MANILA, PHILIPPINES. A 29-year old Filipino nurse in Singapore was sentenced to four months in prison on Monday over an inflammatory post in Facebook against Singaporeans and lying to police investigators, Inquirer.net reported.
On January 2, Ello Ed Mundsel Bello, had called Singaporeans "loosers (losers) in their own country" in his post in Facebook. He vowed to "take their jobs" before "evicting them" from Singapore and claimed that Singapore will be the new "Filipino state". He also added in the post an odd wish that disasters may strike the country.
Under the Sedition Act of Singapore, a statute which prohibits seditious acts and speech; and the printing, publication, sale, distribution, reproduction and importation of seditious publications, actions that promote feelings of ill-will or hostility between different races or classes of the population is punishable by law.
On Monday, State Courts Judge Siva Shanmugam found Bello guilty of posting insulting and seditious posts in Facebook and sentenced him three months incarceration and another one-month jail term for lying to police during the investigation.
Below is the screenshot of the post that caused Bello his job and jail time in Singapore:
Bello used to work in Ton Tock Seng, a government-operated hospital in Singapore, which also sacked him out work in January due to the "highly irresponsible" post in Facebook.