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Duterte: Deployment ban to Kuwait stays

Reuters file

He expressed disappointment on the Kuwaiti government about the abuses Filipino workers are experiencing from their employers in the Gulf State.

Duterte made the statement on Friday night even as the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is set to implement a total ban on the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait on Monday.

Bello was referring to the MOU that provides for additional protection for our overseas workers in Kuwait. And I have given Bello 72 hours.

"Those who want to be repatriated".

Bello said the body of Dimapilis was found in an abandoned apartment in Kuwait where she worked for a Lebanese and his Syrian wife who fled the kingdom in 2016 after the husband was accused of faking checks.

Duterte said he could not stomach the persistent abuses that had pushed some Filipino migrant workers in Kuwait to commit suicide.

She, meanwhile, believes that there is no need to work overseas since "many opportunities await" Filipino workers in the Philippines.

"P*****, hindi ko na ito kaya (I can't take it anymore)". I can not stomach this.

"You know, we love Kuwait. I will not keep silent and I will really confront you", he added.

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

"With or without money, I will ask PAL (Philippine Airlines) and Cebu Pacific to provide transportation", he said.

"I want them out of the country, those who want to go out, in 72 hours".

Some 300 Filipinos continue to apply for work in Kuwait every day. The latest data from Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said there are some 86,019 Filipinos in the country as of 2015.

President Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte ordered officials to continue the ban on the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait following the recent discovery of another dead body of a Filipina domestic worker inside a freezer in that oil-rich Gulf state.

"Every unlawful physical injury inflicted on an OFW is an affront against us as a sovereign nation", he said.

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He has repeatedly expressed anger about alleged abuse in Kuwait, where he said low-paid Filipinos were made to endure rape and starvation.

"So no more dreams of deploying 'super maids" to other countries.

"The women can also become welders".

"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. O how come my countrymen are now suffering brutality, cruelty, and death?

"We value our foreign relations with the people of Kuwait but we can not stand idly by as our [countrymen] suffer from inhumane treatment", he said.

In January, the government announced a suspension of the deployment of workers to Kuwait following the death of 7 Filipino domestic workers in that country.

"We support the President's ban on OFW deployment to Kuwait".

"When will this inhuman treatment of our Filipino workers end?"