End of the week and I’m supposed to be finishing some editing but ended up glued to two news sites all morning.
The first, www.inquirer.net on the crazy CSI-like circumstances of the Failon case. The other one, on the local brouhaha over PGMA’s statements a few days ago about Sentosa’s integrated resort supposedly promising to hire Filipinos for half of the projected 10,000 jobs available. The news reports were circulated in two Manila dailies and were reported in the Straits Times, sparking a furor on discussion boards and letters to the editor about jobs going to foreigners instead of locals.
I haven’t been reading the local papers since I got here because earlier perusal showed there’s really nothing substantial in them (at least, to me). Maybe I should start reading now. A quick read-through of the threads in the discussion board at Straits Times shows that this might become a polarizing issue with the locals. If it hasn’t already. Tough times are ahead and everyone wants to hang on to their jobs or get a job—any job, even those that the locals shunned when things were better. Some of the comments are funny and but a lot were troubling.
On a personal note, I’ve never been made to feel like a second-class citizen in my life until now, reading through the posts in the discussion board. I know that personally, I’m not being targeted, since I’m not in the service industry, but when discussions in which a whole race—mine specifically—is being referred to, I can’t not take it personally. A portion of the populace does not want me here. It’s a sobering thought.
P.S.: I read through all the posts. Changping (whoever s/he is) knows how to argue. Bravo! ;D