Well I was in the hospital watching son for a few days and was awake most nights every night. Why? Because the sign taped to the inside door warned of thieves and not to trust strangers, nothing new there. So I had my tab and was surfing the web when I came across a web site called Live In The Philippines and clicked on an article and started to read it and then read the comments when a few comments stood out from all the rest and caught my attention. I wish I could put the article and comments in this one but I am not that tech savoy, sorry. But I will provide a link to the article at the end of this one.
In the article the author Jason Weiland talks about how wonderful the Philippines and Filipinos are. He then basiclly goes on to say the expats who complain or point out problems are bad apples and losers that are ruining it for expats like him. So the exchange I read involved a Mike, a Mick and Jason, the author of said article. I will tell the comments I read accuratly as best I can.
Mike (no, not me) put up a comment that said people have a right and duty to complain about the corruption, idiocy that goes on in this country. Mick then commented that he agreed with Mike. Jason replied to Mike but never said a word to Mick who did point out a few things extra to back what Mike had said. Then Jason mentioned oppertunist in the country and the comments went like:
Mick: Is an oppertunist for example an expat in the Philippines who sells products and information at U.S prices to people thinking about visiting or moving to the Philippines an oppertunist?
When Jason did reply his reply to Mick was: “I don’t think anyone is saying that Mick. I certainly wasn’t.”
To which Mick replied: “Either you did not understand the question or dodged it. Websters defines an oppertunist as someone who takes advantage of a wonderful situation. This situation can be good but it can also be someone who makes something bad look better than it really is.” Mick went on to repeat the question about selling info at U.S prices and got this reply from Jason.
I don’t think Anton was talking about other expats at all. I wasn’t. I was talking about oppertunist among the Filipino people, but like Bob said in a recent article, foreigners must be careful what they say if they want to stay continue staying here.
I don’t think a person is being an oppertunist if he/she sell information to other expats and people at US prices. Our friend Bob sells valuable information to people of other countries, and I do it too. I think it depends on the situation.
Anyway, I am just trying to keep things civil. No need to get upset over something that wasn’t said or implied.”
So Mick replied:
So in other words you and Bob are selling the Philippines to naive people, leaving out anything that is negative and charging US rates selling a paradise that does not exist. Don’t you think it might be important to let them know that if they are seriously hurt a hospital will not treat them until they have cash in hand?”
Then Mick replied to a comment from another member.
Member: I have owned a bar in the Philippines for the last 3 years and I am tired of the fat, drunk pervert expats not respecting my female wait staff.
Mick: I noticed you did not say if you have GROs working in your bar. If you do then that is like a pimp calling his customers perverts or the kettle calling the pot black.
Now here is the kicker. I watched live when Mick said the “either you misunderstood the question or you dodged it” all the way to his question to the bar owner. Guess what? After Mick done his last reply to jason, all of Micks comments and questions were removed from the site within 3 minutes. I can only assume that he was banned from the site.
So Ladies and Gentlemen what did we learn?
1.) Both Jason Weiland and Bob Martin sell false information about the Philippines to people in other countries. This they basiclly admitted when they both said “We have to be careful if we want to stay here.”
2.) Jason Weiland and Bob Martin are two of the bad apples and oppertunist that Jason condemns in his article. Yet they find an excuse why the label they apply freely to others does not apply to them.
3.) Jason Weiland and Bob Martin know the truth but instead sell lies to gullible people.
I have a suggestion for both Bob Martin and Jason Weiland. Be truthful and honest for at least one time and change the name of Live In the Philippines to Liars In the Philippines.
As Winston Churhill once said and I quote “Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.”
You can find Jason’s article at http://www.liveinthephilippines.com/content/an-open-letter-to-all-the-other-foreigners-in-the-philippines