Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Seagate apologized for one employee who called locals rotten and bitter

Seagate has posted a statement on its Facebook page about a post published by one of their employee, Carlos R Pestano III who has labelled Singaporeans as 'rotten locals' and 'bitter' and drew an online storm:

It has come to Seagate's attention that one of our employees has posted an update on his personal Facebook page that is derogatory. We deeply apologize for this and would like to make it clear that he was speaking in his individual capacity and the post does not reflect Seagate's policy of inclusion and respect for communities in every country we are present in. Please rest assured that we take this matter seriously even though it was posted on an employee's personal page. We are looking into this matter immediately and will take the necessary disciplinary measures where needed."

The insulting post appeared on the Facebook page of a process engineer with Seagate, Carlos R Pestano III. On Friday he wrote "Whatever some rotten locals here have to say, we Pinoys here to stay" in a message. He then continued by saying "and most are working under Us that's why some are bitter cos they are working under Foreigner's while they are in their own country."

Mr. Pestano is a Pinoy and according to Singapore's My Paper, he has been working in Singapore for at least four years. He is listed as a process engineer with Seagate in his Facebook.

Carlos R Pestano III' s Facebook account
Alleged screenshot of Seagate employee Carlos Pestano III's
Facebook account with offensive comments
Recently, there have been a string of incidents involving immigrant employees in Singapore which saw them leaving their jobs and Singapore. Last month, FX strategy for Asia Pacific excluding Japan at Barclays, Olivier Desbarres, has been dismissed by Barclays after his outburst full of racial slurs, vulgarities and threats was caught on video and went viral in Singapore. Before in October, NTUC fired an assistant director Amy Cheong, a Singapore PR, for racist Facebook comment.

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