A year of new opportunities awaits us as we welcome 2020. But before we say our final goodbye to 2019, let’s take a look at the 5 Most-Read Stories of 2019.
The capital and some parts of the country are suffering from air pollution from time to time. But in January of this year, things escalated quickly on how dangerous the worsening smog can be to our health.
A Thai man posted on Facebook a photo of him with blood after he sneezed. He took medication after suffering from what he initially thought was a regular fever. However, he believed his problems may have been caused by pollution covering the capital. He issued warnings to his fellow Bangkokians to wear masks and to take care of themselves.
Jail Mariano Daniel or Jill who taught at Tessaban 2 School in Sukhothai province, died from head injuries sustained in a motorbike accident on 5 October.
According to his friends, he was on his way home when the accident happened. He was rushed to Sukhothai Hospital after rescuers tried giving him a CPR. The doctor, however, confirmed that he died on the spot.
Filipinos were united in prayers as well as in sending financial aid to a Filipina teacher in Laos who became unconscious days after giving birth to a healthy baby boy.
Princess Joy Genaro suffered massive bleeding that required an immediate operation. His common-law husband Raymund Unajan and their friends appealed for help to the Filipino community both in Thailand and in Laos.
Fortunately, Princess woke up after 12 days in a coma.
A sad story spread like wildfire to the Filipino community when Jazzer Cordero Abentong who taught at Phadungvit School in Lomsak, suffered from severe pneumonia and was in critical condition in March.
But just a week after Jazzer was rushed to Petchabun Hospital, he succumbed to his illness. His uncle, Juaquin Villegas Cordero, arrived in Thailand to bring his body to his family in the Philippines.
We all know that working in Thailand and possibly to other countries without a working permit is illegal. We also know that Thailand’s immigration is getting serious in cracking down illegal foreigners. Therefore, it is not surprising that our Number 1 Most-Read Stories of 2019 is this.
A 50-year-old foreign teacher from Pakistan was found to be teaching without a permit. She did not have a passport and was charged with illegal working and illegal entry into Thailand.
The school owner was also apprehended and charged with hiring a foreigner.
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