Taiwan gov’t will not deport OFW accused of cyber libel

Published April 30, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Leslie Aquino

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Thursday, April 30, said they respect the decision of the Taiwanese government on not deporting the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) accused of committing cyber libel.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III speaks before the media during a press conference with President Rodrigo Duterte in Davao City on Friday. The government has imposed a ban on deployment of Filipino workers in Kuwait following the death of domestic helpers due to alleged abuses of their employers. (Keith Bacongco)
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III (Keith Bacongco / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

“That is within their sovereign power. Whatever their decision is, we have to respect that,” he said in a virtual press briefing.

“But we have our own laws to observe and we have our own legal remedies to resort to in case we have a basis to do so,” added Bello. When asked if they will still pursue the case, he replied: It depends. We just have to wait for the recommendation of our Labor Attaché in Taiwan, including his coordination with Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Chairman Angelito Banayo.”

On April 25, Saturday, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Taichung, Taiwan said that they have sought for the deportation of caregiver, Elanel Egot Ordidor, due to her alleged commission of the crime of cyber libel. “We are constrained to act for the deportation of a Filipina working as caregiver in Taiwan for the crime of cyber libel for willful posting of 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,” said POLO Taichung Labor Attache Fidel Macauyag.

“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,” he added. Due to her acts, Macauyag said POLO coordinated with her broker and employer on her deportation on the basis of the gravity of her offense under Philippine Law.

He added that the sharing and posting of such videos are punishable under cyber libel, Republic Act No. 10175.