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.