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Viral: Filipino father begs on jeepneys for child’s food, medicine

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The protagonist in Sean Ellis’ film titled Metro Manila braved a job that requires him to drive armored cars, which is deemed as one of the most dangerous ways of living.

Oscar, name of the protagonist in the film, did this to bring his daughter who’s tooth was aching to a dentist.

Just recently, netizens in the Philippines may have found a real-life Oscar through a narrative posted by Facebook user named Ray Tejada. His post includes a video of George Siriban carrying her daughter, who complains severe toothache.

“Pa-ospital mo na ako, ang sakit ng ngipin ko,” the young girl quipped.

This father is not driving armored car that carries responsibility of delivering money and expensive packages, but he bears mockery and allegations of being “bogus” for transferring from one jeepney to another to ask alms from passengers.

But Siriban is not bogus. His sacrifices for her child, Quennete, is real.

If his tears are not enough to remove doubts, an episode of Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho titled “Nay-Tay” showed why we should restore faith in humanity.

The 48-year-old Siriban clarified that they are not part of any “modus” and they are not con artists that lie about not having money for medicines and food.

Some would say that Siriban should look for another job and not rely on alms, but if he had a choice, he would not do it.

“Masakit, sobrang parang sinusugatan ang puso ko tuwing namamalimos ako. Minsan may mga time na tumatabi ako na umiiyak ako kase ginagawa kong mamalimos,” the crying Siriban said.

George was a former reflexologist and earned almost 20,000 a month. But he was diagnosed with diabetes and was pushed to quit his job.

“Lagi kong sinasabi sa panginoon na pagalingin mo na ako alang-alang sa anak ko. Pero wala na eh, napakabilis ng sakit ko. Pero lumalaban ako.”

KMJS brought to George to an endocrinologist, which confirmed that Siriban is diabetic and eventually developed eye complications.

In the episode, George also revealed that he has another child with his former live-in partner. When the two separated, they made an arrangement that Quennete and Jerice will be under the father’s care. However, the older was “stolen” from him by the mother’s relatives.

But through KMJS, the two were reunited.

George embodies a father’s unconditional love—a love that will bear hardships and will disregard his pride if it entails welfare of his child.

This is a reminder that while it is normal to have doubts and suspicions, showing a little act of compassion could mean a world to those who need it.

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