As an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) I am jubilant and very grateful to God for creating a miracle for Mary Jane Veloso and her family. She was spared from Indonesian firing squad for alleged drug trafficking conviction.
Part of me is anxious and sad for the unfortunate plight of many other OFWs who are on death row in other countries. For those convicted in drug cases, there is a possibility that they are innocent. For those who are convicted with murder, they may have acted in self-defense or a moment of psychological imbalance, confusion what you may call it.
An Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) leaves homes, family and friends to seek for work and give a better life for their loved ones in the Philippines. But many of them face difficulties like unfair labor practice, bad working and living conditions, maltreatment and worst, rape.
Sometimes it makes me wonder if the agencies where first time OFWs and non-first time OFWs alike will be more vigilant to the welfare of their applicants, maybe, there will be less and less cases like Mary Jane Veloso and some others too.
A miracle happened yesterday. But how about in the coming days, weeks, months?