Adding insult to injury



If you’re wondering why foreigners consider Filipinos doormats in our own country, blame it on our officials.

It’s been a month since former Trade Undersecretary Maria Teresa Cruz-Evangelista has filed a complaint against Muhammad Ali Nasser al Shehri, a Saudi Arabian Embassy employee who allegedly tried to harm her, but the Bureau of Immigration has yet to act on the case.

Evangelista wrote a letter to Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David about Nasser’s arrogant and disrespectful attitude towards her, but has not received any reply.

Nasser continues to ignore a summons from the Makati Prosecutor’s Office where Evangelista filed a case of grave threats against the foreigner.

The complaint stemmed from an incident at a parking lot of a Makati condominium where Evangelista and Nasser are both residents.

Evangelista said she mistakenly parked her car on Nasser’s slot.

The condominium guards called her attention after Nasser loudly complained.

Approaching Nasser as she profusely apologized for the inconvenience she had caused him, Evangelista was met with rage.

Nasser was not able to harm Evangelista only because the guards restrained him.

The embassy employee, according to the former government official, threatened to slash her tires.

Such arrogance and disrespect by a foreigner towards a woman in her own country should not be tolerated.

But the immigration bureau belittles the incident by its inaction on Evangelista’s complaint.

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Many years ago, two drunken Saudi diplomats were beaten black and blue by Makati Mayor Nemesio Yabut and his bodyguards for molesting his woman companion.

The beating created an international repercussion with the Saudis threatening to cut off its oil supply to the country.

Although the Philippines apologized to the Saudi government for the incident, we were able to show foreigners to respect us.

But that was then.

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Metro Stonerich Corp., the contractor of Wil Tower on Eugenio Lopez Drive in Quezon City, has offered the Pineda family a measly P100,000 after a 100-kilogram cement slab fell on their roof from the 30th floor of the building under construction.

Peyo Pineda and his wife, Susie, said the offer was “adding insult to injury.”

“We’re not after the money. We want Metro Stonerich closed. We want (Quezon) City Hall to do that,” said Pineda.

Peyo Pineda, whose business is selling luxury vintage cars, said that before the 100-kg slab fell on their roof Sunday, their roof had been the dumping ground of debris and even human feces for two years now.

On October 16, this column came out with Peyo’s complaint about debris and human waste landing on his roof from Wil Tower.

That was more than two weeks before the incident on November 4 when the 100-kg slab fell directly on the room of Peyo and Susie’s son, Gino, missing him by a few minutes.

Gino had gone out of his room to get something from the living room when the dumping happened.

Metro Stonerich had ignored the incident even after this column came out with Pineda’s complaint on October 16.

The company, which has built big malls in Metro Manila, is owned by Ibrahim Nuno, whose mother, Zamboanga City Councilor Lilia Nuno is seeking a seat in Congress.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FPVUYCML46QCAJM5N2O4GNID24 tony

    Regarding your opinion that foreigners have little respect for Pinoys even in the Phils because of govt officials, I must respectfully disagree you on that one. I am living overseas and officials here respect me because I stand up for my rights. Foreigners belittle Pinoys in the Phils because Pinoys do not have the balls to stand up for their rights even in their own country! How difficult would it be to teach that illiterate shepherd boy from the Middle East – go to his residence, get the Pinoy security to look the other way and then slash the tires on his vehicle. That would send a message to the shepherd boy. What I’m wondering about is where are all the so called macho pinoys?

    • jayemdee_412

       I totally agree with your comment. I, myself, was a former OFW for 15 years working at the biggest oil producing company in the world until I retired, and nobody made me feel inferior because I never allowed it. I never bucked down whenever a local or other foreign national disrespects me.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/SAGKZON3CUMS2QVBSXOIK3KM64 J Mapagmahal

      Sure, he can try to do that, slash his tires but first. How is he or you going to get near their houses to even try to ask the pinoy security to look the other way.
      Them Saudis don’t play, they don’t ease up on security. They’re paranoid like that.

      Dude they be gangster.

      I thought you said Romney was going to win too.


    • jeffrey_01

      Are you awake?  Which part of the world are you?

    • reddfrog

       Pinoys don’t respect fellow pinoys, how much more foreigners?

      • Guest

        More precise: Those US-wannabes in Metro Manila Luzon look down at all from outside of their area.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MIIU4AIF5XFICVVAEVLVAFY46A danny

    Huwag po sanang mangyari sa akin na ganun-ganunin ako sa bansa ko.

    • reddfrog

       Don’t park in other people’s parking space. Or don’t do anything to inconvenience other people deliberately thinking that you can always apologize later.

  • cantonese

    Sumbong mo kay Tulfo. hehehe

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SAGKZON3CUMS2QVBSXOIK3KM64 J Mapagmahal

    Saudis. Hmmmm nobody can really eff with them, not the US, not UK, and no not the Philippines.
    A lot of them are good and a lot of them are arrogant, like any other race.
    Saudis don’t usually mingle with other arabs or other muslims.
    They are rarely seen in a mixed mosque. They keep to themselves when it comes to praying.

    No other arab states or their leaders would openly go against the Saudis.
    They’re that powerful. The Saudi Monarchy is the decendants of the Desert Jews around Mecca back in the old old days. Hence they’re saviness in managing their wealth and power.

    Good luck putting them in jail, not if they can pay you off or get to you first.

    Scary dude…

  • kismaytami

    Eh kung hindi ba naman siya tatanga-tanga, mag-park ba naman sa hindi niya parking lot. Naturingang undersecretary of trade pa man din. Ano ba itong mga tauhan ni aquino? Pero kung ordinaryong Pilipino kaya ang nakaaway ng government official, siguro nasa kulungan na ang pobreng Pilipino.

    • Juan Rivera

      Ikaw yata ang tatanga tanga. Ano ang connection ni Aquino sa incidenteng ito.

  • Peds Wang

    Mon….use your brain….Sya nagkamali sa umpisa…and in between that something migth have happened that migth have made the Saudi man angry….mali na nga yung tao kinakampihan mo pa,tapos me mukha pa sya magdemanda.Ikaw kaya parking space mo pinaradan ng iba,tapos ikaw pa dinemanda…sus naman…common sencse…thats what you always tells us in your column

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/NWS5555HSDDFIVPBZEC2QPBOGM Nelson

      Aba, makikipag sundukan na naman si Mon!

  • Peds Wang

    Anyway,if he wasnt a Saudi/Foriegner,you probably would be on his side against a government official regarding this situation

  • sacrebleau

    Years ago, a friend of mine figured in an accident in KSA, and although it wasn’t his fault, the saudi told him: “If you hadn’t come to my country, this accident would never have happened.” I see a big similarity between that logic and the logic that Cruz-Evangelista has all the rights regarding the incident because she’s a local, and connected at that – it would sit well with fanatics.

    Cruz-Evangelista should let it go and move on. People pay a premium for these parking spots. She should park in her own spot. She could react with the same kind of venom if anyone parks on her spot, that would serve as a deterrent to those who park illegally. Live and learn. Otherwise, this whole exercise would be just to prove that her pride is commensurate to her stupidity.

    • patriotic_act

      I agree, I know how infuriating it is when somebody parked in your spot.. the hassle it will bring you.. knowing that you have the luxury of time because you will still have a spot to park on then suddenly somebody will just take it?
      I am very much vocal against people who lost temper on the road and parking lots way back my younger years but I didnt know how it felt to be in their shoes until I drive myself and had the same thing happened to me..I did worst than just slash some tyres..

      Cruz-Evangelista just so happened to be a former undersecretary that she felt she should’ved not been treated like that eventho she is at fault.. maybe because she thought her apologies can fill it..

    • Guest

       There wouldn’t be so many OFWs if this country set the framework right for a sustainable, sophisticated economic plan. (To only small extend, if this country didn’t grow populationwise at a fast rate.)

      • sacrebleau

        All countries have expat workers. As far as I know, only the Philippines call their expat workers OFWs and charge them with fees.

        Sophisticated economic plan? I can tell that you are just learning how to construct sentences by your hollow words.

  • randyaltarejos

    If Filipinos behave in America or other countries because they respect the laws of their host countries, why can’t the foreigners do the same in the Philippines? Is this because they think they’re untouchables due to diplomatic immunity? I don’t think so. If Saudi nationals do not respect our women, they should face the consequences of their own actions. Afraid that they’ll cut oil supplies to PH, no way. We can always seek oil from non-OPEC nations.

    • noelry1

      Foreigners and pinoy alike misbehave  because they know they can get away with it, or kayang aregluhin. as simple as that.  Place them in singapore or china other similar countries, their attitude change automatically  and act like sheeps.  may nakita na ba kayong pinoy na naging illegal settlers sa ibang bansa?

    • Guest

      Oil from non-OPEC nations? Never thought that we have oil on own territory?

      • randyaltarejos

        We’ve got sufficient gas resources from Malampaya and the Spratlys in the future. But I doubt if we have enough local oil supplies to sustain the country’s demands to run our various industries. I don’t have the slightest idea why we have to be dependent on Middle East oil. Perhaps, we have a perpetual agreement with the Gulf countries. Or they would send back all our OFWs in the Gulf if the Philippines does not obey their wishes.

  • kilabot

    how can foreigners respect pinoys when all they see and hear abroad are pinoy servants. one hongkongese even called pinas a country of servants, rightly so unfortunately. sorry, but philippines is the contemporary black africa, source of modern slaves. now, even blacks look down on pinoys.

    pinoy politicians including noykapon have not done anything to make jobs available locally so pinoy workers don’t have to leave and humiliate themselves and country abroad. on the contrary, politicians encourage the perpetual deployment of ofws so green bucks continue to line the pockets of politicians-cum-crooks.

    • jeffrey_01

      Eliminate Political Dynasties and pork barrel.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

      The country was already in the upswing after Fidel Ramos…the succeeding 11 years placed the country in deeper shit…nagsimula ang paglabas ng mga Pinoy to seek greener pasteur noon pa mang kalagitnaan ng 1970s, so almost 40 years nang nag-a-abroad ang mga Pinoy bago dumating ang tinatawag mong Noykapon;

      Isang Kawalanghiyaan at irresponsable ang nag lalo mo pang tapakan ang mga kababayan sa ganitong kaaba-abang kalagayn, higit na KAKILAKILABOT ang ginagawa mong pagyurak sa sarili mong kababayan sa panahon ng pangangailangan.  Wala ka na bang kahihiyang natitira o bahagyang malasakit sa sarili mong kababayan?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/53PNN2WSIQM6WLEOBGOCKQLV74 Jose

    Arogante nga baka pinag aaralan pa ng BID if its worth to entairtain yung complaint uso kasi sa Pinoy yung areglo

  • Love God

    It is impossible to believe that she parked in a different slot by mistake. Probably she had a guest parking in her own slot. 

    Well, that does not give the saudi to go on a rage even after her apology. He was lucky he did not meet people like Rolito Go in this parking lot incident. But sooner or later this bully will meet his match someday somewhere.

    Our government may not take any action in this parking dispute due to our extreme need of OFW jobs that is a steady foreign currency earner, oil  and other appeals being pursued to save our countrymen serving jail terms in saudi.

    Everyone knows that saudis are the most arrogant people in the ME. They treat our DH like slaves. But I am optimistic that a day of reckoning will come for all those who are arrogant and mistreat their human kinds. God created all same. Respect one another.

    Bible says in Isaiah 10:3

    What will you do on the day of reckoning, when disaster comes from afar? To whom will you run for help? Where will you leave your riches?

    • reddfrog

      I do not think it’s a mistake, unless she’s blind. It’s deliberate. And it probably caused the foreigner to be late for something important that’s why he flew into a rage.

  • disqusted0fu

    how can foreigners respect us if majority of what our president does whether in the country or abroad is to throw offensive jokes and bad mouth his predecessor. what does that make of our country and our people? if thats the kind of person who we elected as president.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

      Mabuti nga naidadaan pa niya sa biro…mas gusto mo bang itambak na lang ang predecessor sa kulungan kasama ng mga pusakal na krimina, tulad ng gustong mangyari ng mga mamamayan?

      • boldyak

        he should just keep quiet and let justice do its work…kahit pabiro pinapakita nya na siya na mismo ang hamahatol sa mga nasasakdal…yan ang isang dahilan kung bakit magulo ang Pinas, humahatol tayo sa mga akusado na hindi natin alam kung mapatunayan nga sa husgado ang kasalanan…he is in  the executive branch and should live the judgement to the justice system…simple lang….he should show wisdom in whatever he do…

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Fred-Mil/100002160424509 Fred Mil

         yan eh kung maayos institusyon ng gobyerno natin. eh kinurap ng nakaraang adminstrasyon. at alam mo naman maawain ma malimutin ang mga Pilipino. mag pakita ka lang sa tv naka wheel chair malilimutan na lahat ng kabuktutan mo.

        mabuti na yung napapa alala sa atin lagi ang nangyari hanggang mahatulan ang nasasakdal.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

        Lahat kasi ng masilip niyong paninira sa kasalukuyang administration, kahit alam niyong wala kayo ni katiting na katuwiran, pinagsasamantalahan niyo…nagpakita na ba kayo ng disgust sa mga pang-a-abusong ginagwa ng mga akusado sa ating pamahalaan, tulad ng paggamit ng wheelchair sa tuwing may haharaping kaso sa husgado…sila ang lumikha ng icon na ‘yan.


  • JK1000

    These arrogant foreigners needs to know on how to give respect to host country, the reason why they’re so arrogant is because we let them do  what they want. Send them back to their country.

  • PhoenixPoliticalParty

    Metro Stonerich …..   An apt name for the company, don’t you think?

    The Pinedas should go to court, if they haven’t already.  If they have, and the court failed to address their concerns,  they should move.  It is the only logical choice.   Sell their property to the firm, with an added value for dropping the charges.   They cannot hope to win a rock throwing contest,  even if they build war catapults.   Stonerich has the “higher ground”.

    Just imagine if the firm was named “Metro StoneHill”.   A 100kg stone is nothing compared to a whole hill coming down on you.

  • les21reago

    This is FAULT of the CONDO Management…This INCIDENT should not happened at all had the management supervised this…Evangelista being undersecretary must have noticed this in her head also…WHY Philippines DIPLOMACY with other country be at the EXPENSE of the carelessness of Evangelista?..While the action of Nasser is deplorable maybe, we must paused what causes him getting at it…
    Approach a SAUDI with a word “SALAM ALAYKUM ” and he will mellow right away..I bit this because NO matter my boss in Saudi is angry, once hear “salam alaykum” will just nod at you.

    • Janch

      Not everybody knows what that word is or how to appease a saudi person.  In any case, the former undersecretary did apologize for her error.   A mistake like the one she made and the inconvenience suffered by the saudi citizen does not merit physical harm or even threats of it.  Everyone in this country should follow our laws, the same way everyone in Saudi Arabia should follow Saudi laws.  Diplomacy should not suffer for the arrogance of the embassy employee.  He is most likely immune from suit which accounts for his behavior.  But all the same, our government should not countenance such show of disrespect.  The employee should be made to face the complaint and then he can raise his immunity from criminal prosecution.  After which the matter should be referred to the DFA to call for his expulsion from the country.

      • les21reago

         Everyone this country should follow our LAWS are your WORDS…Did your Evangelista follow a SIMPLE rule not even a LAW by parking a SLOT not owned by her?
        Diplomacy should not suffer for the arrogance of the embassy employee are your WORDS…Then WHY suffer our DIPLOMACY with the carelessness of our undersecretary…If am the boss of Evangelista i will INFORM her in MEMO of her POOR JUDGEMENT…
        Do you realized the consequence for example the SAUDI Government will NOT entertain or accept Filipino workers…Do you THINK our government and LAWS have a match and a clout over the INTEREST of the SAUDI Government…Don’t you think so the SAUDI government can DICTATE their own terms with us because of the so many FILIPINOS working in that country?
        BOY or GIRL you are>>> Get REAL…
        FVR once said during the Flor Contemplacion (RIP) hanging in Singapore qoute ” let us wait till the Philippines could have economic match with Singapore then they will listen to us”…
        Further, i think Evangelista has more the arrogance in here by making this fuss in public…The udersec might just be too proud by her governnment position…PNOY will not condole her ways is supposed?

      • Janch

        There is a huge difference: the undersecretary made a simple mistake; the saudi embassy employee violated a law, committed a crime. 

        Diplomacy will not suffer.  The DFA will uphold the laws of this country.  The Saudi government is not as petty as you think, the Saudi embassy will follow international law.  It will simply ship out the arrogant employee concerned if the DFA asks for his expulsion.  It would be trifling matter considering the strong relations both countries have continually had.

        Evangelista’s action was not born out of arrogance.  It is what every Filipino citizen should do if he should find himself in the same situation as the undersecretary.  The president has nothing to condole.  Evangelista is also no longer in the government service. 

      • les21reago

         There is a huge difference: the undersecretary made a simple mistake are your WORDS and you wanted a punishment to be BLOWN out of proportion…
        WHY the BI and DFA adamant into taking action >simply repercussions that may transpire between the two governments borne out with your careless Evangelista who is quibbling – feigning on her mistake…
        While i stated that the Saudi citizen act is abhorrent and repugnant, we cannot simply AIM the RIPLE and SHOOT…
        Your Evangelista make matter worst for her by exposing her ignorance to the public.
        It is good in your head you acknowledge the IMPORTANCE of the strong relationship between the two governments and this should not be compromise with these two animals.

      • Janch

        Erroneously taking another person’s parking slot is a simple mistake.  It was the Saudi guy who blew things out of proportion. Trying to hurt a woman who mistakenly took your parking slot and threatening to slash her tires is a crime.  The law provides an appropriate punishment for that.

        There is nothing wrong with Evangelista’s filing a complaint with the concerned authorities.  Her taking the wrong paking slot is nothing to be ashamed of.  People make mistakes.  But an employee of a foreign diplomatic office who goes violent over a parking lot is another matter. 

        Again, the Saudi-PH relations will not be affected by this. 

    • jurbinsky77

      Siguro taga ____, laging pumapanig sa kalaban.

    • ikulong


  • sam_aquino

    Muhammad Ali Nasser al Shehri – persona non grata…

    try to picture yourself in their country doing the same with their saudi women… oh boy!!! you’ll be in jail before you can even blink…

    not to mention the beatings you will get from saudi police…

    if we cannot put him in prison for his arrogance & disrespectfulness, send him back to his homeland…

  • sean penduko

    Makakita ako dito ng arabaho bogbogin ko.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MLD4OKCRPD4PLQOEWMYBRELWG4 Cola

    Close the Metro Stonerich NOW before anybody else dies.  Deport the Arab, he deserves to be deported.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    Diplomats are immune from prosecution.  But they cannot go too far.  The reason why they look down on our country is because our government is corrupt and weak. 

  • mon key

    ay, si tulfo nangwarta na pud. pag ka na lang. bu ang jud ni nga tao ba!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TNASVGXZ23VCJWV7KO7WPDIKKI George

    si kuya mon naman, di ba siga ka? di ipagulpi mo! si bossing gov singson, maraming badigard ‘yan, hiramin mo muna. o kaya, tawagan mo ang tulfo brothers, yakang yaka yang amoy kambing na arabo.

  • jurbinsky77

    Somebody knifethatbastard.

  • Hunter421

    The PH really needs to crack down on the Middle Eastern men in the country, diplomats, businessmen or tourists. Almost all of them in Makati are regularly drunk and out of control.

    • Guest

      “Almost all of them in Makati are regularly drunk and out of control.” And if it were US-Americans, you would just say: “It’s normal.”

      Double standard, typical in this country.

      • Hunter421

        But its not. Its the Arabs. Check out the Ascott Makati and you’ll see dozens of Arabs drunk and out of control. Even at breakfast you see them still drink from the previous night loud and disturbing other guests. You simply don’t see Americans doing that.

  • Miguel37

    Umasa pa kayo.. Inutil ang presidente kapag si Gloria kalaban aba ang tapang! Kahit sa international stage aba sige ang ba at! Kapag foreigner naku ang bait.. Kasi arabo eto.. Alam niya malaki ang……… Gold! Sayang ang ginto! Di ba manay panot?

  • Guest

    If it was a US American, you would immediately apologize. 

  • facq2

    ang gawin sa mga arabo ay saksakan ng bote ng BEER sa PUWET!

  • tukmoldinako

    immigration tulog tulog din yan, kasi di pagkakaperahan, ha ha ha, ikaw ang mapunta sa Arab countries, mabangga ka kasalanan mopa , katwiran nila kasalanan mo bakit ka nandun, arrogante talaga yang mga yan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FASESU6FPUXJCZMOVMMFEEMLGU Carmencita Lopez

    Wil tower should end their service with the contractor. if the contractor is careless, how can they be sure about the quality of the tower?

  • ah_ok_fine12

    for a vintage car dealer,  P100,000 is nothing.. thats funny, 100kg is a big wave if tumama sa bubong… demand for higher  damage fee hehehe..

  • Lapu Lapu

    Two weeks ago, feces were falling.

    Today it is a concrete slab.

    Tomorrow it will be the building.

    Hello QC – OBO?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7PZCZRRM2XVGZJKJKDEXFTSWF4 Glenn

    Ilang OFW na ba ang hinulog ng mga Saudis sa Saudi??? Pati nga mga Muslim galing Indonesia hinuhulog din nila sa mga buildings nila at pagkatapos suicide na naman. Gusto ko mangyari din sa mga abusado at aroganteng mga mabahong sibuyas na mga katawan nila na kaya rin nating gawin sa kanila yung pinag-gagawa nila. Riding in tandem kaya??? LOL

  • Diepor

    Being violent is not the way to gain respect.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

    instead of the bi, she should have aired her complaint at the dfa considering that shehri works for the saudi embassy. 

    westerners look down upon saudis which in turn they vent whatever their pent up frustrations  towards asians.

    saudis treat their workers likes slaves  and their arrogance stems from the fact that some asian  (phil. included) countries are almost if not totally dependent on the remittances of their nationals working in saudi arabia.

    with almost 2 million filipinos working there, the phil. gov’t can’t afford and will not take steps to offend the saudi gov’t or else it will suffer the fate of the thais.


    Many days ago, an arrogant media man was beaten black and blue by an actor and his companions for molesting his woman companion. 

    But this is now.

  • Jesse_Bruce_Pinkman

    the Pinedas: “We’re not after the money”

    Read: we’re after more money. 100k? Ano ka hilo?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XWH5SD6XPM3XKND6PJQQ32ZRAU Mabuhay

    Nasser? isang bala lang yan……

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