19 Jun 2019
Death of a friend or a family member can be emotionally, mentally and physically damaging. But what if people make money out of your death or wake? Couldn’t it be more damaging?
As I was riding a Jeepney, two people went in for a ride. It was a middle-aged man and his teenage son. They were carrying files, medical and death certificates of a relative of theirs. In a moment they began their monologue:
“Magandang hapon po. Hindi po kami masasamang tao, nais po lamang namin humingi ng kaunting tulong upang maipalibing ang aming yumaong kaanak. Kahit magkano pong bukal sa inyong loob, tatanggapin po namin. Maraming Salamat po” (Good afternoon to all of you. We are not bad people, we are just asking for a little help for the burial of our dead relative. Any amount will do as long as it is from your heart. we will accept it dearly. Thank you very much”
After the monologue, people started giving out money, some spare change, but I didn’t give any. I know of these kinds of scams and they have been going on for quite some time now. I know it was a scam because I have already encountered them a week ago, in the same place where they rode the jeepney. The first time I encountered them, I did not know yet what they are doing so as to help, I gave them spare change. That is why on that following week, I was surprised to see them again, asking money for the same reason. Here in the Philippines, a wake could be short as 3 days or long as 7-9 days only. After that, the body should be interred immediately so it could finally rest in peace and funeral charges wont go up anymore.
Asking for help isnt’t a bad thing. A lot of people would be willing to help. But if you use it for greed and other stuff like these scams, expect the people not to help you anymore.