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Google Takes Down Anti-Filipino Blog

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Vice President Jejomar C. Binay on Sunday asked Filipinos to hold their heads high in the face of discrimination as he thanked Google for taking down an anonymous blog urging Singaporeans to harass Filipinos living in the island nation.

In a post titled “Filipino infestation in Singapore — 5 point guide to showing displeasure without breaking the law,” the blog advised Singaporeans to refuse to be served by Filipinos in restaurants, “accidentally” shove them in crowded places, and not to help Filipinos involved in traffic accidents.

The blog, “Blood Stained Singapore,” was hosted on Google-owned Blogger. It was no longer available by late Thursday.

The Vice President lauded Google’s move and thanked the internet giant “for not allowing itself to be a platform for prejudice and ethnic discrimination.”

A Google spokesperson confirmed that the US web giant removes material from Blogger that violates its policy on hate speech.

The Philippine embassy earlier urged Singaporean authorities to take action against the blogger.

“It is obvious that the blogger, in choosing to hide behind the veil of anonymity, knew he would be held liable for what he wrote under Singaporean law against hate speech. And even as we condemn the hate speech, we Filipinos reiterate our well wishes for the people of Singapore,” he added.

There are currently some 170,000 Filipinos living in Singapore, most of them professionals.

Source: Office of the Vice President of the Philippines.

Photo by iss_thehague at Flickr.com.

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