Netizen makes emotional appeal to critics: ‘Stop politicizing, its not about you, this is about our country as a host, our athletes, tayo bilang mamayan.’

Facebook netizen named Noel Sarifa lamented how toxic the atmosphere has become online and comments like “we are not ready”, “substandard”, “corruption” and “poor accommodation” are manifestation of these attitude.

Sarifa remarked that will all the efforts exerted by the government in the last 2 years preparing for the SEA Games, he wondered what the critics have contributed? Did they arrange chairs? Swept the venue with broom?  Registered as volunteer? Planning to cheer for our athletes as a show support?

A puzzled Sarifa could only ask questions like where was the negativity coming from? Are we not supposed to help one another? He reckoned that since this is our house. This is our country and we have guests. Instead of sitting idly by and criticize, we can do something and help, think of ways how to contribute rather than find faults and use it to attack the government. Sarifa said the embarrassment of one, an embarrassment of all. If something bad happens, what they will remember is the Philippines.

If you have nothing good to say, Sarifa said the least one can do is to shut up! Otherwise, you are just putting the country and hosting in a bad light. And the world is all eyes on us. Sarifa told critics to please stop. They are shameless. People who put the country at risk for personal gain are nothing but traitors. Selfish!

Sarifa reiterated his call for critics to stop politicizing the issue because its not about them but the country as a host, our athletes and the Filipino citizens.

Sarifa ended the FB post by saluting the people behind the preparations. He enjoined Filipinos to set aside our differences and cheer for our athletes, welcome and accommodate our guests, don’t litter and avoid being the troublemakers in the events, and together we raise the Philippine flag.

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Andaming negativity online, di daw ready, substandard, kinurakot, poor accomodation, really? With all the efforts na nilagay and sa 2 years na preparation may naiambag ka ba? Nag arrange ka man lang ba ng chairs? Nagwalis ka man lang ba sa venue? Nagregister ka ba as volunteer? May balak ka bang isupport and ating mga players?

Where is all the negativity coming? Hindi ba dapat nagtutulungan tayo? Bahay natin to, bansa natin, may bisita tayo, imbes na umupo at pumuna pwede tumayo ka at tumulong, mag isip ng maiambag imbes na mag hanap ng mga bagay na maibabato? Sabi ko nga kahihiyan ng isa, kahihiyan nating lahat. Pagmay hindi magandang mangyari hindi naman pangalan ni ganito ganun ang maalala, ang maalala PHILIPPINES, so if you have nothing good to say shut up! You are just putting our country and hosting in a bad light. And the world is all eyes on us.. So please lang tigilan nyo na. Wala kayong kahihiyan. Kaya nyo isa-alang alang ang sambayanang Pilipino for your political gain, mga Hudas! MAKASARILI!

Stop politicizing, its not about you, this is about our country as a host, our athletes, tayo bilang mamayan.

With all preparation at hand, I salute all people behind. Let us set aside differences and cheer for our athletes, welcome and accommodate our guest, wag magkalat, wag maging pasaway sa event, sabay sabay nating itaas ang bandera ng Pilipinas!

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Source: Noel Sarifa

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