Just a while ago, a Malaysian friend called up to inquire as to how to be able to get the passport number of a Filipina.
My friend reported that this Filipina went to Malaysia as a tourist, and entered the labor sector there to earn Malaysian Ringgit.
What happened was that this Filipina allegedly stole jewelries worth hundreds of thousands of pesos from her employer, and is now nowhere to be found.
My friend believes though that the Filipina is still in Malaysia.
My friend said they have reported the matter to the Malaysian authorities and to the Philippine embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
However, the Malaysian authorities were asking for the passport number of the Filipina so appropriate action can be taken against her, perhaps to blacklist or to arrest her in case she attempts to travel requiring the use of a passport.
Being familiar with the Philippines, my Maylasian friend I guess is open minded enough about compatriots committing an offense in a foreign land.
After all, every nation has its set of thieves, or 'bad eggs,' so to speak.
But I still feel embarrassed about being told that a fellow Filipino committed something wrong in another land.
So, as to the inquiry of my friend I gave reference to the Department of Foreign Affairs which is the agency of the government that issues passports, and certainly has the database of all Filipino passports.
I am one who strongly encourages my compatriots to go out to foreign lands if they wish, and search for their destiny, the greener pastures.
But this encourangement in no way includes condoning the commission of illegal acts because every Filipino always brings along the honor and dignity of their nation wherever they roam in this globe.
That is why I think there is a huge responsibility for every Filipino wanderer to be careful and always strive to do the right things whenever they are abroad.
It is not only their reputation that will be tarnished if they commit illicit acts.
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