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PH urged to convict embassy execs in sex scandal to boost trafficking status

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Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello PHOTO TAKEN FROM FACEBOOK.COM

MANILA, Philippines — In order to improve its status in the United States’ annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, the Philippines needs to convict embassy officials who will be found guilty of currying sexual favors from distressed female overseas Filipino workers in exchange for their repatriation, a lawmaker at the House of Representatives said Friday.

Akbayan Partylist Representative Walden Bello felt that the Philippines was not doing enough to curb the incidence of human trafficking and said that one way of sending a message about the country’s resolve would be to “dismiss officials engaged in sex trafficking”.

The US’ TIP Report showed that the Philippines retained its Tier 2 status and noted that there was a “paucity of arrests and convictions”.

“We need to clean up our agencies,” Bello, who heads the committee on overseas workers affairs at the House of Representatives, told INQUIRER.net.

The partylist lawmaker has accused three Philippine Embassy officials of involvement in sexual exploitation in the Middle East, prompting an investigation by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

The legislator warned that he would resign from the House should the government fail to hold accountable Philippine Overseas Labor Office (Polo) in Amman, Jordan assistant labor attaché Mario Antonio, Kuwait Polo officer Blas Marquez and a certain “Kim” in Damascus.

Antonio in a press conference Thursday denied the allegation.

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Tags: Foreign Affairs and International relations , Human trafficking , Philippines , Rep. Walden Bello , US

  • juan_liwanag

    Ang malungkot dito, pag hindi nagkaroon ng matinong imbestigasyon at paglilitis ang mga akusasyong ito magkakampihan na naman tayong mga Filipino tungo sa walang kwentang hilaw na konklusyon. Sino-sino na naman ang sisisihin na walang kasalanan at yung totoong nanggugulo sa atin ay makakaligtas. Dapat ay gamitin natin ng matalas ang ating mga isip at pairalin ang tama, anuman ang maging dulo nito. Yung mga assumptions at biases ay hindi sana kilalaning sapat na batayan sa pagpapasya. Kung hindi, hindi na talaga tayo uusad. Masakit mang tanggapin, hindi lahat ng paratang ng OFWs ay laging tama. Marami din sa atin ang lihis ang landas. Marami sa nasa Korea ang may ka-couple kahit may asawa na sa Pinas. Marami sa nasa Taiwan ang may FTO. May mga nagkapatayan pa nga dahil sa agawan at kaliwaan. Sa Japan naman ay marami ang may ibat-ibang kinasama para lang yumaman. Ilan na ba sa Middle East ang nag-akusa na narape ng amo, only to come out later na bunga pala ng relasyon sa boyfriend na Filipino o ibang banyaga ang dahilan at gusto lang isisi sa amo at itago sa asawang naiwan sa Pinas ang totoo? Hindi ba may nag-abort pa nga sa eroplano na ganito ang istorya? Hindi rin naman maikakaila na may mga taong gobyerno na tiwali at gahaman sa laman. Kung mga Pari, Pastor at mga relihiyoso nga may bumabagsak din sa kategoryang ito. Pero sa dulo, ang mahalaga ay malaman natin ang totoo at maparusahan ng sapat ang gumagawa ng mali upang hindi na mapamarisan pa. Masakit ang nangyayaring ito sa ating lipunan pero malilinis lang ito kung tama ang gagawin nating paglilinis at walang sasantuhin na hindi naman talagang santo!

    • leubas

      tAMA KA DYAN BRO DAPAT SAMPOLAN TLAGA ANG MGA TIWALING OPISYALES NG ATING EMBAHADA.



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