Paul Alvin Magsalin is an OFW in the Land of the Rising Sun, Japan. He took the courage to expose Filipina scammers who were soliciting and asking donations for the Children's Joy Foundation, Inc., a registered and licensed foundation in Japan.
He often sees fellow Filipino lurking around the Moto-Yawata Station and begging donations from anyone they see. At first he ignored them but knowing the news reports on television about scammers, he couldn't help by confront the two Filipina. He pointed out that it was "shameful" and "unfair" to other OFWs in Japan who strive to earn a living, working day and night to sustain their everyday needs and also for their own families back in the Philippines.
"Alam ko pamilyar ang karamihan satin dito sa japan patungkol sa nababalita na nang ii-SCAM na mga pilipinong nang hihingi ng donasyon para sa mga nasalanta ng bagyo o para sa Children's foundation DAW. Madalas ako nakaka kita dito sa Motoyawata n mga kapwa pinoy n pagala gala at nang hihingi ng donasyon sa bawat taong makasalubong nila. Nung una pinapabayaan ko lang sila, pero hndi n ako makapag tiis dahil "nakakahiya" at "unfair" sa mga kapwa natin pilipino na nagsusumikap, nagpapakahirap na mag trabaho dito sa japan. Umaga gabi nag ttrabaho, tinitiis ang pagod matustusan lang mga pangangailangan sa pang araw araw at para na din sa pamilya nila sa ating bansa," he wrote on his Facebook account.
He was with his friend in the railway station who claimed to see the same girl begging for donations.
Magsalin stated that these people will show you their "Meishi" (information card) for the Children's foundation they are representnig and then will ask you for donations. They'll also show pictures of them with the children, handing you a notebook where you'll be asked to write your name.
However, Magsalin felt something was off after seeing the contents of the notebook were written in Romaji and not in Kanji or Hiragana. When he asked for their legal documents proving that they are really affiliated with the foundation, they showed him an alleged legal permit but for only 1-2 seconds then will immediately hide the said proof.
He asked them if he could take a picture of permit but to his surprise, the girl snatch it from him and angrily questioned him why is there a need for that.
"Kasama ko yung kaibigan ko sa tapat ng train station dito s motoyawata ng nakita nya yung isang babae na nang hihingi ng donasyon. sabi nya madalas daw nya nakikita yung mga babae na to. sabi ko sa kanya, ilang beses na ako nakaka
encounter ng mga ganyan, ipapakita nila sayo yung "Meishi" (Information Card) nila na patungkol sa children's foundation at mang hihingi ng donasyon. Tapos may ipapakita sila na mga pictures kasama nila yung mga bata sa parang nursery school. iaabot nila sayo yung notebook at papasulat yung pangalan mo tapos mang hihingi ng donasyon. napansin ko may mga nakasulat na, na mga pangalan ng hapon at presyo ng kanilang donasyon, ang nakakapag taka, nakasulat sa "Romaji" o alpabeto hndi sa "kanji" o "hiragana". bali tinatanong ko kung legal ba yung documents nila, may ipapakita sila sayo'ng maliit na note book holder at ipapakita yung "Legal Permit" nila ng 1-2 seconds lang tapos isasara kaagad nila, nung tinanong ko kung pwede picturan hinablot nya kaagad sa akin at sabay sabi sakin ng pagalit na bakit ko daw pipicturan. sabi ko gusto ko lang malaman kung "Legit" ba yang ginagawa nyo, o nang loloko lang kayo ng tao. panoorin nyo nlng po yung video. mejo mahaba at paulit ulit pero kayo nlng po mag husga kung totoo ba sila o nanloloko lang ng tao," Magsalin stated.
Magsalin urged his fellow Filipinos in Japan to report anyone to the hotline 110 who are soliciting and ruining the image of Filipinos in Japan.
He added that he if is proven wrong, he will delete his post and will personally apologize to the women and also to the foundation.
Source: Paul Alvin Magsalin