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Human trafficker ka! OFW group files ethics complaint vs. Bertiz

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

After a series of controversies plaguing Rep. Aniceto “John” Bertiz III in the past week, the ACTS-OFW party-list solon is facing another tough battle after a group of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) filed an ethics complaint against him on Thursday.

Militant group Migrante charged Bertiz before the House Ethics Committee in connection with his alleged misconduct at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport last Saturday.

“Dahil dito, walang moral na awtoridad si Rep. Aniceto “John” Bertiz III maging kinatawan naming sa Kongreso. Wala na ring dahilan para siya ay manatili pa sa kanyang katungkulan naming sa Kongreso,” the petition read.

The overseas labor group, together with progressive solons from the Makabayan bloc, also presented former OFW Shiela Magbunga who worked as domestic helper in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia back in 2014.

Magbunga said she was hired by Bertiz’s recruitment firm Global Asia Alliance Consultant Inc. which she accused of “human trafficking.”

She said only after arriving in Riyadh where she knew that the employer indicated in her contract was different from the one listed on her working visa.

“Noong mga panahon na ako ay dumating na sa Saudi Arabia o sa Riyadh, nalaman ko na magkaiba ang employer sa dala kong kontrata at sa aking working visa. Ito ay patunay na isang human trafficker ang agency ni Congressman Bertiz,” said Magbunga.

Magbunga was accompanied by his father to attest the alleged illegal activities of Bertiz’s recruitment firm.

Migrante has also included in the complaint Bertiz’s bad-mouthing against Hong Kong-based OFW Eman Villanueva last year.

Villanueva, leader of UNIFIL-Migrante in the former British colony, was accused by Bertiz of being an undocumented OFW after he is pushing for the abolition of the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) issued by authorized recruitment agencies in the country.