By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

April 18, 2013

BOSTON– The 9-11 attacks and the Boston bombings left many people wondering, why is there so much hate toward America?

When some people in Boston were asked this question, just days after Monday’s deadly marathon bombings, many said a simple answer cannot be offered.

“It’s so much bigger than just America, I’m proud to be an American but I think people are forgetting what it is to be human, and it’s a responsibility, I think it’s just sad that we’re not living up to living that responsibility,” said Boston student Catherine McParland.

Boston Marathon runner Colin McClaine said, “The United States has been involved in a lot of different conflicts. I don’t know, I don’t have any answers for that one, I don’t know what the reasons are.”

Boston foreign student from Singapore, Nathan Hortono said, “I don’t think it’s against America personally, I think they’re just from really bad people that wanna hurt a lot of people, it’s not like what America has done but what people are becoming.”

Meantime, Filipino-American Herminio Ocampos and his family were among those who said a little prayer at a makeshift memorial site at the Boston Commons. The Guam native said, tragedies like this can be terrifying, especially for families with children.

“Absolutely, especially with children, mainly because one of the children from what I understand was 8 years old, it was a fatal accident for him, I’ve always been concerned of large crowds and big public events like that but I don’t think that that should stop anybody from pursuing their freedom,” Ocampos said.

Nineteen-year-old student Catherine Mcparland said terrorism has been a byword in America, but it was only after it hit close to home did she feel its visceral impact.

“We grew up with the words terrorism and everything in our vocabulary and it never really scared me or made an impact to me until this happened,” McParland said, “I made a sign that I hung up there that says Generation Peace. I think there’s such an absence of it.”

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  • Delia
    19 April 2013 at 7:14 am - Reply

    Good question, There are million reason and answers . but no good answer to satisfy the haters .

  • av
    19 April 2013 at 8:23 am - Reply

    Simple answer lang naman eh. America is selfish and yet known to be a liberator of the free world. But after liberation, America leaves a country they liberated in envy. In other words, mayabang ang America !

    • Delia
      19 April 2013 at 12:23 pm - Reply

      @Av , kung ganoon , eh bakit andito ka pa . Are you rubbing the your nose to those you called mayabang ? For what i see your the top mayabang and no difference from whom your accusing of.

  • av
    19 April 2013 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    @delia – bakit ikaw ano rin ang ginagawa mo pa dito sa america? I am 100 % sure we share the same damn reason.

  • Delia
    19 April 2013 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    I am 100 % we have total different reason and i can assure of that , again stop putting words in my mouth .

    • av
      19 April 2013 at 12:43 pm - Reply

      HUH? ano pa ba ang dahilan bakit andito ka rin sa amerika?

      • av
        19 April 2013 at 12:44 pm - Reply

        ayan ang hirap sa inyo eh. kapag naiipit na, kung ano ano na ang sasabihin para makaiwas sa totoo.

        • av
          19 April 2013 at 12:49 pm - Reply

          ooh ohh… someone does not want to be on the spotlights here. Ang daming mong satsat hindi mo naman pala kayang ipaliwanag ng mabuti ang mga ideas mo.

      • Delia
        19 April 2013 at 6:36 pm - Reply

        @Av , You may never understand if i tell why i am here , but simply put it i am american who live in the Philippines for 8 freaking years as assign job in Manila at Proctor & Gamble Co. in the 80’s
        I learn pretty much of your dialect as everyone think i could not do , but wellaaaaaaa bang i did it . Its cool ha . Whats your beef about it ?

        Question for you Av , why cant Filipinos tell times ? You tell them to come or be present at 1:00 P.M and they show up at 5:P.M along with a hundreds yards of excuses ?

        • av
          22 April 2013 at 6:07 am - Reply

          @delia – who cares kung nasaan ka? Why don’t you ask yourself why Filipinos are always late? Not all anyways comes in late, oo ung mga utak at ugaling pinoy ganun pa rin.

  • noz
    19 April 2013 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    i have said it before, america is hated worldwide. the hate predominantly comes from muslim nations. people of the globe enter america legally or illegally in great numbers with equal huge numbers with inherent hate. this hate remain to be seen if it will diminish to the next generation or the next generation. the alienated haters of america do not want or like to assimilate to american culture, instead are injecting their own UN-AMERICAN culture. the muslim religion in particular have known goal to convert the world to islam. the attempts of the muslims to feed islam to america, as their number target for conversion was their unsuccessful push of sharia law. this is by no means, the muslim push of sharia law is over. islamist belief is so dangerous justifying killing aka terroristic acts are GOD’s calling, either convert or die, that islam will only be fulfilled through conversions of all people of the world. no difference than a cultist religious groups, except islam is the grandest scale. the liberals are the defender of these muslims to freely practice their islam religion. i couldn’t agree more with our freedom of religion. what i cannot figure out is, these liberals are against the patriot’s act to monitor these fundamentalist muslims in the US soil with known hate to kill americans, congregating in their mosque praying or grouping to regrouping plans against america, nobody knows, with patriot’s act we may know. the radical muslims worst rooted hates is the USA supporting/defending israel against the islamists, being israel is their number one biblical enemy of islam. the radical muslims declared DEATH TO AMERICA for supporting/defending israel.

    the hispanics have demonstrated their resistance to assimilation by the majority of hispanics either refused or really do not know how to speak english, after over quarter of a century living in america. the government on both sides of the aisles are facilitators of this cannot speak english, yet too hypocrite to put into INS reform law, mandatory for these predominantly hispanic illegal aliens to learn english, if they want legal status consideration. i have no qualms about the issue of speak english requirement for illegal aliens, wannabe legal. my misgiving is the government and the private sectors using all these foreign languages in the USA. look at the government forms, they all come in different languages dominated by spanish. i am so sick/tired to go to banks looking at different languages listed, dominated by spanish. i am so disgusted calling places of businesses or non businesses to press for english or spanish with huge explanations in spanish like you just want to drop the call, again dominated by spanish. the government must lead to stop all this catering to the public bilingual, trilingual, etc BS, of course dominated by spanish. the hispanics goal, when they become the majority is to change the language of america to spanish and kill the english language.

    • Delia
      19 April 2013 at 6:46 pm - Reply

      Noz as i stated before , its a million dollar questions , non can give a right answer , theres variety to say but non will sink in , instead they will disaggree and manipulate it.