An Overseas Filipino Worker in Sydney Australia criticized Senator Risa Hontiveros during her meeting with the Filipino Community Leaders at Bulwagang Rizal Philippine Consulate Office – Sydney.
Lualhati, an OFW in Sydney questioned the action of some politicians including the Hontiveros which she believes that only destroying the image of the country in the international community.
She said that OFWs are doing their best to improve the image of the Filipinos in the international community while some politicians are destroying the image of the Philippines by feeding the foreign community of malicious informations about the country.
“We are trying our best here to international community to show how Filipinos are like and how hardworking we are and how excellent we are.. but no matter how hard we do that there are people especially from your party in fact yourself” Ms. Lualhati told Hontiveros.
She also said that Senator Hontiveros demanded the United Nation to come in the Philippines and investigate the killings during the Duterte administration which she believes that only maligning the country.
“How can we be honorable when we malign our own community, our own people, in suggesting that there are crimes going on done by the government, against its own people. Parang hindi fair na kami nagpapakahirap na baguhin ang imahe ng mga Pilipino at ng Pilipinas sa international community and yet paulit-ulit na naririnig namin sa inyong mga politicians na dina-down niyo ang sarili niyong bansa. Naapektuhan kami, naapektuhan ang mga OFWs,” Lualhati said.
Lualhati said that they were the one who engaged with the foreigners and clarified some information that fed by the opposition to the international community.
She also asked Hontiveros if how can the Philippines improve its image to the international community when some Filipinos are trying to destabilise the country.
“Naapektuhan kami, naapektuhan ang mga OFWs. We are around the world and we all have to put up with that and we all have to, we’re at the forefront in other words, nasa frontier kami, nasa harapan kami, kami yung nasa trenches na humaharap sa mga foreigners na nakikita ang sinasabi ng mga katulad ninyo na senators. You hold office okay? So people will listen to you whether we like it or not. So, paano naming mababago ang imahe, kung paulit ulit na sinisira ng kapwa naming Pilipino? …” She said.
In response, Risa Hontiveros clarified that she only urged and not demanded the United Nations to investigate the Philippines.
The senator also claimed that PNP’s statistic shows that more than half of the 7,000 were killed during police operation, but Lualhati said that the stats that she said was not correct.
Hontiveros also said that she only wanted to urge the government to investigate the killings because she believes that some vigilante groups are taking advantage of the PNP’s war against illegal drugs.
The videos of the discussion between Senator Hontiveros and Lualhati was uploaded by Mr. Rado Gatchalian(Short Version) and DuterteFever by Lotti(Full Version) on Facebook.
“I try to study the issue further and propose an alternative. That’s why there are also, as I was discussing with Sir Rado earlier, some proposals I’m making in terms of how to more effectively and cost-efficiently address our problem with illegal drugs, how to support the PNP in its security centre reforms process. So that’s what I can say, that uh, I’m trying to do my job as a legislator, and as a Filipino.” Hontiveros told Lualhati
After that the Consulate General already decided to end the discussion between Lualhati and Hontiveros because of the lack of time.
Ms. Lualhati was praised by the Netizens for questioning a powerful senator in her own forum.