Containing into the President’s proposition to Kuwait are the provision of sufficient food and sleep to Filipino workers and not subjecting them to sexual abuse.
“The ban stays until I meet the guys and talk,” the President said during the oath-taking of new officials of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission in Malacañang.
“One is that ‘wag ninyongkunin ‘yung passport ng Pilipina. Kinukuha nila ‘yung passport eh. Pangalawa, bigyan ninyong panahon matulog.Bigyan ninyong pagkain kasi ‘pag hindi…. Pang-apat, ‘wag ninyong – kasi ang Pilipina hindi ‘yan para – hindutin ninyo [One is that you should not confiscate the passport of the Filipina. They’re getting their passports. Second, you should give them enough time to sleep. You should also give them food because if not, you are a son of a b*tch. Fourth, Filipinas are not there to be sexually abused],” he added.
In the event that the workers’ conditions are not improved, the President is inclined to ask different Filipinos to leave Kuwait and return home.
“Ngayon, ‘pag wala ‘yan, sorry. Umuwi kayo dito, bahala na, pobre tayo [Now, if these are not met, sorry. Just go home. Come what may even if we’re poor],” he said.
Duterte guaranteed that the administration would give help to displaced workers, including allowances. “Eh ‘di hati-hatiin natin ‘yang pera. Eh ibigay ko ‘yan, ‘yung stipend [Let’s divide the money. I’ll give you some allowance],” he said.
The President as of late approved a ban on the deployment of workers to Kuwait following reports of severe deaths and different abuses committed against a few Filipinos.
Duterte’s outrage reached fever pitch following the discovery of a dead Filipina worker inside a freezer in her employers’ apartment over a year after she was reported for missing. Two suspects behind the death of Joanna Demafelis have just been captured in the midst of the Philippine government’s appeals for justice.
“Hindi ko matiis ‘yung ganun. Kaya ako nag –pumutok talaga. Ilagay mo sa freezer tapos lahat nambubugbog, lahat pasa-pasa ‘yung–puro hematoma [I cannot bear it. I really blew my top. You placed her inside a freezer and she was beaten, bruised, and suffered hematoma],” the President said.
“Eh kung gawain ko kaya ‘yan sa mga babae ninyo? [What if I also do that to your women?],” he added.
The President lamented that some Arab employers treat their workers as slaves. Workers, already hungry and deprived of sleep, were sometimes sexually abused by the employers and their relatives, he said.
“If you are a slave bought from the slave markets of Africa or you are paid really to do ‘yung housework, it includes sexual abuse for free. ‘Yan itinago ko ‘yan sa puso ko, ngayon Presidente na ako binitawan ko na kasi hindi ko na matiis [I’ve kept that in my heart but now that I’m President, I’ve to let it out because I cannot bear it anymore],” the President said.
“The human body or the human being can only take so much. Kaya kita mo nag –lumulukso. Destroyed ‘yan physically and wala na mentally. Wala kang kain, wala kang tulog, gamitin ka pa [She is destroyed physically and mentally. You have no food, sleep, and you’ll still be used],” he said.
Following the President’s rage over workers’ abuses, the Philippines and Kuwait are currently making agreement providing insurance to the welfare of workers in the Gulf state. The proposed agreement incorporates an arrangement guaranteeing passports of Filipino workers are kept with the Philippine work attaché and not confiscated by their employers.
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