This is NOT yesterday's news.
I really thought we'd won.
We all rejoiced, thinking that she "resigned",
only to find out that her resignation
was turned down by her editors.
And this past Monday,
her column once again was published in this paper:
It seems that sinking Malu was not as easy
as we had thought...
fat does float, after all.
I can understand that most casual readers
may be tired of this issue by now.
Call it a case of Fernandez Fatigue.
So many have moved on,
entertained by the inanities of a couple of jokers,
Joey vs. Willie,
two of the most insincere self-serving comedians I've ever seen.
But just two weeks ago,
tens of thousands of Pinoys were inflamed by this issue.
but after that apparent apology published in,
of all places,
a free geocities.com website (!),
our volatile emotions simmered down.
I believe that this has gone beyond
one person's insensitive acerbic wit,
to a classic case of corporate greed and callousness
from the editors of the Manila Standard.
Do they really believe that keeping Malu in her pen
will help their wannabe broadsheet get a circulation boost?
If her apology was really sincere,
and if her resignation was actually true,
instead of another publicity stunt,
then she could simply have kept her word of honor
and refused to write for the Manila Standard.
And the editors,
having received her resignation,
should have quietly accepted it,
out of pure and simple respect for the wishes
of millions of Pinoy OFWs.
we do live in the real world after all,
wherein happy endings are the exception
rather than the norm.
refuse to accept this sputtering denouement.
I believe that some of us,
and hopefully, more of us,
will keep the fires burning,
and keep on fighting hard.
I'm closely coordinating with a group of Pinoy Expats
spread out all over the Middle East,
and we are planning a series of concerted efforts
to finally put closure to this acerbic scandal.
If you'd like to be part of our effort,
please leave a comment here,
and indicate your e-mail address.
We'd love to have your help.
It may seem like we're tilting at windmills,
WE INTEND TO WIN.