Pinoys in Greece outraged by politician's "thoughtless, hurtful, and racist" remarks

(SPOT.ph) It's been a month since Greek politician Miki Theodorakis made a "racist" remark about Filipinos when he likened the country's debt problems to the Filipino domestic worker, reports GMA News. On June 27, Theodorakis announced at a gathering in Naoussa village that Greece has become the "Filipina" of a troika of financial institutions.

 

Filipina-Greek Margie Doyle Papadopoulou, who wrote an open letter online to Theodorakis, found the latter's statement to be "thoughtless, hurtful and racist." "Just the fact that you choose Filipinas to show your indignation means that you know something of the injustices that these people face. This does not give you the right to humiliate them in trying to express your own humiliation in the face of the measures being forced on Greece during the current economic situation," she wrote. Similar sentiments were echoed by Filipino group Kasapi Hellas. The group's leader, Joe Valencia, wrote: "While you wish, thus, to portray an image of blind obedience of the Greek people to the demands of the Troika, at the same time you are demeaning the Filipino people."

 

The month-old statement also mentioned: "You use the term 'Filipina' as a synonym for submissiveness and servitude, as someone low and insignificant: a non-person, so helpless in the presence of employers that she only has to obey blindly." Back in 1998, the term "Filipineza," which meant "a domestic worker from the Philippines or a person who performs non-essential auxiliary tasks" caused an uproar when it was included in the Greek dictionary.

 

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