Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Your sons and daughters will be given to another nation, and you will wear out your eyes watching for them day after day, powerless to lift a hand… You will have sons and daughters but you will not keep them, because they will go into captivity…” (Deuteronomy 28:32 & 41, the Holy Bible).
“SEX-FOR-FLY”: WE ARE ALL TO BLAME: On Wednesday, June 26, 2013, I talked to some former and current top-ranking officials of governmental agencies whose work deals with overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and Filipinos who have gone abroad to look for opportunities to earn even if they are not duly-accredited to become OFWs, and they have a shocking perception of the so-called “sex-for-fly” accusations against labor and foreign affairs officials based abroad.
I was told that the blame over this scandal, where OFWs are reported as being required to have sex with Filipino bureaucrats or with rich foreigners so they can be brought back home or otherwise earn a few more dollars on the side, could not just be laid at the door of the labor and foreign affairs officials who are being accused of the crime.
“Blame must also be given to the OFWs themselves, to the other Filipino migrants who are not OFWs, and even to the government itself, because of its inability to provide decent jobs for millions of our countrymen whose only ultimate option is going abroad,” I was further informed. I was told likewise that this sex-for-fly scheme, where OFWs are forced to become prostitutes, is bound to happen, as it has in fact been happening silently for quite some time now.
OFWs AND FILIPINO MIGRANTS MUST SHARE THE BLAME, TOO: Why must the OFWs themselves be blamed? There appears to be a host of reasons. I was told that the primary one is that, on top of the work they have been engaged in, many OFWs themselves have been seeking other opportunities for additional earnings, so they can send more dollars to their relatives here in the Philippines. Selling their bodies seems to be the easiest way of doing it.
Then, another reason given to me is that, our OFWs themselves are aware of the limitations of their contracts, and yet many of them commit violations of these contracts anyway, which have the effect of forcing them into a corner. This makes them vulnerable and easy prey to overtures for sexual favors, in exchange for help during trouble.
On the other hand, there are thousands of Filipino migrants who have not been given the permission to work and who traveled and are staying abroad using only tourist visas, but who insist on working there just the same. Because of this illegal status, many of them end up engaging in prostitution, for lack of something better to do, or to earn from.
WHAT MUST WE DO? On the part of the government, it cannot escape being blamed for this problem, too, largely because of its failure or inability to provide decent and satisfactory jobs to our countrymen right here in our own country. As of now, latest government data shows that unemployment rate stands at 7.4 % of the total labor force, which means there are about 3 million or so Filipinos who have no jobs, despite the trumpeted economic turn-around.
What, then, must we do? There is no easy answer, and any administrative or political solution will require a strong determination and steel-hard will on the part of government. Especially so if we consider that this kind of a fate for our countrymen—being sent to other nations and suffering or even dying without anyone of us being able to do anything to help them—was predicted to happen in the Bible.
This is what the Bible said, in Deuteronomy 28:15 and 32: If you no longer listen to God, and no longer obey His commands, He will send you curses to destroy you; one of these curses will be, your sons and daughters will be given to other nations, and you will wear out your eyes waiting for them day by day, powerless to lift a hand. Perhaps, if we start listening to God once more, and obeying His commands all over again, this curse against our children will stop?
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By Atty. Batas Mauricio
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