Awhile ago, I received an email from my brother-in-law stating that a kind-hearted OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker) has just been arrested for a crime he did not commit. It is quite disturbing, since us Filipinos is known for the trait the most people take advantage of - "Pakikisama". Okay here is the story.
There was a Filipino who was asked at the Philippine airport to carry 4 pairs of flip-flops (Islander brand slippers) from somebody he barely know to Saudi Arabia. With a kind heart that he has, he did just to help. Upon arrival in Saudi, he was apprehended for reason that he didn't know until after several days of detainment. In those flip-flops were around 700gms of Methamphetamine Hydrochloride stuffed in. Now he is suffering from a crime he did not commit. THE ONLY MISTAKE HE DID IS BEING KIND HEARTED.===
I believe these were just rumors made by some people who like to brag things. And to support this matter, they spread it so once the person they told of eventually met other people who heard of this rumor, they will eventually conclude it is true.
Sadly, most of us OFWs are quite prone to this. It is not the "Pakikisama" that is endangering us, it is those who abuse it. I remember back then, I just asked the person what's inside the package and then that is already good for me. Now, I won't be able to do that and I feel sad about it since it means that more and more people are taking advantage of our "Pakikisama". I just hope this won't greatly affect everyone who was always kind-hearted.
So that's it, to all OFWs who are going to have their vacations or who is on their way back to their work jobsite. May joy fill(ed) your heart and please be aware of this matter, pass this information to all your OFW friends. God bless you all.