After death of Filipina migrant worker
Chief presidential Legal Counsel and spokesman Salvador Panelo on Thursday said that it will depend on Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III if it will recommend a total deployment ban of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Kuwait following the death of another Filipina worker there.
Panelo made the remark even as President Rodrigo Duterte expressed outrage over the death of Filipino worker, Jeanelyn Padernal Villavende, allegedly in the hands of her female employer who is now in the custody of Kuwaiti authorities.
“Well, as we said earlier, the President is outraged by that, it is a violation of the agreement between these two countries and the incident is under investigation,” Panelo told reporters in a press briefing in Malacañang.
“The Secretary of Labor as you said has already executed a partial deployment. Let’s see if it becomes full deployment of the ban,” he added.
When asked if we will see a total deployment ban of OFW in Kuwait following the incident, Panelo said that will be determined by the recommendation to be made by Secretary Bello.
“That depends. That depends,” Panelo said. “That will depend on the endorsement or recommendation of Secretary Bello.”
Meanwhile, Bello also Thursday announced that the government will partially be banning the deployment of overseas household service workers in Kuwait.
The partial ban, he said, was recommended by Labor Attache Nasser Mustafa and is subject to the approval of the governing board of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.
The ban will be covering the first-time workers who will serve as household service workers to Kuwait.
(This) excludes skilled and vacationing workers, he said.
Bello stressed the ban may be expanded to a total deployment ban if justice for Villavende will not be served.
“This should serve as a clear message to Kuwaiti authorities. The partial ban may ripen into total deployment ban if justice for Jeanelyn Villavende is not met,” Bello said.
In a previous statement, Panelo said the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is closely monitoring the case even as the Palace look forward to its resolution of justice to the deceased and her family.