CBCP lauds probe on OFWs’ sexual abuse, says problem not only in Mideast


MANILA, Philippines — The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) expressed support on Wednesday by moves of the government to investigate Philippine embassy officials allegedly involved in the sexual exploitation of distressed overseas Filipino workers in the Middle East.

Father Edwin Corros, executive secretary of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People (ECMI), said a thorough investigation should be done to hold culprits liable for their actions.

“If there are real victims seeking justice, the concerned government agencies should really investigate and the culprits should face the consequences of their deeds,” Corros told reporters on Wednesday.

The CBCP official said the commission was not surprised with the reports of the so-called “sex-for-fly” operation, saying that such allegations have already been around for some time and have not been exclusive to the Middle East.

“That allegation has already been existing a long time ago not only in the Middle East. This issue is quite complicated,” added Corros.

On Tuesday, Akbayan Representative Walden Bello, chairman of the committee on overseas workers’ affairs of the House of Representatives, revealed that three officials from the Philippine overseas offices in the Middle East were involved in the scandal.

Two of the three officials were allegedly involved in running sex operations in Amman, Jordan and Kuwait while the third supposedly engaged in sexual acts with OFWs staying at the embassy’s shelter for distressed workers in Damascus, Syria.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz immediately ordered an investigation and created a team that would look into the reports.

Over Church-run Radio Veritas, Maasin Bishop Precioso Cantillas, the CBCP-ECMI chairman, strongly condemned the supposed wrongdoing committed by embassy officials against the OFWs, who he said were struggling to work for their families back home.

“These OFWs are already having a hard time working and then these officials will make it more difficult for them,” said Cantillas.

“It’s a good thing that the government is already doing something to get to the bottom of these allegations and prosecute the guilty,” added the prelate.

But he added that such controversy was another strong indication that the government must continue to look for ways to provide Filipinos adequate jobs in the country.

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  • artz555

    1.) Aside from lauding the governments actions to protect OFW’s. CBCP should help solve the root causes of OFW problems.

    2.) The tripling of the PH population to about 100 million today from the about 35 million in mid 1960’s has worsened poverty and hunger in PH. The PH government, with it;s limited resources can’t keep up with increasing expenditures on young Filipinos for food, housing, education, housing, jobs etc.every year, thereby forcing most Filipinos to work abroad to feed their growing families, resulting in undesirable actions harming OFW’s, which the article above just described one of many others. .

    3..) The Catholic Church in PH, which some people are blaming for this tripling of the PH population because of it’s opposition to artificial birth control methods and the RH law, should stop interfering with government affairs ( following the ‘Separation of Church and State’ principle in the PH Constitution) so that the PH government planners can achieve a more sustainable population growth and avoid increasing OFW problems every year, and follow Jesus who said, ” Give to Caesar what Caesar is due, and give to God what God is due”.

  • zxy-yxz

    Wow, why these bloggers are ridiculing the CBCP officials. I just can’t understand it.

  • disqusted0fu

    What kind of embassy officials do we have? The standards of government officials in the PH has been set really low. Lately it has become popularity over performance. The government is filled with popular personalities rather than public servants. Starting from the President going down.

  • joboni96

    marami talagang napipilitang mag
    sex for sale sa mga kababayan natin

    dahil sa kahirapan dulot ng

    1. corrupt inutile collaborator government employees
    di naman lahat

    2. intsik switik and globalist control of our economy

    3. kolonisadong utak caused by remnant colonial education system

    we are the 12th largest nation and
    with an international network

    lets reboot our utaks and reorganize ourselves
    to become the 10th strongest country in 20 years

  • fernan107

    nakisawsaw na naman ang cbcp , anong bang maitutulong ninyo sa problema,tulad ng sexual abuse, ng mga kababayan natin na nasa ibang bansa?hwag ng mamolitika…ka indo naman..

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