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By Michael L. Tan
The numbers are almost incredible: An estimated 1.5 million Filipinos work in Saudi Arabia, 20,000 of them undocumented or irregular (the preferred terms to “illegal”). That’s equivalent to the total population of the city of Manila.
By Bernardo M. Villegas
Last Sept. 7, I was literally swept off my feet by the musical within a play titled “Lorenzo.” I fully concur with Archbishop Socrates Villegas who wrote in the introduction to the booklet describing details of the musical that: “Every Filipino must watch this. It sets our sense of patriotism afire again as we hear Lorenzo declare ‘I am a Filipino… I am a Christian.’ It makes us proud that we are Filipinos, whether living in the Philippines or toiling in distant lands.”
It’s now alert level 4 for Filipino workers in Egypt, the highest alert level in the Philippines’ four-tier overseas emergency alert system, as the situation in the Arab country continues to deteriorate. Level 4 means evacuating some 7,000 Filipinos out of the war-torn country is now mandatory, with the Philippine government providing free repatriation services.
Nothing drives home the depth of shame one is feeling than the urge to cover his or her face and be unrecognizable to the world. But to do this act not in a foreign country but in one’s own, among fellow citizens and countrymen, suggests not just a sense of humiliation but also of abject degradation. So what would drive three overseas Filipino workers to shroud their faces in heavy veils and respond only to their first names when they faced a joint hearing of the Senate blue ribbon and labor committees last Thursday?
The Inquirer, on July 21, 2013, carried an opinion piece titled “Are either Revilla or Napoles defenders of OFWs?” (Global Pinoy, 7/21/13) written by Susan Andes aka Susan K. The article dragged into the OFW Family Club Party-List controversy the name of Placewell International Services Corp., in the process casting aspersions on it.
By Rina Jimenez-David
Overseas Filipino workers have long been called the nation’s “bagong bayani” (new heroes), earning the accolade not because they give up their lives for the country, or fight for its sovereignty or independence, but because by their sacrifices, they support their families and keep the Philippine economy afloat.
By Leandro “DD” Coronel
Whenever a senior Filipino professional leaves to work abroad, alarm bells ring out and panic reigns across the land. There goes the talent, woe unto us! people cry out.
By Jose Florencio Maria dos Remedios
We live in an age where the world is one vast and intertwined net. What happens in remote places resounds across the globe. In fact, if you wish, you can find out almost anything about anywhere with a few taps on your keyboard.
The way Philippine government officials again tried to intercede for a convicted Filipino drug mule facing death sentence in China, it would not be surprising if other countries see the Philippines as a nation that tolerates drug couriers. If the situation were reversed, it is most unlikely that Chinese government officials would ask the Philippine government to bend its laws for the sake of a convicted Chinese felon. The two countries have different sets of laws and one should respect the other in the manner by which they are being enforced.
By Rina Jimenez-David
In contrast to other Filipino families whose members are in peril—families of OFWs in distress, kidnapped workers, or those in prison and facing trial—the family of the unnamed Filipino woman and her male first cousin have chosen to keep quiet and have avoided most media.
By Walden Bello
As they sat across us, telling me and Secretary of Labor Rosalinda Baldoz their stories, I thought to myself, how terrified these women were, but at the same time, how generous and how brave.
If the overseas Filipino workers are our modern-day heroes, why are they being treated like prostitutes by our embassy officials?