Thursday, August 27, 2009

Attack on OFW

Looks like the world is getting darker and ruder. The light that was there in the beginning was so powerful that some were blinded and shunned away from it. Slowly, the world is being hostaged by people who, in their desire to profit the easiest way, have already traded cards with the devil to live the lives they have been desperately wanting to have, money from trusting and hard working people, instant spotlight by degrading the OFWs and even bad mouthing others to outlive their bitterness and anger. Everyday we witness the birth of someone conceived innocent and clean and now have manifested their alliance with the evil, not just in real life but in the blogosphere as well, not just in the Philippines, but in places like Dubai, where some Filipinos tricked fellow kabayans for money, for attention and self loath revenge.

OFWs are now called as our nation's new heroes. Just as we work hard to send money so that our loved ones back home could live in a decent house, eat a delicious meal, wear some nice clothes, go to decent school and enjoys some life beyond just surviving, some parties seemed to be not happy and please with that tag. Either by jealousy, bitterness, angst, own experience or plain insecurity why others can do this and they can only do that, it doesn’t really matter at all, for any heartless and hurtful opinions, false bearing against someone else and taking things that don’t belong to you shouldn’t at any time be tolerated and left at will.

Opinions can never be wrong or right because it's an opinion, plain and simple. When someone gives an opinion on something, he's expressing his thought however misguided, unintelligent or unfounded it is. To him and him alone, that's his view and we can never say he's wrong or right. But we can opine on their opinion to defend what their saying is in contrast with what we believe in. Especially if what they're talking down was about us, about the "profession" that we all try to endure and perfect despite the hard fact that it could never be, we can do more that just say a counter opinion, but share our lives and experiences to belie and disproof this opportunist's claims and hurtful atrocity against the image of Filipinos working overseas.


MUKHANG PERA, that is what he's saying about US. That money is the only thing that motivates people to work abroad. NO MORE NO LESS. That we are "makakapal ang mukha katulad ng sa dinosaur" because we are willing to do things we don’t normally do back home such as washing somebody else's ass so we could earn a living. That OFW deserved to be abandoned and fooled by their wives/husbands back home because we ourselves are more inclined to get involved with that kind of affairs with other people. That it is undue and unsolicited for politicians and people back home to sympathize when an OFW falls victims of their employers especially the maid and caretakers. That because OFW are paid to serve their sirs and maams, torture and inhuman acts come part of its package and that it should not stir anyone to complain or react. What a heartfelt opinion, really. I felt it in my heart because I am an OFW myself. I felt so offended, hurt and enraged.


Now here's my opinion on his blasphemous opinion he said he initially wrote down in pages of yellow paper. Hindi kami mukhang pera, rather MUKHA KAMING PAMILYA. Love for the family is the reason why we left them and we hope to provide them better future though it means sacrificing ours. It's not kakapalan ng mukha when we wash someone else's ass to earn money, it's TATAG NG KALOOBAN to do everything so that no one on our family will feel hunger, get sick, and everyone will feel happy and well provided. We didn’t decide to work abroad to find another wife or husband, we came for a noble cause of helping our family and country. When our loved ones traded us for another, we don’t deserve that gratitude in any way. When one of us gets maltreated and harassed by the people that we work for, we don’t deserve that either. Yes, we are paid, but that is to take care of their children and manage their homes, but not to serve as punching bags or sex slaves. When one of us suffers beyond measure and death, we are not asking to be objects of late commendations, political manipulations and kababayans' pity and sympathy. Just the same, we don’t want to get lambasted by our own fellowmen. With had enough pain and we don’t want to feel some more when people condemned our sad fate, we never had it coming.

This
blogger's opinion on OFW was based on his experiences as an OFW himself. How ironic! He was there yet he never realized the real meaning of how it was to be there. He never looked beyond the window outside of his probably fruitless experience as a factory worker in Taiwan and a welder in Saudi. Maybe his opinion was for his experience alone, cause majority of us OFW are happy and happy being of help to our loved ones back home. Maybe he's just frustrated. Maybe he's just sour graping. Maybe he' just wanting more attention to his blog, if you may call it one. OR MAYBE HE"S JUST DRUNK.



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"A crusade against OFW is a crusade against HOPE, FAITH, SACRIFICE and LOVE."
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7 comments:

  1. As an OFW I don't need other people's standing ovation nor be called hero of the new generation. All I want is to be understood. The irresponsible blogger should have broaden his spectrum. Tama ka kuya, Same with every single OFW, we are in a foreign land not for money alone. Hindi dahil mukha tayong pera kundi mahal natin ang ating mga pamilya. As I told "that blogger" he should re-read what he wrote and put his self into our shoes. Kaso di niya yata naintindihan..

    keep on blogging... i like your blog..really.

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  2. As an OFW I don't need other people's standing ovation nor be called hero of the new generation. All I want is to be understood. The irresponsible blogger should have broaden his spectrum. Tama ka kuya, Same with every single OFW, we are in a foreign land not for money alone. Hindi dahil mukha tayong pera kundi mahal natin ang ating mga pamilya. As I told "that blogger" he should re-read what he wrote and put his self into our shoes. Kaso di niya yata naintindihan..

    keep on blogging... i like your blog..really.

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  3. This is true =) They are people you care about... pero sarap pa din umuwi noh?



    HELLOOOOO!!! HOW ARE YOU?! COME BY MY SITE!! http://www.kumagcow.com

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  4. I liked reading this chico- very well written...

    See, I take pride being an OFW like most of us. For we shown the world how competent Filipinos are that's why we still have our dignity no matter how even our own kababayans look down on us. Perhaps he didn't have those qualities which makes him want to forget that he was once one of us. What a sad little person he is.

    Mukhang pera? So what? We have have worked hard for every penny we earned. We are not sandbags that add burden to our country, instead a very significant part of what we do helps keep our country afloat. Mukhang Pera? It's rather paradoxical that you call as such when it was you who were ranting about us earning money. Its clear to see that you are just sour over something you can't have as much as we could.

    I will include you in my prayers...

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  5. Hi Chico,

    I added you sa link ko sa blog ko about him, medyo satire/parody type as linked in DESERT AQUAFORCE pero this is the kind of blog post he wants, Im giving it... I've asked his blog post to be edited or deleted pero walang action so I will make another post calling for his rejection as a blogger, an ex-ofw and as a Filipino.

    This might be a little drastic but blogging comes with it responsibility. We have done it before. We will be united again.

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  6. finally!, nagiwan ka na rin ng footprint sa blog ko. kung hindi ka pa ginulo ni Leo. I appreciate. :)..

    I'm glad to be a part of your life in this part of the land, and share to you the same thoughts, joy and pain out of being [they say] modern hero.

    san the bad, i've seen a lot of good and wonderful things in you and so you wil always b a dude no matter what...

    just like anybody else, you were prune here like a diamond to make you more precious and beautiful - and it just manifest the way you write and think.

    there is rainbow daw in every storm, and sometimes a pot of gold in the end, lets believe in that. and believe that no one or nobody can put a good man down.

    you maybe hate by a few, but loved by many.. bisitahin mo ko ulit.

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  7. ps: tama yan, magmoderate comment ka so di ka matoxic ng nonsense commenter who are very good in generalizing things.

    OFW's are veri sensitive people. suffice to say, bec its not joke/easy to be one.

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