Help sought for mal­treated Pi­nay

Tempo - - News - (Han­nah Tor­re­goza)

Se­na­tor Cyn­thia Vil­lar urged yes­ter­day the Duterte gov­ern­ment to clar­ify its pol­icy on send­ing do­mes­tic Filipino work­ers, say­ing she is alarmed at the ris­ing num­ber of mi­grant work­ers be­ing abused and mal­treated by their em­ploy­ers.

Vil­lar has sought the De­part­ment of For­eign Af­fairs’ as­sis­tance on OFW Jo­ramie Gar­cia Tor­res who was beaten up and scalded with boil­ing oil by her em­ployer in Kuala Lumpur.

She said the DFA should ex­tend le­gal and hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance to Tor­res as she at­tends court hear­ings and pur­sues a crim­i­nal case against her em­ployer in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

“We all should be proud and sup­port­ive of Jo­ramie be­cause she is in­tent on seek­ing jus­tice un­der Malaysian law,” Vil­lar pointed out.

“While she co­op­er­ates with the Malaysian gov­ern­ment, I hope that the DFA and DoLE can also as­sist her in­di­gent fam­ily,” she said, re­fer­ring to the De­part­ment of La­bor and Em­ploy­ment (DoLE).

The law­maker noted that Tor­res was a grade school teacher prior to ap­ply­ing to work abroad as a do­mes­tic worker in Malaysia.

The OFW is now un­der the care of the Malaysian gov­ern­ment while charges against her Malaysian em­ployer are pend­ing in court. The Malaysian em­ployer was ar­rested but was able to post bail.

Vil­lar said she in­tends to file a Se­nate res­o­lu­tion call­ing for an in­quiry into the ris­ing in­stances of abuse and mal­treat­ment con­cern­ing do­mes­tic work­ers on a per coun­try ba­sis.

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