The list of overseas Filipino workers who have tested negative for the novel coronavirus is now getting viral online as it consists of Chinese sounding names.
In a post by GMA news anchor Raffy Tima on Twitter, he tells his followers that an OFW stuck in quarantine in Manila sent him a screen grab of the list who have tested negative for the disease.
The person who sent the screen grab was not on the list but a number of Chinese sounding names are listed. The OFW was tested three weeks ago.
An OFW still stuck in quarantine in a hotel in Manila sent me this screen grab of the list of OFW repatriates who have tested negative for Covid19. His name is not on the list but a number of Chinese sounding names are listed. He was tested 3 WEEKS ago. His question, “OFW sila?” pic.twitter.com/29RzLRREL9— Raffy Tima (@raffytima) May 27, 2020
The list includes names such as ‘Xiao Jiang Zhai, Ziao Liao Liao, Yan A’ and a long list of Chinese names.
The sender asks Tima, ‘OFWs sila?’
Tima’s tweet has received more than 200 replies, nearly 3,000 retweets, and over 6,000 likes.
“Are we using Philippine money and resources to test Chinese foreign workers in the country?” one comment read.
Are we using Philippine money and resources to test Chinese foreign workers in the country ?— Ja (@Ja26327214) May 27, 2020
Others ask why there are Chinese in the list when there is an existing travel ban for foreigners.
@OWWAofficial AKALA KO MAY TRAVEL BAN, EXCEPT SA MGA RETURNING OFW'S/PINOYS??? EH BAKIT YATA MAY NAKAKAPASOK OR PINAPAPASOK KAYO NA CHINESE????? WAG NYO SABIHING OFW YAN????— Rache Cuevas (@RachePhil) May 27, 2020
“Kaya pala di na mailabas ng resulta ng test kasi inuna na ang mga Chinese,” one Twitter user replied.
These are mainlanders all right. Fil-Chis such as myself use our English names in official documents.— Neutral Moderate #WeHealAsOne (@sharpmoderato) May 27, 2020
My gahd! Sobra naman ang gobyernong ito sa ginawa sa atin. Ito pala ang change, hindi na biro ito.— Neil Star (@neiltala) May 27, 2020
I don't think those Chinese sounding names are OFWs!! And why are they there? And they already have their results while the real OFWs have yet to get theirs?? Hope you can shed some light into this Sir!— Ina SL (@indy_sl) May 27, 2020