Not through money nor connection, but through social media that a woman from Cagayan de Oro helped a disabled man in their town.
Last Saturday, Rea Mae Valenzuela initiated a public search for family and friends of Jerry Panes. The man, who appeared to be in his 30s, is originally from Passi, Iloilo City. She didn’t specify how he ended up in Cagayan, although the most likely reason is work.
With no proper home, Panes is forced to seek shelter outside a renown bank in Divisoria. According to Valenzuela, he currently works as a parking boy to survive, and hopefully, save enough money to go home.
“Na-disable siya dahil naaksidente siya noon sa kanyang pinagta-trabahuhan na glass company.”
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Meanwhile, netizens were kind enough to participate and cooperate in the search. Most tagged their relatives and friends in Iloilo, while some simply shared the story on their timeline. All towards one goal: to help Panes go home.
With Facebook’s wide reach, cases such as Panes’ have become prevalent on social media. The Philippine National Police, who are tasked in handling reports of missing persons, recognizes the role that the Internet plays in their operation.
However, they would like to stress that netizens should first verify the facts before spreading alarm on social media. Chief Inspector Rohaina Asalan of Quezon City Police District Public Information Office advises everyone to coordinate with the police.
“I-screen din nila kung talagang totoo, makipag-tulungan sila sa polisya.