Monday, May 7, 2018

PRRD ‘The Political Chess Master’ does it again!



President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, photo from CNN Philippines
Chess is exactly like politics, sometimes in order to gain a true victory one must sacrifice a couple of assets. A perfect example would be President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s move when he chose to sacrifice relations with Kuwait but by doing so earned the strongest economic superpower, China as an important ally. Other than that, despite having the diplomatic row due to the breach of laws of the Philippine Embassy which had its workers-on-tape rescuing distressed OFWs from their alleged abusive Kuwaiti employers, Kuwait is still ready to work with manila in order to address the issues on labor of all the OFWs of in their country.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, out of the estimated 262,000 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Kuwait, more or less, 60% of these are domestic workers. Yet despite the huge number, Duterte made it permanent to ban all Filipino workers from entering the shores of the Gulf state.

The ban roots from the continual discovery of maltreated and abused OFWs by their own employers. One instance that started the ban was the discovery of an OFW, who has been missing for almost two years, dead in the freezer of an apartment of her employers.

This caused the Philippine President and the millions of Filipino citizens to experience pain beyond belief, how can the Kuwaitis be so inhumane?

Duterte pleaded for better treatment for the OFWs,

“Just do not hurt them. I plead that they’d be given a treatment deserving of a human being,” 
This “calamity” ended up with the Philippine President assuring to bring home all the abused OFWs and asking the recall of all workers, most especially to the Filipina domestic workers.

“I would like to address to their patriotism: come home. No matter how poor we are, we will survive. The economy is doing good and we are short of our workers,” the President said.

The economy is most certainly good and the Philippines is now in need of workers, it is about time that the country recalls its modern heroes since, as multiple OFW advocacy groups highlight, migration for work comes at the cost of one’s vulnerability to abuse and most importantly, the sever of familiar relationships.

And Duterte can never sicken through the possible abuse, rape and inhumane conditions that the OFWs are going through in foreign lands. The President lashed out specifically on Kuwait due to this but being a better man, apologized for the “diplomatic ruckus” that the Philippine Embassy’s video caused.

Despite the apology that the Philippine President gave to Kuwait, the embassy workers who were part of the rescue operation are still to be arrested by the Kuwaiti government but the Philippines’ Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Pedro Villa, who’s been demanded to name his staff, refuses to comply with such unrighteous demands.
“Apparently it seems as if they have anger against Filipinos… I do not want to send (workers) because apparently you do not like Filipinos,” Duterte said.

With the backing by the Philippines “true friend”, China, whom provided aid that will cover the repatriation of the OFWs returning from Kuwait and English-teaching employment, Duterte stated that,

 “I’d address myself to the Kuwait government and the people: Thank you for helping my countrymen all these years. It is a debt of gratitude that after all you were able to help. So I have no anger, no hatred.”

Despite losing the workforce of the Philippines, Kuwaiti Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah made assured that his country will be uphold the safety and rights of both expatriates and the remainder of the OFWs within its labor laws.

He also conveyed appreciation to the OFWs who have been contributing to different sectors of their country. Yet the Deputy Foreign Minister still desires to “overcome this exceptional circumstance” due to both nation’s historic friendship” that roots back during the ’90-’91 Iraqi invasion in which Manila provided support. In the end, Kuwait is still expecting to honor mutual interest with the Philippines.

Source: news.kuwaittimes.net