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No sex-for-flight case, just simple negligence raps

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Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Not finding any evidence of a sex-for-repatriation racket, the labor official in Riyadh who was the subject of recent complaints from distressed overseas women workers will face charges of “simple negligence” for other work-related matters, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said.

Baldoz said two other labor officials implicated in the sex-for-repatriation controversy will also face unrelated charges “for apparently not performing their duties well.”

Baldoz has approved the filing of administrative charges against Riyadh Labor Attache Adam Musa for gross negligence; Jordan officer in charge Labor Attaché Mario Antonio for grave misconduct; and Riyadh Assistant Labor Attaché Antonio Villafuerte for simple negligence.

In a statement, Baldoz said the fact-finding team tasked to look into the controversy has found prima facie evidence against the officials, not for the sex-for-repatriation allegations but for other infractions, including their “failure to do their duties well.”

She clarified that the team did not find the involvement of any of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) organic personnel in any “sex-for-fly” or “sex-for-hire” activities. The investigation report said some distressed workers had apparently been recruited into a prostitution ring, but it did not involve their personnel.

In addition to the charge of simple negligence against Villafuerte, Baldoz also approved the fact-finding team’s recommendation to refer the complaints for sexual harassment against the Riyadh official to the DOLE Committee on Decorum and Investigation.

Nicon Fameronag, DOLE spokesperson, said in an interview that Villafuerte’s case of “simple negligence” will be endorsed to the DOLE Legal Service for a formal hearing.

“A case of simple negligence will be treated as a regular case so it  was referred to the legal department,” Fameronag said, explaining that the charge stemmed from Villafuerte’s apparently “failing to take care of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs)” in his jurisdiction.

Musa and Antonio’s cases, on the other hand, were endorsed to two special hearing panels that have been constituted to preside over the formal investigation.

“These cases were referred to two panels to expedite the hearings of the case,” Fameronag said, adding that both Musa and Antonio, based on the fact-finding investigation, were found to have committed “flagrant, willful and deliberate violations of the civil service rule” and that they allegedly manifested behavior unbecoming of a government official.

Of the three labor officials, it was only Villafuerte who had complainants. He had been accused by three OFWs of sexually molesting  and  pimping them in exchange for plane tickets. He denied the allegations.


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  • CANOY

    Pnoy’s administration is not taking any responsibility to their own “Kapalpakan”! If they could have just blame this mess to Gloria, they would’ve done it already! unfortunately for them,.. can’t find any link to pin her..

    • walaywalay

      ZERO for this or the HK MASSACRE or the TAI FISHERMAN or the SORRY shape of the RP
      When the crook GMA stepped down she had the peso at P40=$1 today with Aquino ”GREAT ECONOMY” we are P45=$1—great economy?????

  • rj45

    And what about those women who insisted they were groped and sold to arab people. what about that, Baldoz is white washing this, and she is the one to be prosecuted for everything.

  • hello stupids

    will this be the end of the story?

    Hello this is big business big organized for the top end Philippines

  • Carlos_Iho

    Walang pag-asa makakuha ng hustisya ang mga biktima. Niluto ang imbistigasyon. Tuloy ang ligaya ng mga walanghiya.

  • JMS

    Grave misconduct = just Simple negligence? Kawawa naman kababayan nating Pinay na biktima. Those culprit guys should be terminated and to be perpetually banned from any employment in government agencies. What a shame madame labor secretary.

    • skylord

      Totoo ba ang sinasabi ng mga nagreklamo ng sex-for-flight? o pinagtatakpan lng ni Baldoz ang kanyang mga tao? hindi naman kasi lahat ng lumalabas sa tb at balita ay pawang katotohana lng, at lalong hindi rin katotohanan lahat na sinasabi sa imbestigasyon… lahat ng side na side ay may hidden agenda

  • albert

    OWWA / DFA racketeers won the case..
    matuwid na daan..
    badoz resign for not performing your duties protecting the OFWs..

  • boybakal

    I agree with the decision.
    There are millions of OFWs in Saudi.

    Our labor officials are not that too many to attend to their personal problems and needs.
    For sure, there will be complaint from distressed, depressed workers.
    It is not even negligence but simple misunderstanding.

    • wawa2172

      OMG! You mean the OFW’s in the sex for flight cases are fake whistle blowers. Well poor OFW’s na nag pakahirap mag trabaho sa ibang bansa na hindi man lang matulungan nang sariling bansa na nakikinabang sa remitances nang mga mangagawa. Kawawa naman ang mga Pinay na mangagawa natin matapos “Baldozin” ang pagka babae at tanungin na nasarapan nang “Buldozin” nang mga Arabo ay basta wala lang? Well, minor cases lang pala ang pagiging bugaw ang mga taga DOLE sa mideast? Para bag sinabi na ok lang mabugaw ang mga mangagawa nating Pinay sa mideast dahil nakarating naman sila sa heaven nang ma abuso sila. F__k U Baldoz and company, sana makarma kayo sa pang aabuso nyo sa mga OFW’s na nag babayad nang sweldo nyo while nag papasarap kayong mambugaw at gawing prostitute ang mga distress nating mga OFW’s.

  • ARIKUTIK

    Hindi daw sila nambubugaw kasi wala namang pinirmahang memorandum na mambugaw. This is PH judicial system. Testimonies of the victims were thrown away just to protect brother govt. officers. WahDaFak justice system. The judiciary is the root cause of all evil in PH.

  • whipnsaddle

    Siguradong walang mangyayari sa kaso na iyan, sinimulan lang Simple negligence ang kaso, ano pa ang kasunod na criminal charge lalo na oras na tumagal ang at inamag na ang kaso…..



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