Channel News Asia has reported that a Filipino, named Ello Ed Mundsel Bello, was convicted on one count under the Sedition Act after he was found and admitted guilt on his postings on Facebook with slurs against Singaporeans. He was charged and has been convicted on one count under the Sedition Act, and on two counts of providing false information to police.
In his Facebook post, Bello called Singaporeans “loosers (sic) in their own country”. “We take their jobs, their future, their women, and soon, we will evict all SG loosers out of their own country”, Bello added, saying that Singapore would be the “new Filipino state”.
The Filipino also stated that he would be “praying that disastors (sic) strike Singapore and more Singaporeans will die”. He will “celebrate” if this happens, he said.
He ended his Facebook post with the declaration: “REMEMBER PINOY BETTER AND STRONGER THAN STINKAPOREANS.”
Bello did this while employed as a nurse at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, which subsequently dismissed him over the incident, after discovering through their own investigations that Bello had made three other online posts in the same vein in 2014.
Alright, mga ka-bords. I can understand having a bad day at work. There’ve been a plenty of days when I would have said a lot of negative things about my work place and who I work with or work for. But these things are in my head. Sure, I could probably be charged and convicted as well if I laid down my thoughts on paper. I may have meant the things I thought about or maybe not. Maybe I am just having a bad day and tomorrow, I will be fine, the world will be fine, and all will be well.
That is the part where we fail on social media. We post our thoughts at the time that we are affected by anything. It could be a death of a loved one, a break-up of a relationship, a joyful gathering of friends. We show our emotions to the world – good or bad. We think nothing of its consequences because as far as we believe, we are merely voicing our thoughts and what we feel at the moment.
Everything else for that matter, posting your thoughts on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or any other medium of Social Media, could go viral in a matter of minutes. All it takes is one reaction. In the age of ISIS and terrorism, nothing can be taken lightly. Every threat and every action must be taken seriously. Ang tanong ko, bakit kailangan na mag-vent sa Facebook. Kung masama araw mo, maglakad ka sa tabing dagat. Magsimba ka. Or whatever it will take for you to calm down. Huwag kang mag-post sa social media.
At the end of the day, let’s pause for a minute before we pick up that mobile phone or go to a computer and start writing. We live in a different world now. Let us be more careful in what we share with the world.
Yun lang pow!