More than 100 Filipino Overseas Workers were repatriated back to the Philippines only this month. They may not have the hundreds of thousands of dollars, but they have an inspirational story with them that showed them something so priceless — the bravery and determination they displayed in the darkest spots of their lives.
Cory Marcelo is one of the repatriated OFWs to the Philippines followed by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III. She sustained a serious spinal injury and was warned by doctors that her mobility would suffer.
But Cory believes in prayer’s strength.
“Sabi ng doktor hindi na ako makakalakad pero himala po walang imposible sa Panginoon, nakalakad po ako,” Cory confessed.
Cory was trying to flee the person who had held her but dropped from a building’s 3rd floor.
She began to work for her Arab employer in August 2018, according to Cory. But in May 2019, she was soon sold to ‘fake police.’
“Kaya ko po masasabing pekeng pulis siya kasi ang uniform po sa Saudi Arabia ng mga pulis malaking uniform po, ang sakanya po naka-skirt siya…Marami siyang tattoo,” Cory said.
Cory was taken to a building’s third floor, where she saw other Filipina confined inside. All seven were inside. One Filipina said they have been detained for five months inside and they can not escape because the door is still closed.
“Inakyat niya ‘ko sa third floor, nakita ko po dun yung mga kababayan nating Pinay, pang-pito po ako. Ni-lock kami sa room. Ang sabi ng mga kasama ko, binibenta daw sila don, five months na silang nagtiis do’n. Hindi sila makatakas kasi nila-lock yung room,” says Cory.
Cory came up with a plot to flee 5 days later. She gathered up blankets and managed to escape through the apartment window.
“Nakalabas na po ako sa bintana, nakabitin na po ako, may pumasok sa room…sa kalagitnaan po naputol po yung kumot, kaya bumagsak po ako. Ako lang po yung nakatakas,” says Cory.
She felt intense pain as she fell to the ground but Cory gathered all her strength to fight against the three men who began to pursue her. Happily, she was assisted by a young Arab man and called the police.
“Pinilit kong lumaban kahit tatlo sila. At hindi lahat ng Arabo masama, kasi ang tumulong sakin…binatang Arabo po, tumawag siya ng pulis kaya nasugod po ako sa ospital,” Cory added.
The doctor admitted that she would never be able to walk because of the serious spinal injury she suffered.
“Actually sabi ng doktor hindi na ko makakalakad pero himala po walang imposible sa Panginoon, nakalakad po ako,” says Cory.
After her release from the hospital, where she was confined for one month, Cory was sheltered at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Riyadh. She had been able to board a flight back to the Philippines after remaining at the shelter for three months.
Source: Expat Readers