On Mike Avenue Pinoy Blog’s ‘Tsokolate’(bhing) 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!