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The Lonely and Dangerous
Life of the Filipino Seafarer

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Posted By: MissMolly, 12/2/2019 4:29:02 AM

ABOARD THE UBC CYPRUS IN THE NORTH PACIFIC — On his first ocean voyage seven years ago, Jun Russel Reunir was sent deep into the bowels of a cargo ship, where he shoveled iron ore until his muscles ached — then continued shoveling for a dozen hours more. “I cried in my cabin three times that month,” Mr. Reunir said. Filipinos like Mr. Reunir, now 27, have for decades powered the global shipping industry, helping to move 90 percent of global trade. A few months ago, he and 18 other Filipino men crewed a cement carrier traveling from Japan to the Philippines.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: ROLFNader 12/2/2019 6:51:28 AM (No. 250609)
Sounds a lot like the old joke about the prisoners chained to their oars in the bowels of a ship ,while a massive ,muscular man pounded out a solid beat to remind them of the importance of synchronizing the strokes. As they neared the destination, one of the rowers asked his chained mate if it was required that they tip the drummer. The other replied " I didn't on the way over".
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Reply 2 - Posted by: rocket-j-squirrel 12/2/2019 11:28:18 AM (No. 250827)
Says the captain of the good ship Cyprus: ''Hire me some swarthy Morrocans to shovel the coal and get me three Phillipino cabin boys! We've a long voyage ahead!'''
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Reply 3 - Posted by: GO3 12/2/2019 1:54:00 PM (No. 250945)
Dear NYT, people go to where the jobs are. Of course this may be a surprise to you. Filipinos make up a significant percentage of menial labor all over the ME, too. And just like the article mentions there are employment agencies for not only seafaring jobs but for all sorts of work in SWA. If the NYT is trying to drum up sympathy for these guys, reporters should go to the Philippine gov't. and find out why their job market is so crappy that the menfolk have to go to these hellholes to work.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: watashiyo 12/3/2019 12:04:28 AM (No. 251252)
Filipinos insert ball bearings, however, the Yakuzas inserts pearls. The economic gaps exist even in those underground sexual cultures.
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