PH recruiters back suspension of OFW deployment to Kuwait


Presidential spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said Tuesday that all foreign scientific groups, including from China, Japan, South Korea and the United States, have concluded their research work in the waters and Duterte wanted future research missions to be done by Filipinos.

"U.S., because of its too much imposition, but I assure you, I am supporting Trump", Duterte said.

In a statement, the flag carrier said it is also willing to add extra flights to Kuwait.

"The Filipino is no slave to anyone, anywhere and everywhere, every unlawful physical injury inflicted on an OFW is an injury I personally bear as the head of this republic". O how come my countrymen are now suffering brutality, cruelty, and death?

According to Duterte, In Kuwait alone, in 2016, there were 82 reported deaths of OFWs.

"China is playing it right at this time", Duterte said, adding that China's actions are influenced by its rivalry with the US for superpower status and that the Philippines "will not get involved in that".

'How many Filipino teachers, nurses, and other skilled workers are forced to downgrade their skills and degrade their persons by working as service people, a deodorized term for maids and servants?' he asked. Keep them free from harm.

"I also suggested to our President that in order to lift the suspension, the Kuwaiti government should already sign the memorandum of understanding (MOU) that has been pending with them for the last three years", he said.

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President Rodrigo Duterte issued the order at a news conference Friday in which he said that he respected Canada's position, but also lashed out against restrictions on the use of military equipment against terrorist and rebels.

Duterte himself warned of a "total ban" on deployment to Kuwait, which he reiterated on Friday, February 9.

"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.

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.

Duterte said he could not stomach the persistent abuses that had pushed some Filipino migrant workers in Kuwait to commit suicide. "In fact, right now, we're short of skilled workers in the construction [sector]".

"I'm putting notice to the world that the Philippine Rise, which we call Benham Rise, is ours ... and the economic zone is ours", Duterte said. "I want them out of the country those who want to go out in 72 hours", the President said.

Acknowledging that most Filipinos seek employment overseas because of a lack of job opportunities and low salaries in the Philippines, Coronel called on the government to expand job training through the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority so that skill levels were on a par with or even superior to those available elsewhere.

"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. The latest data from Philippine Overseas Employment Administration said there were 86,019 Filipinos in the country in 2015.