Over 2200 Filipinos want to leave

February 12, 20182 Comments

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.

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  1. spiketown says:

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Hundreds of Filipino domestic staff in Kuwait fled from their employers to the Philippines embassy after President Rodrigo Duterte offered them a free light back home in the wake of a total and indefinite ban for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to work in Kuwait. The ban and the repatriation follows reports of domestic abuse and several suicides and the case of a maid beaten to dead and placed in a freezer in an abandoned Kuwait apartment by her Lebanese employer. Two planes full of workers arrived in Manila from Kuwait on February 12 on flights provided for free by commercial airlines at the president’s request. Earlier, the Philippine labour minister said more than 2,200 Filipinos were ready to take up Duterte’s offer. Meanwhile, Kuwait officially reacted indignant, with the country’s foreign minister criticising Duterte’s remarks and saying that Kuwaiti officials were in contact with the Philippines to address the matter. “Escalation does not serve the ties between Kuwait and the Philippines,” Sheikh Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah said, adding that 170,000 Filipinos “live a decent life in Kuwait… but separate accidents unfortunately happen, and we are providing our Filipino counterparts with the results of the investigations. ” He went on saying that “we are surprised and we condemn statements from the Philippine president, especially as we are in contact with the Philippines on a high level to explain the workers’ conditions in Kuwait. ” Meanwhile, Kuwait lawmaker Safa Al Hashem blamed expats for the country’s diplomatic spat with the Philippines over the treatment of workers and called for foreigners to be banned from hiring maids in the country.

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