OFWs remind Duterte of his promise

Updated 12 November 2016
0

OFWs remind Duterte of his promise

RIYADH: An organization of undocumented overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Kingdom have reminded President Rodrigo R. Duterte of his pledge to "help them get their proper status.”
Robert Argallon, president of the Riyadh-based Undocumented OFWs for Legalization and Amnesty (OFWULA), said that President Duterte made the pledge on May 31 this year, a month before he assumed the presidency.
“President Duterte said that he’d ask concerned Arab officials to be more circumspect at arriving at solutions especially for us because we are from a poor country,” he said.
He added: “We, the undocumented OFWs, reiterate our call to President Duterte to either help us correct our status or be repatriated.”
He also said that at present, there are 800 undocumented OFWs who are OFWULA members who have sought help from the Philippine Embassy and the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Riyadh (POLO-Riyadh). He added that out of that number, there are 47 mothers with children. “Around 60 percent of the undocumented OFWs are women who were forced to run away from their employers due to malpractices and abuses,” he said.
He added that aside from the undocumented, there were at least 100 runaway female OFWs staying at the Bahay Kalinga (BK) under the supervision of POLO. Moreover, he added, there were 80 male OFWs staying at a villa rented by the Philippine Embassy at Exit 8.
The group expressed concern over the slow repatriation and the correction of the status of undocumented OFWs.
Citing figures from the Department of Labor and Employment, the group noted that as of Oct. 29, 2,191 undocumented OFWs had availed themselves of the government’s repatriation program.
Argallo said that his group was hoping that Duterte would soon visit Saudi Arabia so that he could personally hear undocumented OFWs’ plea for repatriation.


Rumors that Saudi crown prince was buying Manchester United ‘completely false’ govt minister says

Updated 6 min 18 sec ago
0

Rumors that Saudi crown prince was buying Manchester United ‘completely false’ govt minister says

  • Rumors claiming the  Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman wanted to buy UK football club Manchester United are “completely false”
  • The rumors that emerged in UK media reported that the crown prince tabled a $4.9 billion bid for the 13-time premier league winning team

DUBAI: Rumors claiming the  Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman wanted to buy UK football club Manchester United are “completely false,” Saudi Arabia’s Minster of Media Turki Al-Shabanah said in a Tweet on Sunday.

“Reports claiming that HRH the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman intends on buying @ManUtd are completely false. Manchester United held a meeting with @PIFSaudi to discuss sponsorship opportunity . No deal has been materialized.,” Al-Shabanah’s tweet read.

The rumors that emerged in UK media reported that the crown prince tabled a $4.9 billion bid for the 13-time premier league winning team.