In a social media post by Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (One at Heart, Jessica Soho), it relayed the story of a certain “Macoy” who sold his kidney to survive the economic backlash of the months-long lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Wala akong trabaho simula nang nag-lockdown. Wala akong sariling pera pambili ng pagkain. Kaya naisipan kong ibenta ‘yung kidney ko. Nasa P300,000 to P500,000 ang bentahan. Alam kong bawal, pero ite-take ko ang risk. Hindi ako matatakot magbenta ng kidney kahit pandemic ngayon. Dahil kailangan ng pamilya ko. Dahil wala na kaming makain,” states Macoy.
The post highlighted photos of a man with a scar from his back to his lower right abdomen. It also revealed that the human organ trade is rampant in the country – and has worsened due to the lockdown.
“Willing to sell my kidney type O po ako. Kailangang kailangan lang po ng pera. Sana po my makapansin sa post ko,” in a screenshot from the same post. The name of the author of the post has been blurred to hide his/her identity.
Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (One at Heart, Jessica Soho) is GMA Network’s highest rating magazine show hosted by award winning journalist Jessica Soho. It is aired every Sunday, 8:25pm on GMA Network.