Duterteto OFWs in Kuwait: Coming Home
SINGAPORE – President Duterte asked all Filipino workers in Kuwait last night to come home after tensions between the Philippines and the Gulf State about rescuing distressed domestic workers
A lot out of 4,000 Filipino overseas workers in the Big Box mall here, the president said he had brought bad news – and that was his decision to take home more than 250,000 OFWs in Kuwait.
He said he'll look for funds for returnees OFWs who want to come home, even if he would borrow money from somewhere or from someone.
He hinted that he would use the P5.4 billion he recently received from Chinese President Xi Jinping for OFWs in Kuwait
emphasizing that he does not want to get into trouble or fight with anyone, he said he was forced to go into such a decision "because too many things had already happened."
"The Only Sin o" Filipino workers survive in Kuwait or other countries, "he said.
However, he assured Kuwait that the Philippines respect their long friendship with the Gulf State.
I want to go to one very diplomatic way of not destroying a good neighbor, a friend, because, after all, they have helped us for many years and have welcomed our Filipino brothers and sisters, "said the President.
But he repeated his appeal to OFWs in Kuwait to come home.
"Lahat kayong Pilipinong nakikinig, umuwi na kayo sa Pilipinas tutal marami nang trabaho Marami na talagang trabaho ngayon (You all listen to Filipinos, come home to the Philippines, there are many jobs now," he said. 1
Senate Chairman Aquilino Pimentel III suggested that the government either dispatched the Labor Minister Silvestre Bello III or Foreign Minister Alan Peter Cayetano Held High-Level Meetings with Kuwaiti Officials (19659003) Instead of arguing about the Kuwait movement to declare the Philippine Ambassador Renato Villa Persona nongrata and ordering his departure from the country, Pimentel said the government should simply continue to communicate with Kuwaiti officials Find ways
"We are not even in a state of war. We have over 200,000 foreign Filipino workers there. You (Kuwa it is also here for investment and other occasions, so what we need are these high-level visits and good communication, "Pimentel told the radio station dwIZ yesterday.
The Kuwaiti government's action against the Philippine ambassador was a response Rescue Missions It was operated by Embassy staff to help Filipino workers reportedly abused by their employers.
A Philippine workers rescue operation was documented on video and published on social media, which was mixed among respondents Kuwait protested the action as an attack on their sovereignty, leading to an apology not only from Villa, but also from Cayetano.
Despite the apologies, the Kuwaiti government decided to evict Villa.
Pimentel said : An important lesson from the Vorfa It is that people in government should not publish everything that happens on social media.
Sen. Nancy Binay said that people involved in publishing the video on social media should be held accountable.
Binay said she is investigating the possibility of filing a resolution that requires an investigation into the incident to get to the bottom of it
But just like Pimentel Binay said, the incident should make all parties feel the need recognize being more careful in their social media posts.
Sen. Richard Gordon said the bailouts should never be shared publicly, especially in the social media, where the whole world would see this.
Ideally, he said embassy officials should consult with the State Department's foreign ministry in cases of abuse of Filipino workers, and it seems that local authorities are not taking enough action to address them.