also the request of Banong na mabigyan siya ng mga tips from Manong Cocoy at Kuya Joeseg being (his idols), kung papaano manligaw at magpaibig ng babae. Hinahayaan kung matuto pa si Banong na manligaw baka sakaling may mapabagsak siya sa amin ni Mer Pints and good luck to him. Anybody interested to help him, you are all welcome. Para na rin ito sa kanyang political agenda, heheh. Thanks.

  14. MM,
    Its a joke alright, but be sensitive also to the norms people subscribe too from other culture in life. It is natural for you to defend the other side because you don’t feel sensitive issues the Filipinos are trying to avoid. We have been slave by Europeans and Americans for so many hundreeds of years. It is respect of our being that we want not for anything else. We work hard when there is an opportunity given to us to work abroad, we do our best to satisfy our masters. But what we cannot take is to make fun with our being. You must understand that many Filipinos work as domestic helpers abroad and have been abused by their employers. This skit may again aggravate this problem to other prospective victims. It is not being “overracting” to a very minor case such as featuring a Filipina maid as a sex entertainer, we are only trying to point out to the whole world that we should respect one another. So what else can we do but to say STOP it you are hurting us. Tado.

  15. Ano, ipinagtatanggol pa ni MM ang mga tarantadong gumawa ng skit na katatawanan para pagtawanan at laitin ang ating mga kababayan na domestic helpers? KK barbaridad de labatiba naman niya.

    What else I can say but this. MMorgan, we are duty bound to protect our rights and interest as a people. We want to mentain our self-respect because that’s all we have. True there are Filipinas as in other culture who may fit to your description of what we are not, but you are dealing with a few minority that does not represent the entire population. Most of our women are morally and spiritually conscious. They want to preserve their virginity as much as possible till marriage. No way you could feature them as bunch of porn stars and prostitutes. Tads ka talaga.

  16. Hehehehehe. Kap and Secondlady thanks for your comments. Naglagay na ako ng aking lagda sa petisyon kontra sa BBC. Nasa poste ko iyong link.
    When our welfare and dignity is undermined, is it not our natural way to defend ourselves? Magdusa ka tading, hehehe.

  17. Michael Morgan.
    We do not need to create an identity for ourselves. We are who we are. Our identity stems from the anonymity we live in this world. How we contribute silently towards the progress of the world and not just one country. Although the Filipino blood may be tainted with malice, corruption, poverty and prostitution, it is not a perfect race.

    Another sad reality that although most Filipinos working overseas are domestic helpers and prostitutes, who does he think educates the toddlers of Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and Tokyo? Parents of these countries rarely have time spent with their children, leaving them to their Filipino nannies. And with regards to prostitution. Filipinos are not the only ones working as one.

    I find your comment funny and insulting.

    We Filipinos may not be perfect but,at least we still have values.We simply don’t put our aging parents in nursing home because they’re simply old and worthless.

    May I ask you this Mr.Morgan.How many times you visited your parents in a nursing home?How many times did you tell your parents coming from your heart that you love them? Did you give child support to your children?

  18. Michael Morgan

    It’s a joke to you but not to us. We have a different culture from yours, hence our collective outrage which is being shared by the government with a filed diplomatic protest. It means it’s not only the bloggers here who are complaining.

    The show was a racial slur as far as we are concerned. It did not only depicted the stereotypical image of Filipinos – that of a domestic helper or caregiver – but goes one step further by connecting Filipinas to sex and prostitution. We feel that it is an insult to our women everywhere and also mirrors the situation of many Pinays who are under the mercy of their employer and are forced to do anything their bosses want.

  19. Michael Morgan,
    There are highly educated and morally conscious women in the Philippines who are more capable than you are in understanding various global issues. There are many Filipinas, virgin at that, who are very particular about world’s social norms. They can clearly understand the difference between a clean joke and an insult to the well being of a person.
    Pumasyal ka dito sa amin para makita mo ang sinasabi ko.

  20. Hi Mer,
    Mukhang aliw na aliw ang mga suki ng iyong best friend na si Segundina. Nakakaaliw talaga ang mga love stories nina manong Cocoy at Kap. Kaya lang si Kap kidlat talaga siya magkuwento. Hindi ako makatingin doon sa kanyang bed scene na hindi magkakasala, hahaha.
    Pagpasensiyahan mo muna si Morgan, ipinagtatanggol lang niya ang kanyang mga barkada.

  21. I’d heard horror stories every now and then from some of our church members who had experienced living in Hong Kong and other parts of the world (like the Middle East, Singapore and elsewhere) as maids, nannies, caregivers, domestic helpers, cleaners or foreign overseas workers. Most had worked between 16 to 18 hours daily, six days a week. While others did 7 days without a break; some had been molested. I called them “Slaves”. Somehow, their stories had to be revealed. But how? It could sound like a deplorably pitiful tale of deep distress, grief and misfortune. But somehow, someone did (albeit an affront to most Filipinos worldwide) — in Hong Kong. An HK columnist wrote an article in one HK magazine and referred to the Philippines as a “Nation of Servants”. Enough was enough.

    I did some research on their pitiful circumstances and then I wrote a 616-page novel entitled “Slaves, Spooks & The Praying Mantis”.

    To gain a proper perspective on each of their agonizing accounts, I sought the help of our church members for their painful narratives. However, some were quite reluctant to talk and some would rather let ‘sleeping dogs lie’. But after several discussions, they’d agreed to share their stories, provided (and I promised) that only first names would appear under ‘Acknowledgements’. I had interviewed 12 ex-slaves and their poignantly courageous tales were interspersed within the plot. It’s a story within a story. I had taken the common denominators of their sad recitals and put them in a narrative way into a novel.

    The book is available from reputable online stores and retailers worldwide. Please check the listings at http://www.abrill.com/

    For more info, link to http://www.abrill.com/ or http://blog.abrill.com/


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