Its a very popular prank phrase that you would always hear whenever your on the high sea’s, and this heckler “Filipino Monkey” was one their reason during the incident in the Strait of Hormuz.
“The threatening radio transmission heard at the end of a video showing harassing maneuvers by Iranian patrol boats in the Strait of Hormuz may have come from a locally famous heckler known among ship drivers as the “Filipino Monkey”, as said by navytimes
It is very clear that these phrase is a common joke that pollutes the VHF especially on Channel 16. It maybe said by anybody who would want a heated respond out of it. Now a joke has been a reason for an excuse.
“I am coming to you. … You will explode after … minutes.” as said by eaglespeak.
To most seaman, they would understand that this is a common joke on the high seas. But why use it as an excuse for something that we clearly know is not true. An audio file provided by gCaptain clearly shows that its not the “Filipino Monkey” voice that we usually hear. Try to check this video.
Wether its a joke or not this prank phrase has got to stop. As Filipino’s we must make a stand of professionalism especially Radio Etiquette. If you hear this phrase, do you really have to respond to it? Even if it is aggravating words, why do you have to respond to it? You are the officer of the watch and you must be professional enough to deal with it. I usually never use the VHF for personal unnecessary chats. But try to understand that a simple wrong action of a seaman, reflects the industry and image of Filipino maritime itself. You can read other related post provided by quezon.ph and the version of navytimes.com.