A Nation of Servants?: A Big Lesson for Filipinos
Most Filipino people have openly denounced the politically loaded statements made by a Hong Kong columnist who called the Philippines a “nation of servants.” But they protested without thinking, and this is the worst tragedy of this melodrama. All television stations, daily broadsheets, and tabloids bannered this derogatory column of one misguided communist patriot based in Hong Kong. Now some lawmakers in the House of Representatives expressed their outrage over the statements made by HK Magazine’s columnist Chip Tsao.
I would like to share my two cents regarding this outrageous issue, and I’d like to say that some really missed the point. Those deprecating comments made by communist Tsao should be taken as a lesson by the Philippine government. In his column, Tsao was really trying to show who the boss is— that being the master of thousands of Filipina maids and factory workers, Hong Kong-China should be the one to call the shots. Tsai was trying to say, “know your status in life and obey only your master.”
Rather than protest and shout in indignation, the Filipino people, most especially those in the government sector, should take it as a challenge to improve Philippine’s economy. The Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Government should start this process by fighting graft and corruption. But it seems that this proposal is impossible because almost all of the people around and behind the president is benefiting from graft and corrupt practices. The only solution to our economic mess is real free-market system.
Under the Arroyo administration, the Philippines has become a semi-socialist nation under a corrupt government. The spirit of free-market capitalism is now inexistent in the Philippines because only those people who established close political and economic ties with the government enjoy subsidies, licenses, contracts and favors. Take the case of one of president Arroyo’s political aides, Mike Defensor, who was able to corner a multi-million contract despite his lack of experience in his line of business.
In the Philippines, most businessmen trade favors, not goods, a system that is prevalent in a communist country like China. I see some irony in this particular issue for several reasons.
First, the Arroyo government had sealed some sweetheart deals with China over the past years. Some of these deals include the controversial multi-million dollar National Broadband Network (NBN) project. The Arroyo government also received multi-billion dollar loans from communist China. Since the Philippines under president Arroyo received billion dollars of loans, it had to award beefy projects to the Chinese government. It’s political quid pro quo. Now, Mrs. Arroyo and her political aides should be ashamed to call Chip Tsao hypocrite. They’re all hypocrites!
Secondly, look at the lawmakers who openly expressed their outrage over Tsao’s statement. Are they not ashamed of their own skin? Do you see some contradictions? Is it not ironic that most communist and socialist lawmakers are the ones denouncing this misguided and politically intoxicated HK communist? These people wanted to reverse the law of causality. They ignored that the law of identity exists— that A is A.
The Philippines is not a capitalist economy; it is mixed economy, which is quickly embracing communist ideals. Who’s to blame? Blame some of the so-called Philippine’s top universities like University of the Philippines, Ateneo De Manila University, University of Santo Tomas, San Beda, De La Salle University, to name a few! Why? Because these self-claimed elite schools preach the ideals of altruism and collectivism. In case you don’t know, communism survives on these ideals. Check your premise and study the law of identity.
Now before you try to openly express your outrage, make an effort to determine why you should get mad. You have no right to get mad if you’re guilty politically and ideologically— which means Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros and her colleagues in the House of Representatives have no right to protest if they believed in the ideals of socialism and communism— which means Mrs. Arroyo, her husband and her political allies have no darn right to gripe if they openly pushed, consented to, supported, and benefited from a number of multi-million dollar sweetheart deals with China. A is A!
Now, who is the guiltiest of all?!
The following is Tsai’s column titled War At Home:
“The Russians sank a Hong Kong freighter last month, killing the seven Chinese seamen on board. We can live with that—Lenin and Stalin were once the ideological mentors of all Chinese people. The Japanese planted a flag on Diàoyú Island. That’s no big problem—we Hong Kong Chinese love Japanese cartoons, Hello Kitty, and shopping in Shinjuku, let alone our round-the-clock obsession with karaoke.
“But hold on—even the Filipinos? Manila has just claimed sovereignty over the scattered rocks in the South China Sea called the Spratly Islands, complete with a blatant threat from its congress to send gunboats to the South China Sea to defend the islands from China if necessary. This is beyond reproach. The reason: there are more than 130,000 Filipina maids working as $3,580-a-month cheap labor in Hong Kong. As a nation of servants, you don’t flex your muscles at your master, from whom you earn most of your bread and butter.
“As a patriotic Chinese man, the news has made my blood boil. I summoned Louisa, my domestic assistant who holds a degree in international politics from the University of Manila, hung a map on the wall, and gave her a harsh lecture. I sternly warned her that if she wants her wages increased next year, she had better tell every one of her compatriots in Statue Square on Sunday that the entirety of the Spratly Islands belongs to China.
“Grimly, I told her that if war breaks out between the Philippines and China, I would have to end her employment and send her straight home, because I would not risk the crime of treason for sponsoring an enemy of the state by paying her to wash my toilet and clean my windows 16 hours a day. With that money, she would pay taxes to her government, and they would fund a navy to invade our motherland and deeply hurt my feelings.
“Oh yes. The government of the Philippines would certainly be wrong if they think we Chinese are prepared to swallow their insult and sit back and lose a Falkland Islands War in the Far East. “They may have Barack Obama and the hawkish American military behind them, but we have a hostage in each of our homes in the Mid-Levels or higher. Some of my friends told me they have already declared a state of emergency at home. Their maids have been made to shout “China, Madam/Sir” loudly whenever they hear the word “Spratly.” They say the indoctrination is working as wonderfully as when we used to shout, “Long live Chairman Mao!” at the sight of a portrait of our Great Leader during the Cultural Revolution. I’m not sure if that’s going a bit too far, at least for the time.