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Chip Tsao Apologized, What Now?

There it is as Chip Tsao put it was not meant to insult or humiliate the female or the people in the community (Filipinos) and as such it was a self mockery and satire unfortunately English is a world language that can be interpreted in different ways by different people. Here is a transcription of Chip Tsao’s apology as heard on RTHK by yours truly:
I have meant no harm whatsoever and it was never my intention to ahhhh..... to ahhh..... to insult or.....or....or ....or humiliate to the female community or the people. I think if you read the column as a whole piece it was a bit of ahhhh it was a bit of.....self mockery and satire against the arrogance ahhhh ..... of the Hong Kong employers........ and there've been a lot of cases like that... and to treat the column as more or less...... as a.....as a bit of a mini-drama it would be better understood.... and ahhh people know this....people know this. English is a global language..... ahhhh.... it is open to different interpretation by different people in the world. If some people has interpreted to the.... my column in that way I think....ahhhhh... I very much regret it and ahhh.... I ..... I.... wish to apologize to them and wish to re-emphasize that it was not my intention.
GMA's MRAPs Stimulus Package kunoIt was a self-mockery unfortunately for Chip Tsao he has unwittingly earned the ire of the Filipinos which I believe would not have blown out of proportion if our politicians and the madaya errr media combined not added fuel to the fire. This is really getting so familiar like the ghost of the past that keeps on haunting us, where in the world will you find media practitioners supposedly in the pursuit of “truth” treat mockery and satire as if it is factual?

Heck, it was like a circus of freaks frantically searching and leaving no stones unturned in search of Chip Tsao’s imaginary maid named “Louisa” supposedly a holder of “International Relations degree” should have given them a hint that she is not real and she only exist in Tsao's imaginary satirical mind. I have to give these sleuths credit for their Don Kamote errrr Quixote like zeal in actually locating “Louisa,” but I say hold your carabao errr horses lest you fall in your gibberish excitement. Yeah, they found her alright except the poor woman is not even Chip Tsao’s maid (he has 2 Indonesians in his household) but with Chip Tsao’s father for 14 long years. She has no clue why all of a sudden she is the center of attention by the whole nation with the likes of Joan of Arc Senator Pia Cayetano trying to save a damsel in distress errr maid from her downtrodden situation so she can work for another employer as a…… maid. Wait a minute here….. say what….. saving one from being a maid so she can be a maid for another employer? So now, because they were angry and piqued like a typical onion skinned immature individuals at the “Nation of Servants” label they will now took it upon themselves to decide where “Louisa” should be working but will that change anything? Uhhhh, Ms. Joan of Arc don’t you think being an honorable senator you should be very careful in not allowing yourself to get drugged errrr dragged into a make believe world as in a PR nightmare gone haywire, where you become one of the cartoon characters in the process, lol.

Make no mistake about it but if you think La Gloria Arroyo the Super Maid advocate is all quiet in this ridiculous raging controversy she is not. She is taking the same pounding of the chest posturing when Malacañang ordered the Department of Foreign Affairs for a diplomatic protest.

This is as pathetic as it can get, now we have aside from those mentioned in our previous post there are more politicians joining the out of tune chorus like Money errrr Manny Villar scrambling for the elusive free sound bytes warning people of “”recessionary racism.” Then we have Kiko Pangilinan singing out of tune like a chuwariwap boy not realizing he was lost landing himself in a classical concert. Oh please, enough already. How about Congressman Roilo Golez not content with Chip Tsao’s apology challenging him to a one round boxing match? Excuse me Mr. Golez you used to box and I think that is not being fair, besides just because Chip Tsao is from Hong Kong he is not a Bruce Lee, a Jackie Chan or a martial arts expert. of some sort. Then we have Marcelino Libanan the immigration commissioner black listing Chip Tsao is just so childish. Hello, it is not like the guy is planning or have plans to go to the Philippines so what makes you think he wants to visit the Philippines?

Don’t get me wrong but while Chip Tsao’s “War at Home” article really stings, this should open our eyes to the fact that while it hurts should be dealt with in a mature appropriate manner. Obviously we have not learned from our past folly and misplaced pride that we become subject of comedians like Jay Leno. What makes it excruciatingly painful is the hypocrisy of a deluded President in her Napoleonic complex projecting her gallant alliance with then president Bush in the war of error errr terror. Posturing ala Napoleon as if she was sending the whole Philippine army when it was so puny that Leno joked about them fitting in one Humvee setting the world record as the fastest retreat in the annals of military warfare. There was a big indignation back then when it should have opened our eyes that we are not in a position to act like a conquering nation because we are risking the lives of Overseas Filipinos scattered the world over that are easy target for terrorist. In the same manner that Chip Tsao’s satire while it tends to mock us should open our eyes that we are not exactly in a very strong position when it comes to international dispute and as such diplomatic skills and tack is our best option and not shallow posturing.

There is no doubt that our media practitioners are skilled like the typical Paparazzo in tracking down their subjects, I can only wish they have the same zeal and bravado in perhaps tracking down those politically abducted like Jonas Burgos and other forgotten human rights victims, or the 2 UP coeds Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan humiliated, tortured, raped and in servitude captivity by of all people the military supposedly the protector of the Filipino people. Where are the saviors if I may ask who are so quick with their knee jerk reaction on imaginary Louisa instead of looking for the real Louisa. In case Pia Cayetano is still in the mood to be a “heroine” I say save the real Louisa in Iloilo. She is Maria Luisa Posa-Dominado and Nilo Arado feared abducted by military scalawags and still missing at a time when her children need and longed for her the most in the formative stage of their lives. Are you up to it Ms. Joan of Arc Pia Cayetano or just like any trapo politician has mastered the art of posturing and sound byte grabbing?

Now that Chip Tsao apologized I dare ask our politicians, what now? Or is this just one of those promise like the one contained in the truck as shown in the image above..........

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Robbie Dinglasan said...

Well said...er..written! Love how the philippine media and political circuses combined to further their own cause more and to show their lack of intelligence in failing to read the article as satire, albeit poorly crafted and uber corny satire that is quite prevalent among the Hong Kong Chinese. I should know, I'm a Filipino who live in Hong Kong for over 6 years.

BURAOT said...

i understood that the piece was satire. yes, he said he wanted to portray the arrogance of the HK emplyers. but i sense a hint of his own arrogance in it. i seldom get mad at those puns, most of the time, we get over sensitive and forget to look at the bigger picture.

but his article is insensitive to say the least. just because somebody is at the bottom of the food chain doesn't mean he is not entitled to his own meal. i mean, even if we are a nation of servants, which is true, thanks to the failed economic policies of our government, does not mean we have no right to the same rights of the Giant Red Bully.

Besides, if he had his notes corect, he should have known that we had been claiming parts of the Spratlys for decades.

Unknown said...

Yes Robbie, satire is satire and sometimes it can be insensitive, corny and even pointed, we can't dignify mockery and exaggeration because it only validates the stereotype.

Buraot, people have emotions therefore it is but normal to react with anger and hurt feelings and the key is to channel that energy towards the ills that brought about our sorry plight. The problem with our politicians is that they tend to ride and exploit popular issues of the day that tends to distract us from the real problems affecting the Philippines.

Of course we have the same rights as China, but we also have to consider that we are not in a very strong position so posturings will not help us but only expose our pathetic weaknesses.

Jayvee Holmes said...

They could claim it's a satire all they want. But ULTIMATELY, we Pinoys are enraged at the ill-regard Chip Tsao expressed towards Filipinos.

Asia City Publishing Ltd. should also be held accountable because they let rubbish like that published. What, were the Hong Kongites trying to see whether Pinoys are wimps that have no cojones to protest? Our Filipinas there are much tougher than these gutsy, supposedly educated writers could ever hope to be!

Unknown said...

Errrr Holmes, just a word of caution..... HK is not exactly a democratic country it is under PRC. We don't want Filipinos finding themselves in a similar situation the students were subjected to in Tien An Men Square.

Here go check this out and see if there are similarities on how some people react to imaginary things.....

Anonymous said...

Chip Tsao's haranguing the Philippines as a country of servants and claiming it as a satire is pure hypocrisy. It reminds me of an old cliche - pot calling the kettle black. All Chinese - especially Chip Tsao, are servants/slaves waiting for their master (the CCP & the PLA) to tell them what to say and what to do! (in our country it will never happen, that is why we have EDSA1&2 and also (maybe) the same reason why it's hard for us to economically develop like our SEA neighbors)

As with regards to country's claim for the spratly and it's Baseline Law - it's justifiable. Why the Chinese Government got mad when their CCPCC & NPC committee also pass a law making Hainan a province and will include spratly as part of its prefecture and have constructed their military fortification over the spratly. Now, who's violating what. . ? Ours is in compliance with the UNCLOS requirements of which the deadline is on May. The contention of China over Spratly is that it is supported by their ancient maps as historical evidence. But in their ancient maps the Philippines was also there - the name was Lu Song, thus it means the Philippines belongs to China too? Duh! such moronic arrogance! How about the UNCLOS & EEZ how close is the Philippines to these group of Islands? how about China? Just because it's called South China Sea, it doesn't mean it's rightfully belongs to them.

Military power is a big issue over here and China will surely cripple us. But on the other hand, the world should be grateful to us for showing the real color of China. It's all about power - who owns the islands controls the sea! - they open-up with a vengeance, so, it's not just us, it's the world!

The devil can quote Scripture for his own ends!

Finally, let's stop the culture of finger pointing over here - Election is around the corner, it's a very good opportunity for us to reflect on this national humiliation - are we going to be bribe again with the small amount of money - we are all victims here because of our self-centeredness!

Give suggestions instead of criticism.

"In the master there is a servant, in the servant a master."

Unknown said...


I did give a suggestion to those wanting to play the super hero as in save the real Louisa and not the one in Chip Tsao's satirical mind..... do you want us to wait for election while those politically abducted are tortured, raped and killed? It seems that anonymous would rather pounce on satirical jokers and their not so factual exaggerated mockery than deal with the real problems that makes the Philippines a basket case in Asia......

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