I didn’t want to comment anymore on this lady, for me the fat lady already sang (pardon the pun). However, I can’t resist commenting on her apology which I find neither contrite nor sincere. Here is my take on your statement Ms. Fernandez…
I am humbled by the vehement and heated response provoked by my article entitled ‘From Boracay to Greece!’ which came out in the June 2007 issue of People Asia. To say that this article was not meant to malign, hurt or express prejudice against the OFWs now sounds hollow after reading through all the blogs from Filipinos all over the world. I am deeply apologetic for my insensitivity and the offensive manner in which this article was written, I hear you all and I am properly rebuked. It was truly not my intention to malign hurt or express prejudice against OFWs.
As the recent recipient and target of death threats, hate blogs, and deeply personal insults, I now truly understand the insidiousness of discrimination and prejudice disguised as humor. Our society is bound together by human chains of kindness and decency. I have failed to observe this and I am now reaping the consequences of my actions. It is my fervent hope that the lessons that Ive learned are not lost on all those who through anonymous blogs, engaged in bigotry, discrimination, and hatred ( against overweight individuals , for example )
I take full responsibility for my actions and my friends and family have nothing to do with this. To date I have submitted my resignation letters to both the Manila Standard and People Asia, on that note may this matter be laid to rest. (underscoring mine)
Mine is not a hate blog. I started my blog one month before before I posted the Mahaderang Matapobre sa OFWs. My first post was about my son Adee and my last entries were tributes to people I love ( Colors of Love and Moving on… bidding the final farewell). You can hardly call this blog a hate blog. And let me correct the ABS-CBN Interactive article Society columnist quits over OFW bashing, this blog is not a special blog created to collect reactions from OFWs. Yes, tens of thousands of people visited my blog to read about the Mahaderang Matapobre and more than a thousand left their comments on her and her articles and people made links to my post to let other people know of the issue. But NO, this blog was not created for the mahadera.
This blog is about many things – my opinions, my commentaries, about the people around me, my political beliefs and my values, to name a few. This blog is not about hate against you at all, Malu Fernandez, before you there were Gloria’s SONA and Lintang Bedol and others.
This blog is not anonymous either. There are bits and pieces of me all over this blog – my name, my face together with my son, my mother and father, links to the political party I belong to, links to my friends and many more.
Please, do not lecture us about personal insults, discrimination and bigotry. Your articles are full of those.
Nah, don’t sermon us about “chains of kindness and decency” because your writings are acutely deficient of both. And do not forget, this controversy started because of your own insults, discriminatory remarks and bigotry against people who did not do anything to you. You started the fire, do not complain about the heat now that it is cooking you.
SA IBAYONG BAYAN NAKIKIPAGSAPALARAN
MGA MAHAL SA BUHAY AY IYONG INIWAN
UPANG MAGANDANG BUKAS AY MAKAMTAN
ANG PAHINANG ITO AY PARA SAYO….
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