Filipino tweeps again had a field day as a video showing a Light Rail Transit (LRT) passenger seemingly haranguing a security guard made rounds online.
The video was posted on Facebook Tuesday by Gregory Paulo Llamoso, who said he caught the encounter using his camera when he was about to leave the LRT Santolan Station that same day.
"A loud voice caught my attention and all the people present there, ang lakas ng boses niya even she was small (She had loud voice for one so small)," Llamoso said. The video now has over 50,000 shares and over 12,000 "likes" as of this posting.
The video showed the passenger saying: "So now you're making me look like a liar? I'm a liar?"
"Ate, may pinag-aralan akong tao! Ginanon mo ako; I'm just returning the favor (I'm an educated person. You did that to me; I'm just returning the favor)," she added, gesturing that she was pushed.
Hours later, the hashtag #amalayer, which apparently comes from "I'm a liar", became a hit on social networking site Twitter. Paula Jamie Salvosa, which was floated as the passenger's name, also became a trending topic.
The man who caught the video admitted that he did not know the passenger's side of the story, but he added that a bystander told him that the guard scolded the woman for using the wrong entrance.
"Alam mo kung pano mo ako tinanong? Pano mo ako tinanong? 'Ate, anong problema mo?' (Do you know how you asked me? 'What's your problem?')" the passenger complained.
In his post, Llamoso highlighted the fact that the lady guard stayed calm and did not match the passenger's apparent fury.
"Buti nalang the lady guard exhibited the right behavior (The good thing is that the lady guard exhibited the right behavior)," Llamoso said.
"She did not fight back and she just kept cool and said her sorry. She didn’t even utter foul words against the bully passenger," he added.
Llamoso also said he approached the LRT office and asked that they take up the matter privately, even as he remarked that the passenger "degraded" the lady guard.
"[H]er arrogance and misplaced sense is a living proof that being a true woman requires more than just privileged education and breeding..." he added.
— Isabella Magalona (@saabmagalona) November 14, 2012
Amabitch, #amalayer, amachild, amamother, amasinner, amasaint...- Meredith Brooks
— Jong D. G. (@attyjong) November 14, 2012
— Charlene April (@iamshoelaces) November 14, 2012
"You may speak English but that does not mean that you have class. #AMALAYER," Twitter user Leah Espiritu added.
"Showing off your 'English skills' when you know the person cannot reciprocate your 'fluency' is just so so low. #AMALAYER," Twitter user Esjaay said.
Other tweeps, however, took the passenger's side, criticizing the behavior of some security guards in general.
One Twitter user said: "Ako na may worst experience sa public guards (I have the worst experience with security guards). I support #amalayer girl."
"Both sides may mali. #Amalayer," another user said.
As of posting, Yahoo! Southeast Asia is still trying to contact the passenger for comment.
Meanwhile, answering tweets addressed to him, LRT Administrator Hernando Cabrera posted: "hi havent seen the footage yet, i'll check it out."