By Noreen Jazul
Taiwan said it won’t deport the Filipino caregiver who reportedly criticized the Philippine government’s pandemic response on social media.
“The government will not deport the parties if there is no violation of our laws and regulations in Taiwan,” Ou Jiangan, spokesperson of Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said in a press briefing Tuesday.
Jiangan added that workers in Taiwan are protected by their laws and regulations.
MOFA also noted the Philippine government has denied requesting for the Filipino worker’s deportation on April 26.
Earlier, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Taichung, Taiwan said it sought the deportation of Elanel Egot Ordidor for allegedly committing cyber libel.
POLO Taichung Labor Attache Fidel Macauyag said Ordidor willfully posted “nasty and malevolent materials against President Duterte on Facebook intended to cause hatred amidst the global health crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“It has come to our knowledge that Ms. Ordidor is using several social media accounts, among which are Lenale Elanel Egot, Mha Lan Dee, Linn Silawan, and Hampas Lupa and has a group organized to discredit and malign the President and destabilize the government,” Macauyag added.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said it is up to Taiwan authorities whether to deport Ordidor or not.
“Taiwan will decide whether to deport her or not. The decision is with the Taiwanese government. That is their sovereign power,” he said.
A representative of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) told Taiwan News that there were no instructions from the Philippine government on the deportation of Ordidor.
MOFA said there are about 150,000 Filipino workers in Taiwan. (With a report from Leslie Aquino)