Sangil: The Plight of Nurses and Pagcor Workers

LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING -- Marc Sueselback, the German boy friend of Jeffrey/Jennifer Laude was photograped teary eyed, about to break down and genuinely shown to have been heartbroken as his fiancee's coffin was brought to a church in Olongapo City.

Earlier, he attempted to forcibly enter a military camp in an attempt possibly to confront or harm the suspected killer of his fiancee, Pfc Joseph Scott Pemberton of the United States Marine Corp.

Sueselback actions indicates true love to the murdered transgender. Many of us would still be scratching in disbelief, on how a very handsome fellow like Marc, crossed oceans ,wanted to tear apart the suspected killer, because he lost his fiancee, a male himself. Maybe many sociologists and psychiatrists may have conducted over the years clinical study on human behaviours and believe that same sex marriages should be legalized.

Same sex marriages may come in this country and maybe legalized in due time. Maybe not today, but soon. I think if ever a bill to this effect will be filed in congress, it may not face rough sailing, since there are so many in the House of Representatives and in the Senate who are closet kings and queens.

And to the admirable people in the gay and transgender communities all over, time has come for all of you to band and lobby in congress. As it is in the cliche: ' If not now, when? If not you, who else?'

THE NURSES ARE GRIPING -- At the latest count, there are more than 200,000 nurses in the country who are out of job. And another 100,000 got employment not related to their profession. They either land as casino workers, waitresses on restaurants and hotels and call center agents.

Nurses working in various hospitals in the country are not getting a fair deal. I know of several nurses who have been accepted in a hospital in the City of San Fernando as a trainee for one year, volunteer for another year, and a casual employee for another year or so. They don't even get the prescribed minimum salary.

PAGCOR WORKERS -- I have so many friends working in the state owned Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporations (PAGCOR). Some of them, and they are many I tell you, hired in 1986 and never got any promotion. Maybe some increases in pay, but peanuts compared to the billions the corporation is earning annually.

The Pagcor employees talk in whispers. They resent the management style of the new leadership. The big bosses enjoy perks, privileges and high salaries. The workers? Pittance. It is quite ironic. The employees are asking if they are classified as government workers or not. If they are, why don't they get coverage from the Government Service and Insurance System (GSIS)? The deductions on their pay envelopes, aside from the mandatory 20% cut of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), go to Social Security System, the insurer for workers employed by private firms. Ano ba talaga kuya?

If only some employees can gather enough guts and make public of the anomalies in PAGCOR, the current investigation being conducted by the Senate Blue Ribbon Sub-committee will pale in comparison.

But Malacanang is so symphatetic to 'kaklase, kaibigan, kabarilan'. Don't hope for any investigation. Wait till 2016.

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