Monday, March 30, 2009

The Philippines as "Nation of Servants"

Chip Tsao
The Philippines is a "nation of servants".

Sen. Pia S. Cayetano

The Philippines is a "nation of builders".


"Ma'am Pia, Sir Chip... ano po ba ang uunahin kong linisin? Ang Pilipinas, China o Korea?"

I was hurt when I heard the news that Sen. Pia S. Cayetano slammed HK writer Chip Tsao labelling the Philippines as a "nation of servants" on his article"The War at Home".

NASAKTAN ako hindi dahil kinamumuhian ko si Chip Tsao sa pagbabansag niya sa atin bilang 'bansa ng nga alipin" kundi dahil ITO ANG TUTOO. Sa dami ng mga atsay sa Hongkong, ano pa bang magandang imahe ang ipamumukha natin sa mga Intsik?Di ba naman tayo ang gustong-gustong maging kasambahay sa iba't ibang panig ng mundo? Hindi baga sangkatutak na manggagawang Filipino o OFW ang naglipana sa kasuluk-sulokan ng mundo at nagpapaalipin sa ibang lahi?

Huwag tayong maging balat-sibuyas! Tanggapin natin ang katotohanan. Dapat ngang mabuksan ang ating mga mata upang MABAGO ang bansag na ito sa ating bayan at kababayan. At saka hindi pa ba tayo sanay sa iba't ibang bansag sa atin tulad ng "nation of corrupts" at iba pa? Dapat nga ay makapal na ang mga mukha natin.

Ito ang tamang panahon upang baguhin natin ang kanilang paniniwala. Habang naglipana ang mga kasambahay, domestic helper, atsay at kung anu-ano pang tawag sa kanila, mananatiling "nation of servants" ang bansang Pilipinas.

Bilang mambabatas, tungkulin ni Sen Pia. S. Cayetano ang gumawa ng batas upang hindi na maging "bansa ng mga alipin" ang Pilipinas.

Read the complete news at

The 5-paragraph article is below. Judge for yourself if you get hurt after reading this.

The War at Home
By Chip Tsao

The Russians sank a Hong Kong freighter last month, killing the seven Chinese seamen onboard. We can live with that-—Lenin and Stalin were once the ideological mentors of all Chinese people. The Japanese planted a flag on Diàoyú Island. That's no big problem-—we Hong Kong Chinese love Japanese cartoons, Hello Kitty, and shopping in Shinjuku, let alone our round-the-clock obsession with karaoke.

But hold on-—even the Filipinos? Manila has just claimed sovereignty over the scattered rocks in the South China Sea called the Spratly Islands, complete with a blatant threat from its congress to send gunboats to the South China Sea to defend the islands from China if necessary. This is beyond reproach. The reason: There are more than 130,000 Filipina maids working as US$3,580-a-month cheap labor in Hong Kong. As a nation of servants, you don't flex your muscles at your master, from whom you earn most of your bread and butter.

As a patriotic Chinese man, the news has made my blood boil. I summoned Louisa, my domestic assistant who holds a degree in international politics from the University of Manila, hung a map on the wall, and gave her a harsh lecture. I sternly warned her that if she wants her wages increased next year, she had better tell everyone of her compatriots in Statue Square on Sunday that the entirety of the Spratly Islands belongs to China.

Grimly, I told her that if war breaks out between the Philippines and China, I would have to end her employment and send her straight home, because I would not risk the crime of treason for sponsoring an enemy of the state by paying her to wash my toilet and clean my windows 16 hours a day. With that money, she would pay taxes to her Government, and they would fund a navy to invade our motherland and deeply hurt my feelings. Oh yes. The Government of the Philippines would certainly be wrong if they think we Chinese are prepared to swallow their insult and sit back and lose a Falkland Islands War in the Far East. They may have Barack Obama and the hawkish American military behind them, but we have a hostage in each of our homes in the Mid-Levels or higher. Some of my friends told me they have already declared a state of emergency at home. Their maids have been made to shout 'China, Madam/Sir' loudly whenever they hear the word "Spratly". They say the indoctrination is working as wonderfully as when we used to shout, "Long live Chairman Mao!" at the sight of a portrait of our Great Leader during the Cultural Revolution. I’m not sure if that's going a bit too far, at least for the time being.

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