Despite the ongoing issue among the Filipino workers in the Gulf state, President Rodrigo Duterte still provided some of his time to meet with Kuwaiti Ambassador to the Philippines Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh on Wednesday evening.
It can be recalled that Duterte prompted a deployment ban among Filipino workers going to Kuwait after the numerous incidents of death and maltreatment towards household workers.
President Duterte also added that he is willing to repatriate all the Filipinos working in Kuwait if another OFW life becomes wasted in that Gulf state.
To give jobs to those who will get affected by the repatriation, President Duterte will be more than willing to ask the help of China to accommodate those migrant workers.
“One more incident about a woman, a Filipina being raped there, I’m going to stop, I’m going to ban,” declares President Duterte.
“I’m sorry. The Filipinos there, you can all go home. Tutal kapag umalis kayong mga Filipino they will also be having a hell of a time adjusting there,” he further added.
Moreover, President Duterte implied that he is not open to quarrel with Kuwait and other Arab nations. However, he issued a strong appeal that OFWs working in Gulf states must be treated humanely.
Just in Kuwait, there are about 250,000 Filipino working in the country and most of them are working as domestic helpers. Other Arab nations with greater number of OFWs are in United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
About $2 billion is being sent by OFWs to their families in the Philippines, making the country’s economy strong and steady.
— Dharel Placido (@dgplacido) February 7, 2018