Duterte to visit Kuwait out of grat­i­tude

Cebu Daily News - - ISLANDS - ER.NET /INQUIR-

PRES­I­DENT Ro­drigo Duterte has said he would travel to Kuwait to thank the Gulf state after the sign­ing of the mem­o­ran­dum of agree­ment aimed at en­sur­ing bet­ter work­ing con­di­tions for Filipino work­ers (OFW) there.

“I am go­ing to travel to Kuwait to thank them be­cause they prac­ti­cally gave in to my de­mands,” Pres­i­dent Duterte said in a speech dur­ing the oath­tak­ing of newly-elected barangay cap­tains from Cen­tral Lu­zon in Clark, Pam­panga on Tues­day.

The Philip­pines and Kuwait signed the “Agree­ment on Em­ploy­ment of Do­mes­tic Work­ers be­tween the Govern­ment of the State of Kuwait and the Govern­ment of the Repub­lic of the Philip­pines” on May 11, which con­tains the ear­lier de­mands of Duterte fol­low­ing the abuses that Filipino work­ers suf­fered in the Gulf state.

“So out of grat­i­tude, mag­pasala­mat lang ako doon (I will thank them there),” Duterte said.

The Pres­i­dent had slammed Kuwait after a series of abuses against OFWs were brought to light, in­clud­ing the mur­der of Joanna De­mafe­lis, an OFW found dead in a freezer a year after she went miss­ing.

But de­spite his vul­gar words against Kuwaiti na­tion­als, Duterte said, “After all, they’re also hu­man be­ings, I found out.”

The Pres­i­dent did not dis­close the date of his travel to Kuwait.

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