Seagate says sorry for employee's FB remarks

Seagate says sorry for employee's FB remarks

SINGAPORE - Seagate Technology has apologised for "derogatory" comments posted by a Filipino employee on his personal Facebook page, which called some Singaporeans "rotten locals".

In a Facebook post on the company's support page yesterday, Seagate said: "We deeply apologise for this and would like to make it clear that he was speaking in his individual capacity."

The employee, Mr Carlos Pestano III, posted last Friday that Singaporean employees in his company who worked under foreign bosses were "bitter". He added: "You can improve over time and maybe start with your manners."

On his Facebook page, Mr Pestano is listed as a process engineer with the storage-solutions company, which also makes hard drives. He is from the province of Rizal in the Philippines.

My Paper believes he has been working here for at least four years.

The Seagate response said: "Please rest assured that we take this matter seriously, even though it was posted on an employee's personal page."

The company added that it is looking into the matter and will take necessary disciplinary measures.

By press time, a screenshot of Mr Pestano's comments had been shared about 150 times on Facebook and garnered attention on online forums.

One netizen wrote: "Be reminded that if he does have locals working 'under' him, and to have such open contempt for them, I sincerely doubt he is or is going to be very effective as a leader of any sort."

Another netizen said that it's one thing that he did not speak for the company, and another thing that he chose to use his freedom of speech.

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