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Philippines to issue 'total ban' on OFW deployment to Kuwait on Monday

Philippines to issue 'total ban' on OFW deployment to Kuwait on Monday

Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III is set to issue on Monday a total deployment ban order of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait.

Duterte made the statements shortly after receiving reports that a Filipina overseas worker's body had been found in a freezer in Kuwait.

Nevertheless, Duterte, who met the Kuwaiti Ambassador Musaed Saleh Althwaikh on Thursday, said he was planning to visit Kuwait "to plead my case". "But if a ban is what is needed, then let it be so", Duterte told reporters in an interview in his hometown of Davao City in Mindanao late on Friday night.

Speaking in a press conference, Duterte decried the mistreatment of Filipino workers overseas, saying he was ready to take "drastic steps" to preserve their lives.

Duterte appealed to the Arab nations to treat Filipino workers with dignity and respect, "a review of the incidence of violence committed against Filipino workers overseas, especially in Kuwait, is so repugnant".

Labour Secretary Silvestre Bello had in January ordered the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration "to stop the processing and issuance of overseas employment certificates (OECs) to all Kuwait-bound workers pending the investigation of the cause of deaths of the Filipino workers".

"We went there. We were enthusiastic". We fought to protect your interest. We did not fail you. "And you seem to be oblivious about it", he said.

"We do not intend to offend any government or anyone". I know a lot of people who are-in the country and they are good but the problem is the culture, hindi ko na kayang tanggapin 'to (I can no longer accept this).

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He added the body of Dimapilis bore torture marks and indications that she was strangled to death amid a report that in 2017, 103 OFWs died in Kuwait, a significant jump from the 83 deaths registered in 2016. Keep them free from harm.

He has been angered by stories of Filipinos in Kuwait being driven to suicide due to abuse.

"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.

He did not provide other details as to who will be covered by the total ban saying the labor chief will clarify this on the said date.

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

"We support the President's ban on OFW deployment to Kuwait". In radio interview Saturday, Villar said she "agrees" with the President in imploring Kuwaiti government to act on the deaths Filipina domestic workers in the hands of their employers. "Seventy-hours to go there and pick up the Filipinos na gustong umuwi (who want to go home)", the President said.

"Of course we need the help of Kuwait", Duterte conceded.


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