Balitang America documentary "TNT" to air on July 21

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 19 2012 01:39 PM | Updated as of Jul 19 2012 09:39 PM

Balitang America is proud to present its first current affairs offering, a documentary written, produced and anchored by ABS-CBN North America news bureau chief Nadia Trinidad.

When one talks about political incorrectness, Filipinos have a term for an undocumented immigrant that’s synonymous to society’s pariah. "TNT," which comes from the vernacular "tago nang tago," is a label given by Filipinos to other Filipinos staying illegally in the United States.

But what happens when an overseas worker unknowingly overstays in America because his employer duped him?

This documentary chronicles the continuing struggle of the “Florida 15,” a group of Filipino workers who claim they are victims of human trafficking by their Filipino employer, Jose Villanueva, who owns recruitment and employment company San Villa Ship Management Co.

Inspired by Pulitzer Prize-winning undocumented immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas and other Filipinos who came out of the shadows, these seasonal workers from Miami, Florida tell their story of survival as they continue to seek justice. They also talk about the community that repudiates its own, one that is always ready to turn on them.

"TNT" airs on July 21, 2012, Saturday at 2:50 PM (PST), preempting Barangay USA.