Cebu Pacific said in a press statement that they are now working with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait on the final travel settlements. The government said it would help workers who want to return do so.
The Philippine Embassy and the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Kuwait are now rushing to repatriate as many as 10,000 overstaying Filipinos who are expected to avail an amnesty program arranged with the Kuwaiti government, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Undersecretary Sarah Lou Arriola said Monday.
"If my appearance. (will solve the labour problems of OFWs in Kuwait), I might go (there), It's a wait and see", Duterte told reporters when asked about his response to Kuwait Ambassador to the Philippines Saleh Ahmad Al Thwaikh, who invited him (Duterte) last Wednesday to visit the Gulf state. He called on Kuwait to provide legal redress to Filipino victims of what he called "horrendous crimes".
Silvestre Bello III told Reuters the number was as of Friday after Duterte broadcast graphic photos of the body of a Filipino maid found in a freezer in an abandoned Kuwait apartment.
Roque identified the two Arab countries as "more humane" host nations for Filipino workers, following President Duterte's decision to repatriate distressed workers from Kuwait.
According to Bello, the OFWs now working in Kuwait will not be forced to come home, however.
"Our efforts to protect our (countrymen) will not end with the imposition of deployment bans or the repatriation of our workers in countries where they are prone to maltreatment", Cayetano said.
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In January, the Philippines' Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) suspended the deployment of OFWs to Kuwait after seven Filipina domestic workers were reported to have died allegedly from abuses.
"We are here to see to it that every Filipino is treated decently", he said. "Our words and action simply do not match".
Mr Duterte has been vocal on the issue of abuse of Filipinos in the Middle East, even threatening a ban on citizens working anywhere in the region. Duterte said he does not seek special treatment or privileges for Filipino workers but expect respect for the persons' dignity and human rights.
This was amid an investigation on Filipino household workers dying in that country. We do not intend to offend any government or anyone. "It is totally, totally unacceptable to me", Duterte said.
The Philippines and China may sign a bilateral agreement on the deployment of OFWs "within the month or next month", Bello said.
Bello yesterday said the deployment ban to that country would be effective immediately and would last until revoked.