Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Int’l relations expert defends PH Embassy on saving distressed OFWs in Kuwait



Sass Sasot and the controversial distressed Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) rescue mission, photo compiled from Google and Facebook
The blogger Sass Sasot of For the Motherland revealed the truth behind the scenes of the controversial distressed Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) rescue mission videos by the Philippine Embassy. The controversial video that was supposed to send OFWs a sense of security and reliance on the Philippine Embassy was taken by the Kuwait Government as an act that contests their sovereignty, which apparently resulted in the diplomatic row between the Philippines and Kuwait.

This revelation and defense on the true intentions of the Philippine Embassy was brought to Sasot by a Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) official whom stated that the message that the video conveyed was no different from the one that they’ve been conveying since the time of the previous administration. Their medium was always the same, social media, since it was effective at changing how the OFWs perceived the agency’s efforts.

It was also clarified in Sasot’s Facebook post that,

“Contrary to public perception, the rescues in the video were not covert commando type operations that involved breaking into people’s houses. If they were, we would not have posted those and we would have used unmarked vehicles. Those rescues were more of a distressed OFW calling for a taxi to pick her up.” 

The main point in defense of the Philippine Embassy and DFA was that rescue missions were only held if the Kuwaiti authorities failed to respond and that,

“All the rescues undertaken in Kuwait had prior coordination and are consistent with what is allowed under the Vienna Convention.”
It seems that through analyzing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that the Kuwaiti government is asking President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to sign, has nothing but a reiteration of Kuwait’s labor laws. In other words, it does not benefit the OFWs and their rights and safety in anyway.

Horse-shit indeed, an act of publicity that the Kuwaiti Government is using to mend their damaged internationally reputation. DFA Secretary Allan Peter Cayetano saw through this and with a given time-extension on the signing, the MoU would be in truly favor of the OFWs since it would give the DFA enough time to secure a better deal with Kuwait.

Overall, what the Philippine Embassy did was not illegal at all, it was allowed by the Vienna Convention. The release of the rescue mission videos were an act to publicize that the OFWs are safe in Kuwait and the MoU that the Kuwaiti Government is using as a public stunt of making peace with the Philippines while playing the victim was nothing but a death sentence to every OFW in Kuwait for other than lifting the ban, nothing will change. Yet there is a silver lining to this, the Philippines is in a position to negotiate better terms, rights and assurances for the OFWs since despite the video’s controversial release, the Filipinos are still the victims.
Source: For the Motherland - Sass Rogando Sasot FB page