Over 2200 Filipinos want to leave

February 12, 2018

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Sunday categorically denied social media reports claiming that security personnel escorted Filipino domestic helpers against their will from citizens’ houses.

The MoI emphatically denied the claims that the security forces handed the housekeepers to the Filipino embassy in the country. These reports are totally false and groundless, the ministry said in a statement. Kuwaiti authorities deal with all communities in Kuwait with respect and appreciation and treat them equally, it said.

More than 2,200 Filipinos are ready to take up President Duterte’s offer to repatriate workers from Kuwait due to reports of abuse, the Philippine labour minister said on Sunday.

Duterte asked Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific on Friday to provide flights for Filipinos who want to leave Kuwait, after the body of a Filipino worker was found in a freezer of an abandoned apartment. “We have been informed that as of Friday there were 2,200- plus Filipinos who are willing to go home,” Labour Secretary Silvestre Bello III told Reuters, adding that some of them had overstayed their visas and applied for an amnesty. The airlines have arranged free charter flights, and Bello said almost 500 Filipino workers were due to arrive soon.

Source : Arabtimes

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