BANGLADESH AMBASSADOR GOMES: Half of Filipinas are prostitutes

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BY RIGOR ZABALA

Philippine womanhood has reaped its biggest insult from no less than a diplomat who claimed that half of Filipinas are “prostitutes.”

As newly-minted Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to snag the biggest drug lord in the country, he might be interested to know that he could have a prized catch in a foreigner, and a diplomat, at that, under his iron-first anti-criminality campaign.

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It is not rare that we often read reports about Bangladeshis being collared in foreign shores for drug trafficking but Bangladesh Ambassador to the Philippines John Gomes may not, however,  be a drug lord. But he has other sins to Filipinos that should merit the attention of the President. Gomes to us is a “criminal.”

More than 600 suspected drug dealers have died in the hands of police since Duterte and PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa launched the anti-criminality campaign that focused on illegal drug dealing and use.

We would not suggest Gomes be on that list of dead victims. His sin is not about drugs.

His sin is about women and abusing them.

Women abuse is a crime in this country, is it not?

So Gomes might as well be labeled a “criminal” and in the radar of criminals under Duterte’s anti-crminality campaign fit to be dumped in the New Bilibid Prison in the company of drug lords.

Alex Magno, in his column First Person titled Undiplomatic (Philippine Star,  August 6, 2016), unmasked Gomes’ dark, hidden persona, his disdain for Filipinos and the uncouth manner he treats Filipino workers in his embassy.

What are Gomes’ sins?

He once made the claim that half of Filipinas were “prostitutes.”

He has described former president Noynoy Aquino as the most stupid president in the world.

He also said Filipinos are “thieves.”

Gomes could not be sent to jail for describing former President Benigno Aquino as the most stupid president, him having no franchise over the opinion.

But Gomes’ other sins should merit him  the presidential anger and inclusion in the hate list of President Duterte that counts drug lords, kidnappers, rapists, terrorists, grafters, human traffickers, etc., etc.

Gomes desecrated Pinoy womanhood by saying half of Filipinas are “prostitutes.” He also harassed Pinoy womanhood in the person of a Filipina staff at the Bangladesh embassy through his foul language and by thievery.

In effect, the honorable ambassador violated the country’s laws on respect for women. That is criminal!

Magno wrote:

“A couple of years ago, a Filipina employee who served at the embassy of Bangladesh for nearly two decades filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC). The complaint was for illegal dismissal as well as a claim for benefits denied her.|

“The NLRC ruled in favor of the Filipina. Lawyers for the Bangladesh embassy, however, claim the diplomatic outpost was immune from suit.”

“The complainant, Alona T. Contridas, has elevated the matter to our Court of Appeals. This is a significant case because it covers the rights of Filipino staff working for foreign embassies in the country.”

“Contridas worked as a cleaner in the embassy. She was later promoted to messenger, with a monthly salary of P17,000.”

“Even after her promotion, Gomes instructed her to report earlier for work to perform cleaning duties in the embassy before office hours. The reason for that, it turns out, was that the person to do the cleaning was made to report to the ambassador’s home to do cleaning, laundry and cooking duties.”

“All the while, a monthly salary of P15,000 was due her. But Ambassador Gomes paid her only P12,000.  Each month, it turns out, the ambassador skims P3,000 from his embassy’s lowliest employee.”

Magno further wrote that Gomes once threw the trash before the Filipino staff.

“He routinely called Filipino “thieves” and once made the claim half of Filipinas were “prostitutes.” In a most undiplomatic way, he describes former president Noynoy Aquino as the most stupid president in the world.”

Gomes had Contreras removed from the embassy staff two years ago.

“Contridas wrote the Bangladesh prime minister complaining of the ambassador’s tyrannical behavior towards the staff. She specifically complained about the ambassador skimming from the salaries of Filipino employees,” wrote Magno.

She also informed then President Aquino about the demeaning remarks the ambassador was making about Filipinos in general and the president  in particular.

Having called Filipinos as “thieves,” we would not be surprised if Gomes repeats the same when he had too many drinks with his friends in the diplomatic corps.

Which should bring us to the case of the $81 million hacked from the Bank of Bangladesh which landed in Philippine Banks.

Gomes is bullying the Philippines government to immediately return surrendered part of the filched amount even as the Senate has yet to complete its investigation on the money laundering scandal.

He believes Filipinos were behind the heist. That is why he says Filipinos are thieves. But the Bangladesh finance minister says the hacking was completely an inside job. It happened because the Bank of Bangladesh failed to adequately protect itself from hackers or worse, allowed a conspiracy from within that bank. (Read more in Magno)

So what to do with a scum like Gomes?

Gomes wants the Bank of Bangladesh scandal resolved and the hacked money returned to Bangladesh before his ambassadorial watch in the Philippines ends.

Before he goes back home to Bangladesh, Filipinos should make this persona non grata answer for his crime.

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82 responses to “BANGLADESH AMBASSADOR GOMES: Half of Filipinas are prostitutes

  1. Dear Mr. Zaman,
    I read your letter, and I’m sure that John Gomes is not the representation of the Bangladeshi people but instead he misrepresented your nation with his ignoramus statement by saying half of the Filipinas are prostitute.

    It’s a stupid reaction of any nation when being attacked, automatically a nation that is being attacked will retaliate and attack as well. And if this will not stop, deeper wounds will hit each Filipinos, bull’s eye!

    I have Bangladeshi friends too here in Riyadh, regardless of their culture and standards what I only understand and accept is their kindness to me, enough for me to accept them and learn from them their culture etc.

    For me DIVERSITY must be fun, educational and tolerance. The mistake of Peter is not Joh’s mistake so to my Filipino people, let’s just condemn the one who committed the mistake not the entire Bangladeshi people, after all we are all equal to God’s eyes! – KHROME

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  2. Dear Filipino friends,
    By reading this type news any people will get mad thats very normal. But just think what if this news has no real ground , then will you not feel shy or sorry those you are commenting bad? I am not supporting Mr. Gomes, but supporting Bangladeshi people. If Mr.Gomes has done this mistake he should punished for that, but for that all Bangladeshi cant blammed.
    There is lots of Filipino working in Bangladesh, and so many are friends around the globe. Now this type of news viral can cause big problem between them.
    So please stop to spreading this link.
    If really there is ground of this news the victims / Govt. should go for justice.
    We Bangladeshi people we want filipino as our friend not enemy. So for the peace please stop sharing this link and if you have shared already please remove it.
    Thanks

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    • very well said but i do not agree with your plea to stop spreading this news. This news should be well published for the awareness among nationalities not only Filipinos but other nationalities as well. This news will educate every individual about Gomes. It is also true that he is not the whole Bangladesh but he is a representative of your country. It is just natural for us Filipinos to defend our countrymen. It is our culture and you should respect that as well.

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  3. Dear Ambassador John Gomes,
    Unless otherwise media not tailored your speech, I would say you must apologies before Filipino nation for your speech. You are an Ambassador, considered to be a well-educated person.
    A moral personal with ethic looks for good things, discuss about good things, talks about good things. You speech speaks who you are and what you are. Your speech sounds like you are son of a Prostitute.
    A famous saying “Who looks for what, he gets that”. This saying applicable for you. You probably walk around prostitute areas in Philippines that’s why you considered 50% Filipinas are prostitute.
    My wife is a Filipina, my mother in law is a Filipina – and I do not agree that these my family members are prostitute.
    You must ask for an apology if you are really a Man.

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    • Truth is unfortuneately, that half of Bangladeshi women are prostitutes, their brothers are often pimps who engage in human trafficking, their children become sex slaves, so what can you expect from the man who represents this country? He is also the thief. A country where they kill bloggers because they have no freedom of speech. Mr Gomes is certainly not a diplomatand should be relieved of his position.

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  4. Your action is unbecoming as a public servant of your country.you should apologize to filipinos and we condemn you for accussing us as prostitutes.how dare you Gomes to call us prostitutes!be careful of your dirty mouth.

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  5. This ugly monkey ambassador should shut his mouth by pooo of the dirty people of his country.. If i should know people from your country is the most lower kind from the eyes of other countries especially here in middle east.. Your people? Women? Is the most filthy, smeely, ugly, lazy, slow mind, and more prostitute than us Filipinos.. Your attitude is ugly like your face rubbish monley. 😡😡😡

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  6. Hello my friends, I feel ashame to know the news. I read all the comments and I agree. I cannot blame the philippinos. If ambassador of philippines in my country said also that, my countryman will also angry. Maybe gomes enjoying philipino prosti bec i heard many time in community that embassy hiring unfit local and some of them become mistress. That’s why im not surprise anymore when i come to our embassy maybe 3 months back, i saw a girl siting in the counter wearing no sleeve and very thin blouse i can almost see inside underwear.She also wear very tight jeans and slipper. For me this is not proper office dress, she look like prosti. She talk in the phone and don’t know proper English. If my English is bad, her one is worse. Then this month i came again for my family visa, i saw 1 Gay in the counter acting more than a girl. I cannot understand what kind of hiring officer has embassy here. If this office operate also night time it look like night club. Sorry but only sharing my comment..

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  7. Dear Ambassador John Gomes,
    Please don’t compare those Filipinas whom you alleged as whores to your wife. That’s exactly how one feels if their wife is cheating him for some man. They think all women are whores. Castigate your wife, not those innocent Filipinas.

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  8. To Ambassador Maj. Gen. John Gomes (ret.)
    Utteranses is a certain word without iscrutinizing it will carefully, would spoiled to the people concerned especialy the filipino people.

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