Duterte to personally plead for Kuwait OFWs

Duterte to personally plead for Kuwait OFWs

Duterte to personally plead for Kuwait OFWs

President Rodrigo Duterte has declared a total ban on sending Filipino workers to Kuwait amid widespread abuses and deaths.

Just yesterday, the President fumed at the Kuwaiti government over the death of Joanna Daniela Dimapilis, a Filipino domestic helper whose body was found inside a freezer in an apartment which was abandoned for more than a year.

According to Duterte, his plans to visit Kuwait stemmed from his meeting with the Kuwaiti Ambassador to the Philippines Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh.

While saying that he can not divulge what was discussed during their closed-door meeting, Duterte said that he is planning to going to the Gulf State to appeal about the plight of OFWs in Kuwait.

"Do not buy anymore from Canada or from the United States because there is always a condition attached", Duterte told reporters in Davao City on Friday.

He decried the recent abuse and maltreatment against Filipino workers in the gulf state.

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

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"We lost about - wounded seriously three of our citizens fighting for the cause of the peace in the Middle East focused on the fear of your government that you will be invaded again", he added.

"We would like to seek justice for our OFWs, and while the investigation is undergoing, we are suspending the processing and issuance of OECs".

"The times call for protest and the firm assertion of the legal victory we had won in relation to our exclusive economic zone", it said, referring to the verdict of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague on the suit the Philippine brought against China. We did not fail you.

"We will count our lives by the hours because apparently, every hour, there is a suffering and agony, brutality committed [on] Filipinos", the President said.

"I said and ordered the Philippine Navy and Air Force to do regular patrols", Duterte said.

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President Rodrigo Duterte's order, issued in a news conference, came after the Canadian government chose to review the $235 million helicopter deal because of concerns the Philippine military might use the utility helicopters in counterinsurgency assaults.

More than 800 undocumented OFWs in Kuwait are scheduled to come home, the DFA said.

"Those who want to be repatriated, with or without money I will ask PAL (Philippine Airlines) and Cebu Pacific to provide the transportation", Duterte said.

"Do not give us back a battered worker or a mutilated corpse".

Senator Cynthia Villar, who also advocates the protection of OFWs and their rights, said it is only fitting to halt the deployment of Filipinos in "countries where they will only be abused".

Clad in shorts, a t-shirt and running shoes for a hike with Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti on Saturday morning, the two politicians emphasized their countries share much common ground even as they continue disagree on the most contentious issues of the trade pact. The latest data from Philippine Overseas Employment Administration said there were 86,019 Filipinos in the country in 2015.

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