An OFW depressed on alleged 8-month unpaid wages has died.
According to reports, the OFW struggled to stay alive despite eight months of being unpaid had made him a poster boy of sorts for stranded OFW’s.
Reported further, the OFW, prior to his death had been in coma after suffering massive cerebral hermorrhage – something that his wife attributed to severe depression. However, last week, the OFW depressed on unpaid wages was found lying face down in their house.
The OFW depressed on unpaid wages was identified as Rizalino Jacinto, 56 years old.
His medical report showed that Lino suffered a massive cerebral hemorrhage. His wife said Lino was lying face down, bleeding, when found in the small flat they shared.
The OFW depressed because of too much worry. “Nag-isip siya nang nag-isip. Pero ang sinasabi ko sa kanya kasi wag siya mag-isip kasi gumagawa naman ako ng paraan. May sahod naman ako. Makakaraos din tayo [He kept worrying. I told him to stop worrying because I still had a salary and we could work it out]”, Lino’s wife said.
In her interviews, Brenda said that her husband had been too much worried about not getting his salary for eight months. And because of fear to never get back what is owed to him, Lino could not go home.
On a separate interview, Jacinto’s friends said he has been depressed since he lost his job in the Kingdom.
“Alam mo baon na sila sa utang, ang mga kinakain lang nila araw-araw ay inuutang lang nila sa tindahan,” one of Jacinto’s housemates said.
The Philippine labor office in Saudi Arabia said Jacinto’s family will receive death and other benefits from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration as he was a registered worker. Prior to lay-off, Lino has been working in Saudi for over 20 years.
The OFW depressed on alleged unpaid wages case has illustrated thousands of OFWs stranded in the desert Kingdom as employers hit hard by an economic slump withheld their pay for months. As such, the Saudi labor ministry last week promised to help the workers during high-level talks with Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, who also handed over assistance to Jacinto’s wife Brenda, herself an OFW.
Apart from Lino, the OFW depressed over unpaid wages, an estimated 11,000 Filipino workers were affected by the massive retrenchment.