Edz Ello, Filipino nurse charged with sedition in Singapore, gets help from PH gov't

The Philippine government is helping Edz Ello, the Filipino nurse who was charged with sedition in Singapore for making offensive remarks online.

According to ABS-CBN News, the Department of Foreign Affairs said the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) has been provided with all possible legal options available to him under Singaporean law.

"The Philippine Embassy in Singapore has been in constant communication with Mr. Ello. We respect the processes undertaken by the Singaporean government on Mr. Ello's case," the DFA reportedly stated.

Ello (a.k.a. Ello Ed Mundsel Bello), who was fired from his job at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) in January this year, is facing two counts of sedition for insulting Singaporeans and calling for a takeover of the city-state by his countrymen.

He had insisted that his Facebook account was hacked, but TTSH said the OFW confirmed he made three offensive remarks "that touched on race and religion" on two socia media sites last year. The hospital enumerated it as "[one] offensive Facebook comment on Singapore" and "two offensive comments on religion on his Google Plus page."

Singaporean authorities reportedly said his posts could promote feelings of ill-will and hostility between Singaporeans and Filipinos.

If found guilty, Ello could face a fine of up to 5,000 Singapore dollars (more or less P163,000) or a jail term of up to three years or both, according to the report.