Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Kuwait who wish to come home amid the reported abuses of Filipino workers in the Gulf state could go home at no cost, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday.
“So everyone who wants to come home, I said to Secretary Bello, those who want to be repatriated, with or without money, I will ask PAL and Cebu Pacific to provide the transportation,” Duterte said in a press briefing in Davao City.
He said the government would facilitate the repatriation of OFWs who already wanted to go back to the Philippines.
“I want them out of the country, those who want to go out in 72 hours,” he said.
“We will count our lives by the hours because apparently, every hour, there is a suffering and agony, brutality committed by Filipinos,” he added.
The President pleaded to the Kuwaiti government to keep Filipinos “free from harm” amid reports that the body of a Filipino woman was found inside a freezer in Kuwait City on Wednesday.
He deplored the “inhuman treatment” against OFWs in Middle East.
“We do not seek special treatment or privileges for our workers but we do expect respect for their dignity and basic human rights. Keep them free from harm. I implore you. Nakikiusap ako sa lahat ng Arabo (I am pleading to all the Arabs), the Filipino is no slave to anyone, anywhere and everywhere,” he said.