SANTA ROSA, Nueva Ecija – The husband of another overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who is reported to be in death row in China over alleged entry of cocaine elevated to Malacañang and the government of China his appeal for “an opportunity to live with her for the rest of our lives.”
However, Ernesto San Pedro, 50, a tricycle sidecar welder from Barangay Sto. Rosario here, said that for now, his family will be thankful enough to hear a bit of news about his wife, Myrna Lacanlalay-San Pedro, 52.
Her last communication with them was through an internet chat in April 2007.
San Pedro said they last talked somewhere in Manila on March 20, 2007 when he tried to convince her to stay in the country instead of flying to China for domestic work. She was then working in Kuala Lumpur.
“I told her we can live with anything we then have what is important is she is with us,” San Pedro said.
He added that his wife pursued an overseas work to compliment the meager income from their backyard sidecar production. They have four children, the youngest is now 17 years old.
The last time they heard about his wife was in 2007 when the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) told him that Myrna was allegedly caught in possession of cocaine and being tried of the supposed offense. The family could not believe the charges.
“She was just victimized by somebody else who may have put the drugs into four books she was carrying,” he said in Tagalog.
The San Pedros felt restless when the news broke this week that three OFWs are readied for execution through a firing squad.
“We scanned all television channels and googled all day long to find if Myrna is among them or at least hear anything about my wife” he said.
But even as he refuses to give up, San Pedro appealed to the Philippine and Chinese governments to pave the way for at least a communication between his wife and their children.
“Kahit huwag na ako, mga anak ko lang,” he stressed. He said he found it unbearable for children to be longing for a mother who went abroad for their future but ended in tragedy.
By Armand M. Galang
Feb 21, 2011