Lea Salonga to Pinoys: “Unite behind Duterte, stop bickering to reach Singapore-like discipline”

Lea Salonga asks Pinoys to unite behind the President if the country wants to achieve a Singapore-like discipline on her Facebook post.

unity! Stop the bickerings! These are the general sentiment echoed in the viral post of the world-class celebrity on Facebook that resonates among the netizens who read it.

In a Facebook post, Lea Salonga recalls the Michael Fay incident in Singapore in the 1990’s.

Ms. Salonga recalls the massive outcry from Western countries condemning the barbaric act of the Singaporean government on national TV and print media, plastering his photograph that made him look vulnerable, more like a child than someone on the verge of manhood.

President Bill Clinton, the US president at that time intervened on behalf of the young American but only managed to bring down the punishment from six lashings of a cane to four.

The famous Broadway singer-actress recalled how the Singaporeans rally behind their government, perhaps taking a dig at Pinoys who bashed Duterte after the diplomatic gaffe rather than rallying behind the President.

The actress-singer says that this is the kind of attitude of Singaporeans that she has been yearning for the country.

She ended her post by enjoining Pinoys to unite behind the President because, after all we are all in this together.

Check out the full text of her post below.

For some strange reason I started thinking of an incident back in the 1990s that took place in Singapore.
An American teenage boy by the name of Michael Fay was found guilty of vandalizing cars and stealing government property, and was sentenced to 6 lashes of a cane. President Bill Clinton pleaded for clemency, hence the sentence was lessened to just 4, after which the young Mr. Fay was deported back to the United States.

I remember the protestations of the west against the cruelty of this kind of corporal punishment (although there were some folks that were totally in favor of it). Afternoon television programs featured it. People Magazine wrote an article on the young Mr. Fay. The photograph used made him look vulnerable, more like a child than someone on the verge of manhood.

However, in Singapore, after the sentence was pronounced, many people interviewed for the news were proud of their country, that they were this strict in meting out punishment for crimes against the state and its people. Plus, cars are extremely expensive, costing at least twice the amount it normally would in the US. So of course the anger over them getting keyed is high as well.

Moral of the story: obey the rules of the country you live in or visit. Render no destruction to property, public or private. All visitors are subject to the same laws as its residents.

It was this kind of strictness that I yearned for here in the Philippines all those years ago. And now my mind is thinking of the word “perhaps.”

Perhaps if government was more strict back then…

Perhaps if the war on drugs began much earlier…

Perhaps if everyone was less apathetic and more sympathetic and empathetic towards one another…

Perhaps… Perhaps… Perhaps…

So now here we are.

This is on all of us. We’re all in this together. It’s pointless to stand on one side and place all the blame on someone that isn’t us. WE all did this. All of us. So it’s going to take all of us to fix it.

Source: Lea Salonga

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