The Flor Contemplacion story sequel
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
Remember Flor Contemplacion?
She was the Filipina working as a domestic helper in Singapore, who was found guilty of killing another Filipina and a child, and was executed for the crime in 1995.
Until now, the story of Flor Contempacion continues to be a touchstone for Overseas Filipino workers who violate the law in the countries where they work, and find out how swiftly and inexorably the courts there work. Despite the attempts of the Philippine Government and other agencies to secure her acquittal, or pardon, Flor was executed.
Flor Contempacion cannot be easily forgotten because a movie was made on her life and tribulations. The movie that starred the iconic Nora Aunor was a blockbuster that wrung tears from countless eyes of sympathetic viewers who realized what travails OFWs go through in their desire to give their families back home a better life.
Was the sacrifice of Flor Contemplacion for her family worth it? If the plot of the movie had truly been based on her life, then we can see what her decision, and those other OFWs, especially the women, could cost.
Yesterday, newspapers carried the story of a son of Flor-Contemplacion who was charged for the killing of a barangay kagawad in San Pablo City, and for illegal possession of firearms.
Romulo Contemplacion is not the only offspring of the unfortunate Flor who has gone afoul of the law. In 2011, his brothers Sandrex, and Joel and Jun-Jun, who are twins, were arrested for drug trafficking and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Would their lives have been different if they had their mother to guide them and provide them with the care and attention they missed while she struggled to make their existence more comfortable by earning money for them abroad?
What have happened to the children of Flor Contemplacion are the best indications of the so-called “social costs” that OFWs have to pay when they leave their families to fend for themselves during their growing years. We hope their example will give pause to those who are, even now, thinking of working abroad with what Flor Contemplaacion probably had in mind when she left.*