Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The PFF's letter to GMA7 regarding the racist remarks of Arnold Clavio

The PHILIPPINE FOOTBAIL FEDERAT]ON (PFF) would like to lodge a formal complaint with your organization for the racist, discriminatory, libelous and malicious statements of your Program Host, ARNOLD CLAVIO and his other co-hosts, during the nationwide broadcast of your News & Public Affairs Program "Unang Hirit" last 13 March 2012.

After making a news report on the Philippines vs. India match (March 11, 2012), Philippines vs. Tajikistan match scheduled on March 13, 2012, and a news report on how the Philippine National Football Team (Men's) focus on their scheduled games despite the sexual harassment complaint filed by CRISTINA RAMOS against Philippine team players LEXTON MOY and ANGEL GUIRADO, the following statements, among others, were uttered by your host ARNOLD CLAVIO, thus:

Host Rhea Santos -'Kailangan masampulan eh..."

Host Arnold Clavio -"Kaya talagang ano na. Aral na sa inyo yan, ang yayabang nyo akala nyo. Porke't dinadagsa kayo ng mga fans, ang gugugwapo nyo eh."

"Parang God's gift to women"

"Alam mo lahat.. lahat nang... nakuwento nga ni Cristlna at nang dalawa nyang kasama. Lahat qinawa para ipaalam na may babaeng papasok sa locker, ilang katok nga sila eh. Eh malapit na yung match eh. Kailangan ma-check na yung dalawang koponan. Eh nauna yung Philippine team bago yung Malaysian... na team.

"Ngayon nag sorry para sa isa daw nilang kasamahan. Saan ka nakakita ng Azkal na may suso? Wala naman akong.... anong cup B? Maybe a Cup B sa isang kasama?

"Palusot na lang..." "sana nag-sorry, sorry na lang talaga, diba? Parang..."

"Hindi ko kayo ka-kultura, Kasi wala dito (pointlng to his chest).,.. at walo dlto (pointing to his head).

"Hindi naman kayo Pilipino. Nagpapanggap lang kayong kayumanggi. Hlndi kayo dito lumaki"...

"Mahirap yun..... Insensitive." "Para maging aral,"

"Congratulations. Kasi hiwalay naman ito sa ginagawa nilang pakikipaglaban. So, good luck din sa inyong susunod na laban para mapunta kayo sa Final 4 ha. Na bihira pong marating nang Pilipinas sa matagal na panahon."

"Alam naman nila yung mga sexcapades nila sa isa't isa eh, di ba? Sino po nag- penicillin.. Alam naman nila yun."

"Akala siguro lahat sila gusto silang matikman siguro... makasama...Diyos, ko."

Your TV Host ARNOLD CLAVIO’s declarations that the members of the Philippine (Men's) National Football Team "are not Filipinos" and "are only pretending to be Filipinos" are not only libelous and defamatory to the good name and reputation of the PFF and the Filipinos players comprising the Men's National Team now playing with all their hearts for "flag and country" at the AFC Challenge Cup in Kathmandu, Nepal. They are also verbal statements of a racist nature and constitute malicious, contemptuous, discriminatory and derogatory remarks concerning race and origin that offend the dignity of the Filipino players and Filipinos who are similarly situated.

ARNOLD CLAVIO has made those scathing and offensive remarks with reckless disregard of the truth or falsity of his statements. In association football, only citizens of the country can be a member of the Representative "A" Team of the country, i.e., its National Team. In making his scurrilous statements, CLAVIO made it appear that PFF has selected persons who are not Filipino citizens to be members of and play for the Philippine National Team. This subjects all Philippine National Teams (not only the Men's National Team) to doubts by international organizations, spectators and opposing national teams as to the Filipino citizenship, and therefore eligible, of the Philippine team players. It also puts the name and reputation of the Philippines and the PFF in disrepute. CLAVIO obviously does not know (and he or your program staff did not care to check) that only Filipinos can play in the Philippines National Football Team. Indeed, weeks prior to any international tournament a country has to submit to the organizer a list of its National Team players with proof of their citizenship or nationality (e.g. passports).

The members of the Philippine National Team now playing at Nepal are Filipinos just like your Unang Hirit hosts Arnold Clavio, Rhea Santos, Connie Sison and Lyn Ching Pascual. Some of the current members of the Philippine Men's Football Team have either a Filipina mother or a Filipino father, thus qualifying them to be natural born Filipino citizens. One can notice the obvious discomfort of even CLAVIO's co-host Lyn Ching Pascual when he confidently uttered the words "Hindi naman kayo Pilipino. Nagpapanggap Iang kayong kayumanggi...."

ARNOLD CLAVIO also discriminates against the Philippine National Team players who, for one reason or another, grew up or partly grew up outside the Philippines when he uttered the words "Hindi kayo dito lumaki". This constitutes disparaging and demeaning remarks against Filipino children of Filipinos who are compelled by circumstances to work and live abroad with their children His bias against Filipinos who grew up abroad is utterly shocking and is not expected to be blurted out by a TV host of your respected and reputable organization- Many Filipinos, including our own President Benigno s. Aquino, partly grew up abroad by force of circumstances. Are they less Filipino than those who grew up entirely in the Philippines?

ARNOLD CLAVIO is also guilty of sexist remarks and sex-related obscene innuendos against the Philippine National Team players when he uttered the words "AIam naman nila yung mga sexcapodes nilo sa isa't isa eh, di ba? Sino ba nag-penicillin... Alam naman nila yun."....."Akalo siguro lahat sila gusto silang matikman siguro--- makasama...Diyos ko." Added to that statement is host Rhea Santos statements that " yung mgo babae...kasi porke guwapo... sikat...minsan halos itapon na nila yung mga sarili doon sa mga lalaki" that operate to demean and disparage the Filipino women in general and the Filipino women supporters of the Philippine Men's National Team. It must be noted that your Unang Hirit program caters to all age groups.

After uttering the above-stated libelous, racist and discriminatory remarks, and after obviously reading an idiot board or reminder from somebody (not covered by the camera), ARNOLD CLAVIO, congratulated the team and wish them luck on their next game so they can be in the Final 4, a situation which CLAVIO himself admitted is seldom attained "'by the Philippines" Nonetheless, the unquantifiable damage and injury to the PFF and the Philippine Men's National Football Team have already been inflicted by the scurrilous and discriminatory words emanating from the mouth of your TV host ARNOLD CLAVIO.

As you are aware, the matter of sexual harassment complaint by Cristina Ramos against Philippine players Lexton Moy and Angel Guirado now pends before the PFF Disciplinary Committee which has the primary jurisdiction over the complaint. While your organization may report news concerning the matter, we and the public expect that no racist, discriminatory, sexist or disparaging remarks that offend the dignity of persons or organizations or maliciously defame persons or organizations would be made by your hosts and reporters.

We thus lodge this complaint and protest with GMA NETWORK, INC. and demand that, (i) your organization impose, after requisite proceedings, the appropriate sanction on your TV host ARNOLD CLAVIO; (ii) your organization and/or ARNOLD CLAVIO rectify, among others, his discriminatory, racist and libelous assertions that members of the Philippine Men's National Football Team are not Filipinos and are only pretending to be Filipinos; (iii) your organization and/or ARNOLD CLAVIO issue a written apology to PFF and the Philippine National Football Team (Men's) which should also be forthwith read and given prominence in your News & Public Affairs TV program "Unang Hirit".

We are thankful that in one way or another, your organization has helped in the promotion of football in the Philippines. We all know that encouraging the Filipino youth to engage in sports in general or play football in particular contributes to nation building. We however strongly protest the above-stated statements of your Unang Hirit Hosts ARNOLD CLAVIO and RHEA SANTOS.

Very truly yours,

Mariano V. Araneta Jr.
PFF President
Edwin B. Gastanes
PFF Legal Counsel


  1. Maturo-an din ng leksyon ang irresponsible journalist na yan.

  2. di dapat siya ng sasalita ng ganyan sa harap ng publiko.lalo na at national team pa ang kanyang sinisiraan.Di naman kailangan ng mga tao ang kanyang komentong nakapang lalait.Siya dapat ang sampulan.

  3. Asus BALAT SIBUYAS kayo parang pilit pilitan na PINOY!

    While other sport organizations get less attention and less funding, these white assed wannabe Pinoys get the attention even if they are not full Pinoys. A citizenship is not proof of being a Pinoy, live like a common athlete without the funding endorsements and these white assed boys will not even play for this team. You ain't proved anything deserving to be called Pinoys. Truth is and we bet our brown monkey asses, once they get noticed by European football clubs, they will haul their white asses to jump and play there.

    Mr. Clavio and Ms. Santos are all within their rights to say what they said. Wait, the PFF President and the the Legal Counsel ARE NOT FULLY BLOODED PINOYS are you? Conyo? Aqui! cABRON!

  4. anong maturuan ng leksyon?? they have their rights to say their opinion.. eh sexual harrassment yun eh... mas kailangan maturuan ng leksyon ang azkals

    at tsaka ilan lang ba ang pinoy na myembro ng azkals?? parang si caligdong lang yung pinoy dun eh... tapos yung ibang members puro mga foreigners... coach nila european?? pano na yung ibang aspiring football players.. di nabibigyan ng chance to become pro because of these importsT_T

    sa kalagayan ng azkals ngayon parang isang european team na may import na pinoy na si caligdong...

  5. Replies
    1. So much racism in the Philippines. I read about the case in the NCAA where the league dismissed the RACIAL SLUR against an African student as NON-RACIST. Hopefully the case filed by the player in the Commission On Human Rights will prosper.

      Many Filipinos are RACISTS. They don't even know it.

  6. Mr. Clavio and Ms. Santos are ENTITLED to their OWN OPINION. There's such a thing called OFF THE RECORD, right? At that point of the show, they were DISCUSSING as NORMAL PEOPLE, not reporting some news that is a part of the clause of "journalism". There's such a thing as having opinions, right? Like for example, here's my opinion which is probably come of as a different one from each of the people who are still dwelling on the topic. As much as I can't change yours, then of course, you can't change mine, as I've already formed it upon the conclusions I've drawn from what I've seen and heard. If they have a normal person as a GUEST in their show, then they won't be screwed, right?

    On the topic of RACISM, COLONIAL MENTALITY, and PATRIOTISM (I believe THESE should go altogether):
    There's SO MUCH RACISM ALL OVER THE WORLD and there's SO MUCH COLONIAL MENTALITY, I must say. Have we all FORGOTTEN ABOUT THIS? And there's a lack of PATRIOTISM in our country. Since some blogs are talking about "what a true filipino" really is, then we might as well think of what FILIPINOS have become. FILIPINOS allow other people who shine through in THEIR own land, whereas in fact we all know that if they were making big bucks or have a career in wherever place they were born, grew up, they wouldn't give a fuck to the Philippines.
    On RACISM, correct me if I'm wrong, but I still believe that somewhere in the culture and the trait of a Filipino, there's what we call being respectful of a woman. If I admit that I still believe that FILIPINO MEN have these traits, and say that I don't believe that THESE DISRESPECTFUL ATHLETES didn't display these traits and thus, I don't think they're FILIPINOS in that sense, would that make me racist? I suppose yes. Then call me one, because I still believe in the core values of Filipinos.
    And to those who are saying that Filipinos are racist. Yes, FILIPINOS are RACIST EVEN TO THEIR OWN RACE. Haven't anyone noticed this? Most FILIPINOS resent their own countrymen because they embarrass themselves of their doing. But haven't they even thought that not everyone is born with riches? THat the situation, the government, the poverty and lack of education have brought it upon them? That no matter what these people do, they can't do anything really good because they have to feed themselves, thus grabbing the worst-luck opportunity that come their way. I mean, why is it that it's very rare for a Filipino of "pure breed" able to play to our local leagues, to promising universities/colleges? WHY? Because our countrymen are not even given a chance to GO TO SCHOOL, learn, and even study. So there. Yes, FILIPINOS are RACIST.
    But FILIPINOS are also not PATRIOTIC anymore. Some of us are even MORE PROUD for the people who bring PRESTIGE to the Philippines despite the fact that they aren't really Filipinos. I didn't mean to go way overboard, but since we're discussing what "RACISM" is all about, might as well be reminded of the thought of COLONIAL MENTALITY and PATRIOTISM. Being OPEN MINDED to the CULTURE outside our COUNTRY should have their LIMITS, same things as to the extent of LOVING and SUPPORTING your own countrymen. And haven't we noticed that Filipinos patronizes FOREIGN PEOPLE, FOREIGN LAND, and FOREIGN products much more?

  7. The issue about Mr. Clavio's & Ms. Santos' statement, about being QUOTED as racism is plain stupid. Have we not got any broad mindset? They used harsh words. So what? It was too straight forward and that's probably caught offensive. But if you think about it, what they're saying is right. Harsh but definitely, the truth. Should it be toned down a bit for "ka-plastican/showbizness"? Probably. But IF YOU GUYS ARE SMART ENOUGH, you would get what they truly mean.

    As a Filipino, I believe in our culture FILIPINO MEN are born to be a gentleman. This may not be applicable to other races as in their culture, girls are slutty whores or plain easy. Remember when Filipinas are referred to as Maria Clara? I don't think that having these kind of women nowadays is anything but an illusion, as I believe that there's still a big majority of them that do exist. But let's not forget that in the Philippines, WOMEN are treated with respect. And once a woman is disrespected, a MAN, MANS UP and defends her by all means. Filipino men know how to show some respect to women, even in modern times. Have we forgotten that this was the TRUE ISSUE after all? A smart person would know that the remarks made by Mr. Clavio and Ms. Santos were in reference to THE ATTITUDE that these athletes have done--their DISRESPECT to Ms. Ramos, in which, the DISRESPECT isn't a part of the FILIPINO CULTURE, or a TRUE MAN's characteristic, for that matter. That was what that "RACISM" comment that you guys are making a big fuzz about is really about--the attitude displayed, the culture that these athletes haven't adapted to yet. Much more, I believe that since they are educated and they know atleast one woman, then they should know what "respect" means. It's a surprise how these athletes get all the support with their attitude.

    You guys take things too literally. The comment wasn't literal about the skin color. Not even about where we're born, from whom we were born, or even the passport we were holding. Their comments/opinions were a metaphor of the CULTURE, the TRAITS, and the ATTITUDES that these disrespectful athletes have shown AT THAT MOMENT (take note of the emphasis) they verbally harassed a woman who was simply doing her job.

    Now, where's the legal action or the BIG NEWS or ISSUE on that? I hope you guys don't forget that you were born by your mothers, have a sister, a daughter and this issue should be called for.

  8. Filipino racists. Retarded people who act racists to cover up the anti Filipino attitude around the world. What a nation of brown monkeys.