Humingi ng tulong ang aktor na si Ping Medina matapos masaid ngayong pandemya dahil umano sa pagsasara ng kanyang negosyo at pagiging biktima na nangutang sa kanya sa online sabong.
Sa isang Instagram post, nanawagan si Ping sa mismong pagdiriwang ng kanyang kaarawan dahil sunod-sunod na pagsubok na maaaring makaapekto sa kanyang mga bayarin.
Ani Ping, nawalan siya ng 36,000 piso matapos siyang takbuhan ng ilang manlalaro sa online sabong kung saan sinubukan niyang maging ahente.
“See, I tried being a sabong agent last month. My master agent asked me for money to keep our account going. I also had a player who would spend 10k a day so when she asked for an advance I thought she was good for it. They both haven't paid me. Exact amount is 36k,” ani Ping.
Ngunit naapektuhan umano nito ang kanyang mga bayarin. “That's my business' rent money and 2 months amortized rent for my condo this coming Aug 1. I don't know when they will pay.”
Bagama’t nalagapasan niya ang mga hamon ng pandemya, nagkaroon umano ito ng matinding epekto sa kanyang negosyo ngayong taon.
“I've been doing okay since the pandemic but I ran into a bad streak this year. The second ECQ killed physical store sales at Bulilith Smoked Sausages. Customer traffic is starting to normalize but there were 3 months of people not wanting to go out,” ani Ping.
At dahil kinailangan niya ng pagkukunan ng pera, sinubukan umano niya ang pag-oonline sabong.
“I needed another source of income. Unfortunately, sabong found me. I never gambled before in my life so I didn't know the effect it has on people. Sadly, I've come to witness that it is truly an addiction preying on weak minds,” ani Ping.
Ayaw naman umanong manghiram ng pera ni Ping at sinabihing mas gugustuhin niya na lang manirahan sa Sagada.
“Thing is, I don't want to borrow money. I'd rather lose everything then move to Sagada to plant crops. I'm totally ready to fulfill my life-long dream of being a meditating forest hermit. Lol. But if I'm gonna do that I want to be sure I've exhausted all possible means to keep up this lifestyle. I can let go of all this. Lifestyle is not important. Life is,” saad niya.
Gayunpaman, nanghihingi ng donasyon si Ping sa mga tao online.
“So now, I'm publicly begging for birthday donations. For me. Doesn't matter if it's 1 or 1000 pesos. Please know that you extending a helping hand is the most important gesture here. Today, I am relying on your kindness,” saad niya.
Samantala, maiintidihan namna umano ni Ping kung sakaling hindi siya matutulungan ng kanyang mga tagahanga.
Saad niya: “If we're both in need, you can greet me in the comments instead! I was planning to do a community pantry from my sabong earnings but alas. Lol. If ever there are excess donations I would gladly use it for that!”