In Filipino the word “kawatan” could mean a robber, holdappers, akyat bayat or house intruders, pickpocketer, swindlers or scammer, and any opportunistic person who at any given time can victimize you by taking away your money, anery valuable items, vehicles, appliances, etc.
Who are they? They may be your neighbors, your friends, family members, any stranger, or any group of people called gangs and syndicates whose business is to rob people of their treasures and valuables.
If you happen to be in the Philippines beware of these people. Be vigilant, take care of your belongings if you are a traveker and don’t just trust anybody even an smiling and seemingly friendly individual. But of course (not to mention some rogue and corrupt politicians), these are but a few rotten eggs in the Philippine society.
Majority of the Filipinos are good, patient, hardworking, trustworthy/ honest, caring, and hospitable people. Unfortunately the few rotten eggs destroy the good image and reputation of the entire Filipinos.
One Filipino traveler who was on her way to the province to join her family during the Holy Week had been had by one smiling kawatan. The kawatan befriended her and immediately earned the woman’s trust and confidence. But a sudden call of nature forced her to leave her things in the care of this kawatan pretending to be a good and caring person. But when the woman traveler came back for her things, the smiling kawatan was gone. Yes the smiling kawatan was gone and so with her purse containing her money.
The lesson, do not trust any smiling kawatan. But how do you know they are kawatan? It’s difficult to know them so don’t just be trusting anyone.
Ang dapat sa mga kawatan na ito kapag sila ay nahuli ay putulan ng mga kamay para paa na lang ang gagamitin nila sa pagkain at iba pang gawain. Kung manghuldap man sila paa na rin ang kanilang gagamiti.
At ano ang isisigaw nila?
TAAS ANG PAA! Huldap ito.