A poetic justice? I call it an Internet justice. The reported yet still unconfirmed firing of the Philippines’ most hated woman Devina DeDiva indeed shows the power of online outrage.
Millions of pinoy netizens were outraged by DeDiva for calling the recent crowning of Philippines’ Megan Young as Miss World “a joke” and describing Filipinos in her Facebook status as “maids”, “smelly” and “poor”.
International Business Times reported that DeDiva has already been fired from her position as an assistant teacher of a school being run by Filipino supervisors. Well, who knew the bigoted woman was a teacher?
Philippine Daily Inquirer also tweeted the Singapore-based Facebook user “lost her teaching job and is afraid to go out in the streets.”
From the Times:
DeDiva was previously reported as a Singapore-based Indian studying at Manchester University in Indiana, USA. However, the University immediately cleared that it has no student named Divina DeDiva and the school would have never tolerated such insensitive action.
“Manchester University (Indiana, USA) has been mistakenly associated with an individual Devina DeDiva today after she made racist comments regarding the recently crowned Miss World from the Philippines. To clear up any confusion, the University has confirmed that Devina DeDiva has never been a student at Manchester University (Indiana, USA).”
“In addition, Manchester University stands as a place of differences where the community engages in respectful dialogue cultivating individual beliefs and values. In our accepting community, the racist comments made by this individual would not be tolerated as respectful.”
The IB Times also reported that a criminal case was filed against DeDiva for the racially insensitive comments she posted on her Facebook account.
Here’s a report:
DeDiva, who mocked the crowning of Young as the newest Miss World and then slighted the Filipino race by calling them underprivileged, filthy and uneducated maids, is facing charges that could put her in jail for a maximum of three years with a fine up to $5,000 (Singaporean Dollar).
… Singapore is imposing a strict law prohibiting its citizens from mocking another race through acts, words and publications, which includes posts and comments on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
“Under the Sedition Act, anyone found guilty of promoting feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races or class of the population of Singapore can be fined up to $5,000 or jailed up to three years, or both.”
According to several posts by Filipino netizens on Twitter, Singapore-based Anthony Benedicto filed the police case against DeDiva, who was initially reported an Indian national working in the country. She was also thought a student of Manchester University, but the Indiana based institution cleared that it has no student named Devina DeDiva.