Filipinos can’t be divided in stereotypes

This article is a response to “Why Mareng Winnie was (likely) not addressing you” article published at – blogger.

This makes sense. Monsod’s argument about ‘traitor’ was inexcusably wrong.
But to divide and classify Filipinos abroad, in this article, merely of their work types–“highly skilled”, “semi-skilled” and “low-skilled”, itself does not speak of the reality.

It disfranchises, does not recognize and denies the existence of other Filipinos not falling under this author’s stereotypes.

This broad, generalization and stereotyping do not help at all. We cannot divide humans and their experiences merely because that is what is written in their work permits; or, their condition of stay in foreign countries.

Firstly, a friend of mine was an English professor from a known University. She left to work as a domestic helper in Hong Kong for years. Where does she belong then? Can she be all in that three? No.

Secondly, a domestic worker who married a local (they be Asians, Europeans, or Filipinos who grew up in foreign countries), where do they belong? None of those you have mentioned.

Thirdly, are you presuming that all those who are considered ‘highly skilled’ (in your article) are themselves from families having elite origin in our country? I do not think so.

If you do insist, you are telling me that to be a working student, selling dried fish and vegetables at public market daily, eating noodles most of your schooldays, only to pay for own school tuition (like I do) was a way of life of an elite?

So, do you mean I had lived an elite life before I came to work as “highly skilled”? The financial burden I am experiencing now is it less important than the domestic helpers and construction workers?

A relative of mine, whom I employed as our domestic helper, even had more net income that I and my wife do.

This idea about “nationalistic responsibility” imposed upon the elite, that itself denies recognition of Filipino activists, particularly the poor, and who are killed daily in the Philippine soil, defending the rights of our people.

Where do you mean this people (for me they are more nationalist than anyone else) would get their “nationalism” imposed upon from?

Is it from the Elite or from the not Elite? Can nationalist values ever be imposed? If so, you mean Elite are more nationalists that those who are not Elite if they are the ones imposing them; or, being imposed upon?

You article poses more questions rather than defining what really Monsod’s intended insult was to make. Similar to Monsods, yours is a matter one could express contempt.


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