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Nursing & Boxing: The Collapse
« on: October 21, 2016, 10:13:37 AM »
Nursing & Boxing: The Collapse
By Atty. Aleck Francis Lim
Published on Oct 15, 2006 by The Bohol Standard Newspaper

Though nursing is not our family’s cup of tea and boxing is the least of our ambition, there are two nagging issues that keep coming back in mind and we feel that by unloading this disappointment and disgust, we can somehow dispel the cloud of darkness that hovers over these two favorite interests of our nation.

First, there is this nursing scandal, which is becoming uglier day by day. Second, there was this fall of a boxing hero by the name of Czar Amonsot. But first, let’s dissect the nursing wreckage.

It is a common knowledge that the only reason our economy is still alive and kicking is because of the courtesy of remittances sent by Filipinos abroad, about 8 million of them sending more than 8 billion dollars a year.

The nurses are the fountainhead of dollars and pounds – that’s a fact. There is no wonder that some doctors cannot resist the fact that what they earn in a month can be earned by nurses abroad in a day. So our doctors jump to the bandwagon and take up nursing degrees in schools nationwide, abandoning ego and original career goals.

What one nurse can earn in the U.S. or in UK cannot be earned by 20 or 30 domestic helpers in Singapore or Hong Kong. Even if we combine the earnings of seamen, engineers, service workers in the Middle East and in many parts of the planet, they cannot beat the amount of earnings Filipino nurses amass in hospitals around the world.

Aside from the fact that Filipino nurses are preferred by foreign employers because of their genuine ability to speak English, Filipino nurses are considered by their hosts as more hardworking and compassionate compared to Hispanics, Indians, or other Asian nationals of the same profession.

What now? The reputation of our nurses is in disarray.

We used to believe that we only have dishonest political officials who suck handsome amount of money from imaginary public works, but now we come to realize that the malady of dishonesty seems to be a nationwide cancer.

The very people whom we trust to take care of our bodies when we are sick cannot be absolutely trusted at all. Of course, it is not true that all nursing students cheated in the recent board examination. But it is true, as confessed by a Davao nursing board reviewer, that the exam leakage was a countrywide spill.

And it is so logical to believe that. With the millions of text messages flooding in our country everyday, the probability that indeed many were able to sniff in advance the contents of the nursing board is so high.

The terrible consequence of this scandal is unquantifiable. We can never calculate the monetary and opportunity losses the nation will suffer if and when foreign hospitals would start blacklisting Filipino nurses. The moment this grim scenario happens, farewell to nursing schools and farewell to foreign currency remittances that pump blood to our sickly economy.

I don’t know if the responsible people who sold the entire nursing profession were aware of the implication and consequences of their action.

They must be punished to the full extent of the law for they murder the future of many honest nursing students and harm the future of our country.

If the same cheating can happen in other fields, and we hope it won’t, we’d be covered with corrosive shame in the eyes of the international community.

Meanwhile, Mr. Amonsot did not cheat in the boxing arena. But he committed a mistake in his life that is so devastating to his supposed shining future.

Homer Sayson of Sun-Star Cebu wrote a column on September 27, 2006 entitled “The Sad Fall of Czar’s Empire.” This is a recommended reading for those who share with him the anger and disgust he felt on Mr. Amonsot’s debacle at the ICM recently.

Sayson wrote: “Amonsot tipped the scales at 135 pounds, five more than the 130-pound limit. And so instead of looking like a Greek (g)od, Czar looked like a Greek restaurant.”

“As an ALA boxer, Czar had a US visa, a permit to work in the land of milk and honey. He also had the golden chance to train at the Wild Card gym under Freddie Roach, and someday, Czar could get a shot at a really, really rich payday. How can I not hate him for throwing all that away?” Sayson raged in his column.

And the most scathing comment was when he wrote: “Indeed, to be 21 means life is pregnant with promise, untouched by the world’s cruelties. But to be 21 also means to be reckless and irresponsible.”

We don’t know how true was the report that one of our boxing hero by the name of Czar Amonsot, a contemporary of rising star Boom-boom Bautista, had the temerity to drink and smoke inside the ALA stable quarters.

We don’t want to believe this, but if this is true, we can only shake our heads in disgust with the same intensity of disgust we feel towards those who massacre the once noble nursing profession.

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