Short notes II: Letter to the angry foreigner with red hair

Dear Thomas van Beerbum,

I read your letter to the crying policeman. Very impressive. Except you are a tourist and have no business participating in demonstrations aimed at destroying our democratic system. Being a part of an International Solidarity Mission, a delegate of the International Conference on Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines, and a fan of Joma Sison does not give you license to participate in a domestic disturbance.

You are a guest in my country. Weren’t you ever taught that when you visit someone else’s home you are supposed to be polite and civil to everyone who lives there, not only to the ones you like? Besides, who told you that you can waltz in to my home and act like you own the place?

Where does your arrogance come from, coming here to teach us Filipinos how to govern ourselves? Who appointed/elected/anointed you to be the great teacher to the Filipinos? Are you still tripping on that White Man’s burden thing?

I know you hate US-imperialism but what made you think Dutch-imperialism was something to be proud of? Did the Indonesians and Africans love being colonized by your people?

If you want to become a partisan and install a government led by Joma Sison then apply for Filipino citizenship first. Once you are a naturalized Filipino you can bitch as much as you want.

In the meantime, go back to where you came from and play with your arrogant self over there, before I give you the kind of bitch-slapping your mother should have given your red-head punk ass a long time ago.

Manuel Buencamino

Buencamino was a weekly columnist for Today and Business Mirror. He has also written articles in other publications like Malaya, Newsbreak, "Yellow Pad" in Business World, and "Talk of the Town" in the Inquirer. He is currently with Interaksyon, the news site of TV5. MB blogged for Filipino Voices, blogs for ProPinoy and maintains a blog, Uniffors.com. Game-changers for him, as far as music goes, are Monk, Miles, Jimi, and Santana.

  • LSGH 71

    On the other hand – such knee-jerk reactions to his actions just prove that we, as a nation, are not mature enough and ready to accept the principle of free speech and criticism from other international sectors. We tend to criticize the person and not look at the issues being addressed…. he is but a sideshow and the government has done well to bring the attention to him and divert us from what the issues are.
    Many pinoys/pinays (who are not Dutch citizens) march and are active in political rallies held in the Netherlands, they are given the privilege to do so on the basis of freedom and not who they are or their status. Are we ready for that?
    Many will say get rid of the Dutch foreigner and yes he may/will go – but how does that improve the reason why our fellow citizens are marching…

  • Jonathan Brown

    Beware, beware, beware the Dutch
    They give too little and they take too much.
    Told to me by a Dutchman many years ago, but come on, Filipino’s are much bigger than this little slogan chanting Dutchman. It is easy to come here and criticise, much harder is to come here and try to understand. That takes time and a degree of empathy that this guy lacks.

  • Oh how I love a close with punch. Sweet! I agree. This is one ugly Dutchman.

    • manuelbuencamino

      Thanks Joe