Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Kuwait Willing Pa Rin Makipag-ugnayan sa Pilipinas Pagkatapos E-ban ni Duterte ang Permanent Deployment

Despite of the worsening diplomatic rift between Kuwait and Philippines, Kuwaiti Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah said that they’re still willing to solve the labor issues to protect the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) working for the oil-rich state.

Jarallah expressed their willingness to cooperate with Manila to solve the safety issues of OFWs there despite of the pronouncement of President Rodrigo Duterte that the deployment ban would stay until all Filipino workers in Kuwait already brought back to Philippines.

The Kuwaiti government maintained that their safety and labor laws has been praised by international human rights agencies and they’re determined to improve it to meet the standards of President Duterte.

The Foreign Deputy Minister also said that Kuwait shared Duterte’s desire to maintain its good relations with Philippines, citing how Manila helped them during the 1990-91 Iraqi invasion.

“He said the historic friendship between the two countries “could help overcome this exceptional circumstance.” Kuwait Times reported.

However, he said that they would reject any breach against its sovereignty or laws, like what the Filipino diplomats committed when they rescued several OFWs without asking the Kuwait authorities for cooperation.

According to Professor Antonio Contreras, this pronouncement of Kuwait can also means “that there is an offer to move forward on OFW issues, and a demand to investigate and punish guilty parties.”

Around 262,000 Filipinos work in Kuwait, 60% of them are domestic helpers.

Some of them claimed that they experienced different kinds of abuses from their employers.

The most notable case of abuse was discovered this year, after Joanna Demafelis, a domestic helper was found dead inside a freezer in the former apartment of her employers in Kuwait.

This case made the Philippines to impose a deployment ban to Kuwait.

But the situation changed after Kuwait started to arrest several Philippine diplomats and ordered Filipino ambassador Renato Pedro Villa to leave the oil-rich country immediately after they conducted a rescue mission.

In response, President Duterte urged the OFWs based in Kuwait to come home.


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