The abuse of alias Raymond, not his real name, allegedly started in August. He was vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine second dose in The Netherlands before working on the inland ship, but his body was swollen so he was taken to the hospital.
But even though he was not completely well, he was sent back to work immediately.
“Pagdating ko sa barko pinadiretso na ako ng trabaho dahil sabi ng doktor bawal nga raw akong magtrabaho pero since nandito na ako dinala na ako sa barko. Nagtrabaho na ako sa barko,” alias Raymond said.
They also argued when he requested goggles and personal protective gear to clean the ship.
“Sabi ko sa kanya, kapag na-aksidente ako sa barko na wala akong proper PPE, hindi ako babayaran ng insurance. Simula ng sinabi ko sa kanya iyon, bini-verbal abuse na niya ako, minumura na niya ako, idiot daw ako.Tapos one time, sinuntok niya ako sa dibdib dahil nahuli niya akong kumukuha ng gamot sa kabina ko dahil iinom nga ako ng antibiotic,” alias Raymond shared.
He allegedly endured the captain’s abuse and his German-registered agency knew about it. But the answer to him is always just to persevere.
In September, they landed in Mannheim, Germany.
“Inaway ako ng asawa niya dahil hindi daw kami magkaintindihan ng asawa niya. Eh, hindi naman talaga marunong mag-English ang asawa niya. Then, sabi sa akin ng kapitan ko, bumaba ka sa barko ko, kung hindi ka bababa sa barko ko, ipapahuli kita sa pulis sasabihin ko na may ninakaw ka sa barko ko,” alias Raymond said.
Fearing that the German captain was also in Germany, Raymond left the ship. With no acquaintances or hotel money, he slept two nights in the park, until he was able to contact a friend who sheltered him for several months.
He arrived in The Netherlands with the help of a friend.
The same thing happened to alias Michael. In the first week of December, the ship took “Michael” out of the port of Iffezheim, Germany after they met with his captain.
He also informed his agency.
“Ayon hindi ko na nakayanan ang ugali kasi palagi na lang ganun, bini-verbal ako,” said alias Michael, a seaman who was allegedly maltreated by their captain.
The captain allegedly verbally abused him almost every day with discrimination.
“Pilit akong pinapabalik sa barko na iyon. Sabi ko, ayaw ko talaga. Ilipat niyo na lang talaga ako kasi hindi kami magkakasundo. Baka ano pa ang mangyari,” alias Michael shared.
Instead, “Michael” received a message from the agency of the dismissal letter and accused him of AWOL.
He begged to be transferred to another ship and given the final salary but the agency ignored him.
“Sabi niya, bahala ka sa buhay mo, fault mo yan. Maghanap ka na lang ng kaibigan mo sa Europe,” said alias Michael.
“Michael” contacted “Raymond” because they were in the same agency and the victim.
They spent Christmas unemployed and were forced to return to the Philippines. They were allegedly turned over and accused of jumping ship.
If this is the case, they will be blacklisted and it will be difficult to go abroad again.
Alias Raymond has already submitted an incident report to POLO-Berlin.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Embassy is also in contact with the two. Based on the interview with them, they will assess what kind of assistance the embassy can provide.
“Sana ang pagtuunan ng pansin iyong kapwa naming OFW seafarer na naiipit dito, na inaabuso na mayroon po silang shelter na malalapitan kung sakaling mapalayas sila gaya ng nangyari sa amin,” said alias Raymond.
They hope that their case will be clarified and the government will take action on their plight.
The problem is that, in a small inland ship like the ships of “Michael” and “Raymond”, there are almost no witnesses to the abuses.
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