Friday, March 9, 2012

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It is disheartening to note that while many Filipinos abroad are trying to the best of their ability to build a good name and maintain a good image for years  amidst all the unjust treatment they have experienced in their workplaces, some destroy it in an instant. 

Published in Bangkok Post on Thursday is a news item with this headline: Filipino jewel thieves caught. A team of six Filipinos was caught stealing jewelry worth 6.39 million baht from a store in Siam Paragon Shopping Mall in Bangkok. The suspects were entrapped after the shop owners called the authorities about the missing pieces of jewelry right after the group had left the store. The police found the stolen jewelry which include gold and diamond rings and diamond necklace in their room in Centre Point Hotel where the group checked in. Another suspect named Gervacio Cruz, 33, is still at large. 

While it is true that the act of these seven shameless individuals does not necessarily reflect the whole of the Filipino society working here in Thailand however, this may directly affect the Pinoys who are already here and most especially those who are still coming to seek employment. Somehow, this will  paint a bad picture out of us considering that this is not the first time a "kababayan" of ours is involved in this kind of criminal act. On the 18th of January last year, a Filipina was caught of stealing a sport shirt in Pattaya.

While many Filipinos abroad are trying to the best of their ability to build a good name and maintain a good image for years  amidst all the unjust treatment they have experienced in their workplaces, some destroy it in an instant. 

What has got into the minds of these people? Did they really think that they could do such a crime as easy as that in this country and could just run away from it as if nothing happened? They must have been professional thieves back home that they decided to travel abroad to practice their skill.  Some kind of leveling up eh?  

In as much as we try not to be affected with this kind of negative publicity about us but how can we be not when we have been recipients of inappropriate comments and disgusting treatments from the locals  who have so much regard to themselves and to the whites and not to their brown-skinned Asian fellows like us. But of course, the discrimination that we experience here is another story.

Poverty should never be used to justify this act. Nobody will remain poor as long as we know how to work. I fervently hope that this will serve as a lesson to those who are still plotting some black schemes out there. These seven crooks are better off behind those bars. Whatever sanction they get from Thai government, they only deserve it. Maybe then inside the place where they are now they'll realize that,  no amount of money, gold or diamonds can ever cleanse a  tainted dignity.  

51 comments:

  1. shameful... not only stealing though,prostitution is even worst, cant blame the foreigners because people of our own blood and flesh painted the black tint over our image.

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  2. I am an OFW and I have noticed that in abroad we are being judged by our nationality.We need to respect the international law because we do not only represent ourselves but also our country...

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  3. This is just shameful and really sad, especially that a few negative acts of a handful of Filipinos can easily bury all the good things about us.

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  4. It's a well known wrong thing that people resort to for their own reasons/motives. This is saddening news that will stain the image of our nationality.

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  5. I've seen the video that gets viral and it is indeed a disgrace. I really don't understand why some of us are so insensitive and so selfish. They were not content perhaps with their modus in the Philippines so they went international and that' is double the shame. Let's pray for them.

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  6. i've read this news in our group..yeah, very true..so dishonoring.. ;((

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  7. I really hate it when that happens one day filipinos are being praised then suddenly one negative event can erase all that

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  8. i agree that is truly disheartening. amen also to your thoughts on the wrong justifications for doing this act- poverty is never a reason why people do bad but their lack of values.thanks for the awakening post.

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  9. What a shameful act!!! tsk...tsk...tsk

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  10. Thats sad. Maling mali tlga

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  11. hindi talaga maiiwasan yan, hindi naman lahat ng Filipino santo... yun nga lang, sana naman ay wag i-generalize ng media dahil hindi naman lahat ng Filipino ganun... yun lang mga nasa pulitika... hahaha

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  12. i am so ashamed with these recent course of action done by our fellow kababayans...we have put our best foot forward but they tarnished everything...they should rot in jail to let them pay for their unlawful acts...

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  13. grrrrr....sobrang kahihiyan binigay nila sa ating lahat na nagtatrabaho dito sa thailand for many years now...ang taas pa naman ng tingin sa atin ng mga colleagues and students natin and they tarnished the good name we built not just for ourselves but for our nation as well...

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  14. This is so disappointing. They just wasted their lives like that. I don't really understand the minds of criminals... ;(

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  15. kawawa naman tayo dahil apektado tayo sa kanilang maling ginawa....

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  16. Another injurious act to the reputation of Filipinos. We really cannot stop some foreigners from generalizing because of this. :(

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  17. Oh my, that's embarrassing. I just wonder, though, how they were caught in the hotel when they had already left the store when the items were noticed to be missing.

    There really are bad apples in any group or nationality. People should not stereotype an entire country or race by the behavior of a few.

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  18. oh no, they should not do that, I know that life was hard, but doing crime will not let their life easy as well

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  19. This is so sad. Tsk. True that Filipinos abroad are trying to be the best but unfortunately, we have these guys that are really shameful. Buti nahuli. :) Patayin! Hehehe.

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  20. tsk this is the main rison kung bkit agad pilipino napagbibintangan. and sobrang lkas nang loob nila ah para gawin pa sa ibang bansa. tsk

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  21. Karma will always get back to people who do wrong deeds... It's just sad because it actually affects Filipinos working there, they will get branded already as thieves even if you're one of the most outstanding Filipino employee... haaaay... =(

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  22. Tsk tsk tsk... I feel sad for these people.

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  23. Tama ka. Poverty should not be used to justify wrong doings and criminal acts :(

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  24. Shame. Hindi natin masisi ang mga puti na magsabi ng mga bagay na hindi kanais-nais kasi some of our countrymen took advantage the goodness and generosity of these people. The only thing thats wrong is they do generalize which is not acceptable. They dont give credit to those Filipinos abroad working hard to earn cash to feed their families back in the PI. Sad talaga.

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  25. Great article! Naalala ko tuloy yung post ni Ma'am Tates ng "OFW: Mayaman, Nagmamayaman o Puro Kayabangan" hehe

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  26. saddening news. . . this will affect Filipino's opportunity of being employed there . . .

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  27. ugh, very disappointing and sad

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  28. Sad to say the dangerous environment here in manila besmirches our reputation

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  29. What a shame. I share the same sentiments because I'm abroad too and yes, there are abusive Filipinos here who beat their employers and one Pinoy even killed his employer when the latter failed to give him his salary on time. It's really disappointing and at the same time degrading to the image that we are trying to build here. :(

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  30. It's so sad we filipinos cant have justice abroad. Yung mga dayuhan naman dito eh ok naman ang treatment natin... I just cant see the thing on their attitudes.

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  31. Oh. This is not right. SOmetime people generalize things. But we're not all the same Anyway I just followed you on NetworkedBlogs and I like your Fb Page :)

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  32. Such a shame.. Discrimination is all around us.. hindi lamang sa mga Pinoy kundi sa lahat ng lahi. Hindi na yata mapipigilan yan, and to do such a shameful act, mas nakakadagdag sira sa imahe ng mga Pilipino..

    Isang maliit na bagay na nagagawa.. positive man o negative.. nagre-reflect sa Pilipino, at sa Pilipinas.

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  33. sad news! shame on them, but still i believe that generally Filipinos have a good heart:)

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  34. letseng mga ito, dapat sa "bangkok hilton" dalhin ang mga ito

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  35. kahirap ilagay ang mga achievements ng pinoy dito, tapos ganyan pa ang mga walanghiya. ito ang panahon na nakakahiyang sabihin na Im proud to be Pinoy!

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  36. Nakakalungkot nga talaga itong Discrimination! Basta ang mga Pinoy masayahin

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  37. kakasad naman. pero napapaisip ako how they were able to rob the store. siam paragon is a big shopping mall, like MOA.

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  38. ..fact:this is the truth, this is a culture in our country, whether we like it or not, almost everybody is a cheat. The recent alleged bar and nursing board exam leaks, the case of plagiarism in our high court, the seat of the presidency, the cheating in filing of our income taxes, hanggang sa sa mga tindera ng lanzones, na malingat ka lang sa paglagay nya sa supot, pagdating mo sa bahay, puro balat ang nakalagay.

    Halos lahat sa atin ay nababahiran ng pandaraya, mula sa presidential o national election, sa Urian o Famas awards , sa nakaraang student council sa UPLB, hanggang sa pinakamaliit na mga patimpalak tulad ng mga logo-design contest o mga raffle-draws ay nandoon ang intensyon ng mga ilan na manlinlang.

    Kaya it should not suprise us when we hear these happen in other countries, or we may be guilty of feigned ignorance or hypocrisy.

    We decry the laws of other countries as harsh, when a kabayan was found guilty on drug-related case and met the supreme punishment of death, as though it might be harsh but it is the law, it is the law of their land, and it must be served.

    Remember the American teenager that was caned in Singapore for violating a city ordinance? It is an impossibility to happen in our country, I mean, that we can impose the law, should that happened in the Philippines.

    The best antidote for this is we should begin at home. We should start learning what is good and what is not, accepting them as they are. We, the adults should begin to practice honesty and led by example, for our younger generation to follow. Then our educational system must start to teach our youth from their first day of school in nursery; to value character as the most important in our life.

    This case in Thailand is not news to me, or shameful, as more heinous crime or thievery as a daily occurence in my beloved Philippines.

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  39. Poverty should not be a reason to do anything that is against the law or hurt other people. The government should put attention in their livelihood programs.

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  40. very sad news, i agree poverty does not justify this kind of action.

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  41. Poverty should never be used to justify this act- super agree. instead of doing this kind of act it would be better if they just find better solutions to their problem.

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  42. i am with you and the rest in saying that poverty should be never an excuse to do criminal acts or even prostitution...

    just do an honest day's work.

    visiting via FBW

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  43. a saying goes " ang taong gipit, sa patalim kumakapit"...

    i had heard a lot of misfortunes of pinoys abroad and it's really disappointing to know that we are being judged by their actions. sino ba nmn ang di nagkakamali? all humans do. kapag kasi ang tukso nasa harap ng tao... minsan nabubulag, nabibingi at nawawala ang magandang "values" na natutunan sa tahanan. pero kung matatag ang ating pananalig at isusuko natin sa MAYKAPAL ang mga bagay na hindi ntin kayang dalhin... hindi tayo gagawa ng isang bagay na pagsisisihan natin sa huli.

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  44. Itong mga taong ito after mahatulang ng korte ng Thai nako pa-iiyak-iyak at magmamaka-awa sa gobyerno ng Pilipinas na tulungan sila. Nasusuka ako sa mga ganitong klaseng tao. Diba ng mahirap hindi lang magnakaw.

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  45. so sad..and yeah shameful..
    haysss..
    -sheng-

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  46. we cannot blame everything to poverty...they need to work hard to elevate their status and not by robbery...tsk tsk...

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  47. True, this is disappointing. And an even sadder part is that some people don't know the value of hard work in order to rise from poverty. I personally know some people and I find it really annoying.

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  48. "No matter what happen,Always the Good Filipinos stand to our Dreams,which makes us our Country being Proud to itself,The bad Filipinos should be Punish but The Good Filipinos should be Remain as being Hero of Our Beloved Philippines"......

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  49. "No matter what happens,the Filipinos should be stand to our Dreams which makes Us our Country being Proud to Itself,The Bad Filipinos should be Punish but The Good Filipinos should be Remain as being Hero to our Beloved Innocent Philippines"

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