Iowa Commish apologizes to Filipinos

By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN News North America Bureau

August 21, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – After learning about Iowa Public Safety Commissioner K. Brian London’s alleged inappropriate remarks about Filipinos, Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia Jr. personally called the Commissioner to seek his explanation.

London allegedly said that “It was difficult to conduct polygraph examinations to Filipinos” during a meeting with polygraph examiners of the State of Iowa last year.

The Ambassador told London that the Filipino community found that sweeping statement about Filipinos to be inappropriate and unacceptable.

The commissioner explained that his statement was taken out of context and it was meant to underscore the difficulty examiners could encounter in handling subjects who speak different languages or who are of different cultures.

London said that he just happened to have cited a polygraph examination conducted with a Filipino subject back in 1986 to illustrate his point.

Cuisia said, “I hope hope that you’re explanation is sufficient to calm the Filipino Community because I know that a number of them have expressed anger at the remarks which have come out in both US and Philippine papers.”

London responded, “As the ambassador for the Filipino Community, if you could on my behalf express my sincere apologies, there certainly was never any intention, this was purely a technical conversation.

“It’s so ironic because I was really trying to make sure the folks didn’t offend anybody and in result somebody sent you what I said, twisting it and now I am in the position of trying to defend what I was trying to tell them, said London.”

Cuisia told the commissioner that he would convey his apologies to the Filipino community and suggested that he reach out to the more than 3,500 Filipinos in Iowa.

“It would be good for you to dialogue with the Filipino Community to allow you to better understand us as a people,” Cuisia told London.

You may contact Don Tagala at don_tagala@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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  • Jet
    21 August 2013 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    I really think that most of our kababayans are just being too sensitive. There are things that we should just take with a grain of salt. I am not saying that we should tolerate disrespect but we should weigh things and ask first before reacting. If you think that some other nationalities are having difficulty understanding us then we should represent and make them understand instead of reacting negatively. Let us stop the balat sibuyas attitude…

  • kikayPang0
    21 August 2013 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    What do you think Rodis , was he really sincere to his apology ? When is the rally ?

    • Delia
      22 August 2013 at 10:28 am - Reply

      They are busy rallying about illegals and gays right now , that will come up next KikayPang0.

  • Ricky
    21 August 2013 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    We Filipinos are preposterously sensitive. While it is not appropriate for K. Brian London to make a generalized statement, we really should just take it with a grain of salt. Unless the statement causes something to get out of hand, it really is nothing but a stupid statement that should be ignored. Filipinos are quick to judge, make fun of or discriminate other races. But when we read or hear anything with a hint of supposedly “anti-Filipino” tone or ridicule, everyone’s up in arms. How many movies have been made poking fun at Chinese, Arabs, Japanese or Indians? Way too many and yet you don’t see any of those people crying about it. We should just all grow up.

    • Delia
      22 August 2013 at 10:06 am - Reply

      @Ricky , well said , even though Filipinos will never admit that most are judgemental and prejudice.
      Hypocrisy and consistency are concepts rooted in the concept that there is an objective reality.

      • what???
        22 August 2013 at 10:26 am - Reply

        Well said Delia, hoping that you will soon realize that you are speaking on behalf of yourself and those that you just mentioned.

  • Ricky
    22 August 2013 at 7:01 am - Reply
  • noz
    22 August 2013 at 7:30 am - Reply

    america is a meeting place of different cultures, these cultures are at wars with each other, with nationalities of the globe that have entered america. the problem is assimilation, nationalities in general for generations have come to america to plant their own cultures. one of the sign is allowing different languages other than english to prevail by the feds, and sanctioning states attempting to declare english as their official language. for decades with the influx of legal/illegal aliens of the world, politicians to get elected/reelected have pandered, and continue to pander to aliens, who have eventually become voters. we all see the results, government papers or forms come on different languages, motor vehicle tests to acquire driver licenses are given in spanish, without considerations the road signs are all in english. the drivers who passed the test in spanish have to deal with english road signs, so just imagine the challenge of not understanding english road signs. people must wonder, this is one of the many causes of road accidents. private businesses like banks are also in the bandwagon catering different languages in their ATM machine. to name a specific nationality in social matters, always will be a problem specially coming from government officials or public servants. outcries, uproars almost always expected in american democratic society. yes, only in america can unknown cultures fight evenly with the american culture, try doing the same in other countries, including the philippines, see where these strange cultures end up to, maybe the place where they grow watercress.

    • what???
      22 August 2013 at 9:14 am - Reply

      And your point is, Noz???

      • noz
        22 August 2013 at 10:52 am - Reply

        what???, DELIALUSIONAL, BULOKNAISDA, AV, WiL, HERE COMES THE MULTIPLE MORONIC FACES, WHO CAN’T UNDERSTAND NOTHING. LISTEN UP YOU ILLITERATE THUGS, SOCIOPATHS CRIMINALS KEPT ON RESURFACING AFTER BEING THROWN IN THE LANDFILL, AND AFTER BEING FLUSHED IN THE TOILET TO GO DOWN THE SEWER. THE PUBLIC HEALTH CLEAN UP TEAMS ARE ALL SCREAMING HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, AT YOU, I D I O T S………..THAT’S MY POINT TO YOU HOODLUMS, YOU ALL NEED TO BE ARRESTED, SENT TO THE SLUMMERS, WHERE YOU ALL BELONG, AND WHERE YOU ALL CAN TROLL ALL YOU WANT. C O M P R E N D E??????????.

        • Delia
          22 August 2013 at 12:59 pm - Reply
          • what???
            22 August 2013 at 1:21 pm -

            Here goes Delia with her bleached hair, it’s so white that her mind is becoming a coconut shell without meat and water.

          • noz
            22 August 2013 at 3:47 pm -

            Delia, I sure did read the link Ricky posted. these troll thugs need to be crushed in the disposal machine, otherwise the dirt are scattered all over like in the ghetto where these goons originated from.

      • noz
        22 August 2013 at 11:07 am - Reply

        what???, DELIALUSIONAL, BULOKNAISDA, AV, WiL, STUPID BUNCH, GO AHEAD KEPT ON TROLLING, I WILL SEE TO IT ALL SEGMENTS OF SOCIETY ARE IN THE MODE OF HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, AT YOU. FOR AS LONG AS, YOUR CRIMINAL BEHAVIORS, AND ALL YOUR MORONIC SPITS ARE WHAT YOU GOT. YOU ARE TOO DUMB TO WEIGH IN ON THE ABOVE TOPIC, EVERY ALERT POSTERS ARE ALL LAUGHING AT YOU, THE LAUGHINGSTOCKS IN RECORD OF ALL TIME.

        • what???
          22 August 2013 at 11:11 am - Reply

          TSK TSK TSK TSK… You just can’t talk to an AIRHEAD person like this NOZ…. You just can’t !

        • what???
          22 August 2013 at 11:22 am - Reply

          Answer the question Noz.. what is your point??? You commented something that cannot be understood by an intellect person. What were you referring to in your comment? Culture? The article is about polygraph tests and you responded with culture barriers??? So, WHO DOESN’T KNOW HOW TO READ AND WHO DOESN’T UNDERSTAND? YOU, YOU, YOU, YOU, YOU, YOU, YOU… BONEHEAD !!!!

          • noz
            22 August 2013 at 3:36 pm -

            what???, DELIALUSIONAL, BULOKNAISDA, AV, WiL, THESE AMASS FOOLS ARE SHOWING OFF IDIOCY OF WHAT AMERICAN CULTURES ARE, AND THE WORLDWIDE CULTURES, WHICH IS NOT SURPRISING THESE NOSEGAY LUNATICS ARE ILLEGAL ALIENS LIVING OFF ON OTHER PEOPLE’S DOUGHS, WHOSE SOLE EXPERTISE ARE SUCKERS OF TAXPAYER’S BLOOD, NOTHING ELSE. HEY, YOU ALL DUNDERHEADS, LOWLIFE ILLITERATES, YOU OUGHT TO BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF, SAY WHAT?, “YOU COMMENTED SOMETHING THAT CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD BY AN INTELLECT PERSON.”, WHAT A DUMMY, WHO WRITES ENGLISH TOO POOR. WHAT YOU WROTE IS EVIDENCED OF YOUR ILLITERACY IN WRITING ENGLISH, TRYING TO COVER UP BRAINLESS HEADS WITH PICKED ADJECTIVE “INTELLECT”, TOTALLY IMPROPERLY USED ARE TOO LAUGHABLE. WHOEVER, TAUGHT ENGLISH TO THESE GOONS, EITHER WILL COMMIT SUICIDES OR WILL WITH THEIR NON STOP HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, AT YOU SOCIOPATHS. GO AHEAD, SHOW MORE OF YOUR SPONGE HEAD LAUGHABLE POSTINGS.

          • noz
            22 August 2013 at 4:20 pm -

            what???, DELIALUSIONAL, BULOKNAISDA, AV, WiL, LISTEN UP FELONS. YOUR “ANSWER THE QUESTION NOZ.. WHAT IS YOUR POINT???” ONLY WILL COME FROM AN INSANE FRESH FROM MENTAL INSTITUTION. AVERAGE GRADE SCHOOL STUDENTS HAVE WAY BETTER COMPREHENSIONS THAN YOU ILLITERATES. GUESS WHAT THE GRADE SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE ALL ON TOP OF THEIR VOICES WITH THEIR HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, AT YOU FLAKES.

          • what???
            23 August 2013 at 6:14 am -

            OM MY… NOZ… IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU CAN TALK ABOUT OTHER THAN THE BRUHAHAHA YOU HAVE BEEN SAYING FOR A LITTLE WHILE NOW? YOU ARE SPEECHLESS AND THE BEST THAT YOU CAN SAY IS HAHAHAHA THE WHOLE WORLD IS LAUGHING AT YOU…. LAUGHING AT WHAT AND WHO?? THAT’S ALRIGHT NOZ. WHAT YOU ARE ACCUSING ME OF AN ILLEGAL ALIEN IS JUST DUMBFOUNDED… YOU ARE JUST NAME CALLING BECAUSE YOU LACK JUSTIFIABLE ARGUMENTS SKILLS AND HAS NOTHING LEFT TO SAY…

          • noz
            23 August 2013 at 7:20 am -

            what???, DELIALUSIONAL, BULOKNAISDA, AV, WiL, ALWAYS WILL BE COPYCAT CONS. THESE FUNGUS SPREADING INFECTIONS NEED TO BE TOSSED, BURNED TO THE GROUND. ALL LITERATE PEOPLE GLOBALLY ARE ROARING WITH THEIR HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, AT YOU FATHEADS. LET’S GET THESE STRAIGHT TO YOUR ILLITERATE BRAINS, AS LONG AS YOU PERSIST TO ENGAGE ON AD HOMINEM, BE THE TROLLS TROLLING WITH INTENT TO CRUSH LEVEL HEADEDNESS, INSTEAD OF IMPUTING YOUR 2 CENTS, THAT IS, IF YOU HAVE ONE. THE PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING, THESE MULTIPLE TALKING SERPENT HEADS HAVE NO ABILITIES, NOR CAPABILITIES TO INTELLIGENTLY ASSESS ISSUES, BE IT SOCIALLY, ECONOMICALLY, ETC, THEN THE CROWDS OF THE WORLD WITH THEIR BOOMING VOICES OF HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, AT YOU THUGS SURFING THE NET. GO AHEAD, SHOW MORE OF YOUR DOPEY LAUGHABLE TALKBACKS, FOR THE NON STOP HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, AT YOU BULLIES BY ALL SEGMENTS OF SOCIETY.

          • noz
            23 August 2013 at 7:33 am -

            what???, DELIALUSIONAL, BULOKNAISDA, AV, WiL, SEE HOW STUPID YOU ALL ARE?. YOU ALL RESPONDED TO CLICK YOUR OWN SELF?, TOO WAY LAUGHABLE. TRY, IF YOU CAN FIGURE OUT WHAT I MEAN, VERY MUCH DOUBTFUL, ALL YOU ILLITERATES CAN DECIPHER YOUR OWN STUPIDITY. AGAIN, THE LITERATES ALL TOGETHER WITH THEIR HA, HA, HA, HA, HA,HA, HA HA, HA, HA, HA, AT YOU MORONS.

          • what???
            23 August 2013 at 7:43 am -

            HUH??? WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT??? SEE MY MAN, YOU ARE BECOMING OVERLY REACTIVE TO YOUR OWN REPLIES… YOU ARE COPYING AND REPLYING TO YOUR OWN POSTS…. IT’S NOT EVEN LAUGHABLE BECAUSE IT’S BEYOND LAUGHABLE…YOU ARE TALKING TO ME NOZ??? WHY IN THE WORLD ARE YOU WASTING YOUR HAHAHA AND LAUGHING AT YOU RESPONSE CRAP??? YOU ARE SOOOOOO GOOOOODDD ON PASSING YOUR DUMBNESS TO OTHERS…. YOU CAN’T ADMIT THAT YOU ARE PLAIN OUT LOST AND ACTING TOO SMART… YOU ARE TOO SMART THAT YOU CAN’T EVEN ANSWER A SIMPLE QUESTION AND ANSWER…

          • what???
            23 August 2013 at 7:52 am -

            HEY NOZ !!!!! DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OF SENSE??? OH I AM SORRY YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND NGA PALA KASI YOU MAKE NO SENSE NGA PALA.. TAPOS BIBIRAHIN MO KAMI NG, I ONLY KNOW ENGLISH MO…. ULOL ! SINO GINAGO MO HINDOT KA ??? ENGLISH ENGLISH KA PA DYAN, PURO MALI NAMAN ENGLISH.. KAYA LANG NAGIGING TAMA YAN KASI GUMAMAGAMIT KA NG GOOGLE TRANSLATOR…. TONG GAGONG ITO… AKALA MO KUNG SINONG MAGALING AT GUSTO LAGING BIDA…..

          • what???
            23 August 2013 at 1:08 pm -

            SEE HOW THIS DOUCHEBAG JUST DISAPPEARS IN THE MIDDLE OF AN ARGUMENT… IT ONLY PROVES THAT NOZ CAN’T HANDLE OR PROBABLY EVEN KNOWS HOW TO HANDLE AN ARGUMENT…. THE ONLY THING HE KNOWS IS TO WRITE THESE LONG OPINIONS AND COMMENTS… ITS SO LONG THAT IT OFTEN GETS AWAY FROM THE TOPIC…. A PRIME EXAMPLE OF SOMEONE WHO WANTS ATTENTION AND THINKS OF HIMSELF AS SMARTER THAN ANYONE ELSE.. WHILE IN REALITY HE’S NOT EVEN HALF OF IT…. ADVANCE STUDIES PA DAW… SA PAGSUSULAT NA LANG NOVICE LEVEL ANG WRITING…. WHERE’S THE ADVANCED STUDIES THERE MAN??? PAG SUMAGOT PA SYA NG HINDI AKO NAKAKAINTINDI.. EH SYA ANG HINDI NAKAKATINDI DAHIL PURO RANTS ANG SAGOT NA LANG ANG ISASAGOT NG ANGAS NA NOZ NA TO….

          • noz
            26 August 2013 at 4:56 pm -

            what???, DELIALUSIONAL, BULOKNAISDA, AV, WiL, REALLY JACKASS ILLITERATE, KEPT ON CLICKING ON HIS OWN REPLY COLUMN, EXPECTED OF STUPENDOUS LUNATICS WITH CLUSTERED SERPENT HEADS. THESE CROOKS NEED REPEATED BOILING, BROILING TO BURNING DOWN TO ASHES TO BE DRAINED DOWN THE ASS..LES OF THE LIKE OF THESE MULTIPLE TALKING MAGGOTS. THESE PARASITE MAGGOTS STICK ON DECAYING HOSTS, THE DEAD BODIES. WITHOUT SHAMES ASKING “AND YOUR POINT IS”, READERS WITH COMPREHENSIONS ARE ALL WITH FORCEFUL HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, AT YOU ASS, DUMB FOOL, READING WITHOUT ABILITY OF COMPREHENSION, AND WITHOUT CAPABILITY OF UNDERSTANDING WHAT WAS READ. AGAIN, HERE’S TO YOU CREEP WITH THE REST OF YOUR CREEP GANG FELON COMPADRES, FROM THE PEOPLE WHO CAN UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY READ WITH THEIR ROARING HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, AT YOU. ME?, TO ALLOW YOUR AD HOMINEM TO PREVAIL? IN THIS LINE, YOU ARE TOO WAY LAUGHABLE. GO AHEAD, KEEP ON PORTRAYING YOUR F**KFACE ON THIS SCORE, ALL SEGMENTS OF SOCIETIES WITH THEIR NON STOP HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, AT YOU BOZO, THE CLOWN OF THIS BAR ALRIGHT. NOT ONLY A CLOWN BUT A PARROT REPEATING MY REBUTT WORDS AND PHRASES SIPPING THROUGH YOUR SPONGE HEADS. THE FREELOADERS LIVING OFF ON OTHER PEOPLE’S CASH ARE WHAT THESE BUNCH SERPENTINE HEADS DO IN THE GOOD OLE USA. I WORK HARD, TRAVEL TO MAKE MY OWN DOUGH, WHILE YOU ALL ARE NOTHING BUT MOOCHERS, WITH BO/THE DEMOCRAPS AS YOUR FACILITATORS. THESE DUMMIES BABBLE ARE LAUGHABLE RANTS WITH NO CREDIBILITY, BEING THE PARASITE MAGGOTS OF THIS GREAT NATION.

  • Samuel esperanza
    22 August 2013 at 11:29 am - Reply

    Hindi ko masisi si Mr London kung masyadong maliit ang pagtingin sa mga Pilipino dahil tayo rin ang nagpapababa ng ating pagkatao dito lang sa America mahirap magkaisa ang Pilipino kaya walang Samahan na nagtatagal gusto lahat bida pintassan ng pintasan dahil siguro sa iba ibang dialect meron tayo

    • what???
      22 August 2013 at 11:44 am - Reply

      Like, like, super like. Samuel !!!

  • jorge buesa
    23 August 2013 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    What’s the big deal, if it’s difficult to conduct polygraph examinations to filipinos ? We aren’t the only ones that they have difficult time with a polygraph examinations ? Other states don’t talk about it only Iowa made a remark ! Hey guys COOL OFF it’s only a Remark ?

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