Amidst the tension of the Philippines and Kuwait as a travel ban is still effective, Philippine President lauded the Kuwaiti government for handling the case of JeanelynVillavende, the OFW who was allegedly badly treated by her employers in Kuwait.

“The fact that there was an investigation and there were arrests made and there are people in detention, para sa akin, okay nasana (for me, that was okay),” says Duterte in his speech during the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) founding ceremony in Quezon City.

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Duterte also added that Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III will be the deciding officer if the deployment ban will be lifted up or should remain for the time being.

“Si Bebot kasi ang ano — ang apurado. Talagang mainit sya (It’s just that Bebot wanted it rushed. He is really passionate about it),” President Duterte added.

“So opisinaniya ‘yan, hindinalangakonakialam (That’s his office, I won’t interfere). I do not want to rebuke my Cabinet members publicly. So hinayaan kosiya. Sabi ko (So I left it to him. I said), ‘Let us see what develops.”

Currently, the employers of Villavende remain inside the prison for charges filed against them. According to Secretary Bello, the deployment ban will stay until Kuwait agrees to “harmonize” the memorandum of agreement which aims to protect the welfare of Filipino workers in the gulf region.

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