Smaller things of great concern

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By Nef Luczon


Sunday, August 10, 2014

LAST week, in a desperate attempt to get the attention of the reading public especially the government agencies like the Department of Foreign Affairs, I wrote a column for my brother who is in Libya who wants to get home but apparently he has troubles in getting off in that’s country town fearing security.

Fortunately, a student from St. Scholastica’s College Manila, Jean Clyde Singian, was able to read it and sent an email asking if I would allow her for an interview as part of her requirements in a major course in Broadcast Journalism, and she said that today she will be meeting the DFA secretary himself for an interview.

Grabbing the opportunity, I wrote a letter with attachments of the previous column article I wrote and other notes deemed important to his situation it says,”... I am writing on behalf of my concerned families, relatives, and friends, and also to those other concerned Filipino families whose loved ones are still in Libya.


Based on news reports, DFA seems to be meeting its deadline in the repatriation of OFWs in Libya, and I understand that the situation there isn't as stable and peaceful before and I respect the agency’s haste to take OFWs back home.

One of the OFWs who are willing to go back home is my brother, Napoleon Emmanuel Telic Luczon, a registered nurse, however since he is living in Marzam, which according to him is a small town in the far east of Libya

My brother is with very few OFWs there, but his one problem is that he can’t go out from that town going to Tripoli or Benghazi by land fearing that militant groups may be around and waiting for a series of ambush.

Like the Philippine Embassy there, we are also running out of time, worse, every day we are worried because he seldom communicates to us. I believe that one life is never less, and I ask your office, since you are trusted by this calling, to find solutions.

I already had made rounds of pleas in social media for the same call, even sent emails on the Philippine agency. My brother even made efforts to contact but there seems to be miscommunication. Attached are my articles I’ve written and shared on the Internet, quoting my brother’s correspondence to us. And I thank you for giving time to read this letter.”?


A day after I wrote the letter to the secretary and forwarded it to Jean Clyde, I was able to contact my brother through Facebook (as he rarely logs in) and asked how is he, and I also told him what we did so he can be helped. However, he changed his mind:

"It's a long story that ended up of sudden change of mind. Dili na lng ko mouli (I won't go home anymore). Majority. Anyway I feel safe here sa akong (in my) workplace but still vigilant and extra careful. Former colleagues want to transfer here so that means daghan na mi SUNDUON kung mgkagubot na gyud (we are going to be many to be fetched by the government if ever the conflict escalates here). Thanks for the concern. Hope everything will be fine."

He continues:

"What happened to me is a simple case of asar-talo in which ako ang talo. It’s complicated, lisud na (it's hard to) explain what went wrong. Good for that effort at least ma-aware sila na (at least they will be aware that) even one person marami ang nagmamahal o may (many loves and show) concerns. THEY (DFA/Philippine Embassy) should put that in their mind. Don’t worry InshaAllah (God Willing) I’ll be fine here."


That is why DFA should be more accommodating next time.


Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 11, 2014.


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