Cordi Netizens Demand Public Apology for Igorot Slur
The recent slur against the Igorots by an OFW in Italy has caused a major indignation among Igorots and non-Igorots in cyberspace resulting in massive protests and demand for a public apology.
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Mr. Louie Garcia an OFW based in Italy, in an interview, has recently denied posting several cruel comments on Facebook against the Igorot community like “dapat putulin and mga puno sa Baguio City para magkaroon ng ladsline at mamatay ang mga Igorot.”
Garcia accompanied by his girlfriend, Abegail Cayaban, went to the Philippine Embassy in Rome supposedly to clear his name from the malicious posts. “Pumunta po ako sa ambasciata ng Roma para linawin na hindi ako yun. Humihingi rin po ako ng tulong sa awtoridad sa atin na ma-trace po kung sino man ang gumawa niyon kasi wala po akong idea, wala naman po akong kaaway,” he added.
However, majority of netizens didn’t believe his statements and demanded a public apology instead. Some netizens, due to extreme ire, gave curse and even called on Igorot elders to do native rituals agains him. Below are some online comments posted by readers of Mr. Garcia’s statements.
“What’s done is done!” Hirap na kc maniwala ngaun pang marami nang apektado, Siguro maniniwala lang kami kung mahuhuli tlga ung sinasabi nyo(Louie) at siya mismo aamin… wew.. such a wrong move to make and when such stupid decisions are made….” –TOROGI
Kabayan DAMAGE IS DONE ALREADY.. YOU know the first time I read your curse to us THE IGOROTS, I also cursed you but at the end i take it back coz I know it was very bad for us igorots to curse… Now after weeks of being hunted by peoples words agaisnt you in facebook, you surfaces and want to clean your name claiming it was not you,,, you should have done that the first day reactions cmes out… Kawawa ka Kabayan kng ikaw nga un baka pamilya mo makakalaban mo na din resulta ng ginawa mo. – ALLAN
C’mon just apologize, do not deny! Yan ang hirap sa atin, hindi maingat sa mga binibitawang salita at pag nasa alanganin na saka naghahanap ng scapegoat. Hayy naku!Just own it and be responsible for our own words and actions. Period. – KRISTINA
mr. garci. . . don’t mind about this issue. Just enjoy the fame ika nga. Alam mo naman yung next step, yung ginawa ni Candy P.? hehehehe. – Ooopppsss!
No comment! lesson here is before we speak lalo na like fb we should think a million times – Divina
umiipekto na kasi ang ritwal ng mga kababayang Igorot kaya yan ang mapapala ng isang gaya mong manloloko.. SAPOEN TAKO KAYET C LOUIE GARCIA ingana guminek..- Kalalaydan
The damage has been done. Imbes na ideny mo, magpublic apology ka na lang. Kasi hindi lang sa facebook ito lumabas kundi pati sa yahoo thread! At sa facebook, may mga kaibigan ka pa na naglike at nagcocomment. Kasi kung gawa-gawa yung profile, baka wala pa siyang friends.- Xylviane
..i experienced discrimination before that’s i always see to it that i act accordingly especially when im with other races.. ive been to performances and i always see it to it also that i properly wear my g-string(w/o wearing underwear), dance our ethnic dances the proper, play the gongs the right way and speak our language everytime i have to. I am an adopted son of Mankayan, native son of Sagada and Besao Mt, Province, I AM AN IGOROT! and i will be proud to be one! Matago – tago tako! – Dusca13