On the gang-rape of a Filipina nurse in Libya

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Migrante International and Migrante Sectoral Party condemn in strongest terms the gang-rape of a Filipina in Libya and hold the Philippine government accountable for the continuing danger in the lives and welfare of Filipinos in the country and other conflict-riddled parts of the Middle East-North Africa (MENA) region.

Since the crisis erupted in Libya, the Philippine government has been slow to action in ensuring their safety and dilly-dallying in facilitating their urgent mass repatriation.

The news of the gang-raped Filipina nurse comes in the wake of confirmed reports that another Filipino construction worker was beheaded by alleged militants last July 15. The Filipino’s wife is presently coordinating with Migrante International’s home office in Manila. She has expressed dismay over the Philippine government’s handling of her husband’s case and the Department of Foreign Affair’s “cavalier attitude” towards her husband’s violent death. Migrante will be facilitating the release of her official statement soon.

Like before, the Philippine government’s so-called mandatory repatriation is not working. There is no active intervention on the part of the Philippine government to locate, secure and ensure the safe passage of Filipinos from conflict areas to PH posts. Aside from announcing it, there remains no clear blueprint from the government on how the mandatory repatriation is supposed to take place.

It is way past the time for the government to simply “lament” that Filipinos are not heeding the mandatory repatriation call. They have crossed that line long ago. The Philippine government’s failure to safely secure our kababayans and to facilitate their urgent mass repatriation has caused the atrocity against one Filipina and the gruesome death of a Filipino. It is now time for accountability, the injustice done to them is the BS Aquino government’s fault.

Migrante International and Migrante Sectoral Party also blame the slow repatriation process to the government’s lack of a sustainable reintegration program for returning overseas Filipino workers. Of present, there are at least 13,000 Filipinos in Libya, while tens of thousands more are based in conflict-riddled Gaza, Iraq, Kuwait and Syria. We cannot blame our kababayans if they would opt not to return to the Philippines because no jobs, livelihood and security for their families await them here should they decide to return. The Philippine government is also mainly accountable for placing our kababayans in the situation they are in now.

Lastly, Migrante International and Migrante Sectoral Party condemn the BS Aquino government’s continuous support for the United States despite US-backed wars in these conflict-riddled countries. BS Aquino’s dogged support for the US is another factor that places our OFWs in clear and present danger.

These recent atrocities and injustice against Filipinos in Libya further crystalize the demand of Filipinos all over the world to hold BS Aquino accountable for his criminal negligent and incompetent government. Migrante International and Migrante Sectoral Party reiterate the demand for BS Aquino to resign, or be ousted by Filipinos around the world. ###

 

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