Filipinos Rebuke Chip Tsao’s Cheap Shot
Call it satire aimed at his own country or a serious racial slur directed at Filipinos, Hong Kong magazine writer Chip Tsao is getting what he wanted: attention.
But beyond this gentleman’s ill-considered ‘shock-jock’ article tagging the Philippines as a “nation of servants” Filipinos are heaping scorn and expressing righteous indignation.
Among the latest reactions:
DFA spokesperson Eduardo Malaya:
“It’s the view of one person and we don’t think it is shared by the Hong Kong community and society…. I think we ought to take it as that. It does not come from an official of the Hong Kong government, it does not come from the government itself.” But there is no excuse for Tsao’s which fails the contribution of the Filipino community in Hong Kong. The Philippine Consulate in Hongkong will, in consultation with community members, our Filipino community members in Hong Kong, undertake the needed and appropriate response to this particular commentary.” Our consul general’s initial report indicates Tsao is “already getting an earful” from readers of the HK Magazine.
Press Secretary Cerge Remonde:
“We will look into that because we should not be provoked by one columnist. What that writer did was reprehensible. Let’s see what needs to be done].”
Cebu Representative Antonio Cuenco, House Foreign Affairs Comm. Chair: “We should not let it pass. I will ask Secretary [Alberto] Romulo to send a protest, a note verbale. Even if Tsao meant to be satirical, “it should not be at our expense.”
Sen. Pia S. Cayetano: “Instead of contributing to intelligent discussions on ways to resolve the Spratlys dispute, Tsao only succeeded in eliciting hatred and sowing more confusion not only among Filipinos but maybe even among his fellow Chinese who are not aware of the intricacies of the issue.
HK Magazine and Tsao must apologize for insulting Filipinos, and they should pledge not to commit this mistake again.
Our being a poor nation does not diminish the validity of our historical and legal claim to the Spratlys.
The controversy, like others before it, will blow over. Even Tsao’s publication, HK Magazine, is probably even emjoying brisker street sales.
But in the end the deep resentments Tsao has fuelled with his cheap shot, and the animosity it has wittingly triggered will endure much longer than this one Hong Kong man’s 15 minutes of inglorious fame. In the Pinoy blogosphere Chip Tsao has earned one well deserved tag: MORON.