Police report lodged over hate post

Police report lodged over hate post

Several police reports have been made against a blogger over a hate-filled blog post targeting the Filipino population in Singapore.

Yesterday, the Philippine Embassy in Singapore also urged the Singapore Government to take the blogger to task.

The post, on a blog titled "Blood Stained Singapore", listed ways to be nasty to Filipinos here without breaking the law.

Police said investigations into the case are ongoing, after reports were lodged over the blog post.

In a statement in Tagalog posted on its website, the Philippine Embassy said it had immediately communicated to the Singapore Government the need to take appropriate action against the blogger in accordance with the law.

The embassy also asked Filipinos here not to engage in any response as the blogger's purpose was "clearly intended to create friction and differences".

"Nonetheless, the embassy believes that the blogger's view is his own and does not reflect the general sentiment of those in Singapore," said the statement.

The post first appeared online late last month. It was then taken down, but resurfaced last week after a news website reposted it.

Online commentators agreed that the post was offensive, and did not represent a common view. "We have our grouses, but this is definitely not a Singaporean way of expressing it," said Mr Chandra Mohan in The Real Singapore's comments section.

The post also gained traction in the Philippines. In a comment on the website of Philippine paper The Manila Standard, one Mr Natx Bacalzo said: "One person's rambling should not be given any weight at all. We do not even know if he is a Singaporean; just disregard the pitiful soul."

On Monday, a spokesman for the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs also commented on the matter: "Those kinds of attitudes are likely isolated to a small number of Singaporeans who don't have the full appreciation or understand the role of Filipinos there."

This article was first published on June 18, 2014.
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