Over the past few days, Thai national Kosin Prasertsri created social media buzz after making racist and derogatory remarks against Filipinos. Despite being employed by Cognizant Philippines for three years now, Prasertsri, who goes by the name Koko Narak on Facebook, insulted Filipinos and called them “Pigs”, “Pignoys”, and cockroaches.
The 32-year-old expat even used Facebook community pages like ASEAN Community to ridicule and affront Filipinos.
While Prasertsri was busy spreading hate on Pinoys, a British National who has been tagged by netizens as “Pinoy at Heart” defended Filipinos through an open letter for Narak that he shared through Kicker Daily News.
In his letter, Malcom Conlan courageously defended Pinoys against Prasertsri’s allegations that Filipinos are “not fit to work in the office”. Stating that there are about 11 million Filipino employees working around the world, Conlan pointed out that he is amazed how professional Pinoy workers are, particularly those working as domestic helpers.
He even warned Prasertsri to put down his racist groups on Facebook before he files a report to the Thai Police.
Check out Conlan’s open letter to Prasertsri.
Prasertsri Issues Apology
Through a letter posted on the ASEAN Community Facebook Page, Prasertsri issued his apology to Filipinos. According to him, he made the harsh remarks as a result of his immaturity.
A report by coolbuster.net revealed that Prasertsri issued the apology after his employer reprimanded him.
Here is Prasertsri’s full statement:
To All Filipinos on this page”! This is my great sorrow to inform you that I am very sorry what I’ve done or posted the racist comments wheter on the Asean page or my personal facebook. No matter the comments I have done are either from my intention or my playfullness. Kindly accept my apology.
At the first sight of my intention to join this page, I came across just to do the debate only. I didn’t mean to hurt your heart Filipinos. Surprisingly, mosts of my debates on the page hurt you because of my imaturity. This is my sincere apology to all of you Filipinos. What I would like to inform you is, I am not feeling scared of the post or the blog. But I am feeling scared of brokening all Filipinos’ heart here. Many comments that I posted on the page are kind of playful more than my intention to be racist to all Filipinos.
Back to the past, I had many Filipino friends in my school plus I had Filipinos teachers. I would like to let you guys know that I am not that kind of person as you see on the page. I am not trying to say I am good or perfect or make an excuse. But at least, I have many Filipino friends here. I have helped them their financial problem. Many of my friends had no milk to feed their children, no rental monthly, no electricity and no food. I am the one who had helped them with my heart. Bcos I know how they were feeling at that time. I used to be cheated as well. Plus, I always share my happiness to them buying snack, toy and etc to share with the children as I can handle. I am such a pityful person even I sometime have a negative prejudice on Filipinos. I am not trying to request your sympatize to me but I am trying all dear Filipinos here to think of me in another way. I am very an approachable guy spending my life as Filipinos do, hanging out with friends at the cheap place, singing videoke like Filipinos, buying cloths from Changke.
I hope you Filipinos will understand and accept my apology. Feedback from my company, I have talked and discussed regarding the situation already and I got penalty what I had done. I am deserved it I know. Hope you guys kindly accept my apology since Filipinos are well known to be kind and friendly. Am I right? I might move from here to another branch abroad not in The Philippines anymore but I hope that you will welcome me whenever I come back. I wish I could be welcome from you guys Filipinos.
Finally, once I post this apology to you. I will unlike on this page and never come back again. This is my sincere responsibility and I will handle all by myself everything I have done.
Please do not drag my company Cognizant to be the victim or hostage for the situation since I love Cognizant so much. It is one of the best company here I have ever joined with. It is the company I join the longest among those companies when I was in Thailand. I think I have clarified everything already to all Filipinos. Hope this apology will be notified you guys.”