- Kuwait condemned nationwide “total ban” of OFWs employment to their country
- Kuwait Foreign Minister: This escalation will not serve the relationship between Kuwait and the Philippines
- Duterte to the gulf country: Is there something wrong with your culture? Is there something wrong with your values?
Following President Rodrigo Duterte’s nationwide “total ban” announcement Monday on employing Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to Kuwait, a Kuwait foreign minister condemned the Philippine leader’s action tagging it as an “escalation” that will not serve the relationship of the two countries.
“This escalation will not serve the relationship between Kuwait and the Philippines,” Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Sabah said. “We condemn the statements of the Philippine president, especially since we are in contact with the Philippines at the highest level to fully explain the state of the Filipino workforce in Kuwait.”
The “total ban” came after Duterte angrily hit at Kuwait regarding reports of Filipino workers suffering abuse and exploitation, as posted on GMA News website.
Last week, the Philippine President condemned the tragic fate of Joanna Demafelis, a Filipina who’s body was found dead inside a freezer in the gulf country which had, purportedly, been there for a year; saying she had been “roasted like a pig.”
He alleged Arabs routinely raped their Filipina workers, forced them to work 21 hours each day and fed them scraps.
“Is there something wrong with your culture? Is there something wrong with your values?” he asked Kuwait.
Human Rights Watch and other rights group, moreover, have documented widespread abuses, including non-payment of wages, long working hours with no rest days, physical and sexual assault, and no clear channels for redress.