MANILA, Philippines - Majority of Filipinos say they will not turn a blind eye to any wrongdoing committed by fellow Pinoys overseas.
This was the result of an informal survey conducted by the WorkAbroad.ph Facebook page among its site visitors from August 13 to September 2, 2012.
Eighty-three (83%) percent of the respondents answered "No" to the question "Would you cover up a wrong deed done by a fellow OFW abroad?"
Some said that wrong deeds should be punished so no one will do the same offense again. Others say that not covering up is beneficial in the long run because the offender will learn from his mistakes and that one should be responsible for his/her actions.
"Di dapat pagtakpan. Sabi nga, kung anung ginawa mo sa kapwa mo babalik sayo. Eh kung mabuti ang gagawin mo mabuti rin ang babalik eh pag masama e di masama rin," said one of the respondents.
"If you try to cover kabayan, you may be giving him/her the chance to include you in the trouble they made. Best thing to do is to stay out of trouble. Bear in mind that the primary and only reason you have is to work and send money to your family," said another respondent.
Another Facebook user said, "di ako pumunta dito para sa kawang-gawa, tsaka wala naman nakasulat sa contract ko na tumulong sa mga taong gumagawa ng katarantaduhan dito, trabaho ng embassy yun.
Meanwhile, only 17% answered "Yes" out of pity for the fellow OFW. They said the OFW might lose his job and his family may suffer because of the mistake. Some explained that everyone makes mistakes and that every Filipino should always help each other out. There are some of said that they would help the OFW if the mistake he committed is just minor and that covering up for him would not put them into trouble.
"If its grounds for his/her termination, I would! Tulungan lang ng kalahi. Gugustuhin ba natin mapauwi ang kababayan natin dahil lang sa sumbong? May mga pamilyang umaasa," said a respondent who answered "Yes".
"Depende sa sitwasyon na hindi rin ako mapapahamak at gusto ko siyang e-cover up sa wrong deed niya if ever nagsisisi siya at gusto niya nang ituwid ngayon nakagawa siya ng mali bibigyan ko siya ng chance at tutulungan ko siya hangga't hindi ako napapahamak din baka mawalan din ako ng trabaho," said another respondent.
A total of 56% of the respondents were males and only 44% were females. Many of them are currently employed OFWs (42%), followed by employed Filipinos who want to work abroad (26%), ex-OFWs (16%), unemployed Filipinos aspiring to work abroad (13%), and those who are not interested to work abroad (3%).