Fallen ‘heroes’: OFWs turned hungry and homeless

It is said that overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are the modern heroes. But as these two former OFWs will tell you, heroes don’t always succeed.

Eugene Asio and Arthur Villeta waited for 3 hours in Liwasang Bonifacio for their breakfast. Their benefactor for that day was a religious group. They enjoy every bit of their meal because they are not sure when they can eat again.

Their lives had been like this since they went back to the Philippines – living and sleeping in the streets, collecting bottles for money, and going to soup kitchens and feeding programs to feed their hungry stomachs.

They gave everything they had to their families when they were working abroad. So much so that they didn’t leave any for themselves. But both say they don’t regret doing so. It was their job as breadwinners.

For more information on this article, visit http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/issues/poverty/48107-fallen-heroes-ofws-hungry-homeless

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