Misbehaving OFW’s: the Filipinos’ own worst enemy

bottom-of-barrellOk na sana daw for Pinoy Pride and the reputation of Filipino caregivers/nurses eh. What with Rose Fostanes, a long-time caregiver in Israel, winning their local version of the program X-factor. She became yet another “hero” that the validation starved Filipinos would be using in order to prop up to the world that they are a great and important people.

Then came the news of the one dubbed the Satanist nurse, Blaze Binder, who supposedly took pictures of herself next to dead pensioners in the Swiss aged care facility where she works.

That’s not all. There was also news of the Pinoy nurse caught on video molesting a bedridden patient, and news of another one sexually abusing a male quadriplegic Afghanistan war veteran. Both in the United States.

Even further back, in 2012, there was also news of the Filipino nurse jailed in UK for attacking an 80-year old Alzheimer’s patient.

One good example versus four bad ones of Filipino caregivers/nurses. That doesn’t look good for their reputation.

It takes a lot of time and effort for a good reputation to be built up, and only a moment, one very bad incident, to destroy it. In our sample above alone, we found four bad incidents involving Filipino nurses. Who knows how many more incidents of Filipino nurses taking advantage of or abusing the elderly they are supposed to take care of go undocumented?

And Filipinos, don’t even think about saying that that “accolade” or “commendation” for Fostanes is worth any spit. It wasn’t even for her skills as a caregiver or nurse! Are Filipinos going to tell us, like they do over and over again, that a Filipino like Fostanes who wins a competition abroad inspires the rest of her countrymen? But for what? Where are the results of such inspiration?

That pride Filipinos incessantly insist on propping up every chance they get? It has now fallen apart like the house of cards it really is underneath.

Let’s face it, is there anything to be proud of as a nation that sends out its citizens to work as caregivers and/or nurses in other parts of the world just so they can make ends meet, and because there aren’t enough decent jobs for them back home?

Filipinos will insist that the misbehavior of a handful of them should not be used to make a generalization that overseas Filipino workers (OFW’s) are to be avoided like the plague. Not all Filipinos are like that; people should not generalize – so they claim.

Well, boohoo. Tough luck.

It takes only a few bad apples to spoil the whole bunch. And the fact that Filipinos are so dependent on foreign employers for jobs they can’t get back home? Filipinos have the gall to tell the world what to think! By virtue of the one seeking employment abroad, they are in no position to bargain and tell the world what to think of them; they must prove themselves consistently, and without fail. They think that they are so entitled to the available jobs out there; by virtue of being Filipino alone, they are the best at what they do.

They are good at being ass-wipers and bottom feeders. They are good at getting themselves into trouble.

What Filipinos have consistently failed to exhibit, are the following:

1) That they can wean themselves off their pathetic dependence on foreign money to fund their excessive consumerism;

2) That the number of those who go into nursing mainly for money and not for the love of the profession does not affect the reputation of Filipino nurses negatively and in general, and;

3) That they can be generally known for anything other than as the replaceable cogs in professional industries abroad.

Katulong, taga-punas ng pwet, and nagtatrabaho sa oil rig – just a few examples of ways that the Filipinos are driven to desperation and to scrape the bottom of the barrel, all because of conditions back home that are, to a large extent, of their own doing.

As benign0 had recently pointed out:

Hopefully, governments of affluent countries will recognise the risks posed by foreign Third World nurses on its citizens and step up efforts to boost domestic capacity for producing this much-needed skill within their respective populations.

It’s not a matter of if, it’s when. And when this does happen, what’s the Philippines going to do when the thousands (possibly even millions) of displaced Filipino workers will be forced to go back home?

Nothing. Filipinos and their government will simply grin and bear it, all because they can be easily convinced by a man of the cloth that overpopulation is good for Filipinos.

Filipinos will simply keep trying their luck overseas and beg some more.

It’s a vicious cycle – one that Filipinos don’t seem to want to break.

[Photo courtesy: beagardner.com]


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It’s sad to see our fellow OCWs (Take note I didn’t use the commonly-termed OFWs) doing crap for no reason. It really puts some/all of our fellow OCWs to shame.

These incidents are one of the reasons why foreigners have second-thoughts about hiring Filipinos to work for them.

I wonder if the the rest of the world still remembered that Nursing exam incident that happened a couple of years ago…


The government should realize that not all filipinos are hard wired to be OFWs. This people should just stay in the Philippines and plant kamote, else we end up with misbehaving OFWs, OFW sob stories like drug mules, and death row convicts, etc.

Lee Arenas
Yes. These OFWs should stay here in the Philippines. They should be satisfied with taking care and wiping the asses of their countrymen. They should stay here so labor costs will go down. Household help, in particular, should not be deployed overseas. We need all the household help we can get at a cheap price. Why should chinese, arabs, and white people get to benefit from Filipino domestics. They should suffer here rather than go abroad to suffer. Hahahahaha… Seriously, nothing wrong with Filipinos going overseas as long as they remain overseas and do not return. Also, they should stop… Read more »

Great singers will never save the Philippines. the audience in other countries is more sensible, and they know Rose Fontanes is just a one-in-a-million person. Sadly, Fontanes is relegated to a face-saver, when you have the context of so many erring Filipinos. The Filipinos should be challenged to do more than face-saving.

Hyden Toro

Aquino and Lacierda are following the political strategy of the late Adolf Hitler of Nazi Germany; in order to divert the attention of Filipinos of their bad handling of the economy.

Hitler used the “Aryan Race Superiority”…Aquino use the “Pinoy Pride” mantra…

Now, their agenda is in the sewerage already. Because of these Pervert Filipinos. Foreign nations will look us as, : “Nation of Perverts”…

@FallenAngel: “Where are the results of such inspiration?” Nothing! Filipinos are so fascinated to “make their own” the successes of others who really worked hard to achieve it. However, majority remain parasitic. And that’s all their is. Most Filipinos keep on blowing their horns that they are “the most intelligent and diligent” workers in the world. Based on personal experience they really are impressive workers at the start of their employments. However, as they stay longer they become more pathetically lazy and worse of all their nature of stealing even the most irrelevant properties of the company they work with… Read more »
Revelation 21:8
Whoa, what is this? Well, there are really wrong doings that some of the OCW or OFW have committed so far. But I don’t think there is a perfect race in the world and even those racist communities in the world cannot find perfection for themselves. I could not help to think more about of letting all OFWs’ come home where the country cannot give a decent jobs for majority of its people. Aside from that, there are those companies that behaving very oppressive to their employees as if they paid a better life to all their employees. Maybe there… Read more »
Johnny Derp

How is that related to the article?
You trolls are all the same.
Lack of ability to stick to the topic and lack of ability to understand anything here.

jeff the killer

Kung kasi pinatalsik niyo si Marcos sana di ganito kalagayan ng Pilipinas.

medy ramos

These are the people who should be embarassed:
1. Our countrymen who are electing year after year politicians who are manggagantso. We are victimized by our own follies. STOP ELECTING THOSE CROCODILES!
2. Our countrymen who put down our own countrymen without offering an alternative, jobs for them, anyone?
_____These deserve PRAISE: Our countrymen who leave our homeland to improve not their own lives but the lives of their children and family members. They are sacrificing everything to make a better life for their love ones.

medy ramos

Dear GRP, Can one of your writers write a piece on how to change the mindset of our populace on how to make intelligent choices during elections? Or get suggestions from our readers of ways how to change their voting style? If I am a good and coherent writer I would have but I am not!

medy ramos

GRP, somehow I seem to offend somebody with my replies. My replies to Grogs and Amir were deleted.

medy ramos

Sorry, sorry, GRP, my replies to Gogs and Amir re-appeared. I take back my question.


Lets not stereotype our fellow country men and always look at the brighter side. OFW helps our country though their remittances, its important role of promoting inclusive growth or economic growth that trickles down to the masses

Anes, Maricar
Contributor, http://www.ourhappyschool.com

There’s a line in a Star Wars RPG manual that pretty much sums up this entire discussion. (I’m going to frame this as a discussion about the Jedi code of conduct, but you can easily replace “Jedi” with any group you want) The extent of it is that a Jedi should always be on their best behavior, because for every one bad Jedi, it takes three to undo the bad impression. Basically, they’re told to “always assume you’re the first of your kind others meet.” If you behave poorly, people come off thinking that “all Jedi are like that.” Then… Read more »