FOR FERDINAND FREDDIE P. AGUILAR TO COMPOSE AND SING AN INTERNATIONAL ANTHEM FOR OFWS
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FOR FERDINAND FREDDIE "KA FREDDIE" P. AGUILAR, TO COMPOSE AND SING A SONG SOLELY DEDICATED TO THE FLIGHT AND PLIGHT OF OFWS (OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKERS).
This request shall be coursed through or made via intercession of journalist Artemio "Art" T. Tapalla.
GREATLY INSPIRED because of the successful rescue and eventual repatriation or safe return to the Philippines from other countries of the following:
(1) Solo parent OFW SHIRLEY DECIPULO DONGHIL ("TRAPPED IN KUWAIT, HELP RESCUE AN OFW, SEN. POE, SEC. CAYETANO AND ALL CONCERNED FILIPINOS" - the title of the petition which was initiated by OFW SERBISYO network founder Tirso Nieva Paglicawan, Jr. at change.org. Shirley since day one of her employment was heavily overworked, without rest day, utterly lack sleep and literally without enough food and made to serve even friends and visitors of her employer. She was alone an all - around house helper performing ironing of bulk of clothes and doing the tasks of laundrywoman, dishwasher, liaison, cook and janitress of the four (4) - storey residence - building of her employer. As such maid, she was obliged to also work as a masseuse on a daily basis. In sum up, her employer did a breach of contract and sadly, her recruitment agency with full knowledge of her condition and in fact, was appropriately and timely informed of the actual situation absolutely did nothing to protect Shirley. Note: T. N. Paglicawan, Jr. is a paralegal officer/ writer who is presently, the incumbent deputy secretary general of the Department of the Interior and Local Government – National Police Commission (DILG – NAPOLCOM) Press Club the office of which is located at the MEDIA CENTER, 9th Floor, DILG NAPOLCOM Center Building, Epiifanio Delos Santos Avenue corner M. L. Quezon (Quezon) Avenue, Quezon City, Philippines.
(2) ANITA BUNA CRUZ AGOSTO ["AN S. O. S. (SAVE OUR SOUL) URGENT PLEA OF A KSA OFW" - the title of the petition at change.org as again undertaken by T. N. Paglicawan, Jr. Anita was locked up in her own room by her employer and reportedly deprived of food and drink. As a healthy huge woman when she started working six (6) months ago at her Arabian (Saudi national) employer, she was rescued as a pitiful thin sickly lady thereafter].
(3) JONA MAE MALINAO GUABONG ("PLEASE, PLEASE HELP RESCUE A DOMESTIC HELPER WHO IS HELD HOSTAGE BY HER KUWAITI EMPLOYER" - the petition title at change.org which had been started and triumphantly completed by T. N. Paglicawan, Jr. Jona Mae was wrongly accused by her own employer of stealing 500 Kuwaiti Dinars when she refused or turned down her employer's offer of extension of work contract. Not to be imprisoned, she was given an option to just pay one hundred thousand Philippine pesos (PhP100,000.00) to replace the allegedly stolen money or for her to again work for another one (1) year as a mere "slave" who shall receive no salary or wage. Worse, her own recruitment agency in connivance with a certain Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) personnel was forcing and intimidating Carlos Dapan Guabong, Jr., the husband of Jona to cough up the replacement money instead of legally defending Jona Mae from the gravely unjust and grossly baseless charge of her Kuwaiti employer. (As of this writing, Jona Mae is reported to be at the care and custody of the Philippine embassy shelter house).
(4) JAY ANN SESRACON GUATNO ("AN OFW WHO JUMPED OUT TO ESCAPE DEATH, IS NOW HUNTED BY HER KUWAITI EMPLOYER TO BE KILLED" - the petition title at change.org of T. N. Paglicawan, Jr. Jay Ann was locked up in the room after her employers - husband and wife tandem alternately without let up physically harmed her almost the whole afternoon of 04 October 2017 because she was caught using her cellphone which was strictly being prohibited by her employer. That when her said phone was confiscated from her and she vehemently refused to give to them the password of her phone (afraid that they might use the gadget to make a trumped up charge against her) That whenever blood flowed out of her head as a result of beating, hitting (using a bamboo stick) and slapping, ice was readily applied to her badly damaged head to stop the profuse bleeding and hit, punch, slap, blow, kick etc. again they did all to her. To hopefully escape the certain death in the hands of her said employers, she jumped out from the residence - building of her employers to escape. While recuperating in an undisclosed hospital as her broken back or spinal cord was then operated, her broken leg was cemented, her bruises and burns on her arms were treated, her employers were diligently searching for her to have her reportedly ultimately killed. (As of press time, OWWA deputy administrator Doods Dulay visited already Jay Ann in her hospital bed and she was promised that her repatriation papers are being taken care of and that the security in the hospital premises would be tightened to avoid or preempt the threat to her life of her own Kuwaiti employers.)
Plus several others who are similarly situated and in one way or the other have all remained “hapless, helpless and hopeless” victims of MAE (Maltreatment, Abuse and Exploitation) of their respective employers, the inaction or neglect of their own recruitment agencies, the foreign counterpart recruitment offices and the gross irresponsibility of some officials and employees of Philippine government agencies.
The innate nature to extend assistance and the strong desire to expose’, oppose, introduce reforms and effect change primarily made via change.org platform of the herein writer/ paralegal officer with the immediate and timely coordination that was undertaken by United States of America (USA) – based reporter Roger Parajes together with his fellow OFW, a certain Dok Chie Umandap of AKO OFW INC. and eventually, the selfless and tireless assistance extended as well by OFW welfare advocate Susan “Toots” Vasquez Ople, columnist of The Manila Times and tophead of the renowned Blas F. Ople Policy Center, we were able to rescue Shirley and the others.
Thus, it is now an ardent and urgent plea for KA FREDDIE TO COMPOSE AND SING A SONG SOLELY DEDICATED FOR THE SAD FLIGHT AND VULNERABLE PLIGHT OF OFWS.
In the words of Shirley, she observed and said that “no music or song yet which is entirely dedicated to the Filipinos living and or working in other countries had already been composed and sung by Ka Freddie himself.”
ORIGINAL FILIPINO NATIONALIST MUSIC ICON “KA FREDDIE”AGUILAR, MOST PROMINENTLY KNOWN DUE TO HIS EVER BIGGEST HIT AND PERPETUALLY CELEBRATED SONG “ANAK,” IS A LIVING LEGEND AND AT THE ANNALS OF HISTORY WHO IS WORTHY TO BE EMULATED BY YOUNG AND OLD ALIKE AND OF THE PRESENT GENERATION AND THE GENERATIONS TO COME (MORE SPECIFICALLY AND MOST IMPORTANTLY BY THE COMPOSERS/ COMPOSITORS, SINGERS, MUSICIANS, BAND MEMBERS, TALENTS AND ALL OTHER MEMBERS, CAST AND STAKEHOLDERS S IN THE SHOW BUSINESS AND MUSIC INDUSTRY) BECAUSE OF HIS STRONG, UNWAVERING AND DETERMINED PRINCIPLES IN LIFE.
DULY ACKNOWLEGED TO HAVE CATALPUTED TO THE PRESIDENCY (AND HAVE HELPED THEM STAYED IN POWER) THROUGH THE MAGIC, INFLUENCE OR POWER AND WONDER OF HIS VOICE AND PATRIOTIC MUSIC, THREE (3) OR MORE PHILIPPINE PRESIDENTS, HE IS NOW ASKED BY THE OFWS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO WRITE A SONG THAT THE OFW THESELVES AND EVEN THE CHILDREN OF THE OFWS SHALL REPEATEDLY FOREVER HEAR AND PLAY ALONG AND SHALL INTENTLY LISTEN INTO AND ONTO.
AS INCUMBENT PRESIDENTIAL ADVISER ON CULTURE AND ARTS, HE CAN COMPOSE A SONG AND HAVE IT SUNG SOLELY DEDICATED TO THE OFWS AND THEIR FAMILIES WHICH WILL NARRATE THE ILL – FATED CIRCUMSTANCES AND LIFE STORIES AND THE SAID SAD FLIGHT AND THE ALMOST ALWAYS VULNERABLE PLIGHT OF SEVERAL OFWS.
KA FREDDIE MAY AS WELL INCLUDE SOME OFWS WHO HAVE LEARNT NOT TO WASTE BUT INSTEAD INTELLIGENTLY PUT INTO WISE USE THEIR HARD EARNED MONEY FOR THE EDUCATION OR STABLE BUSINESS OF THEIR FAMILIES.
THE SONG TO BE COMPOSED AND SUNG BY KA FREDDIE HIMSELF IS ALSO SOMEHOW A DEEPEST APPRECIATION AND AN ENDLESS RECOGNITION TO THE HELP EXTENDED OR TO BE PROVIDED YET BY PEOPLE WITH GENUINE CONCERN, SPECIFICALLY TO MS. DONGHIL AND THE OTHER OFWS – VICTIMS OF MAE.
The same song which he himself shall sing, Ka Freddie will hit and shoot and hit it the hardest and shoot it right on the target the exploitatation and the grave injustice, gross negligence and huge irresponsibility crimes COMMITTED or OMITTED by both the corrupt men and women in the government agencies (the Philippine Congress, Philippine embassies and POLO, Department of Foreign Affairs, Bureau of Immigration, Bureau of Customs, Philippine Postal Corporation, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Social Security System, Employees Compensation Commission, the Department of Labor and Employment, National Labor Relations Commission, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, Home Development Mutual Fund or the Pag – IBIG Fund, Department of Transportation, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Tourism, Land Transportation Office, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, Securities and Exchange Commission) and the equally graft - ridden private sectors (the recruitment agencies, the foreign employers, some “church” and media outlets, the banks, hotels, resorts, restaurants, loans and financing institutions, schools and universities, telecommunication giants; pawnshops, remittance firms and courier services, insurance entities, airline companies/ other transportation corporations and malls, enterprises/ business conglomerates) who are instead of selflessly providing assistance and extend support to our countrymen living and or working abroad and their respective families in the Philippines, THEY ARE EXACTLY EXACTING THEM OF THEIR HARDLY EARNED MONEY UNTIL THEY BECOME DRIED AND EMPTY. THESE SAME ENTITIIES HAVE BECOME GLUTTONOUS CROCODILES, VAMPIRES, PARASITES, VULTURES AND TERMITES THAT ARE ACTUALLY WOLVES IN SHEEP CLOTHING AND DOING AND THINKING THE EXACT OPPOSITE: TO CONTINUOUSLY, REPEATEDLY AND RUTHLESSLY BLEED DRY THE SUBJECT OFWS AND THEIR FAMILIES OF THEIR MONEY WHICH THEY HAVE HONESTLY EARNED WITH THEIR OWN BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS!
The song may remind the OFWs to possibly avoid, minimize, preempt or eventually avoid the two (2) most common situations that generally, greatly fear all the women - OFW still.
One is the eventuality that they may become probably be sexually abused by their employer and possibly get killed in the process.
And second, when one OFW is rescued and finally reaches her/ his own home back in the country, he/ she again will find himself/ herself with no employment or without any source of income which will certainly make him/ her and his/ her family’s lives miserable again.
It is this song that shall beseech the kind understanding and material assistance of individuals who are established and institutions which are prominently known to help the OFWs and their families.
The OFW music shall particularly give thanks or knock again for support on the soft heart of CONGRESSIONAL SPOUSES FOUNDATION INC. (CSFI) PRESIDENT EMELITA “EMILY” APOSTOL – ALVAREZ through FAIR MONT REALTY AND PROPERTY MANAGEMENT business development manager MARK ANTONY PACHECO and the likes of her whose sterling track records of helping the downtrodden and the less fortunate Filipinos remain unbroken.
The same song shall keep calling the focus and attention of still deaf and yet untouched SENATOR GRACE POE – LLAMANZARES because she may potentially would empathize and sympathize with the OFWs and their children because the good Senator and these OFWs somehow have the same life patterns (as the said kind Senator narrated that she was once also an OFW) but these OFWs are not as blessed and privilege as the Senator who luckily found a caring and loving family in the persons of the late King of Philippine Movies Fernando Poe, Jr. and his wife, the indefatigable actress, Ms. Susan Roces.
The OFW sector entreats Sen. Poe to conduct a thorough Senate probe, in aid of legislation on the OFW’s quandary and the worrisome situations of several other OFWs as a result of conspiracy of corrupt private and public entities which supposedly protect and promote the welfare and rights of OFWs but do and perform the exact opposite.
If SEN. Poe remains unperturbed, Philippine congresswoman NANCY A. CATAMCO may please extend a helping hand and conduct a thorough probe on the matter. She is known to cater not only our countrymen - indigenous peoples but the OFWs and their families as well.
The same song dedicated to the OFWs, their spouses and their sons and daughters shall most enthusiastically give tributes and shall continue to appeal to ICON HOTEL CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY MANAGER BAE JENNIFER PIA “LIMPAYEN” SIBUG – LAS, her tribes and those people in the hotel industry with similar genuinely loving hearts for whatever assistance and accommodation or a safer place to stay whenever an OFW is in Metro Manila or other urban centers to apply for work or follow up their papers and or legitimate benefits and claims from respective recruitment agencies, OWWA, POEA, etcetera.
The song shall greatly be grateful for the sustained education or possible scholarship grants and study exchange programs of the children of the OFWs and even the OFWs themselves for the initial help and continouos assistance of “SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY” ADVOCATE ENGINEER BERTITO “TITO” DELMUNDO HASHIMOTO as ENGR. HASHIMOTO completely knows the hardships and travails of being away from one’s family because he himself was also an OFW in Japan for several years.
Ka Freddie Aguilar’s songs dedicated to the OFWs and their loveones shall completely acknowledge PRO - ENVIRONMENT CRUSADER REGINA L. LOPEZ who had started the battle and immensely engaged herself in struggle for the Filipino people AGAINST GIANTS – destroyers of the environment and natural resources as AGAIN Ms. Lopez has not yet performed the greatest performance of her life, the OFW sector has faith in her that she would take the cudgel to search and rescue the other OFW – victims of MAE and eventually provide these OFWs and their children an assurance and insurance to secure sooner or NOW their OWN bleak future and their children. Ms. Lopez and her avid and steadily growing followers and supporters would kindly provide the OFW – victims survivors enough amount to start a livelihood or any business they may possibly call their OWN.
Speaking of insurance, LIBERTY INSURANCE CORPORATION special group accounts managing director ROLANDO E. ESTRELLA may as well provide an insurance program to suitably cater to the needs and requirements of OFWs and their immediate families.
Further speaking of security, SQUARE AND COMPASS SECURITY AGENCY Chief Executive Officer (CEO) VINCENT BAUTISTA BAYAUA has the experience, expertise and willingness to provide the OFWs and their families the most appropriate comprehensive safety and security protection, particularly their residences, their investments and businesses.
The same goes true with the FIRST FILIPINO WOMAN GENERAL OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES (AFP) GENERAL RAMONA P. GO (RET) who shall as well provide our countrymen in abroad an encouragement and strength to go in life in spite of the burden and trouble that they continue to go through and still to be encountered in the future ahead.
That this particular song of Ka Freddie for the OFW sector may please possibly gives credit and gratitude to JBDC OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH, SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENT (OHSE) CEO JUVIE B. DELA CRUZ AND JBDC OHSE CONSULTANCY GROUP OF COMPANIES COUNTRY MANAGER JOGEE G. DELA CRUZ and other kindhearted people who had been and would continuously be caring and concerned enough to shower the OFWs with appropriate assistance and the necessary trainings for them to highly comply and qualify to the required international standard in any future job or undertaking.
That the music which Ka Freddie shall compose would be an expression as well to be greatly grateful to KLINPIX JANITORIAL AND PEST CONTROL SERVICES INC. (KLINPIX) PRESIDENT ALVIN S. ESTRELLA (whose company remains the supplier of environmentally - friendly pest control products and services) and the likes of him who had become as usual as generous enough to also extend monetary assistance for the OFWs’ transportation expenses back to their own individual hometowns.
Ka Freddie’s music shall also distinctly be thankful to HIS MAJESTY SULTAN MUDARASULAIL A. KIRAM and to these same people with also a heart of gold. Sultan Kiram has figured and prominetly established himself that he readily caters to the need of the Filipinos who are in dire need of assistance, specifically for our fellow Filipinos in Sabah, Malaysia and the kind Sultan would certainly again not hesitate a bit to also extend assistance to whoever are distressed, maltreated or exploited OFWs.
That the same song to be sung by Ka Freddie shall most passionately dedicate the lyrics of the music to Labor and Trade Unionism advocate and adviser ISABELO SAMONTE, OFW VOLUNTEER ZAILAANA VILLONES, DOK CHIE UMANDAP OF AKO OFW INC., JOY PACANTE OF OFW KAMI SA GITNANG SILANGAN – (KAPIT BISIG), OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKERS’ WELFARE ADVOCATE SUSAN “TOOTS” VASQUEZ OPLE as well as to all other active people – members of non – government organizations which cater to the interest, benefits and rights of our fellow Filipinos in the overseas. Ms. Ople has been religiously closely and unrelentlessly monitoring the development and update of OFW who has been brought to her attention and she ordinarily thoroughly coordinates or reports to the concerned agencies of the government the concerned OFW’s employer/s and the involved recruitment agencies’ top level personnel.
This music may as well give tribute to all mediamen who are despite and in spite of the tempting attraction and seemed irresistible demand for “envelopmental journalism” remain and have sustained steadfast and true to their calling, career, avowed profession, mission or vocation of nobly and determinedly reporting without fear or favor on the issues and concerns about the OFWs, in particular and the Philippine society, in general like CAMILO BELLEZA MILLENDEZ, SIXTO "KIT KILATIS" BAFLOR LAGARE, Quezon City Press Club president RIO ARAJA, LIGA NG MGA BRODKASTER SA PILIPINAS INC. (LBPI) PRESIDENT ROLANDO "LAKAY" GONZALO AND LBPI CHAIRMAN MIKE ABE, MANILA BULLETIN COLUMNIST FRED LOBO [an erstwhile three (3) - term president of the National Press Club of the Philippines], POLICE FILES TONIGHT COLUMNIST IRWIN CORPUZ and Dangerous Drugs Board – Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency (DDB – PDEA) Press Corps president JIMMY MENDOZA of Sonshine Radio with his program on seamen and OFWs.
THIS SONG WILL GIVE CREDIT WHERE OR TO WHOM CREDIT IS DUE, MORE SPECIFICALLY AND MOST ESPECIALLY TO OVERSEAS WORKERS WELFARE ADMINISTRATION (OWWA) DEPUTY ADMINISTRATOR DOODS DULAY AND HIS TEAM AND THE LIKES OF HIM WHO KEEP IN THEIR HEARTS THE BURNING DESIRE TO RELENTLESS HELP OUR OFWS WITH NO AGENDA IN MIND BUT TO GENEROUSLY PROVIDE TIMELY ASSSITANCE WHEN AND WHERE IT IS NEEDED THE MOST!
KA FREDDIE, THE SINGER SHALL SING A SONG SOLELY DEVOTED TO THE OFWS TO EASE THEIR FEARS, REMOVE AWAY THEIR PAINS AND ERASE THEIR WORRIES.
THE MUSIC ITSELF AS SUNG BY KA FREDDIE WILL INSTILL COURAGE, ENCOURAGE SELF – HEALING, FILL UP THEIR HEARTS WITH HOPE, PUSH THEM HIGHER TO REACH THEIR DREAMS AND GOALS; FULFILL THEIR LIVE’S LONGINGS AND SATISFY THEIR EXPECTATIONS ALL THROUGH OR VIA THE SONG.
THE VOICE OF KA FREDDIE SHALL EVENTUALLY IGNITE AND AND ULTIMATELY LIFT UP THE SPIRITS OF THE OFWS AND THE FILIPINO PEOPLE TO BE CONCERNED ENOUGH TO ONE ANOTHER AND CARE ABOUT OUR PHILIPPINE NATION!
THE SONG FOR OFWS THAT KA FREDDIE AGUILAR SHALL COMPOSE AND SING IS LIKE THE SONG “ANAK” AS IF ALWAYS NEWLY BORN WHICH SOONER OR LATER SHALL FIRE OUT THE HELL AND LIGHT UP THE BRIGHT FUTURE THAT AWAITS ALL THE OFWS, THEIR SPOUSES AND BELOVED CHILDREN.
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