MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to return to the country on April 16 from his state visit in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), Bahrain and the State of Qatar.
The President said that upon his return, he will be with many overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were stranded in the Middle East, particularly in the KSA for not having the proper documents.
“In Jeddah, Those who are given the permission of clemency to whatever it was my clearance, about 5,000 of them, we’ll start bringing them back. The first batch when I return…some will be here,” he said.
Based on data from the Department of Foreign Affairs, some 760,000 overseas Filipino workers are in the KSA.
About 15,000 of these OFW’s are undocumented. They may take advantage of the 90-day amnesty granted by the Saudi Arabian government for foreigners without proper documents.
One of the objectives of the President’s visit to Saudi Arabia is to have cooperation with the Saudi government to protect the rights and welfare of OFW’s in Saudi Arabia.
Aside from cases of abuse, 31 Filipinos to date are on death row in KSA.
President Duterte, however, refused to detail the agreement he targets to be signed in KSA to prevent more cases of abuse among OFW’s in the region.
“Those were the things that we discussed the other day and no, I cannot make it public. I’m sorry,” the President said. —Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue
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