by Daryl Lagos
Founder - Azkals United
I get comments from people like "I am starting to hate Azkals United" - "Sexual Harassment should not be tolerated" & "Know your facts, Excuse me..." are just a few of them.
When we found out about the sexist & racist remarks of the GMA 7 hosts, I felt for the FILIPINA mothers who gave birth to these proud FILIPINOS dawning our flag in international football.
let me get this straight, We are not for the misconduct of any member of the team, certainly and strongly not for the tolerance of sexual harassment as a general act.
We are for the FILIPINOS who support the comeback of Philippine football.
We are for what is right and just...and I certainly believe that all of us are entitled to our own opinions.
What bothers me is that a public host/anchor/journalist/broadcaster who is by the way on the position to openly report on events across millions of viewers can tarnish,manipulate,mislead, and put malice to certain situations.
Building a good reputation is one of the hardest act to do, while destroying one is easy as taking a candy from a baby.
So why? are we getting paid? No. Am I for the harassment of women? certainly not. Then what?
When you are given the position to openly inform the public, it is a responsibility.
A responsibility that is to rightfully inform, report to the public, facts and not tarnishing opinions.
The pending case to 2 of the members of the Azkals has yet to be heard nor proven and the remarks you utter certainly tainted the situation painting an imagery of sexual offenders that can/will result to misleading public opinions.
As I said, we are also against such act, but to mislead public opinion...that is uncalled for.
Your racist comments towards these people are also overboard.
What can you say to the millions of Filipinos who trace their roots in our country even if he/she grew up abroad?
are they not entitled to their rights given by our very own law? which protects each and every citizen against bigotry, or an act of being narrow-minded?
It's funny how opinions can be both liberal and destructive, how it can be a shield towards ignorance and disrespect.
Simply put it this way, bigotry is believing that you are absolutely correct and nothing is above that like a fact and an opinion is about speaking a mind into it.
Journalist / Broadcasters should very well know the difference for it doesn't take rocket science to know that you've actually discriminated/offended a person and unlawfully mislead public opinion.
When the PFF questioned about the racist & sexist remarks, you answer on about sexual harassment.
is 1 + 1 = NO ?
the campaign against sexual harassment is no excuse to discriminate.
Paano naman yung purong pinoy sa dugo at balat ngunit paninira ang dulot sa kapwa? hindi ba yun ang hindi dapat tularan?
ESPN fired not just suspended a reporter because the community saw a racist remark on his headline with regards to Asian-American sensation Jeremy Lin.
They found the sensitivity to public opinion far greater than the reporters prejudice, cause at the end of the day it is the people that they serve & entertain that truly matters most.
Football has always been fighting to oust racism simply because it is the World's No. 1 sport and this is the reason behind our cause to fight it and destroy the seed that spreads division and discrimination.