Bantay OCW (Ang Boses ng OFW)

Are either Revilla or Napoles defenders of OFWs?

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Bantay OCW rejoiced when OFW Family Club (OFWFC) party-list got two seats in Congress.

Former Ambassador Roy Señeres, who chairs the OFW Family Club, worked as a labor attaché of the Philippine Embassy in the United Arab Emirates during the administration of the late President Corazon Aquino. He was ambassador in Washington D.C. during the Ramos administration and chair of the National Labor Relations Commission during the Estrada term.

Based on his experience and credentials as a lawyer, Señeres Sr. we believe he is well qualified to represent OFWs.

But who are behind this party-list group?

The OFWFC had cited five nominees: Señeres Sr., followed by Juan “Johnny” Revilla, Roy Señeres Jr., Hannah Señeres Francisco and Melchor Rosales.

Señeres Sr. told us he was rushing to file the list of nominees as required by the Comelec and he could not immediately think of other names so he simply listed his children who are OFWFC officials themselves. He said he has planned to change the nominees at another time.

Revilla said that when their group won two seats in the House, Roy Jr., Hannah and Rosales were asked to resign. The Señeres children then nominated Jo Christine Napoles, the daughter of Janet Lim Napoles of JLN Trading who is implicated in a P10-billion pork barrel scam. Jo Christine’s name cropped up before the alleged scam hogged the headlines, Señeres Sr. said.

According to Señeres Sr., his children and the young Napoles have been friends since college days.

Revilla was ousted from the group due to a citizenship issue. Revilla claims he renounced his American citizenship even before the OFWFC submitted his name to the Comelec. Señeres, however, says Revilla has not shown him proof of this citizenship change.

When Bantay OCW also asked Revilla to show proof that he indeed renounced his citizenship, he asked us to just wait for the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal decision.

But the question is, are Revilla and  Napoles legitimate OFWs? According to Señeres, Revilla used to be an engineer in the United States while Jo Christine came from The Hague, Netherlands.

Revilla it turns out is a consultant of Placewell Agency. According to Migrante International, Placewell Agency has been implicated in illegal recruitment, contract substitution and other contract violations against OFWs.

On March 2013, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration cancelled the license of Placewell Agency but then lifted the ban this July, giving them another three years to operate.

OFWs around the world are hoping that whoever sits as OFWFC representative should prove that he or she is qualified to defend and protect the rights of the OFWs and will not just defend or protect his or her personal interest.

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  • Simpleng_ofw

    If you start working for the legal OFWs, fine.

  • indiosbravos2002

    Sino ba nagsabi sa Seneres na to na pwede nyang irepresent mga OFW?

    Just dissolve the party list system. Napasok na sya ng trapo at mga politikong nawalan ng trabaho. Di ba Roy Seneres?

  • indiosbravos2002

    They should just replace the name to Seneres Family Club because thats what it is. Bantayan ang PDAF. Most party list dont even have any accomplishment report after the end of 3 years. Funds tend to be pocketed

    • mapicchu

      the seneres family name evokes corruption!

  • Martin Hewitt

    What about Butuanon Melchor Rosales? Senerez Family Club in the making Uhmmmm.. Something fishy Pork Barrel is the target. Another corrupt Tongressman in the making?

  • Martin Hewitt

    When Roy Senerez Sr was campaigning then in Butuan City. He always introduced Butuan City native Melchor Rosales because he knew Butuanons vote Butuanons When OFW Family Night Club won. Roy The Great like his brother Ike who is a Binay bark dog who used media in his rackets, has never showed up in Butuan City. Uhmmmm.. nagabaan pud ni mga Rosales Manggamitay man pud ! Gaba vs. Gaba equals maajo ra! The fake Butuan Global Forum supported Roy The Great. Then it must Gaba again

  • Martin Hewitt

    So Melchor Rosales is no longer Congressman? Because he was forgotten by his fellow Butuanon Roy “The OFW Family Night Club” Seneres and replaced Rosales by more moneyed Napoles. What about pronouncement by Roy The Great during campaign sorties in Butuan City addressing Melchor Rosales as the next Tongressman este Congressman? Another Agusanon or Butuanon in Congress will add more crocodiles in the House of Representathieves! Agusan provinces in Caraga Region in Mindanao produced more crocs in government than in the likes of statesman Recto, Carlos P. Romulo

  • mapicchu

    Susan K…please please..ikaw or Ms. Ople ang dapat nasa party-list seat in congress..ikaw ang involved with ofws- theres no mistaking that..why are you quiet, taking a back seat in all these? go, file a case with comelec or congress..this seneres should never be allowed to capitalize on ofws for his personal benefit

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