MANILA – A business process outsourcing company based in Taguig City has fired a Thai national who drew heavy criticism on social media for his racially-offensive comments against Filipinos.
In a Facebook post, Cognizant Philippines announced that it has fired Prasertsri Kosin, known to netizens under the handle ''Koko Narak'', after the latter issued derogatory statements against Filipinos.
''Following contentious remarks made by Kosin Prasertsri on social media, Cognizant Technology Solutions Philippines, Inc. has taken disciplinary action against him and terminated his services with effect from May 4, 2015. He has been turned over to the Bureau of Immigration,'' Cognizant Philippines said.
''We take this opportunity to reiterate our commitment to the highest standards of diversity, inclusivity, transparency, and corporate governance. Thank you for bringing the matter to our attention. We look forward to your continued support."
Cognizant said it continues to cooperate with the Bureau of Immigration, Embassy of Thailand, Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and ''will provide all possible support to help resolve the matter."
Kosin gained notoriety in the social media community in recent weeks for his racially-offensive comments in his Facebook account where he tagged Filipinos as "pignoys," "stupid creatures," "low-class slum slaves" and "useless race in this world."
Screengrab from Koko Narak's Facebook profile.
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has already issued a deportation charge for undesirability against the Thai national.
"Based on our records, Kosin is working under a special non-immigrant visa based on Section 47(a)(2) of the Philippine Immigration Act. The visa will be eventually cancelled should he be determined to be undesirable," said BI spokesperson Elaine Tan.
Kosin has already been informed of the deportation charge.
Tan said Kosin will be allowed to present his defenses to the charge against him.
Deportation cases at the BI are heard before its Board of Special Inquiry, whose recommendation is deliberated by the Board of Commissioners in the latter’s weekly meeting.
“We cannot say at this point how long the proceedings will go—it may take two to six months depending on the evidence presented and the cooperation of the parties. Kosin also has the option to admit the charge against him and opt for voluntary deportation in order to expedite the proceedings”, said Tan.
In the event of deportation, Kosin’s name will be included in the BI’s blacklist, barring re-entry into the country.
APOLOGY TO FILIPINOS
Kosin, meantime, has apologized for insulting Filipinos in a letter posted on the ASEAN Community Facebook page.
"At the first sight of my intention to join this page, I came across just to do the debate only. I didn't mean to hurt your heart Filipinos. Surprisingly, mosts [sic] of my debates on the page hurt you because of my imaturity [sic]," he said.
Kosin also said he has many Filipino friends, especially when he was still a student.
He also said that he has acquired some Filipino traits and hobbies like singing in videokes.
"I am not trying to request your sympatize [sic] to me but I am trying all dear Filipinos here to think of me in another way. I am very an approachable guy spending my life as Filipinos do, hanging out with friends at the cheap place, singing videoke [sic] like Filipinos, buying cloths from Changke (sic) (tiangge)," he said.
In the face of a possible deportation, Kosin said he is still hoping Filipinos will welcome him when he comes back to the country. – with a report from Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News