Iloilo City High School Teacher Tried to Cheat My Nephew

An Iloilo City high school teacher recently tried to teach cheat my nephew Sharwen out of money owed to him. Now that Sharwen and his sister, Shaina, our niece, are  enrolled in the public high school system in Guimaras, I’m releasing this post as I feared possible repercussions from the “teacher” involved in this incident.The Scammer

My nephew needed a mandatory school t-shirt which cost P160, 3.65 US Dollars. My asawa, in charge of all finances for our nephew and niece, who had been living with us, gave Sharwen a P1,000 bill as she did not have any smaller bill.

One would think one of the premier public high schools in Iloilo City would have the resources to give out change for a 1,000 note, about 23 US Dollars. But every day my nephew’s teacher/advisor would always make excuses for not handing over the P840, 19 USD,  in change. 

I did not know this situation had been going on almost a week.  Frankly, I’m usually oblivious to most everything around here.  But when our nephew came home one evening, six days after he had given the teacher the 1,000 peso note, my asawa’s loud reaction to another day without the change prompted me to investigate what was going on. 1000 peso note philippines

After getting the teacher’s name and number from my nephew, I sent the “educator” a text. She replied that she had already spent the 840 pesos to cover the expenses of t-shirts for other students who did not have any funds. There would be no change. 

This “instructor” did not ask permission to take my nephew’s money, she in effect, stole it. Refused to give it back. And  now claimed she used our personal funds for other students. 

It’s not the fact that we cannot afford P840, it’s a matter of principle, something which this teacher obviously lacks. I am completely aware that teachers in the Philippines make very low salaries. When my sister-in-law in Guimaras worked as a teacher, before she started her preschool, she was earning approximately 100 US Dollars a month. 

I replied with another text informing my nephew’s advisor that I would be in the principal’s office the next morning to get the change for the P1,000 note. I also told her that if there was no change I would be filing a police report. 

Faster than a monkey can grab a banana,  I received a reply. “Sir, frankly speaking, I needed the money to buy medicine for my father who had a stroke. Please do not go to the principal’s office and report me.”  

Folks, I can smell a scam a mile away.  The “sick relative” routine is a popular ruse in the Philippines with some Filipinos. It ranks right up there with “the check’s in the mail,” and “I’ll respect you in the morning.” Suddenly her story had dramatically changed! I didn’t believe it for a minute.

(I wasn’t the only one not fooled by this teacher’s scam. Our niece Shaina was told by fellow teachers, once they heard of the incident, that their fellow co-worker  was indeed a “liar.”

“U stole money from my nephew.” is how I began my next message, “U did not ask us. U simply took it and now make excuses. I REPEAT, I WILL be in your principal’s office tomorrow and I WILL get r change.”

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Another swift reply: “OK, sir, I guess my father will go without his medications. Can you wait until Wednesday when I get paid?” (It was now Monday evening.)

“No, I will NOT wait. This is my last text to you. Again, I WILL be at your school tomorrow and I WILL get my change” was my final text. 

Five or six more text messages were sent from the instructor that evening. Some in English. Some in  Ilonggo, the local language. I ignored all of them. The next day I was off to school in Iloilo City to pay a visit to the principal.  And I wasn’t happy.

to be continued…

21 comments

  1. Will Dave go bezerk in the principal's office and be featured in next season's Locked Up Abroad? Will the teacher show up with sick father? What will it be? Watch for the next bat-episode on this bat-channel!

  2. Wow!! The nerve of this teacher. Obviously this is not the first time she has done this. I don't know, as Paul Harvey would have said…The rest of the story…but I cannot wait. This teacher should be reported to the police. You actually have evidence in the text that she admitted taking the money!!! How dumb is that teacher? Wow. Dumb and corrupt.

     

    1. Yep, I had all the text messages saved, Todd. I’ll have the conclusion to the story sometime tomorrow. It’s off to Guimaras today.  My wonderful asawa’s birthday. Cake and ice cream with our nieces and nephews. San Migs and karaoke later with The Tom Cat and LenLen. I’m one very, very fortunate guy. 

  3. Scammer indeed, but I was more interested with the snapshot of your cherry mobile phone, how is it compared to other branded and more expensive smartphones?

    1. Jonathan, my Cerry Mobile phone has absolutely no bells or whistles, not even a camera. It sends and receives text messages and I can make phone calls. Cost P599. Reliable and cheap, just like me. 🙂

  4. Dave,

    She should have been terminated. She is a poor example for a teacher.  We finally made it back to the Philippines at 1:00am this morning.  It was not fun in Macau to say the least.  Having dealt with corrupt Macau Police and missing our original flight back. Never dealt with anything like it before.

    1. An extremely sorry example of a teacher, Papa Duck. I personally spoke to the principal at the high school in Guimaras and the teacher/advisor’s for my niece and nephew. More on that later. 

      Sorry to hear about your trouble in Macau. When you get some time, I would like to hear about that story in length. I’m sure your experiences there could be helpful to our readers. Take care. 

       

  5. This is about as bad as when the show 24 was on, almost always left us with a cliff-hanger for the following week.

    One qusetion I was wandering about though. Did the teacher know that Sharwen's uncle was a Kano, not that that makes any difference, cause its dishonest theft, reguardless, but was just wandering if that played into it. Hope the principal fires her, reguardless.

    1. Sorry Bill S, the conclusion will be published sometime tomorrow. 

      Good question, Bill, and one I considered myself from the onset. I just checked with my asawa. She does not believe anyone at the school knew before hand that my nephew Sharwen has an Americano uncle. My wife, Melinda, took care of enrolling the kids and our nieces always went to the school to handle teacher/parent conferences and the like. That said, the teacher probably knew that Sharwen’s Mother is working in Kuwait as an OFW bringing in the “big bucks.”

      But I can guarantee you that the school staff is now aware that Sharwen’s uncle is a foreigner. I had to make another visit to the school on another unrelated matter. More on that story later. 

       

  6. Yes, this goes on in the Phils.  My own niece and nephew have been forced to work in their teacher's garden after school in order to "bring their grades up".  Unbelievable.  And like alot of Filipinos, their parents just accept it.  I know the culture is laid back, but products and services will continue to be shoddy until people speak up!

    1. Sadly, the experience with your own niece and nephew is not uncommon here, Ice Man. I’m tempted to forward my story to our local newspaper, The Daily Guardian. I’ve contacted the editor there before on occasion and he has printed a story or two of mine before. Yes, I cannot expect this laidback attitude on some matters. When it personally concerns my immediate family, I will speak up. 

        1. Good point, Daryl. The kids won’t have the same problems in Guimaras. I’ve had a nice chat with the principal there who has 39 years of service and knows our family personally along and have met my nephew and niece’s advisors. We’ve already received texts from the teachers to my asawa keeping them posted on the kid’s progress. 

  7. It's like I am a kid again watching an episode of Batman: Tune in tomorrow, same bat time, same bat place for the exciting conclusion. Only Dave is Batman this time!! hahahaha

     

    1. What part of Mindanao are you in Gary?  Occassionally I roll on over to the GenSan / Koronadal / Marbel areas.  Not while all the current silliness is ongoing though 🙂  Kinda like it down that way, enough so that we bought some property there.  Miss the variety in fruits and veggies too…

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