Cognizant Philippines fires Thai national from job

Business process outsourcing (BPO) company Cognizant Philippines has fired Thai national Kosin Prasertsri a.k.a. Koko Narak from his job.

"Following contentious remarks made by Kosin Prasertsri on social media, Cognizant Technology Solutions Philippines, Inc. has taken disciplinary action against him and terminated his services with effect from May 4, 2015," its said in a Facebook post. "He has been turned over to the Bureau of Immigration."

Cognizant said it will "continue to cooperate with the Bureau of Immigration, Embassy of Thailand, Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and will provide all possible support to help resolve the matter."

Koko Narak drew flak these past days for posting remarks that netizens found racist, derogatory and insulting.

The 32-year-old call center agent, who has been living and working in the Philippines for three years now, called Filipinos "pignoys," "stupid creatures," "a useless race," and "low-class slum slaves."

He issued an apology in a lengthy post on Facebook after being reprimanded by his employer, but the online backlash has not stopped. In fact, many said they wanted him to be declared persona non grata.

Yesterday, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) released an official statement saying BI officials issued on Monday a deportation charge against the Thai national for undesirability.

"Based on our records, Kosin is working under a special non-immigrant visa based on Section 47(a)(2) of the Philippine Immigration Act. The visa will be eventually cancelled should he be determined to be undesirable," BI spokesperson Elaine Tan told ABS-CBN News.

Tan reportedly said Kosin will be allowed to present his defenses. In the event of deportation, his name will be included in the Immigration's blacklist, according to the report.

This means that the Thai national, Koko Narak, who backstabbed Filipinos in their own backyard, will be barred from re-entering the country.