Filipinos Await Tsao’s Retraction, “Bow Not Enough” (UPDATED)
“Apology not accepted.”
This is the message Filipinos in Hong Kong are stubbornly conveying to HK Magazine writer Ko Tik a.k.a Chip Tsao.
It’s a full week since he went to the Philippine Consulate General and matched his verbal appeal with a traditional bow manifesting his contrite attitude over the socio-political storm whipped up by his ill-considered March 27 “satirical piece.”
Tsao had called the Philippines “a nation of servants” as his took a dig at the new Philippine Baselines law which included the dispute Spratlys as a ‘regime of islands’.
Tsao and his publication had tried to wiggle their way out of the controversial racial slur by asserting literary license.
But it did not come across as a sincere apology even to the Philippine government which put him on its No Entry blacklist, a prohibition that was last reported “set to be rescinded.”
Now this may not be implemented just yet given the show of force by some 7,000 Filipinos who filled a major Hong Kong street to demand that Chip Tsao make good an earlier verbal promise that he would write a formal retraction of his racial slur.
That retraction is pending so the leaders of the main Filipino organization in Hong kong say Tsao’s act of contrition is just not complete.
The controversy clearly appears to be escalating rather than dying down with Tsao himself claiming he has done his part:
Tsao in April 6, 2009 issue of South China Morning Post:
I have already done what should be done.
I have no further comment.
I am not a racist.
There’s now a report that Tsao is no longer banned from entering the Philippines: