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Modern-day heroes not aptly protected by PH gov’t


If the overseas Filipino workers are our modern-day heroes, why are they being treated like prostitutes by our embassy officials?

It’s very disturbing to hear that a sex-for-flight syndicate is being operated by embassy officials victimizing distressed OFWs. Since when did Philippine embassy officials become pigs and perverts? And how desperate have our OFWs become that they have no other choice but to yield to “official” perversion just so they can get back to our country?

If indeed we consider our OFWs modern-day heroes, then government should treat them with respect and take care of them. The government should not allow the abuse of our OFWs, more so now that it has no reason to say it is not aware this is happening after the exposé. But the government is at times even adding to the problems of the OFWs by its poor handling of its disputes with other countries, which has resulted in OFWs being abused and discriminated.

The government has to do a better job in protecting OFWs. If it weren’t for them our economy would not experience the growth that it is now bragging about. And why would we allow our modern-day heroes to be abused both physically and sexually? What does that say of our government and our country?

 

—RICARDO PEÑALOSA,

barbarian1963@gmail.com


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Tags: Foreign affairs , Government , labor , ofws , overseas work , Sexual Exploitation



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