Chip Tsao’s War at Home: A Cheap Piece of a Junk

Mr. Chip Tsao’s War at Home is a cheap piece of a junk. Though, this could rally us to work together.

The rants and complaints by Filipinos directed to Mr. Chip Tsao’s War at Home were all useless. We must start looking deeper into the problems that caused him wrote the article. He maybe erred at some points but this article should become a wake up call for us to work together with concerted efforts to come up with solutions.

We may start with this question: What a heck a Filipina, with a degree in International Politics, doing at Mr. Tsao’s abode? Cleaning toilet bowls? Doing errands for this Chinese writer who, in some sense, does not know a bit of international politics?

Or, is she a product of our government’s program of “Supermaids”? A supermaid bearing the tag: Philippine Maid, Proudly Pinay.

It is now time to contemplate of what we must do, what we should do, what we should be doing, what could be done. We need the value of HUMILITY to accept the problem. We need the value of SOLIDARITY to put some solutions. We need the value of SELF-RESPONSIBILITY to account our state of BEINGNESS.


My wordpresser friend, Mr. Joe Padre, stated some solutions below. (These were his comments to my previous post on this issue)

As usual the flameout has started. What is difficult to understand is why we love this kind of self-immolation with very little effort at planning a collective course of action to solve the underlying issues. The blather and posturing only serve to raise our blood pressure, which ultimately is inimical to our health. If we’re going to flame out on this issue and risk a major coronary episode, we may as well go all the way and accompany our bluster with some appropriate action, whatever it is. Else…

I heard about this as early as the mid 1950s when I first got to school. More than half a century later, we’re still in the yak-mode? Enough already, Angkuan. Let’s all get a life.

Ania ngata no adda paglintegan a mangikeddeng a 90 porsiento ti OFW remittances ti gastuen automatically iti panangipasdec cadagiti nadumaduma nga infrastructure a mangted naan-annay a trabajo cadagiti cayatna ti agtrabajo, imbes nga ag-OFW da? Tapno materred ti gutad ti corruption, masapul a maysa nga independent committee ti mangakem iti pannagplano cadagiti umno nga infrastructure, ti pannacaiwaras ti pagsayaatan iti entero a pagilian. The committee to implement this law should be composed of the Presidents of the University of the Philippines and other selected schools or universities, the head of the Department of Labor, qualified student representatives, and a reputable judicial branch representative, all working in a concurrent capacity. Don’t include any professional politician, such as any member of congress or the executive branch, except the head of Department of Labor.

Is this possible? I guess it would be like splitting hairs, or getting a camel through the eye of a needle especially if it’s Congress that will craft the legislation instead of a no-nonsense Executive Order for this purpose from the President. You can trust President Arroyo to do this?

The alternative, which has the most potential of succeeding, is for you to draft an Executive Order (you may need a legal mind well versed in constitutional and labor laws to assist you) and gather millions of signatures for a petition asking the President to sign it. Don’t be timid about revising the Executive Order when you come across significantly good suggestions to improve it along the way. I think, by George, you may be able to accomplish this thing through the Internet and the media. Build a network and a strong public opinion in favor of the Executive Order such that the President can’t refuse to sign it.

Mr. Nelson Daligcon also blew his top to our nation’s inability to create enough jobs for all Filipinos. He did it in his usual DH Lawrence style of sexually insinuated, overly naughty daniw. You may not read it if you are morally upright, he he he. Here it is.

nation of servants scandal
(bomba ni Chip Tsao)

a resolution strongly condemning the “demeaning” Hong Kong magazine article that called the philippines a “nation of servants” has been filed at the Senate…, March 31, 2009

the bureau of immigration (bi) has barred the hong kong-based magazine columnist who branded the Philippines as “a nation of servants” from visiting the country…, March 31, 2009

idi pinugsitak ti kassit
sako innasnas iti rupa ni pinay
nga adipen ti naangpet a bripko,
imkiskayo, madaydayaw
ket kayatyo a tadtaden
ti gatel a butok!

ngem siasino
ti nangpauttog ken ni pinay
tapno umay agdildil iti kaperko?
siasino ti namagtulang
kadagiti pingping ti ukina?

bagas ti ukininayo a madaydayaw
a ta la mangsalsalsal
iti bukodna a buto ti ar-aramidenna,
iparamanyo ngamin, a, dagiti ganas
tapno malipatan ni pinay
ti panagbisin ti mutingna!

For all of you who failed to read the complete article of Mr. Tsao, please read through.

The War at Home
By Chip Tsao

The Russians sank a Hong Kong freighter last month, killing the seven Chinese seamen onboard. 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 HK$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 everyone 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 being.

Philippines: A Nation of Servants?

Nakakatuwa at nakakalungkot na isipin na ang Filipinas ay nasion ng mga tagapagsilbi o naninilbihan.

Ang unang pumasok sa aking isipan nang mabasako ang balitang ito ay: “E, ano? Hindi nga ba?”

Karamihan naman sa atin ay nagsasabing huwaran tayong manilbihan, mula sa pangaral ng simbahan na walang pag-iimbot na paninilbihan hanggang sa mapagkunwaring mga public servants.

Hindi ba pinangalandakan ng ating butihing pangulong si Gloria Arroyo sa harap ng UN na ang mga Filipino ay handang manilbihan? Hindi ba’t matagal na nating inilalako ang mga Filipino sa ibang bansa? Tinawag pa nga natin ang mga OFW na mga bagong bayani.

Ipinagmamayabang pa nga ng mga opisyales kung may bagong order ang ilang bansa sa mga Filipinong maninilbihan. “O, heto ang magandang balita”, sabi pa nga nila.

Aminin man natin o hindi, ang ekonomiya ng Filipinas ay nakadepende sa mga padala ng mga naninilbihan sa ibang bansa.

Sa Filipinas mo rin lang mababalitaan na ang mga doctor ay nag-aaral ng nursing o gustong maging nurse para manilbihan sa ibang bansa. Tapos sabihin natin na kulang tayo ng kualidad na mga nars?

Naglipana na rin ang mga paaralan ng caregiving. Ano ba ang caregiver sa tingin ninyo? Hindi ba ito’y naninilbihan din? Ang masakit pa diyan ay mga professional ang karamihan sa mga tsimay na Filipino sa ibang bansa. Nakapag-aral na guro, tsimay sa Hongkong?

Ang komento sana na ito ay tanggapin natin bilang hamon. Ipakita natin na ang kaya nating i-export ay hindi lang tao. Pati rin ang mga may kalidad na produkto. Sabiko nga sa aking biro: the best Philippines’ export quality product is Filipino herself.

Hoy! Gising! Huwag reklamo ang atupagin ninyo. Gumawa tayo ng paraan na sa atin manilbihan ang mga kababayan natin. Ipakita natin sa buong mundo na mali sila sa husga nila sa Filipino.

Mali nga ba sila?