Does Prasertsri Kosin (a.k.a. ‘Koko Narak’) deserve to be deported from the Philippines?

There is some basis in what Thai national Prasertsri Kosin says about Filipinos, specially the part about the Philippines being home to a “dangerous” society and Filipinos being “afraid of one another” as well as the way his own Filipino friends are “also mistreated” presumably by other Filipinos.

These were among observations Kosin (who has been living and working in the Philippines over an undisclosed period) expressed as “Koko Narak” on Facebook using his rudimentary English skills. Not surprisingly, Kosin’s actions attracted an “undesirable alien” charge and is now in the process of being deported.

Prasertsri Kosin (a.k.a. 'Koko Narak')(Photo source: Koko Narak's Facebook profile.)
Prasertsri Kosin (a.k.a. ‘Koko Narak’)
(Photo source: Koko Narak’s Facebook profile.)
It is, of course, certainly difficult to excuse the other slurs and unfounded comments he makes about his “superior body” and how it may be infected by “the pignoy virus”. The key question here, however, is whether Kosin’s alleged crime actually caused injury or death. Philippine Immigration Law lists some criteria on which bases an alien may be deemed “undesirable”. Though the set of criteria includes various financial crimes, prostitution, and sedition, there seems to be nothing in that law that provides for insult or disrespect of Filipinos and their culture as cause for deportation on grounds of “undesirability”.

In any case, how does one measure the gravity of an expressed “insult” or show of “disrespect” to begin with? Different people interpret a message in different ways. A message involving a culturally-sensitive topic, for example, may be interpreted by different people over a range with bemusement on one end and serious personal offense on the other. Most likely it will depend on the size and health of the message recipient’s ego. People with unhealthy but big egos tend to quickly take offense.

It therefore seems that Kosin is being deported because a number of Filipinos (presumably those who reported him) felt “insulted” by Kosin’s words.

The subjectiveness of the notion of insult and this being a case study of how a message summarily deemed “insulting” to Filipinos is used as basis for punitive action is what makes the expat community in the Philippines a nervous lot. The following lament posted on the discussion thread How Easy Is It To Get Deported If You Are Not Filipino? on the online message board Philippines Expat Forum seems to encapsulate the general sentiment of the Philippines’ community of “resident aliens”…

What chance [do] we have if they will deport Alex Baldwin for an insult that he claimed was a joke Undesirable Alien Alec Baldwin Banned From the Philippines for a joke Alec Baldwin has been banned from entering the Philippines – just one day after the actor publicly apologized for joking about sex trafficking in the country. The country’s Bureau of Immigration has closed its borders to the star, according to a statement released by the government office on Thursday (21May09). Immigration Commissioner Marcelino Libanan says, “By being on the bureau’s blacklist, Baldwin is forbidden from entering the country as he is deemed an undesirable alien.”

In short, foreign residents in the Philippines are pretty much aware that simply harbouring an opinion of the Philippines could get them into serious trouble. In the case of Prasertsri Kosin, it is likely that a big enough proportion of the Filipino population would be insulted by his words. But that is precisely the point being made here. Is the answer to the question of whether or not the charge of “undesirability” will stick based on the percentage of Filipinos offended? Or will it be based on an evaluation grounded on clearly-defined criteria or rules?

‘Koko Narak’ has since posted a note of apology to Filipinos on Facebook.

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mrericx
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Will he deported back to his own country for insulting us through posting on facebook? The answer will be yes, thanks to the controversial Anti-Cybercrime Law in our country and that kind of act will be sued for an e-libel in spite that he’s telling the awful truth about the conditions of our country lately like Filipinos are being rude and undisciplined, issues on red tape and bad systems that we run here, corruption, etc. etc.

077Toro008Hayden
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Aquino and his administration, are very sensitive to criticism…Filipinos are very sensitive , as a whole to criticism. It may be because, they have eyes, but refuse to see the Truth about them. They have ears, but they refuse to hear the Truth about them.

Truth hurts, but it is the truth. Why not accept the “opinion”, and make it as a guidepost for improvement? But, No…they are hurt, and they don’t want to hear the truth. Especially from a foreigner…so on you go – Deportation, for expressing opinions…

chad
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I thought we Filipinos are very expressive of our feelings and sentiments, and that was precisely what we have inherited from the 1986 EDSA Revolution, and same revolts thereafter. What is the power of the bill of rights, particularly that of freedom of speech, of expression, and of the press, for? His personal comment does not endanger national security, public safety and order, therefore should not be abridged.

Jason Matthew "Gwapo" Bautista Alamar
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Jason Matthew "Gwapo" Bautista Alamar

Wala yang Thailander na yan dapat diyan binabartulina bago sipain pabalik ng gay country nya. Dun sya bagay sa mga kauri nyang bakla

Ricardo_Diaz
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So the really stupid Anti-Cybercrime law has passed… Congratulations Philippines. You just taught people how to post anonymously.

But in relation to the topic, Filipinos get too easily offended by little things and it in turn doesn’t allow them to mature into proper adults. Because as sad as it may sound, pain is necessary for growth and maturity. So if you try and wall yourself off, it will fail spectacularly.

Such as the case we see today.

DR
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Just shows how vain and thin skinned these people are. They cant take criticism of any kind even though they live in a third world country.

Berto
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there’s objective criticism and then there’s insults. that guy clearly did the latter. i may not agree with the punishment but that guy was a real dick. add another +100 damage for that chickenshit apology. at least have some balls to stand by what you said when the climate was still comfortable for you.

not sure
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Stick and stones… This is going too much for silencing opinions.

KVillaralvo
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Filipinos are simply not mature enough to take responsibility for their emotions. When they feel hurt, it’s always someone else’s fault. A mature person would not bother with those things because he is too busy working for his success. Isn’t this how Singapore succeeded, the way they didn’t give a rat’s ass about what other people say about them?

Jetlag807
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In the FREE WORLD, freedom of speech is respected and protected. In countries like North Korea, China and the Philippines, there is no such thing. Freedom of speech, like any Philippine Law, does not apply to “foreigners”. This place is a joke!

Prakash
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If a fellow Filipino said exactly the same thing, other Filipinos, I reckon, if not all, will either laugh or shrug the insults off (i.e. ganyan talaga mga Pilipino…). But it often stings when this sort of words comes from others. I don’t buy into Kosin’s actions. At the same time, I’m inclined to think of what prompted him to say those in the first place and whether there’s a grain of truth in his diatribes. Is there anything we can learn from it? As a Filipino myself, destructive small talks about other Filipinos are commonplace, e.g. how incompetent others… Read more »
tina
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people here seemed to be confused with the difference of “insult” and constructive criticism. if you state the negative truth to belittle people, it is NOT RIGHT for any civilized person. there is what we call “social responsibility”. when you highlight one’s weakness to put them down…it is NOT RIGHT therefore not tolerable. If you criticize, without providing a suggestion, then your intent is to hurt. That is NOT RIGHT. of course it is not right as well to lambast him, people who did that is just as worse as him. if we accept these behaviors, then we set a… Read more »
Pascual Delgado Jr.
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I agree with the Mr. benign0. Let us extend our apologies to Mr. Narak for “much ado about nothing”. With the publicity he will get he might become a movie star! I’m all ups to Mr. Narak staying in the Philippines with all the freedom to walk our streets, lanes and avenues.

sweetscrazy
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If ALL things were set in clearly defined rules, then there would be an un-ending list of rules. It would be a perpetual burden both on the rule-makers and the people. The lack of clearly defined rules for moral behavior is simply and naturally addressed by common sense and morality. You’ve wasted your time writing this piece just as I’ve wasted a minute writing this comment.

Falerea
Guest

There are people systeatically insulting the British, the French, the Americans or the Russians everywhere in the web. However, they are not being expelled from those countries because they are intelligent enough to ignore them. The ‘persona non grata’ policy is ridiculous.

ElYebay
Guest

Im a filipino living here in the philippines. What does it take for one to get deported from this hellhole?

Sick Amore
Guest

So there’s a chance Dan Brown can’t set foot in the Philippines after depicting Manila to be the gates of hell even if Bourne Legacy supported his claim and a lot of Pinoys were happy to be part of the film and can relate to the portrayal in the novel?

Dave
Guest

It’s always entertaining scrolling through the irate knee-jerk Pinoy Pride reactions on news sites.

The funniest was a Filipino asking what foreigners are doing working in this country in the first place, stealing jobs from Filipinos. Second funniest was a Filipino criticizing Thailand’s cuisine.

Dick S. O'Rosary
Guest

Its not just our ego that we have to deal with. We also have this pesky coping mechanism called “utang na loob”.

When we allowed this guy into the country, we, as Filipinos already assume that we did him a favor and he owes us back.

This is a completely backward and provincial coping mechanism since everything in our society ends up revolving around “favors”: politics, business, foreign affairs and what not.

Grimwald
Member

This is an off-hand comment but…

From the way he likes to take selfies of himself just makes what he did even more atrocious. This is why I rarely post pictures of myself, if ever.