March 25, 2018

Duterte to personally plead for Kuwait OFWs

10 February 2018, 11:30 | Taylor George

Furious Duterte upholds OFW ban to Kuwait, says the Filipino is 'no slave'

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte orders Filipinos back from Kuwait

Labour Secretary Silvestre Bello said that for Duterte's ban to be lifted, Kuwait must sign a "memorandum of understanding" boosting protection for Filipino workers that had been pending for three years.

This developed after the body of an OFW identified as Joanna Daniella Demafelis was found inside a freezer in an abandoned apartment and believed to be that has been there for more than a year.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows photos of Filipina workers reportedly maltreated by their employers in Kuwait in a press conference in Davao City Friday night. I will not remain silent. "I can not stomach it".

He added, "The ban continues today and I don't know until what time". And if I were to do it to your citizens here, would you be happy.

"He's meeting with PAL and Cebu Pacific because they signified willingness to help", Francia added.

"So that the Duterte administration will have additional options on how to save our fellow Filipinos from slavery and human trafficking and be more effective in the delivery of services to OFWs not just in Kuwait but worldwide", said Araneta in a statement.

In January, the government announced a suspension of the deployment of workers to Kuwait following the death of 7 Filipino domestic workers in that country.

But Bello, in a text message to reporters, said the 72-hour deadline would only take effect "after [an] executive order declaring the ban".

"When will this inhuman treatment of our Filipino workers end?"

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"We are outraged by this latest disgusting crime against our overseas Filipino workers", he added.

The labour department said they still have to thresh out other details, specifically on the workers that would be covered by the order.


"Every unlawful physical injury inflicted on an OFW is an affront against us as a sovereign nation", he said.

'Work as welders instead' Instead of working in Kuwait as househelp, Filipinos could find jobs in local construction projects as "welders", Sen.

Villar and Senators Juan Edgardo Angara and Joseph Victor Ejercito backed President Duterte's decision to ban the deployment of Filipino migrant workers to Kuwait due to the rising number of abuse cases. "In fact, right now, we're short of skilled workers in the construction [sector]".

"We are advocating for unity among all recruitment agencies and their adherence to a common standard of best and responsible practices throughout the industry", she said.

It said it is coordinating with the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait regarding the special flight.

Ejercito also urged the Philippine government to review policies concerning the deployment of OFWs since Kuwait "has not yet signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) created to protect Filipino migrant workers" in their country.

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