German national to media and foreigners: 'You should be ashamed of yourselves. Feel free to leave the country if you are not happy'

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Former Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Rafael Alunan III posted on his Facebook account a letter from his German friend who lives in Europe.

The open letter caught the attention of netizens which is now going rounds in social media.

Michael Schaefer recognized the malicious and unfairly reports of local and international media.

Schaefer slammed local media for their bias news.

The European also said that instead of complaining and criticizing Duterte, why not help and "create a better country for all Filipinos."

In his letter, Schaefer also attacked foreigners who are against Duterte. He said that they are free to express their opinion and thoughts, but instead of complaining why not leave the country.

Before he end his letter, his last message is, "Feel free to leave the country if you are not happy with it, nobody is asking you to stay."

Read his full letter below:

by Michael Schaefer

I hate politics, I hate social media, I hate journalism, but this situation with Duterte makes me want to write this.

Firstly, to BOTH the local and international media - you should be ashamed of yourselves! The amount of times you have misreported what Duterte has said is embarrassing. People in your profession should have a bit more class and integrity, instead of just sensationalising headlines to sell papers and clicks.

In particular the local media should take a good hard look at themselves in the mirror and ask themselves where their allegiance lies - you should be ashamed of yourselves on behalf of the Filipino people, your country, your neighbours, your families and loved ones. I have no issue with reporting the news but please try to do it without the intention of purely selling headlines and manipulating people by not reporting the news more factually.

I did not vote in the recent elections, I have never voted, I am not pro or anti Duterte (and yes, I am against the extrajudicial killings among many other things he has been accused of), but I am half Filipino and spent most of my life there. If anything, I am pro Philippines and pro our country and the interests of our country.

The Philippines has enough issues on its own without having the media - and the population - feel the need to constantly and consistently criticise our president. I am relatively certain he has enough issues on his own trying to drive our country (a developing one, lest we forget) forward.

For decades all I ever heard was that we needed a ‘strong’ president. That we needed an authoritative figure. Well guess what, we have one now, and now that we have him, I get the feeling everyone feels inclined to give their two cents about how the country should be run.

Is Duterte perfect? Of course not. Has he made massive mistakes? Of course. Can you name me one global head of state that is? Of course not. At the end of the day, he is the president that was elected, regardless of whether you voted for him or not, I challenge many to try to actually work with him and the government to create a better country for all Filipinos - including, and especially, the ones less privileged.

Lastly, I see a lot of foreigners posting and often complaining about Duterte, and the Philippines. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I try to remind you however that at some point many of you spent time in the Philippines - for work, to live, to visit, whatever. I am sure that during that time you experienced more than enough respect shown to you BY Filipinos of all social classes.

This is our country, it is not yours. Before you come on social media and complain about our country, do not forget, you are or were guests here. You are free to leave any time you want. We do not go to your country and complain about how your government is run - without even mentioning how many developed nations treat foreigners in their own countries.

The last thing I will mention on this point is that we ARE a developing country, something that many of the developed nations tend to forget. Before passing judgement on how our president and our country is doing and does things, consider your own, often bloody history, before looking at how we do things. Feel free to leave the country if you are not happy with it, nobody is asking you to stay."

Source: Rafael Alunan III

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  1. Yeh sure. Once again we see a supporter of Duterte proclaiming that the media distorts the truth. And yet again there is no evidence. Not one example given citing a media outlet and anything published that is proven to be untrue. So who is spreading falsehoods. It's an opinion and nothing more but presented as if a fact because why?...because some half Filipino living in Europe said it.

    "We do not go to your country and complain..." haha, the irony. The Filipino doing the usual Filipino bullshit. Filipinos always complain wherever they are and are noted for their trying to influence policy and being activists and having activist organization in foreign countries. So instead of doing that, why don't you all leave and go back to the Failippines. As for foreigners receiving more than enough respect in failippines. Check any web site and see how Foreigners really get treated when they are honest about it. there are plenty around. The only race that has web sites dedicated to telling how Failipinos really are.

  2. This Filipino inability to take criticism is one of the reasons why the country is so poor and backward. It is a literal nightmare to do business here as the bureaucracy is horrendous and the corruption is epidemic. Foreign businessmen learn to factor in that there is no rule of law and to count on getting cheated on a regular basis when doing business. All of this adds up to few jobs and the majority that are available are substandard minimum wage jobs that pay less than $8.00 per day.

  3. Wat a pakin jok yu ar. if you say yourself are good in taking criticisms, show yourself put your real photo and name. If you went to aherm school, not even college, which I dropped out because of bullshits like you, there are 2 kinds of criticism. A Constructive and Destructive. I will not preach you about it as you can use GMG (Google Mo Gago!) to search for it. What I have learned is that constructive criticism works way better.

    1. "...which I dropped out because bullshits like you.." haha, the old favourite Failipino reply. It's not my fault I'm an idiot, it's yours...I'm not to blame for anything. As for constructive criticism, most who engage with Failipinos know that any criticism constructive or otherwise is usually met with standard preprogrammed Failipino responses..."that's how we do it in da Failippines", "why don't you go back where you belong...(same as the moron who wrote the article)". threats of violence, blank stares, being called racist. Morons.


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