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Filipinos cancel plans to hold Independence Day celebration at Orchard Road

Organisers of a planned Philippine Independence Day celebration here have withdrawn their application to hold it at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza. The event was to have taken place at the Orchard Road site on June 8. The police told The Straits Times that the withdrawal follows public order and safety concerns about the venue proposed by its organisers - the Pilipino Independence Day Council Singapore (PIDCS).

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WHY IT IS USELESS FOR FILIPINOS TO BE DEFENSIVE

Because of how long the bad image has lingered, Filipinos have no choice but to double their efforts to show that they are good. It seems our educational attainment should not just include technical information, but also good manners and right conduct. Ethical behavior should be the focus of educational content (I wish the K+12 program focused on that), but perhaps moreso with mass media. Another is that perhaps Filipinos should learn to police each other. That is most likely one feature of disciplined cultures like Singapore; people know how to chide or dissuade their countrymen when one of them is misbehaving, the mark of a self-policing society.

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PHILIPPINE EMBASSY GUIDELINES AND REMINDERS FOR FILIPINOS IN SINGAPORE

Refrain from engaging in partisan politics, especially during the election season in Singapore. Filipinos should avoid any involvement in partisan political debates and activities in Singapore as this is a violation of Singapore laws. Filipinos, including Permanent Residents, are not allowed to participate in political campaigns and do not have the right to vote in Singapore elections. Under Singapore laws, errant foreigners may be charged under the Societies Act, the Public Entertainment and Meetings Act, the Immigration Act, and/or the Penal Code if they engage in partisan political activiti in the city-state.

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PHILIPPINES INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS IN SINGAPORE: I DON’T GIVE A F**K.

Truth is, I probably don’t give a fuck about whether I’m seen as a xenophobe for thinking this should not have been allowed to happen and that the event is in my opinion considerably different from the Singapore Day events held overseas (helmed by the STB to promote tourism primarily); and neither does it bother me whether or not the Pinoy/Pinay community finally get to hold their flag-waving event right smack in the middle of Orchard Road, or at the Istana grounds,because ultimately at the end of the day, it all does nothing to benefit me either way, and it is a complete waste of my time to take to either side on the issue

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[YOUR LETTERS] PINOYS POLICE PRIME MINISTER

Do the Pinoys really think that they can do as they please in Singapore to the extent of disregarding our Public Order Act which stipulates that a permit is required for any type of public assembly or procession? And they even intend to draw a crowd of 10,000 when it illegal even for one person to protest outside of Hong Lim Park. If it is so easy to just organise a gathering in Singapore (outside of Hong Lim Park), then our opposition politicians like Chee Soon Juan and activists like Gilbert Goh will have a field day organising protests every single day already lah!

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PINOY: I WANT TO MOVE TO THAILAND AND STILL ENJOY SINGAPORE PR STATUS

I also still want to be Singapore PR and maintain (since I just renewed) the ability of me going in and out of Singapore for future business plans. Although, staying here means you must pay rental, get attached to expensive bills and cost of living. And I think even if I ask and plead my boss to increase my salary, I just think, I have reached to the point of the highest salary rate my career can offer. Not sure... but for me, the fast-paced life here is not something I dream of if I want to settle down with kids anytime soon.

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The flip side of the Filipino Day

For crying out loud…By the way, the community has held similar celebrations in the past, in Hong Lim Park and Suntec City. Is Orchard Road so sacred? And what does it say about the country’s own celebration of Singapore Day around the world; we took a public garden in Sydney and more recently, spent $4m or so in London. So Singapore should stop its own celebrations on foreign soil and confine the activities only in the embassy compound? If the other countries reacted like these “protesters’’ did, then perhaps we should.

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