Friday, June 5, 2009

OFW Bloggers MANIFESTO : Say No to Mike Avenue's Blogpost "Tsokolate"

On Mike Avenue Pinoy Blog’s ‘Tsokolate’
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 BLOGGERS 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!

*For the interest of fairness and balanced reporting and for the
sake of those who cannot access the webpage that is hyperlinked
to Mike Avenue Pinoy Blog's 'Tsokolate' we have linked you to other
pages that have the full transcript of his original post. Please check
these links where Mike Avenue's original post on 'Tsokolate' are found:
Kablogs, OFW (Mukhang Pera Nga Ba?)

The non-availability of the webpage may probably be due to his
personal decision, which we respect, to moderate his blog and to open
it only for the invited readers.


Desert Aquaforce said...

Earlier today, I wanted to make a ‘template’ comment for all those who posted the OFW Bloggers Manifesto on Mike Avenue’s many posts....and yes I have seen that more posts from him keep on coming.

What was intended as a comment in your post ended up as a post in my blog. Baka hindi na magkasya sa maximum characters in the Comments Box... hehehe

Kaya, if you have time, please check Moving Forward With Lessons Learned In Standing Up For What We Believe Is Right!

I hope walang kokontra.

The Pope said...

Salamat sa pakikiisa kaibigan, nawa'y matutunan nating igalang ang dignidad ng kapwa Pilipino.

A blessed weekend.

Mr. Thoughtskoto said...

Thanks a lot for Standing for Principle. Maraming salamat sau. Andun ka sa post ni CM, nakipaglaban sa EDSA, hehe

bukayo said...

sa tingin ko kayo ang dapat na humingi ng paumanhin, hinusgahan nyo kasi yung entry na di nyo naman naiintindihan yung nilalaman. im sorry to say pero sa tingin ko naging unfair kayo...

Josh of Arabia said...

hi ruph..

eto yata iyong sinasabi ni doc RJ na ofw issues on limbo ah,..let me check that tsokolate of mike to give my u think its kind of malu's acerbic wit..? kung minsan kase a blogger is passing a line, at the end this is a call for more responsble journalism esp if the OFW's involved.

naku, kung alam lang niya ang paghihirap natin ano. hamo,...marerealize nya rin un.(saka ako magiging careful din atakihin ang kabaro ko, hehe)..

see u around. and i support whats right and true in our issues.

darbs said...

can we copy your manifesto and re-publish it to our page para ma-remind lang na we have tenet to follow. thanks.