Filipinos in Singapore
|(175,000 (2013) (pop))|
|Tagalog, other Philippine languages, English|
|Predominantly Roman Catholicism · Protestantism · Islam|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Filipino people, Overseas Filipinos|
In 2004 most Filipinos in Singapore were domestic workers. By 2009, there were 163,090 citizens of the Philippines living in Singapore. Between 2010 and 2012, about 45,450 Filipinos were newly hired into Singapore.
As of 2007, an estimated 80,000 work as domestic helpers, with another 12,000 in the information technology industry. This marks a slight rise from 1995, when roughly 75,000 domestic helpers from the Philippines were estimated to be working in Singapore. In recent years they have seen professional diversification, with others working as nurses, bank clerks, sales assistants in department stores, or entertainers. However, of those, only 27,000 were registered to vote in Filipino elections.
The number of Filipino victims of human trafficking jumped by 70% in 2007 to 212 cases. By 2013, over 167,000 Filipinos resided in Singapore. That year, a Google Blogger account appeared, giving suggestions on how to harass Filipinos in Singapore. This account was deleted by Google.
Aside from residents, roughly 460,000 Filipino tourists came to Singapore in 2008.
Philippines Independence Day 2014 incident
Tan Tock Seng nurse incident/Edz Ello incident
In January 2015, Ello Ed Mundsel Bello (also known as Edz Ello), a Filipino nurse working for Tan Tock Seng Hospital was sacked. He was then charged for posting anti-Singaporean remarks on his social media accounts in April in the same year.
His comments immediately went viral, leading to "netizens" lodging police reports against him. Right after his comments went viral, his employer Tan Tock Seng Hospital, conducted internal investigations. He was also required to assist in police investigations. However, he only admitted to posting some of the offensive comments to both the hospital investigation team and the police force, he then claimed that his social media accounts were "hacked", with the "hackers" posting the offensive comments using his social media accounts.
Police investigations showed that all the comments were made by Edz Ello, and his account wasn't hacked as what he had told the police previously. Netizens also proved that this was not the first time that he had made such a post before this incident.
On April 7, 2015, Ello Ed Mundsel Bello was arrested and charged for 3 counts of subsequently lying to the police, and 2 counts of publishing seditious statements. This resulted in an online petition on Facebook to deport the nurse. On 21 Sept 2015, Bello was sentenced to 4 months' jail.
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