Wednesday, June 3, 2009

OFW BLOGGERS ARE ONE AGAINST MIKE AVENUE BLOG

On Mike Avenue Pinoy Blog’s ‘Tsokolate’

MANIFESTO
So that the bloggerworld and everyone may know....

We believe in the right to freedom of speech as a human right.

We believe in the freedom to hold opinions without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice.

We believe in the right to freedom of expression to receive and impart information.

We believe that blogging is an expression of one’s opinions, personal experiences, hobbies, commentaries, diaries and we further believe that every blogger has the right to publish his personal expressions and opinions.

We believe that the exercise of these freedoms is not an absolute right but carries with it duties and responsibilities, that may be subject to restrictions or penalties on specific grounds as prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests and protection of the reputation or rights of others.

We believe that majority of the Overseas Filipino Workers have chosen to leave the Philippines to seek and search for better livelihood opportunities abroad so they may be able to support themselves and their families back home.

 

We believe that the OFW’s search for a greener pasture is not at all that easy and yet hundreds of thousands of OFWs have created names for them and have excelled in their chosen fields of endeavor, setting the world standards for nobility and for hard work.

We believe that there is nothing wrong with doing an honest day’s work as a domestic help or as construction worker or doing any other menial and blue collar jobs.

We believe that OFWs whether professionals or not should be given honor and respect.

We believe that the OFW is the Hope of the Nation, Gift to the World!

 

With these guiding beliefs:

We regard Mr. Mike Avenue’s Pinoy Blog post on "Tsokolate" as one that lacked research and a flagrant ignorance of the truth about Overseas Filipino workers and expatriates.

We regard this lack of truth and ignorance as especially inexcusable from one who feigns intelligence and high learning and coax people into belief and following.

We regard his statements: “minumura ng amo kapalit ng dolyar” and “humahalik sa paa ng mga dayuhan” as blatant mockeries of the sacrifices of the Overseas Filipino Workers and expatriates and are hasty generalizations of the living and working conditions of the Filipino expatriates and OFWs.

We regard his post as tactless and offensive, trying to make a lame attempt to sarcasm that failed to be funny, at the expense of the Overseas Filipino Workers.

We regard his post as a clear display of arrogance, done in a distasteful manner with blind indifference and unjust condemnation of the millions of hardworking OFWs who work long hours to earn an honest buck.

We regard his post to have overstepped the bounds of sensitivity and responsibility of a decent mind and an accountable and sensible blogger.

Therefore, we as OFW BLOGGER are not dumb to let this kind of humiliation pass just like that.

 We strongly condemn this irresponsible blog post and Mike Avenue.

We consider Mike Avenue as an Anti-OFW persona.

We demand a retraction and an apology from Mike Avenue of Pinoy Blogs for this irresponsible blogpost!

We are Filipinos and we should stand together and strive for a better Philippines!

6 comments:

Mr. Thoughtskoto said...

"Prinsipyo mo'y igagalang ko kung ako'y iyong nirespeto" di ba ang kanta ng Asin sa 'Ang Gulo'?

Rio, it is sweet when you fight for right, you can stand with your head held high.

Salamat!

rio said...

Totoo yan, Kenj..
i have been in this kind of fight before... when I was in the PNP and when I was in Iraq fighting for Third Country Nationals' rights to be treated fairly.

As long as we are standing firm for what is right, we can look at them straight to their eyes.

Bravedier said...

Ako’y isang OFW na mahigit ng labing-anim na taon ng nangingibang-bansa, at isa lamang ako sa mga OFW na nagngi-ngitngit sa galit sa pahayag nitong isang kolokoy na blogger na ang pangalan diumano ay “Mike Avenue”. Ewan ko lang kung ito nga ang tunay nyang pangalan, pero nakakatiyak ako na siya’y nagtatago sa palda ng kanyang Lola para hindi mabisto ang tunay nyang pagkakilanlan…

Marahil Mike nga ang tunay nyang pangalan dahil ang taong ito ay may tililing sa ulo kaya nararapat lamang na ang itawag sa kanya ay “Mike-koliling”.

Bravedier said...

Kasalanan ba ng isang OFW kung mayroong magandang oportunidad na trabaho sa ibang bansa?…kasalanan ba ng isang Pilipinong propesyunal na gamitin ang pinag-aralan, kakayahan at talento sa ibayong dagat?..malaking pagkakamali ba ng mga OFW na manilbihan sa mga dayuhang amo kapalit ng ikaka-ginhawa ng pamilya?…. totoo na ang lahat ng ito’y kapalit ay Pera,….pero, hindi nararapat na tawagin na ang mga OFW ay mukhang Pera, ano ba ang tunay na rason kung bakit tayo pumapasok sa trabaho, hindi ba para magka pera?… abnormal lang ang tao na pumapayag na kumakayod na walang sahod.

Bravedier said...

Para sa akin, kelanman ay hindi ko hinangad na tawaging bagong bayani ng bayan, ang Gobyerno ng Pilipinas lamang ang may kagustuhan nito, bilang pagbibigay pugay sa mga manggagawang pilipino na nagsasakripisyo sa ibang-bansa para makatulong sa mga pamilya at sa bayan… At ito rin ang pananaw ng pamahalaan ng bansang pilipinas dahil sa mga milyong-milyon na dolyares na pumapasok sa bansa bawat araw dahil na rin sa remittance ng mga OFW. At ito ang pinakamalaking bagay na nagliligtas sa ngayon sa naghihingalong ekonomiya ng ating bansa. Hindi kaya naiintindihan ng kolokoy na ito na kung mas maraming Dolyares na papasok sa bansa ay mas aangat ang ekonomiya?…..Palagay ko siya ay isang bulag,….Bulag siya sa katotohanang na ang mga manggagawang pinoy ay may malaking tulong na nai-aambag para sa ikalalago ng ating ekonomiya.

Bravedier said...

Ang sabi ng kolokoy na ito na ang ibang OFW daw ay mahilig sa “Piso tamangBarko”.

Ang sarap pakinggan…..eh, sino bang hangal na pinoy na pupusta sa “Piso tamang palito?”… o di kaya’y “Piso tamang Posporo?”…..Tulad ng nasabi ko, kung meron magandang oportunidad sa ibang-bansa na maayos ang kalakaran, maayos ang tirahan na ibibigay, may pangalan at de kalidad na kumpanya at higit sa lahat malaki ang alok na sahod. bakit hindi pa ito sunggaban?…. Ito’y malinaw na piso tamang barko.

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