This (non-profit) blog was originally inspired by the story of a Filipina domestic worker from the Middle East - who abandoned her baby boy born - with its placenta still attached - in a Bahrain Gulf Air airplane toilet - upon its landing in the Philippines in September 2010.
It has been suggested that this baby could have been conceived out of rape or force from her employer and she did not want to raise his child.
She actually delivered the baby by herself - because no one heard anything unusual inside the airplane. This means she knew how to be a midwife. Or she could have been a nurse. Most Filipina nannies are college graduates and are over-qualified to be domestic housekeepers.
Why would this Filipina mother abandon her child in an airplane toilet?
Because this Filipina domestic maid did not want to raise this baby - whom she did not want to conceive - in the first place. This baby was an unwanted pregnancy. Abortion was not an option for her. She carried the baby to full term and returned home to the Philippines because maybe her employer fired her or she was no longer capable of working as a domestic in her new status as a mother.
Her desperate choice was to deliver the baby - by herself - inside the airline toilet. How it reached the thrash area is a mystery because a live newborn should have been crying at some point from the airplane's toilet to the trip to the airline thrash area. Maybe the baby was injected with tranquilizers. The thrash collectors should have heard the baby crying...
Why would this Filipina mother abandon her newborn baby in an airplane toilet?
Because this Filipina domestic maid did not want to go home to her Filipino family and be ridiculed by her parents and the neighbors. She did not want her family to be burdened to take care of another baby they were not expecting to begin with. She did not want them to feed another mouth - especially from a man who did not care about the baby. She did not want her family to feed another mouth which would mean that she has to go back to work overseas and send money back home to feed this baby.
This Filipina domestic did not want to raise the baby -- given by a man - she did not love - and who did not love her. She did not want the memory of the man who forced this pregnancy on her.
This Filipina domestic real story is not alone. There are hundreds if not thousands of Filipinas out there with a similar fate, doomed fate from employers who are tyrants and abusers.
This Filipina maid is not alone in her desperation and in her despair.
This Filipina inspired this blog because she represents the ultimate point of despair, despondency, defeat from abuses and exploitation - from greedy and tyrannical employers in foreign countries.
There are many stories of "exploitations" and abuses from employers of Filipina nannies, domestic helpers and caregivers overseas - especially in Hong Kong, the Middle East, the USA and Canada.
In this (non-profit) blog we will collect all stories possible - in order to help all Filipinas - to inform them, to form solidarity with them, to enlighten them and most of all, to empower them.
There are good legal groups that lend support everywhere in the world and we will gather all their addresses - in order to make this blog a good resource.
Send us all your stories, anonymously, in Tagalog, in your dialects, in any language. do not worry about grammar or spelling.
Like Jose Rizal, who discovered Spain's tyranny - when he was outside the Philippines, when he was in Spain - we too discover all nannies abroad who suffer their employers' tyranny, abuses and exploitations .
Knowledge is power. The more we know the more powerful we are.
Jesus said: The Truth shall set you free. We must arm ourselves with the truth. There are a lot of good people and organizations who will help us. This blog will gather all their names and addresses
Let us share our stories and help one another.
We must be brave like Jose Rizal and learn from his novel Noli Me Tangere which is even more relevant today for all Filipina nannies, caregivers and domestic workers read the full text in Tagalog and English here http://filipina-nannies-caregivers.blogspot.ca/2013/05/jose-rizal-quotations.html
Read the true story of the Philippines Independence and the current colonization of the United States of America over the Philippines and its control over all the natural resources in Philippines http://filipina-nannies-caregivers.blogspot.ca/2013/05/philippinesustroops-out-now-true.html
Jose Rizal exposed the corruption and power of the Catholic Church that controlled the people's mind and soul to continue being SLAVES under Spain. The Philippines is the only Catholic country in Asia and today it still control the peple's minds and soul ...and Filipinas and Filipinas contrinue to have the SLAVE mentality, that is why Filipina go overseas and become slaves as domestic maids . Here we include a recent book called Altar of Secrets: Sex, Politics and Money in the Philippine Catholic Church, that hopefully will enlighten all Filipinos and will think for themselves on how to stop being slaves. See articles below.
Read more here http://filipina-nannies-caregivers.blogspot.ca/2013/05/jose-rizal-quotations.html
Newborn Baby Found Abandoned In Airplane's Trash In PhilippinesTeresa Cerojano 09/13/10 11:56 PM ET
MANILA, Philippines — The baby boy born on a flight from the Middle East to the Philippines and abandoned in an airplane trash bag will be put up for adoption if the mother is not found or declared unfit, a government official said Tuesday.
The baby, named George Francis after Gulf Air's flight code GF, was doing fine, watched closely by nurses and social workers while authorities searched for his mother.
Officials have identified a person who occupied a bloodstained seat on the plane but are still verifying if she is the boy's mother, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman told The Associated Press.
"He is well. He takes a lot of milk, but he is being observed because there was a bump found on his head. But as far as the report from his checkup goes, his condition is good," she said.
The six pound, nine ounce (three kilogram) boy was discovered Sunday when a security officer on the tarmac spied something moving in one of the trash bags that were carried from the plane. He opened it, sifted through the rubbish and found the newborn wrapped with tissue paper and covered in blood.
The story evoked pity and outrage around the world. The infant – still attached to the placenta – was taken to an airport clinic, where doctors and nurses cleaned him, gave him a checkup, wrapped him in cloth and mittens and warmed him under a light bulb, airport doctor Maria Teresa Agores said.
Gulf Air spokeswoman Katherine Kaczynska told the AP that no one on the plane reported anything unusual during the flight. The Bahrain-based airline said the baby was discovered in an airplane toilet trash can, suggesting the mother gave birth in the bathroom during the flight.
Doctors who attended to the baby said he looked Filipino, fueling speculation in the local media that the boy's mother could be a domestic worker in the Middle East. About one in 10 Filipinos works abroad, many as maids and laborers in the Middle East, to escape crushing poverty and unemployment at home.
According to the law, it takes at least three months to declare a baby abandoned and start the adoption process. In this case, even if the mother is identified, she will have to be assessed to see if she is a suitable parent, Soliman said. What she did is "an indication of her inability to take care of the child," she said.
Soliman also said that although the baby looks Filipino, he may be given a Bahraini nationality if it is confirmed he was born on the Gulf Air aircraft. Children born during a flight are entitled to citizenship of a country where the plane is registered, she said.
There was no shortage of prospective parents for the little George Francis.
Soliman said at least 10 couples had contacted her office offering to adopt him.
"There are many. We're getting it from the e-mail, we're getting it from the website," she said of the adoption request.
Associated Press writers Jim Gomez and Hrvoje Hranjski in Manila and Adam Schreck in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, contributed to this report.
This book proves that statues cannot protect children and women and the poor from evil priests and bishops. In Montreal, the giant statue of St. Joseph overlooked a college where hundreds of students were sexually abused by the same congregation as Saint Brother Andre, read more here and the links below http://popecrimes.blogspot.ca/2013/01/boycott-oratory-of-saint-joseph-candles.html
Written by John Berthelsen
TUESDAY, 13 AUGUST 2013
Aries C. Rufo, a prize-winning Filipino journalist, was once a devout Catholic who as a youth "loved staying inside the church for it offered refuge from the punishing heat outside. The airy atmosphere and the deafening silence were pure ecstasy," he writes. As a boy he seriously contemplated entering the seminary although the desire to do so eventually waned.
After decades as a journalist, some of it spent covering the Catholic Bishop's Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)?, he sat down to write this book, Altar of Secrets: Sex, Politics and Money in the Philippine Catholic Church.
"While the Church dips its fingers into every aspect of Filipino life," he writes, "it has resisted outside attempts to poke into its internal affairs. Like a cloistered monastery, it has kept from the public the scandals and irregularities of its members, within its sacrosanct walls."
With Catholics making up 86 percent of the Philippine population and with the Council of Bishops holding inordinate sway over the country's leaders, the church seemed almost unassailable. But Rufo's journey through the secrets of the Catholic Church of the Philippines finds an institution in grave disarray. The Council's last-ditch attempt to stop passage of the landmark Reproductive Health Bill failed and the subsequent attempt earlier this year to drive lawmakers from office for voting for the measure was also a miserable failure. Earlier this year a survey by the church found that more than half of Filipino Catholics have not married under Catholic rites.
What Rufo found went well beyond those problems. As the accompanying excerpt from the book shows, the practice of priests violating their vow of continence and celibacy is so widespread that an orphanage in Metro Manila, run by the church, caters to their children. As the excerpt notes, it wasn't just priests. Two ranking bishops headed for stardom within the church were forced out after their sexual dalliances were made public.
Stung by publicity over the priests' violations of their vows, the Bishops issued guidelines on sexual abuses and misconduct by the clergy, listing the protocol that bishops should follow and observe in dealing with errant priests, covering violations of continence and abstinence, child abuse and sexual misconduct. But when the document was submitted to Rome for approval, the Vatican turned it down because it was too lenient. So the bishops set up their own "quota system," allowing offending priests to remain in the ministry if they fathered only one child. "It is only when he begets a second child that he will be dismissed from the ministry," the guidelines said.
"Apparently, the bishops took their cue from the Vatican," Rufo writes, "which rejected the "zero tolerance" policy that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) sought to adopt in June 2002 against pedophile priests in response to the widespread reports of the abuse of minors and children by men of the cloth. If Rome is averse to a "one strike, you are out policy," how, then, can the CBCP be holier than the Pope?"
It ought to be recognized that the Philippine response to priestly marriage and sex is probably more realistic than Rome's, which makes unreasonable demands of sexual celibacy on ordinary human beings, who are driven by reality to often violate their vows, an astonishing number through homosexuality and a large number through other means. Although Rufo doesn't deal with it, there have long been credible rumors of priests who quietly marry in their communities. But in the matter of money, Rufo found, the Philippine church is responsible for both high crimes and misdemeanors, with parish priests often dipping into the collection box to fund more than just the operation of their parish and financial high-jinks going on in the high councils.
"The case of Reverend Bayani Valenzuela of St. Andrew's Parish in Paraňanque, is one glaring example," Rufo writes. "For years, Valenzuela plundered the parish and parochial school's coffers under the noses of finance council members...Tapping family members and relatives for parish work, Valenzuela siphoned money from Sunday collections, commingled parish and school funds, and used these funds to pamper himself with luxuries such as five-star hotel gym fees and expensive meals."
Nor was Valenzuela alone, Rufo finds. In some dioceses, so much money was being siphoned off that higher officials thought collections were slowing. Those appointed to handle church funds embezzled the money themselves. There were more disturbing cases emanating from the bishops themselves, such as in the sale of excess, extremely valuable church property in a subterfuge to cheat the government out of tax monies. When the fraud was discovered, it nearly led to the cancellation of a visit to the Philippines by Pope John Paul II. There are other, similar issues of financial irregularities all up and down the church, from the priests dipping into the collection baskets all the way up to the top of the institution's hierarchy.
There is a great deal more in this book that unfortunately can't be covered in an abbreviated review, including the high-handed treatment of lay women and nuns by top church figures. But it is enough to say that it is meticulously researched and footnoted, and it gives a troubling picture of a sacred institution that is increasingly out of touch with a flock no longer satisfied with a medieval approach to the world.
The fact, noted above, that so many Filipinos marry outside the church and ignore its teachings, let alone the misconduct that Rufo renders so thoroughly here, ought to put the Council of Catholic Bishops on notice that the church needs thoroughgoing reform. At the very least, they need to read this book.
According to this website, there were many victims of pedophile priests at the College Notre Dame just below the Oratory. Read more here BOYCOTT Oratory of Saint Joseph! CANDLES to giant Zeus statues of St. Joseph & Brother Andre CANNOT PROTECT CHILDREN from CSC PEDOPHILES http://popecrimes.blogspot.ca/2013/01/boycott-oratory-of-saint-joseph-candles.html
CSC Holy Cross Congregation delay $18 million compensation payout. Brother Andre & Saint JOSEPH giant GOLDEN COW STATUES could not help victims of CSC pedophiles http://popecrimes.blogspot.ca/2013/01/csc-holy-cross-congregation-delay-18.html
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