By Leslie Ann Aquino
Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos, chairman of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People (CBCP-ECMI) is supporting moves to ban the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait to protect them from abuses.
“To prevent future abuses and to protect our OFWs, we support the government’s plan to ban deployment of new OFWs there,” he said.
Aside from banning the deployment of OFWs in Kuwait, Santos also urged the government to investigate the alleged abuses committed against OFWs.
“We at CBCP ECMI appeal to our government to investigate and lodge diplomatic protests on those death and sexual abuses,” he said.
After all, he said it is the mandate of the government to protect the people, especially the OFWs who contribute to the country’s economic progress.
“They should be defended against human abuses and unjust labor practices,” Santos said.
“Our appreciation for their services and sacrifices is to promote their rights and to advance their well-being,” he added.
On Thursday, President Duterte said he might consider imposing a total ban on the deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait due to cases of abuse.