Delay in release of NBI report stalls lifting of hiring freeze, says Taiwan

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Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda: Unfazed by report of OFWs losing jobs. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Taiwan government on Wednesday said the delayed release by Malacañang of the results of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) investigation into the death of a Taiwanese fisherman was holding up the lifting of a freeze-hire order affecting about 10,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) at the end of this month.

Taiwan and the Philippines conducted parallel investigations into the shooting of the fisherman by Philippine Coast Guard personnel on May 9 that set off a diplomatic row between the two countries that led to a ban on the hiring of Filipino workers. The NBI report was submitted to President Aquino last month but it has yet to be released.

Ready, anytime

“We are ready to release results of our investigation anytime, we are just waiting for the Philippine government to announce the NBI recommendation and if acceptable the ban on the hiring will be immediately lifted,” Andrew Lin, political affairs officer of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Affairs Office told reporters in a press briefing on Wednesday in Makati City.

“It has been more than a month since the result was submitted to President Aquino and until now we are still waiting, we are ready to release the result of our investigation so we can resolve the issue of the OFWs,” Lin said.

Four conditions

Taiwan had set four conditions to lift the ban on hiring Filipino workers following the shooting incident. Lin said three of these four conditions have already been crossed out. Those three—an apology from the Philippine government, compensation for the death of Hung and a fishery agreement—were already being discussed with Manila Economic and Cultural Office Chair Amadeo Perez, he added.

“These conditions are now being worked out, what we are now awaiting is the announcement of the result of NBI investigation,” Lin said, referring to the last condition.

He said that 6,000 working permits were not processed after the May 15 cutoff and 10,000 more are going to expire at the end of the month.

Lin said they have received petitions both from Filipino workers and their Taiwan employers to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

“We know that the Philippine government is very cautious in this issue, but we want to echo the public’s call to immediately release the result of the NBI investigation to end the sanctions,” he said.

Lin said Malacañang’s decision to go slow in releasing the recommendations had aroused speculations from their citizens, particularly its media.

He said Taiwan was abiding with the agreement between them and the NBI to simultaneously release the results of their respective investigations.

Simultaneous release

“We are keeping with the agreement for simultaneous announcement but we cannot say up to when we can wait,” he said.

He also said that result of their probe “is very close” to the findings of the NBI based on the revelation of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.

When asked for a response to the Taiwanese call for the release of the NBI report, presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Malacañang would not be pressured by Taiwan.

The report, being reviewed by President Aquino for some time now, would be released to the public “as the government deems it.”

“It will not be subject to any conditions,” Lacierda told reporters in response to reports that Taiwan had set certain conditions for the lifting of sanctions.

Lacierda did not mention a date for the release of the report, saying, “As soon as the President authorizes the release of the report, the report will be released.”

Malacañang acted unfazed by the report that about 10,000 OFWs stood to lose their jobs at the end of this month.

Lacierda said that ideally, the government would prefer that overseas workers in Taiwan “would not be subject to any change in the situation” between Taiwan and the Philippines.

“This is not the first time that Taiwan has threatened to hold back on OFWs. But nonetheless, we have always maintained that we are going to evaluate each concern, each situation based on how the Philippine government views and evaluates the situation, not based on pressures exerted by any foreign or host countries,” he said.

Lacierda claimed 6,000, not 10,000, Filipino migrant workers stood to lose their jobs in Taiwan as an offshoot of the hiring ban.—With a report by Tina G. Santos

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  • Rejenal Pang

    If U look at the behavior of the Philippines Government’s

    U can imaging the Philippines people behavior.WE should terminate their employment long time ago

    • novaliches

      with or without the sea incident, the taiwan employers will terminate their contract if there is no more work. The interest is mutual, win-win for employers and workers. I think most taiwan employers dont want to terminate or not re-new their contract, but the taiwan govt is ordering them to.

      • Rejenal Pang

        what about those newly grant 6000 should go and work in Taiwan without getting their visa.Taiwan Government is not like Philippines government
        U have too much hate and not much seeing
        seeing is believing

  • Rejenal Pang

    it is not just the report.It is the responsibility and action.The Philippines labor do think they are the one not replaceable .All they see is U loss more without them.
    look at their comment do they know job is a job.
    they just like what the russian president said dealing with them is like shaving a little pig.It make a lot of noise but product very little hair

    • novaliches

      At least we have some hair, you guys does not have any other than their armpit, more rogaine please. I hate Mr Mao for not chasing you guys out of Formosa.

  • nakatutok

    ang tanong e ..NABASA NA KAYA NI PINOY ANG REPORT????…..sabi nga ni Laciengda e…..”The report, BEING REVIEWED BY PRESIDENT AQUINO FOR SOME TIME NOW..”……ibig sabihin andun pa sa mesa ni PNoy……wwwaaahh….

    • novaliches

      nabasa na ni Pinoy ito, pangit siguro ang finding, kaya naghahanap pa ng magandang timing, malamang after sona na.

      • nakatutok

        malamang..parang pagtaas din yan ng presyong petrolyo…bago mag eleksyon. kinausap ang mga oil companies…kaya ayun..pag katapos ng eleksyon…FREE FOR ALL na naman sila kung magtaas…

  • 3xposed

    Typical bravado.

    “Lacierda claimed 6,000, not 10,000″ – For now, if this stands going into next month, it will be 6000 + 10000.

    “It will not be subject to any conditions,” – Okay, so the Taiwanese need not abide by the condition of releasing their findings simultaneously with the NBI. They should probably just let it loose tomorrow and let the world make their final judgement on just their report, cool.

    Wanna bet if the NBI findings was stellar for the PCG, this would have been trumpeted in the EU, ASEAN, UNCLOS, TMZ a long long time ago already.

  • nakatutok

    mas mahirap niyan kung ISISI pa kay GMA ang nangyari …….tama ba FORTHE GOOD???

  • Guest

    perhaps Taiwan can open manufacturing facilities in Phils.

    • kanoy

      NO COUNTRY NOR PRIVATE BUSINESSMAN SHOULD TAKE THAT RIDICULOUS RISK—-THE 60/40 LAW IS ANTI-FOREIGNER ANTI-BUSINESSMAN GUARANTEEING LOSS FOR ALL FOREIGNERS AND GAIN FOR FILIPINO—WHAT FOREIGNER WANTS TO JUST THROW AWAY MILLIONS OF HARD EARNED $$$?

  • disqusted0fu

    As usual… Delays from the noynoying government. This is now the norm under this administration. Working swiftly is not part of its work ethic, that’s if there’s even any. But what’s frustrating is that it’s the Filipino people who are getting affected the most.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    OFWs are good and nice peoples, hard workers, shouldn’t mistake them with one of the World worst and criminal administration with an awful reputation since Marcos.
    It’s a pity they are taken in hostage, but what the cost guards did is wild and unacceptable.
    The RP government shouldn’t accept any gun totting or corrupt mentality in their own ranks. There is so many excellent Filipinos, why do the government has to hire systematically the worst ?

    Killing is unacceptable by any way, measured self defense excepted.

  • Steve Lo

    Keep trying to hide the truth…Aquino’s running out of tricks….

  • ting0508

    Taiwanese are ugly and smelly. You are like your Big Chinese brothers whom you are scared to the bones. You are the most insecure people in the world! Shame on you Taiwanese! Fish eaters that’s why you have very small brains!

  • windsor caneda

    Hahaha..funny you poor boy:)

  • Noname

    Brown Monkey you say? I guess you are a Yellow Monkey without any education whatsoever. If you are Yellow Smelly Taiwanese then that explains you poorly written English. I guess you need to enroll in one of our University that offer to teach proper English to any nationality, Korean, Chinese, Japanese and even African. How embarrassing that you need to travel to the Philippines to learn English, how pathetic.Judging by what you have written, you are either a real Taiwanese or a stupid troll. In the end, who needs who? Taiwanese needs Domestic Helper, Us, we have alternative for the products of Taiwan, there is Korean, Japanese, Thailand. And to Jseesus, Go f*ck yourself.

  • MDLANHAM

    And “spaghetti” ding dong. Bwuahhh hahahaha

  • Rejenal Pang

    pygmy have the thickest skull isn’t it. Philippines people are negrito
    that’s why they are so poor and can,t think
    Do U know Fish contain omega 3 and that make U smarter

  • Crazy_horse101010

    waste of time trying to read this garbage nothing makes sense just a lot of raving by a madman monkey

  • windsor caneda

    You sound like a literate monkey dude:) but sad to say your moronic intelligence fall short below the ordinary mainlander who at times poo in public palaces; I mean places…yeah perhaps in palaces.

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