By The Yapper
Editor In Chief
In a move that shocked many from all walks of life in the Commonwealth, Acting Gov. Eloy S. Inos proclaimed the month of June as CNMI-Philippine Friendship Month.
Though a low level staffer created the words on the standard government proclamation form, Inos signed his name to the document which officially recognized the historical and cultural ties between the people of both archipelagos.
“We, the good people of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands do hereby declare that the people of the Republic of the Philippines are indeed people too,” said Inos, “And we intend to treat you as people for the rest of this month.”
Inos’ statement broke with tradition among CNMI residents who have long considered Filipinos to be little more than $3.05/hr problem solving bush cutters who can cook.
“After all, we’re really not all that different from the Filipinos. They’re exactly the way we would be if we had a better work ethic and didn’t place such a high level of importance on the cars we drive,” said Inos.
Inos also said that the commemorative occasion was meant to recognize that the CNMI and the Philippines suffered through centuries of Spanish rule, decades of American prosperity and years of Japanese occupation.
“The difference of course is that the CNMI has continued to develop under the American system while the Philippines has turned into a crap hole where you can get laid for $20. Come to think of it, we’re not all that different after all,” he said.
Though he was unable to attend the ceremony, CNMI Governor Benigno R. Fitial sent a statement to the proclamation signing.
“I love the people of the Philippines. Even though we don’t want those people to live here, vote here or feel like they really belong here, I really love those little people,” said Fitial.
The leaders of several local Filipino organizations were present for the signing which also recognized the many contributions that Filipinos have made over the years to the island foods, religious practices, cultures and customs.
“Filipinos and Chamorros are very family oriented. In fact, it’s not uncommon for us to have a family in Saipan and a family in the Philippines,” said Human Dignity Movement president Jerry Custodio.
June is a month of celebration for Filipinos around the world as the Republic is currently amidst its Independence Day celebration and preparing for the June 30 commemoration of the Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day, known in Spain as “We Used To Own You Day.”