PUBLISHED : Saturday, 27 April, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 27 April, 1996, 12:00am

R.L.T. Harrison (letter headlined, 'Sad habits', South China Morning Post, April 22) must have been referring to the periodic giving-out of awards to achievers in the Philippines, including presidential awards.

This practice is part of Filipino culture and is being revived by President Ramos since he came into office, because it was abolished by the former president Ferdinand Marcos during his term. Marcos, however, practised giving-out of awards to his loyal politicians only.

The current giving-out of awards to deserving citizens is a far cry from R. Harrison's assertion that Filipinos are fame and name freaks.

As regards Imelda Marcos, most of her voters were loyalists from her home province - enough to propel her to a provincial seat in the senate.

What about the rest of the 65 million of the population who voted against Mrs Marcos? Surely, they could not be blamed.

Come presidential elections, Mr Harrison might have to swallow his own words.

We Filipinos only care about the many others who still have faith in the Filipino - not the likes of R.L.T. Harrison.

N. PEARCE Lantau