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By EDD K. USMAN & DEEN MOHAMMAD
MANILA/JEDDAH (SDN) — HELP! SOS! Mayday!
An overseas Filipino worker (OFW), Celedonio Buendia, Jr., who said he is positive for Covid-19 is pleading for help for his life.
He is supposed to be in or near Islam’s second holiest city of Madinah, where the Prophet’s Mosque is located.
Buendia, Jr. has put out a video of himself, detailing his condition, saying he is all alone; two others where transferred in another floor to prevent the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus.
His daughter, Jhoy Buendia-Anciano posted an appeal on her Facebook page.
“My FATHER IS COVID POSITIVE
“Walang tumutulong sa kanya Ospital o kumpanya na pinagttrabahuhan niya. Wala. Ang dami na naming natawagan sa Saudi tinatanggihan sya, puno daw ang ospital! Paano gagaling ang daddy ko. Kailan sya tatanggapin doon pag malalang malala na? Mahirap, tanging dasal lang nagagawa naminng pamilya nya! Sana makarating to sa mataas, matulungan daddy ko sa Saudi.
“Please include my daddy in your prayers!”
(Translation, roughly): No one is helping, hospital or company he is working for. None. We already called many in Saudi Arabia but he is being denied (help). They said hospitals are already full! How will my daddy get well? When will they accept him, when he is in very critical condition? We hope this will reach the higher-ups and they will help my daddy in Saudi Arabia.)
Jhoy Buendia-Anciano gave his father’s mobile number in Saudi Arabia — 0564754947. She said his father works at King Fahad Madina Afhras.
Here roughly is transcript of Buendia, Jr.’s plea via Youtube:
“Paki share sa embahada ng Pilipinas sa Saudi. Hello, magandang tanghali ho. Nagtatrabaho ako dito sa Madina. Ako ay may Covid, kaya lang ho noong ako ay nag-positive inilipat ako dito sa accommodation ako lang mag-isa. ‘Yong dalawang Filipino dito ibinaba…para hindi mahawa.
“Ngayon ho hanggang ngayon ay hindi ako tinutulungan ng aking company, panay na ho ang tawag ko. Sabi i-aarange ako sa hotel, eh hotel na nga itong aming accommodation.
“Hirap na hirap na ho ako, kasi ho…ang lagnat ko. Kaya hindi ko na ho alam ang gagawin ko. Katatawag lang sa Corona Hotline, ang sabi, syempre Filipino ako hindi Saudi, wala daw available na hospital. Kaya sana ho matulungan ako ng embahada ng Pilipinas sa Jeddah, Kasi dito sa Madina wala namang embassy ng Pilipinas dito. Nandoon sa Jeddah at Riyadh.
“Sana makarating kay Raffy Tulfo, hirap na hirap ang nag-iisa. Hirap na hirap na ako. Ang hirap ho, lalo noong ang mataas ang lagnat ko, para akong malalagutan ng hininga.
“Wala naman silang ibinibigay na gamot, sarili ko lang ho. Me kaibigan ako dito na nurse, binigyan ako ng Panadol at anti-biotics…sana ho makarating sa kinauukulan. pag meron ako lagnat hindi ko malaman sinong santo tatawagan ko. Salamat ho.”
(Translation, roughly: Please share this with the Philippine Embassy in Saudi Arabia. Hello, good noon. I work here in Madina. I have a Covid. But when I became positive they transferred me here in our accommodation, alone. Two other Filipinos were transferred downstairs to prevent transmission.
(Until now my company is not helping me; I call them often. They said they will get me to a hotel, but our accommodation is already a hotel.
(I am really suffering because of my fever. I don’t know what to do. I just called the Corona Hotline, they said, of course, I am a Filipino, not Saudi national, they said there is no available hospital. So, I hope the embassy in Jeddah can help me because in Madina there is no Philippine embassy, only in Riyadh and Jeddah.
(I hope this will reach Raffy Tulfo.
(It’s very difficult being alone. I am really suffering. It’s difficult, especially when my fever was high, I felt like my breath is giving up.
(They are not giving me medicines. Just my self. A friend gave me Panadol and anti-biotics. I hope this will reach those concern. When I have a fever I don’t know ehose saint I will call. Thank you.)
The Buendias are from Naic, Cavite.
Notice: the transcription and/or translation may not be 100 percent faithful to the Youtube statements of Buendia, Jr. (SDN)