OFWs Give Brave Reactions on Sen. JV Ejercito’s Tweet; Can Government Provide Them with Better Job Opportunities?

Recently, Senator JV Ejercito’s tweet earned varied reactions from netizens as he raised the question of giving importance more on proper protocol and respect to Kuwait government than the Philippine government’s move to protect and save the abused OFWs in their country.

Tracing back, the Kuwait government had expelled ambassador Villa from his post as he allegedly disrespects them for rescuing distressed OFWs without properly negotiating with Kuwait.

In Twitter, Sen. Ejercito posted pictures of maltreated OFWs and tweeted, “Sa mga nagsasabi na mali si Pangulong Duterte.  Ano masasabi ninyo dito? Mas mahalaga nga ba ang protocol at pagrispeto sa gobyerno ng Kuwait? O ang masagip ang ating mga kababayan  na inaabuso at ginagawang alipin?”

On the comments section, PinoyAkoBlog claimed the government had been rescuing migrant workers who had been abused a long time ago. She also raised the concern whether the government can assure the 260,000 overseas workers of landing into better jobs when they go home, as Duterte appealed for their return.

As the two changed comments on the post, some OFWs also aired their brave opinion on the said issue.

A certain Dllus-3 commented, “Sir bigyan nyo kami ng 250,000 cases na ganyan sa Kuwait at kami pa mismong nga ofw ang magsasabi na umuwi na sila. Para sa kaalaman ninyo hindi lahat ay domestic help ang trabaho. Marami dyan P100,000 as a minimum ang sweldo monthly. Kaya nyong ibigay sa kanila yan?”

On the other hand, Jack Aromin posted, “Embassies must show respect to their host countries before they can demand the same. That is what diplomacy is all about. Skilled workers will be fine, maybe, for now, Mr Senator. Keep in mind we compete with some skilled workers from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka etc.”

As of this writing, the Senator’s post still earns many comments, many of which were coming from OFWs who firmly believe that Duterte administration’s call for them to go home is not the answer to abuse and maltreatment cases as not all of them experiences the same, citing the domestic helpers are those that should be limited to Kuwait and not the professionals.

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