“While Pres. BS Aquino acted with surprising and remarkable dispatch to absolve administration ally Agriculture Sec. Proceso Alcala despite and in spite of numerous corruption cases involving him,” said Connie Bragas-Regalado, Migrante Sectoral Partylist chairperson, “the same cannot be said of his regime as countless remittance-sending Filipinos languish in jail, are stranded, abused, duped, raped, violated and scurrying for their own lives abroad.”
According to Bragas-Regalado, while the BS Aquino government can act with much haste to protect his allies no matter how blatant their crimes are, nothing has come of its promise to ease the burdens of OFWs (overseas Filipino workers), especially those in distress and calling for justice against exploitation and abuses.
She cited the case of a Filipina domestic worker who was scalded by her employers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Filipina arrived in Riyadh only two months ago to work as a domestic worker. She was reportedly repeatedly beaten by her employer, was sometimes deprived of food, and eventually doused with boiling water.
Images of the abused OFW were posted on social media on Saturday and drew the ire of overseas Filipinos worldwide.
“The fact remains that Aquino’s labor export policy has been subjecting our OFWs to modern-day slavery – cheap labor, abused persons, slaughtered dignity. Unfortunately, the Aquino government has no balls to demand justice for our distressed OFWs because it is petrified of jeopardizing labor markets abroad,” Bragas-Regalado said. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one the of top OFW-receiving countries, where some 1.8 million OFWs are currently located.
Bragas-Regalado said that the Philippine government, mandated to protect the rights and welfare of OFWs, should take the lead in filing a case against the employer of the Filipina domestic worker. “It is not enough to just say that government will provide assistance and medical services. What our kababayan needs is justice. Justice against abuse and modern-day slavery. ”
Migrante Sectoral Partylist is presently trying to get in touch with the relatives of the abused Filipina domestic worker who are based in the Philippines. “We support her fight all the way. Her employer must go to jail.” ###