2 OFWs victims of senseless crimes in Canada
ALBERTA – The Philippine Consulate is alarmed with the two crime incidents that victimized Filipino workers in Alberta.
A Filipino worker was injured while working the night shift at a Fas gas station in Okotoks.
Ronald Padilla was stabbed in the abdomen in what reports said was a robbery. However, nothing was stolen.
The senseless attack came a week after Filipino worker Jaysen Reyes was shot at another Fas gas station in Red Deer.
Philippine Consul Anton Mandap visited both workers at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary.
"Buti na lang like Jasen, he is already out of danger. He only suffered a minor puncture on his abdomen and none of his internal organs was pierced by the instrument," said Mandap.
Mandap however said the recent attacks on the Filipinos are alarming.
"It's kind of alarming kasi mukhang nagiging pattern. I don't think its race related, nagkataon lang talaga na marami sa kababayan natin na ganun ang hanap-buhay. This is one job that not a lot of people would take. These are temp workers, sila malalakas loob and take on that job. We certainly hope it's not race related, just coincidence that both victims are Filipinos," Mandap said.
Still, consulate officials have met with local community leaders on proposals to improve safety for Pinoy workers. These include asking for a 2-man team during graveyard shifts or installing an easier way to sound the alarm.
"There should be a way of doing it more discreetly na hindi ka madaling mabisto. Some enterprises there wear them around their necks, yung push button, so they can use it without exposing themselves," Mandap added.
The consulate confirmed fundraising activities are being initiated by the community to help the victims.
They are also helping Reyes' mom secure a visitor's visa to Canada to help care for him during his recovery.