Anti-Filipino graffiti in Bermuda tell Pinoys to leave
(SPOT.ph) Anti-Filipino graffiti with messages that read "Get out Filipinos," "Indies and Filipinos get out," and "Get out, cheap labor" have been scrawled all over walls in Hamilton, Bermuda-from the bus stop to the railway trail, reports the Royal Gazette. This city, according to the report, is home to an estimated 1,145 Filipinos, including overseas workers.
In a GMA News report, Hamilton Mayor Charles Gosling said he was "very disturbed" when he learned about the racial vandalism. Former Cabinet member Dale Butler, who is married to a Filipina, echoed the same sentiments. "We are a peaceful, loving Country. (Filipino expatriates) are not refugees; we invited all these people into the country," he said in the Royal Gazette report. Meanwhile, Lisa Lister of the Bermuda Human Rights Commission reminded the public that it was illegal to display such discriminatory remarks. "Further, every person has equal dignity and an obligation to respect the rights of others," she said.
The Association of Filipinos in Bermuda and another Pinoy organization, The Club 2000, released a statement claiming that the culprit is likely to be a person who was dumped by a Filipina. They also stated that they were just like everybody else in the city. "We live here in Bermuda like you do. We pay rent, sometimes being overcharged by the landlord, because they know we won't go to the Rent Commissioner and complain... We use public transportation, we buy food, we buy clothes, we pay payroll tax, we pay into the Social Insurance fund, out of which most of us will never collect."