Marriane Jimenez, 34, an OFW-A A +A
Bahin sang Bubay
Friday, July 20, 2012
President P-Noy’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) could make or break his presidency. Not only is he expected to report and address a host of issues and problems confronting his fledgling presidency for the past two years in a few pages of his report to the nation, he is likewise supposed to be straightforward with his pronouncements with regards issues impacting his administration.
Some might say that a lot of these expectations from drumbeaters coming from several sectors in society including those from the marginalized sectors among the Indigenous Peoples, the workers and laborers, the farmers and the rest of the “bosses” among the “Masa’ and the Overseas Filipinos Workers (OFWs) are much too early for the president to do. But then, nothing is too soon or impossible for a faithful servant to do to protect the interest of its people. Moreover, with all the government resources at his disposal, the president and all the president’s men could well immediately work on what needs to be done.
But then, everything seems to be a joke, except that the family of OFW Marianne Aguilar Jimenez who had recently died under suspicious and clouded circumstances in Qatar doesn’t find it funny. Reportedly, the Jimenez family here in Davao are in the dark as to the real circumstances surrounding the demise of their loved one Marianne who got herself killed barely a month after working as domestic helper in Qatar starting May 2012 this year.
The Jimenez family received the news of her untimely death only last June 17, 2012 allegedly after she accidentally figured in an accident in one of the rooms of her employer, and that reportedly 95 percent of her body got burned. To top it all, there have been no clear report by government agencies tasked to take up the concerns of OFWs in Qatar for the family, and that the family is currently in a state of mourning and uncertainty as to how they could bring back home the remains of their loved one.
Still, the family is currently being assisted by good Samaritans among one of the members of Non-government organizations working for OFWs in foreign lands. A month has passed and the family is anguished at the thought that the repatriation of their loved one could be further delayed in view of the upcoming Ramadan this year.
Unless, perhaps, the President would come to the succor of the family, then there is still hope that Marianne’s case could be given the attention it so urgently needs.
But would the President take notice of the Filipino woman?s case for once? If the president in his magnanimity, could spend some time to express his sympathies to the King of comedy otherwise known as Dolphy, a well-loved jester of the Filipinos, would he be magnanimous to a lowly domestic helper who only dreamt of giving the best for her children and was the only hope of her daughter who is already entering the tertiary level of education?
We certainly hope that Marianne’s case will merit the president’s attention like it should. It would certainly be a great symbol of a great servant’s humility to be able to take the cudgels for his masters, the Filipino people as he reports on his performances.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 21, 2012.