If it was an all-american tourist bus instead...I wonder
August 25, 2010 7:34am CST
I was just reading a discussion which a fellow Filipino started, saying something like Filipinos being hated for the mistakes of the police or something like that, and then I read some responses. It got me thinking, what if the hijacked bus were full of American citizen instead or maybe a combination of Japanese, American, and Arab citizens? I want to make it clear though that I have got nothing against these citizens, I just want to point out that these are people of countries that are also with close/good relations to our country yet, still an obvious fact that they are also the people that I know which, dislike Filipinos, I'm not saying all or generally. It's just that I have read multiple discriminations mostly from citizens of these countries. I don't want to create a war here. Please understand that I just want to know what would have been the reaction if that was the case. Although it would be pretty natural to be mad, I'd like to hear some otherwise too.
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26 Aug 10
I am from the US and if it had been American citizens..there would have probably been the same mixed reactions. You can't blame an entire country or an entire race for one person's actions....or even one group's actions. There are all kinds of people that live in America from many different places. Good people and bad people..just like anywhere else. There is always going to be hate as long as it is fed. When I go to the store..I see white people, black people...people from China and Japan...I see people from India and Mexico. So many different people and we all live together. That is not to say that there is not hate...there is a lot of it, but there is tolerence and acceptance too. The one thing that I know is that people are people and no matter who got killed on that bus..it is a shame...and it is also a shame that anyone could or would blame a whole group of people for one person's mistakes. Take care friend.
25 Aug 10
Then it would be People of the Philippines vs. the World! It would definitely put the Philippines in deep turmoil that it has to answer the blame from not saving the tourists in that "all-american tourist bus". The Philippines has a good relation with U.S as far as I know. I don't think the U.S government will ban its citizens from coming here in the Philippines but it can possibly affect the number of Filipinos who are given U.S visas. Maybe there will be an increase of "DENIED" U.S Visas or what not. Who knows? That hostage taking last Monday is really sad but I really think we should all be open-minded about it. The Government should be blamed as well as the media too.
25 Aug 10
I never thought it would end that way. The negotiation started out fine but ended up as bloody as it was. I saw the news live too. I even heard live from the background of someone who was laughing. I just wanna shut their mouths shut. I don't know if its from the news crew or what, I really am sure that I heard people laughing at the exact time that the police stormed the bus to take out the hostage taker. How insensitive! If that person wanted to laugh, he/she could have gone away from the live recording of the station so that people won't get to hear it. It sounds so sadistic. I'm ashamed.