Sorsogon declares American blogger persona non grata

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LEGAZPI CITY: The Sangguniang Panglalawigan of Sorsogon declared blogger Nathan Allen, a citizen of United States, persona non grata to protest his derogatory remarks against the Donsol tourism office that was published in his “I dream of this” weblog last month. Board member Frank Eric Ravanilla of Sorsogon filed a resolution declaring Allen persona non grata that was approved by the council during its regular session this week. Part of Allen’s article read, “Is the DOT [Department of Tourism] just hiring members of their families who need jobs? I hope not . . . these people need to actually be qualified!” Allen got mad when he was not readily accommodated by Donsol tourism personnel upon his arrival at the place.

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  1. I am a follower of this blogger and his blog posts about the Philippines are really positive – he is actually promoting our tourism and this very simple incident makes him persona non grata?
    Makes me NOT want to visit Donsol because of their balat-sibuyas officials. What a shame.

  2. PaparazziPH on

    Palitan lahat ng members ng Sangguniang Board na iyan of Sorsogon. They are NOT indispensable anyway. Dahil sa naroow-mindedness nila they have caused more problems. They should have been more PROACTIVE instead of being REACTIVE. Iyan ang hirap sa mga local government lalo na dyan sa mga maliliit na probinsya ang kikitid ng isip and not open to constructive criticism! Ano ba yan martial law? PALITAN AGAD IYANG BOARD NA IYAN …. sila ang gawing Persona non-grata. Mediocre pubic servants.

  3. ManilaByNight on

    Instead of making the system work more effectively, they try to shoot the messenger who is trying to point out their weaknesses.

  4. First of all, deny or confirm if the allegations are false or they really happened. It just shows that your group is too defensive. Well, the guy might have some unpleasant experience in your place. Publish both sides.

  5. this is unnecessary. accept some lapses if indeed it happened is better, and promise to do much better next time…