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Written by Bobby M. Reyes   
Sunday, 21 June 2009 08:15

Filipinos, especially good-looking males, working in the Middle East need more than just sympathy. Because reports of a man raping another man in the Middle East are getting more frequent . . . Yes it’s weird, but it’s true; some men do rape other men in some parts of the world – Francis Oca


T his Father’s Day and all the days that follow, perhaps we should remember the sacrifices being made by Filipino fathers who become overseas workers for the simple reason of economic survival. They work hard – from the sands of Saudi Arabia to the sands of Nevada – just to give food to their loved ones in the Philippines and pay for the education of their children, along with providing basic necessities to them. But Filipino politicians pay lip service to the sacrifices of the Overseas-Filipino workers (OFW), whom they call the “new heroes of the fatherland.”


Francis Oca, an OFW leader in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), wrote on June 16, 2007, about the plight of a Sorsoganon, Reynaldo Cortez, “a welder in one of the car-care shops at Sinaya in Riyadh . . . When a Pakistani driver tried to molest him sometime in 2003, he fought back, and in the process of defending himself stabbed to death his would-be rapist.” Eventually, Mr. Cortez met a cruel fate and was beheaded. He was one of several OFW fathers who were meted the capital punishment in the KSA. There are more Filipino fathers in Death Row in the KSA and other states in the Middle East.


To read Francis Oca’s article about Mr. Cortez, please go to:

Report from Riyadh: Filipino Men Are Being Raped 



So today, the 100th anniversary of Father’s Day that has become an international tradition, let us not only remember the sacrifices of Overseas-Filipino fathers like Reynaldo Cortez but also pray for them and their families.


Let us also include in our prayers the Filipino government officials – from Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to the rest of the employees of the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA) – that they may do their duties faithfully so that no other Filipino father meet the fate of Reynaldo Cortez and the other OFWs who were meted the capital punishment that they did not deserve. Amen.


On behalf of the webmaster, the writers, columnists and contributors of the, we wish all those who have sired or adopted children and those who are practicing the diligence of a good father of a family a Blessed and Happy Father's Day. # # #

Last Updated on Sunday, 21 June 2009 08:40
Comments (1)
1 Sunday, 21 June 2009 08:44
Dear Francis and Fellow Fathers (and Grandfathers) and Friends:

Thank you, Francis, for your greetings this Father's Day.

It may interest you and all to know that we published this article about Father's Day in our website and we quoted you, Mr. Oca, in it. To read it, please click on this hyperlink: Remembering the Overseas-Filipino Fathers on Father’s Day



Lolo Bobby M. Reyes


In a message dated 6/21/2009 2:13:07 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it writes:

By profession I am a soldier and take pride in that fact. But I am prouder--infinitely prouder--to be a father. A soldier destroys in order to build; the father only builds, never destroys.
General Douglas MacArthur

June 21, 2009

"F" aithful.
"A" lways there.
"T" rustworthy.
"H" onoring.
"E" ver-loving.
"R" ighteous.
"S" upportive.
Author Unknown

What Makes a Dad
God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle's flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it ... Dad
Author Unknown

God, bless all the fathers in the world. Guide them to be good role models and loving to all their children. Help them to be a father like You are. Give them grace and patience to handle situations in a loving way.

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