Photos of a foreign national begging for money along Buendia have recently gone viral.

The photos, uploaded to Facebook by user Rjay Avelino Seraznaer, show a man who claims to be from Italy, begging for money along the Buendia Overpass.

Italian National Begging Help Philippines

According to Seraznaer, he found the foreigner on his way to work on May 8, at 6:00 A.M. Asked where he’s from, the man—who claims not to know his name—said he’s from Italy and has family living there.

Italian National in the Philippines

Seraznaer asked the ‘Italian’ if he wanted to have his photos uploaded on Facebook so that his family could find him, but he refused without giving reason why. Seraznaer took photos anyway, saying they were souvenirs, and uploaded them to Facebook in hopes of finding assistance.

Full text of Seraznaer’s plea for help can be found below (NOTE: Edited to remove textspeak and typos)

“Suntok sa buwan pero try po nating subukan na mkita siya ng kanyang pamilya.

May 8, around 6 A.M., kumuha ako ng NBI sa may UN, noong pauwi na ako ng Buendia papasok sa trabaho ko sa Bel Air Makati, para makatawid ako sa sakyan ng Guadalupe sa kabilang kalye, sa overpass ako dumaan. Nakita ko siya malayo pa lang ako doon sa overpass.

Noong tinanong ko kung saan siya nanggaling, sa Italy daw. Andoon daw pmilya nya. Sabi ko i-uupload ko sa FB picture niya baka sakali makita siya (sa) pamilya niya. Hindi ko alam kung bakit ayaw niya. Kaya ko siya na-picturan sabi ko para souvenir ko nalng. Hindi niya alam name niya.

Nagmamadali ako kaya pera nalang naibigay ko sa kanya. Try po natin siyang tulungan baka sakali may awa Diyos makita niya pmilya nya. Kawawa naman.”

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