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OFW particulary domestic helpers maltreatment in the Middle East and Asia


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
All maids are different. Being people, some clearly enjoy the job more than others. Some are treated as members of the family; others become the victims of appalling treatment and abuse. OFWs or Overseas Filipino Workers often opt for becoming domestic helpers for better pay. But sadly, some end up experiencing maltreatment.

[VIDEO]: Watch how some OFWs are being maltreated in the Middle East or Asia and how they ask for help via social media.

Low Pay in Asia and the Middle East

While in many parts of the world maids remain the preserve of the wealthy, in parts of Asia and the Middle East relatively rates of low pay make live-in home help an affordable option for average-earning households. For their part, most helpers, as they’re known, have the single aim of earning more money than they could at home, to send back when, and if, they can.

Paid Lesser than Contract in the Middle East

Countries sending domestic workers to the United Arab Emirates dictate how much they should be paid each month — around $200 to $400 –but they are often paid less, says a Human Rights Watch Report.

Slavery Mentality in the UAE

the United Arab Emirates has an appalling record when it comes to protecting domestic workers. Its report, ” I already bought you”; says the Emirates’ lack of labor laws exposes workers to “overwork, underpay and abuse.” This is probably why there are many reports of domestic helpers being molested or physically abused because of such attitude by some Arab employers.

Victims of Maltreatment Resort to Social Media

Physical and mental abuse by foreign employers of their Filipino domestic workers in Asia and the Middle East – are often relayed to their families via social media.  The ILO estimates that there are more than 52 million domestic workers worldwide. But activists say that in many countries, especially in Asia, they have no legal protection. Therefore, most of them resort to getting help via social media. Posting videos and images of their ordeals.

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Philippine Embassy: Repatriation of OFWs in Libya ongoing

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

OFWs in Libya go home. Repatriation is now going on for Filipinos in Libya. The Philippine Embassy there spearheads this move. It started last Monday and still on. Relatives of the affected overseas contract workers and concerned people must read this:

Filipino Repatriation

24 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from war-torn Libya are already home. The Philippine Embassy initially repatriated them. They started in Tripoli last Sunday (March 6). The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announces the move. Hoping to convince more OFWs to listen their pleas.

The Filipino workers are urged to go home. This is part of the government’s ongoing mandatory repatriation program. The country remains under Crisis Alert Level 4.

Still Ongoing

“The repatriation is a continuing program in response to the precarious peace and order situation,” the DFA said in a statement.

Repatriation costs are covered by the Philippine government. So, they should not worry about the expenses. Assistance will also be prepared for them.

Appeal to Remaining OFWs

The Embassy appeals to OFWs still in Libya to avail of the mandatory repatriation program.

A total of 5,688 Filipinos have been repatriated by the government as of Sunday. However, an estimated 2,940 still remain in Libya, the DFA said. This is a large number to consider. It might become difficult as war becomes intense.

Reasons to Remain

Some OFWs in Libya would rather stay there despite the war because of the following reasons:

  • Don’t know how to support the family back home
  • Labor jobs in the country are poorly compensated
  • Shameful to go home as a failure
  • Still hoping that situation will stabilize in the host country

Might be too Late

However, Filipinos there should consider following the Philippine Embassy’s call before it’s too late. No repatriation will be facilitated if there’s no visible threat in Libya. Hopefully, they will come to their senses before it’s too late. It’s mandatory. Please go home.


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Government has no jurisdiction to ban OFWs protests at Host’s Philippine Embassy

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
On the noise created by Filipinos overseas at their respective Philippine embassy, they can go on. The Comelec says it cannot ban campaigning outside Philippine embassies. It’s  because that’s already beyond Philippine territory
MANILA, Philippines – Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) can continue campaigning in their host countries except in places such as Philippine embassies. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) confirmed following a Supreme Court issued a ruling on this.

Comelec’s stand

Comelec Commissioner Arthur Lim on Wednesday, April 20, said this has been the poll body’s long-standing rule. It has been observed that issues locally that divide the nation are being protested by Filipinos abroad. This include Marcos’s burial at the Heroes cemetery, alleged extra judicial killings by Duterte’s administration on his war on drugs plus many more.

Lim, the commissioner in charge of overseas voting, said there’s no debate about it. He explained that the Comelec cannot ban campaigning outside Philippine embassies because that’s already beyond Philippine territory.

No jurisdiction overseas

In the market of Riyadh, what authority does Comelec have in the market of Riyadh? None. What the Comelec bans is campaigning inside our embassies, consulates, or voting centers where the election is actually taking place, like the Bayanihan Center in Hong Kong.

The SC on Wednesday, April 20, temporarily stopped the Comelec from implementing provisions of the law that ban campaigning abroad.

Supreme Court Ruling

One of these is Section 36.8 of Republic Act (RA) 9189, as amended by Republic Act 10590, declaring it unlawful “for any person to engage in partisan political activity abroad during the 30-day overseas voting period.”

‘Unconstitutional prohibition,’ petitioner says

In a media briefing on Wednesday, SC spokesman Theodore Te said the High Court “issued a temporary restraining order effective immediately enjoining the Comelec,” among others, from implementing Section 36.8 of RA 9189 and certain provisions of Comelec Resolution 10035.”

The SC said the TRO, however, does not apply “within Philippine embassies, consulates, and other posts where overseas voters may exercise their right to vote pursuant to the Overseas Absentee Voting System, where partisan political activities shall still be prohibited until further orders from the Court.”

The SC then required the Comelec to comment on the petition “within a non-extendible period of 5 days” upon receipt of the official notice.

The SC issued the TRO after businesswoman Loida Nicolas Lewis, head of the group US Pinoys for Good Governance, filed a case against what her group called “the unconstitutional prohibition on political campaigning abroad during the election period.”

Lewis, who is campaigning for presidential bet Manuel “Mar” Roxas II and his running mate, Leni Robredo, said the TRO from the SC is “a big win for Filipinos overseas.”

The Comelec has urged 1.38 million overseas voters to cast their ballots during the 30-day overseas voting period, running from April 9 to May 9, which is election day in the Philippines.

The following are expected as Filipinos overseas are favored by the TRO:

  • more protests
  • overseas Filipino groups are joining forces
  • OFWs serve as the voice for the silent majority
  • aggressive government attacks trough channels abroad
  • divides the nation further

The development is definitely good for the preservation of human rights. It does not mean however that it will result fear. Instead the opposite. So, Filipinos must be ready.


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Marcos won in 49 Overseas Precincts but Leni got the United States and 9 Others

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
59 Philippine posts abroad had been the source of Filipino overseas voters. The breakdown showed that out of 59, Senator Bongbong Marcos won in 49 countries where these Philippine overseas posts are.

However, his arch rival, Leni Robredo got the United States of America and 9 others namely; Agana, United States, Canberra, Jakarta, The Vatican, New Delhi, Yangon, Berne, The Hague, and Port Moresby. So, 10 overseas Philippine posts are on Leni’s side.

Marcos and Robredo are in a very tough race nowadays for the second highest poditin of the land not just because of the tight vote counts but because of various evidences of election fraud from the automized server down to the ground – all pointing out to the adminstration’s bet who’s Liberal party is in the position to cheat given the governmental machinery. At least 432,706 of the 1.37 million voters voted in the 59 overseas precints.