Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expressed outrage over the maltreatment of Filipino workers in Kuwait.
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MANILA – The Philippines is set to issue a total ban on the deploymet of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait on Monday, a spokesman for the labour department said.
Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III is set to issue the formal order, said DOLE Spokesperson Raul Francia on Saturday.
Francia said that DOLE will still need to iron out other details, including which workers would be covered by the order.
“(Regarding new recruits), that has to be clarified in the order to be issued by the Secretary on Monday,” Francia said.
He said that Belo is set to meet with executives from Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific that are willing to help repatriate OFWs.
DOLE’s moves come after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expressed outrage over the maltreatment of Filipino workers in Kuwait, lamenting on Friday the death of a Filipina there.
Duterte said he is ready to take “drastic steps” to prevent further deaths of OFWs in Kuwait and other Arab nations.
“The Filipino is no slave to anyone, anywhere and everywhere,” Duterte said in a press conference in his home city of Davao.
“Every unlawful physical injury inflicted on an OFW is an injury I personally bear as the head of this republic. Every abuse committed to an OFW is an affront against us as a sovereign nation,” he said.
Philippine national Joanna Daniela Demafelis was found dead inside a freezer kept in an abandoned apartment in Kuwait, sparking outrage among Filipinos around the world.
Following news of Demafelis’ death, Duterte ordered that OFWs who wish to come home be repatriated within 72 hours. DAJ/Expat Media
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