They are human beings too, for crying out loud!

Note: This article was published one day after the Quirino Grandstand bus massacre.

I just read a disturbing article from the China National News that some Hong Kong residents have fired their helpers in retaliation for the unfortunate death of several Hong Kong tourists during the hostage incident a few days ago. I cannot believe that some people would go to such an extent to basically blame innocent Filipino workers who had nothing to do with the incident. In fact, most of the Filipinos working there even mourn alongside Hong Kong residents, as many pick up the pieces and try to come to grips with the gruesomeness of what transpired in Manila. While there can be absolutely no excuse for what happened to the Hong Kong tourists, I am now deeply concerned about the well-being of Filipinos working in that region.

Filipino workers in Hong Kong (Photo from Pinoy-OFW.com)

Firing someone for simply being Filipino is racism in every regard. It can be easily compared to the racial prejudices African-Americans have suffered in recent history. As-a-matter-of-fact, under American law, and under the law of many western nations, if an employer dismisses an employee solely because of his/her race, the employer is guilty of racial discrimination and is subject to heavy fines and possible jail time. This is shameful behavior on the part of these few  citizens of Hong Kong, a country who prides itself for being one of the most modern and developed countries in Asia, and one whose citizenry is known to be more westernized than many other countries in the region.

Furthermore, blaming Filipinos as a whole for the crime of one person is just as similar to blaming the entire Islamic faith for the events of 09/11 in the United States.  Of course there were plenty of angry Americans during 09/11’s aftermath, crying for justice. However, the big difference between 09/11 and this recent incident is that most Americans were able to step back, show restraint and pointed their anger at the actual people who claimed to be responsible for the attacks, the Al Qaida. They did not put blame on the innocent Muslims that worked for their companies. Today, though controversial, Muslims are even being allowed to build a community center near ground zero — the same ground where the World Trade Center towers used to stand.

Like all nations of the world, China, Hong Kong and its people strive to build a better country. However, like all nations of the world, China, Hong Kong and its people are not without its faults either. We do not blame the entire Chinese race for the opium and drugs that enter our country. We do not blame the entire Chinese race for the human trafficking and counterfeiting either. Need I mention the poisonous melamine milk additive that went into the stomachs of Filipino children a few years ago? Let us focus on the cause and try to prosecute the person or company that is guilty of the crime.

Therefore, I ask the decent majority of Hong Kong to help point these few misguided employers to the right direction, and show a little consideration. Urge them not to blame the Filipinos living in your country for the crime of one person, nor for miscues of the police that was supposed to protect the tourists. The 120,000 live-in domestic helpers who live there also contribute to the economy. They live in your country, they help your country as they help their own families back home. Forget race or nationality — they are human beings too, for crying out loud!


Comments

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  • I feel bad for the many innocent Filipinos who allegedly lost their jobs as an aftermath of the hostage-taking. That being said, they are better off without them. Who knows what would happen to them otherwise? Those people who reacted that way and who are commenting harshly are shallow and stupid. I have felt strongly about what had happened as well but I tried my best not to react carelessly because I personally know many great Chinese people. In that case, I will remain open-minded and hope that all these will be resolved in a peaceful and fair way.

  • Paul Jefrey

    Thank you for sharing this. It is indeed true. What they are now doing is a concrete and obvious racial discrimination.

  • lolit

    thanks for sharing this one, i hope people of hongkong would also read this article, we understand their feelings right now, but they must be sober too in giving nasty words against us.

  • lyn

    I was afraid this is going to happen… Let us pray for enlightenment and peace for all the victims and for all Filipinos in Hongkong

  • Kulas

    As a proud Filipino living overseas, I cannot fathom the reactions HongKong employers did to their employees (If this is really true). I sure hope that they know what they are doing as educated as they are. All I can say is, if Hong Kongers can live by themselves so be it. Because it maybe Filipinos now, but other nations are living there too. And they can do the same for their citizens in other countries too. So what are they going to do then, fire their citizens too? Well said on this article.

  • Joe Marie

    Lets shout to the world that we are proud to be Filipinos. Don’t be ashamed to what happen at the Quirino Grandstand. Lets move forward and show to all the nation that we Filipinos are all human being just like other nationality. Im proud to be Pinoy….

  • I was astounded on how the people of this country reacted on that event. The mishap of 8 of their brethren and the fault of one single Filipino changed perception of their almost many years of friendship? Was it that shallow enough? Come to think of it. Anyone who would have witnessed that incident either on that place or on any media should have considered it a not-every-day scenario here in the Philippines. For the past years, we have countless of unfortunate events that kills countless of foreign brethren but this was first since my 22 years of existence that I have that reaction from them. I have the idea of the pain they are feeling but its still not reasonable to give such racist treatment to my sisters and brothers working in hongkong. They have dealt loneliness and disparity from their love ones. And I dont think they will deserve such ill treatment because of the said event. I know some of them think we are a servant country. Whose ashame of that? Remember a servant country had a lady who placed TOP 5 in Miss Universe 2010. And who’ll ever forget Charice Pempengco? Lets all think things happened and lets all be reasonable enough on what we do.

  • Gracia Naval

    Um, the number of hate crimes directed towards Arab/Muslim Americans has greatly increased since 9/11. Americans are HARDLY a sterling example of not being racist, no matter how much legislation is in place. Have you even heard how much hatred is going on there right now because of the Islamic community center (it is NOT a mosque, and it is NOT on Ground Zero, it is just a community center 3-4 blocks away)?

    This aside, I agree with everything else you wrote.

  • renz18

    Yes, i definitely agree and it further made me realized that they’ve reacted racially.

    I do hope that this is but an initial reaction of shock and rage.

    And I go agree with how the Americans reacted in the 9/11 incident. It is the same as that. And even much worse than this bus hostage crisis if we were to compare the number of casualties it caused.

    God help the Philippines. And God please open up the minds of our Chinese brothers and sisters, particularly those of Hong Kong.

  • You are Absolutelt right, B Totanes.

  • You are absolutely right. It’s so sad and unjust to those OFW’s who are innocent.

  • Kayen Adiova

    My mom works there and she said that there really is a racial discrimination regards to what happened. I hope that they(hongkong people) open their eyes for them to value the help and convenience that OFWs provide them. They are starting to be unjust because they don’t exactly understand the situation because anger outlive justice in their hearts. Sana maayos pa ito.

  • Apathetic-Not

    I agree to this post.

    To all close-minded Chinese citizens, I’m telling you, DO NOT blame innocent Filipinos here. Do not act as if you were the only victims of this tragedy. We are sincerely sorry but please, don’t be overrated.

    And if we peoples start firing each other’s citizens for the crimes we inflicted on each other, the list will surely be LONGER on your side. Let me remind you of drugs, toxic foods and materials, piracy, and whatnot.

    Let him who have not sinned cast the first stone.

  • Jose Antonio Tanjuan

    If this were true (I still hope that it is not), then it is unfair to those Filipinos who 1.) did not have anything to do with the incident, 2.) were actually one with the Chinese people of Hong Kong in mourning for the victims and 3.) were just honest employees finding a means to live. Although these kinds of reactions are predictable given the situation, I hope that the HK government will not condone these acts of injustices.

    That being said, I also would like to point out that a major reason why the residents of Hong Kong are enraged is their perceived insincerity of the Filipinos in their messages of sympathy. This is brought about by the ‘souvenir photographs’ taken by some police officers and even some students a day after the incident. I therefore call on all Filipinos to recognize and respect the sorrow and anger of the Chinese. Mocking them or hurling angry retorts toward them will only aggravate the situation for our comrades overseas. We must understand that they are in a state of mourning and are therefore manifesting extreme emotions.

    I hope that the numerous lessons of this tragedy (for the police force, the media, the government and the citizenry) will not fade in memory as the days go by and he issues pile up.

  • tin

    No matter what they say I’m PROUD to be a Filipino!

  • andrea austria

    i am sure this is just while they still feel the pain, but definitely, in time, they will realize the importance of our OFW to their country, so please…to all those who can’t contribute but nasty comments, please stop it, that is not the proper way to solve a problem. C’mon! Be matured individuals please!!! You think revenge can satisfy you for the rest of your life?

  • psyche

    sila ang nawalan ng magigiting na employee .. narrow minded,,, di puede na emotion lang ang susundin natin.. kung pauwiin nila mga pilipino.. di sila dapat mawalan ng pag- sa ,,, maybe its a way of GOD NA PAalisin sila dun kasi mas may magandang nag hihintay sa kanila kung di man sa pililipinas sa ibang bansa sa western america … dont grieve kung pinaalis sila ng mga chinese .. meron namang american people.. pray and faith..

  • Ayon sa kasabihan na sya namang katotohanan ay, huwag sisihin c Juan sa kasalanang nagawa ni Pedro. kaya wag naman sanang edadamay ung mga Pinoy na wala namang nagawang kasalanan….

  • lisarom

    I was surprised that the HONGKONG people treated the filipinos just like that because of one mistakes they cant blame all of them because they are a heroes who sacrificed to work away for the sake of their family and contributed so much for the economy of our beautiful country so please dont treat them like a terrorists ;filipinos are loving people ; sad to say those who sucked their helpers THEY ARE A RACIST.

  • LG

    It’s not about blaming an entire nation of ONE persons mistakes and actions.
    It’s about the absolute, horrendous and disgusting way the Philippine Government mishandled the whole situation.
    Had the PNP and Filipino SWAT known what they were doing, instead of thinking and pretending the event was the latest blockbuster movie, then lives could’ve been saved.
    It showcases as the perfect example of how incapable the Government is. OUR Government.
    The outrage is NOT about Mendoza and his actions.
    It is about what HK is indirectly supporting by hiring OFW’s- Filipino Government.
    I completely agree that innocent people should not have to suffer from this already terrible event.
    But ALL pinoys must learn and take action. We cannot allow this to continue in our country. What are we paying taxes for? For the police to sit around and eat doughnuts and drink coffee?

    The IMMATURE thing to do would be to sit down and do nothing other than Pray. Or to pretend it is NOT a disgrace to our country.
    We do we shake our heads and (some) even laugh at the “humor” of the failed bus raid?
    We are known for our sense of humor in difficult and trying times, to see the bright side behind the clouds.
    But this IS NOT a time for that. It is NOT the time to shrug our shoulders and “go back” to being PROUD.
    Proud of what?

  • gwen

    we are all proud filipinos,,im proud of being a filipino..i am also working here in china and im blessed with very understanding chinese coworkers., an open minded boss.,and an unchanged environment.they know that something like this happens to anywhere and its only unlucky that it happened to hongkong and philippines..as someone said..in time those people who had given discriminating remarks will fully understand that the fault of one person should not be a burden to all filipinos..i can also say that china even though being a communist country,is one of the most hospitable country i ever went to,.our sentiment (whether you are a chinese or filipino) whether positive or negative is only a just reaction to very tragic event…and its normal..it was unexpected that a wound was inflicted,,and in time it will heal..our chinese brothers and sisters are angered right now..and its normal..let us give them sometime to heal..and i know this would be over soon..the only thing that would calm their feeling right now is an explanation from our govt..so give it to them…to our chinese brothers and sisters..we are sorry..we grieve with you..and we filipinos will always be at your back supporting anti terrorism..

  • luz

    a very nice message. hope this will enlightened everyone especially hongkong citizens..” Life is just like a wheel. sometimes you are up and sometimes you are down”.. Right now the Philippines is so down, but by God’s Grace in his time we will all stand up and show to the whole world that we have passed all the challenges and unite as one nation.

  • jet

    …for sure such incompetence showed by the PNP, triggered the minds of unscrupulous individuals, that this country may be a perfect ground in executing their inhuman interests..

  • i think it’s not right to descriminate some filipino just co’z of that terrible hostage taking…it doesn’t mean the hostage taker is a filipino and all filipinos are like that..we are also human beings…. maybe the difference between us is we have different nationality but we also feel sad about it!!!

  • if you are exposed to the hostile culture of the filipinos,then u should know what racism is…..sinced i was about 7yrs old,i saw across the street in manila market on the day of christmas,a holdaper with a knife poked at the back of a chinese,a lot of adult fils.cld see the incident coz its broad daylight,but nobody helps coz the victim is a chinese…..the very next day after d hostage drama in manila,i was told by fils even laughing that its for good that the hk tourist were killed so there will be fewer chinese in the phils. if you are a relative of the victims or family friends employing fili.helpers,what will your concience tell you? not to mention the taiwan incident that an infant was beaten by the fil.baby sitter….for about 40 yrs of my living in phils. i saw and heard first hand how the fils hates chinese,not only civilian fils,but both politicians and military…..racism???indeed but the other way around,if you are a foreigner and try to live in phils for maybe 2-5 yrs,tell the world what will they do to you…..the phil national anthem says they are ready to die to againts invaders,but sad to say,these are just tourist or investors that were invited to visit and invest in this part of the world…….pls be warned,double check,triple check,then get the final conclusion………sometimes,culture and religion do dictate a country’s fate and character…..

  • …many hong kong nationalist is so angry with filipino, but that aftermath can happen in many country, so it is not our fault, so hong kong nationalist, please don’t make it personal……thank you and SORRY…………….

  • Saviour

    I agree that the overseas citizens are not to blame for the indiscretions of their country. Nor should they be targeted for abuse.
    What they should do is protest to the Philippino government urging them to take action and put a stop to the constant kidnappings that take place in the Philippines. Obviously there are many problems in the country that need to be addressed. It is about time the leaders do something to help their country go forward.

  • Observer

    Many of you don’t get it. It is not just the fault of ONE person. It is the fault of the police force and a useless government. When he demanded to be given his job back, why not just say yes, and maybe even offer him a pay rise. Then, you can jail him later. How stupid can people be?

    The smiling President, and worst still, smiling police and students at the incident site has made things far worst. How insensitive can these people be? Or are they all deluded?

    I work hard for my money and it is my right how I want to spend it. I have decided that I do not want to contribute to the Philippines GDP that fund these corrupt police and a stupid government. It is my right to do so.

  • dick

    How did they react to the melamine contained milk? aren’t the Chinese did it?

  • charlie

    bakit nila kailangan tangalin sa sebisyo ang mga pilipino na nagtatrabaho sa kanila. malay ba ng OFW na mangyayari sa Pilipinas yan. Walang kasalan ang mga pilipinong nagtatrabaho.

  • It’s always disturbing and it’s racial discrimination na.

  • miko

    Alam mo brod sa ginagawa mong ito gumagawa ka ng gulo! Alam mo kung bkit!? Sa mga nakakabasa nito lalo na ang mga Pilipino parang kang si Hitler kaya nagkaroon ng world war 2 ginagamit po itong opportunity na ito para magkaroon ng himagsikan.. In what way daming magrereact diyan tpos iisipn nila na ganito na pla ang nangyayari sa pilipino sa hongkong may diskriminasyon na.. Kaya gaganti din tayo ng hindi magagandang salita sa kanila kaya ano na ang mangyayari??? matatapos ba itong problema pag ganyan ang ginawa mo? Alm ntin hindi natin lahat ginusto ang nangyari lilipas din nman ito para lng itong sugat gagaling din.. Ang magandang gawin nalang natin ay patunayan natin sa lahat ang Pilipino lahat ng pagkakamali ay nagiging aral at lalo tayong nagsusumikat para mabago ang pagkakamali..

  • iamEccentric

    There seems to be a general consensus regarding this particular situation. There does seem to be a lack of understanding on the part of many people from all over the world, understandably so. There is this cry from the Inang Bayan for pity and forgiveness. There are screams of rage from the Katipuneros, brandishing their blades, anger and confusion consuming their very will. I’ve seen the brilliance of the people of the land of the morning, their own shadows swallowing their light. It confuses me. I know that what the people of Hong Kong have done is wrong. I also know that our system is rotten at the core and it would take a helluva lot of effort to purge it. What I don’t understand is that there seems to be no middle ground. People tend to forget that we can’t always be too “Pinoy”, too positive about something this dark and disturbing. Some also forget that the Philippines is a place full of good people, hopeful and childlike, that there is more to it than heaps of suffering and poverty. I, with all my youth and angst, write this as a plea. Everyone must understand that we must stand up to act, as we have done in ages, years, months, weeks and even days past. We have to fix up what is wrong, We have to apologize for the hurt that this horror has wrought upon the denizens of the world. But, we have to stay a little proud, keep a little hope. We are not just some swirling eddy of despair and hunger. We have so much to give, to release unto the world. We can still Save the Philippines.

  • let us just pray to God to heal the wounds we have now…God knows what is best for us all. Please let us not forget that we all die. what we need to do is have God in our life and allow him to do the control… we are asking the forgiveness of the Hongkong and Chiness people :(

  • jack mawatan

    hindi natin masisisi ang mga tsino, dahil tayo ang may mali,para sa akin unacceptable lahat ng explanation all we have to do is show our deepest sympathy at darating din ang panahon mapapatawad din nila tayo.

  • jermaine

    OFW’s working are not to be blamed for the incident….

  • Aileen

    You know what? LET THEM! Purge Hongkong of all Filipino workers. Let’s see if after a week, those ingrates won’t come begging for us to bring them back. They are handicapped without us.

    How many times do we have to reiterate that the nation does not answer to the actions of one lunatic? It doesn’t equate to the hardship, sacrifice, blood and tears our Filipino workers endure in their country.

  • esison

    they come as your guest but you killed them, why????

  • FilipinoPatriot

    To all Filipino out there.. I want you to watch this video..Go to youtube.com and type the keyword “To Filipinos” this video will enlighten your mind.. For me the true solution for this country is written on the video.. So much inspiring and if we all Filipino understand this and put it in our heart.. I think there is no one or nobody can stop us to become the world strongest nation.. So i recommend to all of Filipino to watch this video.. Pls let the other Filipinos watch this video..tnx

  • Observer

    “You know what? LET THEM! Purge Hongkong of all Filipino workers. Let’s see if after a week, those ingrates won’t come begging for us to bring them back. They are handicapped without us.”
    = = = = =
    Be careful what you wish for…

    Handicapped? What a laugh… The Chinese have survived for thousand of years without outside help. There are millions not far away that will happily step in. Don’t flatter yourself.

    It is not discrimination. For example, IF this (ever) happened in Singapore it would be the same. And they are mostly Chinese there. Except I’m quite certain their President would not be grinning ear to ear on TV and their people more sensitive than to take pictures of the crime scene to post of their Facebook like some sort of tourist spot.

    It is about making a point and standing one’s ground. Teach the government a real lesson and they might just grow up.

  • FilipinoPatriot

    To all Filipino out there.. I want you to watch this video..Go to youtube.com and type the keyword “To Filipinos” this video will enlighten your mind.. For me the true solution for this country is written on this video.. So much inspiring and if we all Filipino understand this and put it in our heart.. I think there is no one or nobody can stop us to become the world strongest nation.. So i recommend to all of Filipinos to watch this video.. Pls let the other Filipinos watch this video..tnx

  • UyghurNationalist

    The Chinese people

  • UyghurNationalist

    I AM AN UYGHUR AND I’M VERY2X ANGRY HOW CHINA TREATS MINOR ETHNIC PEOPLE LIKE US UYGHUR MUSLIMS, TIBETANS AND OTHERS AS GARBAGE

  • I have been there in Hongkong and worked as laundry boy from 1993-1994. My boss was good and treated me as a friend. I don’t believed that all Hongkong nationals have the same bad impression to the filipinos, I believed that most of Hongkong nationals are Christians and Christians are the light giver in this World!

  • Julia Parkerson

    Yea well one must understand the perspective of those Hong kong nationals who feel they need to take some recourse by firing their workers too…In fact I would have done the same after seeing how stupid it was for the hostage negotiators and Murderer having a casual conversation at the bus entrance, a few times mind you, when it seem to everyone but the incompetent and albeit corrupt Philippine army that, that was the opportune time to take a killer out….makes sense to me….

  • even one of my friend working in Hongkong was denied to come home for a vacation.. i don’t know yet if she’s still working for them…

  • fpj

    don’t they (the chinese people) know that the reason why we have problems with illegal drugs in the Philippines is that some of their fellow chinese people are really bad and are responsible for the spread of these illegal drugs or what we call “shabu” in our country.

  • I’m proud being a Filipino and i’m a pro-life also, the incident happens in Manila is a trigger to make a bullet decision to rehabilitate our police force, their paradigm, their fear of God and their patriotism.
    God bless the Philippines…
    We support P-Noy advocacy

  • aileen

    Be careful what you wish for…

    Handicapped? What a laugh… The Chinese have survived for thousand of years without outside help. There are millions not far away that will happily step in. Don’t flatter yourself.

    It is not discrimination. For example, IF this (ever) happened in Singapore it would be the same. And they are mostly Chinese there. Except I’m quite certain their President would not be grinning ear to ear on TV and their people more sensitive than to take pictures of the crime scene to post of their Facebook like some sort of tourist spot.

    It is about making a point and standing one’s ground. Teach the government a real lesson and they might just grow up.
    ======
    What kind of world have you been living in? Who do you think are the backbones of countries like Singapore or HK China? Do you think they would have progressed to where they are now if they didn’t leave the more laborious jobs to OFWs? There’s a reason why those “millions” haven’t stepped in yet.

    Thousands of years ago, China was a totally different country, one of empires and dynasties. They have gone through communism and are now capitalists. Things change over time including their mentality.

    If you’re so good digging on the subject, why don’t you look up on how the Philippine President justified the smile. It’s no ear to ear by the way.

  • geric santos

    Mr. President, buo po ang suporta namin sa inyo at ng aking pamilya. kahit marami pong bumabatikos sa inyo! naniniwala po kami na wala naman po kayong kasalanan sa nangyari dahil ang mga police commander po na nasa field ang nagha-handle ng sitwayon at hindi po kayo. hayaan nyo na lang po ang mga intsik na iyan! lilipas din po iyan. magsasawa din po yan sila sa kakabatikos sa atin. bawi na lang po tayo next time. kahit saan naman pong bansa eh pwedeng mangyari yung mga ganung eksena. ayusin na lang po natin yung mga kapulisan natin. salamat po!

  • geric santos

    Mr. President ano na nga po palang update po sa isyu sa mga ampatuan? tsaka po nalaman na po ba kung papaano po sila nakakapaglabas ng armas sa arsenal ng AFP kasi siguradong may mga kasabwat po sila na matataas na opisyal sa ating gobyerno. kasi hindi po ito makapaglabas basta-basta ng armas mula sa ating arsenal. dahil kung hindi pa po ito mahuhuli eh siguradong tuloy ang negosyo ng pagbebenta ng ating mga armas. pasilip na din po ang mga kurapsyon sa ating armed forces. salamat po!!

  • cleofe glorioso locsin

    thnaks for posting this topic on your blog so as your concern on us OFW’s working here in HK. On my point of view being one of filipino organization leaders the news broke out as i know was simply exaggerated fro the reality. if the incidents happened in phils was an isolated cases then that news was the same. Furthermore this was just a voice and broadcasted thru Tv here by one migrant activities leader needless to say all of us was confused if it was true or not. Or its was just an speculation so that he could put the blame on present administration. ive been working here for more than 20 yrs and yet i havent heard any news of termination without proper reason in accordance with our contract. Law here in HK is much reliable that in our country. it is a common reaction for some chinese people asking if we are filipino simply because they just want to bring the topic to be talked on but blaming us is out of the question. Sometimes news and individual reaction could bring more heat to the situation so i may suggest understanding ad prayers as well to the victims so as their relatives. Lets just hopea nd pray it wouldnt come to this and i think lets give them time to heal. But i assure you no one is blaming us here. Thanks again for your concern.

  • geric santos

    Mr. President Sujestion lang po. bakit di po magtayo ng negosyo ang ating Gobyerno ng sarili nitong mga factory ng electronics o mga philippine made vehicle etc… may pera naman po siguro ang ating gobyerno. kung mapoponduhan po ito eh sigurado pong lalaki ang kita ng ating gobyerno, gaganda po ang ating ekonomiya dahil pwede po nating i-export ang mga produkto natin. magkakatrabaho pa po ang maraming pilipino.

    napansin ko po na napaka-mahal po ang bentahan ng armas sa world market kaya maganda po sana kung ito po ang ating magiging negosyo. tingin ko po ay ito na po ang tamang panahon. makakatulong po kasi ang mga factoty na ito para po sa pagdevelop ng mga makabagong armas para sa ating AFP Modernization Program. sana po ay bigyan nyo po ng pansin ang sujestion ko po na ito. malay po natin ito na po ang maging susi ng pag asenso ng ating bansa… kelangan lang po siguro nating magnegosyo at mag export… salamat po

  • we as Filipinos felt very angry and sad with the turning of events last hostage crisis of 23 Aug 2010..very sorry for the lost of lives of 8 Hongkong Nationals, the harm done to other tourist passengers & even of Captain Mendoza himself..if there were lapses in the negotiations..they were not intentional..all authorities present had one purpose: to succeed in convincing the hostage taker so that all the passengers & driver be freed & be in safety..what happened was really an ISOLATED CASE & it never represent all Filipinos..just like on how we see Chinese Nationals who harmed the health of our children with their toys, goods & milk..The drugs they processed here..the pirates they pioneered..& many other offenses to many Filipinos..don’t they realize that there are so many Chinese Nationals who became permanent residence of this country??Hongkong Nationals,Korean, Chinese are here to stay but we do not saw them as enemies with those worst cases their citizens brought to our country the Philippines..we appeal to Hongkong Nationals & Chinese to please be broadminded not to single out Filipinos working abroad the same with Capt. Mendoza!!!Filipinos are loving, hospitable, warm & friendly people!!!

  • I being a Filipino is sad for the turning of events last 23 Aug 2010.We’re very sorry for the passing away of 8 Hongkong Nationals & even of Capt. Mendoza’s…somehow in the process of convincing the hostage taker to release all passengers including the drivers were lapses but not intentional..it’s was really unexpected & shocking that was really happening that day…all groups who were present had one intention: to succeed in negotiating with the hostage taker & to release all tourists & be safe..this one is really ISOLATED CASE & even us Filipinos get angry with the horrible ending..but one hostage taker do not represent the Filipinos..Filipinos are warm hearted, hardworking, hospitable & loving people..many instances that China goods badly affected the health of our children but we do not single out Chinese as the same with those Chinese pirates & criminals..

  • Ding

    How many Chinese are there in the Philippines? They live comfortably and happy, courtesy of the Philippines. Now what will you say Hongkong. Let us pray, that there souls rest in Peace. Amen.

  • WHATAGAIN

    mawawalan tayo ng supplier ng china phones at fake lacoste. lol

  • raoul

    Please shut up people, just show a little bit of consideration…

  • jojo

    It is ironic to cry racism, after countrymen were callous enough to pose and have their pictures taken with the crime scene as the background.

    This blog entry has generalized HK citizens as bigots just like they have generalized us as incompetent morons. We can safely assume that HK citizens have ill feelings against Filipinos for the time being, but assuming that HK citizens in general firing Filipino OFWs in retaliation against what happened is a slippery slope argument.

    This is not racism. Those reports are isolated incidents. Just like the hostage incident – an isolated case. Eh di sana libo libong Pinoy na naguuwian dito galing HK di ba?

    HK has every right to grieve and be angry, and our government owes HK an explanation – period. As Filipinos, I think it is time to shut up, pick up the pieces, learn from what happened and make ourselves better.

    This myopic way of thinking won’t do us any good. Paikot ikot lang, parang argument ng nauna ang itlog kesa sa manok. This will fuel further hatred on both sides.

    Wag na tayo magsisigaw na tayo ang api after this fiasco. Mas matindi ang kawalan at trauma nung mga namatay.

  • Donna Tuazon-Villagracia

    When trials & tragedy comes our way we should not point our fingers to anyone…(we must remember that these is only the effect of our decisions & actions)…but instead we should kneel down and ask God….”Lord what are you teaching me/us?”…& let God control our lives that we won’t judge anybody. We should also help each other to lift & repair what has been damaged.

    We should also confirm that, what was really the cause of the termination of that DH in Hongkong…or maybe it’s just a coincidence…I believe there’s is no racism happened…the anger of some chinese nationals are only emotions that will heal sometime. The tragedy is still fresh & the reactions are normal to anybody who happened to have lost their loved ones.

    I still believe in the power of intercessions. This country will turn upside down if we allow God to do it..then, Philippines will be the center of Greener pasture in Asia…soon we will harvest the goodness of God in this country. Just pray.

  • andie

    yeah! how would they decide to do such thing as that, those poor fellowmen…as of now, we just have to pray and believe that there is still positivity in the incident that happen. because i believe that no matter how bad the situation is, God can still turn it upside down and make negative into positive…He can use this situation to His own goodness..even though we don’t know…we just have to believe and trust Him, after all He is our Creator…

  • andie

    we should be open-minded in situation like this…though i know it really hurts to be in this kind of situation but still we should try to understand what God has been giving to us as His message to this…

    In every situation, there is a lesson to learn, though it’s good or sometimes tragical like this we have to face…”no man is an island” right? so, in a situation like this we should be united and face the outcome of a problem no matter what it may be…but we shouldn’t blame on another instead, help each one to know and learn their mistake in order for us to move on and not let this kind of history to happen again…

    And before we do such action, we must consider the Highest Authority, Our Father above, what shall we and and what shall He gives us, as His direction or instruction to face this kind of problem..

  • jandi

    we should be open-minded in situation like this…though i know it really hurts to be in this kind of situation but still we should try to understand what God has been giving to us as His message to this…

    In every situation, there is a lesson to learn, though it’s good or sometimes tragical like this we have to face…”no man is an island” right? so, in a situation like this we should be united and face the outcome of a problem no matter what it may be…but we shouldn’t blame on another instead, help each one to know and learn their mistake in order for us to move on and not let this kind of history to happen again…

    And before we do such action, we must consider the Highest Authority, Our Father above, what shall we and and what shall He gives us, as His direction or instruction to face this kind of problem..

  • This is just terrible. These people are educated and must know better. For years there have been issues of racism but no acts have been done. Now, with this incident, they found a reason to hate on us more and deem it just. This has gotta stop.

  • wanoy

    Clearly, it was a f#c|< up…. but does that give you (hk citizens) the right to discriminate the filipinos. Wake up and smell the coffee HK people. Filipinos contribute alot of things in your country.

    Everybody is blowing the whistle on the hostage crisis. What about the DISCRIMINATION OF HK Citizens towards Filipinos? Who turned on his grave and made the HK citizens gods? STOP bowing down to this fools. Even the field, ask for them to RESPECT the Filipinos too. STOP THE HK CITIZENS' DISCRIMINATION TOWARDS THE FILIPINOS.

  • angry & disappointed

    very true. they are so feeble minded. it just goes to show how arrogant they are. im sure, they think that they are superior to us. shame on them!

  • Cleofer Jerry

    Sad to hear that some idiot hongkong national blaming filipinos for the Quirno Hostage drama, its clear racial descrimination, I thought they are westernized and maybe openminded people, how many honkong national was included in the incident shall we very few, yes its painful for those who passed away, but it also happened to all countries and all nationals, but blaming and descriminating and firing OFW, it is a sign of insanity of the few hongkong nantional employers whos making inhuman decision,…What about a big drug syndicate and human trafficking done by the chinese and hongkong nationals in the Philipines, how may filipinos destroyed their lives because of drugs..tell me..

  • Sad to hear that some idiot hongkong national blaming filipinos for the Quirno Hostage drama, its clear racial descrimination, I thought they are westernized and maybe openminded people, how many honkong national was included in the incident shall we very few, yes its painful for those who passed away, but it also happened to all countries and all nationals, but blaming and descriminating and firing OFW, it is a sign of insanity of the few hongkong nantional employers whos making inhuman decision,…What about a big drug syndicate and human trafficking done by the chinese and hongkong nationals in the Philipines, how may filipinos destroyed their lives because of drugs..tell me..

  • josh

    Sa mga mamamayang Pilipino, tanggapin po natin na isa sa ating kababayan ay nagkamali. Kaya dapat nating tanggapin kung anuman pagugutya, hinagpis o galit na kanilang nararamdaman dahil sila ang nawalan. Ngunit sa mga Chinese na ating kaibigan huwag naman po sana ninyo idamay ang aming mga kababayan na naglilingkod sa inyo dahil sila ay mga inosente sa mga nagyari at hindi naman namin kagustuhan mga Pinoy kung anuman ang sinapit sa inyong mga minamahal. Isipin na llang natin na ang nagyari sa inyong mga minamahal ay isang paraan ng pag kuha sa kanila ng Dakilang lumikha sa atin……………

  • acc

    look, anong kaibahan ng nanghostage at ang chinese na galit. parehas silang nagaalboroto at nandadamay ng inosente. masmarami pang apektadong pamilya sa pilipinas pati buong bansa ramdam.

  • liveandpraynotliveandeat

    nice! true and just!! couldn’t say much better than your speech,
    see i am a chinese national who grew up in the philippines, like others im what they say a chinese filipino, see i have nothing against filipino people nor the chinese, honest i admire you having a heart for your countrymen is an heroic act i see and get you point.

    i can speak tagalog pra patas din bka isipin mo akoy isang dayuhan lng sa bansang ito na ngangasta.

    ang panget lng siguro sa taong katulad mo hindi mo rin iniintindi ang mga katagang lumalabas sa bunganga mo, see ano yang blog mo archives ng pagkakaalam mo? ang nkakaasar sayo at sa mga tao o pilipino,inuungkat nyo ang ibang ngawa ng bansang china dahilan sa pag takwil sa ibang ofw(which i am sad too because lumaki na ako dito na prang filipino) kung malawak ang utak mo rin e gumawa ka ng blog na hindi naduduro o paninisi, oo galit ang buong chinese community andun kc ung puot sa puso nila dhilan sa walng nagawa ang pilipinas sa hostage drama kamakailan, alam mo ung being a pinoy na walng pag asa na ang pilipinas sa pinag gagawa nila sa bansang ito.

    at pra kay ding who commented kanikanina, what? i being a chinese ang who lived in the philippines i know better than [email protected] we live comfortably and happy? oh come on! halos everyday kinakawawa ang chinese ng gobyernong walang silbi kundi mang extort ng chinese na wala nmn alam sa kung anong batas ang pwede nilang ipaglaban. ahensya ng kapulisan na araw araw hinuhuli at tinatakot ang chinese at ibang gobyerno ng pilipinas na madalas nag frframe up at nag sesetup mga kawawang dayuhan!!! eing a filipino alam mo yan!!!!!

    at teka kung hindi dahil sa chinese malamng wala ng ekonomiya sa pilipinas we were like sparing a limb pilipinas at pinoy!! without us honestly pilipinas wont be like this na khit papano kanaisnais sa pningin ng mundo at again being a filipino alam mo yan!

    at bago mo blame sa iba tignan mo muna ang sarili, tumingin ka sa salamin bago ka manuro ng iba.

  • lui

    well, shit happens.. acceptance is all wat we.. and even them can do.. but aside from it.. prevention! dont let it happen agen

  • justyne_alexyz

    I heard of other discriminatory acts against filipinos even before the hostage incident last monday. and the incident that happened last monday has given them the excuse to justify their actions and attitudes.

  • Dodong Laderati

    If those chinese in Hong Kong who were angry at Mendoza who shot innocent civilians, but on the other hand also terminated their Filipino employees who were innocent of the events in Manila, were equally as guilty as the doings of Mendoza. Wala silang pinagkakaiba. Can we survive without Hong Kong or China? of course we can, we are the race that can work and survive in any part of the world. There is US, Canada, Australia, etc. Their being a racist was a product of their colonization by the british, and they were not able to gain independence out from it by their own effort, that’s why they hate the world. Let’s pray for them that they may find peace from within.

  • Joselito A Batalla

    Napakasakit isipin na kung bakit napakababa ng tingin s

  • Observer

    >”What kind of world have you been living in? Who do you think are the backbones of countries like Singapore or HK China? ”

    OMG Aileen. You are indeed delusional. Backbone? Get real. I just choked on my dinner. I really do wish your wish would come true. Just one tiny change of legislation on and it is done. As per YOUR WISH. The reason why those millions haven’t stepped in yet is because of control. Yes, control. That’s what civilized countries do. Control things. Not a riot like what you do.

    >”What kind of world have you been living in?”
    The real world.

    By the way, I am not from HK. I am from South Eat Asia who has lived in Australia, US, Canad and Europe. I was also in Manila when you all elected a soap opera star as your President. Nice. Class. Enough said.

    The more you say, the more I want to send all my Fill staff home – just to help you make your point. You win. Cool. I send 80+ Fill staff home. Happy?

  • melincyd

    so pathetic– we are so at the bottom — imagine babalikan tayo kasi mga maid tayo sa ibang bansa— di tayo boss or head of a company — it doenst help having people like Mendoza assuming solutions to problems by creating another — it will take tiem for us to be ahead of the pack

  • Kharen

    Well all I can say is, it’s already 2010. and what’s with the race, people’s skin-color and everything? Did every human being has the freedom to choose on what race they wanted to be right before they were born? Did Philippines (The Filipinos) planned the hi-jacked? Did we? did we? huh? are you sure about that? You may be one of the modern places here on Earth but then huh, no further comment!

  • Koogee

    All of us should focus on the crisis itself and those who relate to this event, instead of most innocent people. We should blame those made mockery of our grief, meanwhile we should keep closing with our friends, people working/living with us, no matter what race of them. At last I should correct one thing, Hong Kong has never been a country, it’s a part of China.

  • Mea

    “All of us should focus on the crisis itself and those who relate to this event, instead of most innocent people”- I agree to this. :O