‘Amalayer’ girl Paula Jamie Salvosa should have Tagaloged when she Englished

Perhaps Paula Jamie Salvosa, a.k.a. the Amalayer lady had a bad day and navigating the steaming chaos of one of the LRT stations in Manila’s train system is not exactly the best cure for a shitty day. But I can’t help but think back to how the Japanese, in their direst days following that really big earthquake and tsunami last year that leveled entire coastal cities there, remained the same reserved and composed people that they are.

So while I agree that many Netizens may have jumped at the chance to perhaps unfairly judge Salvosa based on a seconds-long video of her loudly berating a security guard at an LRT station, the fact is that between her and the security guard she was the noisy one. Many of us get judged on the basis of unintentionally noisy bodily functions — a loud fart or burp, continuous uncontrollable coughing, snoring, or a big splashing sound in a toilet cubicle. Life’s not fair. Having a bad day and a bad experience may be an excuse for a loud tirade, but you will be judged as the bad guy if the people around you maintained the presence of mind to remain hushed.

Goes to show there is never a wrong time to exhibit good manners. An inclination to err on the side of reservation, I believe, is the foundation of good manners. When you are raised well and bred well, that inclination is second-nature. For some of us unfortunate enough to have been raised on the other side of the tracks, maybe it can be learned. To the bottom-feeders, on the other hand, reservation is an alien concept.

Paula Jamie “Amalayer” Salvosa was entitled to a loud protest if, in fact, she was handled roughly by the security guard as she alleged in an interview

“Tapos, ito ‘yon, hinablot niya ako sa left arm ko and I don’t know kung makikita pa rin siya but I have a bruise to prove that. Medyo malabo lang siya but I have [a bruise]. Grinab niya ako. Doon pumitik, doon ako nag-snap kasi grinab niya nga ako,” she said.

But to carry on a tirade for what it seemed to me to be another ten seconds or so was what I think did her in and turned the jury’s sympathy towards the security guard. Tough shit, right? Well, we can’t have our trendy 21st Century digital lives and eat it too. Every new thing is a double-edged sword and we all never quite know when these swords will swing along a path that crosses with our necks.

The best defense is a shiny armor, in the form of good breeding, good manners, and a healthily low level of self-importance. We are, after all, a nation of 100 million. No one of us is really that important in the bigger scheme of things to be spared the harsh scrutiny of our judgmental society. So Ms Salvosa, though you could be spending the next several weeks (or even perhaps the rest of your life) gnashing your teeth about how “unfairly” you are being treated online or how much you are a victim of “cyber-bullying”, there may be some chance that you’d pick up the only real lesson from this experience:

Choose the occasions to exhibit your English language skills wisely.

As boss Benign0 say

Whatever. The point is, composure under duress is what separates rare class from common crass.

Have a nice life! 🙂

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Post Author: Kate Natividad

Frustrated artist doing geek for a living.

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Kristine
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I love your article! 🙂

mulatnajuan
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I am with Ms. Salvosa on this one. Security personnel should be trained to do their job without physical contact. Nobody is allowed to invade one’s personal space without permission and Ms. Salvosa is within her right to protest and protest loudly.

Impaler Triumphant
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Yes, I agree with you. Another point to raise: If there is someone to initially vilify, it should be the Youscooper who took that video. Amalayer may have been right about the lady guard grabbing her arm, still the Youscooper hasn’t covered it; therefore putting her in a bad light. Whether the Youscooper got late and had to help himself with that remaining content, the fact remains that he hasn’t covered it completely. In my book, that’s biased journalism, and biased journalism is one of the things we so hate about news authorities like ABS-CBN.

Johnny Saint
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ABS-CBN is hardly a credible authority on anything except yellow journalism. Worse, it encourages its viewers to participate in the same irresponsible sensationalism that passes for reporting these days 🙁

Pau
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true re: ABSCBN. all for the ratings.

amay_bisaya
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may pinag-aralan si Ms Salvosa… she could do better than that. naisahan tuloy siya ni lady guard.

the difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude.

may pinag-aralan nga si Ms Salvosa but her attitude dragged her to a mess. naisahan talaga siya ni lady guard

why not make a formal complain, Ms Salvosa and make it documented, validated and verified tapos i-post mo rin sa internet to ‘return the favor’. malay mo

Bill Steffen
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Attitudes can change instantly, especially in stressful situations. Actually I think this is being blown way out of proportion. This kind of thing happens every day everywhere in the world. Like it or not it is just human nature.

Johnny Saint
Guest

I agree, Bill. Too many things happening out there that deserve our attention over this bit of fluff. Netizens are giving way too much time to this.

Prince Ng
Guest

WRONG! Guards are duty bound to physically restrain people from letting them in without inspection or for whatever reason.

SECURITY in this day and age means… invasion of personal and other spaces for the benefit of all.

Bill Steffen
Guest

Yup, you are one of the folks that will give up your liberty and freedoms for a false sense of security. You must think terrorists are stupid.

ChinoF
Member

And the guards have the right to a hand on her because of her trouble-making behavior.

ChinoF
Member

“the right to LAY a hand on her…”

Bill Steffen
Guest

I think you are one of the “Sheeple” here that have been conditioned to obey on command. That’s exactly how the folks are in China.

youarestupid
Guest

You are with Ms. Salvosa.?? Eh di pareho kayong hindi marunong gumalang ng tao at walang tamang pag uugali!.. “Right to protest loudly” ???
what a jerk.. magsama nga kayo.

domo
Guest

Obvious utak squatter is indeed obvious. Iyan lang ba ang kaya mong sabihin emo traposakal?

stahlnacht
Guest

Ahh, a breath of fresh air. I’m comparing this to the other articles I’ve been reading lately.

Well written and worth reading.

I agree, in that you just don’t go railing on someone in public like that. The Hulk will always be seen as the bad guy when compared to the dude that’s just standing there, seemingly doing nothing.

Bill Steffen
Guest
I don’t know Kate. Did Ms. Salvosa break any law? It may be that I am American and see this differently. If she was breaking no law the guard had no business touching her. There is freedom of speech, whether you like it or not, but no person has the right to lay hands on you. I have been here awhile now and it seems to me some of these Security Guards think that they have more authority than they really do. Notice the word “some”. I have seen them intimidate folks here for no apparent reason other than they… Read more »
Paul
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Keeping the LRT safe is a bigger responsibility than a guard standing in a store. I would also say they probably have the authority to grab your arm if you don’t submit to security screening. Let’s not forget the Rizal Day Bombings.

I’m American also but what would happen in a similar situation here if it was the TSA?

Bill Steffen
Guest
Well Paul as you know being an American. TSA cannot pat you down without your consent. You have a choice. The X-ray or the pat down. As you know there are 2 lines at security. One for X-ray and one for pat down. If TSA sees something on the X-ray that they deem out of order they can then take you to a room and strip search you if needed. Comparing Security guards here to TSA agents in the states is like comparing Kindergartners to PHDs
ChinoF
Member

Yes, this is the Philippines and not America, Bill. If you can’t get a ride without a pat down, get the pat down. Follow the rules.

Bill Steffen
Guest

I think I or you are missing a point. Read the post again.

Ken
Guest

Great article and a great message for us all!

SRivera
Guest

As always, a very witty but insightful article.

Aizen
Guest

Even in worst-case-scenario, one must not display his/her selfishness… I think the main concern here is the security. As we all know, security guards are hired to make sure our life is secured. It only goes to show, that some of us (barely some of us) does not show respect on others.

boy bawang
Guest

La Consolacion should expel Paula from the school and she should go to jail!!

Bill Steffen
Guest

Why should she be expelled and go to jail? She broke no laws. Where are you? In China?

Paul Farol (@paulfarol)
Guest

Well, it depends on the University’s rule book for students.

Bill Steffen
Guest

Well Golly Gee Whiz Paul. You have the nerve to say that after Students are killed in hazing incidents. Students are subjected to parents pulling guns on students on school grounds? Oh wait, I forgot. Laws here, if there are any are selectively enforced.

DDlaney
Guest

Because her demeanor did not observe the proper decorum, values, beliefs, blah blah of the college. It may have also compromised the reputation of the school. Not to mention that she was wearing her school uniform during the incident.–That’s often the case. Philippine Catholic schools, if you know what I mean.

garbergar
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hwag mong ipagwadwarang may “PINAG ARALAN” ka dahil hindi mo naipakita… yes she has her reasons but the main issue here is what made here above ang beyond the lady guard just because “MAY PINAGARALAN” sya. the transport sector has lapses, the lady guard has her own issues, and we all have issues when it comes to personal space and being handled. educated and humble is definitely what shes not.

Johnny Saint
Guest

garbergar,

Every politician and religious leader wants us to practice “humility” and “contrition.” That way there will be fewer independent thinkers to question authority. Especially when it is misguided.

Does anyone out there have any information about the incident as to why Ms Salvosa reacted with such histrionics?

Yummy Dinuguan
Guest

Huh, so this is just Carabuena, Girl version then. That’s the problem with video cameras, they can take things out of context. If anything, the main reason why she’s treated like that is because she got caught on camera.

Paul Farol (@paulfarol)
Guest

Great post. 🙂

Paul Farol (@paulfarol)
Guest

Although, let me say, that it’s always best to avoid hysterics and fast forward to: “Who’s your supervisor? I want to talk to him or her now.”

And then, file the necessary complaint.

If that doesn’t work, sue ’em.

Bill Steffen
Guest

Paul, you assume this girl would have the money to Sue. My wife works in a law office and I know how that works here.

Kaye S.
Guest
In my opinion, Ms. Salvosa should have remained calm and just talk to the head of the security or the management to complain about the security, by doing so, she would have avoided being videotaped and judged, humiliated, and laughed at. Being students, we must know that it is important to be on our best behavior even when no one is looking at us, and this doesn’t exclude her. My teacher once told me that 90% of the things that are happen to us (good or bad) are not in our control (uncontrollable), BUT the remaining 10% is how we… Read more »
Bill Steffen
Guest

Your heart is in the right place Kaye, but as you grow older that things are not always what they seem, and Unicorns don’t poop Skittles and pee Kool Aid. It’s a hard cruel world out there. It always has been and always will be. Only the strong survive. Natural Selection…

Rea Bern
Guest

Not the strong; those adaptable to change.

charles e. montez
Guest

nangyari din sa akin noon sa NAIA terminal 2, pauwi ako ng provincia, ng papasok ako sa office ng airline meron lady guard sa entrance sabi sa akin “oi tatang”, nabigla ako dahil bata pa naman ako eh, pero tuloy pa rin ako sa loob at sinabihan ko ang isang security na nakasalubong ko na pagsabihan nila yong lady guard na walang galang, dahil kasama sa trabaho nila yong pag-galang sa mga pasahero…

IyaCheng
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Minsan na akong nabastos ng guard ng Bank..It was raining that time so nilalagay ko yung umbrella sa container. Sabay sinigawan ako nung guard “WAG MO JAN NILAGAY! DOON! DOON!”the tone of his voice is really disrespectful. Kaya sabi ko sakanya ng mahinahon “Wag mo ako sigawan. Kaya nga inaayos ko diba”. After doing transaction with the bank. I talked to the manager at dun ako nagcomplain. So what happened lumabas si Manager at sa harap ko kinausap si kuya guard. Pero the guard was saying na ganun lang talaga siya magsalita. At nung kaharap na si Manager iba na… Read more »
Toinks
Guest

Paula Salvosa has been unfairly treated with this video. I’m sure we’ve all had incidents when a power-tripping guard tried to step all over us just to feel important. If my arm was grabbed maliciously by anyone, I would probably react negatively as well.

Paula’s candor would be admirable in another context. Filipinos has become like sheep, just accepting crappy service and abuse all the time.

Bill Steffen
Guest

You got that right Toinks

Linda
Guest

Don’t you hate it when guards at establishments touch you for inspection before entering?

It’s the worst form of invasion of privacy.

Johnny Saint
Guest
The truth is there is NO LAW THAT COMPELS YOU TO SUBMIT TO A PAT DOWN. We’ve just been accustomed to blindly following what appears to be an authority figure. Try this next time you’re in the mall — insist they use their (metal) detectors instead of a pat down. If they insist gently push their hands away. You are the customer. The mall’s continued survival depends on you spending your money at their establishments. Assert your rights. You haven’t done anything wrong. They’re supposed to the tools they have. Otherwise, getting groped by a security guard is just sexual… Read more »
benign0
Admin

However, a mall is a privately-owned establishment and the searchers are private security officers. Those who enter do so voluntarily and their usual purpose for entering is not of a nature that is of fundamental essence to living.

Though a train station is a public utility, security measures applied at an airport pretty much set the precedent for similar searches at train stations.

This is the sad world we live in, unfortunately.

Johnny Saint
Guest
That is true. But by that measure, any place where there is heightened security should be doing pat downs. A country like Israel — which is under a constant threat of war — does not conduct body searches at their public utilities. I think Bill Steffen will attest to this. Instead, they have guards who are trained to OBSERVE. They maintain security better this way. Have we any documented proof that this security measure has actually made the malls safer? A colleague of mine some years back came to Manila for a conference and expressed to me that he felt… Read more »
Paul Farol (@paulfarol)
Guest

Hmmm… There are malls and there are malls.

There are malls like the one in Rockwell or Greenbelt, where most of the clientele belong to the upper set.

And there are malls like the one in Recto, Tutuban, and the like.

The guards in Greenbelt hardly touch customers who look like they’ve just arrived from a short ride from one of the posh villages or just stepped out from a morning at the board room.

The guards in Recto will most likely zero in on anyone who looks like they’re out to steal stuff.

Johnny Saint
Guest

It still comes down to the effectiveness of the establishment’s security procedures and personnel. I’ve shopped at National Bookstore and Goodwill and, while I didn’t see them, they probably have security mingling in with the clientele to observe. At Goodwill in particular, I witnessed an incident where they intercepted a young man who apparently tried to abscond with a small plastic template from the bookstore’s engineering section, an item worth something like PhP300. The thing fit in his jeans pocket. They didn’t do pat downs at the entrance then. And they still caught the criminal.

Johnny Saint
Guest

And that guy was decently dressed. Like he just came from a college lecture. Not someone “who looks like they’re out to steal stuff.”

Bill Steffen
Guest

Profiling is legal here or just accepted?

Johnny Saint
Guest

It’s not conscious if that’s what your asking, Bill. I’m pretty sure that the majority of Filipinos are NOT fully cognizant of the implications of “profiling” and “racism.” The rest who think they know what they are talking about are probably aping what they see on foreign TV shows.

Bill Steffen
Guest
You are correct I think Johnny. In the US the TSA cannot pat you down without your consent although uninformed folks have let this happen. You have the choice of a pat down or the X-ray. If they see something out of order in the X-ray then you can and must submit to a search. If you want to get on the airplane that is.
Johnny Saint
Guest

On the plus side several malls respect their customers’ privacy. Ayala does not do pat downs. Neither does EDSA Shangri-La. Curiously, while Podium does not insist on pat downs, using detectors installed at the entrances instead, SM guards rudely insist on body pat downs.

domo
Guest

I agree on pat downs of SM guards. Sometimes I think that what they’re doing is so perverted especially the simple one.

ChinoF
Member

Ahem…. remember Megamall bombing in 2000…. and LRT bombing in the same year… ahem.

Bill Steffen
Guest

Ahem, yes I remember. Where were the Security Guards then?

LA702
Guest

@ Kate N.

Who cares if it’s a no brainer of a subject. Can you blame ABS-CBN for covering nonsense? I think you’re learning how to create website traffic. Good job!

Johnny Saint
Guest

LA702,

It may be a fluff piece but it can certainly spin off into more interesting areas. Look at Linda’s comment above.

john salve
Guest

if u dont want to get checked dont go to any istablishment or any transport area were you haved to be checked…no one forced you to go there anyways…ur all retard here …shame on you blaming security personnel for doing their job…!!! Do your part…and obey security rules!!!

Bill Steffen
Guest

The only retard here is you John…. You are one of the sheep that would trade their Liberties and Freedoms for a false sense of security.

Don Henry
Guest

btw, it’s establishment and not istablishment. the letter i is nowhere near the letter e on my keyboard. is that a new keyboard you’re using?

Michael Kay Lozada
Guest

Allow me to comment on the article with the issue aside. Good points Kate! Yours is an article with ideas presented well and in a neutral manner. You let your readers see it in a different light. Digging more down deep into the points and not just the headlines.
May you be always inspired to write forever!

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