Last night, I watched an episode of The Correspondents on Filipinos working in Macau. Macau is the Las Vegas of Asia. In this little city, you will find the best casino places in Asia. And in Macau, you can find thousands of Filipinos, legally and illegally, working hard to be able to send money to their families back in the Philippines.
Do you know their sorry state in that place? 15 people living in a house that is intended for 4-6 people. Employers promised a $1,500 salary but they only get $850 because of ‘absences’ that are actually rest days. A handful of them are staying there illegally, waiting for the big break – a job that will help them rise out of poverty.
What caught my attention in that episode is the complaints of fellow Filipinos that the Philippine representative in that place cannot even help them because the rep is claiming he doesn’t really know his role there. My goodness! Our government is really good for nothing! Even representatives sent abroad are incompetents!
A Filipina told Karen Davila (who did the special episode) that she’d rather stay in Macau illegally, working part-time, than go home and starve to death with her family. That’s how pitiful the country’s economy is! When citizens would rather stay in a foreign land and place their hopes there, than go home and trust the Philippine government will do something about their plight.
*For non-Filipinos, TNT means Tago-Nang-Tago, an illegal alien avoiding the immigration officials from deporting them.